Samsung’s latest 4K TV won’t cost you an arm and a leg

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Jul 232015


Samsung has added a new model to its 2015 4K TV lineup, the bulk of which it began shipping in April. Based on the same Tizen smart-TV platform that powers the rest of the range, the new SUHD JS7000 is among the South Korean company’s more affordable ultra-HD offerings. The television is available in 50-, 55- and 60-inch variants, priced respectively at $1,300, $1,600, and $2,100.

The JS7000 is a quantum-dot set with full-array local dimming. In other words, they provide an incredibly wide color palette with very deep blacks to produce vibrant images. The company says it’s even good enough to handle HDR (high dynamic range) content, which is seen as the next big step after 4K and the key to delivering a more life-like TV experience. One image-enhancement feature that you are likely to find very useful—at least for now—is the TV’s ability to upscale lower-resolution images to its native 3840×2160 resolution.

This being a smart TV, you can use it to browse the Internet, run apps, and play games. It also boasts a host of other interactive features, including smartphone display mirroring and the ability to stream content to and from mobile devices. On the hardware side, the JS7000 packs a quad-core processor, four HDMI ports, three USB 2.0 ports, built-in 802.11ac Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and ethernet. There’s also an optional camera accessory for those interested in being able to control their TV through hand gestures.

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Vizio to launch a line of high dynamic range HDTVs

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Apr 172015


Vizio announced earlier this week that it will be among the first TV manufacturers to ship sets that use the Dolby Vision high dynamic range imaging technology that Dolby Labs first showcased at CES—in 2014.

In fact, the TV manufacturer showed these same 4K displays way back then, captivating attendees and critics alike. The Vizio Reference Series—to be available in 65- and 120-inch screen sizes—pack Vizio’s own V6 hexa-core processor, dual-band 802.11ac Wi-Fi, and a built-in sound bar with two satellite speakers.

With Dolby Vision intended to be the biggest selling point for these new TVs, a brief description of the much-touted technology is in order. Despite consensus among various stakeholders that HDR is the next big step for TVs, the industry has yet to agree on a standard for HDR TVs and content. Dolby Vision is one of the technologies trying to fill that void.

You might want to put off that 4K TV purchase for a few more months.

According to Dolby, this is an “end-to-end” solution meant for everyone from content creators to over-the-top (OTT) providers to TV manufacturers. Dolby Vision combines a high dynamic range with an extended color gamut to deliver more vibrant and realistic images.

A TV’s dynamic range or contrast ratio, for those who don’t know, describes the contrast between its darkest blacks and brightest whites. The higher the dynamic range and the wider the color palette, the more realistic the image tends to look.

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