We are looking at the high end of the Loewe range in 2020, the Bild 5 model with 65-inch OLED 4K screens. The good thing about the brand is now even better thanks to the new electronic chassis and processor, its possibilities for recording programs and sharing that content, or its integrated 80-watt soundbar. With desktop support, it costs €5,351.60. Let’s analyze its features and comment on its operation and options. This TV (like all Loewe) is handcrafted in Kronach (Bavaria) and each unit is checked and calibrated individually to ensure its high-quality standard.
Loewe Bild 5.65 Datasheet
Loewe Bild 5.65
|Resolution and technology||4K, HDR10, HLG, Dolby Vision|
|Panel type||OLED UHD 2160p (3,840 x 2,160 pixels)|
|Processor||Quad Core SX8|
|Operating system||Loewe Image Active +|
|Sound||2 x 40 watts, 2 two-way speakers|
|Connections||2 HDMI 2.0, USB 3.0, Optical, RJ-45, Headphone out|
|Wireless connectivity||WiFi 802.11ac 2 × 2 dual-band, Bluetooth 4.2|
|Support||Desktop (included), manual adjustment + -20º|
|Others||Mimi Defined (custom sound)Loewe DR + 1Tb disk (standard)|
|Dimensions||164 x 123 x 6 cm (width x height x depth)|
|Weight (with stand)||20 kg|
|Release date||Summer 2020|
With its slim frame and subtle soundbar underneath, the first thing that caught the eye is its OLED screen. It offers 4K UHD resolution (3,840 x 2,160 pixels), with Loewe’s scaling, and supports HDR technology (HDR10, HLG, and Dolby Vision). Due to its characteristics, it offers a very high contrast with perfect blacks, vivid colors, and low power consumption. It supports excellent viewing angles and its brightness is 750 cd/m2 with a 1 ms response time. The TV measures 145 centimeters wide (with a diagonal of 65 which is 164 cm of the screen) by 123 high and less than 6 cm deep. That is where the electronics and connections are, because above this is very thin (millimeters).
Remember that this type of screen does not need backlighting and therefore is very thin. Thus, the design provides a television as thin as a mobile phone. The screen itself comes from the manufacturer LG, with its specifications and quality control. It is unbeatable as the best panel for home televisions, and Loewe makes the most of it thanks to its recently renovated electronics.
New SL5 Platform
The great novelty of Loewe for 2020 has been the renovation of its main electronic board, which has been passed to a new generation. It is its SL5 chassis, which succeeds the previous SL3 and SL4. It highlights a new processor (Quad-Core SX8) capable of achieving processing at 1 GHz. It also has an integrated graphics chip that runs its software with Loewe Image Active+ algorithms. This chip and software make the contents of the lower resolution to UHD 4K. They are scaled to 3840 x 2160 pixels of the OLED screen and displayed with higher quality.
This is very important and a frequent source of dissatisfaction when someone changes TVs and buys a new device with a UDH screen seduced by the acronym 4K. Remember that most television broadcasts (DTT) are still made in normal resolution and that only the “HD” channels reach the “Full HD” 1,980 x 1,080 pixels at best (some stay at slightly less, 720i).
Only when we view a Blu-Ray UHD or access native 4K content (through Netflix, YouTube, or Amazon Video platforms for example) the screen is showing those 3840 x 2160 pixels of the real 4K. Loewe’s algorithms make sure that lower resolutions are represented on the 4K screen with straight lines without blurred edges, or strange effects on moving images.
HDMI 2.0, USB 3.0, and Gigabit
In addition to the new processor that allows a more powerful scaling software, the new Loewe electronic board advances in its connections. Thus, its connections have the HDMI 2.0b standard to be able to connect 4K HDR players. So the TV is fully compatible with these sources and there will be no problem in making them available immediately.
Not less important, the USB connection has been updated and is now of the 3.0 standard. Much faster than the previous USB 2.0 thanks to its ten times higher transfer rate, although the TV still has one. It has another important advantage, that the devices connected to it remain on standby (consuming much less energy) when they are not active. It also has Bluetooth (both to broadcast to a headset and to receive music from the mobile).
Finally, the network connection is Gigabit (previously 100 Mbs), so there will be no bottleneck when transmitting data. In addition to having Wifi, the cable network connection is important for the recording of content and its function as a “server” of these.
The Loewe Bild 5 has the maximum recording and playback possibilities as standard. It has a factory-integrated 1GB hard disk, the Loewe DR+, and like all Loewe televisions, its dual tuner allows you to record one program while watching another or record two at once. Even freeze a program to continue watching it later. Through the USB port (even better now that it is 3.0) you can also record content on memory. But the advantage of having an internal hard drive is that it allows you to “export” your recordings. Yes, you can record a program, series, or movie, and then export it (it is exported in universal MKV format) to a USB for viewing on any other device.
Also, the hard disk can be used as a “server” for other Loewe televisions. On these, when the context menu is opened, Bild 5 will appear as a “source”. If selected, you can access everything you have recorded on your hard drive, via the network. This is also possible, in addition to brand televisions, with a mobile or tablet using the Loewe App (available for iOS and Android). It is the “Follow Me”, which allows watching a movie in the Bild 5 of the living room, and if you get sleepy but want to finish watching it, you take it to bed on the tablet (or another Loewe TV in the bedroom).
The best part of it all is how simple the menus and the operating system of Loewe makes it. Sometimes this kind of performance goes through a parade of menus and settings that escape at least technically, but with German TVs, everything is really easy.
The menus are clear and well organized, change quickly, and there is help. One more example: you can “search” and put something like “soccer” in the search box. The Loewe will show all the related content: there will be some TV channel that is broadcasting something soccer, there will be some recording of some game or program about soccer, everything. Very practical.
Bar with 80W and “Mimi Defined”
The bottom of the TV hides, behind its elegant fabric lining, a powerful soundbar that is built-in as standard. It is a bass-reflex box with two two-way channels and overall power of 80 watts of peak music. It offers surprisingly good sound in such a compact TV and can be the first step towards a powerful home cinema system. The electronics integrate a Dolby Digital Plus and DTS decoder that can send the sound of the channels to other speakers, and use the TV bar as the central channel. A home theater that maintains the original look of Loewe.
The Loewe Bild 5.65 2020 includes the rest of the range something unique in its sound: the Mimi Defined system. Thanks to this, the acoustic deficiencies of the listener are corrected. Just like eyeglasses for vision correction, Mimi Defined dynamically adjusts the sound to improve intelligibility. In practice, people who do not hear well will not need to turn up the volume excessively to understand the speakers or characters on the screen. This correction can be activated generically or personalized.
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