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Sony VPL-VW1100 and VPL-VW500 UHD 4K Projectors Review

Sony VP-VW1100 UHD 4K
Sony VP-VW1100 UHD 4K

Sony VP-VW1100 UHD 4K

If you are fan of projectors and Ultra High Definition, then I have for you great news. Few days ago Sony unveiled their new generation of UHD 4K projector that replaces their first UHD projector VW1000 about which we for some reason completely forgot to write anything so in this review you will find much more info than just comparation with the older model.

Sony VW1100 uses new special Sony technology SXRD. More about SXRD you can find here and I really suggest you to read it, there is lot information why are Sony’s UHD projectors so unique and high quality.

As mentioned before, most tech specs are the same as model VW 1000 with some enhancements which for some people might be important and for some of course not that much.

First change is that model VW1100 has 2,000 lumens and dynamic contrast at 1,000,000:1. If that number seems crazy to you than you are of course right, this is more marketing number and in normal conditions it is very hard to achieve them.

What is I think very important is that model VW1100 supports HDMI 2.0, it has two HDMI ports. HDMI 2.0 means that this projector is capable to use 60 Hz UHD as input, that means you can use Sony VW1100 projector for watching UHD TV channels (when there will be some) and also UHD 3D movies.

as I mentioned in previous post, there are not many UHD TV programs yet, so there is very important of UHD TV or in this case UHD projector has upscaling abilities.

Sony calls it “Digital Reality Creation” technology and it uspcales signal from Blu-ray or DVD discs or television signal.

This projector has RS232 interface, frame interpolation, optical 2.1x zoom and lens shift.
Price of Sony VW1100 is $28,000 and you will get it with Sony FMP-X1 so you can start using it with UHD content right away. You will also get tablet as controller.

Sony VPL-VW500

Sony VP-VW500 UHD 4K

Sony VP-VW500 UHD 4K

Sony decided that they want to create 4K UHD projector on lower price level so they created something what might be called “light version” or VPL-VW1100, VW-500.

This projector is almost the same, except it has contrast 200 000:1 and brightness “only” 1,700 lumens. You will not get Sony FMP-X1 and tablet in the package, that would cost you extra $1K. Price of VW500 is $15,000.

Philips 65PFL9708 UHD TV Review

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Philips 65PFL9708

Few weeks ago Philips unveiled their first UHD televisions, the Philips 65PFL9708 and 84PFL9708. As you can see on the name, the TV has 65 inch LED VA LCD screen which is of course capable of playing 4K video. Even there are bigger UHD screens, never forget that 65 inch means the same size as four 32 inch panels and that is definetely not anything small.

This TV has implemented some interesting technologies which makes picture quality and using of it much better. Creating good UHD television is simply not only about high quality screen that has 3840 x 2160 pixels, that is just the beginning, it is the hardware and software under the screen and how it all goes together that makes difference between various models, between great, good and bad UHD televisions.

When I have seen this TV in action at IFA I was really amazed how sharp the image is. Really, it has probably the sharpest image of all TVs, partly because of Ultra Pixel HD image processing. it is how Philips calls the engine that controls all of the picture processing and guys from Philips really did great work.

These days when there is still not much 4K content to watch, it is very important that the TV has ability to upscale lower resolution content so it will still look amazing in 3840 x 2160. Philips has their own upscaling technology which you can find in this TV called Ultra Resolution. This technology takes a single HD pixel, then splits it into four pixels which has all same color, adds nuance and differentiation between them by amplifying the intensity, to increase the picture quality beyond mere upscaling.

This TV also has Perfect Natural Motion technology, which smooth out action scenes or sports when image changes fast.

This is Philips TV so it has Ambilight which I personally just love. If you do not know what Ambilight is than its system of lights on the back of the TV which changes according to what is happening on the screen and makes whole experience of watching movies and TV shows much deeper experience. Check out the video where you can see Ambilight on this TV in action.

What I really like about modern TVs is that more and more models has built in Wi-Fi. These days, when TV is really not just TV as we knew it anymore, but somehow it is one of entertainment and communication centers of your home it is extremely important to have possibility to easily connect it to internet and other devices at your home. Philips 65PFL9708 has built-in Wi-Fi. philips 65PFL9708 4K uhd This TV also uses light sensor that reduces the brightness, it works great together with Ambilight. It optimises the blacks for the ambient light and adjusts amount of dimming of the backlight. Because of the use of new sensor this TV will have double amount of dimming of previous Philips models and because of power consumption it will use Micro Dimming Pro and not the best dimming technology Philips has which is Micro Dimming Premium. Another source tells us that the reason is that there is currently no supplier for a UHD panel with local dimming. It is because in a dark environment it’s important to human eye to keep the blacks dark. In a really bright environment you’re not so sensitive to deep blacks, and bright whites are more important.

Micro Dimming is something like global dimming feature, it just dims the whole screen depending on what’s on screen. Micro Dimming Premium uses several zones to dim certain parts of the image and the whole screen. Micro Dimming Pro is a dimming feature for whole screen, but when used with this light sensor, it can adjust the brightness depending on the ambient light.

This panel is passive 3D even top Philips models usually use active 3D, but because this is 4K television it is possible to use passive technology. Usually it is not used in top models because passive 3D means losing some of the resolution in 3D mode, this is not problem when using UHD panel. Refresh rate of 900Hz (100Hz in 3D).

Unfortunatelly this TV does not have HDMI 2.0, but it is somehow prepared for it, they will receive adaptor box (which now sounds weird, because now we know HDMI 2.0 uses same connectors and cabels as HDMI 1.4 this TV has so probably only update of firmware will be needed). This TV can also use the Cloud Explorer app,which allows you to watch many TV channels through it or access media on your Dropbox account. Price of this TV is 5,000 Euro.

Well, I think that this TV is really not bad, but if I were buying UHD 65 inch TV today, I would definetely go for Panasonic Smart VIERA WT600 which has things like built-in h.264 decoder or HDMI 2.0, however Ambilight and that super sharp image this TV has are also very attractive.

Panasonic Smart VIERA WT600 Review Of Only UHD TV Capable Of 60p – Smart VIERA TC-L65WT600

Panasonic Smart VIERA WT600

Few days ago Panasonic unveiled their first 65 inch (165 cm) UHD television and finally joined exclusive club of UHD television manufacturers. Here we are as one of the first sites with review of this interesting model that brings few features you cannot find in any other 4K television yet – especially ability to play UHD video at 60 frames per second.

Panasonic Smart VIERA WT600

Panasonic Smart VIERA WT600

Panasonic Smart VIERA WT600 is the world’s first TV that uses HDMI 2.0 specification. More about HDMI 2.0 you can find here. Well that is not all, this new has much more it can offer to you.

This new TV also supports new standard DisplayPort 1.2a for connection with your PC or gaming console.  Thanks to this and other things this TV is able to play 4K at 60fps, which is twice faster frame rate than its competitors. Presence of DisplayPort made me really very happy I have to admit.

Panasonic Smart VIERA WT600 has built-in h.264 decoder so if you have any video in UHD resolution, with this TV you can play it directly from flash drive, SD card or any other source. What is probably more important is that this TV can play UHD videos directly from internet. Well now when h.265 (HEVC) I think it would be much better if it had built-in h.265, but of course even h.264 is better than nothing (and nothing is exactly what many of its competitors have when it comes to built-in decoders.

This TV has also built-in wifi which is something what in my opinion should have every TV, because watching videos directly online is becoming more and more popular and sooner or later it will be even more popular than classic TV signal.

It has also personalized home screens so every user of this TV can pick up their favorite content extremely fast and easily. Every family member has their own favourites easily accessible.

This UHD television has also as more and more TVs these days voice control via touch pad remote control. You can control the TV simply by speaking into microphone in the touchpad remote control or into your smartphone and tablet that has installed Panasonic TV Remote 2 application. This app also gives you for example ability to share picture on the screen with just swiping it with one finger.

As one of just few UHD TVs it has THX certification (another is Sharp Aquos LC-70UD1U), so you can be sure that quality of image is just stunning, because THX really does not give their certificate easily and their tests are very thourough.

It has Local Dimming Pro technology that enhances quality of dark and bright areas of the image.

It has baclinght scanning technology for higher moving picture resolution during fast action scenes.

4K Fine Remaster Engine is technology that makes content created in HD or even worse definition look like its UHD by interpolating the missing parts of the image and reproducing missing pixels. This is their name for upscaling we already know from other 4K televisions.

panasonic wt600

This TV has also HTML5 web browser with ability to watch flash videos. This is something what I found extremely annoying on some other Smart TVs, that such important thing these days, when everyone is watching more and more online videos was not there and this detail is big +1 for Panasonic Smart VIERA WT600.

Electricity is not going to be any cheaper soon, so I’m sure lot of you would be also interested in fact that avarage power consumption of this TV is 153,6W.

So now lets sum up all the good stuff about this TV:

  • UHD resolution of course :)
  • HDMI 2.0
  • DisplayPort 1.2a
  • Wifi
  • Bluetooth
  • built-in h.264 decoder (MPEG4)
  • voice control
  • built-in sliding webcam
  • two tuners
  • 60FPS
  • THX certificate for UHD displays
  • BLS (Back Light Scanning Technology)
  • 3 USB ports
  • Supports SDXC memory cards

So I think that first attempt from Panasonic its not bad and even Panasonic is mostly known for their great plasma TVs, this UHD is LCD which might probably disappoint plasma fanatics, but its still very good product.

Price is set to $5.999.

 

Sony FMP-X1 Review

Sony UHD player FMP-X1

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The SONY FMP-X1 is Sony’s first (and latest) Ultra HD media player. Its shipping was scheduled to begin in early July and was on US shelves by 15the July. It has two terabyte of space on the hard drive but can also play media from an SD card or any external USB devices. It has been dubbed and nicknamed the “Hat Box” server because it has a round shape.

Sony UHD player FMP-X1

UHD resolutions are the future for digital television and
cinematography.  The 4K Ultra HD comprises of 3,840 pixels X 2,160 lines which is 8.3 megapixels, in an aspect ratio of 16:9. It has a 5.1 sound system. Additionally, the 4K Ultra HD has double the vertical and horizontal resolution as compared to the 1080p HDTV, meaning for times the overall pixels.

The player has ten bonus movies that are pre-loaded as a
marketing strategy by Sony to attract and entice customers. These movies
include Bad Teacher (starring Cameron Diaz), The Amazing Spider Man, The Karate
Kid (starring Jaden Smith and Jackie Chan), Taxi Driver, The Other Guys
(starring Will Farrell), Salt (starring Angelina Jolie), That’s My Boy (starring
Adam Sandler),The Bridge on the River Kwai, Battle: Los Angeles and Total
Recall 2012 (starring Kate Beckinsale. Other than the movies, the player has
some indie flicks and other short videos.

Sony FMP-X1 4K UHD player

Sony is set to launch “Video Unlimited 4k” later this year
(by autumn). This is going to be an online fee based video service that allows
the customer to download up to two terabyte of TV shows and movies from an
updated video library. Unlike most of the current online video services that
only allow the customer to stream content, Video Unlimited 4K is purely a
download service because the bandwidth requirements are relatively much greater
for 4K content.in other words it is a download and store only service. The online store will give you an option to either purchase or do a 24 hour rental. The rental price is $7.99 whereas the purchases are at $29.99. The store will offer movies, TV shows and short films for download and store in its two terabyte storage space. Sony recommends that
you have a wired connection of 10mbps so as to reduce the download durations.
For now, Sony still has not provided a wireless solution.

The main disadvantage of this Sony player is that it is only
compatible with Sony 4K HD TV sets, specifically the Sony 55” 4K UHD TV (Sony
XBR-55X900A) and 65” 4K UHD TV (Sony XBR-65X900A). While this exclusivity is a
marketing strategy by Sony to increase sales on their TV sets, it limits the
media player’s market penetration. This is because not every customer owns a
Sony 4K HD TV set, and not everyone may be willing to purchase one just for the
sake of the media player.

However, paired with the HD TV, it is an astonishing high
resolution and upscale home entertainment system. If you have purchased one of
Sony’s X900A- Ultra HD TV series, Sony gives a $200 discount on the media
player’s price upon purchase. Additionally, Sony will give free (in home)
service activation on the customer’s X900A TV if it is qualified. While it is
possible to do your own installation, Sony recommends that they themselves
perform the in-home premium activation.

Minus the two terabyte external hard disk, you have the
option of having external storage space, because of its rear USB connection.
The player additionally has another USB 3.0 port at the rear front surface.
Because of its hat box shape, the player can be stored on a shelf, but it not
possible to use rack ears. Keep note that you have to allow for space where you
will place the power supply brick. The reason is because the PSU is external.

The server does not have a remote control since it is not
needed. There is no need for any additional programing and you can use a
provided tablet or smartphone app or also navigational controls that have
already been programmed and put into your systems for your television.

The player’s retail price is $699 and is available now in the United States, you can also buy it from our store.

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Seiki Digital SE39UY04 UHDTV Review – Cheapest UHD Television On The Market

Seiki se39uy04 UHDTV

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If you do not read articles on this site regularly or you are not Ultra HD enthusiast you probably have never heard of the brand name Seiki Digital – considering there are so many other brands that have a bigger base market in the UHDTV sector – but you will soon start finding out more about this brand name with time. This is not because it is easy to recall the name, but because they released the cheapest UHDTV in the market.

Seiki se39uy04 UHDTV

The Seiki SE39UY04 UHD TV retails at $699, which is very cheap for an ultra high definition television. This means you can finally have a UHDTV in your living room without having to sell your leg and your arm. The downside, however, is its availability. It is currently only available in the US and international shipping is not available. And to add to that information, it is also vague whether you can get this TV outside the 50 states. This is already a con for this model for those who reside outside the US, but no doubt an advantage for those whose residence is in America.

Now that we have gotten its location out of the way, let us explore the various features, shall we?

According to Seiki, people just want to watch television on a UHD television flat screen without the need of many features, which they term as “nonsense that is accompanied with UHDTVs these days”. So do not expect to find any 3D support or smart TV functions. That is why they only inserted the basic features that one may require. This explains the 700 dollar price tag on this UHD TV – which makes it the cheapest UHD resolution TV in the market. Despite this, it has quite good features. Well, these days it is very easy to make your “stupid” TV “smart” for just few bucks, so I do not think this really is problem, the most import is always quality of the display and display of Seki SE39UY04 is good, even I would say quite small for UHD.

It comes with a fast 120 Hz screen refresh rate for 1080p videos and it reduces to 30 Hz for UHD video signals, which is good for work, but I do not think it is enough for gaming gaming. for gaming you need much better refresh rate, so if you want to play games in UHD I would recommend you more Asus PQ321 ( but you will need much deeper pocket).

Besides that, its resolution stands at 3840 by 2160 and provides LED backlighting with a 300 cd/m^2 brightness and a contrast ratio of 5000:1. This makes it a good workstation for people who use the new Apple Mac-book workstation.

It also has digital and analogue tuners – providing you with the option of viewing in either format – 3 HDMI 1.4 ports that are compatible with ultra HD video signals and 2 USB ports that provide the capability to display UHD pictures.
So, the essentials are indeed provided.

Although it has provided the essentials, it still lacks in a few areas. The inbuilt speakers are not really of good quality. They are found on the bottom of the TV and one has to change the mode from stereo to surround to at least get the impression that the sound is emanating from the front or where the TV is located in the living room. The TV remote is also very basic and not as sensitive as it should be, as it does not give you the required feedback from the TV even despite your input is precise. Needless to say, this does not follow the GIGO rule – garbage in, garbage out. This is a disadvantage, a big one, as the remote is there for a reason. To make your work of flipping channels a bit easier.

At the end of the day, this is a pretty good UHDTV even for someone 39 inch is not much and I have to agree. For UHD TV it is not not enough and if I were buying UHD TV these days I would go for anything smaller than 50 inches..

However if 39 inches is enough for you, this TV comes with the essential features and does not disappoint in delivering results. If you are in need of a simple UHDTV that enables you to get some work done and get some entertainment at the end of the day and have 700 dollars to spare, then the Seiki SE39UY04 UHD TV is right for you.

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Seiki Digital SE50UY04 UHD TV Review

Seiki Digital SE50UY04 UHD TV

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Looking for really cheap Ultra HD TV? I’m one of those guys who loves new technologies, but also one of those who usually does not have money for the absolutely top products. That is the reason why I was so happy when I saw that Seiki Digital sells at US market cheap Ultra HD televisions. They also sells 39 inch model, but I have decided to buy 50 inch model since I think smaller sizes of Ultra HD models are good maybe for gaming, but for watching movies, shows or sport you need something bigger. I have decided to buy Seiki Digital SE50UY04 and this is something like review. I have never wrote actually anything as review so I hope you will still like it.

Seiki Digital SE50UY04 UHD TV

 

Some reviewers have knocked SE50UY04 because of its very basic features, this TV will serve the purpose for many users, and then some left over. Let us look at some of its key features that makes it in my opinion really good television.

Key features:

Has a superb resolution of 3,840 x 2,160.

It has 50 inch screen size, which is today better than standard and for watching UHD anything smaller does not make sense.

Has a 16:09 dynamic LED image display.

It has product dimensions of 44.80″x26.66″x2.09″.

Relatively light weight of 57.32 pounds.

The TV is also very environmental friendly as all new LCD TVs and has energy star rating.

One year replacement policy.

Pros

The Seiki Digital SE50UY04 UHD is a superb TV, offering the same features and viewing experience that other pricier similar TVs do but at a vastly reduced price; this is the biggest advantage it has.
The 4K TV has incredibly sharp and detailed pictures, which, although is a given with these sort of TVs, is a great feature that must be mentioned. The colors are awesome, same as the blacks. This makes it an awesome TV for watching movies, playing games and doing work with it as a monitor.
It has a very simple to understand menu for changing the settings such as contrast, brightness, audio setting and much more, in three languages; English, Spanish and French.
It is a good TV for improving the productivity as a monitor, functioning like five monitors, allowing you to work continuously without keeping on minimizing and maximizing windows.
The sound quality is as good as can be expected, especially if one gets speaker system to go along with this TV
The energy rating it has is as an appreciation of the green way it was designed, manufactured and packaged. It has very low levels of lead and mercury.

Cons

The remote is the biggest downside of this TV. It is too basic, and needs ne to be accurate with how they point it towards the TV; otherwise the commands will not feature, or do so after an inordinately long time.The response time after being switched on can be a few seconds, this is a little annoying.

It can only be shipped from within the United States of America
Verdict summary:
The Seiki Digital SE50UY04 UHD is a superb TV, coming with the very latest 4K technology, while not compromising image and color quality. It is great if used for work, gaming or as a monitor. However, it is a little basic in terms of futuristic features; it is very far from being a “smart TV.” Well, is that really problem? There are so many ways these days how make smart TV from “stupid” TV, like that new amazing Google Chromecast.

It is simply a superb choice for your home, if what you are looking for is a TV that it quite affordable in comparison with its competitors and will perform all the basic functions of a 4K TV.

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