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80 inch & 75 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!

 

Overview

The 4K TVs in the 75 to 80 inch range are the largest “normally” sized 4K Televisions sold for mass market appeal today. Yes, there are also quite a few 85 inch, 90 inch and even larger models on sale but they are rare, rarely bought and generally cost a lot more than the still more or less reasonably priced but universally 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 unreasonable 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.

Ideal viewing distance depend on a mix of visible sharpness and immersion

Ideal viewing distance depend on a mix of visible sharpness and immersion

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 6 Best 75-80 inch 4K TVs today

Now, without further delay, 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. 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.

Bear in mind that all of the following TVs include both native 120Hz refresh rates and 3D technology unless otherwise stated in any particular description.

LG G6 SIGNATURE OLED 4K Smart TV – 77″ Class: 

LG SIGNATURE OLED 4K Smart TV - 77" Class

LG SIGNATURE OLED 4K Smart TV – 77″ Class

Without a doubt in our minds so far the best 4K TV of any kind for 2016 is the LG G6 signature model, and the 77 inch monster that is the company’s flagship TV absolutely takes the cake in both price and quality. After our review of the smaller 65 inch edition of this 4K TV, we can be sure that the 77 incher is even more impressive due to sheer screen size even if it costs an absolute fortune to get your hands on.

Sporting a physical design like nothing we’ve yet seen in any 4K TV of any kind, the G6 also delivers peak brightness that beats many LCD 4K TVs and this is quite an impressive achievement for OLED technology to pull off, especially when you consider the fact that it also delivers the stunning “perfect” black tones of essentially zero nits in practical, measurable terms. In other words, the contrast levels of the G6 are absolutely out of this world and when combined with its exquisite color realism, partly due to the OLED display and partly due to other 10-bit color features in this TV, you get a picture quality that’s as realistic as anything we’ve yet seen from any 4K TV we’ve ever reviewed. The G6 also happens to offer compatbility with both UHD Alliance Ultra HD Premium and Dolby Vision HDR display and content standards, for maximum content flexibility.

Finally, the presence of LG’s superb WebOS 3.0 smart TV platform rounds things out for a nearly perfect home entertainment experience.

Sony XBR 75Z9D Series 4K HDR TV: $8,999.99

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Meet the Sony Z9D Series of 4K TVs, by far the best LCD (non-OLED) 4K televisions we’ve yet had the pleasure of reviewing on this website. The Sony Z9D models were introduced for sale in late 2016 and quite frankly we’re impressed. Yes these 4K TVs are expensive but damn do they deliver on their promise of cutting-edge display performance right across the board. While they don’t quite beat LG’s OLED 4K TV models in the quality of their local dimming and black performance as some reviewers have suggested, the Z9D models do however beat anything else in the LCD market on all these fronts.

the 75Z9D comes with a full-array LED backlighting system which delivers nearly a thousand different focused dimming zones and the ability to create black levels that match or outdo the best from Samsung’s KS9800, which is the closest LCD rival to this model. On top of this however, Sony’s TV can deliver levels of also concentrated peak brightness which go far beyond anything we’ve previously seen and even beat the famously bright 1450+ nit panels of Samsung’s rival 4K HDR TVs by  few hundred additional nits of luminosity.

Then of course there are all the other tremendously powerful specs of the Z9D, which include exquisite HDR color performance, nearly perfect motion handling specs and upscaling capacity and of course, Sony’s excellent Android TV smart platform.

The Z9D isn’t quite as good as LG’s OLED 4K HDR TVs when it comes to creating perfect blacks and single pixel-level local dimming precision but as fr as the human eye is concerned, it nearly delivers th same and this is impressive as heck for an LCD HDR TV.

Samsung UN78KS9800 SUHD 4K HDR LCD TV 78 inch model: $9,999.99

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As we’d also described it in our 65 inch 4K TV guide, the Samsung KS9800 is by fa the best 4K TV the company has ever made and in our opinion it’s also one of the best 4K LCD TVs we’ve yet seen from any brand. The reason for our opinion of the TV lies in its superb set of display and smart functionality specs but particularly with how well it performs at displaying content. For starters, so far at least, there is no brighter 4K TV on the market at all. With a peak brightness of 1455 nits, the KS9800 truly exceeds the standards for High dynamic range as set by the UHD Alliance. Furthermore, this TV delivers stunning color gamut coverage (DCI-P3) HDR wide color gamut and a superb level of black performance and black uniformity. On top of these specs, there is the KS9800’s excellent capacity for handling motion, judder in all sorts of movie content and the excellent Tizen smart TV platform. What we also love about the pricey KS9800 is its full-array LED backlighting, which allows this model to deliver a quality of local dimming which is distinctly superior to those of the other 2016 SUHD TVs.

The KS9800 is expensive but its specs make the investment very close to being worth all the dollars you’ll spend.

LG 77EG9700 Curved 4K UHD OLED Smart TV: 24,999.99

LG 77EG9700 Curved 4K UHD OLED Smart TV

LG 77EG9700 Curved 4K UHD OLED Smart TV

There’s no taking away from LG’s top notch quality in its organic light emitting diode 4K TVs, even more than a year after they come out on the market. The 77EG9700 is the company’s 77 inch 4K OLED TV and was released all the way back at the beginning of 2015. However, despite already having been superseded by several smaller and newer OLED 4K models from the brand, it still remains an absolutely top notch performer across the board and is certainly superior in many aspects of its display quality to just about every other 4K TV on this list of supersized models.

The 7EG9700 is not only stunningly massive and beautifully designed, it also offers the power of OLED technology, which –as we’ve already described in our previous 55 inch TV guides and 65 inch TV guides which included OLED 4K models—is nothing short of breathtaking in its superiority to LCD, particularly for contrast and black level performance. Each individual pixel on the giant 77 inch screen of the 7EG9700 can be individually activated to varying levels of brightness or deactivated completely to show perfect darkness, resulting in what are effectively 8.29 million local dimming zones across the display. No LCD TV can even hope to match that for now and the resulting precision effect is certainly amazing to behold.

Color performance on this model is also superb and it does a fine job of handling motion control, with some remarkably fine display of even fast-paced 4K sports action.

Our only complaints about the 7EG9700 are the fact that it only offers the older but still great WebOS 1.0 smart TV platform (WebOS 2.0 and 3.0 are superior) and that it’s bloody expensive at just under $25,000.

Sony 75 inch XBR-X940D 4K HDR Bravia TV: $6,498.00

Sony 75 inch XBR-X940D 4K HDR Bravia TV

Sony 75 inch XBR-X940D 4K HDR Bravia TV

While the Sony X930D cousin of the X940D offers edge-lit LED backlighting and thus delivers weaker specs for contrast, peak luminance and black levels than its Samsung and Vizio competitors, the X940D takes things to a new level through its full-array LED backlighting technology. In other words, the specs on the X940D are a cut above the Sony normal for 2016 and it’s visible when you’re looking at onscreen content. The quality here applies particularly well to native 4K HDR video sources and with those, this particular TV is a downright stunning performer, comparable only to Samsung’s KS9800 flagship 4K HDR SUHD TV for 2016 in overall quality. Peak brightness of well over 1100 nits and deep rich black levels are complemented further by 10-bit color for HDR premium certification, while Sony’s Triluminos Display and X-Tended Dynamic Range Pro technologies work to deliver one of the best 4K LCD/LED picture quality levels we’ve seen in 2016.

The X940D also comes with Sony’s excellent Android TV smart OS, which now offers more streaming media apps and functionality options than ever before.On the other hand, the manufacturer has sacrificed some of the fantastic speaker power we saw in the 2015 X940C model’s gigantic side-mounted sound system for the sake of a more aesthetic, leaner design, but this is easily fixable with an external speaker system hookup.

Samsung UN75KS9000 SUHD 4K HDR LCD TV 76 inch model: $6,999.99

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Samsung’s KS9000 easily offers the best overall value of the company’s 2016 75 inch+ SUHD TV models. Because it comes with a flat display instead of the overhyped curved screen of the KS9500, this TV costs a solid couple hundred dollars less than its cousin but manages to deliver absolutely all of the same superb visual specs as the other TV. This means some of the highest peak brightness we’ve yet seen in a 4K LCD TV, excellent 10-bit wide color gamut performance that’s perfectly in line with what you’d expect from HDR color and of course the inclusion of Samsung’s Quantum Dot color technology to augment color vibrancy and realism still further. Additionally, the KS9000 offers up some of the best inky black levels we’ve yet seen in a non-OLED television model and as a result delivers one of the highest LCD TV contrast levels you can get your hands on at this price.

Of course there are also the wonderfully precise motion handling specs of this TV and Samsung has brought its always excellent resolution upscaling and processing engine to the KS9000 and all of its 2016 SUHD cousins.

Vizio 65 inch P75-C1 2016 4K P-Series HDR TV: $3,799.99 

Vizio 65 inch P65-C1 2016 4K P-Series HDR TV

Vizio 65 inch P75-C1 2016 4K P-Series HDR TV

The 2016 Vizio P-Series 4K TVs with HDR are the best for their price bar none for 2016 and the 75 inch giant P75-C1 is the king of the litter for this year, offering 128 local dimming zones, full-array LED backlighting, extraordinary LED backlight brightness that’s among the best for LCD/LED 4K TV technology to-date and excellent 10-bit color for full HDR quality by both UHD Alliance and Dolby Vision standards. Furthermore, the P75-C1 along with other 2016 P-Series models delivers some essentially perfect motion control, judder control and content playback specs across the board. For the price it comes at, this particular TV offers the absolute best value available today in the 75 inch size range for premium 4K TVs. In basic terms, it’s an affordable television option with full-blown premium specs.

Finally, we need to take note of Vizio’s superb 2016 smart TV technology. Now called SmartCast, this platform doesn’t reside inside the TV itself and is instead downloaded to an included 6 inch Full HD Android-powered smart TV remote control tablet. Furthermore, it can also be downloaded to any other compatible mobile device for full access to streaming media apps and TV control functions, as well as web browsing. Finally, it’s worth mentioning that Vizio’s 2016 P-Series 4K TVs now also include VP9 4K content compression compatibility, on top of their existing HEVC support.

4K SUHD UN78JS9500 Series Curved Smart TV: $9,997.99

4K SUHD UN78JS9500 Series Curved Smart TV

4K SUHD UN78JS9500 Series Curved Smart TV

The 78 inch JS9500 SUHD 4K TV from Samsung is the company’s pinnacle flagship JS9500 model with its immense display space and all the same display specs found in the smaller JS9500 model we’ve covered in our previous 65 inch guide. In other words, this 4K TV features Samsung’s best HDR technology through the unique combination of Peak Illuminator Ultimate and Precision Black Pro technology (a combo not found in any other SUHD model) and also comes with the color vibrancy and accuracy created by Samsung’s own Nanocrystal Color technology. This model also features full-array LED backlighting for some very precise (for LCD TVs) local dimming technology, further augmenting its contrast and HDR capacities.

On top of these two major specs, the JS9500 offers up superb motion control performance, external, future-proof connectivity through the include One Connect box and the excellent Samsung Tizen smart TV OS with Smart Hub.

Our only real complaints about the JS9500 are its rather weak viewing angles and a surprisingly poor performance at maintaining grey uniformity across the whole massive screen.

Sony XBR75X940C 75-Inch 4K Ultra HD Smart TV: $5,498.00

Sony XBR75X940C 75-Inch 4K Ultra HD Smart TV

Sony XBR75X940C 75-Inch 4K Ultra HD Smart TV

Sony’s X940C 75 inch 4K TV with HDR is absolutely the brand’s best 2015/early 2016 4K smart TV and it comes with the specs to impress just about anyone. This is in essence the largest version of the nearly equal X930C but with full-array LED backlighting, and out of all the 4K LCD TVs we’ve seen in 2015, the X940C is arguably the single best performer at creating rich, deep and precise blacks and sharp contrast in an LCD screen. This is partly thanks to its HDR capability and also because of its full-array LED backlighting array. It doesn’t quite match the power of OLED in this regard but it comes as close as we’ve seen an LCD/LED TV get to doing so. Furthermore, the Triluminos display technology of the X940C ensures some truly brilliant, vibrant colors with excellent accuracy.

Sony’s Android TV platform is also a winner in the X940C, with excellent search features, voice, search, and fantastic access to Google Play apps as well as numerous 4K and non-4K media apps for smart TV platforms. Finally, we also absolutely need to mention the superb sound quality this particular TV produces. No other 2015 and early 2016 4K TV can match the X940C in terms of its sheer speaker power, with deep, rich surround sound that’s full of detail and nuance. Just a look at the model’s speakers clearly shows this to be the case.

4K UHD UN78JU7500 Series Curved Smart TV: $5,495.98

4K UHD UN78JU7500 Series Curved Smart TV

4K UHD UN78JU7500 Series Curved Smart TV

As covered in several of our previous 4K TV size guides, the JU7500 once again appears in its largest size yet and keeps on delivering the excellent specs. Though this isn’t one of Samsung’s premium SUHD 4K TVs with HDR, the JU7500 is still one excellent piece of 4K technology, with superb color performance, top-shelf contrast, remarkably good viewing angles for an LCD TV and some fine contrast performance, with accompanying deep, rich black screen uniformity.

We also love Samsung’s Tizen smart TV OS and the external, easy-to-update connectivity of the One Connect box with which this particular 4K TV is compatible. On top of this, Samsung’s 4K TVs come with better than average 4K UHD content apps compatibility, thus giving their users a small extra edge in terms of 4K entertainment access. The JU7500 78 inch model may not have the same HDR and vibrant color coverage of its flagship SUHD counterparts, but it delivers more than enough display quality to rank as a premium 4K TV of its own kind.

4K UHD Samsung UN75JU7100 Series Smart TV: $4,797.99

4K UHD Samsung UN75JU7100 Series Smart TV

4K UHD Samsung UN75JU7100 Series Smart TV

Samsung’s JU7100 75 inch 4K TV model is another high quality giant from this high caliber brand and it also delivers excellent display and entertainment specs, almost to the same degree as the JU7500 we just covered above. With the JU7100’s full-array LED backlighting system, you get access to some very good local dimming technology, excellent contrast specs and remarkably good color accuracy for a non-SUHD 4K TV. Furthermore, the upscaling technology of the JU7100 is nothing short of superb, particularly when enjoyed on this model’s massive 75 inch display.

We do have a few minor complaints about the viewing angles of this model but its other specs, Tizen smart TV OS and high caliber of motion control and judder-control specs more than make up for the JU7100’s minor defects.

 

 

Connectivity

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:

Samsung's One Connect box for future-proof connectivity in its premium 4K TVs

Samsung’s One Connect box for future-proof connectivity in its premium 4K TVs

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

Android TV smart platform for Sony 4K TVs

Android TV smart platform for Sony 4K TVs

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.

Sony's particularly good X-Reality PRO upscaling engine

Sony’s particularly good X-Reality PRO upscaling engine

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

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HDR technology is also a crucial feature of the leading 2016 4K TVs in the 75 to 80 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.

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. All but one of the 75-80 inch models we’ve listed above are LCD 4K TVs.

OLED 4K display layers vs. LCD 4K TV layers

OLED 4K display layers vs. LCD 4K TV layers

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.


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  • Mike t
    April 6, 2016 at 7:48 pm

    Oasis outdoor tvs are now avl in 75 inch

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  • Marc
    May 16, 2016 at 7:45 pm

    Seems like the Vizio P series is the way to go…

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    • Bob
      July 8, 2016 at 8:19 pm

      2016 Vizio P series do not include a TV Tuner for OTA HD local programing; they are a display, not a TV. The Vizio P series Display provides programing from Dish/Direct. etc., cable, or internet, If you want OTA local programing via antenna, you will need to purchase a third party turner.

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