Introduction to HDTV Reviews

The television has become a major appliance right along with the stove and refrigerator. When it comes time to upgrade, the choices can be daunting. Technology moves at warp speed and no one wants their new purchase to become obsolete overnight. We’re covering all the latest features like Ultra HD resolution, wide color gamuts like Rec.2020, HDR and smart TV. Many panels have built in software that streams content from the Internet (Smart TV) eliminating the need for cable service or even a Blu-ray player.

We run a battery of tests on each display that directly relate to visible differences in image quality. Our benchmarks include tests for contrast, color accuracy and video processing, with every result explained in terms you can see on-screen.

With the demise of plasma, our focus is on LCD and OLED displays. HDR and Ultra HD are technologies on the rise and we’re covering every new innovation with each review. Copy protection is another hot topic. Terms like HDMI 2.0 and HDCP 2.2 are now part of the language every new TV-buyer must learn. Our HD and Ultra HD TV reviews will help you make a purchase decision. Once you get that new panel home, we can help you set it up for maximum return on investment.

HDTV

VIZIO M658-G1 Ultra HD TV Review

The VIZIO M658-G1 Ultra HD TV sets a high bar for price/performance ratio. It has a full-array backlight with 90 dimming zones and covers 80% of the Rec.2020 color gamut. I’ll be checking it out today.

VIZIO PX65-G1 Ultra HD TV Review

For 2019, VIZIO’s PX65-G1 Ultra HD TV raises the bar with a brighter-than-ever panel and a huge color gamut. HDR10 and Dolby Vision content look amazing on this 65-inch full-array backlight display with 384 dimming zones. Can it challenge an OLED for overall contrast? We’ll find out today.

Sony XBR-65A9F OLED Ultra HD TV Review

The Sony XBR-65A9F OLED Ultra HD TV has excellent dynamic range, wide viewing angles, and stunning color and clarity. If you’re looking for one of today’s best televisions, this Master Series display is one to dazzle the senses.

Sony XBR-65Z9F Ultra HD TV Review

Today, I’ll be checking out a Sony LCD Master Series television, the XBR-65Z9F. It bridges the gap between reference production monitors and consumer televisions by integrating Google Play Store for quick access of content while being uncompromising as a multi-zone LED backlit display capable of 1800 nits in HDR mode.

VIZIO P65-F1 65” Ultra HD Television Review

Today, I’ll be checking out my first Dolby Vision-capable display, VIZIO’s P65-F1. It’s a 65” Ultra HD television with HDR10, Dolby Vision, a full-array LED backlight with 100 zones, and an impressive suite of apps to stream content. It should delight videophiles and cord-cutters alike.

Vizio P65-E1 Ultra HD TV Review

Today, I’m checking out the newest generation of Vizio’s P-series, the P65-E1 Ultra HD TV. It’s a 65” VA panel with 128 backlight zones, 3840x2160 resolution, HDR10 & Dolby Vision, extended color, built-in Chromecast, and Vizio’s own SmartCast streaming interface. For just $1700, it delivers reference-level image quality and easy access to lots of content thanks to built-in Wi-Fi and four HDMI 2.0 inputs.

LeEco Super4 X55 55” Ultra HD TV Review

LeEco Super4 X55 55” Ultra HD TV Review

I hadn’t heard of LeEco until it bought Vizio earlier this year. As it happens, it makes some displays of its own so today I’m checking out the Super4 X55. It’s a 55-inch Ultra HD TV with HDR and a super-low price.

Vizio M65-C1 65" 4K Ultra HD TV

Vizio M65-C1 65″ 4K Ultra HD TV Review

Vizio has gone all-in on picture quality with its latest lineup of Ultra HD televisions. Today I’m getting thoroughly involved with the M65-C1, a 65-inch panel with a full-array backlight, Vizio Internet Apps Plus smart TV interface and connection options that include HDMI 2.0 and HDCP 2.2.

Sony XBR-65X900B 65″ Ultra HD (4K) Television Review

When 4K televisions first hit the market a year ago they were priced at the extreme high-end; but second-generation sets are becoming more affordable. In this review, I'm checking out Sony's XBR-65X900B, a 65" (diagonal) Ultra HD set with great picture quality, solid connectivity, and a little more down-to-earth price-tag.

LG 55EA980 55″ Curved OLED HDTV

For the past decade, we've been hearing about a miraculous new technology called OLED that will reshape our lives.  Both Samsung and LG now produce and sell OLED TVs, which cost around $10,000 retail - in both flat and curved form factors.

Samsung UN85S9AF 85″ 4K UHD LED Display

Reviewing the Samsung UN85S9AF 4K UHD TV is far from a simple task. The entire construct requires around 4 people to stand upright. This 85" behemoth is a self contained home theater experience – it stands on its own and although it can technically be wall mounted, this really breaks from its design statement. Apparently, Samsung discovered that many of its customers prefer to use the built in stand – which is why they've invested a great deal in the built-in stand designs. When Samsung first showed off this design at CES in Las Vegas, I really didn't like it. From afar, it looked like a folding beach chair or scissors. However, when the UN85S9AF is right next to you, the feeling changes. The design is elegant and looks much better in person than it does on the Vegas show floor or in pictures.

Dune HD – Base3D and TV-303D High Definition Media Streamers

Streamers have been around for quite a few years. It took them quite a while to reach maturity. When this field was at its infancy, HD was just starting to get popular and Streamers offered a way to play back a DIVX or TS file without requiring a Home Theater PC in your living room. The beginning was very slow and tedious, early streamers were buggy and often had serious image, sound and build quality issues. Typically, you had to place your content in a hard drive inside the unit, or even burn a DVD containing your desired content - not exactly something that most people are prone to do.