Samsung Adds DTS 5.1 Firmware Update To Atmos Soundbars

June 19th, 2017 · Blu-ray Discs, Blu-ray Players, Blu-ray Titles, center channel, Dolby Atmos, DTS:X, front channels, HDMI, HDR, News, object-based audio, rear surround channel, sub woofer, Surround Sound, UHDTV, Ultra HD Blu-ray Players


Samsung confirmed that a recent firmware update (version 3113.5) was released last week for its Dolby Atmos soundbars, models HW-K850 and HW-K950, bringing support for DTS 5.1 surround.

Previously, when fed a DTS 5.1 channel signal, the soundbars had to down mix the format to stereo. This was a problem, since many Blu-ray Disc and streaming titles today use the DTS 5.1 surround sound format.

Read more about the Samsung DTS 5.1 update for its Atmos soundbars after the jump:

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Samsung `The Frame’ 4K Ultra HD Display To Hit Stores Sunday

June 16th, 2017 · 2160p, Connected TVs, LCD Flat Panel, LED LCD Flat Panels, News, UHDTV


Samsung Electronics America said that its highly unusual art-centric television display called simply, “The Frame,” will go on sale in select retail stores Sunday (June 18th).

The Frame is positioned as a new lifestyle product designed to show digital artwork and photograhs in a gallery-like art display.

The Frame was created in collaboration with renowned designer Yves Behar, and is available in two screen sizes — 55- ($1,999) and 65-inches ($2,799). In addition, purchasers will have the ability to select optional bezel trim packages in white, beige and walnut shades of wood. The 55-inch bezel packages retail for $199.99 and the 65-inch packages retail for $249.99.

Read more about The Frame after the jump:

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Sony Takes Pre-Orders On 77″ 4K OLED TV, New X720E, X690E LED Series

June 16th, 2017 · 2160p, 4K Flat Panel, 4K LED LCD, Amazon, Connected TVs, HDMI, HDR, LCD Flat Panel, LED LCD Flat Panels, News, OLED, OLED, UHD 4K OLED, UHDTV


Sony revealed Thursday that it is now accepting pre-sale purchases of its 77-inch Bravia XBR-77A1E 4K Ultra HD OLED TV and unveiled two new 4K HDR Ultra HD LED-LCD TV series in the X720E and X690E.

The 77-inch Sony Bravia XBR-77A1E marks the largest screen-size offering in Sony’s premiere large-format OLED TV assortment. The ultra-thin, flat-panel OLED model carries a $17,999.99 street retail price. Pre-sales have begun with delivery and in-store availability slated to begin in late July through authorized Sony dealers including Amazon and Best Buy.

Pre-sales have also begun for Sony’s new X720E and X690E 4K Ultra HD LED-LCD TVs. The X720E series will be available at retail in late June and the X690E will hit stores in early August, Sony said.

The X720E series will include the 43- ($599.99 street retail); 49- ($699.99) and 55-inch ($799.99) screen sizes.

The X690E series will include the 60- ($999.99 suggested retail) and 70-inch ($1,799.99) screen sizes.

Both series feature the ability to display 4K HDR content with brighter specular highlights and an expanded color gamut. They also include Sony’s acclaimed 4K X-Reality PRO upscaling system for presenting in high quality lower-resolution content in the expanded 3840×2160 pixel resolution format.

Read more about Sony’s 77-inch A1E 4K OLED TV and the X720E and X690E 4K LED-LCD TVs after the jump:

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P&F Launches Philips 5000 Series 4K Ultra HDTV With HDR10

June 15th, 2017 · 2160p, 4K Flat Panel, 4K LED LCD, Amazon, Connected TVs, HDMI, HDR, LCD Flat Panel, LED LCD Flat Panels, News, Streaming Services, UHDTV


P&F USA, the manufacturer of Philips-branded TVs in the United States, is now selling its 5000 series Philips 4K Ultra HDTVs with a built-in Chromecast smart TV system and compatibility with Google Home voice assistant.

The Chromecast system enables playing streaming content through an app on a smartphone, tablet or laptop and casting the playback to the television screen via a wireless link.

The Chromecast platform provides access to more than 1,000 apps. To cast the program to the TV, users simply call up the program through the Chromecast app on the mobile device and tap the Cast button within the mobile app. However, Amazon Prime subscribers will find access to the Amazon Instant Video service more difficult to access.

The Philips 5000 4K Ultra HDTV TV series is available in four screen sizes – 43-, 50-, 55- and 65-inches. All models support 4K Ultra HD resolution (3840×2160 pixels), high dynamic range (HDR), 4K upscaling of lower-resolution programs, built in 802.11ac Wi-Fi connectivity, and 120 Perfect Motion (60 Hz native refresh rate panels) motion smoothing technology.

Philips televisions are distributed primarily through leading department store and warehouse club chains including Walmart.

Read more on the Philips 5000 4K Ultra HDTVs after the jump:

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Review: Samsung QN65Q7F Offers QLED Performance At A Value

June 15th, 2017 · 2160p, 4K Flat Panel, 4K LED LCD, Amazon, Calibration, Connected TVs, HDMI, HDR, LCD Flat Panel, LED LCD Flat Panels, News, UHDTV


Back in March we tested Samsung’s high-performing 2017 flagship quantum dot light emitting diode (QLED) 4K Ultra HDTV and found a very bright set with great cosmetic appeal and a very wide color gamut. But we realize the set’s price point is out of reach for a lot of our readers.

This time we decided to take a look at a little more affordable alternative in the company’s QLED entry model series — the Q7F.

What we found was a set with a beautifully sleek design, hairline bezel trim, slick cable management, rich and vibrant colors, respectable black level, strong image processing, motion handling and 4K upscaling.

On the downside, the edge-lit LED system has some issues controlling light leaking into letterbox screen borders, off-angle image degradation and lower peak luminance in high dynamic range (HDR) mode than we saw in the Q9F model.

Overall, the set has a great looking picture in both HDR and standard dynamic range (SDR) with vibrant, natural color handling, good picture quality for both movies and sports and a TV/stand design that’s as impressive as the pictures on the screen.

Samsung’s QLED TVs are now available at the following prices: the 55-inch QN55Q7F ($2,297.99 UPP), the 65-inch QN65Q7F ($3,297.99); the 75-inch QN75Q7F ($4,997.99), the 55-inch QN55Q8C ($3,197.99), and the 65-inch QN65Q8C ($4,297.99). The flagship 65-inch QN65Q9F ($5,297.99), 75-inch QN75Q9F ($9,998.99) and the 88-inch QN88Q9F ($19,998.99), are also available with slightly different cosmetics and a with very bright picture performance.

According to Samsung, the Q9F series will have the best peak brightness performance of the three QLED series due in part to the use of an edge-lit LED system positioned at the left and right sides of the screen. The Q7F reviewed here uses LED edge lighting from the bottom of the screen with light cast upward across the back of the quantum dot/LCD panel.

Read more of our review of the Samsung QN65Q7F after the jump:

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Pssst. Dad Really Wants a Big Screen 4K UHDTV For Father’s Day

June 13th, 2017 · 2160p, 4K Flat Panel, 4K LED LCD, Amazon, Connected TVs, electronic program guides, Full Array LED Backlit with Local Dimming, HDMI, HDR, LCD Flat Panel, LED LCD Flat Panels, LG Electronics, News, OLED, Second Screen, Streaming Services, UHD 4K OLED, UHDTV


What do you get the dad who has everything? More tools, a tablet computer, cologne? No, get him the big-screen 4K Ultra HDTV with high dynamic range (HDR) that he’s been dreaming about.

Nevermind that he already has a big-screen flat-panel TV in the living room. The time is right to get him a bigger and better one that can take advantage of all the high-performance resolution, wide color gamut and HDR brightness highlights that make pictures seem to jump off the screen and into the room.

As a reminder, the HD Guru explains the features you’ll want to keep in mind to help you choose the right 4K Ultra HDTV. A selection of some of the very best ones and/or some of the very best bargains available for Father’s Day weekend follows below.

See our top Father’s Day TV Specials after the jump:

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Microsoft Unveils Xbox One X High-Powered 4K Gaming Console

June 12th, 2017 · 2160p, 3D Blu-ray player, 4K Flat Panel, 4K LED LCD, Blu-ray Discs, Blu-ray Players, Digital Media Receivers, HDMI, HDR, LCD Flat Panel, LED LCD Flat Panels, Live OTT services, News, OTT services, Skinny TV services, Streaming Services, Surround Sound, UHD (4K) Media Players, UHDTV, Ultra HD Blu-ray Players


Microsoft used the video gaming industry’s E3 Show in Los Angeles this week to unveil its long-awaited Xbox One X gaming console, which the company is calling the most powerful of its kind.

The console will hit store shelves worldwide on November 7th and will carry a $499 suggested retail price. The initial version will feature a black cabinet design and 1TB of internal storage.

The Xbox One X will pack six teraflops of graphical power, topping Sony’s PS4 Pro, which manages just 4.2 teraflops. Microsoft based the console on a custom GPU engine that runs at a powerful 1172MHz, up from 911MHz in the Xbox One and Sony’s PS4 Pro.

The console includes a liquid-cooled vapor-chamber system, like those used on high-performance PC gaming cards.

Importantly for home theater lovers, Microsoft also includes an Ultra HD Blu-ray drive for 4K movies and entertainment, as it did in the Xbox One S, in the console, enables 4K streaming and has enabled the device to be used as a 4K digital video recorder.

Read more about the new Xbox One X video gaming console and Ultra HD Blu-ray player after the jump:

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Blackfire RED Wi-Fi Protocol To Improve Wireless Home Integration

June 12th, 2017 · 2160p, 4K Flat Panel, 4K LED LCD, Audio, Blu-ray Players, Connected TVs, Digital Media Receivers, HDR, Live OTT services, News, object-based audio, OTT services, routers, screen mirroring, Second Screen, Sound Bars, Sound Systems, Streaming Services, Surround Sound, Surround Sound Systems, UHD (4K) Media Players, UHDTV, Ultra HD Blu-ray Players, voice command, Wireless Audio, Wireless HD


Home entertainment network startup, Blackfire Research, introduced Monday its Blackfire RED real-time entertainment distribution framework, billed as the industry’s only wireless entertainment-centric infrastructure software framework designed to overcome the limitations of using in-home Wi-Fi media applications.

Blackfire designed Blackfire RED wireless applications and products for real-time Wi-Fi exchanges of entertainment content between disparate devices running a common framework designed to work reliably with multiple audio and video streams. It offers a range of features to assist multiple entertainment products to distribute video and audio throughout the home.

Read more about the Blackfire RED platform launch after they jump:

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