Meet Philip’s New PUS6809 Line of Entry Level Ultra HD 4K TVs
by Stephan Jukic – August 27th, 2014
With the IFA Consumer Electronics Fair in Berlin, Germany on just around the corner in early September of this year, Philips is joining several other UHD TV manufacturers in preparation for the release and promotion of its latest line of relatively affordable and beautiful Ultra HD 4K TVs.
The line, called the PUS6809 series, comes in three sizes, 40 inches, 50 inches and 58 inches. All of them are already available and all three pack some powerful features in addition to their 4K resolution of 3,840 x 2,160 pixels.
The PUS6809 series of 4K TVs by Philips fall just below the PUS7809 series in terms of overall quality. However, this is what also makes them much more affordable 4K sets that even an entertainment hungry homeowner with a limited budget should be able to enjoy without too much of a cut to their bank account or credit card.
The 6809 series use Edge LED backlighting but instead of the slightly technically superior Micro Dimming Pro of the 7809 series, the 6809s come with ordinary Micro Dimming. However, the practical difference in terms of visual quality is non-existent since the new panels in this range of TVs are of a more recent generation from Innolux and actually offer a three times greater contrast ratio than the older IPS panels in the 7809 series of Philips 4K TVs.
In terms of connectivity, the PUS6809 TVs come with a DVB-T2/C/S2 dual TV tuner and three HDMI ports along with Ethernet and WiFi connectivity features. Unfortunately however, and this is a big negative despite their affordable pricing, the PUS6809 series uses HDMI 1.4 instead of the much better 2.0 found in most newer models of 4K TVs such as those from Samsung, Sony or LG 4K Ultra HD TVs. What this means is that the maximal video refresh rate you’ll get with the new Philips TVs is only 24 to 30 Hz instead of the far superior 60Hz that HDMI 2.0 allows. This in turn means a less smooth visual flow, particularly for fast action video content such as sports broadcasts and certain movies.
Another major weakness of these 4K TVs is their lack of compatibility with HEVC video compression. Since this is the format in which all content from the most important 4K streaming providers such as Netflix and Amazon gets encoded for transmission to 4K entertainment systems, accessing these streams won’t be possible on the PUS6809 TV sets.
However, there is still plenty of HD content to choose from and the TVs’ Pixel Precise internal upscaling system is designed to improve the quality of 1080p HD and even SD content as you view it.
Furthermore, each of the TVs is run by a dual core processor and gives you access to all of the brands connected services such as catch up TV, Video On Demand, social networking, Dailymotion, YouTube (but only in 1080p HD unfortunately) and other online content streams.
As we mentioned already, connectivity on the series of TVs includes WiFi capability and what this means is that you can easily transfer images and video from your smartphone or tablet straight to the TVs’ screens.
Suggested retail prices for the three TVs range from $1,300 for the 40 inch model, just under $2,000 for the 50 inch TV version and right above $2,000 for the 58 inch PUS6809.
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