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Amazon makes a debut on Toshiba Fire TV Edition TVs with Dolby Vision HDR



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The new sets add Dolby Vision HDR to the functions of today's Toshiba Fire TV version sets (above).

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There is a new horse in his stable Amazon Fire TV TVs from Toshiba, which adds support for Toshiba Dolby Vision High Dynamic Range. Available today at a size of 55 inches for $ 450, and shortly in sizes of 50 inches ($ 380) and 43 inches ($ 330), new firewalls compete with other budget models by TCL and Vizio, many of which also support Dolby Vision.

High dynamic range promises improved image quality with better contrast and color. Dolby Vision is one of the two great HDR formats along with the HDR10, and from my experience the differences between them are subtle – just like the the effects of HDR on any budget television, period. And of course you should watch Dolby Vision content to take advantage of it.

Just like in Amazon's Fire Stick 4K, the main source of Dolby Vision and movies on Toshiba TVs is Netflix. Amazon's Dolby Vision titles list is limited to Tom Clancy's Jack Ryan and Bosch, but also to a series of old Sony Pictures films such as The Smurfs 2 and After Earth. Amazon and Dolby representatives told me to wait soon for more Dolby Vision content on Amazon soon, but they did not make any specific announcements. Meanwhile, most of the Amazon originals are available at HDR10 + format, which competes with Dolby Vision.

Beyond Dolby Vision support, the new sets have all the Fire TV add-ons, including applications and voice that is remote from Alexa. The new TVs do not have a built-in microphone, but Fire TV offers excellent integration with the Amazon Echo speakers for hands-free control. Apps for YouTube and YouTube TV are still missing from FireTV devices, but Amazon says they are coming sometime this year.

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Firefighting TVs work well with the Amazon Alexa speakers like this Echo Dot.

Sarah Tew / CNET

From my experience, regardless of the type of HDR that supports a TV, the main factor is the hardware capabilities of the TV itself. I did not have the chance to try out the new firewalls with Dolby Vision, but judging from the 55-incher specifications on Amazon, I do not expect to be a superior performer. It seems to be missing complete local reduction of lighting, a feature that really enhances HDR image quality (and standard). The specifications also indicate a 4000: 1 contrast ratio – the impact specification of the current model is actually higher at 4500: 1 – and basic 60Hz refresh rate panel. I asked Amazon for more details on new TV material and will update this post when I know more.

The current Toshiba Fire TV also did not show results in my comparison tests as models by TCL and Vizio. As far as pricing is concerned, the new Toshiba Fire TVs with Dolby Vision are in line with models like TCL 5 series ($ 400 for 55 inches) and the new one Vizio G-series ($ 450 for 55-inches) – the first with the highest TV Roku system and the last with a full dimming table. We would not be surprised to see a First day of sale for the new models of Toshiba Fire TV, however, when their added value can increase. We'll see.


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