Ameya DalviMar 03, 2020 11:35:47 IST
General Score: four.three/5
Worth: Rs 29,999
The Vu Cinema TV might be the fourth Good TV collection from the corporate that I’ve reviewed over the previous 12 months. Whereas most of their earlier TVs have ranged between above common to good, this new collection seems to take the efficiency to a brand new degree on a number of fronts with assist for Dolby Imaginative and prescient and Dolby Audio. The corporate strives to ship a cinematic expertise at dwelling with improved image high quality and sound with this new TV.
Advertising buzz apart, does it truly handle to ship what different TVs on this finances haven’t until date? Time to dive deeper into the 50-inch Vu Cinema TV and discover out.
Vu 50CA Cinema TV — Design and connectivity: eight.5/10
For as soon as we’ve got a TV that strikes away from the generic design template and stands out from the group on this phase. This mannequin is sort of bezel-less on three sides with an understandably thick backside bezel that hosts the soundbar. A skinny, golden line separates the display from the soundbar and provides to the magnificence. A distinguished gold Vu emblem is positioned on the left of the underside bezel, with a Dolby emblem on the suitable.
The facility LED and IR receiver are positioned beneath the underside bezel on the centre. The TV is pretty slim, although not the slimmest, and might be wall-mounted or positioned on a desk utilizing the bundled metallic stands. To go together with the black and gold theme, the stands are golden too and don’t look misplaced. The required screws and mounts are offered within the bundle.
On the connectivity entrance, you get three HDMI ports — one among which helps ARC, two USB 2.zero ports, AV enter, optical audio, headphone out and a LAN port. You even have Bluetooth 5.zero to connect with wi-fi audio system or headphones. All of the connectivity ports are positioned alongside the left fringe of the TV and aren’t very exhausting to succeed in even in case you wall mount the TV.
Vu 50CA Cinema TV — Options and specs: eight/10
The Vu 50CA has a 50-inch VA panel with an Extremely HD (4K) decision of 3840 x 2160 pixels with a 60-Hz refresh charge. The panel makes use of Vu’s Pixelium Glass expertise and may hit as much as 500 nits, which is kind of vibrant (a mean laptop computer display is 200 nits).
The TV helps HDR10, HLG, and extra importantly, Dolby Imaginative and prescient for HDR content material. The display response time figures weren’t out there, however there was no noticeable ghosting seen throughout the course of testing. Like all good TVs, there may be built-in Wi-Fi, however unusually, it’s restricted to 2.four GHz b/g/n requirements with no assist for five GHz networks.
On the specs entrance, this TV is powered by a quad-core processor with 1.5 GB RAM and eight GB of inside storage, a bit of which is taken up by the Android Pie 9.zero OS. That is maybe the primary finances TV in India to make use of ARM Cortex A55 cores (versus A53 cores or lesser on most TVs) and a Mali–470 MP GPU. Every of the 4 CPU cores can throttle between 1,100 MHz to 1,400 MHz. Audio output is rated at 40 Watts RMS; extra on that within the audio high quality part.
Like all official Android TVs, it has Chromecast inbuilt and allows you to forged content material to the display from appropriate apps in your cellphone or pill. It comes with a full perform distant management that helps IR and Bluetooth. The distant, too, sports activities the black and gold theme and has a sturdy construct. A pair of AAA batteries required to energy the distant are bundled within the bundle. The facility button on the distant communicates with the TV utilizing IR when switching on, after which every thing operates over Bluetooth.
The distant is voice enabled, so you’ll be able to summon Google Assistant by urgent the corresponding button and difficulty voice instructions. It really works easily with none delay on most events. The distant has hotkeys for Netflix, Prime Video, YouTube and Google Play Retailer, together with content material playback keys, navigations keys, quantity management, mute button, settings, and a D-pad. Ideally the corporate ought to have stopped at that, however there are tons of different keys that add to the muddle and serve no actual goal. Probably, Vu might have bundled the identical or barely modified model of the distant you get with their OA (Official Android) collection of TVs — minimal but full.
Vu 50CA Cinema TV — Person interface: 9/10
This Vu TV runs official Android Pie 9.zero for TV and has the inventory person interface that you just get to see on most official Android TVs with none third occasion launcher on prime. It’s easy and simple to make use of even for a novice person. You will have a row of your favorite put in apps, the shortcuts for which you’ll be able to add, take away or shuffle round. The TV comes preloaded with Google Play Retailer and provides you entry to tons of in style apps. Different rows show final performed or steered content material from varied on-line streaming providers that you could select from.
One of the best half right here is that, in contrast to most Android TVs, the Vu Cinema TV permits you to change the sound and movie settings on the fly whereas viewing content material from any supply, be it whereas viewing one thing on an app like Netflix or YouTube or an HDMI supply like DTH, or just when watching one thing by way of USB. All you should do is press the settings button on the distant to deliver up the menu and make the mandatory changes — easy and efficient. That is one thing I’ve been hoping to see on each official Android TV for some time now.
Vu 50CA Cinema TV — Image high quality: eight.5/10
Shifting on to the enterprise finish of the assessment, the image high quality of this TV is spectacular, and given its sub–30Ok price ticket, I can say it’s very spectacular. The 4K panel is noticeably vibrant, as marketed, and brighter than most screens on this finances. It has good distinction, although it’s not good, and particulars in darkish areas in excessive distinction scenes in our check movies have been seen for many components. The black ranges aren’t good however are greater than acceptable for a TV on this value vary. Color copy is superb and leaves hardly any room for criticism. The colors really feel vibrant but pure on this display, and that’s a giant tick mark towards its title.
As talked about earlier, this TV helps Dolby Imaginative and prescient, and HDR content material encoded in that format seems good on this display. In fact, one can’t count on the identical finesse in distinction as on TVs priced two to 3 occasions greater, however this TV definitely punches manner above its weight in that division. 4K content material on Netflix with Dolby Imaginative and prescient or 4K HDR content material on Prime Video performed utilizing an Amazon Hearth TV Stick 4K appeared so much higher on this TV as in comparison with different TVs on this value vary, this contains the likes of the equally priced Mi TV 4X.
Common 4K content material appeared sharp on this TV too, and hues have been correct. Most Full HD content material wasn’t far behind both. 720p movies have been a little bit of a hit and miss on this display although, however nonetheless watchable. The upscaling engine right here does a good job however can’t create magic with non-HD content material. Something decrease than 720p seems flat and washed out. Properly, that’s the case with virtually each 4K TV that I’ve examined until date, in order that’s not such a giant deal.
Viewing angles are fairly good however not as nice as on an IPS panel. Nevertheless, even from sharp angles, there was solely a marginal color shift and the image was completely watchable.
The default image is tuned nicely and also you even have a very good variety of image adjustment choices like brightness, distinction, sharpness, saturation, and so forth., to fine-tune the picture to your liking. Along with this, you additionally get superior choices for adjusting white stability, color temperature, digital and MPEG noise discount, and extra. And as I had talked about earlier, these might be accessed on the press of a button from anyplace fairly than diving deep into the Android menu each time.
Vu 50CA Cinema TV — Audio high quality: 9/10
That is one a part of the TV assessment the place my enthusiasm often drops, however that’s not the case right here. The Vu Cinema TV comes with 4 front-firing audio system in a soundbar like enclosure that ship a complete sound output of 40 Watts RMS. A pair of major audio system are rated at 15 Watts every, whereas a pair of tweeters add one other 5+5 Watts of Dolby licensed audio. The sound output is well the most effective I’ve heard on a flat panel show priced below Rs 40,000.
There’s a truthful quantity of heat (bass) within the sound and good separation between the highs and mids. There may be ample readability within the vocals and the soundstage is surprisingly broad too. As soon as once more, the audio system are tuned nicely out of the field and you’ve got additional sound changes to tweak the sound additional. The loudness is superb and I by no means needed to increase the amount past 50 % throughout the course of my testing.
Having stated all that, a fast actuality examine: the sound is certainly higher than what you get on most LED TVs, and distinctly so. However don’t count on it to be pretty much as good or higher than a soundbar with a devoted subwoofer. Nevertheless, that is maybe a kind of only a few TVs the place chances are you’ll not really feel the necessity to purchase a soundbar immediately, and the built-in audio system ought to suffice for many of your audio wants, from watching information or sports activities to films to listening to music. You do have a handful of audio outputs in case you want to improve your audio expertise.
Vu 50CA Cinema TV — General efficiency: eight/10
The TV takes about 40 seconds as well up whenever you swap it on from the mains, which is common at finest for good TVs lately. However publish that, in case you swap it on and off from the distant, the TV comes again on virtually instantaneously from standby mode. It’s good to see this instantaneous resume characteristic changing into a normal factor on most good TVs launched up to now couple of quarters. Sometime, Xiaomi can have that characteristic too (hopefully) and in addition really feel the necessity for a mute button (one can solely hope).
Once I first appeared on the spec sheet, I used to be involved in regards to the comparatively low quantity of RAM right here (1.5 GB). I’d have most popular to see at the least 2 GB regardless of a quicker CPU and GPU. Whereas it doesn’t hamper most elements of the TV’s efficiency in a serious manner, just a little extra RAM would have averted the odd stutter within the UI or when leaping ahead or again in a 4K video. Talking of 4K movies, it managed to play these by USB pretty easily with the default participant. The preloaded Netflix, Prime Video and YouTube apps perform easily and may stream 4K content material.
One minor difficulty I observed was that the TV at all times defaults to the tuner mode after booting up (whenever you swap it on from the mains). One has to hit the Residence button on the distant to take it to the Android launcher dwelling web page. I couldn’t discover a repair for this however it’s one thing that the corporate can simply repair with a software program replace. Apart from that, there was nothing a lot to complain about this TV. It was a really nice expertise all alongside.
Vu 50CA Cinema TV — Worth and verdict
The Vu 50CA Cinema TV might be bought Now India for Rs 29,999 with a one-year guarantee. For that value, you get a 50-inch Extremely HD official Android TV with arguably the most effective image and sound high quality on this phase. The elegant atypical design is an added bonus. The TV seems, performs and sounds manner past its asking value and gives nice worth for cash.
You do get different related sized TVs on this finances from varied manufacturers, however this Vu TV outperforms them on virtually each entrance, together with different Vu fashions. Therefore, I shouldn’t have a compelling motive to advocate some other TV over this one right now, when you’ve got a finances of as much as Rs 35,000 that’s.
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