Govi Immersion TV Backlight Review: Low Ambient
I have been interested in Philips’ Ambulate Television for almost two decades. There is blood on the wall on the lamp. It is something to look at these displays. Despite the promise of more experimentation, I couldn’t justify the price premium. Then Philips Hughes introduced an external Hugo playbox that incorporates an embellishment into any TV. But on the 9229 and you need to buy the light to use with it, it was still too expensive for my cheap ass.
A few months ago, I discovered the backlight of the immersion TV while testing Goi’s new Lira free stand lamp. The lira is cool, but Govi’s immersive backlight kit sounds like my budget-priced dream. Together, they can turn a homeless living room into a hyperchromic party. On the TV 80 (and sometimes less if you get it on sale), which lacks all the components you need to work with, including a TV, the Goo Immersion Kit is of much better value than the Philips. Suggests
It took me about an hour to install the Goa Immersion Light Kit on the back of my TV, mostly because of the caution when LED lights over 12 feet are hanging on a thin and expensive LG OLED TV. The immersion light strip is a single stand of RGBICLED that sits on top of a layer of strong 3M adhesive. I used masking tape in my installation phase before removing the back of the 3M tape to permanently attach the LEDs around the entire TV area.
Even so, I still had to move the LEDs to the left and right. It was only after turning on the lights that I realized that the strips were very close to the edges of the left and right hands and were visible from the front. Fortunately, the strips opened easily enough, allowing me to reattach them close to the center without having to reheat the 3M tape with a hair dryer.
Goa says the immersion kit is suitable for TVs between 55 and 65 inches, with the same LED light strip divided into sections 70 cm at the sides and 120 cm at the top and bottom. Are For my 55-inch TV, I had to rotate and adjust the LED strip to make sure the slacks in the corners were not visible from the front. Using the adhesive cable clamp included in the kit freely, all this was a trial and error. Installation on large TVs should be easy.
The Govee Immersion TV backlight relies on an external camera to synchronize any color with LEDs. In contrast, the Hue Playbox only works with content that is fed to it via HDMI. Goo has given this benefit to anyone who relies heavily on content obtained directly from apps installed on their smart TVs.
It is important to place the camera for this operation because it looks at the edges of the display and then maps the colors on each LED on the strip. All GoV marketing materials suggest that the camera sits on top of the TV. This is when you open the companion phone app when you learn that it can be put down, which looks much better in my setup. My TV sits on a cabinet with a sound bar in front of it that completely obscures the camera below. Unfortunately, the sound bar also blocks most of the bottom strip of the LED so I don’t get the full 360 degree experience.
As the camera mounts at the bottom, there is an increase in light interference at the bottom, which affects the accuracy of the immersion backlight colors. In my setup, I have a light spread from the door of a nearby garden with a slight interference. In the image slider below, you can see how immersion affects the backlight when the Govi Lira light output is turned on. Putting the camera on top of the TV would mostly avoid that. But to me, I would turn off the lights all day instead of staring at the camera.
Camera calibration is not for the faint of heart, as it requires seven orange blocks on the TV display. I felt as if I was dealing with live explosives, and the blocks came off with nothing left. But boy, do these steps feel difficult? Calibrating the Fish Eye’s camera is then using the Govi Home app to align the camera guide with the blocks. Don’t rush this step. Your diligence will be rewarded with an accurate color map that can be enjoyed in the future.
GoVirge Surgeon can be controlled via Bluetooth or Wi-Fi via the GoV Home app. There is also a dedicated control module that sits alongside the LED strip on the back of the TV (further using 3M tape). Lights help Google Assistant and Alexa out of the box. I plugged in my smart plug (TV’s USB port is not an option) which automatically turns the LED on and off with the TV. This works great as the surgeon was remembering the last mode before the power outage.
The Govi Home app is where you are introduced to the multitude of options. Interactive modes are that the strips respond to music and video, and a stable mode is built around your preferred color patterns and scenes. In video mode, I fulfilled my ambitious ambitions.
Video format can be set to part or all. The part responds to what is happening locally in front of each RGBK LED display, while the sub-display produces some average color uniform backlight from the camera’s point of view. Video mode can be further enhanced with the choice of game or movie. The colors change abruptly due to the game mode, while the movie results in smooth but slow color transitions.
After a few weeks of testing, I finally decided on part / movie video modes with a brightness of 75% and a saturation of about 15%. During the UEFA Champions League competition, these settings provide the perfect balance of distractions in the competition against Central that I watched the most: movies, television series, some animation, and lots of football.
Soccer looks great in part / movie style, especially when England score.
The football looked amazing in these settings, with long single camera shots showing a large wave of green grass and evenly dressed spectators. Adaptive backlighting greatly enhanced the depth of feeling, especially in the evenings when Goi Immersion was not competing with the sun.
In Part H / Movie mode, Goa Immersion can lag behind on quick-cut editing content. All / Movie or Part / Game modes can improve performance.
Part / movie settings were less than perfect for watching movies with instant cut action shots. Delaying the second split between the display change and the design light proved to be disruptive in some scenes, taking the viewer out of action, especially when the colors were wrong. Changing things to game (quick response) or all (uniform backlight) settings helped improve the experience. Otherwise, I can reduce the brightness of the LED to make the backlight less visible. However, it was never enough to force me to turn off the backlight completely.
Such as for television shows The story of the maid, I preferred things in all / movie mode and let Govi choose the backlight colors. More often than not, he chose the deep red of anger. How apropos.
I’m generally happy with the accuracy of the color mapping, although it is sometimes confusing. After all, I never want to watch TV without the Ameroso dynamic backlight.
Ideally, the Goi Lira would be compatible with Goi Immersion to further enhance the experience, such as the Amblight. While you can create smart links within the Govi app to sync some features of Lever and Immersion Light, it’s limited to on / off or color synchronization only. They cannot synchronize the information collected by the immersion camera. It’s a shame I would like to temporarily change the TV area to Microsoft IllumiRoom.
By itself, Govi Lira is clean but moving. It lacks video mode, but otherwise contains the same lighting modes as immersion backlight. But none of them are very compelling unless your work is at DJ dance parties for children. It’s hard to justify a free standing vertical LED lights strap, which costs $ 149.99, while a وس 79.99 immersion is such a compelling product for so little equipment.
Photography by Thomas Raker / The Verge