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Updated: Dec 11, 2018 23:14
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#1
alaScore 100

Samsung 65Q9FN / 65Q9F (2018) Series

The Samsung Q9FN is the best LED/LCD TV we’ve tested thanks to its superb picture quality and...

17 expert reviews | 104 user reviews

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#2
alaScore 99

LG OLED55B7 Series

OLED TVs from LG deliver the best image quality we've ever tested, and in 2017 that picture gets...

13 expert reviews | 1191 user reviews

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#3
alaScore 99

Samsung 55Q9FN / 55Q9F (2018) Series

The Samsung QE55Q9FN combines unprecedentedly bright HDR peaks with the deepest, most consistent...

7 expert reviews | 237 user reviews

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#4
alaScore 99

Samsung 55Q7F Series

Samsung is attempting to pull off a clever trick with its QLED range. It's trying to convince...

24 expert reviews | 649 user reviews

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#5
alaScore 98

LG OLED65B8 Series

The price is the real clincher, however. If you’ve been tempted by OLED’s charms, then the...

2 expert reviews | 9 user reviews

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#6
alaScore 98

LG OLED55C8 Series

Individually small but collectively significant improvements make the C8 a superb all-rounder of...

6 expert reviews | 205 user reviews

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#7
alaScore 98

Samsung QE75Q900R

Premium telly produces amazing results with native 8K video – it's just a shame there's hardly...

3 expert reviews | 2 user reviews

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#8
alaScore 98

Philips 65OLED873

With effective HDR and outstanding colour vibrancy, this big Philips OLED looks to have...

6 expert reviews | 8 user reviews

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#9
alaScore 98

Philips 55POS9002

For a substantial corner of the serious AV world, the 55POS9002’s focus on subtlety, detail and...

13 expert reviews | 193 user reviews

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#10
alaScore 98

Philips 55OLED903

The brightest pictures in the OLED world combine with some of the best sound in the OLED world...

4 expert reviews | 2 user reviews

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#11
alaScore 97

Samsung 55Q8DN / 55Q8D (2018) Series

A Q9FN with the brightness dialled down, the Q8DN is an excellent alternative - if the price is...

3 expert reviews

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#12
alaScore 97

Samsung 50NU7400 Series

Asked by Jim from UK on 5th Oct 2018

3 expert reviews | 180 user reviews

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#13
alaScore 97

LG OLED77C8 Series

Buy one on finance. Take out a loan. Remortgage your home. Get a second job. Hell, sell a kidney...

4 expert reviews | 9 user reviews

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#14
alaScore 97

Philips 65OLED803

Philips expects to have a huge hit on its hands with this new (cheap?) entry-level OLED TV. And...

5 expert reviews | 1 user reviews

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#15
alaScore 97

LG OLED65C8

The C8 OLED combines an impressive picture, extensive features, attractive design and an...

2 expert reviews

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#16
alaScore 97

LG OLED55C7 Series

Subtle improvements LG made to its OLED line for 2017 were significant enough to get us just that...

14 expert reviews | 346 user reviews

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#17
alaScore 97

Samsung 55NU7400 Series

Read our in-depth review of the Samsung UE50NU7400 for more details.

2 expert reviews | 103 user reviews

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#18
alaScore 97

LG OLED55E8 Series

LG’s E8 series OLED is one of the best televisions produced to date. You’ll pay a premium over...

4 expert reviews | 48 user reviews

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#19
alaScore 97

Samsung 65Q9F Series

The Samsung Q9F combines great picture quality, gorgeous design, intelligence, and ease of use in...

13 expert reviews | 152 user reviews

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#20
alaScore 97

LG OLED65E8 Series

LG’s E8 series OLED is one of the best televisions produced to date. You’ll pay a premium over...

8 expert reviews | 19 user reviews

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#21
alaScore 97

Sony Bravia KD-65XF9005

At this price, the XF9005 is an absolutely stunning TV with flagship touches

6 expert reviews | 22 user reviews

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#22
alaScore 97

Sony KD-55XE9005

Ultra-crisp imagery with uniform black-level performance and watchable HDR, make this an...

17 expert reviews | 399 user reviews

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#23
alaScore 97

Loewe Bild 3 55

If you’re looking for an alternative to LG’s excellent OLED models, and Dolby Vision support is a...

7 expert reviews | 2 user reviews

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#24
alaScore 97

Samsung 65Q8FN / 65Q8F (2018) Series

Samsung's Q8 has the image quality, design and cool extras to make a compelling alternative for...

3 expert reviews | 52 user reviews

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#25
alaScore 96

LG OLED55B8 Series

While not quite as good as LG's more expensive OLED TVs for 2018, the OLED55B8PLA still retains...

2 expert reviews | 20 user reviews

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    Buying Guide

    Buying Guide - TVs

    The vast majority of televisions sold today are of the high-definition format (HDTV), which is consistent with the latest mandated production and broadcast standards. There are several different styles to choose from, all offering relative advantages and compromises:

    LCD Flat Screens

    LCD televisions are currently the most popular HDTV format. LCDs come in a full range of sizes, eliminate glare with their matte screens, and have outstanding picture quality that is improving with each new generation of televisions, also they consume a lot less power than plasma. On the other hand, contrast and color saturation may lag slightly behind the plasma format, affecting image quality. They also offer a relatively restricted viewing angle, which may not be appropriate for larger rooms.

    LED TVs

    LED televisions are actually LCD sets that use LED backlights, not a whole new type of TV. LED-backlit LCDs have been on mainstream store shelves since 2007. LED TVs use slightly less power than LCD with thin panels and some models have improved picture quality. On the other hand, LED TVs are relatively expensive, and most models offer little to no picture quality improvement compared with LCD.

    Plasma Flat Screens

    Plasma televisions offer several distinct advantages from other HDTV formats. They allow the widest viewing angle, provide an image-quality of theater-style resolution, and offer the best motion resolution. The disadvantages are minor: plasma TVs are bulkier than LCD TVs and are less energy efficient. Also, the glass screens of plasma televisions are highly reflective, and in certain viewing environments glare may be a problem.

    Rear Projection

    Although plasma and LCD televisions are catching up, the rear projection format still gives you the biggest image size at the best price. With the advantage in price comes good image quality and improving viewing angle. However, rear projection TVs are bigger and bulkier than flat screens, are relatively slow (20 seconds or so) to warm up, and require their lamps to be replaced every 5,000 to 8,000 hours (not a hard task, but a new lamp typically costs about $100). Until LCD and plasma televisions offer cheaper models in the 55”-plus range (which may happen sooner rather than later), the rear projection format will still have enthusiasts.

    CRT

    Picture tube televisions are still available, and so they deserve a mention here, but today's new models are the last examples of a dying breed. New CRTs max out at 27” and many do not feature a widescreen aspect ratio, two important reasons for their unpopularity. There is no longer much of a price savings for a CRT television, so the final incentive to buy them has been removed.



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    What to Look for in a Television

    3D – Among flat-panel TVs, the capability to display 3D content is only found on the highest-end models of major makers in 2010, so it's expensive to afford. The necessary 3D glasses, in addition to 3D sources and 3D content, can also increase the price.

    Screen Size – Everyone's favorite feature! LCDs offer a full range of sizes, plasmas range from 42” to 65+”, and rear screens can go much larger than that. Match the size of the television with the size of the room it will be in – smaller TVs for offices and bedrooms, larger models for the living room or a home theater setting. We recommend a size of at least 32” for a bedroom TV and at least 40” for a living room or home theater TV.

    Aspect Ratio – Most televisions sold today are of the widescreen format of 16:9 or 16:10, which provides for optimum viewing of film content and the newer generation of video games. Televisions in the traditional ratio of 4:3 are no longer available at much of a discount, and if you are buying a new television, there is no reason not to make the upgrade to widescreen.

    Image Quality – Nearly every TV today is a 1080p model, but the entry models in these categories may feature 720p configuration. This is a specification you don’t need to care a lot, the difference between 720p and 1080p resolutions is nearly impossible to discern, even when watching content on very large screen sizes. As price and size go up, some brands offer additional features that improve apparent dpi and contrast resolution, thereby improving image quality.

    Inputs – With any TV, consider the number and type of inputs it has for hooking up devices to your TV. Most larger TVs now have at least three or four HDMI inputs plus two component-video inputs. That should be adequate for most current uses. Smaller sets typically have fewer of each type. Both HDMI and component-video connections are capable of carrying high-definition signals from devices such as cable and satellite boxes, DVRs, and Blu-ray players. 3D-capable models have HDMI 1.4 inputs, necessary to handle 3D signals.

    Internet Connectivity – Many new LCD and plasma TVs can access the Internet directly, through a broadband connection, without using a computer. Video services such as Netflix and Hulu Plus, audio from Pandora and Rhapsody, photos from Picasa and Flickr, and access to Facebook, Twitter, and even Skype are built into midrange and higher-end TVs. However, before you pay extra for these features, consider that you'll need to either connect an Ethernet cable to the TV or buy a Wi-Fi adapter; most Internet TVs don't have Wi-Fi built-in. Most TVs with access to online content now have onscreen icons, called widgets, that are used to access the various services.

    Popular Television Brands

    The names should be familiar, since most of these manufacturers have been at it for decades. Sony, Toshiba and Samsung are industry leaders, and they offer televisions of all styles, sizes, and prices. Panasonic televisions are highly rated on many consumer report sites. Off-label brands Insignia and ProScan have won fans with their bargain models.

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    TVs on alaTest

    alaTest.com has collected and analyzed millions of reviews from 2806 sources to help you choose the best TV from top brands like Samsung, Lg, Philips, Sony, Panasonic and more.

    Buying Tips Read our Buying Guide
    before you make your purchase