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.
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 HDTVs 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).
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 TVs 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 enthusiasts 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.
Fast forward one year later and these are still the only two models available in the US. Well, actually there are three if you count the LG 55EA8800 which is essentially the same set as the 55EA9800 but without the curved screen. It also has what LG calls a Gallery Screen which is a frame that surrounds the set to give it the appearance of a painting. This frame also houses several speakers for better sound quality. For info on OLED technology click here.
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.