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Suicide Squad UltraHD Blu-ray Review

Summary: It feels good to be bad… Assemble a team of the world’s most dangerous, incarcerated Super Villians, provide them with the most powerful arsenal at the government’s disposal, and send them off on a mission to defeat an enigmatic, insuperable entity. U.S. intelligence officer Amanda Waller has determined only a secretly convened group of disparate, despicable individuals with next to nothing to lose will do. However, once they realize they weren’t picked to succeed but chosen for their patent culpability when they inevitably fail, will the Suicide Squad resolve to die trying, or decide it’s every man for himself? (more…)

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Jason Bourne UltraHD Blu-ray

Summary: After a few years off the Bourne series returns with Matt Damon again reprising the role of Jason Bourne. Nicky Parsons has just broken into the CIA database, stealing classified files including those on the Treadstone project that Jason Bourne was a part of. Using this files to try to uncover information about the death of his father, the CIA now once again is after Jason Bourne worried that he might put their Iron Hand program at risk. (more…)

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Vizio P65-C1 Review

Over the past decade, Vizio has managed to transition from a TV company that makes a great value TV to one that makes a great TV. This year that transition is finally complete with the updated P65-C1, which is the best looking LCD set I’ve used this year. To get a picture that beats the Vizio, you’ll have to spend way more than $2,000 to do so and even then it still might not be as good. The P65-C1 is so good for the price, and overall, that I bought one for my new AV room to serve as my reference UltraHD display.

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LG E6 OLED Review

The LG E6 is the best looking TV I’ve ever reviewed. It’s not perfect, but it comes closer than anything else I’ve used to date. There’s no reason to bore you with a long introduction or exciting story: if you can afford it and you want the best TV out there today, the LG E6 OLED is it. It’s compatible with both HDR formats on the market today, covers almost the entire color gamut current content uses, and looks better in action than anything you’ve ever seen.

The only thing keeping me from replacing my Panasonic VT60 plasma with the LG E6 OLED is price. $4,000 for a 55” and $6,000 for a 65” is a lot of money for a TV. What makes the LG E6 worth that is a package that other TVs can’t compete with: absolute blacks, wide viewing angles, cutting edge styling, HDR and WCG support, and even 3D that looks better than the competition. The LG E6 TV is a cut above the competition.

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What are UltraHD Premium TVs?

The UltraHD Premium TV standard was announced at the 2016 CES Show, but what does that mean? After years of pushing 4K and UltraHD at consumers, is UltraHD Premium yet another standard? If you’ve already bought an UltraHD TV, is it an UltraHD Premium TV or is this something that is already making your TV outdated? In many ways UltraHD Premium is what we’ve been waiting for once you understand what it is. Continue Reading →

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Vizio M43-C1 UltraHD TV Review

The Vizio M43-C1 offers UltraHD resolution, superior contrast ratios, and full array local dimming in an affordable package. The integrated streaming supports UltraHD from both Amazon and Netflix, the two main sources of UltraHD material today, and it has an HDMI input with HDMI 2.0 and HDCP 2.2 support for the future. Finding another TV with all these features from another manufacturer costs hundreds more today making the Vizio M-series a true bargain.

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Samsung UN65JS9000 SUHD TV Review

The introduction of 4K was only the first step to improving the home viewing experience. Now this year we see the introduction of TVs that are going to support High Dynamic Range (HDR) and expanded color gamuts. These TVs produce brighter highlights while still offering great shadow detail. We also will get to see movies at home that offer the same wider range of colors that movie theaters offer today. These offer big improvements in picture quality that are visible from any distance and screen size.

One of the first displays to support both of these is the Samsung JS9000 SUHD. It is a curved, edge-lit LED screen that uses Quantum Dots to support the P3 color gamut and can produce HDR highlights. It offers 4K streaming content from Netflix and Amazon, accurate grayscale and color images, and a 30,000:1 contrast ratio. The curved screen still seems to offer no real benefits to me, and in this case makes a flaw in the edge lighting more apparent. That flaw aside, the JS9000 is a nice, though expensive, TV that is as future-proof as you can buy today. (more…)

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Panasonic 65″ AX900U 4K LCD TV Review

For years Panasonic owned videophile display market. If you asked almost any reviewer what TV they should buy, it would invariably be a Panasonic plasma. Most of the reviewers I know, including myself, own a Panasonic plasma as our personal reference displays. When they left the plasma market we knew it was going to be hard to find a display that compared to what they had been making. Panasonic’s attempt to move onto LCD and make us forget about plasma is the AX900U. A 65”, 4K, full array LCD TV, it has the specs to match up with almost anything but it probably won’t make you forget about your plasma quite yet.

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DVDO AVLab TPG Review

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.

Updated on August 7, 2014 to reflect updated firmware.

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4K Streaming: Guessing at Quality

CES 2014 provided many announcements about 4K streaming services coming to us this year. The largest player is Netflix, as they have the largest subscriber base, but Amazon, Comcast, DirecTV, and more jumped onto the 4K streaming bandwagon. While these announcements are often light on the details, Netflix came out at the Sony press conference to say that you only need 15 Megabits/second to provide 4K streaming. With that in mind, I wanted to look at what sort of performance we might expect to see.

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