In the many (many) years I’ve attended the annual IFA tech show in Berlin, I’ve almost always made a point of stopping by the stand of German TV brand Metz (now a subsidiary of Skyworth) to see if there was finally any prospect of their generally attractively designed and well-specified TVs coming to the UK. And always the answer would be an unfortunate ‘nein’. This year, however, that response is finally turning positive, as the brand prepares to launch not one but two ranges of Roku TVs in the UK.
The flagship range will be the MRD6000. Available in 43-, 50-, 55-, and 65-inch sizes, this range will sport 4K resolutions and HDR support in both HDR10 and HLG flavors. Although with only a fairly limited brightness of 250 nits to work with when trying to deliver their HDR effect.
In addition to their leading Roku smarts, the MRD6000s will feature images illuminated by direct LED backlighting (which generally produces better results than the edge-lit alternative) and enhanced by Metz’s Trochilus Extreme video processing engine on behalf of creepy. Details on this processor are thin on the ground so far, but if a processing system is involved enough in a TV’s picture performance to earn its own name, it usually has at least a few tricks up its sleeve. serious images up his sleeve.
There’s also support for Dolby and DTS audio (but not Dolby Atmos or DTS:X), plus a Low Blue Light emissions system to reduce eyestrain when watching TVs in a dark room.
The MRD6000s will get three respectable HDMIs, including one with eARC support – although it doesn’t appear that any of the HDMIs support the 4K/120Hz or variable refresh rate features that PS5, Xbox Series X gamers and today’s high-end PCs are looking for these days. That becomes easier to accept, however, when you learn that the MRD6000s will cost just £229 for the 43-inch model, £279 for the 50-inch, £329 for the 55-inch and £449 for the 65-inch. These are really aggressive pricing – in line, in fact, with the kind of pricing we’ve seen previously on Roku rocker TVs from Hisense and TCL.
Joining the MRD6000s in Metz’s first UK Roku TV deal are the even more aggressively priced MTD6000s, including a £199 40-inch Full HD model and a £159 32-inch HD-Ready model.
None of the MTD6000s support high dynamic range, and the number of HDMIs drops from three to two. The MTD6000s, however, share a number of features with the MRD6000s. Both series sport a surprisingly premium “Boundless Screen” design, for example, with an ultra-thin bezel. Both series also support Apple Airplay and offer “compatible” support for Apple Home, Alexa and Google Home voice assistants.
The MTD6000s also join their more premium siblings in supporting both Dolby Atmos and DTS audio, and finally Metz has, unusually, officially announced that it will offer support for updating the firmware for its first UK TVs for at least 8 years, as well as spare parts and products. support for at least 7 years.
Metz’s two new UK TV ranges are due to go on sale at the end of October via Amazon and other ‘selected retail partners’.