Entries Tagged as 'Reviews'

Review: `GotG Vol. 2′ UHD Blu-ray Takes HDR Through Its Paces

August 15th, 2017 · No Comments · 2160p, 4K Flat Panel, 4K LED LCD, Blu-ray Discs, Blu-ray Players, Blu-ray Titles, Connected TVs, Disc Reviews, Dolby Atmos, HDR, height channels, object-based audio, Surround Sound, UHDTV, Ultra HD Blu-ray Players

  When director James Gunn revealed on his Facebook page recently that Walt Disney Studios had given him the nod to not only release his Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 in 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray, but with high dynamic range, it marked a giant milestone for the new format. One of the last major […]

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Review: Kaleidescape Strato The Best 4K Player We’ve Tested

July 26th, 2017 · 1 Comment · 2160p, 4K Flat Panel, 4K LED LCD, Blu-ray Discs, Blu-ray Players, Blu-ray Titles, Connected TVs, Dolby Atmos, DTS:X, DVD Players, electronic program guides, Full HD 1080p, HDMI, HDR, News, OLED, UHD 4K OLED, UHDTV, Ultra HD Blu-ray Players

  If you are a videophile looking for the best Ultra HD Blu-ray player the industry has to offer, you might not want an optical disc player at all, but, rather, a movie player based on hard drive storage. We say this after recently testing the Kaleidescape Strato hard-drive-based set-top box designed to store and […]

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Review: Sony HT-ST5000 Dolby Atmos Soundbar Offers Wide Sound Stage

July 10th, 2017 · No Comments · 2160p, 4K Flat Panel, 4K LED LCD, Audio, Blu-ray Players, center channel, Dolby Atmos, front channels, HDMI, HDR, height channels, LED LCD Flat Panels, object-based audio, OTT services, rear surround channel, Sound Bars, Sound Systems, Streaming Services, sub woofer, Surround Sound, Surround Sound Systems, UHDTV, Ultra HD Blu-ray Players

Sony’s HT-ST5000 Dolby Atmos soundbar was quite a surprise. For only a 2-piece system, this attractively styled unit delivered big sound with a widely dispersed soundstage and clear dialog. What’s more, , reproduces music as well or better than some entry home theater in a box systems, offering bright wide musicality, rear and overhead effects […]

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Review: Hisense 50H8C 4K Ultra HD TV Offers Impressive Entry-Level HDR Performance

September 28th, 2016 · 4 Comments · 2160p, 4K Flat Panel, 4K LED LCD, Amazon, Connected TVs, Full Array LED Backlit with Local Dimming, HDMI, HDR, LCD Flat Panel, LED LCD Flat Panels, Streaming Services, UHDTV

When we first saw Hisense’s 50H8c 4K Ultra HDTV at CES 2016 last January we were impressed. The TV presented good natural colors, impressively deep blacks, listed a 10-bit panel and had the ability to read high dynamic range (HDR) content. If that wasn’t enough, the TV carries full-array LED backlighting with local dimming (Hisense […]

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Review: Samsung HW-K950 Dolby Atmos Sound Bar Brings Object-Based Audio Home

August 9th, 2016 · 1 Comment · Audio, Blu-ray Discs, Blu-ray Players, Blu-ray Titles, HDMI, LED LCD Flat Panels, News, Sound Bars, Sound Systems, Streaming Services, Surround Sound, Surround Sound Systems, UHDTV, Wireless Audio

  It’s really amazing to hear the level of sound quality coming from some of today’s sound bars. Once hollow and boxy sounding speaker TV add-ons with narrow sounding coverage and limited musicality, the genre has transformed in recent years into a full-fledged Hi-Fi contender. The Samsung HW-K950 5.1.4-channel sound bar with Dolby Atmos ($1,497.99) […]

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Review: UHD Blu-ray `The Revenant’ Paints Harrowing Tale With Light

May 6th, 2016 · No Comments · 2160p, Amazon, Blu-ray Discs, Blu-ray Players, Blu-ray Titles, Disc Reviews, HDR, Product Reviews, Review, Surround Sound, UHDTV

The Ultra HD Blu-ray format is only a couple of months old, and already we have an impressive body of about 30 discs carrying 3840×2160 resolution images supported by strikingly realistic contrast, detail and color through the use of the new tool (for the home at least) of high dynamic range (HDR). The Revenant, which […]

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Review: New 1080p Roku TV Streaming Stick

April 25th, 2016 · 1 Comment · Amazon, Connected TVs, Full HD 1080p, HDMI, Headphones, Product Reviews, Streaming Services

Major TV manufacturers have been trying to solve the puzzle to building a successful and satisfying smart TV system for the better part of a decade now, but the truth is that Roku has been one-step ahead of most of them since before they started integrating complex operating systems and IP functionality into dumb displays. […]

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Review: Samsung’s UBD-K8500 Sets Bar High For Ultra HD Blu-ray

April 18th, 2016 · 2 Comments · 2160p, 3D HDTV, 4K LED LCD, Amazon, Blu-ray Discs, Blu-ray Players, Blu-ray Titles, Connected TVs, HDMI, HDR, Product Reviews, Review, Surround Sound, UHDTV

Samsung’s UBD-K8500 Ultra HD Blu-ray player (above) has a curved design but no readout. Since the introduction of the first DVD player, Samsung has sought to be first-to-market with all of the latest optical disc technologies to come along. The company’s track record includes the introduction of the first DVD player, the first Blu-ray player […]

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