Good sound and SDR performance, Black HDR
In the last few months, we’ve seen some 4K HDR TVs launch with an impressive set At the time of writing this review we have the Realme 43-inch 4K TV (Review) which is priced at around Rs 31,000. We also have the Amazon Basic TV, and when we review the 55-inch variant of the TV, we think the 43-inch variant might have a similar performance. We recently reviewed the 55-inch Mi TV 5X which is also available in a 43-inch variant. Needless to say, there are many options to consider when considering a 4K HDR 43-inch TV with support for features like Dolby Vision and HDR 10. While budget TVs don’t offer the best HDR experience, TVs like Realme offer an acceptable performance with 43-inch 4K TVs and Mi TV 5X HDR content. Today we have Blaupunkt Cybersound 4K TV with 50W sound output and support for HDR 10 only and not Dolby Vision. Is it a worthy competitor?
Blaupunkt Cybersound 43-inch 4K HDR TV at a glance
Panel size: 43-inch (also available in 50 and 55-inch screen sizes)
Panel type: IPS
Panel resolution: 3840 x 2160p – 4K
Panel refresh rate: 60Hz
HDR 10 support: Yes
Dolby Vision Support: No.
Weight (including stand): 6.5 kg
HDMI port: 3
USB port: 2
Bluetooth: Yes, 5.0
Wi-Fi: Yes, dual-band
Speaker: 4 drivers with total sound output of 50W
Built-in storage: 8GB
Blaupunkt Cybersound 43-Inch 4K HDR TV: Display Panel and Photo Quality
The most important thing – let’s close things with the display. The TV only supports HDR 10 and does not support Dolby Vision. Although missing Dolby Vision is a problem, it will still be an acceptable tradeoff if the TV’s HDR performance is good. More on that in a moment. The TV is available in 43, 50 and 55-inch screen sizes and while we were told that the TV has 550 net brightness, we don’t think that is the case with the 43-inch variant of the TV. Different stories. In our Calman analysis, we found that the maximum brightness of the TV is about 320 nits. Let’s dive and see how TV performs in our tests.
Above: Colorchecker analysis for movie presets on SDR
Below: Colorchecker analysis for movie presets in HDR
Blaupunkt Cybersound 43-inch 4K HDR TV: HDR performance
We played some of our standard content on TV and HDR content lacked punch. Modified Carbon Season 1, Our Planet, The Grand Tour, and Jack Ryan’s Warehouse Fight Sequence lacked the punch expected from HDR TV. We recently saw a Realme 43-inch TV and that TV, at the same price as the Blaupunkt, offers better HDR performance and supports Dolby Vision. We connected an external device and turned off HDMI 2.0 settings and played the same content on the SDR and found a significant difference in performance.
In a show like Jack Ryan’s, you can clearly see the difference in clarity, brightness and detail in the dark sequence. The same level of difference can be seen in the details on a show like Our Planet. Needless to say, the shows we saw on the HDR from the streaming services had better performance on this TV than on the SDR.
Above: Jack Ryan playing in HDR
Below: Jack Ryan playing on the SDR
Blaupunkt Cybersound 43-inch 4K HDR TV: SDR performance
Speaking of SDR performance, the TV is actually very good. In addition to running the above HDR content on the SDR, we’ve seen shows like Young Sheldon, Mission Impossible, Spider-Man Homecoming, and more. Simply put, the SDR performance of the TV is quite good. You have a bunch of image presets to choose from vivid, movie, standard, etc. and I’ve found that the vivid preset works best for most of the content used by the standard. I noticed that the vivid and standard profiles have a cool color bias with it and it has been fixed by shifting the color temperature to warm. The rest of the settings can be left as is, but if you take the material in a bright room, I suggest you pump the backlight to 100 and turn off the dynamic backlighting. Overall, the TV has good SDR playback which makes for a rich content usage experience.
Blaupunkt Cybersound 43-Inch 4K HDR TV: Gaming Performance
Moving on to gaming, the TV has a ‘game mode’ but it doesn’t change the TV settings at all. For the best experience, I recommend keeping it in the standard picture preset, bumping up to the backlighting 100 and turning off all other settings like DNR, MPEG NR, local contrast control, etc. Again, here it is suggested to switch from HDMI 2.0. 1.4 settings to disable HDR to get a better photo experience. In our time with TV, we’ve played a bunch of games, including Ghost of Sushima, Star Wars JD Fall Order, and Spider-Man Miles Morales, and in all games we’ve had the same experience – turn off HDR and enjoy.
Blaupunkt Cybersound 43-Inch 4K HDR TV: Audio Performance
When it comes to audio, the Bluepunk TV has 4 drivers with 50W sound output. The TV can be really loud and we put it at about 40 percent volume for everyday content use. Watching daily content like news, movies, TV shows etc. TV works quite well. While it lacks a punch line for action sequences, it is good for using mixed audio vocals and performance content.
Blaupunkt Cybersound 43-inch 4K HDR TV: UI
Like most TVs in this space, we get stock Android with Blaupunkt TV. The UI is easy to navigate and works just as you would expect on an Android TV. We didn’t notice any big gaps or hiccups here and there except occasional stuttering which is good. However, there was a constant problem. When I use Voice Assistant to search for “Falcon and the Winter Soldier” I get a popup asking me to “search across all your TV apps” and I can’t “accept” as much as I tried, which is a Pushing. However, using voice to search for things like weather, opening streaming apps, and more has worked well.
Blaupunkt Cybersound 43-inch 4K HDR TV: Remote control
The remote control that comes with the Blaupunkt TV is similar to the one we saw on the Nokia 43-inch TV (Review). The remote control is comfortable to use overall. It doesn’t have the minimal design we’ve seen on Mi TV or Realme TV or even AmazonBasics TV, but it does get the job done and will appeal to those who prefer traditional remote controls. It is comfortable to hold and easy to use.
Blaupunkt Cybersound 43-inch 4K HDR TV: Create and design
This is where Blaupunkt TV sets itself apart from its peers. It has two feet that hold the TV in a slightly higher position which gives you enough space to comfortably place the bottom of the TV without interrupting your viewing experience with a soundbar or even a gaming console like the PS4 or Xbox One X. The legs have a unique design.
The rest of the TV that we have come to expect from budget TV. All ports are conveniently placed on one side and the TV has a thin bezel on three sides and the chin is the thickest bezel.
Blaupunkt Cybersound 43-inch 4K HDR TV: Bottom line
All that is available for Blaupunkt Cybersound TV is a good design, good SDR performance and decent sound. However, poor HDR performance makes it difficult to recommend, especially if you have other 43-inch 4K HDR TVs in this price range, such as the Realme 43-inch 4K TV, which comes with decent HDR performance, support for Dolby Vision, and added features. Far-field mic. While we’ve reviewed the larger screen size option, you can also see the Hisense A71F and Mi TV 5X in its 43-inch incarnation.