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Looking for a great TV? 2019 is a good year for upgrading, there are tons of 4K options and 8K is here. Whether you choose to go with a state-of-the-art 2019 model, or get a great deal on a 2018, here’s a list of options from companies like Sony, Samsung, LG, TCL, Hisense, and Vizio to get you started.


1. Best Overall 4K TV for Home Theater (2019 Model): Samsung Q90 QLED

 

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4K content has come a long way from being solely available as physical Blu-ray discs, though it does take some digging to find their streaming counterparts. 4K resolution is currently available on the original Ultra HD Blu-ray discs as it was originally, as well as services like Netflix, Amazon Prime, Vudu, iTunes, and YouTube. So having a TV for home theater dedicated to 4K viewing is not only feasible, but as the prevalence of the format rises, it’s just practical.

The Samsung Q90 upscales non-4K source material with its Quantum Processor 4K that will be beautifully displayed via the TV’s precision-controlled Direct Full Array 16X LED display and Quantum HDR 16X capabilities. The Samsung Q90 further makes your viewing experience a fantastic one with its Intelligent Mode, which picture brightness and sound to match the conditions of your room.

The Samsung Q90 handles HDR10, Hybrid Log-Gamma and HDR10+, and employs four HDMI inputs, one ethernet port, one RF in, one digital audio out, and three USB ports. The Samsung Q90 is available from 65” to 82”.


2. Best Overall 4K TV for Home Theater (2018 Model): LG C8 OLED

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Google the LG C8 series and you’ll notice an onslaught of perfect scores with a few stragglers that are near perfect. Scott Wilkinson was one of these perfect scores, and in his review simply dubs the LG C8 “one of the best TVs I’ve ever reviewed.” Wilkinson further lauds LG C8 series’ deep blacks, details in the shadows, uniformity, and off-axis performance, offering “colors and detail are second to none, and the video processing is top-notch.”

The LG C8 employs LG’s exclusive α9 Intelligent Processor, which helps display lifelike picture with rich colors, sharpness and depth. The LG C8 supports Dolby Vision™ HDR, HDR10 and HLG, and uses LG’s proprietary advanced tone-mapping technology to make sure every scene is optimized.

The LG C8 offers four HDMI ports, three USB v 2.0 ports, a composite in, an RF In, a digital audio out and an ethernet port. As is increasingly common, the TV also offers Wi-Fi connectivity and Bluetooth playback.


3. Best High-End 4K TV for Home Theater (2018 Model): Sony Master Series A9F

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If you’re looking for a great high-end option, the Sony Master Series A9F will sate your appetite. The TV ranges from $3,500 to $4,500 and is available in both 55″ and 65″ options.

The Sony Master Series A9F features the Picture Processor X1 Ultimate, which provides noticeably fantastic picture quality with deep black and natural color, accented by its own Pixel Contrast Booster for vibrantly enhanced color contrast in high luminance. As a bit more explanation from Sony, “the Picture Processor X1™ Ultimate detects hundreds of different objects on-screen and intelligently enhances brightness, detail and color so everything you watch is clear, bright and incredibly realistic.”

The Sony Master Series A9F is IMAX Enhanced, which IMAX defines as “stringent performance standards established by IMAX, DTS and Hollywood’s leading colorists in order to create a consistent and higher bar for image and sound performance on premium devices.”

The Sony Master Series A9F features four HDMI ports, three USB ports, an ethernet port, one RF in, one composite video in, and a digital audio out.


4. Best Overall 80″+ 4K TV: Sony X900F 85″

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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.”

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.


5. Best High-End 80″+ 4K TV: Sony X950G 85”

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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.

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 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.


6. Best Bargain 80″+ 4K TV: Samsung NU8000 82″

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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 designer look to it.

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.

The Samsung NU8000 82″ employs four HDMI inputs, one ethernet input, one R/F input, one digital audio output, and two USB ports.


7. Best Overall Affordable 4K TV: TCL 6-Series

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Looking for a TV that’s light on the wallet? AVS Forum editor Mark Henninger sums up the TCL 6-Series’ performance simply. “This looked really good. As in, scary good. Should I get more explicit?” He does, and his enthusiasm causes forum members to purchase the TV as well. With users like mypepper saying “To purchase a 65” HDR set with this caliber, is simply jaw dropping,” it seems the recommendation was well-warranted.

The TCL 6-Series offers viewers a built-in Roku OS, which allows viewers to tune in to their streaming content, cable or satellite subscriptions, or even use the built-in tuner. For quieter, late-at-night viewing, the TCL 6-Series comes with a mobile app acts as a remote and mobile viewing platform for private listening and viewing.

TCL’s 6-Series TVs combine 4K UHD output with Dolby Vision, gives precise coloring to images with its iPQ Engine, and makes them all accurately visible with its Contrast Control Zone technology. The TV supports HDR10 and Dolby Vision content, features 3 HDMI ports, 1 USB 2.0 port, and a digital optical port.

The TCL 6-Series is available as a 55″, 65″, and 75″.


8. Best Curved Affordable 4K TV: Samsung NU7300

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The Samsung NU7300 Series is the only 4K TV we’re listing on here that’s curved. Long story short, curved televisions are slightly better for an immersive viewing experience, though largely depend on your taste. So if you’re considering jumping into the world of a curved 4K TV, the Samsung NU7300 might be right for you. The NU7300 supports DTS and Dolby Digital audio, as well as HDR and HDR10+ video. It should be noted the NU7300 does not support Dolby Vision.

So what are the review verdicts on the Samsung NU7300 series? Well, according to What HiFi “if you’re someone who sits close to their telly or you simply like the look of the curve, there’s no reason not to spend the extra £50 on the NU7300.” LCD TV Buying Guide equally notes the TV is “one of the best priced 4K offerings in the marketplace. It has ample features like Smart TV and remote control, UHD Picture Dimming, 4K HDR Pro, 4K Color Drive, HEVC 4K streaming decoding, and a contrast enhancer,” and RTINGS adds the “good contrast helps black look good in dark environments and the gray and black uniformity are good so there is very little clouding.”

The Samsung NU7300 features 3 HDMI ports, 2 USB ports, 1 component port, 1 RF in, 1 digital audio out 1 composite in and 1 ethernet port. The Samsung NU7300 is available as a 55″, and 65″.


9. Best Overall 4K TV for Sports: Sony X900F

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4K-resolution TVs are slowly creeping their way into the average viewers’ household, and the ubiquity of 4K broadcasts are growing alongside it. This ubiquity of course includes sports broadcasting. While the resolution isn’t the standard, services like DirecTV, Optimum, Dish, Fubo TV and Layer 3 are offering sports broadcasts in 4K.

These broadcasts are not currently streamlined to show every televised sporting event, but rather select ones. Keeping up with who’s streaming what can be as simple as following one of the 4K sporting event tracking threads on AVS Forum.

With this in mind, let’s take a look at some TVs that’ll liven up your game day.

Watching sports means non-stop motion. A TV unable to keep up with that motion means a less-than-ideal viewing experience. The Sony X900F simply won’t allow that. The Sony X900F keeps up with on-screen motion thanks to Sony’s new X-Motion Clarity.

Another benefit of the Sony X900F is its ability to handle well-lit and bright rooms without issue.

The Sony X900F processes images with attention to detail via the 4K HDR Processor X1™ Extreme, which also upscales input to as close to true 4K HDR quality as possible. The Sony X900F 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.


10. Runner-up for Best 4K TV for Sports: LG B8 OLED

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Much like the Sony X900F, the common thread here is two commendations from the dedicated 4K TV sports-watching lists of RTings and LCD TV Buying Guide.

The LG B8 OLED series has built in LG’s exclusive α7 Intelligent Processor, which helps display richer colors and deeper details, while the LG ThinQ AI allows users to integrate and control smart home devices like Google Assistant and Alexa.

Should your favorite sporting events not be broadcast in 4K resolution, the LG B8 OLED series has a built-in upscaler that gives you the best-possible quality. LG B8 OLED features four HDMI ports, an RF in, one composite in, an ethernet port and digital audio out.


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