Hisense makes sense. 4K, UHD, 65P9 TV (review)
4.3Overall Score

Hisense is not the first brand that comes to mind when shopping for a premium TV. Its new Quantum Dot, 4K Ultra HD premium, HDR Supreme, 65P9 may just change your mind.

Let’s face it – if you have a lazy $5-10K you will be looking at the best from Samsung, LG, Sony and Panasonic. Well, the Hisense 65P9 at $4,449 and the huge 75P9 at $6,499 might just upset your cognitive dissonance enough to consider them.

Cognitive dissonance is a wonderful thing. Practically it means you stress because you bought a TV that does not necessarily have the street cred of the big guys. Is it as good? Are the colours as good? Will it last as long? Nagging doubts.

Let’s put that to bed. Hisense is a safe bet. You just saved a couple of grand. Sooner rather than later, it will have the street cred you desire.

But I can buy a 65-inch for $1,000 or so

Yes, you can. It may also have a funny name, and it won’t have half the specifications of the Hisense 65P9. This is not a cheap and cheerful set. It is a premium set. If cost is an issue, the series 8 has edge lit Quantum Dot, so it is even more economical.

Hisense has the series 4, 5 and 6 that fit in the economy bracket. These are a safe buy if all you want is a 4K TV. Read GadgetGuy’s overview of the 2018 TV range here

Review: Hisense 65-inch Series 9 Model 65P9

Australian website for 65P9 is here
Australian website for 75P9 is here

The Series 9 is as good as it gets for a Quantum Dot, full backlit LED-based TV.

Sure, we could extol the virtues of OLED – LG, Sony and Panasonic. But you are going to have to fork out at least a couple of thousand dollars or more to get the best. OLED has its place in high-end media rooms where you control ambient light.

Quantum Dot LED is excellent in a typical Aussie home where there is lots of light from windows and surrounds although reflectivity will always be an issue.

Hisense 65P9 Specifications and comments

We felt it important to place these specifications up front. Frankly, they are as good as any other premium set – there are no deal breakers.

Netflix
Stan
Youtube
Freeview Plus
EPG/PVR
Timeshift

Feature 65P9 GadgetGuy comments
4K ULED  √ 3840×2160 with a viewing angle of 89° (Horiz/Vert)
Quantum Dot This is Hisense’s second generation that displays 1 billion 10-bit colour.
UHD Premium Certified Ultra HD Premium Certified means true colour, brightness and clarity as filmmakers and colour technicians want you to see them.
Wide colour gamut Adobe Wide Gamut RGB) offers a large gamut by using pure spectral primary colours. It can store a wider range of colour values than sRGB or Adobe RGB.
HDR Supreme 2,500 nit peak brightness brings out details in shadows and bright images.
Motion 200Hz No judder or image tearing in fast motion screen
Local dimming
1000+ zones 75-inch
700 zones 65-inch
Unlike standard LED/LCD panels which are edge lit and use fibre light tubes to spread the light over a panel, this uses LED Backlighting. This means less light spill from a bright white image element into a neighbouring element.
You can read more here.
HDR10 A superset of HDR
VIDAA U 2.5 interface Hisense’s own operating system. It is up to version 2.5.
RemoteNOW offers control from iOS and Android devices.
VIDAA Smart The website, says it has Freeview Plus delivTimeshift,oadband – it did not seem to be in the installed apps.
The app store is provided by third-party Vewd. Vewd claims 1500 apps.  Currently, there are about 200 Hisense active appps covering music, lifestyle and more.The internet browser is Opera.
HDMI 2 x [email protected]
1 x 1.4
1 x 2.0 ARC/CEC
This allows you to use it as an HDMI switching unit connecting a 4K Blu-ray player, Set-top-box (Foxtel), Game Console, and AV amp or soundbar etc. Very flexible
USB 1 x USB 1.0 5V/.5A
2 x USB 3.0 5V/1A
Supports OTG external devices to 2TB for use as a PVR (personal video recorder). HD video record is about 10GB per hour.
It encodes/decodes H.264 and H.265 as well as playing most audio and image formats including JPG, BMP, PNG, GIF, AVI, MP4, MKV and MP3. DRM content is not supported.
SPDIF 1 x Toslink port For a sound bar or another audio device
AV I x RCA AV input For older style RCA (L+R+AV) connections (turntable et.c)
Comms Wi-Fi AC dual band
Ethernet
The addition of 5GHz Wi-Fi AC is great for 4K video streaming.
It also has Ethernet if your router is too far away.
Supports screen mirroring (Anyview cast but not Chrome or Apple) and DLNA device streaming. Also has network testing – handy.
Sound 30W per channel (total 90W)
Earphone jack
Harman Kardon tuned speakers almost eliminate the need in larger rooms for a separate soundbar. This is a 2.1 setup.
Dolby Digital (not Dolby Atmos)
2 x Tweeter
4 x Mid
4 x Woofer
The system supports PCM sound passthrough for a 7.1.2 sound bar or amp.
Size 75” $6,499
65” $4,499
Size with stand 1449 × 947 × 302 mm x 32.2kg
VESA mounted to a wall 1449 × 868 ×67 mm x 29.5kg
Includes Remote controller IR based will control ARC/CEC compatible devices.
RemoteNOW for smartphone use
Parental controls for time and content access
Missing Bluetooth Chromecast
Voice assistance
None of these are deal breakers

65P9 setup – out of the box

A 65-inch is a big TV. The box is 1626 × 1062 × 242mm x 42kg – this needs professional installation.

Nevertheless, we two-man lifted it up the stairs and into the boardroom. Like most TVs, you remove the carton by sliding the outer skin up. The TV sits in a foam base. We laid it flat on the boardroom table (you need a big table because the stand needs to hang over the edge) and attached the front stand and rear support.