As with the deep blacks, turning the backlighting to a lower setting also improves shadow detail. In this live concert video clip, it’s still easy to see the audience seated way up in the nosebleed sections.
Broadcast HDTV Evaluation: Meet The Press (NBC)
A recent episode found the host and commentators at the Reagan Library in California to commemorate the late president’s 100th birthday, and the NuVision provided a crisp picture that’s just what you’d expect from a premium class 1080p LED LCD display.
Although this was an episode taped in a non-studio setting, the color quality was very good, with believable flesh tones and no hint of over-saturation. Tests with HD color patterns showed that the NuVision’s out-of-the-box color accuracy is very high.
With the backlighting trimmed down, the blacks improved substantially. Even at a lower setting, there was still plenty of brightness for daytime viewing, and the gloss jet-black coffee mugs on the desk were properly rendered.
During close-ups, the commentators’ black leather chair backs were mostly in the shadows, but it was easy to discern the black stitching nonetheless. A segment later in the program had former Reagan speechwriter Peggy Noonan giving an impromptu tour of the newly refreshed museum, and a display that featured the dark suit Reagan wore on the day he was shot (replete with the bullet hole) was rendered impressively, even though the suit was under an acrylic glass cover with some glare from the overhead lighting.
While the NuVision is definitely an expensive set (it runs for about double what a comparably-sized premium LED LCD 3D set costs from the major brands), that will probably be of little concern to the target market for the product, as the advantages of wired external automated system control and the ability to have the set customized in any number of ways to match a well-heeled customer’s décor are the leading factors here.
And, in the premium custom integration business, an HDTV flat panel like the NuVision will almost certainly be further down on the pricing list compared to the cost of a custom home automation control system, which when installed and programmed can cost in the tens of thousands of dollars or even higher. While the NuVision’s stock finish of elegant black anodized aluminum looks very good indeed, the wide range of custom color and finish choices the company offers certainly broadens the appeal of the product to the upscale consumer for which it is intended.
NuVision NVU46FX10L LED 3DTV
Screen size: 46” diagonal
Pixel resolution: 1920 x 1080
1:1 Mode: Yes
Video inputs: 4 HDMI, 1 component, 1 composite, 1 RGB PC
Other connections: 1 composite video output, 2 stereo audio inputs, 1 PC audio input, 1 stereo audio output, 1 optical digital audio output, 1 coaxial digital audio output, 1 ATSC/NTSC/ClearQAM RF input, 1 USB port for rechargeable 3D glasses, 1 service port for firmware upgrades, 1 RJ-45 NuControl combo RS-232C/IR port
Dimensions (W x H x D): 43.3” x 26.1” x 1.5” (w/o stand)
Weight: 39.7 lbs. (w/o stand)
Warranty: 2 years parts & labor
Price: $5,499 (includes a Panasonic DMP-BDT100 3D Blu-ray player and two pairs of battery-powered 3D glasses)