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Updated: Nov 26, 2021 16:12
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#1
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LG OLED C1 (2021) Series

Anyone considering an OLED TV should be looking at the LG C-Series. In 2021, that's the LG C1...

26 expert reviews | 25 user reviews

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#2
alaScore 99

Sony A90J (2021) Series

Frankly, the A90J is a work of art and a feat of engineering. I absolutely love it. The challenge...

13 expert reviews | 2 user reviews

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#3
alaScore 99

LG OLED CX (2020) Series

LG's OLED legacy continues with the LG CX OLED TV, appealing to gamers as well as TV enthusiasts.

47 expert reviews | 1229 user reviews

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#4
alaScore 98

Samsung QN900A (2021) Series

The Samsung QN900A is a great TV for mixed usage. It gets very bright, so it's well-suited for...

12 expert reviews | 1 user reviews

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#5
alaScore 98

Sony A8 (2020) Series

The Sony A8H OLED isn't even the flagship model for 2020, but it certainly could be. This...

20 expert reviews | 956 user reviews

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#6
alaScore 98

Samsung Q80T (2020) Series

The Samsung Q80T is an impressive all-around TV. It's great for watching movies or other content...

20 expert reviews | 299 user reviews

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#7
alaScore 98

Sony A9G / AG9 (2019) Series

Bottom Line: Sony's pricey Master Series A9G line of OLED TVs offer perfect contrast, vivid color...

33 expert reviews | 1249 user reviews

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#8
alaScore 98

Sony A80J (2021) Series

“The Sony A80J is an impeccable TV. One of the best ever made.”

9 expert reviews

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#9
alaScore 98

Samsung QN90A (2021) Series

Samsung's flagship 4K TV for 2021 is part of the brand's Neo QLED lineup featuring mini-LED...

14 expert reviews | 13 user reviews

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#10
alaScore 97

Samsung QN94A (2021) Series

The Samsung QE65QN94A delivers spectacularly bright 4K HDR images, but this Mini LED 4K TV does...

2 expert reviews | 10 user reviews

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#11
alaScore 97

Philips OLED+936

The Philips OLED+936 is a premium OLED TV that’s as stylish as it is innovative. Combining...

2 expert reviews

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#12
alaScore 97

samsung qn95a

The Samsung QN95A is the first Neo QLED 4K TV, and this new tech produces truly incredible results

4 expert reviews

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#13
alaScore 97

Panasonic JZ2000

The Panasonic JZ2000 is arguably the best OLED TV on the planet, and is priced like it. Its HDR...

3 expert reviews

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#14
alaScore 97

LG OLED G1 (2021) Series

This high-end TV offers the best image quality yet, but not by much.

9 expert reviews | 33 user reviews

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#15
alaScore 97

Samsung Q950T (2020) Series

Samsung’s flagship Q950TS is a real treat when it comes to TV design. Squeezing so much potent...

12 expert reviews | 6 user reviews

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#16
alaScore 97

LG OLED C9 (2019) Series

LG's last OLED TV was perfect, and somehow this one is even better

36 expert reviews | 806 user reviews

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#17
alaScore 97

LG OLED G1 (OLED65G1)

Like last year’s model GX, the LG OLED G1 is a very sleek and high-performance TV: That said...

4 expert reviews

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#18
alaScore 97

Samsung Q95T (2020) Series

The Samsung Q95T is perfectly suited to the typically bright environment of most living rooms –...

12 expert reviews | 123 user reviews

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#19
alaScore 97

Philips OLED8x5 (2020) Series

If you are looking for an OLED TV that stands out, the Philips OLED805 will be right up your...

19 expert reviews | 76 user reviews

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#20
alaScore 97

Samsung QN85A (2021) Series

The Samsung QN85A is great for mixed usage. It performs very well in bright settings thanks to...

6 expert reviews | 3 user reviews

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#21
alaScore 97

Samsung Q70T (2020) Series

The Samsung Q70T is a decent TV for a variety of uses. Its high contrast ratio and remarkable...

8 expert reviews | 92 user reviews

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#22
alaScore 96

Samsung AU9000

The Samsung AU9000 is a high-achieving, affordable 4K TV. For most people, most of the time, this...

2 expert reviews

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#23
alaScore 96

Samsung QN95A (QE55QN95A)

QN95A is Samsung’s best 4K TV for the model year 2021: At a slightly higher price than the other...

2 expert reviews

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#24
alaScore 96

LG OLED Z9 (2019) 8K Series

LG's massive 8K OLED is gorgeous, but is it necessary? We think so

13 expert reviews

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#25
alaScore 96

LG OLED C8 (2018) Series

LG's C8 OLED TV sets the standard against which all high-end TVs will be judged.

37 expert reviews | 861 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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