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Show Review CES, LAS VEGAS


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Panasonic revealed it is offering both Dolby Vision IQ and Filmmaker Mode on its 2020 flagship OLED, the HZ2000, available in 65 and 55-inch sizes.


certainly, but merely booth dressing. There’s still no sign of any of rollable OLED products coming to market yet. More prosaically, the brand expanded its 8K TV line-up with eight new screens, both OLED and LED NanoCell, including for the first time 77- and 65-inch models.


All new LG 8K TVs boast an upgraded performance courtesy of its new Alpha 9 Gen 3 AI Processor, with deep learning technology. There’s also AI Sound Pro. Spoken words are isolated and their volume increased,


PCs and game consoles. The set supports Nvidia’s G-Sync display technology, for 4K 120fps gaming.


while


background noises are identified and separated when the scene is up-mixed to virtual 5.1 surround. All well and dandy. However, LG’s 4K OLED line- up was most notable for the announcement of a 48-inch CX model. It previewed this smaller OLED behind closed doors, and it’s easy to see why this could be a huge seller for the brand. Not only does the picture look superb, but the smaller screen size actually makes an outstanding games display for


Peaked too early Sony also confirmed that that it would sell a 48-inch A9 OLED, although it had no evidence on its stand. The rumour, unconfirmed, was that the prototype conked out, and so never made the show floor. But Sony still offered characteristic innovation, in the shape of the Frame tweeter on its new ZH8 8K Full Array LED TV, to be available in 75- and 85-inch sizes. This literally vibrates the frame of the set, emitting a treble soundwave that creates the impression that sound is coming directly from the screen.


Sony told ERT that it actually had to experiment with a variety of materials before it found a frame that would sing as required.


This 8K model looked, and sounded, impressive at


a preview briefing, but we expect the bulk of Sony’s 2020 screen activity to focus on 4K. It announced 55-


and 65-inch A8 OLED models, plus XH95 and XH90 4K Full Array LED sets. However it hasn’t joined the Dolby Vision IQ


or Filmmaker Mode party. Instead, it announced its own Ambient Optimization system, another sensor-based wheeze which optimises picture and sound quality to suit the viewing environment. It automatically adjusts picture brightness in bright rooms and reduces it in dark rooms, correcting for curtains or furniture that can absorb or reflect sound. In a move certain to please retail staff, Sony also made changes to its TV user interface this year, simplifying menus and adding graphical descriptions alongside modes and options.


An electric car from Sony Interestingly, Sony made no mention of these TV developments at its CES press conference, instead opting to surprise everyone with a concept electric car, the Vision S. This prototype was developed to showcase its sensor and in-car entertainment gear.


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