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The NEC V801 In Use

NEC V801 Review: Benchmarking A Massive 80-Inch Monitor
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For our HDTV test setup, we use an Oppo BDP-93 Blu-ray player connected directly to the monitor. All Blu-ray discs are played in the Oppo’s Source Direct mode, which means any necessary video processing is performed by the V801 rather than the player.

Contrast is a huge factor separating good HDTVs from great ones. Our favorite test of contrast is Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince. It’s filled with dark murky scenes that provide a torture test for a display’s ability to render shadow detail. An average TV will look flat and lack definition. The V801 does an excellent job thanks to its low black levels and correct gamma. In the opening sequence, when Harry and Dumbledore are walking together in a nighttime setting, you can see details like roof shingles and bricks very clearly, while blacks remain rich and deep. The black bars aren’t quite invisible in our completely dark room, but they come close. With a small amount of ambient light, the bars disappear. While this monitor won’t dethrone the best plasma, it looks better than the vast majority of consumer LCD televisions we’ve seen.

With this first title, we discovered the V801’s one weakness. While it will accept a 24p signal from a Blu-ray player, it converts it to 60p before output. Obviously 60 is not a multiple of 24, so there are visible motion artifacts in any film-based content unless you set your player to output 60p. These artifacts manifest as brief stuttering at scene transitions and a slightly too-fluid sense of motion as extra frames are inserted to equalize the cadence rate. It’s a small issue, but the majority of dedicated HDTVs will display 24p content at a frame rate that’s a multiple of 24, like 120 or even 240 frames per second.

Another thing we look for in a home theater display is how it handles a noisy video. The Blu-ray edition of The Last Samurai is a great test for this. It’s not a particularly good transfer because it’s loaded with noisy images and edge enhancement. NEC's V801 impressed us, though. Even the edge enhancement, which comes from the disc not the display, doesn’t look too obnoxious. Noise is kept to a minimum even with the reduction slider set to zero, which means some processing is happening. This Blu-ray looks pretty bad on most TVs, but the V801 handles it very well.

To test the V801’s color rendering ability, we turned to the excellent Blu-ray transfer of Seabiscuit. This film is shot with lots of warm vibrant tones as it successfully recreates the era of The Great Depression. It’s quite easy to spot a TV with under- or over-saturated color here. Cueing up a scene with lots of pretty fall colors and bright sunlight, we lost ourselves in the entire movie. It looks that good. Color is rich and vibrant with a really nice natural look. The all-important fleshtones look just right without excessive redness.

Now we’ll move on to our traditional benchmark suite.

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    Someone Somewhere , December 9, 2013 9:52 PM
    Yeah, 1920x1080... those pixels are 0.92mm square. That's pretty easy to see with the naked eye; far bigger than a full stop.

    27.5ppi... *shudders*.

    EDIT:
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    the V801’s size is better expressed in feet: 227.6 (69.37 square meters for the rest of the world)


    Ummm... 70 square meters is pretty big. That's about half of the average house. I think you'll find it's ~1.76 m² or 19 ft².
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    patrick47018 , December 9, 2013 9:49 PM
    Why would you want an 80" monitor that is only 1080P?
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    Someone Somewhere , December 9, 2013 9:52 PM
    Yeah, 1920x1080... those pixels are 0.92mm square. That's pretty easy to see with the naked eye; far bigger than a full stop.

    27.5ppi... *shudders*.

    EDIT:
    Quote:
    the V801’s size is better expressed in feet: 227.6 (69.37 square meters for the rest of the world)


    Ummm... 70 square meters is pretty big. That's about half of the average house. I think you'll find it's ~1.76 m² or 19 ft².
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    patrick47018 , December 9, 2013 9:56 PM
    On the other had I wouldn't mind having that Pioneer "God" TV
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    huilun02 , December 9, 2013 9:57 PM
    Way to make a home cinema system with an average computer.
  • 6 Hide
    16bit , December 9, 2013 10:09 PM
    I wouldn't get such a big monitor/hdtv unless it has a higher than 1080p resolution.
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    tanjo , December 9, 2013 10:33 PM
    Thank you for buying this excessively massive monitor to save the environment.
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    cangelini , December 9, 2013 10:50 PM
    @Someone: Thanks--missed the calculation error during my edit. Should be fixed now.
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    virtualban , December 10, 2013 2:32 AM
    For that size I clicked the article in hopes that maybe it was some 8K monitor. Stopped reading after 1080p
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    icemunk , December 10, 2013 5:14 AM
    A wee bit pricey. I'll stick to my six 40" monitors
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    baddad , December 10, 2013 6:35 AM
    I've had a Mits 82" DLP since 2011 I paid $1900.00, that is the heart of my media center, so $9400 for just a monitor is a bit much.
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    baddad , December 10, 2013 6:36 AM
    I've had a Mits 82" DLP since 2011 I paid $1900.00, that is the heart of my media center, so $9400 for just a monitor is a bit much.
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    siliconvideo , December 10, 2013 6:57 AM
    Be careful with current 4k screens, all of them for 2 reasons.

    1) There is no 4K content available from anywhere. The movie studios are pushing to requiring HDCP 2.2 compliant 4k screens before they will release content and all current 4k are not HDCP 2.2 compliant, only HDCP 1.4.

    2) Current HDMI specifications only allow for 4k@30 transport which is sufficient for movies, however the native glass in these devices generally do 4k@60 which means the screens are doing some format conversion. True 4k@60 requires HDMI 2.0 which has only just been released and no chips support yet. So these screens are generally not good for video games either
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    siliconvideo , December 10, 2013 7:01 AM
    Be careful with current 4k screens, all of them for 2 reasons.

    1) There is no 4K content available from anywhere. The movie studios are pushing to requiring HDCP 2.2 compliant 4k screens before they will release content and all current 4k are not HDCP 2.2 compliant, only HDCP 1.4.

    2) Current HDMI specifications only allow for 4k@30 transport which is sufficient for movies, however the native glass in these devices generally do 4k@60 which means the screens are doing some format conversion. True 4k@60 requires HDMI 2.0 which has only just been released and no chips support yet. So these screens are generally not good for video games either
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    chumly , December 10, 2013 7:32 AM
    Show me the idiot that spends $10k on a 1080p 80" panel. I bet you can see every single pixel with your naked eye from 6 feet.. What a stupid stupid stupid idea.
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    photonboy , December 10, 2013 7:40 AM
    LG has a 4K HDTV for $7000 that is 65". Not quite as big but a much better choice. You can also move CLOSER anyway. Of course content is still an issue.
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    bystander , December 10, 2013 9:23 AM
    I'm not sure any of you read the first paragraph:
    Quote:
    This 80-inch LED/LCD screen is a commercial-grade model that can be used for just about anything requiring a large display. You would most likely see the V801 in an airport, for example, functioning as a dynamic message board or showing news feeds, for example. Obviously nobody's going to set this beast up on their desktop.


    This is obviously not meant for personal use. This is not meant to be viewed from up close.
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    tential , December 10, 2013 10:53 AM
    I love everyone commenting on "You can see EVERY pixel OMG OMG OMG!" yet you've never owned a large display probably.
    I've seen 80 inch TVs in person and these fears are just pathetically sad. I own a 70 inch HDTV as my primary "monitor" and I never go "I NEED 4k!!!!!!"
    Why would I even NEED 4K at the moment? HDMI doesn't support it yet, and there is ZERO 4K content. If for gaming, the gaming rig necessary to power such a thing is WAY too expensive, and new cards will scale better with resolution than past cards.

    People need to stop commenting (mainly people like chumly), when you've never used such a product before.

    My biggest knock is price. If I can get an HDTV for 1/10 the price on some of these black friday/christmas sales, it really makes no sense to get this. I can get that 70-80 inch HDTV for 700-1000 dollars, then pocket the 6k-7k extra and wait for the 4K versions to come out later. Maybe they'll even have OLED 4K by then.
    But that being said, this monitor did compete and beat MOST displays in MANY specs. It's a GREAT monitor. But I just think that if I'm going to invest 8k into a tech, it shouldn't be at the end of its lifestyle. I hope they put this type of effort/quality where it competes/beats many HDTVs out on the market onto their 4K model when it is ready.

    A monitor this big needs to be reviewed also as an "HDTV" where Movies/TV is watched on it and since that was omitted, I think this is pretty much not too useful to most people who would want a display this big.

    I feel like a lot of people commenting didn't read though, and simply posted.
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    patrick47018 , December 10, 2013 10:55 AM
    Quote:
    I love everyone commenting on "You can see EVERY pixel OMG OMG OMG!" yet you've never owned a large display probably.
    I've seen 80 inch TVs in person and these fears are just pathetically sad. I own a 70 inch HDTV as my primary "monitor" and I never go "I NEED 4k!!!!!!"
    Why would I even NEED 4K at the moment? HDMI doesn't support it yet, and there is ZERO 4K content. If for gaming, the gaming rig necessary to power such a thing is WAY too expensive, and new cards will scale better with resolution than past cards.

    People need to stop commenting (mainly people like chumly), when you've never used such a product before.

    My biggest knock is price. If I can get an HDTV for 1/10 the price on some of these black friday/christmas sales, it really makes no sense to get this. I can get that 70-80 inch HDTV for 700-1000 dollars, then pocket the 6k-7k extra and wait for the 4K versions to come out later. Maybe they'll even have OLED 4K by then.
    But that being said, this monitor did compete and beat MOST displays in MANY specs. It's a GREAT monitor. But I just think that if I'm going to invest 8k into a tech, it shouldn't be at the end of its lifestyle. I hope they put this type of effort/quality where it competes/beats many HDTVs out on the market onto their 4K model when it is ready.

    A monitor this big needs to be reviewed also as an "HDTV" where Movies/TV is watched on it and since that was omitted, I think this is pretty much not too useful to most people who would want a display this big.

    I feel like a lot of people commenting didn't read though, and simply posted.


    We haven't owned 1080P TV's that large for the negative reasons we are talking about, my grandpa owns a 65" and it looks fine if you sit way back but anywhere near it very blurred and distorted due to lack of pixel density
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    vmem , December 10, 2013 11:54 AM
    "You would most likely see the V801 in an airport, for example, functioning as a dynamic message board or showing news feeds"

    if my airport is buying $10,000 monitors to show me which gate to go to... I'd rather have a discount on my air fare pls...

    if someone thinks they need a $10,000 monitor to show TEXT on a black background... well, I odn't know what to say
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    vmem , December 10, 2013 11:57 AM
    Quote:
    I love everyone commenting on "You can see EVERY pixel OMG OMG OMG!" yet you've never owned a large display probably.
    I've seen 80 inch TVs in person and these fears are just pathetically sad. I own a 70 inch HDTV as my primary "monitor" and I never go "I NEED 4k!!!!!!"
    Why would I even NEED 4K at the moment? HDMI doesn't support it yet, and there is ZERO 4K content. If for gaming, the gaming rig necessary to power such a thing is WAY too expensive, and new cards will scale better with resolution than past cards.

    People need to stop commenting (mainly people like chumly), when you've never used such a product before.

    My biggest knock is price. If I can get an HDTV for 1/10 the price on some of these black friday/christmas sales, it really makes no sense to get this. I can get that 70-80 inch HDTV for 700-1000 dollars, then pocket the 6k-7k extra and wait for the 4K versions to come out later. Maybe they'll even have OLED 4K by then.
    But that being said, this monitor did compete and beat MOST displays in MANY specs. It's a GREAT monitor. But I just think that if I'm going to invest 8k into a tech, it shouldn't be at the end of its lifestyle. I hope they put this type of effort/quality where it competes/beats many HDTVs out on the market onto their 4K model when it is ready.

    A monitor this big needs to be reviewed also as an "HDTV" where Movies/TV is watched on it and since that was omitted, I think this is pretty much not too useful to most people who would want a display this big.

    I feel like a lot of people commenting didn't read though, and simply posted.


    I love how you go into the cost benefit analysis of the whole 4K vs 1080p and the practicality of it... while ignoring the fact that this thing costs $9,400... that's nearly 10 friggin grand. it's sturdy and built to last... now I'd expect there to be 4K content 5 years down the road from now...
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