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Tech Guide’s 2021 12 Days of Christmas Gift Ideas – Day 10: TVs/Blu-ray/4K

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We’re up to Day 10 in Tech Guide’s popular 2020 12 Days of Christmas Gift Ideas to help you find the perfect gifts for your loved ones .

Today we’re looking at TVs and related products like soundbars and projectors plus the movies you can watch on them.

Here are Tech Guide’s 12 Days of Christmas Gift Ideas:

Day 1: Cameras

Day 2: Smartphones

Day 3: Wearables/smartwatches

Day 4: Headphones/speakers

DAY 5: Gaming

DAY 6: Tablets/e-readers

DAY 7: Drones/Gadgets

DAY 8: Smart/IoT devices

DAY 9: In-car gadgets

DAY 10: TVs/Blu-Ray/4K

DAY 11: Appliances

DAY 12: Computers

DAY 10: TVs/Blu-ray/4K

LG C1 OLED TV – $2,576 (48-inch), $2,877 (55-inch), $4,076 (65-inch), $7,076 (77-inch) and $9,076 (83-inch)

When it comes to OLED, LG is the undisputed king and the new C1 OLED TV continues that tradition with incredible picture quality and impressive performance whether you’re watching movies, sport or playing games.

OLED is still unrivalled when it comes to achieving superior black levels and stunning natural colour.

With OLED (organic light emitting diode), each pixel – which is self-illuminating and is either on or off – acts like a back light.

That means each of the more than 8 million pixels can be an individual dimming zone.

Other TVs, like LG’s very own QNED range include Mini LED back lighting with microscopic LED lights that can form multiple dimming zones.

READ TECH GUIDE’S COMPLETE REVIEW

SAMSUNG QN85A 75-inch NEO QLED TV [2021] – $4495

Samsung’s Neo QLED TV have set a new benchmark for picture quality thanks to remarkable technology that provides enhanced colour, contrast, brightness and black levels.

Samsung’s QN85A 75-inch 4K Neo QLED TV is up there with the best picture you’ll see on a TV.

The Samsung Neo QLED TV has a slick, attractive design with super thin barely-there bezels on the appropriately named Infinity Screen which allow viewers to see nothing but the picture.

The TV itself is also quite thin with speakers placed around the left, right and top edges which facilitates OTS (Object Tracking Sound) so viewers can appreciate some directional sound.

It can also be mounted virtually flush to the wall which looks really smart.

READ TECH GUIDE’S SAMSUNG 8K NEO QLED REVIEW

APPLE TV 4K (2021) – $249 (32GB) and $279 (64GB)

The new Apple TV 4K is a huge leap ahead from the previous generation with a better remote, higher frame rate HDR and a new Colour Balance feature that puts a world of content at your fingertips in the best quality.

TVs are getting bigger and picture quality is getting better and there is no shortage of content that will showcase their remarkable features.

Apple TV 4K is a product that turns your television into an entertainment hub to view your favourite TV shows, movies, sport, as well as access your music, play your favourite games and access your favourite apps.

READ TECH GUIDE’S COMPLETE REVIEW

HISENSE 4K LASER TV – $6,999

The new Hisense premium 4K Laser TV range with TriChroma technology is now available in Australia to provide a high-quality big screen home entertainment experience.

The short-throw projector has three primary colour lasers which can produce stunning images on its included 100-inch screen which can easily be mounted on your wall.

The Hisense Laser TV unit can sit just 30 centimetres away from the screen which makes it easy to set up in your home unlike a regular projector which requires a ceiling mount and running long cables to your sources.

The Hisense 100L9GSET TriChroma Laser TV has 3000 lumens brightness as well as the built-in TV tuner and all your favourite streaming services to bring you the experience you’d come to expect from any high-end TV in your living room or home theatre space but on a grander scale.

Under the hood is Hisense’s proprietary X-Fusion Laser Light Engine which uses three independent lasers to achieve an impressive 107 per cent of the BT.2020 colour space.

READ TECH GUIDE’S COMPLETE REPORT

SONOS BEAM GEN 2 – $699

The Sonos brand is quite well known in wireless audio and its new Beam Gen 2 brings that sound quality and connectivity to your TV viewing experience.

The Sonos Beam Gen 2 is both a wireless speaker and a sound bar in one.

You can listen to your favourite songs when you’re not watching TV but then enjoy the audio quality and Dolby Atmos when you are engrossed in a movie or TV show.

The new Beam sound bar has more processing power on board and has a new phased speaker array which can steer sound around the room.

This is now compatible with more than 100 streaming services which can be found in the Sonos app, so you do notice a massive audio improvement.

READ TECH GUIDE’S COMPLETE REVIEW

TCL X925 MINI LED 8K TV – $5,999

If you’re shopping for a new TV right now there’s a lot of new features to learn about including 8K resolution, mini-LED backlighting, HDR10+ and variable refresh rates – and one product where you will find all of these is the TCL 75-inch X925 Mini LED 8K Google TV.

The X925 is an 8K TV with a resolution of 7680 x 4320 – that’s four times the resolution of 4K Ultra HD so you’ll see a whole new level of clarity.

And the TCL TV has got you covered not only on the picture quality side, it also sounds amazing as well thanks to the onboard Onkyo audio system which makes this one of the best sounding TVs on the market.

READ TECH GUIDE’S COMPLETE REPORT

AMAZON FIRE STICK TV 4K MAX – $99

The Amazon Fire TV Stick 4K Max is 40 per cent more powerful than Fire TV Stick 4K and features a new quad-core 1.8GHz processer and 2GB of RAM, so your apps start faster, and navigation is more fluid.

It is also the first Fire TV streaming device to offer Wi-Fi 6 support for smoother streaming in 4K when multiple Wi-Fi 6-connected devices are streaming.

Fire TV 4K Max supports 4K UHD, HDR, and HDR10+ streaming, as well as Dolby Vision and Dolby Atmos.

It comes with the latest Alexa Voice Remote so you can easily use your voice to search for the content you want to watch, manage your smart home devices, and more. Four pre-set buttons get you to your favourite apps quickly.

You can also control power and volume on your compatible TV and soundbar without needing another remote.

Available from JB Hi-Fi and www.amazon.com.au

HISENSE U7G 75-INCH 4K ULED TV [2021] – $1,999

Hisense’s new TVs support Dolby Vision HDR and Dolby Atmos which together produce a stunning experience.

Also onboard is Quantum Dot Colour, Full Array Local Dimming and Smooth Picture Rate to create impressive picture quality.

The new Hisense range of televisions also include Hi-View Engine Pro for fast graphic processing to optimise picture quality and enhance the overall viewing experience.

The screen itself can also reduce reflections and glare by absorbing 98.5 per cent of incoming light.

That means 66.7 per cent less glare than conventional TV screens.

Gamers will also level up their experience with Game Mode which includes Variable Refresh Rate (VRR) and Auto Low Latency Mode (ALLM).

VRR allows the TV to match its refresh rate to the frame rate of the game output by the console which results in a much smoother game play without tearing.

READ TECH GUIDE’S COMPLETE REPORT

LG QNED MINI LED TV 4K Range – From $4,679 

LG QNED MiniLED TV models are a must-have for enhanced entertainment experiences this festive season.

As the pinnacle of LG LED/LCD TV viewing experiences at home, the LG QNED MiniLED TV range includes large screen sizes that help bring to life the atmosphere and excitement of sporting events and family Christmas movie viewing this festive season.

Combining the best of both Quantum Dot and NanoCell colour technologies with the advantages of MiniLED backlights, the QNED MiniLED TVs deliver improved blacks, more accurate colour reproduction and greater contrast.

Available in 8K, the QNED MiniLED TV delivers high picture quality and definition.

SAMSUNG 65-INCH SERIF TV – $2,699

There are televisions and then there are lifestyle televisions, and Samsung’s The Serif TV is well and truly in the lifestyle category.

The Serif is the polar opposite of a regular flatscreen TV, it merges both style in design and stunning picture quality.

A regular TV is fine if you want it to blend into the background or mount it on a wall.

But The Serif TV is designed to be noticed.

READ TECH GUIDE’S COMPLETE REPORT

INDIANA JONES 4K UHD BOX SET – $119

To celebrate the 40th Anniversary of Indiana Jones: Raiders of the Lost Ark all four films in the series have been released on 4K Ultra HD this week and offer not only stunning visual quality but remarkable audio quality as well.

The five-disc set brings action movie fans all four Indiana Jones films in 4K Ultra High Definition for the first time.

These include Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark, Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom, Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade and Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull.

LG SP9 SOUND BAR – $1,319 

Completing your TV setup and keeping up the music and home entertainment this Christmas, the LG SP9 sound bar combines high-quality audio, simple connectivity, smart functionality and stylish aesthetics with a modern look.

The 5.1.2 channel sound allows you to hear your favourite movies, TV shows and matches clearly.

It has Dolby Atmos and DTS:X support combined with Meridian delivers immersive, multi-dimensional sound.

It’s compatibile with Google, Amazon Alexa, Siri and Apple AirPlay 2 and allows for convenient voice control.

PHILIPS PICOPIX MAX TV – $899

The new PicoPix Max TV is a handy little nugget you’ll wonder how you ever did without. With Android TV, your projector is the key to entering a full interactive entertainment universe.

Thanks to the super bright 4 channel LEDs, you can project an image up to 120” (304.8cm) in Full HD 1080p! If you don’t have time to finish your episode or find yourself on the move, the good news is that you can rely on a battery that lasts for up to 4 hours.

With Google Cast you can go big and wirelessly cast your screen directly from any Android, iOS, Windows or MacOS device.

Rated to last 30,000 hours, the PicoPix Max TV light source will display amazing, vivid graphics for years to come.

PicoPix Max TV comes with an incredible 2×12 watts stereo speakers, built-in to the device for a truly immersive cinematic experience with a strong, precise sound.

You can even use it as a Bluetooth speaker to listen your favourite tunes even if the projector is off!

Available from JB Hi-Fi.

STAR TREK ORIGINAL CAST MOVIES 4K UHD BOPX SET – $99

To celebrate the 55th anniversary of the original Star Trek franchise, the films featuring the original cast have been released on glorious 4K Ultra HD disc.

It was on September 8, 1966 when the first episode of Star Trek went to air. And it went on to become one of the most popular TV shows and franchises of all time before hitting the big screen with Star Trek: The Motion Picture and spawning other TV and movies series.

Paramount Home Entertainment and CBS Home entertainment will debut remastered versions of Star Trek: The Motion Picture, Star Trek II: The Wrath of Kahn, Star Trek III: The Search for Spock and Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home on 4K UHD for the first time.