Plasma TVs still deliver some of the best images of any current TV technology available. I’m personally still a big fan of plasma displays and have come to appreciate the very accurate and natural images they produce.
As many of you already know, plasma TVs will soon be a thing of the past with manufacturers discontinuing production on this great technology. Panasonic stopped production earlier this year. Samsung recently announced they will stop production later this year.
This will leave LG as the sole manufacturer of this technology. However, there is word in industry that LG will soon follow and end plasma production.
So in the meantime, these displays are still readily available. One of these is LG’s 60PB6900 and is the topic of this review.
LG has an extensive 2014 4K Ultra HD line-up featuring seven screen sizes and three model series including the UB9800, UB9500 and UB8500. The UB9800 is their top-of-the-line series, offering three screen sizes at 65″, 79″ and 84″.
I have come to enjoy the picture quality of LG’s 4K TV’s, and have personally found them able to produce some of the best 4K HDTV images on the market. The 79UB9800 continues with this trend and is the focus of this review.
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Samsung’s H7150 Series of 1080p flat screen TV’s is near the top tier of their 2014 line-up, second only to the company’s top-of-the-line H8000 Series. So if you’re looking for top notch picture quality you will definitely find it in the UN55H7150 which is the focus of this review.
Earlier this year at the 2014 Consumer Electronics Show (CES) Sharp Electronics introduced its new Aquos HDTV’s with Quattron Plus Technology. Sharp offers this new technology as a less-expensive alternative between standard 1080p and 4K Ultra HD TVs, and is available as the Aquos Q+ 15U and 17U series. The 17U adds a few more features.
Vizio Sound Bar
Today’s flat panel HDTV’s feature slim and elegant designs that fit nicely into our home decor while displaying beautiful high definition images. However, most of these flat panel displays are lacking in one key area of performance… and this is sound quality. An ideal solution for this audio deficiency is the addition of a sound bar.
Vizio, one of several manufacturers of quality sound bars, provide some of the most popular products on the market including their best selling S3821w-CO 38″ 2.1 Home Theater Sound Bar, which is the focus of this review.
Bose Solo 15 TV Sound System
HDTV’s have become the norm for most U.S. households. And according to research done by the Leichtman Research Group, 75% of U.S. homes have at least one HDTV.
The majority of these televisions are likely to be of the flat panel variety. This design leaves very little space for audio speakers that are able to produce full bodied high quality sound. In fact, most flat panel HDTV’s produce mediocre or poor sound quality.
However, you do not have to live with this inferior sound reproduction. Two options for better sound include sound bars and pre-matched surround sound systems, also known as Home Theaters in a Box (HTiB).
First it was Panasonic, who announced late last year they would no longer manufacturer plasma TV’s and eventually stopped production in March of 2014. Now, according to multiple reports, Samsung announced on July 1 the company is ceasing production of PDP TV’s due to falling demand. Samsung will end production on November 30, 2014. So expect huge discounts and a rapid sell-out of Samsung plasma’s this Christmas.
4K Ultra HDTV’s have been making huge strides in the television market since their introduction to the U.S. market back in October of 2012. Head out to your local electronics store and you will find dedicated displays set up promoting this latest HD technology. Manufacturers are beginning to roll out large numbers of 4K displays as they continue to grow in popularity, giving consumers a variety of sets to choose from. Prices are steadily dropping making 4K UHD more affordable for many consumers who are interested in this new technology and are looking to purchase one of these ultra high def displays.
Samsung has many models in their 2014 line-up. The UNHU9000 Series features Samsung’s top-of-the-line models offered in three screen sizes – 55″, 78″ and the 65″ UN65HU9000, which is the topic of this review.
The safety and well-being of our children is a top priority in our lives. One area we desire to make safe and secure for our children is in our homes. This becomes extremely important when we have infants and toddlers to keep safe. As parents and guardians we strive to keep all hazardous chemicals and other items that can be a danger and safety hazard, kept secure and out of reach of their curious little hands.
One area many of us may not think of, or over-look as being a safety hazard to our children is our furniture and TVs.
Plasma HDTVs have enjoyed a long and great run as one of the best display technologies ever made. And since Panasonic announced at the beginning of this year they would no longer be manufacturing plasma TV’s, came as a disappointing announcement for consumers and enthusiast such as myself who really enjoy and appreciate the excellent picture quality these displays produce. So with Panasonic out of the plasma game, that leaves only LG and Samsung as the only major manufacturers of this technology.
Samsung has carried over its 2013 HDTV line-up and has only introduced one new model for 2014 which is the PN64H5000 and is the topic of this review.