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Hisense H8 Series 4K LED TV Review

This affordable 4K/HDR TV from Hisense is all about value

64.5 in.
49.5 in.
54.5 in.
June 16, 2016

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Assessing only its core picture quality—such as contrast, color accuracy, RGB emphasis, white balance, and gamma—the Hisense 50H8C is a very reliable performer. It doesn't have the "upper crust" performance of a flagship model, but it's still a very solid TV, especially for the online price of $500.

Calibration went fairly smoothly here, as the H8C possesses the 2/10 point white balance controls, color tuner, and basic controls to get it looking a little better than it does out of the box.

Unfortunately, there's no gamma slider, and the TV seems locked into a 2.2-style gamma curve that it employs regardless of backlight or contrast/brightness setting.

That said, I was able to make small improvements to the Theater picture mode quality—calibrating for a "standard dynamic range" 40 fL reference.

Below, you'll see the TV's default Theater mode results (on the left) and the results after calibration (on the right).

Calibration

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Adjustments to the H8C's 2- and 10-point white balance and Color Management System (color tuner) allowed me to eke out small improvements to the TV's core picture quality.
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Color Accuracy

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Balancing the TV's white balance performance and reducing its peak brightness to the 40 fL reference target caused some small discrepancies in overall color accuracy.

RGB Emphasis & White Balance

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Prior to calibration, the H8C was over-emphasizing its red color filter. Not only did this affect its white balance accuracy, it also resulted in an overly red presence in low-gray tones.
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Tightening up the RGB emphasis dropped the grayscale error to below perceptible limits. It's great that a TV in this price range has the control granularity to be corrected.

Gamma

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Unfortunately, without a gamma slider, smoothing out the H8C's gamma proved difficult. While it summed very close to the 2.4 dim/dark room standard (2.39 tested), the ramp itself is quite uneven both before and after calibration.

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