TCL has launched its flagship X915 8K QLED TV, and among its many premium features is support for IMAX Enhanced. The 65-inch and 75-inch models, which were first revealed at CES in January and are now beginning to roll out, are certified by the AV program created by IMAX and DTS.
That means they are capable of playing IMAX Enhanced content, which combines digitally remastered 4K HDR pictures with the typically expanded aspect ratio associated with IMAX and flagship DTS surround sound. The IMAX Enhanced promise in a nutshell: the very best 4K, HDR, and multi-channel audio has to offer.
IMAX Enhanced was announced in 2018 and rolled out to the US, UK, and Europe during 2019. While it’s still not as much of a household name as, say, Dolby Vision, it’s still a visual standard worth paying attention to, given its association with the IMAX name.
“It is our absolute pleasure to gain recognition and partner with such an elite program as IMAX Enhanced,” says TCL CEO Kevin Wang. “TCL Android QLED TVs have met the highest level of standards, and ensure the best color, contrast, clarity, and sound on the market.”
The X915 also comes with Dolby Vision and HDR10+ support, as well as three HDMI 2.1 ports – making it fully able to support 8K passthrough and support 4K/120Hz gaming from next-gen consoles (PS5 and Xbox Series X). You’ll also find eARC (enhanced audio return channel), VRR (variable refresh rate), and ALLM (auto low latency mode) here too. You’ll also get front-firing audio and even a pop-up camera for video calls and conferencing.
And it’s not only the expanded aspect ratio, but viewers will also be able to watch in crisp 4K with High Dynamic Range (HDR) support too, which means you’ll see higher levels of contrast when the darkest and brightest parts of the display – perfect for gloomy horror films, or vivid nature documentaries.
It’s worth noting that while the TCL X915 boasts an 8K panel, IMAX Enhanced content is currently only available in 4K. Anything else that you watch on the panel, including YouTube videos and your next-generation gaming console, will be displayed in pixel-packed 8K.
TCL’s X915 is already available in Australia and is currently rolling out in Europe – with a UK release date currently unknown. In the meantime, TCL’s new C71 and C81 are both 4K TVs featuring high-contrast QLED technology, at a startlingly low price too.