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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!

 

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 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 11 Best 55 inch 4K TVs of 2016

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.

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.

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.

LG OLED55E6 (E6) 4K HDR OLED TV 55 inch model: $3999.99

LG-E6-Hero

As is clearly visible here, LG dominates the roster of top-shelf 4K TVs in the 55 inch size range and with good reason, their OLED models are by far the most impressive 4K TVs we’ve seen go on sale as of mid-2016. The E6, at least in the 55 inch range is the best of the bunch even among these highly impressive TVs and with good reason. In all regards, this television delivers stunning display performance and other user features. Starting with a level of peak brightness that surpasses even a large percentage of LCD 4K TVs (even many HDR models form both 2015 and 2016) the E6 also manages perfect black level performance, perfect single pixel-level local dimming and some of the most stunning color performance we’ve seen in a 4K TV so far. These features of course make this model into a superb HDR-capable display which fully meets both HDR10 (UHD Allinance) and Dolby Vision standards for HDR content support. It may be expensive but the OLED55E6 is as of mid-2016 as good as it gets for 55 inch 4K TVs.

LG OLED55C6P (C6) 4K HDR Curved TV 55 inch model: $2999.99

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Among the four different 4K OLED TV models released by LG in 2016, the C6 occupies the second tier along with its nearly identical cousin the B6 model. Offering OLED display and full HDR support just like its pricier E6 and G6 cousins, the C6 is a slightly superior model to the best late-2015 OLED TV from LG, the EF9500. That said, this is one superb TV whose classical curved design makes it look much more like the models of 2015 instead of the radically redesigned 2016 G6 and E6 flagship TVs.

Delivering the usual perfect black levl performancce, perfect pixel-level local dimming and some of the best color space coverage of any 4K HDR TV for 2016 (rivalled only by the Samsung SUHD TVs and LG’s own higher-level OLED TVs), the 55 inch C6 model is a relatively affordable (by OLED standards) choice for those looking for an OLED TV that offers the latest in HDR technologies.

LG EF9500 4K UHD OLED TV: $2,997.00

LG EF9500 4K UHD OLED TV

LG EF9500 4K UHD OLED TV

LG’s late 2015 EF9500 4K OLED TV is still one of the best 4K TVs on sale today. We’re expecting new LG OLED arrivals and also new Panasonic OLED 4K TVs in 2016, all or any of which might uproot the EG9600 from its ranking as the best in 4K TV technology but for now it remains in its stellar spot.

As one of LG’s OLED TVs, the EF9500 offers High Dynamic Range display and some of the best, most close to perfect contrast and light/dark technology your money can buy. The distinct nature of OLED displays means that each individual pixel is its own source of light and a “dimming zone” since it can be individual turned off. Thus, in terms of local dimming as it’s traditionally known in LCD 4K TVs, OLED takes things to a ridiculous new level, with as many dimming zones and points of light as there are pixels.

Aside from this, the EF9500 comes with all the usual superb 4K video connectivity specs, includes LG’s spectacularly good new WebOS smart TV platform, which we consider to be the best on the market so far, and delivers superb color accuracy and vibrancy, partly thanks to OLED technology and partly thanks to LG’s other color processing features. Our only complaints about this 4K TV are its odd lack of a fourth HDMI 2.0 port and the fact that OLED doesn’t quite reach the same maximum luminance as LCD.

 

LG EG9600 4K UHD OLED TV: $2,997.00

LG EG9600 4K UHD OLED TV

LG EG9600 4K UHD OLED TV

Just like the EF9500 mentioned above, the EG9600is one of LG’s absolute top performers in terms of OLED technology and was widely considered to be one of the best 4K TVs of 2015 by numerous reviewers. With the EG9600 you get the same absolutely stunning contrast and HDR performance along with the same single pixel bright and dark control which makes OLED such a marvel in comparison to even the best in LCD TV display. Furthermore, the EG9600 offers the excellent WebOS 2.0, great connectivity specs and access to a broad range of the latest 4K UHD content from streaming and hard media sources. Best of all, it’s also compatible with HDR movies in 4K, unlike many rival models from 2015.

On the other hand, the EG9600 seems to lack a couple minor refinements to OLED that LG has likely fixed by now and thus can suffer from small amounts of luminosity variance and varying dark uniformity at times. Also, we don’t like this TV’s curvature. We generally consider curved screens to be a gimmick across the board but in 55 inch displays they’re particularly pointless for anything except aesthetics.

Samsung 55 inch KS9500 2016 4K HDR Curved SUHD TV: $2,499.99

Samsung 55 inch KS9500 2016 4K HDR Curved SUHD TV

Samsung 55 inch KS9500 2016 4K HDR Curved SUHD TV

Samsung’s KS9500 2016 SUHD TV isn’t the brand’s very best model for this year but it comes very close and offers up what are some of the most superb LCD 4K TV display specs we’ve seen in this year. Only a couple other LCD models in larger size ranges and OLED beat this model in terms of sheer visual impact.

With what are the brightest edge-lit panels we’ve ever seen, the KS9500 TVs offer superb levels of peak brightness that put last year’s 2015 SUHD TVs to shame, with even the edge-lit JS9500 not being able to compete with the maximum 1400+ nit peak light output of this model. On top of this, the KS9500 also manages to offer rich deep black levels of less than 0.02 nits and also delivers some truly stunning and richly varied 10-bit color with excellent DCI-P3 color range coverage. The overall result is an HDR 4K TVthat truly meets the highest standards for 2016 and gives its viewers some stunning realism across the board.

Furthermore, as we’ve mentioned in some of the other 4K TV guides, the 2016 version of Tizen’s smart TV OS for all Samsung models is better than it’s ever been before, with improved user friendliness, better functionality and more apps access than we saw in 2015.

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

Samsung 55 inch KS8500 2016 4K HDR Curved SUHD TV: $1,999.99

Samsung 55 inch KS8500 2016 4K HDR Curved SUHD TV

Samsung 55 inch KS8500 2016 4K HDR Curved SUHD TV

Samsung’s KS8500 4K SUHD TV for 2016 is the third best of the 2016 SUHD 4K HDR TVs but despite this lower overall ranking, it still offers superior display specs to any 2015 SUHD model 4K TV and that applies even if you compare it to the flagship. full-array JS9500 2015 model, at least as far as peak brightness, black levels and overall HDR specs are concerned. In all of these areas, this TV is a solid performer, delivering 1300+ nits of peak luminance,  a stunningly dark 0.019 nits of black level and an overall contrast ratio which is only surpassed among LCD 4K TVs by Samsung’s pricier HDR LCD models listed above, at least in this 55 inch size range.

Again, Tizen’s 2016 version and its refinements are all present in the KS8500 55 inch model and while the sound quality of this and other 2016 SUHD TVs leaves a bit to be desired, the display specs on offer are definitely on par with the needs of a serious home entertainment system.

Vizio 55 inch P55-C1 2016 4K P-Series HDR TV: $1,299.99 

Vizio 55 inch P55-C1 2016 4K P-Series HDR TV

Vizio 55 inch P55-C1 2016 4K P-Series HDR TV

Vizio has taken its affordable and well-built 4K TV technology to a new level in 2016 and the 55 inch Vizio P-Series shows this off wonderfully in many ways. While this 4K TV comes with an IPS display which renders overall contrast at a lower level than what we’ve seen with both the smaller 50 inch 2016 P-Series models and the larger 65+ inch versions, the P55-C1 is nonetheless a superb performer at delivering Dolby Vision-certified high peak brightness and excellent color coverage in the 10-bit HDR range. The P-Series are possibly the second best HDR LCD TVs of 2016 and their display quality comes with Full-array LED baclighting to boot. No other 4K TV for this year offers that and all the associated local dimming zones of the P55-C1 at this price level.

What’s more, like all of the other 2016 Vizio 4K TVs of all types, this P-Series model also comes with the company’s new and completely game-changing mobile device-based smart TV app. Called SmartCast, the new platform keeps the smart TV functionality outside the TV itself and inside a downloadable application that can be installed on any compatible mobile device for instant access to numerous streaming media apps 4K content and Google Cast as well. No more losing the remote control now that Vizio has made any smartphone or tablet into a potential TV remote. All of the 2016 P-Series TVs come with an included 6 inch Android tablet remote with Full HD display and SmartCast already integrated.

Sony XBR-X930D 4K HDR Bravia TV: $2,299.99

Sony XBR-X930D 4K HDR Bravia TV

Sony XBR-X930D 4K HDR Bravia TV

Sony’s X930D 55 inch 4K TV for 2016 offers some superb HDR specs that don’t quite match those available with Samsung’s SUHD TVs or Vizio’s 2016 P-Series models, but the HDR of this particular TV is still better than that of any 2015 LCD model, including the brand’s own top-shelf models from last year. What’s more, Android TV in the 2016 X930D is better than ever in terms of apps access and functionality while Triluminos Display combined with the Wide Color Gamut of this model’s HDR technology combine together to offer some of the best color coverage we’ve seen in 2016 LCD 4K TV models.

The X930D doesn’t quite have the same powerhouse audio setup as its 2015 X930C predecessor did but it more than makes up for these qualities in a superior level of display performance. Last but not least, this year’s model looks downright stunning with its thin and minimalist body design.

Samsung UNJS9500 55 Inch SUHD 4K TV: $1,997.99

Samsung UNJS9500 55 Inch SUHD 4K TV

Samsung UNJS9500 55 Inch SUHD 4K TV

Samsung’s glorious JS9500 is in our view a perfect example of the best that LCD TV technology on sale to date. This is one spectacular 4K TV by any measure and offers the very best of the company’s SUHD TV line manufacturing, with Samsung’s highest class of HDR technology, featuring Peak Illuminator ULTIMATE and Precision Black Pro, which combined together aren’t found in any other Samsung TV, not even the also superb JS9000. With this, the JS9500 offer the highest possible luminance of the brand’s entire lineup for 2015 and is fully qualified for the UHD Alliance’s “UHD Premium” standard for next generation 4K TV display.

Furthermore, there are all the other cool SUHD specs we’ve already covered in previous guides. These include enhanced quantum dot color, the superb Tizen smart TV OS with Smart Hub and Samsung’s slightly unique access to the widest possible range of 4K UHD media apps and entertainment sources. Judder and motion controls in the JS9500 are excellent and its contrast is, as expected for an HDR model, superb. On the other hand, we don’t like the curved screen, especially in this 55 inch display and think it only adds to a somewhat weak viewing angle range in the JS9500.

Samsung JS9000 55 inch SUHD 4K TV: $1,997.99

Samsung JS9000 55 inch SUHD 4K TV

Samsung JS9000 55 inch SUHD 4K TV

Once again, Samsung’s JS9000 makes our Top TVs listings with its 55 inch model, and with good reason. This is one spectacular piece of 4K TV technology. In many ways, the JS9000 is a superior performer to the JS9500 because it offers better color, superior motion blur control and better color vibrancy. It’s also a better performer in terms of gaming due to a much smaller input lag than the JS9500. On the other hand, it’s contrast and HDR are of a slightly lesser quality and that’s mainly why we rank it a bit lower. That said, the JS9000 is the more affordable model and if you want a superb 2015 LCD 4K TV with HDR and enhanced color, you simply can’t go wrong with this model.

Again, we get the screen curvature that Samsung insisted on putting into all of its premium 4K TVs to date and we ourselves don’t like it. It makes the TV look prettier but causes problems with viewing angles, mounting and screen reflections. In other words, it’s a gimmick and the idea of it being immersive on a 55 inch screen you’ll be sitting at least 2 meters away from is laughable.

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 TVfucntionality 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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