65 inch TV Reviews – Best In-Depth Guide for 65 inch Smart LED 4k Ultra HD TVs for Sale – Buy a 65 inch 4k Flat Screen Television with Confidence!
65 inch 4K TVs make up what is arguably one of the two most popular size brackets for 4K TVs, along with 55 inch models. This is to say that while many name brand 4K TV models aren’t released in the lower 40 to 50 inch size ranges and many aren’t released in the higher 70 to 80 inch size ranges, virtually all major models of 4K TV from every brand come in a 65 inch display size.
This is the case mainly because quite simply, 65 inches is an “ideal TV display size for larger 4K TVs. It’s ideal counterpart for “smaller” 4K TVs is 55 inches and 65 inches takes the same place in the larger brackets by being just large enough to really get that big screen immersion but not so large that it becomes unwieldy, particularly in smaller living rooms and dens. In other words, 65 inch 4K TVs are like a TV version of Goldilocks’ proverbial porridge. They’re just right for most fans of large TVs.
Furthermore, at 65 inches, you’re looking at a 4K TV in which some very serious appreciation of native 4K resolution is possible. With the difference between ultra HD resolution and HD being particularly notable at both close distances and normal viewing conditions. Factor in the other high end display technologies like wide color gamut, HDR and enhanced screen brightness commonly found in most top-end 4K TVs like the ones we’re about to cover in detail and you get some spectacular home entertainment quality in these 4K TVs. This is why the 65 inch range represents so many of the major brands’ flagship TVs, it’s so ideal for them.
Also, be sure to check out our overview of key information about 4K TV specs and features following the TV listings in this guide themselves.
A Note on Viewing Distance
Ideal viewing distance for home entertainment is a product of a TV’s display size and varies between different models depending on how big their screens are. What makes a viewing distance ideal in a 4K ultra HD TV lies basically in a combination of being close enough to feel as immersed as possible in the screen’s content while also being far enough away to appreciate the sharpness of 4K resolution without noting pixilation to any significant degree. In 65 inch 4K TVs of the curved or flat screen variety, optimal distance is about 9 feet, or 2.75 meters, though this can of course be toyed with depending on preferences and TV room setup.
The Best 65 inch 4K TVs of 2016
Now, without further delay, we come to the list of the top 65 inch 4K ultra HD TVs of 2015 and early 2016. Like we said, at this size range, the selection of top-tier TVs is pretty broad, with some serious competition among models being a result. This is why this particular list is longer than those of some of the other TV size guides. In the 65 inch range, we get several excellent OLED 4K TV models as well as several top-shelf LCD flagship TVs from the other brands. In basic terms, this list strongly resembles the 55 inch TV Guide list due to the fact that most flagship models are sold particularly in the 55 and 65 inch ranges.
Bear in mind that all of the following TVs come with a native 120Hz refresh rate unless specifically stated otherwise in any description.
This is it, the 2016 LG G6 OLED HDR 4K TV is the crowning achievement of what 4K TV technology in its most exquisite expression is capable of and nothing we’ve yet seen beats this TV in sheer display quality. No LCD TV, no older OLED 4K TV and no projector screen. It really is that good. With HDR standards compatbility for both Dolby Vision high Dynamic Range and HDR10 as applied by the UHD Alliance, the G6 delivers the latest, most cutting edge home entertainment technologies for some absolutely breathtaking color realism, deep rich blacks that surpass even what the excellent 2015 4K OLED TVs from LG could do and a 600+ nit peak brightness capacity that actually rivals that of some 4K LCD TV displays. This last one is a particularly impressive achievement considering how much dimmer OLED is by nature in comparison to LCD 4K TVs with LED backlighting (the one victory non-OLED 4K TVs gain over their OLED rivals).
LG has definitely done it again in creating the single best 4K TV of 2016 and we truly are impressed. You will too if you can afford this piggy bank-shattering 65 inch model for your own home entertainment system, and not only will you be impressed but your neighbors will also gawk with envy when they see just how good native 4K HDR content looks on this ultra-thin TV that looks like something from the future.
We should also note that the G6 comes with a ridiculously thin 2.57 mm glass display panel and all major electronics stored along the bottom, for a minimalist design that’s like nothing else we’ve seen to-date. The fantastic WebOS 3.0 smart TV platform is at work again in this year’s flagship OLED model and again, you won’t see any other 4K TV deliver color and contrast like this one does.
Second tier to the LG G6 Signature OLED TV above by only a couple of very minor design and specs differences, the E6 is in fact perhaps the better deal among these two stunning LG flagship TV series because it costs a couple thousand dollars less while only losing out on a bit of its “picture on glass panel” thinness, a bit on speaker power and almost imperceptibly on some of its color coverage specs. Despite these things, the 65 inch E6 is easily better than any other OLED TV or 4K TV of any kind we’ve yet reviewed aside from the G6 itself and the two are pretty much visually indistinguishable in their picture quality.
Offering peak brightness levels that beat those of most LCD 4K TVs (only Samsung’s 2016 SUHD TVs and Sony’s flagship X930/X940D 2016 HDR TV manage higher brightness capacity) perfect blacks, single-pixel local dimming and color performance which recreates reality better than nearly anything we’ve ever seen, the E6 will impress anyone who comes over to watch the game at your home except for maybe the owner of a G6 or another E6. This TV is expensive but it’s an absolute winner across all major display specs at its price. Nearly perfect motion control, excellent judder control, stunningly good color, contrast and black performance combine with LG’s superb smart TV platform for an unforgettable home entertainment experience.
Sony XBR 65Z9D Series 4K HDR TV: $5,499
Meet what is easily the best line of 4K HDR LCD (non-OLED) TVs on sale to-date, Sony’s late-2016 Z9D 4K HDR TVs are basically like lmost nothing else yet developed in the realm of LCD/LED 4K TVs that we’ve yet seen. Upon their release there were even tech review sites arguing that these models are as good as OLED televisions in how they reproduce perfect black levels and local dimming precision. While we disagree with this extreme opinion (OLED still wins out by far on perfect blacks and pixel-perfect local dimming), we do think that the Z9D models –from this 65 inch version right up to Sony’s much bigger 75 inch model and monster 100 inch Z9D, which are both covered in our 75 inch 4K TV guide— are by far the best LCD 4K HDR TVs we’ve ever had the pleasure of reviewing yet. Sony has given even the “small” 65 inch model a full-array LED backlight array which covers hundreds and possibly nearly 1000 local dimming zones with some of the best and most carefully precise local brightening and dimming control in existence outside of OLED display technology. Furthermore, due to the nature of the LEDs themselves and the way in which they focus light, this HDR TV can manage levels of peak brightness which even exceed the 1450 nit maximum of Samsung’s 2016 SUHD TVs by a few hundred nits. This alone makes the 65Z9D and its larger cousins into the brightest 4K TV displays in existence today.
Then of course there are the Z9D TVs color performance and motion handling specs, which are at least as good as those of the best Samsung and previous 2016 Sony premium 4K TVs. That is to say, these TVs handle onscreen motion almost perfectly.
The XBR-65Z9D is one very expensive TV for an LCD model but we’d say it’s just about worth its price for the sheer display quality it imparts.
The same LG OLED 4K TV that made the top of our “Best 55 Inch 4K TVs” guide is back again in our 65 inch TV list and for good reason. This is definitely one of the best 4K TVs on sale today and was in our view the best model of 2015 and early 2016 among all others from any brand.
The EF9500 is LG’s first flat screen OLED 4K TV and for this we’re glad since curved TV design, while pretty from an aesthetic point of view doesn’t in our view add much at all to picture quality, particularly in 55 to 65 inch televisions. Thus, flatness is one characteristic in the EF9500’s favor.
Then there’s the OLED, oh the OLED.. As a model with this display technology, the EF9500 offers some superb HDR display and some of the best, most close to perfect contrast technology and light/dark control that’s possible today, rivalled only by what’s available in other OLED models. The special nature of these types of display’s means that in essence, every single pixel becomes its own source of light or complete darkness since all pixels can be individually activated or dimmed completely. Thus, as far as the much vaunted spec of local dimming is concerned (as it’s called in LCD TVs), OLED TVs like the EF9500 literally have as many local dimming zones as they do pixels, about 8.29 million on their 4K displays. This not only means superb contrast but also excellent color reproduction and color accuracy, both of which are other characteristics of organic light emitting diodes.
Topping off the superb quality of the EF9500 is its full host of connectivity specs, LG’s excellent, highly internet friendly WebOS 2.0 smart TV platform –which is the best on the whole market in our view and access to a wide range of 4K TV apps with HDR and SDR content. The EF9500 isn’t cheap but it’s also not exorbitantly expensive and in either case, it’s worth every penny of its price as few TVs are.
It’s expensive but oh boy is it astonishingly good! The KS9800 delivers the very pinnacle of Samsung’s 4K TV performance power in a way that leaves all the other model’s we’ve ever seen from the brand well behind. This is easily the single best LCD 4K TV we’ve yet looked at and even Samsung’s own other SUHD TVs like the nearly identical looking KS9500 don’t quite match the powerful specs of the KS9800. Unlike the edge-lit KS9500, the KS9800 comes with full-array LED backlighting and this means a level of peak brgihtness which surpasses even the stunning 1400+ nit luminosity of the other 2016 SUHD models. This thus makes this the single brightest 4K TV we’ve ever reviewed. Contrast is also amazing, along with black level performance that’s better than anything we’ve yet seen in an LCD TV model. And on top of these specs, the full-array LED backlight delivers a quality of local dimming that none of the other SUHD models for 2016 can match. Other specs for motion handling, upscaling and judder control in assorted movie sources are also as good as they are in any of the other SUHD models with the KS9800.
Overall if you want the very best in LCD 4K TV technology, the KS9800 is the TV to go for so far, even though it is definitely on the pricey side. The only aspect of this model’s design which slightly mars its quality is the curved display. As we have covered in detail here, curved TV screens offer no real value and only serve as excuses for higher price tags.
Meet what is definitely the best edge-lit 4K HDR TV of 2016. The KS9000 is at its most stunning in the very large 65 inch display range and this is for what is already an exquisite 4K TV even in smaller sizes. Despite having only an edge-it LED backlighting array, this television easily deliver superior peak brightness and LCD/LED contrast to any 4K TV at all from the models we reviewed in 2015. With peak luminance hitting well above 1400 nits and black levels that go down to stunningly low .0.019 nits, the KS9000 delivers the full HDR requirements for Ultra HD Premium standards as defined by the UHD Alliance. Furthermore, its contrast is the highest we’ve yet seen in an LED 4K TV to-date. On top of these specs, the KS9000 offers up superb upscaling technology, essentially perfect motion control specs and some stunningly vivid 10-biit color which combines with the TV’s other display specs like Quantum dot technology to create a picture realism which is downright fantastic.
With Samsung’s latest 2016 SUHD TVs, we are indeed impressed and the KS9000 is one of the best the company has to offer.
To keep things simple, the KS9500 is the curved screen version of the KS9000 which we ranked just above it in quality. In all of their core specs, these two 2016 SUHD 4K TVs with HDR are identical but the KS9500 comes with a curved display, which is also the reason why it’s just a tad below the KS9000 in our analysis. Some people may like the way a curved screen looks but the curvateure adds nothing to TV “immersiveness”, adds an unjustified extra cost to the final price tag and can even cause worse onsceen reflections from ambient light.
This one detriment aside, the KS9500 is, as we said, exactly the same as its KS9000 cousin and don’t let its higher price fool you. This is due to Samsung selling the curvature more dearly than its worth for an extra margin on sales of this and other curved TVs. However, in terms of superb Ultra HD Premium HDR, excellent 10-bit color and the even more refined 2016 version of the Tizen smart TV OS, this particular TV absolutely impresses. We’ve never seen brighter, richer edge-lit LCD(LED 4K TVs than the KS9000 and KS9500.
Offering just a slight bit less peak brightness and slightly lower black levels than its KS9500 and KS9000 cousins, the edge-lit KS8500 is still a more powerful TV for HDR specs than any LCD/LED model we saw in 2015, and this is even if we compare it with last year’s major flagship 4K TVs. In other words, despite a lower price, this is one excellent piece of home entertainment technology with some superb new and highly refined display, smart TV and content rendering specs. With peak brightness which can reach in excess of 1300 nits and some of the darkest black levels we’ve seen in LCD TVs, at 0.02 nits, the KS8500 also offers full 10-bit HDR-certified color and on top of that Samsung’s own native Quantum Dot color enhancements. What’s more, this 4K TV’s Tizen smart Platform is better than ever with more content access and user friendliness than were on offer in 2015.
Easily the best 4K HDR LCD TVs after the superb Samsung SUHD models, the new 2016 Vizio P-Series televisions have dramatically moved up in quality from anything we saw by Vizio in 2014 or 2015, and both of those years also saw great affordable 4K TV options from the brand. With the new 65 inch P-Series 4K HDR TV and other similar models, Vizio has taken their display technology to stunning new levels. Offering excellent peak brightness levels in excess of 1200 nits and deep, rich black levels that are impressive indeed for an LED 4K TV, the P65-C1 is also a 4K TV with full-array LED backlighting, being the cheapest on sale today to offer this additional technology and all of its 128 local dimming zones.
What’s more, Vizio has completely redone their smart TV interface technology with the new SmartCast mobile device-based streaming media and smart functionality app with Google Cast. This comes with the TV through an included 6 inch Full HD Android-powered tablet remote control but can also be downloaded to any compatible smart phone or tablet you have on hand. In other words, the SmartCast smart OS is like nothing else from any brand to-date and we are pleased with how well it works.
Overall, the 2016 65 inch Vizio P-Series 4K TV is probably the best piece of TV technology on sale today when you consider quality and price together.
As we’ve already explained in our “Best 55 inch TVs” Guide, the JS9500 from Samsung is arguably the single best LCD/LED 4K TV from any brand for the year 2015 and into early 2016. This model offers just about everything you could want, with full maximal HDR capacity thanks to Samsung’s Peal Illuminator ULTIMATE and Precision Black PRO technologies (the only Samsung SUHD model to have this combination for maximal luminance and deepest possible black tones) and a whole host of other superb specs. The JS9500 handles motion control and judder wonderfully, offers an absolutely excellent upscaling engine for non-4K content and of course, with the inclusion of its quantum dot nanocrystal color technology, offers up some stunningly realistic, vibrant color palettes.
We should also mention the excellent Tizen smart TV platform, excellent, beyond.average access to 4K content apps and Samsung’s external connectivity through the future-proof One-Connect box which comes with this model. Our only “major” complaint about the JS9500 65 inch model is the pointless screen curvature (though it does make the TV look prettier) and the somewhat weak viewing angle capacity.
In 2016, Sony’s replacement for the excellent 2015 X930C HDR 4K TV has taken down the quality of its sound reproduction by a notch or two but compensated for this with a truly stylish and sleek new design that incorporates some of the best display features we’ve seen from Sony to-date. Motion control specs in the X930D are particularly great and color reproduction is downright superb thanks to 10-bit panel technology, Wide Color Gamut HDR specs and Sony’s superb Triluminos Display LED filter technology. On the other hand, the peak brightness, black levels and overall contrast of this new 4K TV aren’t quite as good as they are in Vizio’s P-Series or Samsung’s 2016 SUHD TVs, which is why we ranked the X930D lower than those other 4K TVs.
However don’t be fooled, this is still one absolutely stunning 4K HDR TV and the Android TV smart OS built into it is better than ever before, with new streaming content sources and improved functionality.
To be brief and to the point, Samsung’s JS9000 SUHD Curved 4K TV is almost identical in every regard and quality metric to the JS9500. It’s only major point of difference is a lack of the brightest possible luminance through Peak Illuminator ULTIMATE technology. Instead, the 65 inch JS9000 and all other versions of it offer up Peak Illuminator PRO, which is marginally less bright, though the difference is barely notable.
Furthermore, the same superb One Connect box comes with this model and thus creates a future-proof, replaceable point for connecting all major ports like HDMI, USB, Ethernet and audio. We should also mention that the viewing angles and color uniformity on the JS9000 are at least in some cases superior to the same specs in its pricier cousin the JS9500. Again, we don’t much like the curved screen in this model but this is mostly an aesthetic preference, though we can vouch that the curvature offers no measurable “immersion” boost.
This is Sony’s flagship 4K UHD TV for 2015 and still holds the top spot until March of 2016, when the even newer next generation X930D 4K HDR TV goes on sale to consumers. With the X930C, Sony has created one stunning piece of TV display technology that will leave many users breathless with the quality of its display and its ability to support high dynamic range.
Two particular factors stand out in the roster of this TV’s visual specs: The first is the sheer intensity of the X930C’s contrast and the second is the vibrancy of its color palette. This definitely is a TV to proudly show off in the home. The contrast level in particular is the closest we’ve seen an LCD/LED TV come so far to simulating the rich blacks of OLED technology, while color vibrancy, thanks to Sony’s proprietary next-generation Triluminos Display technology is just stunning. Furthermore, the speaker power on the X930C is second only to that of the X940C flagship Sony TV. Aside from that model, no other competitor 4K TV matches the audio quality on this particular model.
As is typical of Sony, they’ve given the X930C some superb upscaling power for all types of non-4K content and the usual high performance motion control specs are also the case in the 65X930C. Our only serious complaints about this particular 4K flagship TV are its somewhat weak local dimming due to a lack of Full-array LED backlighting and its lower than expected peak brightness.
Sony’s X850C 4K Smart TV is another superb addition to Sony’s 2015 Bravia collection, coming in at a very decent price while still offering consistent Sony quality, particularly in its contrast performance, motion control specs, color saturation and the quality of its super X-Reality Pro upscaling engine. The X850C started out as a non-HDR 4K television but was updated in mid.2015 to include HDR luminance capacity and compatibility with high dynamic range content from major sources like 4K Blu-ray players, Netflix, Amazon Prime and other sources. Now, what you get with the X850C is one of the more affordable high-end HDR 4K TVs on the market that also packs plenty of punch with its full connectivity specs, superb Android TV smart platform and Sony’s excellent Triluminos Display color augmenting phosphor technology.
These things aside, our disappointments with this model are that its audio quality doesn’t quite live up to Sony’s normally great standards and that it’s local dimming technology is rather weak, due to the TV only having an edge-lit LED backlight arrangement.
Connectivity in 4K TVs is pretty uniform across the board. While some models offer up newer HDMI 2.0 variations or lack an HDMI or USB port or two, all models usually offer the same essentials, which are the following, by order of importance.
HDMI: In essence, HDMI is the single most important connectivity spec in any 4K TV and all modern televisions come with HDMI 2.0 as a default standard, with many also including the newer HDR-ready HDMI 2.0a variant for the next generations of 4K content. This includes almost all of the above 4K models we’ve presented. It’s via HDMI 2.0 that your 4K TV will be able to receive 4K UHD content from external sources like media players, set-top boxes and gaming platforms as a smooth 60Hz. Your HDMI ports are also where compatibility with HDCP 2.2 content copy protection is normally located.
Internet Connectivity/WiFi: Coming after HDMI, internet connectivity through Ethernet is the most important feature for streamed content and smart TV functionality in any modern 4K TV. Your Ethernet connection for bringing your home’s internet to your TV itself is what lets you access streaming media apps, stream entertainment content in 4K and non-4K resolution and use all of the rich web browsing and smart search functions of a 4K TV’s smart platform. However, two caveats exist to ensuring the best possible experience with this spec: first, for 4K content streaming, your domestic internet connection has to offer at least 15 to 20 Mbps of connectivity speed (and ideally more like 25 to 30 Mbps) and secondly, your TV must have compatibility at least with the HEVC (H.265) 4K video compression codec. Fortunately, all of the 4K TVs above and almost all modern 4K TVs come with HEVC compliance and most also include compliance with Google’s VP9, for streaming YouTube 4K content as well.
We should also note that all 4K TVs come with built-in WiFi connectivity as part of their internet compatibility package. While WiFi in its current form is too weak to transmit 4K video streams from your TV to any other device with a 4K display, the technology can be used for sharing content from external devices for viewing on the TV’s upscaled screen, or for viewing content from the TV in non-4Kresolutions on external devices like smartphones, tablets and even laptops and PCs in some cases.
USB: Your TV will almost certainly include at least 2 to 4 USB ports and while these aren’t powerful enough to handle 4K UHD content transmission from a peripheral device, they can be used to deliver non-4K videos, music, documents and all sorts of other media to your TV from assorted portable external devices like smartphones and tablets. You can also charge these sorts of devices through your TV via USB connection. Most 4K TVs today offer USB 2.0 ports but some are starting to include at least one, more powerful and newer USB 3.0 port.
Smart TV Platforms
All UHD TVs come with their own distinct smart TV platforms, depending on TV brand. These are the software interface technologies which allow you to navigate the web, access media apps and control numerous search and functionality settings in your television. Of course, not all smart TV platforms are created equal and some are definitely superior to others in terms of features and apps access. LG’s WebOS 2.0 and 3.0are currently the best platforms on the market in our opinion, while Samsung’s Tizen smart TV OS and Sony’s Android TV platform come in at a close second and third. We should also note the new Vizio SmartCast mobile device-based smart TV platform we mentioned in our coverage of the Vizio P-Series above. It’s a completely new take on how smart TV should work and offers some truly unique new design concepts on how smart TV can function in a 4K TV.
The very best smart TV platform technology in flagship 4K TVs also allows for features like full web browsing access, voice search, gesture control and the use of an accompanying smart TV remote control which enables these additional technologies. The first five 4K TVs in the above listings all offer these extras.
HDR technology is also a crucial feature of the leading 2016 4K TVs in the 65 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 technology in 4K UHD OLED and LCD TVs works, check out our guide to high dynamic range for a complete overview.
Native 4K display extras and Upscaling
4K resolution alone isn’t the core feature that determines display quality in any UHD TV. While all 4K ultra HD models offer the same amount of pixels, the real metrics of their visual quality come in the form of extras like HDR, enhanced color, “better pixel” technology, peak luminance and refresh quality, along with many of the other specs for display which we mentioned above. Thus, it’s always good to see a TV at work with display of both native 4K content and upscaled non-4K video to really get a feel for how well it performs, regardless of whatever hype is claimed about that particular model.
And speaking of upscaling, it’s one of the most crucial technologies in any 4K TV display, since the majority of content you’ll watch on your TV today and the majority of content available on broadcast TV isn’t actually 4K yet. Thus, how well a TV reprocesses 480p, 720p and Full HD video sources to make them look sharper, combined with the extra technologies we just mentioned above, is what really makes that TV worth buying over a 1080p TV model.
Backlighting in all 4K TVs can essentially be divided into two broad technology categories. These are LCD/LED and OLED. Without going into too much detail on them here, we consider OLED to be the far superior lighting system in current 4K TVs and this is why the OLED models we covered above take our top three spots. For a detailed point-by-point review of how OLED and LCD/LED compare, check out our thorough examination of exactly that, here.