Sony officially unveiled its first 8K TV line for consumers: the Master Series Z9G / ZG9. Available in 85″ and 98″ sizes, these displays feature an updated Picture Processor X1 Ultimate image processor, X-Reality PRO technology optimized for 8K content, as well as Netflix Calibrated Mode and IMAX Enhanced. To ensure you get the best quality sound as possible, Sony equipped these sets with Sound-from-Picture Reality, which makes dialog sound as though it’s coming from the actors on-screen, thanks to four, front-firing speakers — two on top, and two along the bottom of the screen. Read more for a video and additional information.
LG first unveiled a prototype rollable TV at CES 2018, and now this year, they introduced a 65″ OLED TV R that will actually go on sale some time this year. It consists of a large base stand that houses a 100-watt Dolby Atmos speaker system and the actual window blind-like 65″ OLED panel that can roll up and down. The display has three modes: a full-screen “Full View” experience, a partially rolled out “Line View” mode, and then “Zero View”, in which the user only makes use of the audio system. Read more for another hands-on video, pictures and additional information.
LG has announced their next-generation TV lineup powered by the company’s second-gen Alpha 9 processor paired with ThinQ AI, complete with Alexa and Google Assistant support, ahead of CES 2019. The largest of the models will be the Z9, an 88-inch 8K resolution OLED television that uses the second-generation Alpha 9 processor and its deep learning algorithm for supreme picture and sound quality, as well as optimized content that automatically recognizes ambient conditions. Read more for a video and additional information.
NVIDIA’s Shield TV not only lets you stream 4K HDR content, but games as well, all for $142.50 shipped (after clipping 5% on-page coupon), today only, originally $179. It’s essentially a blazing fast and versatile streaming, game console, media server, and smart home hub, all-in-one. Enjoy the ultimate visual experience with 4K HDR quality, immersive sound with Dolby Atmos and dts-x surround sound pass-through, and the most 4K entertainment. You can also control smart devices such as lights, thermostats, and cameras with your voice and set convenient schedules with the Google Assistant, Alexa and SmartThings Link. Product page. Read more for another video review and additional information.
LG will officially unveil its second-generation CineBeam Laser 4K projector (HU85L) with Ultra Short Throw (UST) technology at CES 2019, and it builds upon its predecessor as it now can be placed a little more than 2 inches from the wall to project a 90-inch diagonal image. When placed 7 inches away, the projector produces a much larger and still bright 120-inch image. The projector delivers 2,500 ANSI lumens and 4K UHD resolution, while reproducing highly accurate colors courtesy of its wide color gamut, which further increases the realism of every picture displayed. You can also stream movies and shows from your favorite services while USB, Ethernet and HDMI provide even more connectivity choices. Read more for additional pictures and information.
Samsung’s “The Wall” is touted as the world’s first consumer modular MicroLED TV, measuring in at a massive 146-inches. Thanks to its module-based, bezel-less design, this display enables users to customize their television to the size and shape of their choice. Plus, the modular screen can be used to create a wall-sized display, or just used to increase their traditional screen size to suit a new room in any living space. Unfortunately, there’s no word yet on pricing or availability. Read more for a hands-on video and additional information.
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Roku’s Streaming Stick (3800) features a new voice remote that lets you power up, change volume on most televisions, control your player, plus use your voice to find your favorite shows across 1,000+ channels, all for $29 shipped, Black Friday week only, originally $49.99. From quick access to free movies and TV on the home page, to hundreds of free channels packed with Hollywood hits, live news and more. Search by title, actor, or director and get unbiased results across 1,000+ channels to see where you can stream your favorite shows. Product page. Read more for a hands-on video review and additional information.
At $600, the Dolby Dimension wireless headphones may not be for everyone, but it does bring the theater experience home, and to your ears. Featuring advanced digital signal processing and head tracking technology to make it seem like the audio is coming from your screen, while offering one-touch switching between Bluetooth-enabled devices. Simply swipe and tap to control the sound with precision, especially when paired with the app. Read more for a video review, additional pictures and information.
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TCL’s 49S405 49″ 4K Ultra HD Roku Smart LED TV could be the best in its class at this price point, and you can pick one up for just $339.99 shipped, today only, originally $479.99. Transform your smartphone or tablet into a full-function Roku remote with voice control, the ability to browse and add new channels, even listen to TV audio on headphones connected to your mobile device. Product page. Continue reading for another hands-on video review and more information.
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Google will hold its annual hardware event on October 9th, and the likely announcement of the Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL, but one Best Buy customer appears to have snagged a 3rd-generation Chromecast two weeks early. Reddit user “GroveStreetHomie” said this item wasn’t even in the inventory system, so the cashier had to ring up an older Chromecast. Continue reading for the full image and more information.