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Home cinema guide: eat with your eyes - Gallery Design, The Frame & Amblight

Of course, televisions should offer something for the eye. But this does not only apply to the technical image quality, but also to the design. Our fourth part of the home cinema guide therefore revolves around TVs with special design advantages.

Of course, the selection shrinks here, if you don't necessarily want to look to exotic species like Changhong, which we “catch” again and again at CES, such as similar models such as Samsung's The Frame. The latter not only have the TV, which was developed together with the designer Yves Béhar, in their program, but have also stepped up considerably in recent years with The Serif and The Sero.

This is what you can expect in the large home cinema guide at 4KFilme.de:

LG is also at the forefront, even if the South Koreans have chosen a different approach: Their gallery design of the GX series (here our current test) is now even combined with suitable soundbars. But isn't Philips actually a company that combines design and function? Amblight is the keyword here.

Your gaze may of course be silent on a competitor, because more than technical aspects, aesthetic preference is primarily a matter of taste. That's why we look forward to your feedback in the comments.

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Gallery Design vs The Frame: Home Theaters for Design Lovers

For you it is the picture that counts. But you don't just mean the picture on TV or canvas, but also the picture that your living room itself provides. The design of the home theater components should be elegantly integrated into the room. In this case, Samsung's The Frame is currently an obvious purchase. The televisions in this series act like picture frames and could display works of art outside of the TV operation in Art Mode. This eliminates the unsightly black hole that TVs normally give off when they are switched off.

The 4K versions of the Samsung The Frame are available in diagonals from 43 to 75 inches at prices starting at around 1,000 euros. It should be mentioned, however, that these QLED models technically correspond to the middle class. With The Frame, conceived by the Swiss designer Yves Béhar, the focus is on design. So it's reminiscent of Bang & Olufsen, who offer “furniture with additional functions”, so to speak. The Danish supplier also focuses on the look and feel over technical quality. However, the prices at Bang & Olufsen are significantly more exorbitant and the price-performance ratio is repeatedly discussed controversially. That is why we refrain from going into the Danes' offer in more detail at this point.

If you want to combine the highest technical demands with design and are willing to put more money on the table, you can look at Samsung's self-defined Nemesis LG. The OLED TVs of the GX series in gallery design also pursue an interesting concept. They can be fastened flush with a special wall bracket and then have almost no distance to the wall. The speakers are practically invisible. The LG GX are available in gallery design in diagonals of 55, 65 and 77 inches from 2,500 euros.

LG also offers a soundbar specially designed for the TVs of the GX series: The dimensions of the 3.1 GX soundars are a perfect match for the 65-inch series. A wireless subwoofer is included in the scope of delivery. A rear kit (SPK8) can be purchased separately. The price for the LG GX soundbar with 420 watts and Dolby Vision passthrough falls at 1,349 euros however, it looks relatively high.

As an alternative for design lovers with an affinity for multiroom setups, the Sonos Arc soundbar can of course also be highlighted. The Arc supports Dolby Atmos and hovers in the middle of the Sonos ecosystem. With the Sonos Sub and, for example, the Sonos One SL, you can not only put together a surround system for Dolby Atmos, but also immerse yourself in a multiroom cosmos that is coordinated in terms of sound and aesthetics. We recommend the Sonos Arc only to those who are seriously interested in a broad multiroom configuration or who already have Sonos products.

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Samsung's encore: The Serif and The Sero

Samsung is not satisfied with its The Frame range of designer TVs. The South Koreans have also had The Serif, which is also quite respectable, in their range for many years. These televisions were designed by the artist duo Ronan & Erwan Bouroullec. The series has been continuously developed over the years. These devices are essentially reminiscent of an easel. They can then also be set up in the room with a special stand.

We, on the other hand, take note of The Sero ourselves more with a facepalm, but it seems to have its target group: The TV can also be used upright and is therefore aimed at the smartphone generation, e.g. B. posts short videos on Instagram and TikTok and therefore rotates in portrait format. The “wrong” image format gives us more of a headache, but maybe we are just too old for it. The Sero can be rotated and can therefore be used in two ways - like monitors with a pivot mode. If you have kids or teenagers in the house and find the design exciting, you might be able to take a look at The Sero. The current generation of these models in Germany starts at around 1,500 euros.

Samsung "The Serif" 4K QLED TV (55 inch, dual LED, Smart TV)

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