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JBL Launches 9.1-Channel Soundbar

JBL has refreshed its Bar Series range of soundbars, including its first 9.1-channel wireless surround model. The 820W Bar 9.1 ($1599.95) has two detachable battery-powered speakers and can decode both Dolby Atmos and DTS:X 3D sound for a 5.1.4 experience. JBL’s approach echoes that of Philips’ Fidelio series from a few years back. Unlike rival […]

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Samsung First to Launch 2020 TVs

After weeks of delay because of the COVID-19 lockdowns, Samsung NZ has unveiled this year’s range of TVs — and it promises to be its best yet. Reviewers in the UK and US have lauded the brand’s 8K QLED TVs as among the finest and most advanced displays on the market. Samsung NZ also will […]

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Sony’s New Sub-$1K Atmos Soundbar

Next month Sony will release it latest Dolby Atmos soundbar for sub-$1000. The 3.1-channel HT-G700 uses signal processing to manipulate the audio from movie soundtracks to make it sound like a 7.1.2-channel system without upward firing or rear speakers. It’s an ambition that would rewrite the laws of physics if feasible but last year’s HT-HX8500 […]

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2020 Samsung TVs Poised to Launch

Samsung NZ has posted its highly anticipated 2020 range of 8K and 4K LCD TVs on its website ahead of today’s virtual media briefing and looming post-lockdown launch. The world’s biggest-selling TV brand traditionally releases its new models from April but this year’s roll-out strategy has been hampered by the level 4 COVID-19 four-week business shutdown. […]

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CES 2020: Sony NZ Announces TV Range

Sony NZ is the first of the major brands to announce which TV models it unveiled today at CES in Las Vegas will go on sale here. As usual, not all of the models that Sony will range in other territories will be available because we’re such a small market. Among the omissions will be […]

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LG Eyes OLED Throne

In NZ, LG is promoting its 2019 range of OLED TVs with sponsorship of Three’s Saturday night Star Wars season. But in the US the company has seized upon the heightened interest in Game of Thrones’ controversial final season with this clever promotion: It capitalises on the furore over the epic episode, The Long Night, […]

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Samsung Will Be First With 8K

Samsung will be the first TV manufacturer to offer 8K models in NZ. The full 8K and 4K range was unveiled today at the company’s Southeast Asia and Oceania Forum in Singapore. Pricing won’t be as fierce as tech vets might have expected, given what the first consumer plasma and OLED TV initially sold for, but […]

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Hot Off the Press Release: New Sony OLED Due in October

Sony NZ is promoting October’s release of its A9F OLED TV as “the pinnacle of picture quality at home”. It says the new cutting-edge model marks a significant milestone in bringing the very best picture quality home by faithfully conveying the creators’ intent but has yet to confirm NZ pricing. In the UK, the 65-inch […]

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Panasonic’s Flagship TV Sets Sail

One of the year’s best-reviewed TVs goes on sale today: Panasonic’s FZ1000U. It’s an OLED TV with a built-in soundbar as its base but otherwise boasts the same picture quality and specs as the FZ950U that was released last month. Both are for sale in 55- and 65-inch sizes, but you’re paying a premium for […]

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The New 4K TV Season: Panasonic

On the eve of launching its 2018 OLED TVs, Panasonic at last has added Amazon Prime to its selection of video streaming apps. It joins Netflix, Lightbox and the new-look Freeview On-Demand on all 2017 and 2018 models; Sky’s Neon continues to be exclusive to Samsung. Panasonic also is upgrading its Smart TV interface with […]

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