Hisense 2019 Series 8 (R8) 4K Quantum Dot is a step up
4.5Overall Score
Name: Hisense 2019 Series 8 (R8) 65 and 75-inch
Price (RRP): $2999/3999
Manufacturer: Hisense

Hisense has two Quantum Dot series – the edge-lit series 8 and the full backlit series 9. GadgetGuy had some hands-on time with the new 75-inch Hisense 2019 Series 8 (R8) 4K Quantum Dot smart TV – and it is very good.

The Hisense 2019 Series 8 (R8) is part of the Hisense niche marketing strategy. By the way, ‘R’ stands for 2019 models and technology. The 2018 series was ‘P’, and while not bad, I can see the difference a year makes. That does not mean you don’t buy the P-series, but drive a harder bargain and try to step up the ladder if you do, e.g. if you were after a P7 try to get a P8 etc.

2018 P-series

  • 2 (ongoing) 720p, edge-lit LCD with DVD in 24 and 32-inch
  • 4 (P4) 1080 (1K) edge lit LCD in 32, 39, 49 and 55-inch
  • 6 (P6) 4K, HDR, edge-lit LCD, in 43, 50, 55, 65-inch
  • 7(P7) 4K, HDR, edge-lit LCD in 50, 55, 65 and 75-inch
  • 8 (P8), 4K, HDR Plus, Quantum Dot, edge-lit, in 65 and 75-inch (GadgetGuy review here)
  • 9 (P9), 4K, HDR Plus, Quantum Dot, back-lit, in 65 and 75-inch (GadgetGuy review here)
  • X (PX), 4K, OLED, HDR, in 55 and 65-inch (GadgetGuy review here)
  • Designer White Collection (P1) exclusive to Harvey Norman 4K in 43, 55, and 65-inch

Now in 2019, we have the ‘R’ identifier – all 4K

  • 5 (R5), HDR, edge-lit in 58 and 65-inch
  • 6 (R6), HDR10, edge-lit in 43, 50, 55, 65 and 75-inch
  • 7 (R7), Dolby Vision/Atmos, voice control, edge-lit in 50, 55, 65, and 75-inch
  • 8 (R8), Dolby Vision/Atmos, voice control, edge-lit, Quantum Dot, in 65 and 75-inch (coming in July)
  • 9 (R9), Dolby Vision/Atmos, voice control, Back-lit, Quantum Dot (not here yet)

Our Hisense 65R7 review is here.

Review: Hisense 2019 Series 8 (R8), 75-inch 4K Quantum Dot

Disclaimer: This is a mini review over an hour at Hisense PR company’s boardroom. GadgetGuy cannot fully test the TV in that period – indeed Gadgeteer Thomas Bartlett usually does our TV reviews over a few weeks in his specially set up Canberra test lab.

Price: 65/75-inch $2999/3999 available in July

Last year’s 75P8 (review here) received a 4-out-of-5 rating, and we said, “Aspire to a Series 9 but settle for the Series 8”.

The 65P9 (review here) received a 4.3-out-of-5, and the panel was outstanding 10-out-of-10.

Why the detail? Because we know what these TVs were like last year and we can see the tangible differences (Dolby Vision/Atmos and more) that make the 2019 models even better. And we note that the 65/75P8 cost $3699 and $4999 so Hisense has listened and repositioned its pricing to that of a challenger brand.

Tested with Star Trek Discovery Ep 1-1, Netflix, in Dolby Vision and 5.1 sound

Sound

Maximum volume (100%) was 80dB, but it was a little harsh with high treble breaking up. Backing off to around 70dB cures that.

  • Deep Bass: 20-40Hz – none
  • Middle Bass: 40-100Hz – creeping in at 60Hz
  • High Bass: 100 to 200Hz – building up
  • Low-mids: 200-400Hz – flat (good)
  • Mids: 400-1000Hz – flat (good)
  • High-mids: 1-2kHz – flat (good)
  • Low-treble: 2-4kHz – flat (good)
  • Treble:4-6kHz – flat (good)
  • High Treble: 6-10kHz – declining
  • Dog whistle: 10-20kHz – falls off from about 126kHz
Hisense 2019 Series 8 (R8)

The sound signature is Bright vocal (bass recessed, mids/treble boosted) which means the pre-sets can take it to Analytical (the harshness we experienced) or to mid-centric. Overall it was pleasant enough for general TV viewing accentuating the vocal range.

But, it can decode Dolby Atmos (we suspect the internal decoder is 5.1.2 downmixed to 2.0) so get a Dolby Atmos 5.1.2 or 7.1.4 soundbar and you will really enjoy what this TV can do. The TV will pass the audio stream to the sound bar to decode. At present, the better soundbars come from Samsung, LG and Sony. Your choice really depends on your room acoustics, and whether you can use ‘simulated’ (psychoacoustic trickery) or need physical speakers for front L/R, centre, upwards, rear L/R and upwards.

Remember even a cheap 2.1 soundbar will add that needed bass to give music and movies the ‘warm and sweet’ signature they need.

Vision

Greyscale and True black

It was able to fully reproduce the greyscale from black to white in 2.5% increments.

Hisense 2019 Series 8 (R8)

But in terms of true black, it was unable to get above 98% – still, this is very good for an edge-lit LED/LCD.

Bloom and edge-light

The image shows a bloom around the white square (0% black on 98% black) caused by edge-lighting. It was not highly noticeable, but the camera picked it up.

Hisense 2019 Series 8 (R8)

You can also see hints of the bottom edge-lit light. This was a pre-production model and I am told it will not occur in retail models.