The 55-inch UN55F9000 and 65-inch UN65F9000 will be available for preorder by U.S. customers starting July 21, shipping in early August. They'll cost $5,499 and $7,499 respectively. That's about $500 more than Sony's 4K X900 series, which is shipping now. LG, for its part, showed smaller 4K TVs at CES, but hasn't shipped any to the U.S. yet. Update 7/15: LG's smaller 4K TVs are shipping now too.… Read more
Every time I write an article like "Five lies your TV salesperson will tell you," there's an outcry from the (very small) minority of salespeople who proclaim their integrity and sincere desire to help people find the right gear.
I do believe these people exist, but the problem is, how do you find them? Here are some tricks, tips, and steps to help you find the right salesperson.… Read more
With the slow and inevitable transition to Ultra HD 4K happening whether it's necessary or not, it's not surprising that cable manufacturers are jumping at the chance to sell new and more expensive "4K" HDMI cables.
But guess what -- you don't need 4K HDMI cables, because your current HDMI ones can probably do 4K just fine. Seriously.
Here's why.… Read more
Sony's FMP-X1 4K Ultra HD Media Player will land in living rooms and on retailer shelves in two weeks, the company announced Monday.
The media player, which was unveiled in January at the Consumer Electronics Show, will play ultra-high-resolution content on 4K TVs, which have four times the number of pixels as a regular HD TV.
However, the box, which retails for $699, is compatible only with Sony 4K TVs. Sony is offering owners of its X900A sets a $200 introductory discount on the media player's price. The media player will be bundled with 10 feature films and … Read more
Samsung launched its first curved OLED TV in South Korea on Thursday, just a week after announcing availability of its flat-screen OLED, the KN55F9500. But the curve will cost you, with a price of $13,000 U.S., or $4,000 more than the flat version.
The television will ship in July, and according to Reuters, the company plans to release the curved version in other territories as well, though Samsung has yet to confirm if this includes the United States.
The 55-inch display comes with a curved panel and is finished with a "Timeless Arena" design. The … Read more
My bet is that somewhere out there in the Crave audience, some dedicated "Game of Thrones" fan has constructed a scale version of The Wall and Castle Black, if not the entirety of Westeros, out of nothing but Legos.
I admire such dedication to both the universe of George R.R. Martin and to brickcraft, so here's a tip to add a bit more realism to your project.… Read more
Recently, CNET started measuring input lag. This is the amount of time it takes for a TV or projector to produce an image. In the worse case, excessive input lag can cause lip sync issues. In most cases, it can lead to worse performance with certain games.
Since the article hit, there's been a surge of people ridiculing certain displays as "unacceptable" due to their input lag issues.
Hang on -- unacceptable? Just how important is input lag, anyway?… Read more
Cord-cutters of the world, unite! That pesky government everybody loves to complain about requires TV networks to broadcast high-def programming over the air absolutely free. All you need is a decent antenna so your TV can tune in those sweet, sweet signals.
Depending on how far out into the 'burbs you live (check AntennaWeb.org for info on station locations), that antenna might need a little help. While supplies last, DealFisher has the refurbished Mohu Leaf Ultimate amplified indoor HDTV antenna for $49.99, shipped. That's $40 off the regular price (for a new one) and the cheapest deal … Read more
Both Samsung and LG, two of the biggest players in the burgeoning world of organic light-emitting diode televisions, have announced (or depending on where you live, are selling) curved OLED screens to go along with traditional "flat" OLED screens.
Curved screens have been used in theaters for decades, and more recently in some high-end home theaters, too. In a TV though, it's nothing more than a gimmick.
Here's why.… Read more
For some people, an ordinary old giant flat-screen television and Blu-ray player just aren't enough.
How much would you spend for the best of the best? Some hard-core videophiles and audiophiles dump incredible amounts of cash on home theater equipment (and fancy home theaters) that can cost as much as the average car or house. … Read more