If one of your favorite hobbies in enjoying football matches, watching movies and any type of audiovisual programming at home, there are certain elements that you should take into account. A very important one is to have a quality monitor. To help you choose, we have selected the best televisions in the market according to their design, image quality and price.
To interest you
Any model that is worth offering basic elements such as 4K resolution and HDR to improve contrast and color shading, but that's just the beginning. New televisions are increasingly full of features and are also becoming more affordable: the list below will prove it.
|LG C8-Series 4K OLED TV||The best|
|TCL 6-Series Roku TV||The best budget smart TV|
|Sony Master Series A9F 4K TV||The best TV to watch movies|
|Samsung Q9FN 4K QLED TV||The best LED / LCD TV|
|Sony X900F||The TV with the best image processing|
LG C8-SERIES 4K OLED TV
Why should you buy it? It has the best image quality we have seen so far.
Who is it for? For those who can afford it.
Why do we choose the LG C8 series OLED TV?
The complete line of LG OLED TVs has fantastic image quality, since they use the same panel. However, to choose the one we add in this list, we are guided by one of the most important factors: the price.
The new series of LG C8 TVs is the one that best suits regular pockets, as it offers 65 and 55-inch models, which cost $ 3,500 dollars and $ 2,500 dollars respectively. They are affordable sums if we compare them with the $ 9,000 dollars the 77-inch variety costs.
On this TV, you can find an excellent 4K Ultra HD image, with incredible contrast; the latest HDR options, including HDR10, Dolby Vision and Hybrid Log Gamma, and LG's fantastic webOS interface. As you see later on this list, there are more sophisticated TVs, but the C8 series is ideal for people who want the best image quality available.
TCL 6-SERIES ROKU TV
The best smart TV at the best price
Why should you buy it? The TCL 6-Series probably has the best relationship between price and performance that you saw this year.
Who is it for? Buyers concerned about the budget who do not want to give up quality or smart TV features.
Why do we choose the TCL 6-Series Roku TV?
When we first saw the 6-Series of TCL in person at CES 2018, including it on this list was an easy decision. With a range that reaches $ 1,000 dollars, it presents all current HDR technologies in a quality panel, making it ideal if you want to maximize your relationship between price and performance. With 120 local dimming zones on the 65-inch model and 96 on the 55-inch model, the contrast is impressive for an LCD screen. Outside of image quality, the 6-Series includes the Roku operating system directly from the factory to give you one of the best smart TV experiences. If you have a tight budget, you can find that TCL models offer everything you are looking for on a TV, saving you money for a home theater surround sound bar or system.
Sony Master Series A9F 4K TV
The best TV for movies
Why should you buy it? It is the most impressive image quality we have ever seen.
Who is it for? Those who want to have the best OLED screen that money can buy.
Why do we choose the Sony Master Series A9F 4K TV?
The Sony Master Series A9F 4K TV is not only the best option to watch a movie, it is also the best OLED screen we had the pleasure to review. Using Sony's X1 Ultimate image processor to obtain top-notch HDR and unmatched color reproduction, this TV takes the OLED to the next level. Our first glimpse of the A9F Master Series in person was an incredible experience that made the price much easier to accept.
Thanks to partnerships with Dolby and IMAX, Sony's latest HDR 4K TVs offer the best in terms of image quality the market is concerned. The A9F is one of the few televisions that you can find with IMAX Enhanced, designed to optimize the movies to the maximum, with incredibly precise colors, fine details and a bright contrast in an effort to reproduce what the director, editor and producers intend to reproduce. .
This means that any movie with HDR support is translated with the greatest care so that you get all the possible details of your home theater experience. But what about that dusty collection of older Blu-ray and DVD? The Sony X1 Ultimate processor also has a plan, which offers 4K Ultra HD resolution and remastering for an effect similar to HDR.
With Google's Android TV operating system, you'll also have access to a lot of content from the entire broadcast landscape. That amounts to easy access to a ton of streaming services, including Amazon Prime Video, CBS All Access, Hulu, Netflix and Sling TV.
And if that wasn't enough, it's locked and loaded with Google Assistant to cover all your support needs. It is the same assistant you will get with the LG C8-Series, which allows you to control both the TV and the rest of the smartly connected hardware in your home only with your voice.
SAMSUNG Q9FN 4K QLED TV
The best LED / LCD TV
Why should you buy it?The Q9FN is Samsung's most impressive QLED TV to date.
Who is it for?For those looking for a combination of fantastic image, bright glow and an incredibly attractive design.
Why do we choose the Samsung Q9FN 4K QLED TV?
Last year's Q9F was one of the best LCD TVs we've seen, until recently they launched the Q9FN. The HDR image of this device is not only incredibly real, with some of the deepest black levels we have seen outside of an OLED screen, but, in addition, it has managed to improve the image outside the angle, a very difficult detail to attack in LCD TVs
Samsung has enhanced aesthetics, by adding a new Ambient mode and also included the power cord One Invisible Connection, between the One Connect box and the TV, which makes installation easier for anyone without experience.
SONY X900F 4K HDR TV
The best image processing TV
Why should you buy it? It offers the best image quality you can get, without spending thousands of dollars.
Who is it for? For anyone looking for Sony image quality at a reasonable price.
Why do we choose the Sony X900F?
Image processing may not be attractive, but it is one of the key elements of Sony's success. The X900F is an excellent example of what amazing processing can do, it offers the best image quality you can get without spending thousands of dollars more. With an elegant design, precise color and excellent HDR performance, this is a 4K LCD TV that we will be proud to have in our own living room.
While we have our problems with Sony's Android TV smart interface, it is certainly useful. In addition, if you value the brand's emphasis on image quality, this is the best option available at a price that does not require a second mortgage.
HOW WE DO THESE TESTS
Every year we bring the highest level televisions and each of the leading brands, including Samsung, Sony, LG and others. These premium TVs help set the highest standard for the year, managing expectations for the models that are below, also providing context among competitors.
We begin testing each TV in a completely dark room and adjusting its image settings using tools and methods available to consumers, just as you will in your home. From there, we use a series of test patterns and familiar content, from Blu-ray Ultra HD broadcast services to air television (OTA), to judge the performance characteristics of each TV, including color production, motion resolution, black levels, backlight influence, brightness, HDR quality and detail resolution.
Once we have analyzed the image quality of a television, we turn to elements that affect the user experience, including the smart TV interface, the user configuration interface, the remote control, the recognition and control of external devices and others essential contact points.
When we can, we place two models next to each other to provide additional context in the pros and cons of each TV. Finally, we determine what kind of user that TV might want. For example, some offer better performance in bright and spacious rooms, while others are better in darker and smaller rooms. Some are better for watching sports, while others are ideal for watching movies or playing.
In summary, we make an exhaustive evaluation to determine not only which televisions offer the best image quality, but also those that offer a better overall user experience. After all, you will live with your new TV in the next few years, and using it should be a joy, never a pain.
When buying a new TV, it is worth investigating a bit, but keep in mind that the specifications are usually loaded with erroneous information.
When you're in a store watching TVs to buy, manipulate the remote control and play with it a bit. Ask a clerk to remove the TV demo mode so that you can see some of the built-in image presets. Also, try to determine if the user menu and the smart TV interface of the TV are easy and intuitive.
Finally, make sure that the store in which you are going to buy is a retailer authorized by the brand, and that it offers a fair and inconvenient return process.
GLOSSARY OF PROCESSES
Here is a summary of some of the most common terms associated with current TV technology.
4K Ultra HD
It refers to the screen resolution, and is four times greater than 1080p HD. The 4K Ultra HD TV pxel resolution is a 3,840 x 2,160 grid in a 16: 9 aspect ratio, resulting in almost 8.3 million pixels. This increase in density adds striking details and realism to an image, and also allows you to view larger screens from closer distances without making individual pixels visible.
High Dynamic Range (HDR)
High Dynamic Range is probably more familiar through the HDR mode of digital cameras. It is designed to offer an image that has more details in the shadows and reflections, in addition to a wider range of colors. The HDR in televisions pursues the same objective. The color palette is wider, blacks are deeper and whites are brighter. Currently, there are two main HDR formats: HDR10 and Dolby Vision. The first is the HDR standard, although Dolby Vision offers a superior experience. These days, you should consider a TV that supports both. HLG (Hybrid Log Gamma) is another recent addition to the HDR collection, which supports airborne content (OTA) with HDR quality.
Local full matrix regulation (FALD)
This refers to the backlight system of an LED TV. A FALD screen contains an array of LEDs distributed in a grid behind an LCD panel, instead of just having it on the edges of the TV. This set of LEDs is divided into zones that can be dimmed when necessary to achieve better black levels. Another benefit is a more uniform brightness throughout the screen.
Wide Color Gamut (WCG)
This is the expanded color reproduction capabilities of a 4K Ultra HD TV, and that are closer than ever to what we see in a digital cinema. By approaching the P3 color specification of the Digital Cinema Initiative, a 4K UHD TV can produce billions of colors more than a 1080p HD TV.
It is a layer of film loaded with small semiconductor nanocrystals that are placed on the display panel of a television and help you produce a wider range of colors. The quantum dots work by altering the light coming from a TV's backlight system before it passes through the color filter.
Phosphor coated LED
An alternative to Quantum Dots, phosphor-coated LEDs feature this chemical coating that alters the light output. When used on a television, this produces a purer backlight than if it is handled more easily by a TV's color filter, which results in a wide range of colors and greater color accuracy.
It means Organic Light Emitting Diode. These are much smaller than standard LEDs, which allows them to function as the individual pixels of a screen. For more information, see our article.
The latest version of the HDMI specification. Compliance with this standard ensures that the 4K Ultra HD screen or source is capable of providing all the digital information necessary for 4K Ultra HD resolution, HDR and Wide Color Gamut, all at 60 frames per second.
The latest version of the broadband digital content protection technology, which provides specifically prevent copying of 4K Ultra HD content. Any source device that requires HDCP 2.2 requires a 4K Ultra HD TV with an HDMI port that supports HDCP 2.2 for a compatible connection.
It is the acronym for "High efficiency video coding". A new compression technology developed to make large 4K UHD video files smaller and, therefore, easier to transmit over broadband Internet connections. HEVC is said to double the data compression rate compared to H.264, the predominant encoding technology used today for 1080p videos, while retaining the same video quality. An intelligent or streaming TV decoder must be able to decode HEVC to play 4K Ultra HD video from sites like Netflix and Amazon Instant Video.
An alternative to HEVC developed by Google and used primarily to encode 4K Ultra HD videos from YouTube. In order for a smart TV or streaming stream decoder to play 4K Ultra HD videos from YouTube, it must be able to decode VP9 videos.
* Article updated by Mara Teresa Lopes on July 24, 2019.