Need a new TV? If you've been hanging out to see a 4K OLED TV drop to a price that doesn't melt your wallet, here it finally is.
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The technology powering the display on your phone, or even your TV, is a lot different than it was even ten years ago. More colours, more pixels, and a whole lot more acronyms and complex terms that mean something -- even if you have no idea what that something is. Display technology in 2017 is a complicated business, but if you understand some basic concepts and a few of the acronyms everything starts to be about as clear as that sweet iPhone display you might be reading this on.
Sony's not the first to the party with a big-screen OLED. That honour goes to LG, which has cornered the market for a few years with its excellent panels. But, after those were joined a few weeks ago by Panasonic's Master OLEDs, it's time for Sony's Bravias to turn up: and boy, has Sony turned up.
I think, I think, that this just might be the best TV you can buy.
Announced earlier this year at CES, Sony's BRAVIA A1 OLED TVs have finally dropped in Australia. Here's everything you need to know.
After a couple of years of LG OLED TVs ruling the roost in top-end picture quality, Panasonic has an OLED TV now too. In fact, it has what it says is the best OLED TV, taking all the experience its engineers had from years of amazing quality plasma TVs. The EZ1000 is the top in its Master OLED range, and as well as being a badass OLED panel it incorporates a top-of-the-line built-in soundbar using Technics audio. Is it worth nearly $9000 of your hard-earned cash, though?
After two years of LG ruling the roost with OLED TVs, it's time for a new competitor to enter the ring. Panasonic has two top-of-the-line OLED TVs on the way for Australia in 2017, and the company is talking up its years of experience with quality plasma screens to sell its new 'Master OLED' displays.
LG (currently) has the monopoly on OLED screens, and for good reason - the technology is notoriously expensive and difficult to engineer. But the results? Genuinely the closest you will get to a high-quality cinema experience in the home.
But after spending the night with LG's latest OLED range, I'd say it's even better.
Every year at CES, LG gives us a look at its craziest ideas for the future of display technology. At a press conference earlier yesterday, the company showed off its refreshed OLED televisions, regarded by many as the best on the market. In a private briefing at the Las Vegas Convention Center, Gizmodo was shown LG's bold concepts for the future of displays, which are (unbelievably) getting thinner and brighter. They are among the most lifelike displays I've ever seen.
At 2.57mm thick, LG's new OLED W7 television might be the thinnest giant television ever made. I don't want to say that. It feels like hyperbole, and over the next few days I have no doubt that a lot of other televisions are going to use similar tech for similar results, but look at that image above. Note how that 65-inch display is actually thinner than that woman's finger. Now come back and tell me that isn't incredible.
When you say your debut OLED TVs are the best thing ever -- and when we happen to agree -- you sell quite a few of them. But how do you then convince people that your newer OLEDs are better? LG's got a few upgrades underneath the hood that it thinks are a significant enough improvement to tempt new buyers.
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If you're buying a TV this year -- and it's a good year to buy a TV -- then you have only a few choices to make before you've picked out a great screen. As well as working out whether you want 4K or HDR, and what screen size you're after in the first place, and what inbuilt smart features you want, your main choice is what TV backlighting technology you want your new big-screen telly to use. We're here to tell you the difference between edge-lit and back-lit LED, LCD and OLED, quantum dot and local dimming, and more.
LG's last couple of OLED TVs have been pretty damn amazing -- we've thought so, at least. There's an even better and more visually arresting TV about to hit electronics stores shelves, though; the new G6T Signature is a $10,999 OLED monster supporting the latest and greatest Dolby Vision and HDR codecs, with a built-in soundbar for serious audio.
In Formula 1, each constructors' cars feature incredibly advanced technology that slowly trickles down into road cars over the next decade. In the world of technology, things move much faster, and that's why Hisense's surprisingly affordable ULED TVs have the same quantum dot colour gamut widening tech that we've seen on top-tier LG and Samsung screens at a fraction of the price.
LG has been at the forefront of OLED TV development, and it's still the only TV brand with OLED screens in Australia. After releasing a few curved OLED TVs last year and one pioneering panel in 2014, it's now just answered the prayers of many a home cinema junkie -- it's now selling flat 4K Ultra HD OLED TVs around the country.