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John Archer  |  Sep 10, 2021  |  0 comments
TCL's first mini LED TV to hit the UK leaves John Archer mostly impressed, but ruing some missed opportunities

The big new buzzword in the TV world is mini LED. This premium backlighting technology uses much smaller LEDs than those found on conventional LED-lit LCD screens, allowing more to be deployed behind the glass. The result is a boost to both potential brightness and contrast, particularly if the mini LEDs – which typically number in their thousands – are driven by a healthy amount of separate dimming zones.

John Archer  |  Aug 27, 2021  |  0 comments
hccbestbuybadgev3Philips' 800 Series OLED TV adds top-drawer gaming to excellent picture quality, discovers John Archer

Philips' ability to harness its potent video processing to the innate precision of OLED display technology has, over the last half-a-decade or so, given the brand a new lease of life, and one that's seen it claim an ever-growing slice of the premium TV market in the face of competition from both established brands and aggressive newcomers. And I can't see it losing its grip if it continues to make TVs like those in its OLED806 range.

Steve May  |  Aug 16, 2021  |  0 comments
This budget-buy 4K set will appeal by virtue of its well-stocked smarts, tidy design and Dolby Vision support, says Steve May. But does its picture performance stack up?
John Archer  |  Jun 25, 2021  |  0 comments
hcchighreccomendSony's smallest ever OLED TV won't excite the gaming console cognoscenti, but its images still make a big impression on John Archer

The general TV trend these days is towards ever bigger screens. An interesting exception to this rule has emerged in recent months, though, in the comely shape of 48in OLED TVs.

Steve May  |  Apr 27, 2021  |  0 comments
hcchighreccomendSteve May reckons this 55in entry-level OLED TV is a belting buy for canny AV enthusiasts

LG's BX Series OLED TV is a tempting gateway to the joys of the screen technology. Positioned below the brand's headline-hogging CX range, it looks much the same, yet comes in at a significantly lower price thanks to a step-down image processor and a few specification compromises. Is the price saving worth such sacrifices? I think so.

John Archer  |  Apr 16, 2021  |  0 comments
While premium LCD TVs have long had brightness on their 
side, they’ve always had trouble controlling exactly where that brightness goes, something that's arguably become more of 
a picture quality concern with the step up to HDR content. 
Enter Samsung's QE65QN95A, the brand's first TV to utilise Mini LED backlight technology.
John Archer  |  Mar 26, 2021  |  0 comments
This low-price, easy-to-accommodate 4K LCD TV pushes John Archer's buttons with its healthy black level, natural colour palette and tidy smart hub
Steve May  |  Mar 16, 2021  |  0 comments
Philips hits the right notes with this stylish smallscreen OLED. But is 48in big enough for Steve May?

You might be forgiven for expecting smallscreen OLED TVs to be a budget punt, stripped of extraneous frippery in order to better bring OLED technology to the mainstream. But there's no sense of any such cost-cutting compromise with this Philips, which uses the new smaller panel for a downsized version of its flagship 935 model, complete with Bowers and Wilkins sound system. Is this move inspired or a marketing misstep?

John Archer  |  Mar 10, 2021  |  0 comments
hcchighreccomendThere’s arguably no more cinematic experience in the AV world than watching a 4K Blu-ray movie on a massive OLED TV. A fact this 77in LG OLED77GX confirms with designer knobs on...
John Archer  |  Feb 05, 2021  |  0 comments
hcchighreccomendJohn Archer explains why Sony's latest mid-range LED LCD TV is arguably better for next-gen console gamers than its flagship models

While the original PS4 and Xbox One consoles trailed behind TV technology when they first came out, the Xbox Series X and PS5 are running ahead of most 2020 TVs. Graphics features such as 4K at 120Hz, variable refresh rates and automatic low latency mode switching have caught the vast majority of this year's displays on the hop, including many of Sony's own models. Oddly, the only game-friendly exception in its range isn't some high-flying, megabucks flagship, but the mid-range XH9005 series.

Steve May  |  Dec 11, 2020  |  0 comments
Smart, well-specified and a fine performer, Samsung’s entry-level FALD QLED TV could be the perfect compromise for gaming cinephiles...
Steve May  |  Nov 25, 2020  |  0 comments
hccbestbuybadgev3Panasonic's Professional Edition OLED panel gets an IQ upgrade and the result is dazzling, says Steve May

There's never been a better time to invest in premium home theatre, now that multiplex screens have lost their silvery allure and cinema concessions now come with a side order of anxiety. Stepping up your AV game is the only sensible solution, and Panasonic's flagship HZ2000 is perhaps the ultimate flatscreen upgrade. Okay, it's not 8K, but for the movie sources of the here and now, it's unbeatable.

John Archer  |  Oct 29, 2020  |  0 comments
hccbestbuybadgev3John Archer auditions Philips' step-up 65OLED935 TV, which aims to add integrated Atmos audio to picture perfect processing

Philips has long understood the importance of video processing to TV performance. It was throwing huge amounts of computational power at LCD TVs when LCD TVs were barely a thing, with typically excellent results (albeit once you'd tinkered with some of the settings). Yet the addition of OLED to its portfolio has seen processing prowess come into its own like never before.

Steve May  |  Aug 17, 2020  |  0 comments
hccbestbuybadgev3Panasonic sets the bar high with a do-it-all mid-ranger that has a penchant for popcorn, says Steve May

Panasonic's multi-talented, mid-range HX800 LED LCD could be the screen home cinephiles have been clamouring for. Offering a feature specification and picture characteristics more becoming panels twice the price, it's a tempting proposition if Dolby Vision HDR and a blistering gaming performance are big on your want list.

Steve May  |  Aug 04, 2020  |  0 comments
hccbestbuybadgev3The 805 is the smartest Philips OLED flatscreen yet, says an awestruck Steve May

Philips' new OLED805 may look at first glance like a numerical refresh of last year's 804 model, but there's far more to it than that. This multi-HDR compatible set bristles with advanced new picture technology, and is arguably the most significant Philips launch since the debut of its P5 image processing suite.

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