occasional audio

We initially purchased a 50” Samsung UN50KU6300FXZA and tried that out for about a week (from a big box store). We really liked that TV, but we were having a problem with occasional audio skips on that TV so we ended up returning it and exchanging it for a Sony XBR-49X800D. I am not really sure that the Samsung had audio issues itself, it could have been something external (I ended up replacing a lot of cables and connectors as well).


Since I ended up trying out both TVs, I can contrast them to some extent. The Samsung is a very stylish TV and looks a bit more upscale than the Sony. The pedestal seems a bit more stable, although both of them, being center stands versus the more common feet on either end, worked well with my TV stand. The Sony, on the other hand, is amazingly thin for a 49-50” TV, more-so than the Samsung.

I tried the audio on both and I thought the built-in audio on the Samsung was a bit better, although for me it’s a moot point since I am using a Yamaha sound bar connected to digital audio out on the TV.

There was something very pleasing about the picture on the Samsung, although the contrast and colors seem a bit better on the Sony, given proper adjustment on both.

On the Samsung, when I had the motion smoothing and judder control features turned on, some broadcasts had a serious problem with the infamous soap opera effect and I found that, to avoid this and have a picture I liked I had to turn most of that stuff off. On the Sony, on the other hand, I am using some (not all) of those settings and I am not getting the soap opera effect like I did on the Samsung.

I liked the “smart” features, including the arrangement of the user interface, a bit better on the Samsung than on the Sony, it was a tad more intuitive (although the features were similar).

The Sony seems to have more settings for adjusting the picture and audio than the Samsung did, although I liked the interface for doing that better on the Samsung.

The Samsung remote is small, elegant and confusing. The Sony remote is more traditional and has a lot of buttons on it (the Samsung remote hardly had any).

Both TVs seem to work fine on my WiFi network and both were able to stream 4K content just fine (e.g. Netflix).

The Sony has 4 HDMI ports vs 3 on the Samsung.

The Sony TV uses an external brick on the power cord like a laptop (a big one), the Samsung has a normal power cord.

The cables on the Samsung all plugged in from the side (in the back, but parallel to the back of the TV), the Sony cables plug into the back perpendicular to it (I don’t hang my TV on the wall, it’s on a stand, but I think the Samsung would have worked better for hanging on the wall).

All in all, I don’t think you can go wrong with either set, they are both good TVs.






I’ve had two weeks

I’ve had two weeks now to really play with the set and tweak it and I couldn’t be happier with my purchase, especially for the $798 price tag for the 49″ version. I’m extraordinarily picky about my picture and since this is my only television in the house I wanted to make sure I got it right. To give you an idea, I was replacing the last TV set I bought 17 years ago, Sony’s top of the line 36″ XBR HD tube which had stunning color and no motion blur whatsoever. Every flat TV I had looked at in the last ten years either had motion blur or was so expensive that there was no way to justify the price. Many of my concerns before purchase were based on other people’s feedback and observations, so let me see if I can pay it forward;


-I watch a good deal of sports and was very concerned about motion blur, especially since technically speaking this set officially only has a 60hz refresh rate that the 4k X1 processor augments. I’ve watched several football and hockey games and the only blur I’ve seen is in the stands where the 4k upgrade tries to show every strand of the protective netting behind the rink or every single individual on the opposite side of the football stadium while the camera is in motion. The TV is that good. There has been no artifacting whatsoever on the field or on the rink when everything is in motion, and it’s been easy to spot the different resolutions of the lesser secondary cameras used during live broadcasts. Again, the TV is that good.

-I skipped buying last year’s set because of the lesser display (the 800 series uses Sony’s superior Triluminos display) but the 800 series is much more vibrant than the 810 series of last year. You can definitely see a difference.

-There were many reports that the Android TV was extremely buggy. The only thing I can report is that Netflix didn’t work out of the box but a quick firmware upgrade took care of that easily, and otherwise I’ve had no issues at all. I will caution prospective buyers that you’ll want to have a superior internet speed coming into your home; the TV is an internet hog and I’m feeding it about 50 mbps via my wireless router. I have yet to have any streaming video buffer once. Just for grins I used an ancient router that produced a much slower speed (about 5-10 mbps) and there were a couple of hiccups. I have 150 mbps coming into the house and I don’t think you’d get great Android TV performance if you’re bringing in 25 mbps and someone else is streaming at the same time. Just a heads up.

-Like other reviewers, I do wish there was a way to delete apps that I have no interest in. If there is, I haven’t found it yet. I will say that the main apps (Netflix, Amazon streaming Video, YouTube) have been flawless. YouTube has a great deal of 4k content ready to go the moment you take the TV out of the box, and the TV is so good that you can definitely see a difference in one camera from another in the same video.

-The remote control is a bit clumsy and designed for small hands. One needs to use the middle “wheel” (four directions and a center ‘go’ button) to navigate quite a bit around the TV and its features and I’ve stopped counting how many times I’ve inadvertently hit the wrong button trying to operate up/down/left/right near the center of the remote. My solution is to teach that into my larger learning remote but I wanted to give the feedback to others.

-I bypass the TV’s audio altogether (most reviews say it’s mediocre at best) and run a digital audio out into my Denon surround sound receiver. Since my receiver can’t handle 4k (gorgeous sound but old enough to not have HDMI switching on it) I now use the TV as the main switcher and the receiver just does audio. I’ve noticed that every time I either switch video inputs or take Tivo off pause there’s an audible audio hiccup right away that lasts less than a second. There’s also a millisecond audio delay that causes a minuscule ‘out-of-synch’ between picture and sound. Not a deal breaker (and barely noticeable) but it does indeed exist.

-I’ve just started to port games on the set from Steam. So far so good; no problems with motion and it looks just incredible!

All in all, a fantastic piece of electronics for under $800. The picture is stunning, everything (especially old programming) converts rather nicely to 4k and I still have a huge smile on my face two weeks later every time I turn it on. I hope this review helps others, and feel free to reach out with exceptionally picky questions!






the 49in triluminous

the 49in triluminous display looks fantastic! The edge lit led panel has no light bleeding or clouding and blacks look extremely deep. The color gamut is a bit lower than top end sets, however if you’re new to WCG tvs you really won’t notice at all. Reds are mega vibrant, greens are bright, and blues look pronounced. The tv is uglier than the x850d but it also cost a great deal less and delivers all the main features in a smaller size. HDR, is the best thing your eyes will ever see in 2016! This tv does it well.


Resolution:
4k 2160p looks fantastic. the tv is a native 60hz tv with motionflow 240. This is NOT a deal breaker. You see hz and fps ARE the same thing. They both measure motion refreshments. The only difference is that tvs display this measurement info, differently from source devices like bluray players. 60hz is an average consumer’s tv refresh rate, while 240hz is an extreme user’s tv refresh rate. 60fps is the fastest measurement in consumer level media,or as you may have seen it hdmi 2.0 4k/60fps. The only exception to this is pc, which can do well over 120fps for gaming or advanced technology applications. Thats why high end tvs push 240 native, so that pc gamers and power users are accommodated. If you aren’t pc gaming, or working for nasa, a 60 hz refresh rate DOES NOT matter. All bluray discs play at 30fps max, and all UHD discs play at 60fps max. You don’t need a tv that can refresh 240 times per frame if your source can only refresh 60 times per frame. The 4k experienced here is a fantastic spectrum of HDR vibrancy and extraordinary motion. 1080p, looks almost as fantastic as 4k here. Loads of detail and tack sharp imagery. 720p looks good. Obviously not 1080p good, but this tv holds well here. 480p or the dvd sd quality is awful. 480p dvds are grainy and oversharpened, overshadowed and really feels clunky. If you ever seen 480p on a samsung this will eat you alive. If its not HD, FHD, or UHD, don’t expect much.

Sound:
Just buy a soundbar, the sound is okay but you’re missing out by not spending the $130 to get a basic 2.0 experience.

Android:
Works just like it does on all 2016 XBR tvs. The layout is tile based, fells good, and though not perfectlyresponsive 100% of the time feels is a nice touch. YouTube, Netflix, and hulu all here. Works great.






That is all we use it for now

We bought the 60 inch from bestbui early blackfriday sale for 699. Terrific deal. I have relatively slow internet and no cable or satellite tv. We watch hulu and amazon videos through our 3mbps internet. That is all we use it for now, but eventually we might get xbox one s or other HD capable equipment. My worry was that this tv would not do a good job of upscaling our less-than HD-quality content. I couldn’t be happier. It is easy to tell up close that it is not 4k, but much of the time it appears to be HD quality or better up close even when it is not. When you sit back more than 5 feet away from the television though it really makes everything look quite magnificent.

Does an amazing job of upscaling. I considered just getting a 1080p tv for less money but I’m confident that this gives a much better looking picture even when you feed it standard quality images. The apps are a little slow. I would prefer to get a regular non-smart tv without the apps built in and then just add a roku or chromecast. But those do not exist at this quality level. The salesman where I bought it told me that “HDR” is a fancy way of saying “upscaling”. He told me this does not have HDR so it will not upscale. This was in an effort to get me to buy a much more expensive television. I heard another salesman repeat the same BS to another customer. IT is NOT true. This tv will upscale the content. I’ve read that it does not have true HDR, but it does upscale and it does it well. Very happy with the television.

Just purchased  this tv with black friday pricing. Great tv for the price. Set up was pretty
easy but did take a few times to sync with my cable provider and it’s remote. I think it had to do with my WIfi router. (Once I turned my wifi router on and off, everything synced up fine). Picture is great and so is the sound. I did purchase the Samsung 450 sound bar. After several days of just the tv speakers, I thought I would hook up the sound bar to see the differance…oh man, what a differance. The sound is AWSOME! So if you can spare the extra $150.00, it’s definitely worth it.

withdrawal from the American

upgraded from a 32 inch LCD Sharp from 2008. My old tv IS a great tv, even though it is 8 years old it still blows a lot of today’s tv’s out of the water as far as image quality goes. Yeah, it didn’t have the same contrast ratios offered by today’s tv’s but even then it still managed to look amazing. It is a very high standard to beat. The only issue was the size, it just wasn’t big enough for our needs. I was originally looking for another sharp but with their withdrawal from the American market, all the sharps still available were out of my price range.

Let’s start of with appearance. The tv looks nice, it’s got a very thin bezel, about 3/8 of an inch vs over an inch for the old sharp. It isn’t as thin as other led/lcd tv’s I’ve seen but that’s a non issue. It’s about as thin as the old 32 inch which was ccfl backlit vs LED. It has a relatively small footprint as the it stands on two angled feet vs a rectangular base. It allows for things to be placed under it vs around it. Overall very nice.

Performance, this is a bit of a difficult one, out of the box the tv looks ok. It is very bright but Colors are a bit off and washed out, especially yellows, they have a VERY green tint to them. This is especially noticeable when tv is set to game mode as it turns off any filters or extra processes and gives you a raw image and it looks pretty awful. Yellows turn into a pale sickly green. Unfortunately the color management system is forced off when in game mode so it is unfixable. For my gaming calibrations I had to use the “expert”mode which allows you to pretty much change everything, after a lot of calibration and tinkering with specific colors I got it to look good, this was with a special calibration disk I use for tv’s. One great thing about the calibration settings is that each setting is exclusive per input. For example, if I calibrate the “movie” mode for input 1 it won’t change the “movie” calibration for any other input unless you select the “apply to all inputs” option. This is very useful as it allows you to calibrate the image for the specific device connected. After complete calibration however, the tv managed to look better than my old tv which is saying something. The viewing angle for the tv is decent. It has a cone of about 60-70° from the center of the tv before the contrast and colors begin to have a noticeable impact. This is a downgrade from my old 32″ as that tv had about a 90° cone before any noticeable changes in color and contrast happened.I’m assuming this is because it’s just a bigger screen. The tv is still viewable from any angle but starts to lose image quality almost as soon as you are not directly in front of it. Simply put, At about a 5 foot distance away from the tv you can be about 2 feet in either direction from the center of the tv before you start to see change in image quality.The range gets smaller as you get closer and bigger as you get further. Overall, once calibrated the image is top notch and looks quite beautiful.

4K, as I do not have any 4K devices all I could do is use the built in YouTube app to see 4K and it looks nice, crisp and as clear as a YouTube video could get in 4k. I definitely will not be using it’s 4k capabilities any time soon. I wasn’t looking for a 4k tv regardless and it’s nice to know I have the option.

Sound, the built in speakers are decent from what I can tell but I have all my devices hooked up to a surround sound system bypassing the tv’s speakers. Because of this the tv’s speakers aren’t synchronised with the surround sound so I just have the sound off on the tv(it was the same with the other tv, so it’s not the tv’s fault)

Everything else like the Wi-Fi and extra features work as advertised, no issues as of yet. I will update if anything changes.

I would’ve given it 5 stars but having to go through a lot of calibration was it’s weakness and I can’t imagine a lot people that would want to go through all that to get the best picture.

UPDATE!!!
To completely fix the Green tint issue you have to go to the color management settings, select GREEN, and then under TINT move the slider to the left(red tint) until the overly green tint goes away. I have mine on about 5 to the red side for green. Do the same for YELLOW but not as much while also bumping up the saturation for yellow, about 5 should do it. These settings are usually only available in the EXPERT mode or CINEMA/MOVIE. If the picture mode you are using(game mode) does not allow you to use the color management system then just move the overall tint to the red side like 3 notches.

serve mainly as the monitor

I purchased this TV to serve mainly as the monitor for my computer and it replaces the Seiki 39″ TV I’ve used for about the last 2 years. This review is mainly geared towards using the TV in the role of Computer Monitor so, adjust your expectations accordingly.

The Seiki 39″ was fine for productivity work (Think MS Office Applications, CAD, and the like) but was limited for “gaming” and multimedia use because it had 2 main limiting factors:

1 – 30Hz refresh rate at 3840×2160 resolution.
2 – It used 4:4:2 chroma sampling and GRB rather than RGB, which resulted in artifacts when watching movies/video and distortion of text. (This is especially evident when viewing red text on a black background or when watching movies/videos through Netflix/Amazon where someone is wearing red outfits.)

The LG picture quality is surprisingly good, with vivid, crisp, clear colors and very readable text at maximum resolution. While we’re on the subject of “resolution”, let me state the unit does “full” 4k2k resolution. The Seiki was marketed as UHD and had a resolution of 3840×2160, while this LG unit is fully 4096×2160 capable, and that is what is displayed in the nVidia Control panel on my computer when I look up the resolution

I am using it with the Club3D Display Port 1.2 to HDMI 2.0 adapter, also sold on Amazon) and it is connected to my original generation nVidia Titans which are in SLI.

Again, for gaming and multimedia the TV is worlds better than the Seiki. Keep in mind, however, I’m comparing a current generation TV made in 2016 to one created 3 years ago during the initial release of TVs capable of UHD…in other words…It’d better be better.

I do not use the “Smart” TV function. That’s what my computer is for…it runs apps.

Text is crisp and clear but, coming from the Seiki to the LG unit required me to go through the calibration process again. This is an important step in the set-up process if you want to view clear, clean text instead of headache-inducing blurred text.

It took a few minutes to set up the TV and it was easy to assemble and light enough to move around. There may be some who do not like the “wide” separation of the support feet but, for me, it was a bonus since I was able to place my Sony BluRay player between them instead of next to the TV. This allowed me to free up some desk space.

As far as connectors are concerned, I’m a little disappointed that two of the three HDMI connectors are horizontal (meaning the connector sticks out the back of the TV perpendicular to the TV rather than one that either points to the side or down. If I were to push the TV back further away, it would kink the cable or, more like, break the connector on the back of the TV since good HDMI cables are pretty thick and resistant to bending at sharp angles.

I have several righ-angle HDMI connectors lying around (which I heartily recommend you get and use if you decide to use one of the two “horizontal” connectors.)

The remote is not the “magic” remote but works just fine.

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