The bigpicture

Supersized TVs turn any living room into a home cinema, complete with super-sharp imagery and surround sound
2016-09-01
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SONY BRAVIA 4K

With new processors that refine picture colour, and an upgrade in sound, Sony’s Bravia range has made the brand’s TVs even better. The 12 new models feature smart facilities powered by Android TV, so shortcuts from your phone or tablet can be projected onto the big screen, as can photos, music, games and apps. The range includes the X90C, which has a slim 4.9mm build, and a frameless design that means images appear to be floating.

PANASONIC VIERA CR852

By employing a Firefox operating system, the Panasonic CR852 aims to simplify Smart TV. A homepage clearly displays its functions, and every element can be personalised with your favourite content. In-house streaming means you can watch programmes on any Panasonic TV, smartphones or tablet, while local Dimming Pro software improves contrast for a bright and dynamic picture.

BANG & OLUFSEN AVANT

Never a brand to compromise on style for functionality, Bang, & Olufsen has created a TV as good-looking as it is clever. Switch the Avant on and the screen moves forward (thanks to a motorised wall bracket), while speakers appear underneath. Sensing ambient light, the picture is continually adjusted to provide the best possible display, and the eight-speaker audio system delivers surround sound. The TV also features Wi-Fi and six HDMI ports to connect to other devices. As part of the brand’s 90th anniversary, the avant and five other designs have been refreshed in a palette of black and rose gold reminiscent of the Art Deco era in which Bank & Olufsen was founded.

LG OLED 4K HD

With a refresh rate 1,000 times faster than LCD displays, OLED screens easily translate quick-fire action into sharp imagery with no blurring, meanwhile, self-lighting pixels mean colours are true to life. The curved screen of LG’s OLDED 4K EG960 TV – available in 55- and 65-inch models – allows you to view it from any angle without losing picture quality, and high-calibre audio – engineered by specialists Harman/Kardon – gives comprehensive surround sound.

SAMSUNG JS9000

With the “S” denoting the brand’s premium range, SUHD (Ultra High Definition) TVs are Samsung’s most intelligent yet. Cinema-standard picture quality is generated by nano-crystal technology, providing viewers with up to 64 times more colour expression than conventional TV’s Samsung has also teamed up with software platform Tizen to create this intuitive Smart TV, which recommends content and syncs automatically with the brand’s smartphones.

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