April 14, 2024

You’ve obtained extra questions, I’ve obtained extra solutions. That is the second installment in a collection that lets me reply a few of the burning questions we get from the Digital Developments neighborhood. You all provide you with nice questions and we love them — maintain them coming!

Abroad TVs

Our first query immediately comes from @dragosmoldovan990 who wrote: I’m in Europe, and the AV panorama is kinda completely different right here. Any likelihood so that you can get a take a look at Philips OLED TVs, for example? I do know they aren’t out there within the States however we merely don’t have any good data sources right here.


I needed to reply this query as a result of I do know that Philips TVs and Panasonic TVs particularly are of excessive curiosity as a result of they are typically excessive performers, and I do know numerous of us wish to see how I’d rank them in opposition to all of the TVs we do assessment. Sadly, as a lot of you recognize, Panasonic and Philips TVs — no less than the premium Philips TVs out there within the U.Okay. and Europe — will not be out there within the U.S. There was a time once I was asking the U.Okay. PR groups if they may contemplate sending these TVs for me. However as you may think about, that’s of serious expense to them, and so they can see that almost all of our viewers is within the U.S., so it’s exhausting for them to justify that expense. Likewise, it will be unattainable for me to justify the expense of importing these TVs so I may assessment them right here. The fee could be too substantial.

And that goes for TVs in different markets, too, like Australia and India, the place I do know numerous you reside. Now, if we may prepare for me to journey to these locations for per week and I did opinions in these areas … hmm, that is likely to be one thing! However, that must be a viewer or brand-sponsored factor, cuz I don’t suppose I can persuade Digital Developments to do it.

I’ll say, although, that I’m pondering of going again to IFA in Berlin as a result of I miss testing the AV scene in no less than a part of Europe as a result of I do know it’s a bit completely different there, and I prefer it!

Identical mannequin, completely different specs

Subsequent up is one other worldwide/regional query and, of us, I get this one on a regular basis. @joshuamansill9394 wrote: You’ve talked about doing a video earlier than on this, however why do Hisense and TCL launch very completely different TVs with the identical/very comparable mannequin quantity within the U.S. vs. Europe vs. Oceania?


You’re proper, I’ve talked about doing a video on this, and I’m nonetheless planning on doing it. I’m utilizing your query as a chance to ask of us to be a little bit affected person with me. As you could have seen, we’re in the midst of shifting to a brand new studio, so I’ve needed to put some investigating on maintain. I gives you a little bit little bit of a nugget: The Hisense U8 and U7 collection TVs that we get within the U.S. are so good as a result of reviewers like me have been on Hisense about enhancing this, tweaking that, and the powers that be — amongst them, Hisense USA president David Gold — pressed to get these enhancements for U.S. fashions, betting that getting good opinions would assist promote the TVs. And that guess paid off. The story is analogous for TCL, which obtained superb traction on the early 6-series TVs amongst reviewers and so they leaned into that onerous and obtained gross sales success from it, in order that they leaned in even more durable.

Now, I can perceive if the numbers present that these strikes appear to work for the U.S. market, however don’t essentially present a return on funding in different areas — I don’t know that’s the case, however I throw that concept on the market as a result of, whereas I may perceive that, I don’t perceive why you’ll use the identical mannequin quantity in several areas however not provide the identical efficiency for that mannequin quantity. That half is the bit I’ve not gotten to the underside of but, and I’m simply a few telephone calls away from getting the solutions I want. So keep tuned, I’ll cowl that this 12 months. Most likely in October, actually. Maintain me to it!

AMD Zen 4, the place are you?

This subsequent one just isn’t for me, however I’m going to get the reply.
@lordtardar4639 requested: Simply WHAT is occurring with AMD within the laptop computer sector and why aren’t we seeing any Zen 4-based laptops (to not be confused with Zen 3 and Zen 3+ processers that had been simply rebranded to 7XXX collection) midway by way of the 12 months besides in only a handful of primarily gaming laptops?


I have no idea, however I do know somebody who does! So I requested senior workers author Jacob Roach, who you have got seen loads of occasions on the channel and his first response was, “Oh, it is a complete factor.”

Lisa Su showing Zen 4 CPU.
Computex

Roach elaborated, “When you’re unfamiliar, AMD fully modified its naming scheme for its cell processors with Ryzen 7000. Now, the structure it makes use of is famous by the third quantity within the product. For instance, a theoretical Ryzen 5 7510 could be utilizing the Zen 1 structure, even supposing it comes from the Ryzen 7000 collection (which, for the report, is meant to make use of Zen 4). That first quantity that most individuals affiliate with the technology of the processor now refers back to the 12 months it was launched. It’s complicated, and much more complicated when you think about this solely applies to cell processors.

“To reply your query extra immediately, it’s exhausting to say precisely why we haven’t seen extra Zen 4 processors in non-gaming laptops. There are a couple of just like the Acer Swift Edge 16 and Asus Zenbook S 13, each with the Ryzen 7 7840U, however most non-gaming laptops are caught on Zen 3. I think this simply comes right down to market share and positioning. AMD is focusing its strongest, latest hotness on the realm the place it has extra dominance — gaming laptops. Intel nonetheless holds the overwhelming majority of the laptop computer market exterior of gaming, and the laptop computer market general, so we might not see a ton of Zen 4 chips exterior of gaming laptops. Positively maintain a watch out for the remainder of the 12 months, although. Now that every one the flagship chips are out, AMD has been slowly working its approach right down to the extra power-efficient chips in its lineup.”

Wow. Glad I requested Jacob about that one. Thanks, Jake for coming by way of.

TV calibration

OK, two extra questions, each on the identical subject. @fandibus asks: Do you do skilled calibrations? I’m in Oregon and would really like my TV calibrated.


The quick reply is not any, I don’t do skilled calibrations, I’m sorry. I want I may provide help to out. The explanations I don’t do skilled calibrations deserve a deeper clarification. However the purpose I don’t do skilled calibrations boils right down to money and time. I’m slammed all week lengthy, and on the weekends, I’m fully booked with gigs — I’m additionally knowledgeable trumpet participant, for many who didn’t know. However along with the shortage of time, there’s a important value concerned with the tools wanted for knowledgeable calibration and whereas Digital Developments owns the tools I must do my job as a reviewer, I don’t personal the tools wanted for me to do my very own calibration enterprise.

This query leads us properly to the subsequent one which comes from, properly, an entire of individuals. Are you able to advocate a TV calibrator in my space?


I don’t personally have a database {of professional} calibrators throughout the U.S. – however I’m pondering of making one, actually. What I counsel you do is go to the Imaging Science Basis web site and click on on the Sellers tab. There you may put in your metropolis and state and discover “sellers” in your space that most likely provide calibration providers. Actually, I want there was a barely extra refined approach of discovering ISF-certified calibrators throughout the U.S., and perhaps I’ll work with the ISF to retool their web site to make it a little bit simpler. However that’s the place I’d begin. You can even attempt going to the AVS discussion board and posting a request for assist discovering a calibrator in your space.

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