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…
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.
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.
Sony’s XBR models are the company’s premium line of HDTV’s. For 2014 they have released nine new models. The XBR950B is their Flagship model followed by the XBR900B.
Sony has gone to great lengths with this year’s lineup to bring you the best possible 4K picture quality available.
Vizio TV’s have been known as a no-frills low cost brand with mediocre picture quality ever since they hit the market. And it was one of the cheap brands that I stayed away from and would not recommend to anyone looking for an HDTV with good picture quality.
Over the past couple of years the company has stepped up its game and is now producing HDTV’s with good to excellent picture quality and overall respectable performance. Starting with the E-Series, you get solid performance along with good picture quality.
Moving up to the M-Series will get you a noticeable improvement in image quality. Now to get the performance of the better performing Samsung, Panasonic, Sony and LG models you will have to move up to Vizio’s P-Series and Reference Series. These models (once released) will be able to compete with the higher end models of the brands I mentioned above.
Vizio is the #1 selling LED-LCD TV brand in the US, and with the quality of their TV’s on the rise, I’m sure the brand will continue to gain more of the market share.
LG 55LA9650 Actual Image
4K HDTVs haven’t been around very long but are quickly becoming the new “go-to” technology and are creating a lot of buzz in the high def world.
LG’s new 55LA9650 is one of many new 4K sets that is pushing this technology to wide-spread adoption, and is the focus of this review.