The Sharp Aquos Q+ Series is the company’s top-tier 1080p line-up featuring two models and three variations – the LC-UQ17U, LC-SQ15U and LC-TQ15U with 60″, 70″ and 80″ screen sizes. The 17U adds a few more features including THX Certification, AquoMotion 960 for motion blur reduction, a brighter screen, better contrast ratio and included 3D glasses.
TCL… the name may not be familiar with most consumers in the US. And for all that is known about TCL, for most, it would seem to be a very small company. However, the facts are that TCL is the third largest TV manufacturer in the world and is located in China. They built 18 million TVs last year (2013), and have been manufacturing TVs for over three decades. Wow! I didn’t know any of that. Did you?
So it would seem that TLC knows a bit about making televisions. So my next question is… how does all this experience cross over to the actual quality and performance of their HDTV displays? Which brings me to the topic of this review – the TCL 50FS5600. So let’s have a look…
Since their arrival in the US in the summer of 2013, OLED based HDTV’s have made a big splash in the television market. LG’s 55EA9800 was the predecessor to this year’s current model and received critical acclaim from reviewers, industry experts and enthusiasts as having some of the best TV images ever displayed. See my review of the EA9800 here.
Fast forward to 2014 and LG’s second-generation line-up of OLED HDTV’s featuring the 65EC9700 and the 55EC9300, which continue with the superb performance standard set by last year’s model. More on performance later.
Samsung’s F8500 Series is considered and is proven by consumers, enthusiasts, and reviewers, as one of the best plasma TVs ever made. The PN60F8500 is a 2013 model held over to this years 2014 line-up and currently is noted as the best plasma TV still in production. And once you’ve had the opportunity to see this TV in action, I believe you would definitely agree.
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 talk in the 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.
Image credit Samsung
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 soundbar.
Vizio, one of several manufacturers of quality sound bars, provides 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 soundbars and pre-matched surround sound systems, also known as Home Theaters in a Box (HTiB).