By Pete Putman • May 31 2016, 10:38pm
Ultra HDTVs are taking over the television market, while Panasonic is beating a retreat.
The times they are a-changing at light speed!
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By Pete Putman • Mar 7 2016, 5:21pm
Thinking about buying a new Ultra HDTV? You might want to wait a few months...or maybe a year.
HDR is coming!
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So What, Exactly, Does That Mean? appeared first on HDTVexpert.
By Rodolfo La Maestra • Feb 23 2016, 7:00am
At Consumer Electronics Show (CES) LG Electronics introduced on January 5, 2016 four new lines of 4K OLED UHDTVs, from the 55” to the 77” sizes, I was told at the show that one line was available for pre-order, and more recently (one month later) the company announced pre-order availability of other models.
I must comment that this is not as most manufacturers do at CES, they typically show new models or even just prototypes and then take months for consumers to been able to purchase them, and in many cases the products never get to market.
The unveiled lines were all 4K HDR-enabled OLED TVs.....
By Rodolfo La Maestra • Feb 19 2016, 3:00pm
Consumers often ask what they could buy with some reasonable level of future proof in light of how expensive many components are.
We all know that the A/V industry never stops, but now is moving much faster in both fronts of audio and video (and connectivity), to the point that not even recently announced 2016 top-of-the-line UHDTVs that are not yet available for purchase would be able to provide some future proof comfort longer than a few months after they will be released, why?
For example, some known features that are part of the UHDTV phased standard will create obsolescence, such as...
By Rodolfo La Maestra • Feb 16 2016, 1:30am
I started this "Living With 4K" series of articles back in 2012.
As you may recall, after Infocomm 2015 in Orlando in June, I covered with interest the evolution of 4K projector technology from the commercial industry in the hope that soon consumers could have more options than Sony 4K projectors, and the faux-4K projectors from JVC, Epson, Panasonic, Wolf, and others.
Several years ago I thought that introducing faux-4K projectors at a lower price...
By Rodolfo La Maestra • Feb 12 2016, 7:45am
As part of the "Living with 4K" series of articles I started in 2012 I cover equipment, content, services, etc.
and today I am just introducing the arrival of a much awaited Set-top-box system from one of the main players of video services, now in 4K, Dish Network.
A few years ago, in October 2012, I reviewed the Dish Network Hopper on this article.
I compared its functionality and user interface with my current cable service but my primary objective was to compare and evaluate Dish Network's HD image quality, which was a notch inferior to my cable service.
Dish Network has just made available...
By The HT Guys • Oct 23 2015, 10:48am
We are big fans of streamers.
Whether it be Roku, Apple, or Amazon there is a streamer out there that makes watching movies as convenient as pressing a button on your remote.
So when all three updated their offerings we knew we were going to be spending some time in front of the TV evaluating them.
First up is the Amazon Fire TV in 4K.
By Rodolfo La Maestra • Sep 24 2015, 5:30pm
Are you ready to enjoy some 4K content for your precious 4K TV/projector?
Some 4K content is starting to be made available to consumers, such as streaming sources like Netflix, received by the UHDTV directly using the included TV app (if you have the app, and if your Internet connection is faster than 15Mbps).
Sony and Nuvola 4K players have been also around for quite some time to download or stream 4K content and movies.
The difference between streaming from these players with streaming directly from the UHDTV is...
By Rodolfo La Maestra • Sep 24 2015, 4:28pm
If you are a true home theater technology enthusiast having a large screen, powerful projector, speakers up to the neck, hi-end preamps and amps, black curtains, screen masks, a dark cave to improve contrast and visual concentration for the best possible image, etc., in other words, a priority based in quality technology for the best possible sound and video, rather than investing mostly in seating, starlight ceilings, light sconces, movie posters, and pop corn machines, which is what most people do when thinking about their home theaters, then, keep reading, this piece is for you.
Recent InfoComm 2015 and east coast AV conferences reminded me that there is a light at the end of the true 4K-home-projector tunnel, laser or otherwise, that may compete in today’s Sony’s-only-4K-land.
I am talking about projectors that do not play tricks faking 4K images with e-shift/wobulated solutions using 1080p DLP or LCD HD imagers.
True 4K Cinema projectors at home, without being a Quentin Tara ...
By Pete Putman • Jul 16 2015, 8:01pm
This is one of the slowest times of the year to sell TVs.
But you wouldn’t know it from the Sunday sales fliers.
By The HT Guys • Jun 26 2015, 6:17am
In the transition from High Definition Television to Ultra High Definition TV, we’ve seen the acronym dictionary go from bad to worse.
On the good side, HDTV was multiple video resolutions and display formats, like 480p, 720p, 1080i and 1080p, while UHD is essentially just one.
Some call it 4K, some call it UHD, some call it 2160p, but it all really boils down to the same thing for the TVs we’ll buy as consumers - 4 times the resolution of 1080p.
By Rodolfo La Maestra • May 6 2015, 4:19pm
Which is simpler to you as consumer, using the term UHDTV or call it 4K?
The audio/video industry has been increasingly complex since the introduction of the home theater concept, and grew excessively complex with digital TV and connectivity.
You may be alone if you never had any HDMI or HDCP issues.
The higher 4K bandwidth requirements and reinforced content protection of 4K (HDCP 2.2) bring instant obsolescence of perfectly functional home theater equipment including relatively new UHDTVs, most unable to be upgraded by the manufacturer.
By Shane Sturgeon • Apr 2 2015, 8:55am
DVDO®, Inc., an award-winning provider of high-quality video connectivity solutions, today announced the availability of the Matrix44™, the 4K HDMI® matrix switcher that provides four HDMI 2.0 inputs and four discrete HDMI 2.0 outputs to transmit up to 4K at 50/60Hz while supporting 3D, Dolby TrueHD and DTS-HD Master Audio.
Designed for both home and commercial use, it provides intuitive control, fast independent switching and discrete outputs for installers and home theater enthusiasts.
Matrix44 is now available at an MSRP of $1499 from authorized DVDO distributors, dealers and online partners.
By Shane Sturgeon • Apr 2 2015, 8:25am
Pioneer Home Entertainment USA continues to provide consumers with an immersive home theater experience by introducing two new Pioneer branded home theater receivers designed to support today’s high quality audio and video formats.
The VSX-830 5.2-channel and VSX-1130 7.2-channel receivers offer the latest combination of connectivity and performance features including HDCP 2.2 compliant, HDMI® 2.0 specification for the highest video signal transfer, built-in Wi-Fi®, built-in Bluetooth®, DSD file playback, subwoofer EQ and more.
In addition, the VSX-1130 offers Dolby Atmos® (5.1.2) and MCACC Pro refining its Dolby Atmos capabilities.
By Pete Putman • Feb 12 2015, 11:12pm
Ultra HD: Live From the 2015 HPA Tech Retreat As I write this, it is the morning of Day 2 at the annual Hollywood Post Alliance Tech Retreat.
This annual conference brings together the top minds across a wide range of disciplines in the media production business.
Cameras, lenses, codecs, displays, file formats and exchanges, […]
By Rodolfo La Maestra • Dec 17 2014, 3:30am
There is too much 4K inertia at trade shows and the effort is concentrated on the concept of displays with four times the pixel count, and less on better methods of improving image quality.
Other than the professional trade meetings I regularly attend, too little is said about the concept of better quality for 4K pixels, or better quality for even current HD pixels.
The industry has jumped into 4K without considering the possibility of improving the pixels of HD during 16 years of HDTV implementation since 1998.
Is it too late for that now that we have 4K?
At CEDIA, and at the yearly Society of Motion Pictures and Television Engineers (SMPTE) Technical Conference in Hollywood this past October, we discussed again how 4K pixels can be improved, the "better pixels" concept.
Ideas such as using more bits than the current 8-bit color depth, and pursue High Dynamic Range, less color compression than the current 4:2:0 chroma sub-sampling that discards 75% of the color data of the 4:4:4 un ...
By Rodolfo La Maestra • Dec 2 2014, 3:45am
This article follows the “Living with 4K” series of articles that I have been publishing during the past couple of years.
Currently a 4K display is more expensive than an HDTV and many use the excuse of “there is no 4K content available” to postpone buying a UHDTV.
In 2006 the first Blu-ray player Sony released to market was priced at about $900.
If I tell you how to get a 4K player and content now, how much would you say a 4K player is worth? How many 4K players are there? Most people do not know the answer to those questions.
At the moment there are two companies making 4K players for consumers...
By Pete Putman • Oct 29 2014, 5:58pm
On September 23, Vizio rolled out its new line of Ultra HD TVs at an art gallery in lower Manhattan.
We'd been expecting these to show up ever since pricing was announced way back at CES in January, and there weren't any real surprises in the lineup: Five models, ranging in size from 50' to […]
By The HT Guys • Oct 24 2014, 9:56am
VIZIO P702ui-B3 70-Inch 4K UHD We have been talking about 4K TVs for what seems like an eternity.
This week Ara finally took possession of his VIZIO P702ui-B3 70-Inch 4K UHD (Buy Now $2498).
Now before you all say "no one can see the difference on a screen that size sitting at a normal distance", hang on until we get to the performace part of the review.
As soon as Vizio announced this set at CES Ara knew it was going to be his first 4K TV.
By Rodolfo La Maestra • Sep 20 2014, 12:25am
This article is a continuation of the "Living with 4K" series of articles that I have been publishing over the past couple of years.
I just came back from CEDIA Expo 2014 and was very pleased with the event this year.
My primary objective was to evaluate the quality of the information provided on a couple of technical classes related to 4K, HDMI for 4K, and Home Theater Audio (including the new Dolby Atmos), and also to meet 4K equipment manufacturers and see demos of their new product introductions.