Late last year Aldi launched a 55" Ultra HD TV which saw 10,000 units snapped up across their store network in 90 minutes.
So how good is this new 3840 x 2160 resolution TV offering out of the box?
The Bauhn TV comes with Freeview PLUS, Smart TV capability and Catch UP TV.
In an exclusive hands on review SmartHouse was impressed by the quality of the Ultra High Definition image delivered to this 60 Hertz TV.
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The first thing we did was to connect the two simple legs which are screwed in either side of this TV which is extremely light at 23.5kg with the stand attached.
After switching on this TV we instantly connected the device to a wired Internet connection and then a Wi Fi connection, with both connections the TV instantly found the network.
We then went to the smart TV section where we were able to instantly access YouTube Ultra High Definition 4K content.
After reviewing several Red Bull trailers, four 4K movie trailers including the new Mad Max and Avengers movies as well as some content shot in 4K on GoPro 4 cameras we came to the conclusion that this content and the delivery to screen was as good as some of the more expensive TV's that we have reviewed this year.
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For example the Sony Bravia 65" X90 Series Ultra HD LED LCD which is currently selling at Harvey Norman for $4,198 delivers similar quality output but you are paying three times the price. The Sony TV image is slightly sharper but not worth the extra $3K.
When it came to watching traditional TV on this TV the image was sharp bright when watching Full HD content.
With this TV you can surf the web and interact with apps on the big screen using screen mirroring from a smartphone or tablet. For example if you have a new generation smartphone that shoots 4K or a 4K camera with built in Wi Fi you can shift your home movies to this TV easily.
On the downside the browser is not as good as a Chrome, Firefox or Windows Explorer browser.
What I strongly suggest is that you spend an additional $150 to $250 on a set top box that delivers a Chrome Firefox or Opera browser along with a direct Netflix connection.
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Even better get an STB that also has Presto or Stan IP download capability as well as access to other content.
One option would be to take up the $90 a month Optus broadband package that gives you unlimited broadband, free mobile and landline calls plus a free Fetch TV box that delivers some excellent content plus tap and go Netflix.
This TV has one USB and three HDMI 2.0 connections.
FreeviewPlus delivers access to over 50 programs plus an excellent program guide.
With this Bauhn TV you can hare media files on your DLNA-Enabled media PC, smart phone or tablet.
As soon as you have tuned the free to air TV stations you get access to the Freeview Plus service which in turn gives one access to ABC iView, SBS on Demand, Ten Play as well as Seven Plus and Jump In from Channel Nine.
You can also connect an external hard drive and record and enjoy content anytime with a built in PVR function via the USBHDMI connection.
The TV which is manufactured in a factory which also manufactures TV's for some of the mainstream
Model Number: ATVS55-815
Resolution: 3840 x 2160
Panels Native Refresh Rate: 120Hz
Luminance: 270 cd/m2
Contrast Ratio: 4000:1
Viewing Angle: H:176 / V:176
Aspect Ratio: 16:9
Audio Output Power: 2 x 10W
HDMI Version: 2.0
Multimedia Playback Format under USB Mode
Movie: AVI, MPEG, MPEG-4, TS, MKV, RMVB
Music: MP3, WAV, AAC
USB Disk Size: Maximum 1TB
USB File Format: FAT32
Power Source: AC 100~240V, 50~60Hz
Power Consumption: <230W
Standby Power Consumption: <0.5W
With Stand: 1459 (w) x 310 (d) x 894 (h) mm
Without Stand: 1459 (w) x 74 (d) x 839 (h) mm
With Stand: 23.5 kg