TCL's latest mid-range C2 LED television gives you just about everything you could want from a TV at a surprisingly reasonable price, in five different screen sizes. You get Android TV, with built-in Netflix and Stan apps and Chromecast, HDR video support and an integrated soundbar. So why wouldn't you buy it?
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There's a moment playing Infamous First Light, as the heroine made of light climbs up a wall in pitch black darkness, that I fully appreciate the hype around the PS4 Pro. The woman is a multicolored bundle of light particles and thanks to HDR, I can make out each particle and note the way they each cast their own vibrant glow on on the red brick wall. Normally, she'd be a big blob of light, but high dynamic range gives you details in moments of extreme brightness and extreme darkness. I'm watching the next big step in video games, and it is extraordinary.
Slowly but surely, after years of waiting and angst, 4K is becoming a thing. Ultra HD Blu-ray discs are already available in stores around the country -- at a moderate price premium over a standard Blu-ray or DVD -- and Netflix's repertoire of 4K content is growing and growing. The Panasonic DMP-UB900 is a 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray disc player that not only promises amazing improvements in picture quality, but also the best sound, including for 7.1-channel home theatre systems, as well as a design that'll be at home in the most distinguished and serious home theatres.
When you plug your Blu-ray player, games console or media streaming box into a shiny new Full HD or Ultra HD LCD or OLED television, there's a lot that goes on behind the scenes to display an image correctly and at the highest quality possible. All TVs might seem (very roughly) equal when you see them in the store, but there's a lot of different aspects -- 4K, LED, HDR and more -- that you need to learn before you pick a new screen to buy. Here's our quick guide to all the important tech inside your TV.
When you watch a 4K TV, more often than not you're not actually watching 4K content -- broadcast TV, the vast majority of YouTube and Netflix, even Blu-ray video is a long way off the top quality able to be displayed on a high-end 4K HDR display. The secret sauce in Sony's new Z9D 4K HDR Android TV -- that's a mouthful -- is a new imaging processor that is 40 per cent more powerful than the previous generation, enabling some software tweaks that intelligently detect objects in video and adjust colour and contrast appropriately.
Here at Gizmodo, we like OLED TVs. We really like OLED TVs. But OLED is still mostly a technology for the top end of town, and if you want to buy a TV with a slightly more reasonable price tag then your only legitimate option is an LED-backlit LCD. LG, the OLED kings, also make a bunch of LED TVs, and first amongst those is the UH950T: a LED TV with the very best colour-gamut-enhancing quantum dot tech, with a native 4K resolution, a choice of 55-inch or massive 65-inch panels, and support for a new high dynamic range tech called Dolby Vision. It's a few grand cheaper than our favourite TV, but it doesn't sacrifice much at all to get there.
Chimichangas. (I'm told that's a thing.) Deadpool is one of the first 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray discs that you can buy, and it's definitely the newest theatrical release that you can get hold of. As well as just being a good -- if brutal -- movie, it's also one of the two 4K movies that you should go out and buy if you want to justify your big expensive 4K TV to your friends. Of course, if you already have one.
High Dynamic Range continues to prove its importance as Samsung's UBD-K8500 Ultra HD Blu-ray disc player lands on Australian shelves.
Panasonic jumped the gun recently in order to announce Australia's first Ultra HD Blu-ray disc first player -- I've already put the Panasonic player through its paces, but it won't actually be on sale until September and judging by overseas pricing it's likely to sell for at least $1000. Now Samsung has thrown its hat in the ring with a $599 player that hits the shelves this month.
Here's the first 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray player that you can actually go out and buy. Along with the discs that are already on sale, the Samsung UBD-K8500 is your first -- and only -- option to watch the new 4K Blu-rays that are by far the most detailed, lifelike and colourful movies you've ever seen.