My 2021/2022 Resolution

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This is an ambitious wishlist for it involves high costs unlike my 2020 resolution. The soundbar and the Blu-ray player will depend on the availability of the 8K TV of my choice. This list may stretch into the year 2022 and changes may be made on the way.

1) Started off with added SurfShark VPN besides my ExpressVPN and VyprVPN. SurfShark VPN comes with double-hop feature while the two mentioned do not have this feature.

2) On the Health Front

- Waiting for covid19 vaccine jabs
- To improve my jogging for longer distance

3) Health Watch

Basic health monitoring would include the below. First 5 features are a must as my age is catching on. There are separate smartwatches that has the Blood Glucose monitoring feature for now. Smart and Fitness features are secondary.

- ECG
- Blood Pressure
- Heart Rate
- Blood Oxygen, SpO2
- Atrial Fibrillation
- Blood Glucose
- HRV (Heart Rate Variability)
- Sleep Apnea
- Fatigue
- Stress
- others

4) Get a new 17-inch 12th Gen laptop, hopefully, with the following features

- Pluton Security Processor
- 8 cores
- 16GB DRR5 RAM
- 4K resolution
- Touchscreen
- TB4(USB-C), HDMI 2.1, DP 2.0, USB 4.0 ports etc. Not all types of ports are available
- Supports WiFi 6E
- Has Dolby Voice support

5) 65-in 8K TV, preferably OLED/hybrid QLED-OLED (also to use as monitor)

- cw 4x/5x HDMI 2.1 ports etc
- native 120Hz refresh rate
- cw streaming apps
- Supports WiFi 6E
- 8K@60Hz
- 8K Upscaler

6) Hi-Res Audio

- Portable Hi-Res Audio player like the FiiO M15 with WiFi for music streaming
- Subscribe to TIDAL HiFi/Qobuz for high-res lossless music

7) Consider Nvidia Shield TV Pro Streamer

8) Get a WiFi 6E mesh router

9) Waiting to get my 1st 5G foldable smartphone for general purpose use. Supports 5G Sub-6/mmWave and WiFi 6E. In my country 5G is still in its infancy stage available in a few places not country-wide yet.

10) Get Pixel 6XL 6.7 inch with 5G Sub-6/mmWave support; WiFi 6E support and install GrapheneOS for security/privacy use. If Calyx OS arrives earlier then I’ll flash it then later re-flash to GrapheneOS when it becomes available.

11) Get either the PANASONIC DP-UB9000 4K Blu-ray player (better in video) or the PIONEER UDP-LX500 4K Blu-ray player (better in audio). Likely to go with the former since 8K TV is what's all about

12) 5.1.4/7.1.2 channel Dolby Atmos soundbar

e.g. JBL (5.1.4) 9.1 or Pioneer Fidelo 7.1.2 soundbar

13) Get a pair of Dolby Atmos headphone. My existing headphones don't support Dolby Atmos
 
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On the health front.

Completed my 1st Hepatitis A jab end of last year because my blood test showed no antibodies against it. And now completing the 2nd jab. Doctor said can protect me for at least 20 yrs.....................by then I'll be dead. Also, will be going for the covid19 vaccination very soon for my age group has been announced by the government

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For those who are interested in your health I recommend you take health supplements besides exercising, a good diet and a good night sleep. This is especially true if you are past your prime age and into middle and elderly stage

Note: The black bottle is Lutein eye supplement from Japan. The rest are self-explanatory.

 

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Seriously looking into the SAMSUNG NEO QLED QN900 65-in 8K TV for my small room with the Samsung Q-Series Soundbar HW-Q950A soundbar

Note :- Some technical info are not available on the Samsung TV website. After serious inquiries I'm able to obtain them. Some answers I got from net and Youtube reviews, although thorough reviews like from rtings.com and HDTVTEST are not available yet

Specs

PROS

- 8K resolution with 8K AI upscaling
- Native 120Hz refresh rate
- Ultimate 8K Dimming Pro
- 80W speakers
- 6.2.2 surround sound
- Quantum HDR 48x
- Object Tracking Sound OTS Pro
- Vanishingly thin bezel
- 8K@60Hz, 4K@120Hz and VRR/ALLM/eARC/FreeSync Premium Pro/G-Sync compatible
- 12-bit VA panel
- Multi-view (split screen) supports 4 panels e.g. watching TV and phone mirroring side-by-side
- Supports HDR10/ HDR10 Pro (HLG)/HDR10+/HDR10+ Adaptive/HGiG
- Uses Tizen 6.0 UI
- WiFi 6 and BT 5.2 built-in
- ATSC 3.0 (NextGen TV)
- cw One Connect Box
- cw 4xHDMI 2.1/3xUSB 2.0 ports. All HDMI ports supporting 48Gbps and VRR
- Brightness - SDR 500 nits, HDR calibrated movie mode 2600 nits
- Can add a compatible LOGITECH webcam for Google Duo and Health Fitness Tracking.
- Motion Xcelerator Turbo+ for more fluid motion enhancement in 4K@120Hz
- Audio features include Samsung Acoustic Beam, Q-Symphony, Space Fit+, Adaptive Sound, Active Voice Amplifier, Tap Sound, 1-click Bass Boost and Game Mode Pro
- Power consumption : Typical 215W, Max 420W
- Size : 1433 x 820 x 15 mm
- Weight : 22 Kg
- VESA mount : 400 x 300 mm
- Screw size : M8 Screw depth : 6.5 mm
- Remote is solar and USB-powered. It comes with dedicated buttons for Netflix/Amazon Prime Video and some programmable hot keys

CONS

- No Dolby Vision/Dolby Atmos support
- Has slight blooming and black is not as great as its 4K equivalent model Neo QLED QN90 i.e the latter is closer to OLED’s black than the 8K model
- G-Sync compatible implies no variable overdrive or as wide a VRR range as a gaming monitor on a higher G-Sync tier unlike full support for FreeSync Premium Pro with AMD
- Cannot play 8K video clips directly from phone to TV using a USB-C to HDMI 2.1 cable. Need to copy the video file to the PC/laptop and play from there using HDMI 2.1 cable to TV
- Q-Symphony only works in Game Mode and Adaptive Mode

Samsung QN900A vs QN800A : What are Their Similarities and Differences? | TV Difference

Samsung’s 2021 Neo QLED 8K TVs use Mini LED, support G-Sync, and offer up to 6.2.2-ch audio




Samsung Q-Series Soundbar HW-Q950A soundbar

- cw 11.1.4 channels (7.1.2-ch for the soundbar and 4.0.2-ch from additional side-firing rear speakers)
- Supports Dolby Atmos/Dolby TrueHD/Dolby Digital Plus/DTS:X
- Supports HDR/HDR10+/4K Video Pass
- Wireless Subwoofer and 2x9500S Wireless Rear Speakers. Speakers are AC-powered.
- Ports : 2xHDMI In/1xHDMI Out/1xOpt In – supports eARC
- Adaptive sound for dialogue(Active Voice Amplification)/sports/news/movie
- SpaceFit Sound+ sound calibration for auto customize and optimized room sound. No mic required for sound tuning
- Supports HRA decoding
- BT 4.2 (Codec SBC)
- WiFi
- Size : 1232 x 70 x 138 mm
- Weight : 7.1 Kg
- Operating Power Consumption (Main Soundbar) : 47W
- Operating Power Consumption (AC-powered Wireless Rear Speakers) : 25W
- Operating Power Consumption (Wireless Subwoofer) : 28W
- Total Power O/P : 616W

PROS

- Dolby Atmos + Q-Symphony + Object Tracking gives fantastic sound

CONS

- Fabric covering easily attracts dust
- Info is top display not front display

 
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FYI,

It is rumored that the new SAMSUNG 22 Ultra phone will support 8K@60Hz so just nice for the SAMSUNG NEO QLED 8K TV

Another reason is that can use Samsung phone with the TV in multi-screen mode something not available in SONY and LG tvs
 

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Pairing the Samsung Neo QLED 8K TV with the Samsung upcoming S22 (rumored to encode video at 8K@60Hz) phone will be a perfect match for the

Samsung S21/S22 supports 8K encoding using H.265 and AV1. Note that the current SD888 chip does not support AV1.



Its 8K TV also supports AV1 and H.265 encoding


Quote from 2nd link

Samsung TV only support HEVC/H.265 files in 4K/8K at 60fps. If your HEVC video is in higher bit rate or frame rate, then the HEVC encoded MKV or MP4 files will goes unplayable, stuttering, dropping frames and so on.

Unquote

Which means files encoded at 120Hz or 30Hz will not work for 8K@60Hz. The current Samsung S21 supports 8K@30Hz only. So if a H.265 encoded file at 8K@30Hz is needed to play on the 8K@60Hz TV then file decoding (conversion) to H.264 using a video converter is required. Alternatively, just record and play in H.264 which supports 8K@30Hz on both the S21 and the 8K TV

Some info on 8K codecs like H.265, AV1 and upcoming new codecs

 
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Some errors in my post #6

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Which means files encoded at 120Hz or 30Hz will not work for 8K@60Hz. The current Samsung S21 supports 8K@30Hz only. So if a H.265 encoded file at 8K@30Hz is needed to play on the 8K@60Hz TV then file decoding (conversion) to H.264 using a video converter is required. Alternatively, just record and play in H.264 which supports 8K@30Hz on both the S21 and the 8K TV

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Correction

The specs for the Exynos 2100 are here


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Up to 8K decoding: 60fps with 10-bit HEVC(H.265), 30fps with 10-bit VP9, AV1
Up to 8K encoding: 30fps with 10-bit HEVC(H.265), VP9

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On the health front.

Completed my 1st Hepatitis A jab end of last year because my blood test showed no antibodies against it. And now completing the 2nd jab. Doctor said can protect me for at least 20 yrs.....................by then I'll be dead. Also, will be going for the covid19 vaccination very soon for my age group has been announced by the government

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At MalwareTips we all know how to bullet proof their computers from viruses and threats. But in life little we can do to protect our-self from diseases, accidents, health emergencies etc....:)
 

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You realize that in front of the window is the worst place for it unless you get some type of blackout curtains?
In that rectangular room that is the only place I can put a tv

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I'm working 6-day week and only back in the evening till night ao no problem as my room light is brighter than outside. And when I sits down the top part of the window is mostly blocked
 
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My bundled SAMSUNG Q950A Soundbar and LOGITECH C922 Pro HD Stream Webcam also just arrived. The bundle is for the SAMSUNG Neo QLED 8K 65-in tv (QN900A)

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Setup - Soundbar, Wireless Subwoofer and Wireless Rear Speakers (stands purchased separately)

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