This thing is huge. There's just something about a TV this size that dominates a room. Even a big room. It plays tricks on the eyes, in a way, as your brain isn't accustomed to seeing a TV of such girth. The UN-85S9 isn't just massive in size (85 inches, 189 pounds), but massive in price ($40,000) and resolution (Ultra HD "4K," of course). I got to spend some time with it, and here's what I found out. As you might have noticed, from the lack of "review" in the title, this isn't a full review. We only had limited time with the TV, and it wasn't at the CNET labs. Also, my name is not David or Ty. I did have access to a variety of equipment and test gear, though, so consider this a mostly-there-but-not-quite-full review. Bigprojector on a 102-inch screen, and even I think this is a big TV. There's something about the presence of a device-of-unusual-size that is impressive. The easel design for the stand, which I thought looked odd at best, weird at worst, at CES, actually sort of … [Read more...] about Hands on with the massive Samsung UN-85S9 85-inch 4K TV
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Since the first color TV signals were broadcast, over 50 years ago, there have been shockingly few advancements. Thanks to limited bandwidth, legacy standards and the limitations of ancient CRT televisions, even the HDTV standards introduced in the early 2000s didn't improve color realism much beyond what had been possible for decades. That's all about to change. In one of the most exciting advancements since high-def itself, new color standards are on the horizon that aim to improve the color accuracy and realism of next-gen televisions. But first, we need to talk about color, and why it's important. There's a lot to cover, so we're breaking this into two articles. In this first part, we'll discuss the nature of color and how color works on TVs. In Part II we talk about the future of TV color, and where it's headed. Let's talk about color, baby There are two types of primary colors: additive, and subtractive. Subtractive primaries are what you find with … [Read more...] about Ultra HD 4K TV color, part I: Red, green, blue and beyond
It's probably been a while since you upgraded your AV receiver, right? Receivers, those bulky boxes at the heart of many surround sound systems, tend to last longer than a lot of other gear. However, if you use yours not only to power your speakers, but to switch video as well -- that is, all your sources are plugged into the receiver, not the TV -- then you might have to get a new one soon. The issue is Ultra HD , the successor to high-definition TV. Older receivers can't switch 4K signals, and almost none have the copy protection standards required for transmission of 4K content over HDMI, the ubiquitous connection used by most home theater gear. Fortunately there are a few workarounds that might allow you to hang onto that receiver for awhile longer as the industry transitions to 4K and beyond. Here's what you need to know about when to upgrade, why and what you can do if you still want 4K, but not a new receiver (yet).The problem The main issue is this: your receiver can … [Read more...] about Do I need a new AV receiver to go with my 4K TV?
Whether it's ogling at your digital photos in incredible detail, taking in entire spreadsheets at a glance, or partaking in some high-resolution fragging, using an Ultra HD 4K TV as a computer monitor has its benefits. There are a few things to keep in mind, however, including your PC's capabilities, scaling and magnification -- text in native 4K is really small -- and making sure your TV is in the right settings. And if you're considering using your 4K TV for for gaming, there are a few other considerations. Let's get started. On the PC First of all, is your video card even capable of the 3,840x2,160 resolution used by 4K TVs? If it's only a few years old, then it probably can. More than a few years old, and it's definitely worth checking first. The manufacturer's website should give you an idea. Also check out... Can 4K TVs make 'regular' HD content look better? HDMI vs. DisplayPort HDMI 2.0 Should you get a 4K TV for gaming? Game mode on: CNET tests TVs for input lag … [Read more...] about How to use your 4K TV as a monitor
BERLIN - 3D TV? That's so 2011. 4K technology was the talk of IFA, with LG, Sony, and Toshiba all showing off 84-inch 4K TVs. We stopped by Sony's booth this afternoon to take a look, and also checked out the 20-inch 4K TVs Panasonic had on display. 4K sets are four times the resolution of a standard HDTV. Current HDTVs display content at 1080p (1,920 by 1,080 pixels), or slightly lower 1080i or 720p resolution. 4K video is the next step in high definition, with a resolution of approximately 4,000-by-2,000 to 4,000-by-3,000, quadrupling or sextupling the number of pixels in the picture. At this point, 4K-based TVs are limited to business users, thanks in part to their hefty price tags. LG's 4K TV, for example, will set you back $22,000. But as PCMag's Will Greenwald pointed out recently, 4K is "the high definition we'll be using in five or 10 years." View all Photos in Gallery Sony had its 84-inch 4K TV set up in the middle of its massive IFA booth. The flashing, overhead lights made … [Read more...] about Eyes On With 4K TVs From Sony, Panasonic