Reference Home Theater https://referencehometheater.com Home Theater Reviews Sat, 17 Nov 2018 00:31:03 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.9.8 https://referencehometheater.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/10/icon-45x45.png Reference Home Theater https://referencehometheater.com 32 32 35708121 Vizio PQ65-F1 Image Analysis Review https://referencehometheater.com/2018/reference-ht-reviews/vizio-pq65-f1-image-analysis-review/ https://referencehometheater.com/2018/reference-ht-reviews/vizio-pq65-f1-image-analysis-review/#comments Mon, 03 Sep 2018 17:33:25 +0000 https://referencehometheater.com/?p=9249 The Vizio PQ65-F1 is the top-of-the-line set from the value-oriented company. It comes fully decked out when it comes to image specs, with over 2000 nits, HDR10 and Dolby Vision capability, DCI/P3 gamut coverage, and 192 zones of local dimming. On paper, the PQ65-F1 looks to be an all-star, but the question is how it performs in real-world use. Vizio PQ65-F1 SDR Analysis Vizio has done a good job...

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Samsung Q8 Image Analysis Review https://referencehometheater.com/2018/reference-ht-reviews/samsung-q8-image-analysis-review/ https://referencehometheater.com/2018/reference-ht-reviews/samsung-q8-image-analysis-review/#comments Tue, 14 Aug 2018 18:36:26 +0000 https://referencehometheater.com/?p=9030 For 2018, Samsung listened to what people said about their 2017 sets and has released some of their Q-Series lineup featuring full array local dimming backlights. The least expensive option with FALD, which provides the best image quality for LCD TVs, is the Q8F and we will look at how its image quality stacks up to the competition today. Samsung Q8F SDR Calibration For all our calibrations we use...

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LG C8 OLED Image Quality Analysis Review https://referencehometheater.com/2018/reference-ht-reviews/video/displays-projectors/flat-panels/lg-c8-oled-image-quality-analysis-review/ https://referencehometheater.com/2018/reference-ht-reviews/video/displays-projectors/flat-panels/lg-c8-oled-image-quality-analysis-review/#respond Fri, 10 Aug 2018 22:42:04 +0000 https://referencehometheater.com/?p=9014 The 2018 LG C8 introduced two major new features for image quality: Direct LUT access for calibration, and black frame insertion for SDR to improve motion quality. Both of these were features that were long wanted on an OLED to offer up improved image quality but the implementation of them has to also be done right to work. So now we will look at the 2018 C8 OLED to see how well it performs purely...

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TCL 65R617 Image Quality Review https://referencehometheater.com/2018/commentary/tcl-65r617-image-quality-review/ https://referencehometheater.com/2018/commentary/tcl-65r617-image-quality-review/#respond Mon, 06 Aug 2018 21:23:06 +0000 https://referencehometheater.com/?p=9006 The 2016 TCL P-Series was a TV that we felt performed much better than its price would indicate. At a time when true HDR TVs were selling for well over $1,000, the $650 TCL made for a massive bargain. A year later, TCL has changed the naming from the P-Series to the 6-Series but also come back with some improvements. They’ve added a 65” screen size, which we tested, and more local dimming zones...

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Sony X900F Image Quality Review https://referencehometheater.com/2018/commentary/sony-x900f-image-quality-review/ https://referencehometheater.com/2018/commentary/sony-x900f-image-quality-review/#comments Fri, 27 Jul 2018 20:00:47 +0000 https://referencehometheater.com/?p=8979 We’re going to start looking at the image quality of a number of TVs for 2018 starting with the Sony X900F. This year I’m doing these in a different way than before as well. They aren’t a traditional review, where we care about the design, the user interface, the price, and so on. I cover that at Wirecutter and need to make this different. Instead, I’m just going to focus on the image...

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First Impressions: FIBBR Ultra Pro Fiber Optic HDMI Cable https://referencehometheater.com/2018/reference-ht-reviews/first-impressions-fibbr-ultra-pro-fiber-optic-hdmi-cable/ https://referencehometheater.com/2018/reference-ht-reviews/first-impressions-fibbr-ultra-pro-fiber-optic-hdmi-cable/#comments Fri, 22 Jun 2018 15:07:39 +0000 https://referencehometheater.com/?p=8878 Over the next several months we’ll be rolling out a series of articles related to my apartment renovation in Manhattan. Today we offer first-look at one of the components we’ll be reviewing: the FIBBR Ultra Pro Fiber Optic HDMI cable. In today’s preview, we will be describing the cable and talking about installation. Once the project is complete we’ll return with a full review.

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Xbox One X Auto Low Latency Mode In-Use https://referencehometheater.com/2018/commentary/xbox-one-x-auto-low-latency-mode-in-use/ https://referencehometheater.com/2018/commentary/xbox-one-x-auto-low-latency-mode-in-use/#comments Thu, 03 May 2018 20:29:29 +0000 https://referencehometheater.com/?p=8756 With the April 2018 software update, the Xbox One X added support for Auto Low Latency Mode (ALLM). More commonly called Game Mode, this is an HDMI 2.1 feature that lets a game console tell a TV when it is playing a game, and has the TV automatically enable game mode. Using game mode typically results in lower input lag and a better gaming experience than playing without it, but has drawbacks when...

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CES 2018 Thoughts and Recap https://referencehometheater.com/2018/commentary/ces-2018-thoughts-and-recap/ https://referencehometheater.com/2018/commentary/ces-2018-thoughts-and-recap/#respond Fri, 12 Jan 2018 21:15:32 +0000 https://referencehometheater.com/?p=8358 2018 was the first CES with an In-N-Out on the strip in walking distance TVs: Minor Improvements for 2018 The main thing for TVs in 2018 is that we’re mostly getting moderate improvements over 2017. For example, LG added the new LUT access to their higher-end TVs for 2018, but the OLED panel itself looks to be very similar to last year. There’s black frame insertion, better color...

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What is a 3D LUT https://referencehometheater.com/2018/commentary/what-is-a-3d-lut/ https://referencehometheater.com/2018/commentary/what-is-a-3d-lut/#respond Sun, 07 Jan 2018 16:00:28 +0000 https://referencehometheater.com/?p=8317 What is a 3D LUT

If you’re looking to get a new LG 8-series OLED or SK-series LCD TV in 2018, you’ve probably seen the announcements or read the specs for them. One feature on them you probably didn’t see, or maybe didn’t know much about, is the presence of a 3D LUT, or Cube LUT (Look-Up Table) with direct access. While many TVs have had 3D LUTs in their video pipeline for a while...

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Best 4K Blu-ray Discs of 2017 https://referencehometheater.com/2017/reference-ht-reviews/best-4k-blu-ray-discs-of-2017/ https://referencehometheater.com/2017/reference-ht-reviews/best-4k-blu-ray-discs-of-2017/#respond Fri, 24 Nov 2017 15:59:04 +0000 https://referencehometheater.com/?p=8249 [et_pb_section bb_built=”1″][et_pb_row][et_pb_column type=”4_4″][et_pb_post_title _builder_version=”3.0.78″ title=”on” meta=”on” author=”on” date=”on” categories=”on” comments=”on” featured_image=”on” featured_placement=”below” text_color=”dark”.

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