Amazon Gets The Jump On Holiday TV Deals
Amazon has begun to offer “Black Friday worthy” deals on a wide range of products before the pre-Holiday push, and we’ve gathered some of the latest TVs deals for LG, Sony and Samsung to help you get in on the action, while it lasts.
The e-commerce retailer warns that these are limited-time offers that will appear off and on in the weeks and days leading up to the holidays ahead. As is always the case, these deals are only for as good as the offer day and as supplies last.
Given that inflation is catching up with COVID-19 and component shortages and shipping delays are limiting product availability this year, it’s advisable to jump on these deals when you can get them.
Some of the most recent deals are listed under the links below. Pricing is subject to change without notice, so check the links to find the currently available price and product availability.
LG 2020 4K OLED TVs
2021 LG G1 Series 4K UHD EVO TVs
The highlighted LG OLED evo G1 “Gallery” series, dubbed the “Evo Series,” continues the company’s emphasis on wall-mount-friendly ultra-thin panel design offering models that resemble framed paintings. This series marks the next evolution in OLED panel technology, with optimizations to deliver brighter pictures than ever offered by LG before.
Both the G1 and C1 OLED series are based on LG’s new Alpha 9 (fourth generation) processor that uses artificial intelligence and deep learning to handle “all elements” of picture creation, including anti-contouring (banding), color look up tables (LUTs), noise reduction, and upscaling. The new Alpha 9 Gen. 4 processor will auto detect content being watched by not only genre type but scene types to further adjust images for things like contrast and HDR picture quality using Dolby Vision and other processes.
The sets can then make adjustments for ambient surroundings. The processor will also auto adjust for different elements of a picture simultaneously, like adjusting how faces are displayed while at the same time sharpening text in a scrolling ticker in the same frame.
The LG C1 and G1 series models continue to include extensive support for the new HDMI 2.1 connectivity features. HDMI inputs on 4K C1 and G1 OLED models support advanced gaming features with up to 4K/120p high frame rates, ALLM, and other advanced gaming features. All 2021 LG OLED TV models will also support Dolby Atmos, and eARC.
Models also include NextGen TV tuners (ATSC1.0 and ATSC 3.0) to receive free over-the-air broadcasts.
In 2021, the AI sound system, which last year performed up-mixes from stereo to 5.1-channels surround, has been expanded through the AI Sound Pro feature offered in some models to add virtual height channels for a 5.1.2-channel-like experience.
Other common features in both 2021 model series include support for Filmmaker Mode, to automatically change TV settings to preserve the creative intent. The feature can be set to automatically engage upon detection of film-based content or alternatively it can be engaged manually with a push button on the remote.
Both series continue to support WiSA wireless speaker connectivity as well as Bluetooth capability to link with certain Bluetooth speakers to serve as additional rear channels without the need for and AV receiver.
In addition, a new mode this year, known as TV Sound Mode Share, rewires the sound output to enable sending sound processed internally by the TV out to a connected soundbar with the enhancement enabled by the TV left in intact.
LG said the G1 evo series models are equipped with a reformulated panel using “a new luminos element” that fine tunes the wavelengths for red and blue and adds a green element as well for more precise color reproduction and higher brightness.
The G1 and C1 OLED series models newly support Dolby Vision Gaming HDR for next-gen Xbox Series X/S consoles. They also continue to support HDR10, Dolby Vision and HLG HDR profiles for HDR movie viewing.
2021 LG C1 Series 4K UHD OLED TVs
2021 LG A1 Series 4K UHD Entry OLED TVs
Features of the LG entry OLED TV series include: 4K UHD 3840 x 2160 resolution, a 60Hz native refresh rate OLED panel. HDR10, HLG, Dolby Vision HDR support, Dolby Vision IQ enhancement technology, auto low latency mode (ALLM) gaming support, Alexa, Google Assistant and Siri Control voice control support, and Dolby Atmos 3D surround sound decoding.
Sony 2021 4K OLED TVs
2021 Sony A80J Series 4K UHD OLED TVs
The mid-range 4K/120 OLED series is the A80J, with 77-, 65- and 55-inch models. These include the Cognitive Intelligence Processor XR with XR OLED Contrast, Google TV interface, and Acoustic Surface Audio+ system.
Sony 2021 8K Full Array LED-LCD TVs
Sony Z9J Series 4K Full Array LED-LCD Smart TVs
In the top full-array LED LCD TV series — 8K Z9J, and 4K X95J and X90J — this year, Sony is offering its XR Contrast Booster 15, 10 and 5 systems, respectively, for backlight control to adjust lighting for different levels of peak luminance, brightness and color volume, depending on the model series. Sony explained that the different XR Contrast Boost version numbers do not reflect any actual degree of brightness or luminance elevation, but are used just to give consumers a better sense of performance ability from one to another. The Z9J model below offers the top of the line brightness control to go with the advanced AI image reality control
Sony 2021 4K Full Array LED-LCD TVs
Sony 2021 X95J Series 4K Full Array LED-LCD BRAVIA Smart TVs
In this top-end 4K LED-LCD TV series, Sony is offering its XR Contrast Booster 15 denoting the level of backlight control to adjust brightness for peak luminance, brightness and color volume. The XR Contrast Boost number doesn’t reflect any actual degree of brightness or luminance elevation, but is used to indicate the degree of power relative to the performance ability of the ower 10 and 5 levels in step-down X90J and X80J series.
Sony 2021 X90J 4K Full Array Bravia Smart TVs
The step-down Sony 4K/120 Full Array LED LCD TV series includes the 75-, 65-, 55- and 50-inch screen sizes. These models have the Cognitive Intelligence Processor XR with XR Contrast Booster 5 backlight system, Acoustic Multi-Audio and the Google TV user interface. The series’ XR Motion Clarity technology uses cross-analysis data to ensure action stays smooth, bright and clear with no blur. The series offers 4 HDMI inputs, 2 of which are ATSC 2.1 supporting ALLM, VRR, HFR and one with eARC. These models also include a NextGen TV dual tuner (ATSC 3.0/ATSC 1.0). Sets have a minimalist bezel design and Ambient Optimization technology with a light sensor that automatically adjusts picture and sound to viewers’ environment.
Samsung 2021 4K & 8K QLED TVs
Samsung 2021 8K Neo QLED 8K Mini-LED LCD TVs
Samsung Neo QLED 8K models feature Samsung’s new mini-LED backlight technology with greater brightness control for peak localized brightness and nearly pure black reproduction with shadow detail. These models offer thin-bezel deigns, an AI video processor, called an 8K Neo Quantum Processor, new advanced surround sound speakers and sound enhancing technologies. The new models are equipped with HDMI 2.1 inputs supporting up to 4K/120Hz, Variable Refresh Rate (VRR), Auto Low Latency Mode (ALLM), eARC enhanced Audio Return Channel (eARC), an ATSC 3.0 NextGenTV tuner, 360-degree camera support, Multi-View support, and the recently announced new HDR10+ Adaptive HDR profile that auto adjusts HDR brightness and contrast to changing picture parameters and room lighting conditions.
Sound features include: Object Tracking Sound (OTS) dynamic sound that corresponds to the movement of objects on screen, and SpaceFit Sound that analyzes the installed TV’s physical environment and outputs immersive sound auto adjusted to characteristics of the room.
The Neo QLED QN900A series features: 8K Resolution, MiniLED full-array backlit LED LCD, Quantum Matrix Technology Pro; Infinity One Design; Anti-Reflection Screen; Quantum HDR 64X; Quantum Dot color enhancement; Ultimate 8K Dimming Pro; Tap View mobile connectivity; voice control support – Bixby, G-Assistant, Alexa; Adaptive Sound+; Q-Symphony Sound; 4.2.2 ch. speaker array; One Connect box; 120Hz native refresh rate panel, HDR10/HLG/HDR10+/HDR10+ Adaptive; NextGen TV ATSC 3.0 tuner; HDMI 2.1 with ALLM, VRR, FreeSync and High Frame Rate.
Models on special include the following:
Samsung 2021 4K Neo QLED Mini-LED LCD TVs
The Samsung New QLED QN90A is the company’s flagship 4K TV series for 2021. Features include 4K resolution, MiniLED full-array backlit LED LCD, Quantum Matrix Technology, Quantum Dot color enhancement, Filmmaker Mode, Neo Quantum Processor 4K, Quantum HDR 32X; HDR10/HLG/HDR10+/HDR10+ Adaptive, Motion Xcelerator Turbo+, 4 HDMI 2.1 inputs supporting up to 4K/120Hz, Variable Refresh Rate (VRR), FreeSync, Auto Low Latency Mode (ALLM), eARC enhanced Audio Return Channel (eARC), SolarCell remote, 360-degree camera support, built-in far field mic support, Bixby voice control, works with Alexa, works with Google Assistant, ATSC 3.0 NextGenTV tuner; Object Tracking Sound, Micro UHD Dimming, 4.2.2 ch. 60 watt speaker array, Dolby 5.1 decoding, Tap View mobile connectivity, Solid Slim Design, Bending Plate Stand, Ultimate UHD Dimming.
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By Greg Tarr
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