4K HDR TV’s

I’m looking at buying an HDR TV ready for when I buy an Xbox one X (previously Project Scorpio.) It soon dawned on me that there are a lot of things to consider that aren’t obvious when reading the average TV sellers website.

The ‘right’ HDR

HDR stands for High Dynamic Range. In real terms it means that the black will be black the whites will be whiter, yellows will be yellower and so on and so forth. If you are looking to buy a 4K TV, this is something that you should be making sure it has.

It turns out that HDR comes in different standards. Although I haven’t managed to find a good guide online as to how the standards rank against each other, if you are buying an Xbox One S, Xbox one X, or PS4 pro, you should be looking to get ‘HDR 10’ as that is what the consoles put out anything less than that and you won’t be seeing the full benefit. Anything more and you will effectively be wasting your money for the time being.

Input Lag

I’m going to describe this using an anecdote. A friend of mine – a few years ago – brought a brand new 4K tv. It was a fairly high end and offered image processing to improve the picture quality for non-4K images. This is really great for upscaling, I don’t know, Barbara Windsor’s hair on Eastenders.

The problem is in the way that it works. The software that is used to improve the image takes time. It’s a fraction of a second in real terms and that will never pose an issue when watching something pre-filmed. It will, however, have a significant impact if you are playing on a games console. my friend hates his tv as when he presses a button, it has a little delay before the screen shows it. Many TV’s have a ‘Game’ setting that deactivates this, but many do not. It is worth while checking this before committing to a purchase.

All TV’s suffer from input lag of some description as it will always take time for the signal to travel along the wires etc. As this stat isn’t really recognised in the technical specs, I am using the following website to check. Take a look: hdtvtest.co.uk

Recommendation

Sadly, there is no standout TV at the moment. Last years Samsung 8000 series was certainly the one to get but has recently gone out of stock in favour of this year’s more expensive version.  If you can find one you should pick it up though.

Turtle Beach ELITE 800X

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They do not photograph well…

Why I brought them

I was using a set of Astro A50’s (which I to this day have no problem with) but I neglected them a little. Because of this, the boom mike lost most of its resistance and kept falling down and hitting me in the throat. Astro would have no doubt helped me out, but I decided to see what was on the market.
These Turtle beach Headphones appealed to me as they are completely Wireless. They don’t explain this amazingly on their site, so let me clarify it here. The headset has a total of ZERO WIRES. None for charging, and none for chat.

What I like about them

Having ZERO WIRES and the ability to just drop them into their cradle is really good from a usability point of view. Another great feature (especially for the Xbox one) is that they allow you to connect your phone to them via Bluetooth. This is great because you can receive phone calls in game, or mute your game music and have Spotify playing off of your phone instead. If you balance it well using the volume of your phone (or the software on your pc) it works REALLY well.
Comfortable to wear, and great sounding. The least surprising but most important thing about them.

What I don’t like about them

The controllers can be a little fiddly, and the buttons are very sensitive. When each ear has 4 directional buttons and both quick press as well as hold commands, which make for an impressive amount of commands you could be inputting. When gently brushing them often presses the buttons, I have become extremely nervous whenever moving them.
When I first wore them, people I was talking with said that I sounded like I had my head in a carboard box. After a myriad of fine tuning this was resolved, but it shows how sensitive the adjustments need to be to make them perfect.

Verdict

These are not cheap headphones. I would say ‘would I buy them for £229.99’ well the answer is, I did. So yes.
If you are looking for freedom to move around, really great sound and a host of extra features, these are great. There are not many moving parts to go wrong, so I genuinely believe that they are going to maintain their quality.

You can view them on the Turtle Beach site here.
Oh and one more thing… interchangeable plates for the ears.
Sharks!

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