These Are The Best Premium 4K TVs For Christmas, Boxing Day and The Year End Holidays
Stephan Jukic – December 24, 2016
Holiday sales on 4K TVs and other electronics are in fact continuing, some of them heavily promoted by major retailers but others consisting of retail offerings whose prices simply never went back up to pre-Black Friday levels and stayed at more or less the same discounted level right up to now as Christmas day approaches.
Thus, if you want to get a new and possibly awesome 4K UHD TV in these last days of 2016, there are in fact plenty of excellent choices available at some of the best prices seen all year. Yes, new 4K UHD TVs will be coming out with even better display standards by the Spring of 2017 and many of them are going to get covered here at 4K.com as they first get announced during CES 2017 but this doesn’t mean that a 2016 4K TV is now a bad idea. Far from it.
For those who want the very best that will be available, many of the new 2017 4K TVs will probably be the best possible choice available but they will come with a major price premium in many cases and furthermore, for some brands, there are no guarantees of superior display quality in next year’s models. We saw this with even Samsung’s 2016 KU-Series 4K TVs, some of which were actually slightly inferior to their 2015 JU-Series cousins. Because of this, if you’re deciding between a 2017 and a 2016 4K HDR TV, it’s worth bearing in mind that the 2017 models won’t be arriving on sale for a few more months yet and that either way, the standards now found in the 2016 models are fully future-proof for the near future, making today’s televisions into some still excellent choices at wonderful prices.
With that said, we now get to the several 4K TV models that we consider to be the best offerings during these 2016 Christmas and post-Christmas holidays. The following TVs are not only superb choices because of their specs, they’re also excellently priced for the quality they offer. Among the selections below, there’s something for nearly every budget and each model offers the best possible value right now available at its price range.
These listings feature the best premium 4K TVs but we’ll be following this with a post on the best 4K TVs for less than $1000.
LG’s OLED HDR E6 TV may be expensive even if it’s selling at a new holiday discount price but this 4K TV is easily the best of 2016 in our view. LG did release the flagship G6 model in the same size range but aside from a slightly inferior level of audio quality, the E6 is its equal in every way and comes with the same stunning picture-on-glass design that we love so much for its creativity.
This model thus offers flagship quality at a lower cost and boasts some of the best color performance, HDR, black level and other display specs we’ve ever seen in any 4K TV we’ve ever looked at so far. Aside from this, the 65 inch E6 delivers true OLED wide viewing angles in which color, contrast and almost all other display performance levels stay the same even if the screen is viewed right off to one side. Then there are the 3D technology and virtually perfecct motion handling specs of the E6 to give it a truly superb finishing touch. The WebOS 3.0 smart platform from LG is also the best of 2016 in our view.
LG will without a doubt be releasing new OLED TVs in 2017 but the E6 will continue to stun right through the next year, we pretty much guarantee it.
LG’s OLED B6 4K TV isn’t quite as impressive as the E6 model we mention above and it lacks the pricier TV’s excellent 3D technology and stunningly unique design but the B6 does offer nearly the same levels of HDR color, contrast and black level performance as an OLED TV. Furthermore, its motion handling is nearly as good as that of the E6 and the G6. Furthermore, the B6 does come with one rather unique characteristic that we noted during our testing when we reviewed this model and which we consider to be a major bonus in its favor: It’s the OLED 4K TV models we’ve reviewed with the highest level of peak brightness of them all. Odd but true. This particular TV delivers at least 200 more nits of peak brightness than even the G6 or B6 TVs and the additional display brightness makes a notable difference when you’re using this elegant and superbly designed HDR OLED model to watch high dynamic range content. Basically, the B6 is better than any LCD TV we saw in 2016 and only a tiny bit weaker in a few minor ways than its pricier OLED cousins. This makes it a superb deal at $1,997.
In the particular Amazon deal link to the 55 inch B6 model, you also get the bonus of a superb Samsung K8500 4K HDR UHD Blu-ray disc player, letting you enjoy the fully HDR-capable B6 TV with the newest movies and other programming in full HDR from the steadily growing (more than 200 titles so far) collection of 4K Blu-ray discs also being sold by sites like Amazon.com.
Almost the entire range of Samsung SUHD TVs for 2016 shared remarkably similar levels of motion and display performance as well as all coming with the same essential design and hardware specs. The one exception to this is the flagship KS9800 which comes with a full-array LED backlighting system but even that model only performs slightly better than its SUHD cousins while costing a bit too much more than we like for doing so.
With that said, the KS8000 takes our cake as the best of the SUHD bunch because its specs are so close to those of the other models while the TV costs a decent chunk less than any of its KS8500, KS9000 and KS9500 cousins. The 65 inch model is thus what we consider to be the best premium 4K TV at a budget price at $1,497 and delivers some of the highest peak brightness, deepest black levels and best color performance specs we’ve seen among any of the 2016 LCD 4K HDR TVs sod this year. This is a superb HDR television at a great price and it will be future-proof for quite some time to come.
Between Samsung’s flagship KS9800 and Sony’s very similar X940D it was a bit of a tough choice picking which is best but overall, we’d go for the X940D 75 inch giant of a 4K HDR TV and that’s why it occupies this spot. While the KS9800 offers nearly the same specs as its cheaper SUHD TV cousins but costs considerably more than any of them, the X940D is pricier than any of the other Sony X-Series HDR TVs (X800D, X850D, X930D, etc) but delivers a considerably better level of performance to justify its extra price.
This model handles motion for video games and all other kinds of content superbly while offering incredible color performance and black levels. It also boasts an excellent contrast ratio and wonderful local dimming quality which further enhances blacks in onscreen content. At $3,798, the 75 inch model isn’t cheap but it’s priced very fairly.
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