TVs: You’ve got further questions, I’ve got further answers. This is the alternate investiture in a series that lets me answer some of the burning questions we get from the Digital Trends community. You all come up with great questions and we love them — keep them coming!
Our first question moment comes from@dragosmoldovan990 who wrote I’m in Europe, and the AV geography is kinda different then. Any chance for you to get a look at Philips OLED TVs, for the case? I know they aren’t available in the States but we simply have no good information sources then.
I wanted to answer this question because I know that Philips TVs and Panasonic TVs in particular are of high interest because they tend to be high players, and I know a lot of folks would like to see how I would rank them against all the TVs we do review. Unfortunately, as numerous of you know, Panasonic and Philips TVs — at least the ultra-expensive Philips TVs available in the UK and Europe aren’t available in the U.S.
There was a time when I was asking the UK PR brigades if they might consider transferring those TVs for me. But as you can imagine, that’s of significant expenditure to them, and they can see that the maturity of our followership is in the U.S., so it’s hard for them to justify that expenditure. Likewise, it would be insolvable for me to justify the expenditure of importing those TVs so I could review them then. The cost would be too substantial.
And that goes for TVs in other requests, too, like Australia and India, where I know a lot of you live. Now, if we could arrange for me to travel to those places for a week and I did reviews in those regions hmm, that might be a commodity! But, that would have to be a bystander or brand-patronized thing, cuz I don’t suppose I can move Digital Trends to do it.
I’ll say, however, that I’m thinking of going back to IFA in Berlin because I miss checking out the AV scene in at least part of Europe because I know it’s a bit different there, and I like it!
Same model, Different Specs
Next over is another transnational/ indigenous question and, folks, I get this bone
all the time.@joshuamansill9394 wrote You’ve talked about doing a videotape before on this, but why do Hisense and TCL release veritably different TVs with the same/ veritably analogous model number in the U.S.vs. Europe vs. Oceania?
You’re right, I’ve talked about doing a videotape on this, and I’m still planning on doing it. I’m using your question as an occasion to ask folks to be a little case with me. As you may have seen, we’re in the middle of moving to a new plant, so I’ve had to put some probing on hold.
I’ll give you a little bit of a nugget The Hisense U8 and U7 series TVs that we get in the are so good because pundits like me have been on Hisense about perfecting this, tweaking that, and the powers that be — among them, Hisense USA president David Gold — pressed to get those advancements forU.S. models, laying that getting good reviews would help vend the TVs.
And that bet paid off. The story is analogous for TCL, which got amazing traction on the early 6- series TVs among pundits and they leaned into that hard and got deals success from it, so they leaned in indeed harder.
Now, I can understand if the figures show that those moves feel to work for the US request, but don’t inescapably give a return on investment in other regions — I don’t know that’s the case, but I throw that proposition out there because, while I could understand that, I don’t understand why you would use the same model number in different regions but not offer the same performance for that model number.
That part is the bit I haven’t gotten to the bottom of yet, and I’m just a couple of phone calls down from getting the answers I need. So stay tuned, I’ll cover that this time. presumably in October, actually. Hold me to it!
AMD Zen 4, where are you?
This coming bone isn’t for me, but I’m going to get the answer.
asked Just WHAT is going on with AMD in the laptop sector and why aren’t we seeing any Zen 4- grounded laptops( not to be confused with Zen 3 and Zen 3 processors that were just rebranded to the 7XXX series) half through the time except in just a sprinkle of substantially gaming laptops?
I don’t know, but I know someone who does! So I asked elderly staff pen Jacob Roach, who you have seen plenitude of times on the channel and his first response was, “ Oh, this is a whole thing. ”
Roach developed, “ If you’re strange, AMD fully changed its picking scheme for its mobile processors with Ryzen 7000. Now, the armature it uses is noted by the third number in the product. For illustration, a theoretical Ryzen 5 7510 would be using the Zen 1 armature, despite the fact that it comes from the Ryzen 7000 series( which, for the record, is supposed to use Zen 4).
The first number that most people associate with the generation of the processor now refers to the time it was released. It’s confusing, and indeed more confusing when you consider this only applies to mobile processors.
“ To answer your question more directly, it’s hard to say exactly why we haven’t seen further Zen 4 processors in gaming laptops. There are many like the Acer Swift Edge 16 and Asus Zenbook S 13, both with the Ryzen 7 7840U, but utmost-gaming laptops are stuck on Zen 3. I suspect this just comes down to request share and positioning.
AMD is fastening its most important, newest voguishness on the area where it has further dominance — gaming laptops. Intel still holds the vast maturity of the laptop request outside of gaming, and the laptop request overall, so we may not see a ton of Zen 4 chips outside of gaming laptops. surely keep an eye out for the rest of the time, however. Now that all the flagship chips are out, AMD has been sluggishly working its way down to the further power-effective chips in its lineup. ”
Wow. Glad I asked Jacob about that bone. Thanks, Jake for coming through.
OK, two further questions, both on the same content.@fandibus ask Do you do professional calibrations? I’m in Oregon and would like my television calibrated.
The short answer is no, I don’t do professional calibrations, I’m sorry. I wish I could help you out. The reasons I don’t do professional calibrations earn a deeper explanation. But the reason I don’t do professional calibrations boils down to time and plutocracy. I’m slammed all week long, and on the weekends, I’m fully reserved with gigs — I’m also a professional trumpet player, for those who didn’t know.
But in addition to the lack of time, there’s a significant cost involved with the outfit demanded for a professional estimation and while Digital Trends owns the outfit I need to do my job as a critic, I don’t enjoy the outfit demanded for me to do my own estimation business.
This question leads us nicely to the coming bone which comes from, well, a total of people. Can you recommend a television calibrator in my area?
I don’t tête-à-tête have a database of professional calibrators across the U.S. – but I’m thinking of creating one, actually. What I suggest you do is go to the Imaging Science Foundation website and click on the Dealers tab. There you can put in your megacity and state and find “ dealers ” in your area that presumably offer estimation services.
Actually, I wish there was a slightly more refined way of chancing ISF-certified calibrators across the U.S., and perhaps I’ll work with the ISF to transfigure their point to make it a little easier. But that’s where I would start. You can also try going to the AVS forum and posting a request for help chancing a calibrator in your area.