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AOC Q2963PM 29" 21:9 UltraWide IPS LED Monitor Review

AOC Q2963PM 29" 21:9 UltraWide IPS LED Monitor Review

The AOC Q2963PM is an ultra-wide, 29" IPS LED display monitor with a 21:9 aspect ratio. That is like having two 4:3 monitors side by side. It will accept two sources and show them to you Picture-in-Picture or Picture-by-Picture. It performed admirably on our HQV tests, it has integrated speakers, HDMI and DVI input (both cannot be active at the same time), and a D-Sub or DP input for your computer. It sports a fairly innovative pivot plate that allows up to 25 degrees of movement on the stand or on a wall mount. While we did find some idiosycracies, all in all, it is an excellent monitor. The only problem is the price. At $500, it certainly isn't cheap and you could easily pay less for two 16:9 monitors of similar sizes.

The AOC Q2963PM is an ultra-wide, 29" IPS LED Monitor with a 21:9 aspect ratio. The only problem is the price. At $500, it certainly isn't cheap and you could easily pay less for two 16:9 monitors.

— September 17, 2013 14:05 in HDTV Reviews

Samsung PN51F8500AF Plasma TV Review

Samsung PN51F8500AF Plasma TV Review

I love plasma TVs. I love how black the blacks get. I think that LCD has gotten tremendously better over the years, but when I come back to plasma it just reminds me of how good television can be. But this isn't a plasma TV technology review, it's a review of Samsung's latest and greatest television, the PN51F8500. This is the best plasma TV Samsung has ever released. In fact, it's probably the best plasma TV we've ever reviewed. In fact, it's probably the best TV you're going to see this year. Just let that sink in a bit...

Samsung's latest and greatest television, the PN51F8500, is the best plasma TV Samsung has ever released. In fact, it's probably the best plasma TV we've ever reviewed. Just let that sink in a bit...

— September 10, 2013 17:00 in HDTV Reviews

VIZIO M801d-A3 80" Razor LED Smart TV with Theater 3D Preview

VIZIO M801d-A3 80" Razor LED Smart TV with Theater 3D Preview

The VIZIO M801d-A3 80" Razor LED Smart TV with Theater 3D may not have the latest Ultra HD/4k resolution, but it also doesn't have a $25,000 price tag. At just under $4k, you can have 80" of 1080p resolution, a full suite of network apps, and passive 3D technology for a lot less. With edge-lit LED backlighting and local dimming, 240Hz refresh rate, and more, it seems impossible that only a few years ago, the same $4000 could barely buy you a 50" with no networking. The VIZIO M801d-A3 80" Razor LED Smart TV with Theater 3D is probably the best argument we've seen for passing on 4K for the foreseeable future.

The VIZIO M801d-A3 80" Razor LED Smart TV with Theater 3D may not have the latest Ultra HD/4k resolution, but it also doesn't have a $25,000 price tag. Passive 3D, built in Wi-Fi, and more.

— July 08, 2013 13:30 in HDTV Reviews

Planar UR8450 Series 4K Displays with 1080p x4 Tiling Preview

Planar UR8450 Series 4K Displays with 1080p x4 Tiling Preview

Planar has announced three new 84" 4K displays. The UR8450LX is your typical display, the UR8450MX can be oriented in portrait as well as landscape, and the UR8450-3D adds 3D with passive glasses. All the displays feature 4k resolution, local dimming LED backlighting, and an energy efficient design. The prices are certainly high but there are not the most expensive sets out there. With very few 4K displays on the market, the ability to provide four 1080p images at the same time natively (something other displays need external hardware for) may be enough differentiation to influence buyers to choose one of the UR8450 displays. As for us, we'll wait a few years until the prices come down to a more reasonable level.

Planar has announced three new 84" 4K displays. The UR8450LX is your typical display, the UR8450MX can be oriented in portrait as well as landscape, and the UR8450-3D adds 3D with passive glasses.

— June 10, 2013 15:25 in HDTV Reviews

AOC Q2963PM 29" 21:9 Super Wide Screen HD Monitor Preview

AOC Q2963PM 29" 21:9 Super Wide Screen HD Monitor Preview

The AOC Q2963PM has a extreme aspect ratio (21:9) with a 29" diagonal measurement. But instead of just giving you a lot of screen space and letting you figure out what to do with it, AOC has really packed the Q2963PM with features. With their Screen+ software, you can do both PiP and PbP from different inputs. A MHL HD input mirrors your Android phone while charging it, and Display Port 1.2a allows you to daisy-chain multiple screens together as you see fit. With an IPS LCD screen, 5ms response time, and a 1000:1 (typical) 50,000,000:1 (dynamic) contrast ratio, this is a display that will do equally well with entertainment and work duties.

The AOC Q2963PM has a extreme aspect ratio (21:9) with a 29" diagonal measurement. With a ton of features, the AOC Q2963PM is a display that will do equally well with entertainment and work duties.

— April 28, 2013 18:00 in HDTV Reviews

Samsung PN51F4500 & PN43F4500 Plasma TV Comparison

Samsung PN51F4500 & PN43F4500 Plasma TV Comparison

Samsung’s F4500 series of plasma TVs rounds out their entry level offerings and consists of only two models, the PN51F4500 and PN43F4500. As you might be able to tell from the models numbers, the two sets are 51” and 43”, respectively. The F4500 series is one of the least expensive plasma TV lines you are going to find. That’s because it’s only 720p and lacks any smart features, like WiFi or internet apps. However, it still retains Samsung’s Clear Image panel for better use in well-lit areas and a nearly flawless 178 degree viewing angle. It also has two HDMI inputs, a USB port for viewing photos/movies, and 600hz Subfield Motion.

The Samsung F4500 series consists of two different plasma TVs, the PN51F4500 and PN43F4500. This basic line is only 720p but is also extremely affordable. Read on for a full comparison.

— April 09, 2013 13:25 in HDTV Reviews

Samsung PN64F5300, PN60F5300, & PN51F5300 Plasma TV Comparison

Samsung PN64F5300, PN60F5300, & PN51F5300 Plasma TV Comparison

The Samsung F5300 series sits right in the middle of their 2013 lineup and consists of three models, the PN64F5300, PN60F5300, and PN51F5300. In typical Samsung fashion, the first two letters of the model number indicates the type of product (plasma TV), the following two numbers indicate the size (64", 60", and 51"), then the year (2013 models use an "F"), and finally the series (in this case, the 5300 series). The F5300 series is nestled in between their flagship F8500 series and entry level F4500 series. It doesn't have any smart features or 3D support, but still retains 1080p resolution. In short, it's a basic plasma TV that should work great for everyday viewing.

The Samsung F5300 series consists of three different plasma TVs, the PN64F5300, PN60F5300, and PN51F5300,and rests in the middle of Samsung's 2013 lineup. Read on for a full overview.

— April 01, 2013 11:50 in HDTV Reviews

Samsung PN64F8500, PN60F8500, & PN51F8500 Plasma TV Comparison

Samsung PN64F8500, PN60F8500, & PN51F8500 Plasma TV Comparison

The F8500 series is Samsung’s 2013 flagship plasma TV line and is available in three different sizes, 64” (PN64F8500), 60” (PN60F8500), and 51” (PN51F8500). There’s no doubt that these are nice TVs, but they're also extremely expensive (over $4k for the 64"), so you might ask yourself, “What makes the F8500 series worth the extra money over other TVs?” In the past, we’ve tended to like Panasonic plasma TVs over Samsung, but this year things are starting to change. The F8500 is packed full of smart features, which is no surprise, but Samsung is touting vast improvements in picture quality as well. Their Super Contrast Panel uses larger sub-pixels for increased brightness, which they claim is similar to an LED TV. The panel also combines two other technologies, Real Black Pro filter for deep blacks in bright rooms, and Adaptive Reset Control, for deep blacks in dark rooms. They also utilize a single layer panel, which combats reflections and provides great off axis viewing (no matter what you read elsewhere, a plasma TV with a single layer panel will ALWAYS have much better off-axis viewing than an LED or LCD TV).

The Samsung F8500 series consists of three different plasma TVs, the PN64F8500, PN60F8500, and PN51F8500. Read on for a full overview and comparison of each model.

— April 01, 2013 11:45 in HDTV Reviews

Antennas Direct DB8e Ultra Long Range Antenna Review

Antennas Direct DB8e Ultra Long Range Antenna Review

Antennas Direct bills the the new DB8e as the "most powerful HDTV antenna in the world." If antennas dream of being superheroes, the DB8e is what they'd want to be. But does the DB8e puff out its chest and have little or no actual powers that exceed the norm? We wanted to find out, so we requested one and mounted it on a roof in Lakeland, a town in Central Florida that lies roughly between Orlando and Tampa. Before I spill the beans on how our experiment went, let me tell you a bit more about the DB8e itself.

Antennas Direct bills the the new DB8e as the "most powerful HDTV antenna in the world." If antennas dream of being superheroes, the DB8e is what they'd want to be.

— March 29, 2013 17:35 in HDTV Reviews

FAVI HDMI SmartStick Review

FAVI HDMI SmartStick Review

What if you have a dumb TV? Well there's a little device called the SmartStick. With the SmartStick you can insert it into your TV's available HDMI port, connect the Smart Stick to power using the provided USB cable, and route the IR receiver to a location where it can receive commands from the included remote control. If you want more sophisticated control—and you really do—you can add a wireless keyboard like this one. Now the SmartStick is a wireless Android device... on a stick. Seriously.

There's a little device called the SmartStick. With the SmartStick you can insert it into your TV's available HDMI port, connect the Smart Stick to power using the provided USB cable, and route the IR

— February 01, 2013 06:10 in HDTV Reviews

LG Electronics 2013 Home Theater Lineup Preview

LG Electronics 2013 Home Theater Lineup Preview

While readers of Audioholics may have taken notice of LG displaying its EA9800 curved OLED screen at CES 2013, the folks at LG have also been busy showing off standard OLED screens, expanding their Ultra-HD lineup, and putting out a new generation of sound bars and home theater systems. In addition to these offerings, LG has also announced an all new Magic Remote to control your theater via voice commands, gesturing, pointing, and a scroll wheel. LG is also promising a superior experience courtesy of a plethora of applications (including games), the ability to easily search for content from video on demand and broadcast sources from multiple services, as well as smoother user experience thanks to upgraded computing power. Read on for a full overview of everything Home Theater related that LG showed off at CES 2013.

While readers of Audioholics may have taken notice of LG displaying its EA9800 curved OLED screen at CES 2013, the folks at LG have also been busy showing off host of other products.

— January 18, 2013 06:25 in HDTV Reviews

Sharp Announces 2013 LED TV Lineup

Sharp Announces 2013 LED TV Lineup

I must confess that Sharp isn’t typically on my “must see” list at CES, but this year I strolled through had a pretty good time. They were definitely out to prove themselves as the leader in large TVs with the announcement of twenty-one new TVs that are 60” or larger. They also showed off a number of new and/or proprietary technologies such as Quattron, ICC, and Super Bright. Their new flagship model is the UHD ICC Purios, followed by Series 8, 7, and 6 LEDs. The smallest TV in each line is 60" and the largest is 90". As always, they showed off their Quattron technology, but also had demo areas setup to showcase each of their new technologies. Read on for a breakdown between each series.

Sharp unveiled their 2013 TV lineup this yer at CES. The ICC Purios holds the top spot and the Series 8, 7, and 6 follow down the line.

— January 15, 2013 05:35 in HDTV Reviews

Samsung Unveils 2013 Home Theater Product Lineup (Displays, Blu-ray players & more)

Samsung Unveils 2013 Home Theater Product Lineup (Displays, Blu-ray players & more)

Samsung has taken CES 2013 as an opportunity to unleash its latest Smart HDTV and home theater product lineup. Leading the charge is the giant 85” S9 UHD (Ultra High Definition, a.k.a. 4K) TV, while the F9500 OLED, F8000 LED, F7500 LED, and F8500 Plasma TVs round out the new TVs announced. This isn't their entire 2013 TV lineup, simply a showing of some of their top of the line offerings. In addition to their plethora of television offerings, Samsung has announced some other potentially interesting A/V products including the HW-F750 vacuum tube soundbar, HT-F9750W 7.1 home theater, and BD-7500 Blu-ray Player. The most intriguing development in all of these announcements is a claim that they improved the black levels in their new Plasma TVs by 400% compared to last years' models.

Samsung has taken CES 2013 as an opportunity to unleash its latest Smart HDTV and home theater product lineup.

— January 15, 2013 00:00 in HDTV Reviews

LG EA9800 Curved-screen OLED Television Preview

LG EA9800 Curved-screen OLED Television Preview

LG Electronics took CES to introduce and demo its OLED TV-prowess. OLED is the technology that will eventually take over LED—though it may take another 5 years or more. At the show they demoed a brand new TV that has a curved screen. The EA9800 features proprietary WRGB technology and the incredibly thin display features a dramatic curved design and a vivid picture quality that, according to LG, is practically indiscernible from colors found in nature.

LG Electronics took CES to introduce and demo its OLED TV-prowess. At the show they demoed a brand new TV that has a curved screen. The EA9800 features proprietary WRGB technology.

— January 10, 2013 20:30 in HDTV Reviews