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55 inch TV Reviews – Best Guide for 55″ 4K Ultra HD Smart TV for Sale – Buy a 55 inch 4k Flat Screen Television with Confidence!

 
Stephan Jukic – Updated November 22, 2017
Overview

The 55 inch size category of 4K TVs is one of the most popular among both consumers and TV manufacturers alike. While many models from the different name brands aren’t released in smaller 50 inch or less dimensions and few 4K TV models reach up to beyond 70 inches, almost every important model of 4K TV on the market from all major brands comes in a 55 inch version. This is the case largely because 55 inches is sort of the “ideal” TV display size for mid-sized TVs, just like 65 inches is the ideal display size for larger TVs. 55 is big enough to appreciate the 4K resolution at a reasonable distance and feel immersed in the onscreen content with the TV’s respectable size while also not being so large that the TV looks odd in a smaller space. 55 inch 4K TVs also tend to have much more reasonable prices for a wider consumer base, even if they’re high-end premium models, as most of those we’re about to cover are.

In basic terms, 55 inch TVs could be considered as the electronic equivalent of Goldilocks’ proverbial porridge. Not too big, not too small but just right.

Factor in all the awesome cutting edge display technologies that start to get included in many 4K TVs when they reach the 55 inch size mark and you get a display quality that’s downright superb for the models we’re about to cover. Most of these are TVs with top-shelf features like HDR, OLED, enhanced color gamut, high brightness and excellent contrast enhancements.

A Note on 4K TV Viewing Distance

The ideal viewing distance for any 4K TV is a product of its size. In other words, for any given screen size, you want to sit far enough away to appreciate the extra sharpness conferred upon content by 4K resolution at 3840 x 2160 pixels while also being close enough to the screen to feel immersed. 55 inch 4K TVs are at the lowest size where 4K resolution starts to become distinctly notable even at larger distances. Smaller TVs than these, when viewed from more than a couple meters are almost indistinguishable from HD models in their resolution, but at 55 inches, the 4K sharpness is noticeable at normal viewing distance. For a 55 inch TV, ideal viewing distance for maximum enjoyment is about 8 feet, or 2.5 meters, though it’s still great at 7 feet or 9 feet too.

Optimal viewing distances for different 4K TV sizes

 

The 10 Best 55 inch 4K TVs of 2017 / 2018

Without further ado, here are the 10 best 55 inch 4K TVs on the market today. This list is longer than normal for our other TV guides by size because of how popular the 55 inch size range is. However it will continuously be updated throughout the year as any new 55 inch models with even better performance arrive for our review, so feel free to check back fairly regularly.

We should also strongly note here that the following TV rankings are made with both quality and price taken into consideration. Essentially, we’ve at least partly ranked these models in terms of their quality and value per dollar spent so that we could demonstrate what the best TVs are for the lowest possible prices in their category. The list does of course include lots of premium 4K HDR TVs but if the only measurement was absolute performance, we could simply rank the top five most expensive televisions, one from each of the major brands. Some of the top 55 inch televisions sold today aren’t necessarily the most expensive. Thus, those with nearly flagship performance sometimes rank a bit higher than absolute flagship TVs because they cost much less while performing almost indistinguishably as well in their core specs.

As you’ll note, this is the size range at which we finally start to see the superb, spectacular LG OLED 4K TV models, which don’t come in smaller sizes than this. They clearly dominate the rankings due to what are some inarguably excellent overall performance specs.

Also keep in mind that all 4K TV models listed come with a native refresh rate of 120Hz unless otherwise stated for any particular TV.

1. LG Electronics C7 Flat 55/65 Inch 4K Ultra HD OLED HDR TV (2017 Model)

There are more expensive and impressive looking OLED 4K HDR TVs in the 2017 LG lineup of models (one is in fact listed further down below) but the C7 takes top spot for one crucial reason: It performs as spectacularly as these pricier models while costing only a fraction of what they do. This makes it an absolute winner in our books. OLED televisions have been some of the best of the best among 4K TVs since they started emerging in 2014 and they’ve only improved since then to hit a true peak of performance that’s downright impressive today. Traditional OLED display problems like screen brightness capability being weaker than that of LCD displays are also pretty much a thing of the past with the new 2016 and even more so, 2017 models such as this one. With that said, the C7 is a truly outstanding home theater system. It’s display brightness is better than that of most 4K LCD HDR TVs sold today (excepting some premium LCD models such as those below) and the C7 delivers the full power of total pixel-level dimming control for perfect contrast, perfect black levels and an overall video quality that no LCD TV can come close to beating. Furthermore, this televsion supports all existing commercial HDR formats and with power, delivering extraordinary color performance. On a final note, because we’re talking about an OLED TV here, the C7 is an absolute master of motion handling for nearly any kind of content.

Did we mention that it’s also extremely affordably priced by OLED TV standards? Well it is, so check out its most recent cost below, along with our in-depth review.

2. Sony A1E 4K Ultra HD OLED HDR TV (2017 Model)

Sony finally unveiled an OLED TV for 2017 and the resulting model, the A1E, has been an absolute hit. This particular OLED TV uses  LG’s excellent panel technology which we described so richly above but combines it with the exceptional power and picture processing specs of Sony’s own technology. The combination is unique, uniquely powerful and, for dfans of Sony TVs who also want OLED, a huge piece of awesome for the year 2017. In essence, the A1E performs almost identically well to the LG C7 above or the LG B7 below but with some unique twists of its own. Most of all, it’s design is truly one of a kind and this television has one of the best and most interesting built-in sound systems we’ve ever seen from a 4K TV: the speakers are literally inside the display itself, making sound flow out naturally from exactly the most properly centered point in the room. The A1E supports all major HDR formats and delivers spectacular general OLED picture quality with all the trimmings. Why did we rank it lower then? Because it’s also quite a bit pricier than the C7 despite offering very similar display quality. That said, if you particularly like Sony and want OLED, here is your perfect TV.

3. LG Electronics B7 Flat 55 4k ultra HD OLED HDR TV (2017 Model)

LG’s B7 is without a doubt the single most affordable high-end, cutting-edge OLED 4K HDR TV model in existence today among the 2017 TVs. Its display specs are pretty much identically good to those of the C7 and A1E above and its only real “defects” are that this television does not support native Dolby Atmos sound and comes with slightly weaker speakers than other OLED TV models for this year. On the other hand, oddly, the B7 is the single brightest OLED TV we’ve ever had the pleasure of reviewing. In terms of peak maximum brightness it exceeds 800 nits and this is high enough to put even some of the other LCD 4K TVs on this very list to shame. It’s also damn impressive for an OLED TV. Aside from these things, the B7 is largely identical to the C7 in most display specs, full HDR support and awesome connectivity. Like all OLEDs it also offers superb motion handling and makes for one hell of a gaming console 4K TV. We can’t recommend it enough for anyone who wants a new OLED 4K HDR TV at the lowest possible price. Have a look at its latest discount price below and for detailed specs and analysis, click our in-depth review.

4. Sony X930E 4K HDR Ultra HD LCD TV (2017 model)

Sony’s X930E model is beaten by almost no other LCD 4K HDR TV in 2017 as far as overall quality and display performance go. Only the larger X940E and the Z9D (Also from Sony) quite match some of the specs this model offers, but neither of those two are available in 55 inch sizes. So with that, this is our top spot placeholder for superb HDR LCD TV technology, now that we’ve run through the inevitable OLED winners. The X930E is impressive indeed at that. This model is one of the brightest (literally, due to its peak brightness) HDR LCD TV’s we’ve reviewed for 2017 and to this it adds superb deep black levels for an excellent, almost unmatched contrast ratio. The X930E also offers some of the best full HDR color performance of any 4K TV you’ll find in 2017. It also supports Dolby Vision as an added bonus. Sony really outdid itself with this year’s model. We’d also like to mention that the X930E television makes a great console gamers TV and in general offers fantastic motion handling specs for nearly any kind of content. It’s slightly on the pricey side but cheaper than Samsung or LG’s top 2017 models. Check out its latest price and our in-depth review below.

5. Samsung QLED Q8 4K Ultra HD LCD TV (2017 Curved Model)

Samsung’s QLED Technology gives the brand’s 2017 4K HDR TVs one thing that no other premium TV has matched according to our own reviews of them all. Quite simply, they deliver the best wide color gamut coverage in the DCI-P3 spectrum that we’ve ever seen in a television. The Q8C delivers this at its maximum expression and adds to it with some fantastic peak brightness and deep black levels for an excellent overall high dynamic range experience. Watching the latest 4K Blu-rays or streaming movies in HDR on this TV is genuinely stunning across the board. The Q8C is one of the Samsung TVs with the highest peak brightness we’ve seen from this brand in 2017. Other excellent characteristics of this model include almost unbeatable motion handling, excellent input lag for console gaming and a great external connectivity box (the One Connect) which is fully replaceable as new connectivity standards arise. In other words, the Q8C is future-proofed to a large degree. We also love the elegant design of Samsung’s QLED TVs, including this one of course. One negative point is a lack of Dolby Vision HDR support and a still rather steep (but dropping) price. These are reasons why we’ve ranked this model lower than the X930E, though they’re amazingly close on quality. We also think the curved display of this televsion is pointless but some consumers like the look so we digress. It does no major harm in any case.

6. Sony X900E 4K Ultra HD HDR LCD TV (2017 Model)

Sony’s X900E is one of the truly superb 4K HDR TVs of 2017 in almost every way that’s important. It not only comes with a majority of the premium display and hardware specs offered by the Sony brand’s top-shelf X930E and X940E models (including multi-zone local dimming and full HDR support), it also manages to be amazingly affordable for this level of quality at the same time. The combination of these two features is what makes is love this particular television so much. In terms of its actual performance, the X900E produces stunningly vibrant and rich high dynamic range colors, excellent across-the-board motion handling specs and some truly superb console gaming functionality while also being a great all-around home theater platform for pretty much any kind of 4K HDR or SDR, non-4K content. We almost can’t recommend the X900E enough for its price and rich specs. The 55 inch model being mentioned here is also excellently priced with a tag of under $1000 at the time of this writing. Practically the only thing that Sony didn’t include in the X900E which do come in its more expensive cousins is support for Dolby Vision HDR, but this is a minor detail since most content doesn’t support the format either quite yet. If you’re on the market for a 55 inch television model, the X900E is just about the best offer in existence right now.

7. LG E7 4K Ultra HD OLED HDR TV (2017 Model)

LG’s E7 OLED 4K HDR TV not only delivers about as exquisitely fine a performance as any of the company’s 2017 OLED 4K HDR TVs are capable of, it also looks fantastically good while being an awesome home theater system. Designed with the same “picture-on-glass” build as the 2016 E6 and G6 OLED 4K HDR TVs, the E7 will completely impress anyone who walks into a living room where its hanging or sitting there. That’s just the basic design of the TV at work. Once you turn it on and use it for almost any sort of content, things only get more spectacular. Like all OLED 4K HDR TVs, the E7 delivers essentially perfect black levels, pixel-level light and dark control, extraordinarily vibrant, powerful color and some of the best possible motion handling in existence today (a feature of all OLED TVs). It’s also compatible with multiple HDR formats and offers support for the latest and most powerful audio specs like Dolby Atmos sound right inside its own speakers. This television is also amazingly thin and light for its size, with a display surface that’s just over half an inch thick. Why do we rank the E7 lower than the OLED C7 and B7 models above? Because it’s also considerably pricier than them even though their picture performance is almost identical. However, the sheer beauty of this TVs body does definitely impress more than most TV designs do.

8. Samsung QLED Q7F 4K Ultra HD HDR LCD TV (2017 Model)
9. Samsung MU9000 4K Ultra HD HDR LCD TV (2017 Model)
10. TCL P-series P607 4K Ultra HD HDR LCD TV (2017 Model)
11. Vizio P-Series XLED P55-E1 4K Ultra HD HDR TV (2017 Edition)
Bonus: Samsung 55 inch KS9000 2016 4K HDR SUHD TV: $2,299.99
Samsung 55 inch KS9000 2016 4K HDR SUHD TV

Samsung 55 inch KS9000 2016 4K HDR SUHD TV

Essentially identical to the above-described KS9500, the KS9000 offers all of the same superb specs and size ranges but also comes with a flat screen, which we ourselves definitely prefer to the gimmick of curved design. This is an HDR 4K TV like very few others and so far at least, only Samsung’s other models deliver the same or better performance as far as peak brightness, contrast, color richness and overall contrast are concerned. In fact, just like its KS9500 cousin, the KS9000 offers a level of contrast that’s incredible, completel beating even Sony’s X930D almost threefold and doing quite a bit better than Vizio’s also superb 2016 P-Series HDR TVs. These are impressive achievements for an edge-lit 4K TV. On top of the HDR, there are also high-end Samsung technologies like Quantum Dot color, Peak Illuminator Pro and of course, the excellent and now even more refined 2016 version of the Tizen smart TV OS with Smart Hub.

For those of you who want all the specs of Samsung’s best edge-lit 4K HDR TV for 2016 but without the same curvature, the KS9000 is your television of choice

4K TV Connectivity

Pretty much all major 4K TV brands offer the same core connectivity in their ultra HD TVs, regardless of size or price, so this isn’t a major concern as far as getting access to what you need for content viewing at a decent price is concerned. Thus, with all of the above models and their more affordable cousins, you’ll find several USB ports, several HDMI 2.0 or better ports and of course, built in WiFi and Ethernet connectivity for smart TV functionality and access to streaming content. Here is a breakdown of the most important content and web connectivity specs:

HDCP-2.2-HDMI-2.0

HDMI: HDMI is the core connection port technology in any 4K TV worth its salt. IT’s via HDMI 2.0, which is what’s found in virtually all modern 4K TVs, that you’ll get access to 4K and HD videos from external media sources like 4K Blu-ray players, conventional Blu-ray players, DVRs, set-top boxes and gaming consoles. The latest version of HDMI, 2.0 offers 4K UHD video at 60 frames per second with a 60Hz transmission refresh rate and a variant of HDMI 2.0 called 2.0a also allows for HDR coding in 4K content from external sources to be delivered to any HDR-capable 4K TV. Most ultra HD TVs and all of the above models offer at least three and usually 4 HDMI 2.0 ports.

USB: USB is your core connectivity port for peripheral media devices and mobile devices like smartphones and tablets. It’s also a great connectivity option for attaching external hard drives and controllers to your TV. Most 4K TVs today offer between 2 and 4 USB 2.0 ports with some models offering the even more powerful USB 3.0. These ports can be used to transfer music, non-4K video and other lower-bandwidth media to and from your 4K TV. They can also be used for charging devices from the TV.

Ethernet/WiFi: Ethernet is integral to the smart functionality and 4K/HD video technology of any 4K TV today. Without Ethernet connectivity, your TV definitely won’t be able to stream 4K UHD content from major commercial sources and it likely won’t have full smart TV functionality either. However, there is a caveat here, for full use of all the streaming media options in any of the above 4K TVs, you should also have an internet connection of at least 15 to 20 Mbps feeding your Ethernet cable and ideally, for maximal smooth access to streaming live sports and so forth, your home internet connection should offer at least 25 to 30Mbps.

As for WiFi, it’s useful for sharing certain types of content between your TV and other display devices nearby, like smartphones and tablets. Many 4K TVs allow you to stream content from your phone to their much larger screens, with their built in upscaling technology for superior visible resolution.

Smart TV Platforms
LG WebOS 2.0 smart platform

LG WebOS 2.0 smart platform

All 4K UHD TVs come with smart TV platforms built into them. These are what offers all of these TV internet browsing, digital media apps and communications capacity. The best smart platforms, like those found in almost all of the above models, also offer features like voice and gesture control and accompanying smart remotes with their own related features. Full web browsing capacity is also a common feature of most 4K TVs and of all of the top 55 inch models we’ve listed.

The LG WeboOS 2.0/3.0 smart TV platform variants are particularly good, easy to use, feature-packed and highly intuitive, and we thus consider WebOS to be the best smart TV platform on the market so far. Following closely behind are Android TV for Sony 4K models and Samsung’s Tizen smart OS with Smart Hub. Vizio’s new 2016 SmartCast mobile-device based smart TV platform is a great improvement from what Vizio offered in 2014 and 2015 annd sits at a close fourth to these leading smart OS systems but still suffers from a couple of minor flaws.

Native 4K display extras and Upscaling,

As we’ve covered in other guides, all 4K UHD TVs have variations between model types in how well they display their 4K ultra HD content. Yes, all TVs offer up the same quantity of pixels and thus technically the same fixed ultra-sharp resolution, but differences in central processor technology, color quality, contrast and other display specs can really make a massive difference in just how good native 4K video looks on a 4K UHD TV screen. All of the above 4K models are some of the best for their brands and thus offer superb picture quality for native 4K movies. However, even between them, there are serious differences, with the OLED 4K TV models delivering contrast and dimming technology which are simply incomparably better than those of the LCD 4K models in the listing above.

enhanced color with Triluminos Display

enhanced color with Triluminos Display

As for Upscaling, it’s an integral part of any 4K TV worth its value, for the simple reason that most TV content today is not in native 4K resolution and thus 4K TVs need a reason to be valuable for HD and non-HD video as well. This is what upscaling achieves. It reprocesses non-4K video to make it look sharper and closer to native 4K resolution. For Full HD video, the effect is stunning and in a good upscaling engine, even 480p video can be made to look better than it normally would. All of the listed 4K TV models offer superb upscaling engines.

HDR
HDR is immediately visible in 4K TV displays when compared to SDR

HDR is immediately visible in 4K TV displays when compared to SDR

HDR technology is also a crucial feature of the leading 2016 4K TVs in the 55 inch range. With high dynamic range, display quality takes a major leap upward and the 2016 standards for HDR that the top four 4K TVs in this list have adopted are considerably better than what we saw of this technology in 2015. For an even more detailed breakdown of how the HDR in the best 55 inch 4K TVs and other models works, check out our guide to high dynamic range for a complete overview.

Backlighting/Local Dimming

Backlighting in all 4K TVs on sale today can basically be divided into two broad technology types: LCD/LED display and OLED display. Without going into too many details here, we believe OLED to be the far superior screen illumination technology in 4K models and the top-ranked LG OLED TVs we covered in the number 1 and 2 spots bear this out. However, for a really detailed breakdown of how OLED and LCD stack up against each other, check out our comparison guide here.


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  • Jack
    June 21, 2016 at 7:34 am

    I’m looking forward to get the Samsung 55JU6000 4k TV. What is your opinion on this one? Does it have HDR and quantum dot display? Sorry not able to get proper specs of the product.

    Regards,
    Jack

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    • Stephen
      Stephen
      June 21, 2016 at 12:19 pm

      Hey there Jack. I’m not quite sure which model the JU6000 is, since this is not an SKU number from the North American market. However, at a guess, I’d say it’s close to the JU6400. Ineither case, none of th 2015 JU-Series Samsung 4K TVs came with either HDR or quantum dot display. This was reserved strictly for the 2015 SUHD TVs like the JS7000, JS8500, JS9000 and so on. Even for 2016, only the KS-Series SUHD TVs for this year offer full HDR and quantum dot color. Though the KU7000 and KU75000 offer supposed “HDR Brightness” and “Active crystal color”, which is a type of quantum dot display from what we can tell.

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      • Joshua
        September 12, 2016 at 1:39 pm

        Hey Stephen, Would you know if this TV supports HDMI 2.0. I read online that Samsung released a software update that enables the connection of the 2015/2016 TV range but I’m not sure if it includes this TV

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        • Stephen
          Stephen
          September 13, 2016 at 12:36 am

          Hi there Joshua, which TV are you referring to specifically? all 2015 and 2016 Samsung 4K TVs support HDMI 2.0 and all 2015 premium TVs as well as all 2016 4K TVs from the brand support HDMI 2.0a

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      • Haider Sultan
        September 28, 2016 at 1:24 am

        Hi Stephen,
        I just read your comment regarding JU6000 4K UHD LED TV. I went yesterday in market and visited the same model. I want to buy from it from Pakistan and i guess this model is launched in this country.
        Can you please recommend me some nice Samsung 55″ 4K UHD LED Flat Screen TV’s launched in Pakistan? Thanks!

        Haider

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  • JAGBIR SINGH
    July 16, 2016 at 5:41 am

    I want to by 55 inches SONY LED TV BETWEEN 50 TO 60000 RUPEES.PLEASE SUGGEST ME THE BEST MODEL IN TERMS OF FEATURES.

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    • Stephen
      Stephen
      July 16, 2016 at 1:55 pm

      Hello Jagbir, considering the currency you’re telling me about, I imagine you live in India? Please clarify that. Also, the model SKU numbers will likely be different in your region. However, for models I highly recommend from Sony, a great choice is the X850C from 2015. It offers superb color quality, good black performance and excellent motion control and upscaling specs. I’d also recommend the 2016 X850D due to the even better quality of its color coverage and the quality of its motion control specs. However, the 2015 model is nearly as good in almost all ways while offering better black performance.

      Another good Sony TV but without HDR and wide color gamut is the X810C. It’s one of Sony’s best non-HDR 4K TVs and is extremely affordable as long as you don’t mind the absence of Sony’s sometimes weak HDR technology.

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  • Maria
    August 4, 2016 at 1:39 am

    hi Stephen,

    Do you know what is the European equivalent of Samsung KU7000 4K Ultra HD Smart LED TV (2016 Model) ?
    This model was marked as best value 4K TV but I can’t find it in Europe.

    I am looking to buy a 4K TV and I will mainly use it for movies. My budget would be under max 1000 euro.

    Thank you,

    Maria

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  • Z
    August 7, 2016 at 1:29 pm

    Thanks for this roundup, although not sure about the affordability! 🙂

    I am looking at either a Samsung 50″ ku7000 or 55″ js7200. I can’t seem to find any significant reviews for the 7200 or why it’s so much more expensive, but I don’t think this model number appears in the U.S. so it’s not too common.

    Any idea on these models? Thanks.

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  • Kevin
    August 16, 2016 at 3:51 am

    Im looking at getting a 55″ Samsung… Either the KU7500 or the JS7000. Would you advise the year old SUHD over the newer one?

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    • Stephen
      Stephen
      August 16, 2016 at 7:53 pm

      Hey there Kevin. I would recommend the JS7000 over the KU7000 but only very slightly. It offers superior motion control specs and the particularly rich colors of wide color gamut, which the KU7000 does not have. In other regards, the KU7000 is actually a superior 4K TV in terms of black performance, contrast and black uniformity. It also does offer decent color performance. Neither 4K TV offers local dimming so you won’t lose on that whichever you pick. I’d suggest you pick whichever you prefer based on price more than anything.

      Also, the KU7000 lacks a fourth HDMI port, which the JS7000 does have.

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  • Gary
    August 23, 2016 at 5:03 pm

    Kevin: I only watch Optimum cable content and I’m looking for a 55″ picture that doesn’t judder, pixilate, ghost or shadow. What ate my choices?

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  • Gary
    August 23, 2016 at 5:06 pm

    Stephen: Looking for a 55″ screen for the bedroom with no picture defects. From all the user reviews I’ve read, 20+ % of buyers of UHDs are disappointed with picture quality (judder, ghosting etc.). My content is all cable quality from Optimum, no streaming. Any suggestions?

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  • Phil
    August 28, 2016 at 8:58 am

    Hi, I am looking for a 55″ TV but not looking to break the bank. What would you recommend?

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  • Dias Erfan
    August 31, 2016 at 8:44 pm

    Please advice, i want to buy 55′ inches or 60′ inches TV. Should i buy Sony X850D 4K HDR (android) or LG UHD 4K Smart TV UH650T (smart)?
    which one is better in quality of detail picture, color, spec, etc

    i want use those TV to watch movie (HBO), play games from XBOX and watch news from national TV station (Digital).

    regards,
    Dias

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    • Stephen
      Stephen
      September 2, 2016 at 6:46 am

      Hey there Dias, the X850D from Sony is definitely the better TV among the two. With the exception of LG’s UH8500 and UH9500 4K HDR TVs from 2016, most of the LG LCD TVs are not very good at display performance and contrast in particular is weak in them.

      The X850D offers superb color performance, great brightness, superb motion control for movies and gaming and is also a very decent performer at contast and black level. It’s an HDR TV as well.

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  • Travis
    September 1, 2016 at 3:58 pm

    In the $600 to $650 price range which 55″ tv is superior, The LG55UH or the Vizio tvs for the same price roughly? In terms of upscaling and overall picture quality??

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    • Stephen
      Stephen
      September 2, 2016 at 5:25 am

      Hey there Travis, I’d definitely recommend the Vizio models in the 2016 P-Series more than the UH-Series LG TVs in terms of picture quality for one particular reason: the Vizios offer a better contrast, black level and brightness performance combination, by a wide margin, especially in terms of black level dimness. The LG UH TVs are great LCD models by the standards of LG’s previous and rather shabby 4K LCD TVs but they’re still not quite as good as their counterparts from Vizio or much less Sony and Samsung for 2015 or 2016. The UH-Series (UH8500 and UH9500) do however offer excellent wide color gamut reproduction with 10-bit color and 90%+ DCI-P3 spectrum coverage and their upscaling engine is superb, slightly better than that of the Vizio P-Series, though the difference is small enough to barely be notable for most users.

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  • James
    September 11, 2016 at 8:29 am

    Hello, Im in the market to get a good 55″ 4k smart tv for under $700, can you please advise the best ones out there? I’ve been looking at different models but not sure which one is the best. Thank you

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  • Jason
    September 15, 2016 at 11:39 am

    Hello, which would you recommend… KU6300 or JS7000 (on clearance which is $175 more than KU6300).

    Primary usage will be movies and gaming (ps4 gonna support HDR soon).

    My budget can stretch to $1,250 and currently i found KU6300 at $1,000 and JS7000 at $1,175.

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    • Stephen
      Stephen
      October 3, 2016 at 11:55 pm

      Hey there Jason, I recommend the KU6300 much more than the JS7000 and expecially if you’re going to be using it for gaming with a console. The 2015 JS-Series SUHD TVs were great but the JS7000 was the worst of the lot and the KU6300 beats it by long shot on contrast, black level and motion control specs. It’s also a much better TV for console gaming due to its lower input lag (about third lower).

      The one thing the JS7000 delivers much better is color since it’s a Wide Color Gamut TV with 10-bit color reproduction. but the black performance and input lag of the KU6300 are worth more than color performance in our view. The KU6300 in any case also reproduces color nicely, just not in HDR ranges.

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  • Jack
    September 29, 2016 at 10:57 am

    Hi Stephen

    I’m looking for a 50″-55″ UHD TV for my house.

    Shall I go for a Samsung 50″ SUHD JS7200 (~USD900) or a 55″ JU6600 (~USD1020)?
    One is better quality with nano crystal clean feature and the other one provides 21% more viewing area.
    What is your thought?

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    • Jack
      October 4, 2016 at 11:46 am

      Hi Stephen

      I found an affordable 2016 model – 55KU6000.
      How does it compare to the 2015 models, 55JU6600 & 50JS7200? In term of picture quality & feature?

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  • Vinay
    October 6, 2016 at 2:32 am

    Hi
    I want to buy a 55″ 4K tv of samsung or sony brand from India. Options are SAMSUNG 55KU6470 or SONY 55X8500D. Plz suggest

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  • Nirav thakkar
    October 8, 2016 at 6:13 am

    I want to buy 7000 series LED TV
    139cm (55″), 4K ULTRA HD, SmartTV, IPS Panel 55PUT7791/V7. Would you advice to buy this TV??

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  • Ryan Carlson
    October 12, 2016 at 11:56 am

    Hey Stephen,

    I had a terrible experience with the Sony XBR55x900C with poor light bleed, horrible blacks in dark scenes, and pretty poor performance while watching 4k HDR movies with the letterbox along the bottom and top of the screen due to significant light bleed. I have since returned my Sony television and am in the hunt for a new television. I keep on reading that the 55″ P-Series Vizio just doesn’t stack up to the rest of the P-Series line. But I believe that I have narrowed down my search to the P55-C1 and the Samsung UN55KS8000. Is the extra money ($300 USD) spent on the Samsung worth it? My primary use will be console gaming (Xbox One S), 4k HDR movies, and watching Sports (Ice Hockey, American Football, Baseball). My main concern is great black levels in dark scenes and 4k HDR movies with a letterbox, no light bleed, and smooth gameplay and TV watching during sporting events.

    Thanks!

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  • TD
    October 13, 2016 at 2:35 pm

    Stephen –

    I am trying to decide on a 55″ with a max price of $1200/$1300. I do not plan on streaming any 4k content at the current time, it’s more or less a new tv to watch sports on with the option to stream at a later time. With that being said, the picture quality is the most important aspect for me and something with low levels of blur. Since our cable is broadcasted in only 720P, are some tv’s better than others at showcasing picture vs others?

    I have been researching a few – KU6300, KU7000, and both the M & P series of Vizio.

    Do you have any recommendations? I want the best bang for my buck but do not want to skip on quality where I have to replace the set in a few years. HDR would be fantastic, especially 10 bit vs 8 bit.

    Now with all that being said and myself using this 95% of the time using cable television, is the 10 bit vs 8 bit HDR that big of a deal or is it more noticeable while streaming 4k?

    Thanks for the help.

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  • Shashi
    October 23, 2016 at 10:31 pm

    Hi Stephen! That’s great review.
    Can you please guide me which model is better – Samsung 55 JU 6400 or KU 6300.
    I am getting both these models at same price.

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  • Alan
    October 29, 2016 at 10:51 pm

    Hi Stephen,
    Please advise which is a much better bang for the buck 55″ tv, a Sony X850D or a Samsung KS 7000?
    Thank you in advance.
    Regards,
    Alan

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  • Khaled
    November 9, 2016 at 8:59 am

    Hello Stephen!
    I can not make up my mine between 55″ x93d and 55″ x85d.. The only difference I hear is brightness and 3D (for me I will never use 3D).

    So is it really worth paying for the x93d? Where I am staying, x93d 55″ is US$ 2540 while x85d 55″ is 1250 US$.

    Also, do you recommend something else from another brand..

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    • Stephen
      Stephen
      November 18, 2016 at 12:22 pm

      Hello Khaled, without a doubt the X930D is the slightly better TV but the difference is very small. The two TVs perform pretty much identically on motion handling, color performance and their overall connectivity/gaming connectivity capabilities. The one thing that makes the X850D a bit tricky is the fact that it offers an IPS panel display in all sizes except the 85 inch model. This means much weaker black levels and far poorer contrast. On the other hand IPS does deliver really good wide viewing angles. So rally simply, if you don’t mind the weaker contrast and black performance (I think they’re very important for picture quality howvever), go for the X850D. If you do want good black levels, go for the X930D. All other performance specs will be more or less identical.

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  • Charles
    November 18, 2016 at 5:57 am

    Hi stephen, i hesitate between three 55 inches 4k tv. whitch one you think is the best XBR-55X700D or LG 55 uh6150 or lg 55 uf6800. Thanks.

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    • Stephen
      Stephen
      November 18, 2016 at 9:22 am

      Hello Charles, the model numbers you list are very different from their U.S counterparts but if I recognize the TVs correctly, you should go for the Sony model. s a general rule LG’s LCD 4K TVs aren’t very good on picture performance compared to other name brand 4K TV models and the only two exceptions we’ve found to this tendency so far are the LG UH8500 and UH9500. Buy the Sony TV. They almost uniformly deliver excellent motion handling, superb color delivery and at least very decent black levels and contrast.

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  • Rui Fernandes
    November 25, 2016 at 5:03 am

    Hello Stephen,
    i need your advise to buy a 55 inch TV 4K HDR for PS4 and to see movies and normal TV and i have the following TV´S:

    Sony 55X800D – PRICE 799€
    Sony 55X700D – PRICE 649€
    Samsung 60KU6000 – PRICE 799€
    Samsung 55KU6400 – PRICE 629€

    Waiting for your reply. If you have aother TV suggestions they are welcome.

    Thanks

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  • chloe
    November 27, 2016 at 2:51 am

    hi stephen,
    i am looking for a 55′ samsung tv..will you recommend a curved or a flat for a wall-mount?do you have any recommendation for samsung 2016 model with lots of port(hdmi etc.)..thank you so much

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  • Rungee
    November 27, 2016 at 3:45 pm

    Hi Stephen,

    I’m not sure you still check this thread, but I figured I’d at least ask in case you do.

    Do you know if the LG Electronics OLED55B6P will upscale content being streamed to it via the Plex app available on the Roku?

    Thanks,

    -Rungee

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    • Stephen
      Stephen
      November 27, 2016 at 6:40 pm

      Hey there Rungee. the B6 will upscale all non-4K content that is streamed to it or delivered to it from an external device/smart platform. As long as the content is compatible with display on the TV at all, the upscaling happens automatically. the TV’s 8.29 million pixels have to be filled as much as possible.

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  • julia
    November 27, 2016 at 11:36 pm

    its cyber Monday, and i want a 55″ tv. Do i buy the lg uh6030 or the samsung ku6270fxza. no gaming…lots of football. thanks!!

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  • Ryan
    November 30, 2016 at 10:00 am

    Trying to decide between the 55″ Samsung KU7000 the LG UH7650 and the Vizio P55-C1. Prices are quite similar. Any insights?

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    • Stephen
      Stephen
      December 4, 2016 at 7:13 pm

      Hey there Ryan. First, for the Vizio TV, The 55 inch model comes with an IPS display. This isn’t a problem for most aspects of display performance but it does mean a much lower contrast ratio and weaker black levels (though the TV offers much wider viewing angles due to IPS. The LG UH7650 likewise comes with an IPS display with the same characteristics. That said, the KU7000 and the P-Series TV both offer much better overall color performance and HDR specs than the LG TV and thus I recommend either of them. I also like the P-Series model’s compatibility with both HDR10 and Dolby Vision standards, which the other tow TVs lack. The KU7000 offers the best black performance of the three models.

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  • Aaron
    December 1, 2016 at 9:10 pm

    I’m looking for a 4k tv flat not curved 55-65 inch I’ve been buying lg for a few years now but I’m kinda stumped what to be looking at could you please suggest a couple options I’ve looked at the lg 6150 thanks

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    • Stephen
      Stephen
      December 2, 2016 at 2:53 pm

      Hey there Aaron. First, im not sure what your budget maximum is so it’s a bit tricky to make a recommendation. However, i’ll give it my best shot in this way. If you’re willing to spend almost $2000 or possibly more, then the only LG TV type I heavily recommend is an OLED model. They are genuinely stunning 4K HDR TVs and possibly the best on sale today. The 55 inch B6 is in fact still being sold at a special deal price right now on Amazon for less than $2000 and there’s still a deal on for the 65 inch model with a 4K UHD Blu-ray player included for less than $2,900. This news piece of ours covers both offerings and all sales talk aside, these are genuinely good prices for some of the best OLED HDR 4K TVs found today.

      If you want an LG LCD TV, the only two models we think are competitive with Samsung, Sony or Vizio’s generally superior 4K LCD TVs are the LG UH9500 and UH8500. We don’t like their contrast ratios or the black levels delivered by their IPS display tchnology but they offer excellent color performance, motion control and solid HDR chops.

      However, the very best affordably priced 55 to 65 inch LCD TVs on the market right now are without a doubt Samsung’s 2016 SUHD TVs. They all have remarkably uniform specs among them, so I’d suggest going for one of the cheaper models like the KS8000.

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  • Brewster
    December 9, 2016 at 1:04 pm

    What mid-priced 55″ TV do you now recommend? We’d like to stream from Netflix and other internet sources. We usually watch movies, sports, news and concerts. I have focused mostly on the Samsung UN 55 KU 7000 and Sony XBR 55X 850D but would the Vizio M55 DO be just as good and save me money?

    We will also buy a soundbar — do you have advice on what we should buy? I thought the Samsung HW K550 looked good but are there Sony or other brands — other than Sonos which is too pricey and more than we need.

    Thanks

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    • Brewster
      December 9, 2016 at 7:08 pm

      Also, how important is it now — or might it be in the future — that Vizio (and LG) (but not Sony or Samsung) can handle both HDR formats (HDR10 and Dolby)?

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  • Randy T.
    December 30, 2016 at 6:43 am

    I am looking for a 55 inch flat screen for under $500.00. I have found the Sony KDL55W650D and the TCL 55US5800 and the LG 55LH575A. Are these models from 2016? I don’t want to buy an old model. Also what is your opinion of these TV’s? Thank you very much.
    Randy

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  • Jay
    April 9, 2017 at 3:10 pm

    Hi Stephen,

    I would like to buy 55” 4K tv but I’m a bit confused between the following 3 models, which one do you recommend and if there is a better option than those 3 and within the same range of price please let me know. Much appreciated!

    1/ Samsung UN55KU6290
    2/ LG 55UH6150
    3/ Panasonic TC55CX650

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    • Stephen
      Stephen
      April 13, 2017 at 6:03 am

      Hi there Jay. among the three models you’re describing, I’d go for the KU6290 over the LG TV without a doubt. LG’s lower-end 4K LCD TVs like the UH6150 are poor performers and their contrast ratio and black level are especially bad. Since that model also lacks local dimming technology, the black levels will be particularly noticeable for almost any content you watch on it. The KU6290 also offers decent motion handling and is a great 4K TV for console gaming if that’s your thing. It has a very nice low input lag.

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  • Yves C.
    August 28, 2017 at 5:39 am

    And Panasonic ???

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    • Stephen
      Stephen
      August 28, 2017 at 10:57 am

      Hi Yves, we’ve reviewed some Panasonic 4K TV models in the past but because we principally cover reviews of televsions that are sold widely on the U.S market more than anything, we’ve excluded them lately. We’re looking into changing this policy but for the time being,our focus is on U.S/North American-sold TV brands. There are Panasonics on the U.S market but they’re sold very little.

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  • H O S H I & K I R A
    November 12, 2017 at 6:47 am

    should I go with a 55″ tel. yes or no it will be our first curved tel. we ever bought I have 10 days to conclude my facts about curved tv or not curved tv I will let you know for sure believe me it is a major issue in the klein house for now.

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  • manish mnalhotra
    March 20, 2018 at 3:15 am

    hi
    i want to buy latest 4k oled tv but bit confused between SONY A1 and LG C7. can someone suggest me

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