Bigger screen means more details, and having a TV that isn’t able to properly reproduce source material to look great on them defeats the whole purpose. Services like Netflix, Amazon Prime, Vudu, iTunes, and YouTube are slowly integrating the format into their services, while Ultra HD Blu-ray movies are readily available. Even beyond 4K resolution, 4K TVs are able to upscale standard and high-def source material to as close to 4K resolution as possible.
From home theater setups to an exceptional TV room, here are our picks for the best 4K TVs over 80″.
The Sony X900F 85″ 4K TV portrays movies as they’re intended to be seen – on a big screen and with every detail properly articulated. In a recent review written by AVS Forum editor Mark Henninger on the Sony X900F 85″, he states that if you “truly want to see what 4K HDR has to offer, going big is the right path. Highly recommended.” Henninger’s review also makes mention that the TV handles sports, movies, TV shows, and gaming well, and looks great right out of the box. Or as Henninger will tell you, “once I had an 85” TV in my living room, I no longer felt it was a significant compromise to use a TV to watch a movie for the first time.”
The Sony X900F 85″ uses FALD-LED backlight, a VA LCD panel and high-quality anti-reflective coating that provides deep and accurate blacks while suppressing the majority of ambient light. The Sony X900F processes with great attention to detail via its 4K HDR Processor X1 Extreme, which upscales source material as close as possible to true 4K HDR quality. Alongside the Super Bit Mapping 4K HDR technology, the Sony X900F makes your movies come to life.
The Sony X900F 85″ handles a variety of formats including HDR10, Hybrid Log-Gamma and Dolby Vision. The X900F allows for screen mirroring and video & TV sideview and contains four HDMI inputs, one digital audio input, two USB ports and one composite video input.
The Samsung Q8 82″ simply has to look great in any home theater setup. The TV employs Quantum Dots for 100% color volume, and dramatically reduces glare and significantly deepens blacks with its Ultra Black Elite. The TV also uses Full Array LEDs that adjust themselves based on what you’re watching. CNET notes the TV overall “serves up excellent image quality, with deep black levels, prodigious brightness, accurate color, superb video processing and powerful high dynamic range performance.”
While the Samsung Q8 82″ supports HDR and HDR+ formats, the TV handles upscaling standard definition source material quite well. A review by Tech Radar notes the TV “excels with the ‘legacy’ HD, SDR content most of us actually still spend the majority of our time watching.” Tech Radar also notes an unparalleled “its direct lighting system manages to produce a whopping 2,100 measured nits of light from a 10% white HDR window,” giving viewers breathtaking bright colors.
The Sony X950G 85″ features the Picture Processor X1 Ultimate to effectively boost brightness, detail, and color for an enjoyable viewing experience. The 75″ and 85″ versions of the X950G feature the X-Wide Angle, which allows wider viewing angles that stay true to the X950’s colorful TRILUMINOS Display. While Forbes notes the X950G “has a wide color gamut and can deliver HDR content full of vivid colors and bright highlights, sure to please most HDR movie fans” and RTINGS says the TV can effectively “display deep blacks in a dark room thanks to the high native contrast ratio and full array local dimming support,” it should be noted both reviews were undertaken with the 55″ and 65″, both of which do not employ the X-Wide Angle.
X950G 85″ owner MarcinL81 says in an review on Sony’s website the TV is “good step up from 900E and outstanding upgrade over any other TV,” while “in 1080p at its lowest brightness peak is better than any TV out there.”
The Sony X950G’s Netflix Calibrated Mode allows viewers to enjoy Netflix shows at the same quality as on a studio evaluation master. For films, the Sony X950G 85″ is IMAX Enhanced and supports both Dolby Vision and Dolby Atmos. The Sony X950G 85″ handles HDR10, Hybrid Log-Gamma and Dolby Vision and employs four HDMI inputs, one digital audio input, one analog audio out, three USB ports and one composite video input.
Clocking in at the cheapest 80″+ 4K TV, the Samsung NU8000 82″ has “good picture quality and HDR support [with] great motion handling” and has a sleek, minimalist look to it, as RTINGS review starts off. Amazon reviewer The Bigmac backs up that positive opinion, saying “fantastic picture. HDR pops beautifully,” adding they “ultimately decided to go for the larger screen size and boy I’m glad I did.”
The Samsung NU8000 82″ supports HDR10 and Hybrid Log-Gamma, but unlike other TVs on this list, does not support Dolby Vision. According to Samsung, the TV can play dynamic metadata-based HDR encoded under Samsung’s own HDR10+ standard. These formats are brought to life through the Samsung NU8000 Ultra Slim Array and Dynamic Crystal Color, which in tandem make the most of your home theater setup.
According to PC Mag, the Samsung NU8000 82″ packs “a stylish design with plenty of connected features and a very bright panel”. Like RTINGS, PC Mag notes the Samsung NU8000’s inclusion of such apps as Amazon, Google Play Movies & TV, HBO Go/Now, Hulu, Netflix, Sling TV, Twitch, and YouTube, as well as music options like Amazon Music, Deezer, iHeartRadio, Pandora, SiriusXM, Spotify, and TuneIn.