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Philips OLED+ 903 TV review: Bowers & Wilkins adds star quality
5.0 stars Philips OLED+ 903 TV review: Bowers & Wilkins adds star quality By John Archer

Even by Philips standards the 65-inch 65OLED+903 is truly something special. Read more

Hisense 75U9A 4K TV review: The brightest big screen ever
4.0 stars Hisense 75U9A 4K TV review: The brightest big screen ever By John Archer

This 75-inch panel from Hisense is the world's brightest, but does that make it the best? With a middling price point there's a strong argument to buy Read more

Sony A8F TV review: Perfect processing lacks the brightness of its OLED competitors
4.0 stars Sony A8F TV review: Perfect processing lacks the brightness of its OLED competitors By John Archer

This 2018 OLED TV delivers superb picture processing. However, its HDR brightness is a little behind the competition, leaving LG and Panasonic ahead. Read more

Sony KD-55XF8505 review: HDR woes hold back this 4K TV
3.0 stars Sony KD-55XF8505 review: HDR woes hold back this 4K TV By John Archer

Is Sony's step-down edge-lit 4K HDR TV for 2018 worth the cut in price, or does its HDR performance lack? HDR, 4K, TV, television Read more

Sony XF9005 TV review: Full backlight makes for bloomin' great brightness
4.5 stars Sony XF9005 TV review: Full backlight makes for bloomin' great brightness By John Archer

Sony struck TV gold in 2017 with its XE90. Fitting this affordable mid-range TV range with a contrast-enhancing direct LED lighting system (where the lights Read more

Samsung Q9FN TV review: The big, bright, back-lit QLED boss
5.0 stars Samsung Q9FN TV review: The big, bright, back-lit QLED boss By John Archer

Looking back at Samsung's debut QLED tellies from last year, it's hard not to think that they came out a year too soon. They were eye-wateringly expensive, Read more

Hisense N6800 4K TV review: Unrivalled bang for your buck?
4.0 stars Hisense N6800 4K TV review: Unrivalled bang for your buck? By John Archer

It's not hard to spot the main attraction of the Hisense H65N6800: it's a 65-inch, 4K-resolution, HDR-capable TV (that's high dynamic range, if you're Read more

Panasonic EX750 TV review: Dimming tech that most LCD sets can only dream of bettering
4.0 stars Panasonic EX750 TV review: Dimming tech that most LCD sets can only dream of bettering By John Archer

While Panasonic seems mostly focused on OLED technology these days, it still maintains a pretty extensive LCD range. After all, however much everyone might Read more

LG OLED E7 review: Superb 4K OLED TV picture quality
4.5 stars LG OLED E7 review: Superb 4K OLED TV picture quality By John Archer

It's starting to look as if 2017 will be the year that OLED TV technology really hits the big time.OLED panels have started to be used by a growing number Read more

Philips 9002 review: Stunning OLED and Ambilight with P5 processing delights
4.5 stars Philips 9002 review: Stunning OLED and Ambilight with P5 processing delights By John Archer

After scoring a critical hit with its debut OLED TV, the 901F, it's hardly a surprise to find Philips wasting little time returning to the OLED fray with Read more

Samsung Q9F QLED TV (QE65Q9FAM) review: A shining example of 4K LCD's bright future
4.5 stars Samsung Q9F QLED TV (QE65Q9FAM) review: A shining example of 4K LCD's bright future By John Archer

Despite Samsung previously declaring that one of LCD technology's big advantages over OLED was its relative affordability, the brand's latest flagship Read more

Samsung MU9000 4K TV review: Is curved still compelling?
4.0 stars Samsung MU9000 4K TV review: Is curved still compelling? By John Archer

With Samsung's flagship QLED TVs this year costing an arm and a leg, many would-be Samsung TV buyers are being forced to turn their sights instead to the Read more

Panasonic EZ1002 4K TV review: Often achieving OLED picture perfection
4.5 stars Panasonic EZ1002 4K TV review: Often achieving OLED picture perfection By John Archer

The debut Panasonic OLED TV, 2015's 65CZ952, was an incredible effort, delivering arguably the finest and certainly the most authentic pictures the TV Read more

Loewe Bild 7.65 review: Luscious OLED quality, if you can afford it
4.5 stars Loewe Bild 7.65 review: Luscious OLED quality, if you can afford it By John Archer

OLED screens are very much no longer just something LG does. In 2017 we've already seen LG's range joined by new OLED models from Sony, Panasonic, Philips Read more

Sony XE85 4K TV review: Impressive performance for the price
4.0 stars Sony XE85 4K TV review: Impressive performance for the price By John Archer

With Sony mostly smashing it out of the park this year with its high-end TVs - the A1 and XE90 being obvious examples - hopes have to be high that a Read more

Samsung Q8C 4K TV review: Spectacular QLED quality on a curve
4.0 stars Samsung Q8C 4K TV review: Spectacular QLED quality on a curve By John Archer

The big TV story for Samsung in 2017 is the introduction of its first QLED models. These LCD TVs - which include the 55-inch QE55Q8C on test here - combine Read more

Sony A1 OLED 4K TV review: Back to OLED with a bang
4.5 stars Sony A1 OLED 4K TV review: Back to OLED with a bang By John Archer

While ultra-expensive Sony OLED screens have long enjoyed an enviable reputation in the professional video mastering world, the brand hasn't dipped its Read more

Sony XE90 4K TV review: Backlight bonanza
4.5 stars Sony XE90 4K TV review: Backlight bonanza By John Archer

Most of us weirdos who spend the majority of our waking lives testing TVs seem to agree that LCD screens that use lights placed directly behind them (rather Read more

Sony XE93 4K TV review: Latest picture tech unlocks HDR thrills
4.5 stars Sony XE93 4K TV review: Latest picture tech unlocks HDR thrills By John Archer

The first new Sony TV for 2017, the 55-inch XE9305, sets a seriously high-tech tone.Leading the way is the second-generation of Sony's Slim Backlight Read more

Oppo UDP-203 review: UHD Blu-ray has never looked so good
4.5 stars Oppo UDP-203 review: UHD Blu-ray has never looked so good By John Archer

Look up "legend" in the Blu-ray dictionary and you'll find pictures of Oppo's BDP-105. These ultra expensive BD decks became the reference standard for Read more

Sony ZD9 4K TV review: The HDR master
5.0 stars Sony ZD9 4K TV review: The HDR master By John Archer

The pages of AV history are littered with "here today, gone tomorrow" features only truly memorable for the amount of hype that surounded their launch. Read more

LG OLED G6 4K TV review: So good it's almost silly, but it's silly expensive too
4.0 stars LG OLED G6 4K TV review: So good it's almost silly, but it's silly expensive too By John Archer

Two things stand out about the 65-inch LG G6 OLED TV right from the off: its stunning design and its eye-watering price.Where the latter is concerned, Read more

Hisense 75M7900 4K TV review: Budget sense, but HDR nonsense
4.0 stars Hisense 75M7900 4K TV review: Budget sense, but HDR nonsense By John Archer

The 10-inch difference between a 65-inch TV and a 75-inch TV is more than just a measurement. It marks the difference - at least in any fairly regular-sized Read more

Sony XD9305 4K TV review: Making a strong first impression
4.0 stars Sony XD9305 4K TV review: Making a strong first impression By John Archer

Brilliant though the TV world's new high dynamic range (HDR) technology is, it's also proving monumentally hard for current TV technologies to handle. Read more

Sony XD9405 4K TV review: The 75-inch UHD wonder
4.5 stars Sony XD9405 4K TV review: The 75-inch UHD wonder By John Archer

Love movies? Got a big living room? Feeling flush this month? Then Sony thinks it has just the ticket for you in the shape of its new flagship TV, the Read more

LG 65EF950V 4K OLED review: The best TV money can buy in 2015?
5.0 stars LG 65EF950V 4K OLED review: The best TV money can buy in 2015? By John Archer

For many serious AV fans - the sort of people who still own or sigh wistfully over the loss of Pioneer or Panasonic plasma TVs - OLED technology has long Read more

Samsung UE65JS9500 4K TV review: High Dynamic Range master
4.5 stars Samsung UE65JS9500 4K TV review: High Dynamic Range master By John Archer

According to Samsung, the 65-inch JS9500 is more than just a UHD TV; it's an SUHD TV. It's tempting to imagine that the extra S stands for "super", although Read more

Sony Bravia X94C 4K TV review: Bigger is better
4.5 stars Sony Bravia X94C 4K TV review: Bigger is better By John Archer

We know what you're thinking about the X94C: "A 75-inch TV? Seriously? Who apart from maybe the occasional Russian oil tycoon could even think about buying Read more

Sony Bravia X93C 4K TV review: Beauty and the beast
4.0 stars Sony Bravia X93C 4K TV review: Beauty and the beast By John Archer

Whatever we end up thinking about the Sony 65X9305C 4K telly, you certainly can't complain about how much physical hardware you get for your money.The Read more

Philips 46PFL9707
5.0 stars Philips 46PFL9707 By John Archer

Traditionally - and entirely understandably - moths and televisions haven’t had that much in common. Surprisingly, though, the moth and TV worlds suddenly Read more