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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.

John Archer  |  Jul 03, 2020  |  0 comments
hcchighreccomendJohn Archer enjoys the all-around appeal of Sony's range-topping 4K LED telly

Unless Sony springs a replacement for 2019's ZF9 series on us later in the year, the KD-65XH9505 is the Japanese brand's flagship 65in 4K TV for 2020. And at first glance you might wonder if that's a status that it will be able to live up to. Even the £2,000 ticket, while not inconsiderable, doesn't exactly scream 'flagship'.

John Archer  |  Jun 04, 2020  |  0 comments
Samsung's 2020 8K QLED flagship takes the next-gen display technology to a new, pixel-packed level – and adds style and sound innovations
John Archer  |  Mar 27, 2020  |  0 comments
hcc_recommendedJohn Archer is very 'appy to get acquainted with the UK's first Roku-enabled smart TV

While our American friends have had 'Roku TVs' for half a decade now, the Hisense R50B7120 marks the first time the renowned smart platform has shipped built into a UK set. I can't say for sure why it's taken so long for a Roku-powered flatscreen to rock up here. What I can say, though, is that many households should be very happy to see it.

John Archer  |  Feb 28, 2020  |  0 comments
John Archer finds out if LG's cheapest 65in OLED TV is really the bargain it first appears

For many HCC readers, OLED remains the premier TV picture technology. Unfortunately, though, it's a technology that hasn't always screamed affordability, which is where LG's entrylevel B series comes in. Since 2018 these sets have adopted less-powerful picture processing than their higher-end stablemates, in a bid to give cash-strapped AV fans a more affordable OLED option.

Steve May  |  Feb 07, 2020  |  0 comments
hccbestbuybadgev3With universal HDR support and style to spare, you'll be sorely tempted by this 4K HDR mid-ranger, says Steve May

Philips has thrown everything bar the kitchen sink at its 6 Series high street hotshot. This 4K UHD LED model doesn't just try to woo with a low price tag, it wows with a host of fan-favourite features, including Ambilight, multi-HDR and Amazon Alexa voice support.

Steve May  |  Jan 23, 2020  |  0 comments

There’s no shortage of fancy flagship 4K screens if your pockets are deep enough. But many claim rarefied air through cosmetic finesse and fanciful design. Panasonic isn’t interested in such jolly superficiality. Its GZ2000 is that rare beast – an OLED TV designed from the ground up to satisfy the particular needs 
of you, dear HCC reader. It takes a hardcore home cinema approach to sound and vision.

Steve May  |  Jan 22, 2020  |  0 comments

Sony's debut 8K display – the Master Series ZG9 – is the best reason yet to make an early jump into 4,320p...

Steve May  |  Nov 18, 2019  |  0 comments
Does Samsung's Q80R model represent the sweet spot in its colour-rich, high-brightness QLED lineup this year? asks Steve May
John Archer  |  Nov 18, 2019  |  First Published: May 18, 2019  |  0 comments
Samsung’s flagship 4K flatscreen does things LCD TVs aren’t supposed to do, says John Archer
Mark Craven  |  Nov 01, 2019  |  0 comments
hcc_recommendedThis Philips OLED wants to put an end to the notion of mediocre TV audio. Mark Craven reports

Last year, Philips collaborated with Bowers & Wilkins on its OLED903 series, roping in the sound specialist to boost the audio appeal of its 4K display. But it turns out that was merely an aperitif; its new OLED984 is the main course. This time around, B&W has been involved from the very beginning of the project, resulting in a TV that's somewhat different to the rest of the flatscreen market. In a good way.

John Archer  |  Oct 04, 2019  |  0 comments
Standing out in today’s crowded OLED TV market is a tough job. The panels at the heart of almost every OLED TV typically come from the same place, and the extent of improvements brands can deliver year-on-year via processing alone seems to be diminishing. Yet Panasonic's selling point with its 2019 OLED TVs should resonate loud and clear with HCC readers: showing what the director intended...
Steve May  |  Sep 04, 2019  |  0 comments
Dolby Vision, HDR10+ and Dolby Atmos – this mid-ranger will have AV fans drooling, says Steve May

The days of HDR elitism are over. With the advent of the GX800, Panasonic has neutralised the ongoing debate about dynamic HDR standards. It's slashed the price premium usually associated with the technology too; what was once the preserve of high-end enthusiasts is now ready for primetime. Fed up with having to decide between Dolby Vision or HDR10+ when opting for a new TV? This fair-minded flatscreen is happy playing both.

Steve May  |  Aug 09, 2019  |  0 comments
hccbestbuybadgev3LG's fine-tuned OLED impresses Steve May – even with an obvious spec-sheet omission

The LG E9 is an exceptional 4K flatscreen. Available in 65in (as tested here) and 55in guises, it's the top-ranked integrated OLED in LG's 2019 lineup, positioned above the C9 and B9. Burdened with glorious functionality, it employs the second-generation Alpha9 intelligent picture processor and offers support for high-frame-rate 4K sources via HDMI 2.1. Inevitably, there's a caveat. But let's not get ahead of ourselves.

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