I recently reviewed the Vizio P65-C1 and liked it to the point that I kept it. There was one drawback for us: no integrated TV tuner. As a household that ditched cable years ago, we rely on an OTA tuner to watch live sports, presidential debates, and other programming. We had an old TiVo HD with a tuner laying around, but since we no longer paid for service it worked as a dumb box with no channel guide at all. Instead of buying another standard tuner to use with the Vizio, I decided to try out an HDHomeRun. (more…)
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A common complaint about UltraHD is the lack of content for it. It is hard for us to review and test a TV when we don’t have anything that takes full advantage of what it can do. The same issue applies when it comes to setting one up. There are few UltraHD test pattern sources out there, and the ones that are available are expensive.
The DVDO AVLabTPG aims to change this. Smaller than a pack of playing cards, this UltraHD test pattern generator has 4K test patterns for setup and calibration. It even supports up to 3840×2160 resolution at 60Hz which most cannot. It lacks a few features I want, but it does the job of a true UltraHD test pattern generator for a price far below what others want right now.
If you calibrate a TV or projector often you probably want to invest in a pattern generator. You can use calibration patterns on Blu-ray discs, including the free AVS HD 709 disc, but that introduces more issues. You have to know that the Blu-ray player is actually bit-perfect, many are not, and you have to manually control the patterns.