Academy Award-Worthy TVs & Soundbars

The Academy Awards are almost here. With the Super Bowl behind us, (congratulations, KC Chiefs) the next major TV event is that most prestigious of award ceremonies, also known as The Oscars.

It’s an interesting year for film buffs, with Joker leading in terms of nominations. That puts a big-budget film, replete with 4K Dolby Vision visuals and a Dolby Atmos mix, at the head of the pack. It’s a movie that takes full advantage of state-of-the-art TVs and audio systems. Then again the same can be said for 1917, and while Ford vs. Ferrari skips the Dolby Vision treatment, it too is a 4K Dolby Atmos sensory overload cinematic experience. And both join Joker as Best Picture nominees! The point being if you want to experience this year’s crop of Oscar Best Picture nominees, it doesn’t hurt to have a screen that can do the picture justice.

Some TVs are better for watching movies than others. It’s not necessarily how expensive the TV is, proficiency at playing back cinematic content has more to do with how a TV is designed. Regardless of screen size or price tier, you’ll find some models that are better than others at playing back latest 4K/UHD HDR content, while accomplishing key tasks such as keeping letterbox bars dark. But there’s another factor that matters a lot for cinema: size. For movies, you want a big screen because that’s one of the main things the cinematographer does when making a film for cinematic release, is frame shots under the presumption the scene will be seen on a big screen.

As for soundbars, in this list you’ll find a number of Dolby Atmos compatible models. When it comes to delivering a cinematic listening experience, Atmos helps overcome the inherent “smallness” of soundbars by providing a more expansive soundscape.

Here is a list of TVs that either use OLED or LED-LCD FALD panels, for better picture quality when it comes to watching movies, as well as soundbars that offer 3D immersive sound such as Dolby Atmos and DTS:X.


Samsung Q90 4K QLED TV

Sony A9G Master Series 4K OLED TV


Sony X950G 4K TV

TCL 8 Series 4K TV

Vizio P Series Quantum 4K TV

Dolby Atmos Soundbars

Sony HTST5000 – 7.1.2-Channel Hi-Res Soundbar with Wireless Subwoofer

Samsung/Harman Kardon HW-Q80RZ 5.1.2-Channel Soundbar System with 8″ Wireless Subwoofer

VIZIO – 5.1.2-Channel Soundbar System with 6″ Wireless Subwoofer

VIZIO – 5.1.4-Channel Soundbar System with 10″ Wireless Subwoofer

LG – 5.1.2-Channel 570W Soundbar System with Wireless Subwoofer

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