Amazon Prime 4K, Triax THC 22 and the Hisense LTDN65K680M3D 65 Inch 4K UHD TV

Following on from these posts dating back a couple of years the Hisense is well and truly bedded in and in use every day.  As explained previously I really bought this TV (strictly speaking a ‘monitor’ as it doesn’t have it’s own TV tuner) for it’s size rather than as simply a 4K TV – the wow factor came from seeing high definition video on a 65” screen – and that still looks fantastic to this day!  That said, I finally got round to getting a regular streaming source for 4k in the shape of the latest Amazon Fire TV Box .

 

 

Having used the box in 1080p mode for a couple of weeks I decided to see what was on the market to allow me to stream 4k to the Hisense (which, being a little long in the tooth, only supports HDCP 2).  I found the Triax on the CPC website for under £50. 

 

 

 

The Triax is simplicity itself to set up – simply connect the standard USB Power,the output to the HDMI 1 input on the Hisense and the Input to the Fire box and away you go!

Most of the content made by Amazon is available at no extra cost as a part of their PRIME subscription service including the excellent “Bosch” which is one of my favourites.  As luck would have it season 2 is being made available in 4k tomorrow (11/3/2016) and I am looking forward to binge watching this in 4k!

Picture quality is fantastic – but as I said the wow factor for me was really the 65” screen at 1080p – sure it looks better in 4K but for me 4k is simply a ‘nice to have’.

Netflix?  I haven’t tried the Triax with Netflix but would be confident that it would work just as well as it does with the Amazon streamed 4k content.

 

NB I have all my sources, including the output from the Triax routed through an Onkyo A/V Amp (built in 4k support)

Hisense LTDN65K680M3D 65 Inch 4K UHD Smart Television Review – History

 

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Historically my criteria for purchase of a new TV goes something like:

  • My current TV must be at least 3 years old
  • Budget  £1000

And so this formula has led me to:

Tosh circa 2000

Toshiba 28W8DB. CRT

I have great memories of this TV which came with a full Dolby Pro logic surround system and integrated stand.  I think I got this Circa 1998 (no idea what my foot is doing in this picture – sorry about that – and if anyone is concerned the answer is yes – I do have new slippers now!)

Next up was this Sharp Aquos 42” 1080P set:

Circa 2005 – Notable as the first high definition TV we owned and it’s massive size (at least in those days). this TV now does sterling service wall mounted in the kids play room.

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(Note to self – those cables look a mess!)

Circa 2010 came this 50” Samsung Plasma – a significant upward shift in size and the first TV to support 3D – which was my main motivation for the purchase (read elsewhere on my blog – stereoscopy is a hobby of mine – yes, I am that nerd).  Not much changed otherwise (a spot of decorating and some new carpets maybe)

(Eagle eyed will spot the ill fated (but bargain at £799) Lenco 65” 4K TV in the background waiting to go back as it had arrived damaged)

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The Hisense unboxed and in situ. (It is big – this picture doesn’t give you a sense of just how big!)

The first thing that struck me about the TV, apart from its sheer size  is how good it looks!  Aesthetically it is a nice bit of kit lRemoteooking every bit as good (and possibly a little better) than TV’s from the “name brands”. 

The remote is simple and although plastic feels better quality than the average remote.  I was able to navigate around what is quite a lot of functionality quite easily – so ergonomically I guess that is a good thing.  (It feels functionality better than the last two TV remotes I have owned from Samsung and Sharp).

 

The TV isn’t too heavy and I was able to un-box and attach it to it’s stand (which IS heavy) by myself (easier with 2 people but my wife is away at the moment!). Once assembled it was a struggle to lift it onto the existing unit (in the picture above) but again, I managed it alone.

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The down side of being well packaged will be a trip to the dump at the weekend to rid myself of all the cardboard and inserts!

 

 

(I will save switching on the TV for the next post).