HDTV

NuVision NVU46FX5LS 46" LED LCD HDTV

ARTICLE INDEX

On the Bench

I measured the Color Temperature, RGB levels, and Gamma in the Normal Mode, without any calibration (out of the box).

You can see that the color temperature is high (too blue). Gamma was 2.01.

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The CIE chart indicates that the NuVision is just about spot-on with blue, but a little short on the red and green, with the green drifting a bit towards blue.

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I calibrated the Color Temperature, RGB Levels, and Gamma in the Custom Mode. The Gamma that I ended up with was 2.0, as this produced the image that I liked. However, it can be raised by simply changing the brightness of the backlight. Notice the RGB levels when I calibrated the TV to have a gamma of 2.24 and compare that graph to the RGB levels with the gamma at 2.0. The measured contrast ratio (Full On/Off) was 1650:1.

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The resulting image was spectacular. I have never seen a better quality picture. Frame Forward Motion produced a "Live TV" effect with movies, which can seem a little strange at first. But after getting used to it, I turned it on for all TV viewing, as it eliminated judder, and made motion in action movies very smooth.

The only downside to NuVision TVs is their price. The average consumer would probably opt for one of the very excellent flat panel HDTVs that you can get at Costco for less than $2,000 and up to about 55" in size. But, I suspect that for custom install situations, the thin, sleek, and higher priced NuVision will be a popular item.