Epson HC 5040UB Projector Makes Good Case For Near 4K

February 26th, 2017 · 2160p, 3LCD front projectors, 3LCD projectors, 4K Front Projection, Front Projection, front projectors, HDMI, HDR, News, UHDTV

 

As the market for flat-panel televisions rapidly shifts to 4K Ultra HD, it’s rather ironic that home entertainment projectors, with the ability to present much larger screen sizes that best present the additional detail enhancements that 4K Ultra HD resolution provides have lagged behind.

For a while now, Sony has offered native 4K SXRD (LCoS) chip-based home video projectors, but thus far most of Sony’s 4K projectors, particularly those supporting high dynamic range (HDR) and 90+ percent of DCI-P3 color gamut, start at around $12,300. More recently JVC has jumped into the native 4K game, but here, too, the price for this extra resolution boost is $34,999.95. If you’ve got the cash that might not seem like a big deal, but to most us that’s the price of a good used car.

Last summer, Epson brought a new line of projectors to market offering pixel-shifting technology solutions to simulate 4K Ultra HD resolution, by producing images that appear to double the resolution of full HD 1080p. Though well shy of native 4, these projectors do accept native 4K Ultra HD resolution content plus a wide color gamut and HDR. They also deliver impressive brightness for a fraction of the price of those aforementioned native 4K projectors. Epson’s Home Cinema 5040UB ($2,499) can be purchased at retail without going through a custom installer, and we found the performance to be very impressive for those with the room to control exterior and ambient room light and provide at least 9-feet of throw distance to the screen from an elevated location.

Read our review of Epson’s Home Cinema 5040UB after the jump:

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LG Reveals ‘Dual Premium’ Strategy on 2017 4K OLED, Super UHD TVs

February 23rd, 2017 · 2160p, 4K Flat Panel, 4K LED LCD, Amazon, Connected TVs, electronic program guides, HDR, height channels, LCD Flat Panel, LED LCD Flat Panels, LG Electronics, News, OLED, OLED, Sound Bars, UHD 4K OLED, UHDTV

            LG’s marketing VP Dave Vanderwaal unveils the LG W7 4K OLED TV at CES 2017.

UPDATE! LG Electronics (LG) used an event in Seoul, South Korea Wednesday to officially announce its “dual premium strategy” which will be used to promote and sell the company’s 2017  4K Ultra HD OLED and Super UHD LED LCD TVs, the latter of which now use new “Nano Cell” display technology.

The event marked one of the first times that the company has positioned its Super UHD 4K LED LCDs at or close to the same level as its advanced 4K OLED TV models.

The televisions were first displayed last month at CES 2017 in Las Vegas. The new Super UHD TV models will be available in Korea in coming weeks along with 2017 4K OLED sets that will first roll out in South Korea and the United States, in February and March. The Super UHD LED LCD TVs will hit the U.S. in February and March, LG said in a global statement released from the company’s domestic headquarters.

LG’s U.S. sales and marketing company released pricing on the Super UHD TVs for the first time on Thursday. There were some models missing from those originally disclosed to the press prior to CES 2017. Pricing on two 65-inch Signature Series models (in the G7 and W7 series) were the same as was shared with dealers earlier and reported by HD Guru, but prices were raised by up to $1,000 from what was leaked by dealers earlier on 65- and 55-inch models in the C7 and E7 series.

“Our 2017 TV lineup features state-of-the-art display technologies that break the boundaries of TV viewing,” stated Brian Kwon, LG Electronics Home Entertainment Company president. “This year, we will continue to extend the premium TV market with a dual premium strategy based on our unrivaled OLED TVs and groundbreaking Super UHD TVs with Nano Cell display. With these innovative TV products, our customers will be able to enjoy the best home entertainment experience that the industry has to offer.”

LG Signature OLED TVs, in the W7 and G7 model series this year, are said to “embody the company’s pursuit of the best possible viewing experience, featuring the most advanced technologies available in the display industry.”

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Nanoco Brings Alternative Quantum Dot Solutions To 4K UHD TV

February 21st, 2017 · 2160p, 4K Flat Panel, 4K LED LCD, Connected TVs, Full Array LED Backlit with Local Dimming, HDR, LCD Flat Panel, LED LCD Flat Panels, News, UHDTV

           Nanoco’s Brian Gally presents two TVs using the company’s quantum dot technologies.

Quantum dot technology has received a lot of ink from Samsung’s SUHD and QLED 4K Ultra HDTVs, as well as from competitive versions introduced several years ago by Sony in association with QD Vision followed later by Hisense, TCL and others.

The names behind these nano-particle sized dots that emit bright colored light in LED-backlit LCD TVs have thus far focused around Nanosys, QD Vision and Samsung, which has its own quantum dot properties in addition to working with others.

A lesser-known, though equally large player in the quantum dot field for large display devices is Nanoco Technology, which made its first formal appearance at CES 2017. Hardly a newcomer, Nanoco was among the first to develop environmentally friendly cadmium-free quantum dots for consumer television displays back in the mid-2000s.

Quietly, it has been supplying quantum dot solutions used as coatings for a sheet of film that is sandwiched into an LCD TV panel stack to help advanced LED LCD TVs produce a wide color gamut to go with the brightness boost needed for high dynamic range (HDR).

Nanoco, which is based in Manchester, England, has manufacturing operations in Runcorn. It has been setting the stage for the next evolution of LCD TV technology, and while Samsung — which recently acquired QD Vision, and holds a stake in Nanosys — appears to be quickly cornering the quantum dot television market, Nanoco is providing an alternative, which is already being used in televisions from TCL, Hisense and Philips (the latter under license to China-based TPV).

We caught up with Nanoco’s executive team at CES to find out when we can expect to see televisions in the U.S. market using their technologies. The following interview sheds some light on where quantum dot market is headed and how Nanoco is helping to shape it.

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Presidents’ Day Brings 4K Ultra HDTV Deals

February 16th, 2017 · 2160p, 4K Curved Screeen, 4K Flat Panel, 4K LED LCD, Amazon, Connected TVs, Curved Screen, HDR, LCD Flat Panel, LED LCD Flat Panels, LG Electronics, News, OLED, OLED, UHD 4K OLED, UHDTV

 

Presidents’ Day is almost here and that means you’ll find good deals on top-ranked 4K Ultra HDTVs from top-tier brands.

This year, there are a number of good deals still floating around Amazon on better-performing 4K Ultra HDTVs as manufacturers prepare to clear out inventory to make room for incoming 2017 models.

Of particular note are a handful of OLED models including the 2016 4K Ultra HD LG 55-inch B6P priced at $1,997.99, which is right around where the Full HD version of the same screen size was selling a year ago. And you get HDR along with it.

The following list features some of the week’s hot selling models and prices from Amazon. Note, prices listed on the accompanying links were as they appeared at the time of posting. This is subject to change with availability and unannounced promotions. For the latest prices, click the links to the models of interest.

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Review: TCL 50UP130 4K Ultra HD Roku TV Makes Smart TV Simple

February 15th, 2017 · 2160p, 4K Flat Panel, 4K LED LCD, Connected TVs, electronic program guides, HDMI, LCD Flat Panel, LED LCD Flat Panels, Streaming Services, UHDTV

 

It’s easy to get caught up in all the hype and excitement of newer television technologies like 4K Ultra HD and high dynamic range (HDR), but the fact of the matter is to enjoy those benefits in their more representative form you are going to need to shell out close to $1,000 or more for a good performing set measuring 50-inches and larger.

Understandably, that’s out of the price range of a lot of people, especially if the set is only going to be used in a secondary viewing location like a bedroom, kitchen or dorm. Fortunately, there are a few very good and very affordable options still out there, and TCL has one of them in its 50-inch 50UP130 4K Ultra HDTV with built-in Roku smart TV functionality. This model can be found now for prices of around $499.99 offering surprisingly good resolution, color and sound quality. Better yet, the Roku streaming App system is one of the best in the business, offering the easiest graphical user interface we found with the greatest selection of apps and services. It’s so easy to use that it makes the perfect set for older consumers who tend to get easily overwhelmed by technology.

As a model in TCL’s P-series, the 50UP130 packs in all the benefits of the company’s popular Roku Full HD TVs with the added benefit of 4K Ultra HD resolution. Sorry, this model does not get bright enough to support high dynamic range (HDR) of any form, and that is something you are going to want to see for yourself before you buy a TV of any kind today, but the picture quality is nevertheless rich, colorful and realistic, without being overly saturated or exaggerated.

In short, it looks as good as many of the better-performing 60 Hz native refresh rate Full HDTVs that were offered two or three years ago – before 4K Ultra HDTV started to take over the higher-end mix – at a price that’s not going to take you to the cleaners, but at this price you’ll have to consider if you’d rather have a really good smart TV with 4K resolution or an average smart TV with 4K resolution and HDR support, like you find in some competitive models from Hisense.

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DirecTV, Fox Sports To Start 4K Satcasts Friday

February 13th, 2017 · 2160p, 4K Flat Panel, 4K LED LCD, Amazon, News, Satellite TV, Satellite UHD 4K TV, UHDTV

 

DirecTV will present the California-Stanford NCAA basketball game live in 4K Ultra HD from Fox Sports on Feb. 17, 2016 on channel 106, one of its three dedicated 4K channels.

The satcast will be the first live 4K sporting event carried via DirecTV’s collaboration with Fox Sports network. More events are expected to follow on a regular basis, according to TV Predictions. Upcoming sporting events through the DirecTV/Fox Sports affiliation will include: NASCAR races, FIFA soccer matches, football games and Major League Baseball games.

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Sony Reveals Prices On 2017 4K Ultra HD XBR TVs, UHD Blu-ray Player

February 10th, 2017 · 2160p, 3D Blu-ray player, 4K LED LCD, Blu-ray Discs, Blu-ray Players, Blu-ray Titles, Connected TVs, Dolby Atmos, DTS:X, DVD Players, Full Array LED Backlit with Local Dimming, HDMI, HDR, LCD Flat Panel, LED LCD Flat Panels, News, object-based audio, Streaming Services, UHDTV, Ultra HD Blu-ray Players, Video Processors

Sony released pricing Friday for many of its 2017 4K Ultra HD televisions and an Ultra HD Blu-ray disc player, which made their debut at last month’s CES 2017.

The announcement covers the XBR lineup of 4K Ultra HD LED LCD TVs, but did not cover the new A1 4K OLED TV series the company unveiled to much anticipation. Those details will be coming a little later.

This year, Sony has expanded the brightness and contrast performance of its 4K Ultra HD lineup, with the X900E series on up offering direct full or grid-array LED backlighting with local dimming.

The XBR -X930E/XBR -X940E (pictured at top) series models include support for HDR10, and this year add Dolby Vision and Hybrid Log-Gamma (HLG), the latter coming through a future firmware update, for viewing HDR content.

Sony will also add Dolby Vision to the currently available Z9D flagship 4K Ultra HD LED LCD TV through a forthcoming firmware update.

Sony handles HDR using its Processor X1 Extreme advanced image engine to improve color accuracy, contrast and clarity along with Triluminos display and HDR Remaster systems (the latter is available only in the X850E and higher models.)

In addition, the new models will be operable through the Google Home voice assistant platform that will be built into the set. Sony’s TVs will get Google Home operation internally later in the year following a firmware update. The new models will also be controllable for basic functions via the optional external Google Home speaker sold by Google.

Dealers around the country will begin taking pre-orders on the 2017 4K Ultra HD LED LCD TV models today, with shipments to follow in March. Prices listed below show the manufacturer’s suggested retail pricing (MSRP) terms.

Find the pricing on Sony’s X940E, X930E, X900E, X850E, X800E and new UBP-800 Ultra HD Blu-ray player after the jump. Bullet specs on select models courtesy of Crutchfield.com:

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DirecTV Begins Live 4K Coverage Of Pebble Beach Pro-Am

February 9th, 2017 · 2160p, 4K Flat Panel, 4K LED LCD, Connected TVs, Full HD 1080p, LCD Flat Panel, LED LCD Flat Panels, News, Satellite TV, Satellite UHD 4K TV, UHDTV

 

Golf fans with 4K Ultra HDTVs and a DirecTV subscription will be able to view the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am golf tournament from California’s Monterey Peninsula February 9-12th with the action beginning at 3 p.m.-6 p.m. EST each day.

AT&T’s DirecTV coverage team will be using 4K cameras positioned at holes 7, 17 and 18 on the Pebble Beach course for the PGA tour event.

Read more on the live 4K action from the 2017 Pebble Beach Pro-Am after the jump:

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