75 – 85+ inch TV Reviews – Best Guide for 80″ & 75″ Smart LED 4k Ultra HD TVs for Sale – Buy a Massive 75 inch or 80 inch LED, Flat Screen Television with Confidence!
Stephan Jukic – Updated January, 2019
The 4K TVs in the 75 to 85 inch range are the largest typically sized 4K Televisions sold for mass market appeal today. Yes, there are also quite a few larger 90 or even 100+ inch models on sale but they are rare, rarely bought and generally cost a lot more than the still more or less reasonably priced and almost entirely high-end 75 to 80 inch 4K TVs we’re about to cover.
At 75 to 80 inches, a 4K TV is at the consumer range pinnacle of its ability to display ultra HD content in the best possible way. This resolution is always at its best when viewed on a larger screen and 75+ inches is just about ideal in that regard without being so big that it becomes unwieldy for most people. That said, TVs in this size range are generally very much on the pricier end of the spectrum and if we talk about the flagship 4K TVs from the major brands, and the OLED 4K models in particular, you’re going to see some very hefty prices indeed, though these models are much cheaper than the best 75 or 80 inch 4K TVs were back in late 2013 and early 2014.
In simple terms, the following are definitely not anything close to starter 4K TVs and they’re generally reserved more for serious fans of truly top-shelf home entertainment systems. Their specs and features also bear this out, delivering some spectacular display features beyond the already stunning quality of 4K resolution at 8.29 million pixels on a giant screen.
A Note on Viewing Distance
Viewing distance becomes ideal in a 4K TV when two key factors are met properly: on the one hand, the TV should be far enough away so that pixelation isn’t easily visible with native resolution to the naked eye and on the other hand, the TV should also be close enough so that the first thing is possible while still feeling immersed in the onscreen content. For this reason, smaller 40 to 50 inch 4K TVs are often used in small spaces or as PC monitors even because of their short viewing distance while larger TVs can comfortably meet both of the above criteria at larger distances and are perfect for big entertainment rooms.
For the 75 to 80 inch 4K TV models we’re about to cover, ideal viewing distance for both sharpness and immersion lies between 10 and 14 feet.
The 8 Best 75-80 inch 4K TVs today
here is our breakdown of the best 4K ultra HD TVs in the 75 to 80 inch range. On this particular list you’re going to find several flagship models and the entire list consists of top-shelf TVs from each respective brand, loaded with some of the best premium display and smart TV features on offer from each company. This is largely because at this size range, most of the best TVs are top-tier ultra-premium models due to the popularity of this size range. Furthermore, the selection of top-tier TVs is pretty broad, with some serious competition among models being a result. That said, despite a focus on more expensive premium models, we have done the fairest possible job of ranking the TVs that deliver the best possible quality for the lowest possible price too.. In the 75-85+ inch range, we get several excellent OLED 4K TV models as well as several top-shelf LCD flagship TVs from the other brands. The logic of the major brands basically dictates that if someone is interested in a truly big-screen 4K TV for their home, they’ll also be willing to spend the extra for the best possible specs. These sorts of specs generally hold true for all of the models below.
LG OLED77E8 77 Inch 4K HDR OLED Smart TV
If you’re going to go for a giant of a 4K TV with full high dynamic range, you might was well know what the best option is without budget taken too, too much into consideration. For the huge 75 inch and larger televisions, we’d say that the E8 is the best option that still doesn’t totally destroy even a high budget. There are even pricier 4K TVs like the LG W8 or the G8 77 Inch edition available, but they offer virtually no picture quality difference while costing a fair bit more than this particular UHD TV. This is why we consider the E8 your best choice if honest premium value is what you’d like without economizing while also spending wisely.
As for why we gave an OLED TV top spot in this ranking of best giant 4K TVs, just like we did in our rankings of 55 and 65 inch TVs, the answer is simple: OLEDs really are the best there is for high quality ultra HD TV. They’re not without their issues but in terms of sheer capacity for displaying both high dynamic range content and ordinary video sources at their ideal best, no LCD TV quite outdoes what we’ve seen 4K HDR OLED TVs like the E8 and its cousins perform. The E8 delivers the goods masterfully: near perfect color saturation, deliciously deep, perfect black levels, infinite contrast and all the usual ultra-premium OLED HDR qualities.
LG OLED77C8 77 Inch 4K HDR OLED Smart TV
LG’s C8 is the TV we’d give top spot to if we didn’t think a bit more premium design and performance are in order for such huge ultra HD TVs. However, if you want fantastically good OLED at the cheapest possible price in this giant size range, the C8 is your absolute best choice. This model essentially displays content and handles all other key aspects of high quality picture performance just as well as the LG E8 above. It’s only major differences are slightly weaker color performance and a bit less picture processing punch. It also doesn’t quite offer the same native audio flow but this is a minor issue since both 4K UHD TVs really deserve an external sound system anyhow.
We’ve given the LG C8 top spot in nearly all of our important TV rankings by size and quality, so it’s definitely worth going for and will remain great for years.
Samsung QLED Q75Q9F 75 Inch 4K HDR LCD Smart TV
The best of Samsung’s 2018 and early 2019 4K UHD TVs is without a doubt the Q9FN. We’ve already included this television model in our rankings of best 65 inch 4K TVs but it deserves one of the tops spots here. The Q9F is Samsung’s best ever QLED 4K TV and its color reproduction is out of this world, possibly the best we’ve ever seen in a 4K TV of any kind (giving even OLED televisions a run for their money). Furthermore, this TV also manages incredibly good motion handling, some truly fantastic black levels, full-array LED backlighting and possibly the highest contrast ratio we’ve ever seen in an LCD TV to date. We rank it higher than any other LCD TV available right now because of these specs even if the Q9F doesn’t support Dolby Vision HDR like most of the other 4K UHD TVs on this list do. Support for multiple high dynamic range formats is crucial to a high quality television even if some formats aren’t yet widely used.
Sony XBR75X900F 75 Inch 4K HDR LCD Smart TV
Sony’s X900F is truly the company’s outstanding LCD 4K HDR TV of 2018 and early 2019. This is the case for at least a couple of major reasons. For one thing, despite being a mid-range 4K HDR TV, this edition delivers higher contrast ratio than Sony’s priciest LCD TV, the Z9F. That by itself is impressive. What makes the X900F even more awesome is that the rest of its specs and features are almost all also premium quality things. Secondly, all of this is the case even though the X900F is one very, very reasonably priced television in all of its size ranges. Just imagine, it’s in some ways better even than Sony’s best and newest LCD model but sells at less than half the price of the other TV.
What does the X900F also offer? Several features that should make nearly anyone love it in their living room: This model delivers very high peak brightness that can exceed 1000 nits and couples this with some wickedly good black levels. The result of this is also an excellent overall contrast ratio that’s further improved by this TV’s local dimming, which is not only quite good but also fairly precise due to the multiple zones allowed by the TV’s full-array LED backlighting. Additionally, the X900F renders colors beautifully, with vibrant wide color gamut coverage, 10-bit color and great color accuracy even in darkened or extremely bright scenes in content. Then there’s the X900F’s motion handling, which is close to ideal and includes excellent handling of console games, with very high responsiveness. In other words, the X900F is nearly the perfect 4K TV by 2018 and early 2019 standards; it delivers specs that are exceptionally powerful for a price that’s remarkably affordable
Sony XBR75Z9F 75 Inch 4K HDR LCD Smart TV
Sony’s Z9F is pretty much the single most advanced 4K HDR LCD TV Sony has created for 2018 and early 2019. Better 4K models with slightly superior specs are probably on the way during the rest of 2019 but for now, this is Sony’s flagship HDR television among those available for the consumer North American market. The Z9F, which hit retail shelves and online sellers in October of 2018, boasts some of the best local dimming (extremely important for deep, precise black levels) you’ll find in a non-OLED 4K TV. It also outputs brilliantly high peak display brightness that reaches up to or above 1600 nits. Its color rendering and motion handling are excellent among LCD 4K TVs. These are the Z9F’s best display specs but other things about this 4K TV are also great, including its simple but elegant design and its app-loaded Android TV smart platform.
On the other hand, the Z9F is curiously weak on contrast ratio for a TV of its caliber and local dimming functionality. Furthermore, in terms of both wide color gamut rendering and peak brightness, Samsung’s best TV and this model’s closest rival, the Q9FN, does quite a bit better. Curiously, so does Sony’s own X900F despite being a much cheaper television. The Z9F offers the superior HDR capacity due to its screen luminosity and color saturation but the contrast and color weaknesses are why we rank the Z9F lower than the above TVs on this list, including Samsung’s flagship Q9FN.
Samsung UN75NU8000 75 Inch 4K HDR LCD Smart TV
Samsung’s NU8000 is another one of the exceptionally good mid-range 4K HDR TV models of 2018. We’d like to compare it to the X900F but this Samsung model lacks its rival’s levels of peak brightness and doesn’t have the same very high quality of local dimming (though it does indeed have local dimming). It also doesn’t support Dolby Vision HDR which puts it at a further disadvantage to the X900F. That said, in almost all other characteristics, the NU8000 is one fine piece of home theater display technology, with superbly vibrant color delivery, full HDR color support, very high display brightness and a level of motion handling that’s nothing short of superb. Additionally, the NU8000 is a great gaming 4K TV, with very high responsiveness and excellent color, contrast and resolution support options. We’re even tempted to consider this model the best console gaming TV choice of all the 2018 and early 2019 UHD TV models we’ve reviewed, though the TCL 6-Series model gives it a serious run for its money.
Bonus 2017 Model That’s Still Awesome
Just because the 2018 and early 2019 4K HDR TV models on this list are so great doesn’t mean that many of the 2017 4K HDR TVs have lost their sparkle in any way. We focused above on the best new TVs at the most affordable prices but if you want to shave still more money off your ultra HD TV cost, several 2017 editions like LG’s entire OLED lineup for that year and Samsung’s 2017 QLED models are all superb choices. That said, we include here the one 2017 model we think competed the best against its newer cousins even in 2018 and now in 2019.
Sony XBR75X940E 75 Inch 4K HDR LCD Smart TV
Sony never released a direct successor to the X940E Bravia TV of 2017. The X900F comes closest and actually includes many of the specs, such as full-array LED backlighting, that only the X940E offered in 2017 but this older television is still the slightly better performer. It gets incredibly bright even by the newest display brightness standards and its color reproduction is nothing short of fantastic. Furthermore, this giant of a 4K HDR LCD TV delivered some fantastically good local dimming with deep, rich black levels and contrast. It’s motion handling is of course nearly perfect and while the gaming connectivity of the X940E is a bit less refined than that of its 2018 successors, it still handled input lag from consoles with pro-level responsiveness. In other words, the X940E model is just as good as most 2018 4K HDR TVs and even in 2019 it’s a perfectly great choice for premium home theater display.
Connectivity in any 4K UHD TV is pretty much uniform across the spectrum. What we mean by this is that most such televisions, whether they’re economy models or flagship TVs costing thousands of dollars will offer most of the same essential connectivity specs across the spectrum for any particular brand. Some TVs may include or lack one HDMI port or a USB connection, and some models offer newer variants of HDMI 2.0 but all name brand models maintain the core essentials, which are the following:
HDMI: HDMI is a standard and crucial connectivity spec in any 4K TV that is going to get access to 4K content from external media sources. The version of HDMI used in all modern 4K TVs is called HDMI 2.0 and it’s what allows 4K video transmissions from external devices like 4K Blu-ray media players and set-top boxes or gaming consoles to reach your TV at a smooth 60 frames per second. Some nwer 4K TVs are also coming out with HDMI 2.0a now, which allows them to accept hard media 4K video with HDR, assuming the TVs themselves also have HDR compatibility in their displays.
Internet Connectivity/Ethernet: Internet connectivity in any 4K TV is the fundamental source of all streaming 4K content from the 4K and HD media apps found in a TVs smart platform media apps. It is through your 4K TVs Ethernet connection that you’ll gain access to a rich variety of smart TV apps for both 4K entertainment and non-4K media sources. However, for the 4K streaming content in particular to work, your TV’s Ethernet port will have to connect to an internet service package that offers at least 15 to 20 Mbps and ideally offers at least 20 to 30Mbps for streaming of truly smooth 4K video from sources like Netflix, Amazon Prime and other services. Live 4K UHD content like that now offered by services like Rogers (in Canada mainly) and BT Sport (in the U.K)work best on 30Mbps connections.
Additionally, smart TV functionality depends on internet connectivity through Ethernet, and your TV’s advanced search and non-4K media features will only work or only work optimally if you have a steady domestic internet connection running to your television.
Finally, as far as WiFi is concerned, all 4K TVs in the listings above and a majority of modern 4K TVs from any brand offer the technology as a built-in feature. WiFi isn’t powerful enough in its current form to deliver 4K video to any source but it can be used to mirror content from your TV to an external display device like a smart phone or vice versa. This is useful because it lets you take HD content from your mobile and portable devices and deliver it to your TV for display on its upscaling-capable 4K screen.
USB: All 4K TVs come with at least 2 USB connections and most models offer 3 or more USB 2.0 ports, with some even including a USB 3.0 port for even faster transfer of data or electricity. Your TV’s USB ports are useless for 4K content delivery but they can be ideal for charging external devices through your TV, for connecting gaming consoles and for delivering non-4K media like music, HD movies and other file types to the TV from a peripheral device.
Smart TV Platforms
The models in our listings above offer up a varied selection of smart TV platforms, from the WebOS system of LG to the Tizen smart platform of Samsung and Sony’s Android TV platform. Then there is also the higlhy unique Vizio SmartCast mobile device-based smart interface. What all of these have in common, from the excellent WebOS to the totally redesigned Vizio smart TV platform is that they offer access to 4K and non-4K media apps for smart TVs, search functionality and other interactive TV control features. Furthermore, the best 4K TV smart platforms like WebOS also offer features lie individual user profiles, voice search, gesture control and access to specialized apps menus, along with ful web browsing.
As a general rule, smart functionality is crucial to the smooth and web-connected streaming 4K media access capacities of any 4K TV today.
Additional 4K display features and Upscaling
4K TV display is far from being just about raw pixel count. If it were, all 4K Vs would essentially be of equal display caliber. However, this is not the case because different 4K TVs deliver different levels of contrast, HDR, color and motion control quality. This is also what makes 4K UHD TVs so much better than their Full HD counterparts, which offer nearly identical visible resolution in smaller 50 inch or less televisions when viewed at normal distances. With 4K TV, you get access to specialized display innovations like enhanced color, high dynamic range and superior motion control performance in many cases. This is what allow even a small 4K TV to perform better than even many high-end HDTVs.
Furthermore, upscaling is a crucial part of any 4K model’s display technology. This technology uses algorithmic reprocessing to scale non-4K content up beyond the limits of its normal resolution so that it looks sharper and more “4k-like” even in large TVs like the models in this guide. 4K upscaling is a crucial spec due to the simple fact that most content today, particularly broadcast content, isn’t delivered in native 4K resolution.
All of the above-listed models offer superb upscaling engines for all major non-4K resolutions.
HDR technology is also a crucial feature of nearly all 4K ultra HD TVs in the 75 to 80 inch range and has been a basic element of UHD TV display since 2017. With high dynamic range, display quality takes a major leap upward and the 2018/2019 standards for HDR that the top 4K TVs in this list have adopted are considerably better than what we saw of this technology in older TVs. 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.
Backlighting and local dimming
All 4K TVs offer some sort of display illumination technology for their content. With LCD models, this consists of LEDs behind an LCD filter and with OLED technology, this consists of individual pixels glowing or dimming completely as needed for onscreen content. As for local dimming, it’s also crucial for the sake of illuminating or darkening specific areas of the screen according to the needs of the content being displayed. Needless to say, OLED rules in this department, since it allows pixel-perfect precision in illuminating or darkening video sequences and their details. LCD displays can only do the same for much larger individual sections of a screen, thus being inferior to OLED even when they work superbly by LCD standards. Two of the 75-80 inch models we’ve listed above are OLED 4K TVs.
We could go into further detail on this but for an even deeper comparison of both display technologies, you should simply read our OLED vs. LCD comparison guide right here.