QLED vs. OLED vs LCD/LED 4K UHD TV: What You Need to Know

by on April 3, 2017

Stephan Jukic – April 3, 2017

For novices to the world of 4K UHD TV technology, a lot of terms like OLED, LCD, LED and now even QLED pop up all over the place to confuse the buyer and leave a bit of doubt about what the hell kind of TV is simply best for you and your budget? In addition to these bits of display technology terminology, you’ll also hear about stuff like IPS display and VA display, possibly wondering what the differences between those two mean as well.

Well, while we’ve explained many of these different technologies throughout the pages and posts of 4K.com, we think it’s maybe worth giving a bit of robust clarification in a single concise post where OLED, QLED, LCD/LED and their details are all laid out clearly.

Let’s start with the most widely known, affordable and common type of TV panel, LCD/LED. This is also where VA and IPS panel subtypes come into the picture. These two display panel technologies will shortly be covered more robustly in another post.


A Samsung KS8500 LCD HDR 4K TV from 2016

A Samsung KS8500 LCD HDR 4K TV from 2016

The oldest and most traditional TV display type among the three television technologies discussed here is LED/LCD. The vast majority of 4K TVs sold today are LED/LCD models and even QLED TVs  (for now) follow this basic design type, as we’ll explain further below in the QLED section.

In basic terms, LED/LCD display technology works by delivering light from LED backlight arrays of different types to an LCD panel in which RGB (Red Green Blue) pixels are integrated. The light passing through the pixels produces brightness and color in an LCD/LED TV while technologies such as local dimming (by which select areas of the LED backlight array can be shut off, check out our guide on this here) and light blocking filters in the pixels themselves create dark areas on a TV display. Not all 4K TVs have local dimming capacity and even the majority which do only offer the technology to a very limited, imprecise degree. Thus, the black levels in LCD/LED TVs are generally far from perfect, even though they have gotten much better than before in newer 4K TV models of this kind.

Some high-end LCD TVs offer full-array LED backlighting in which their backlight LEDs cover the entire rear of the screen, while other TVs only offer LEDs along the display edges. Furthermore, many newer, premium LCD TVs offer special quantum dot color filters in their LCD panels for delivery of wide color gamut. This in fact makes them similar to QLED TVs as they stand today.

Generally, LCD/LED TVs are among the most affordable 4K HDR or SDR TV types sold on today’s market due to the high standardization and establishment of their display technology. This however doesn’t mean that they lack for high quality picture performance, as we’ll shortly cover.


QLED technology is two different things right now. On the one hand, it’s the potential future of 4K TV display due to certain developmental elements which promise to almost completely rework how 4K TV displays work.  On the other hand, the QLED display type that we see actually on the market in the 4K TVs (from Samsung only for now) of 2017 is almost identical to LCD/LED TV display but with some moderate modifications for increased color performance and viewing angles. In other words, QLED, as it’s available now, mostly consists of a marketing name attached to what are in fact LCD/LED TVs of the same kind that has been available for a while.

One of Samsung's 2017 QLED 4K LCD TV models, the Q7F

One of Samsung’s 2017 QLED 4K LCD TV models, the Q7F

The one main difference between today’s QLED TVs from Samsung and that brand’s or any other company’s LCD/LED TVs is that the new QLED models offer new, specialized metallic quantum dot nano-particle filters over their LEDs for purer, more accurate and more saturated colors.

Unlike many marketing names for 4K TVs today, Samsung’s QLED label does actually have some serious substance to it, and while the brand’s QLED TVs are in many ways just like their other premium LCD/LED TV cousins, they offer a genuinely superior level of color performance, even if the extra wide color gamut percentage is fairly small.

It’s also worth noting that QLED TV displays come with the same LED backlighting arrays and comparable black level/brightness specs to their non-QLED counterparts. Samsung’s Q7F, Q8 and Q9F QLED TVs, for example, are all edge-lit, just like most of Sony’s, LG’s or Samsung’s previous LCD 4K TVs.

A Special note on the future of QLED:

The above describes QLED technology as it stands today. However, there are developments taking place right now for a much more advanced QLED display technology by which, in very basic terms, the pixels of a 4K TV themselves will be made up of light-reacting nanoparticles that not only glow when electrical is run through them but also provide their own specific RGB color emissions. This new development would make future QLED TVs very similar to OLED TVs in their fundamental design but even better performers than OLED due to much more direct color creation inside the pixels themselves.

Quantum Materials for current and future QLED display technology

Quantum Materials for current and future QLED display technology


OLED TV display technology, as we explain here in our OLED vs. LCD Guide, is fundamentally different from all existing LCD/LED TV designs and in most ways, a far superior performer at nearly every picture quality spec there is. OLED TVs are today generally the most expensive and best performing types of 4K HDR or SDR TVs being sold.

The way in which OLED works is largely responsible for such high performance metrics: Unlike LCD/LED TVs, OLED televisions have no backlight at all. Instead, each pixel on an OLED panel contains a tiny organic light emitting diode that lights up or completely turns off into full darkness depending on whether current is being run through it or not. As a result, OLED 4K TVs are capable of delivering perfect local dimming right down to the single-pixel level of precision (in a 4K TV this effectively means 8.29 million local dimming zones ) and due to the total black they can create by deactivating pixels, OLED TVs also deliver perfect, infinite contrast.

Color in OLED TVs is delivered by blue and yellow OLED crystals whose light then passes through red or green filters in different configurations over each pixel to create all the display colors and white that you see on the screen. OLED TVs are known to be less capable of high peak brightness than their best LCD/LED counterparts but this is now changing drastically and in any case, due to the perfect black levels of OLED, even a dimmer display panel creates far better perceived contrast.


Black & Contrast Performance between LED/LCD, QLED, OLED

Moving on to the performance differences between all three panel types, we start off with the single most important pair of specs for 4K TV display quality: contrast ratio and black levels. In LCD TVs these can vary enormously depending on manufacturer, panel type (IPS vs. VA mainly) and the presence of local dimming technology. In OLED TVs, black levels are almost universally perfect and contrast ratios are almost universally infinite. In today’s QLED TVs, the same applies as for LCD TVs but with less variation since all current QLED TV models come with VA display panel technology, which is known to deliver much better black levels than IPS panel display in 4K TVs.

contrast differences between VA Panel LCD TV display and its IPS counterpart

contrast differences between VA Panel LCD TV display and its IPS counterpart

In basic terms, if you want perfect contrast, perfect black levels and pixel-perfect local dimming, an OLED TV cannot at all be beaten by either LCD or QLED TVs of any kind. If however you can’t afford the typically steeper prices of some OLED TVs, then a 4K LCD TV with VA panel display will normally deliver contrast ratios of 4000:1 or higher and the best LCD 4K HDR TVs with VA panels today normally deliver excellent black levels of 0.016 to 0.020 nits. All QLED TVs are VA models so all of them deliver this kind of contrast ratio and black level or better. Local dimming in premium 4K LCD TVs can allow for certain darker areas of the TV display to deliver extremely deep black levels but this can’t be done with anything close to the precision with which it’s possible in OLED displays, for which a single pixel can be made to emit no light whatsoever even if it’s surrounded by lit pixels.

IPS 4K LCD TVs, especially those without local dimming, typically offer the worst black levels and contrast ratios of all models, with contrast commonly topping out at 1100:1 and black levels hovering at 0.080 nits in even the very best IPS 4K HDR TVs sold today.

Brightness between LED, QLED, OLED

Brightness levels aren’t nearly as important as black levels in any 4K TV and even in HDR models, mid-range peak brightness can be compensated for by deeper blacks which increase the perception of brighter highlights in an on-screen image. Nonetheless, the major race today among manufacturers of virtually all premium 4KTVs of all types is for panels that reach previously unheard of levels of peak luminosity. The winners in this area are without a doubt LCD/LED TVs and QLED LCD TV models. The best televisions with both technologies can reach between 1400 and in some cases even 2000 nits of peak brightness. This is a lot and it comes much closer to simulating reality than anything yet seen in home television technology. For the majority of 4K LCD/LED TVs, peak brightness rarely exceeds 500 to 700 nits and many mid-range LCD TV models only manage about 400 to 500 nits even with HDR contrast enhancement technology built into them.

Contrast and brightness differences between OLED and LCD 4K HDR TVS (OLED on the left)

Contrast and brightness differences between OLED and LCD 4K HDR TVS (OLED on the left middle)

QLED TVs in particular, because they are all premium models, offer particularly high brightness levels of 1000 nits or more, with the top-shelf Samsung Q9F QLED TV model managing almost 2000 nits of peak brightness in a 10% area of its display. This is impressive indeed and only matched by Sony’s best LCD 4K TV, the Z9D, whose backlight array can manage as many as 2000 nits as well.

OLED TVs are a bit trickier to pin down on brightness performance. On the one hand, OLED has traditionally been associated with lower levels of peak brightness due to developmental limitations in the organic light emitting diodes which generate brightness in these TVs. However,, on the other hand, because OLED TVs create perfect blacks and infinite contrast where needed, their bright highlights stand out far more impressively than they do in almost any LCD or QLED LCD TV. Furthermore, while some of LG’s earliest OLED TVs could barely deliver peak brightness levels of 300 nits, the newest HDR models from 2017, such as the Signature W-7 OED TV, can offer peak brightness at nearly 1000 nits, enough to put the vast majority of LCD TVs to shame. In absolute terms however, the very best and brightest LCD and QLED TVs still massively beat the very best OLED TVs at how high their peak brightness can go.


Peak brightness in a 4K TV screen over a 2% window.

Color Performance between LED/LCD, QLED, OLED

Color performance between LCD TVs, QLED LCD TVs and OLED TVs is in many ways similar. Furthermore, now in the age of HDR wide color gamut TV technology, all premium 4K TVs of LCD or OLED design come with wide color gamut of over 90% DCI-P3 color space coverage for more saturated, vibrant and more realistic color performance. In other words, you’ll get awesome colors, and especially for HDR-mastered content from any of the above display types if you’re buying a full HDR TV (as all QLED TVs and most OLED TVs are in particular).


However, what we’ve noticed from our reviews of OLED, conventional LCD and now QLED TVs is that QLED technology from Samsung for quantum dot nano-particles does indeed deliver measurably higher levels of color performance over those of either OLED TVs or other premium HDR TVs we’ve looked at so far. OLED TVs on the other hand do deliver particularly realistic colors and their superb black levels particularly enhance the perception of vibrant color delivery, so they’re definitely, slightly superior to even high quality conventional LCD TVs we’ve looked at.

Motion Blur between LED/LCD, QLED, OLED

Moving pictures in a 4K TV can to some extent blur as the pixels which they shift through change from one color to another. The response time of these pixels, or the speed at which they change colors to represent motion in a picture is what most affects whether a TV smoothly handles fast picture motion or does so in a blurry way that can even be painful to watch. This applies especially to action scenes and lower response times mean less motion blur than higher response times.

Motion blur

Motion blur

LCD TV response times can vary enormously, with some low quality 4K TV models creating major blur during fast moving action and many premium HDR 4K LCD TV models delivering excellent motion blur control. QLED LCD TVs in particular are showing themselves to be great at handling color changes in their pixels very quickly with a particularly low response time by LCD TV standards.

However, OLED is unbeatable at motion blur handling. Due to the nature of their light and color emitting organic diodes, the pixels in these TVs can change colors virtually instantly with an extremely low response time.

What Kind of TV Display Should I Go For?

The bottom line is this. If you can afford it, go for an OLED TV due to their performance superiority across the board. However, if you want the best possible brightness and color performance so far, the best of Samsung’s new QLED TVs are even better performers in these two key areas. As for the majority of 4K LCD TVs and particularly those with HDR, it will depend a lot on specific model characteristics but in general, most of today’s 4K TVs perform wonderfully for most content as far as the average viewer’s needs are concerned. If you’re on a tight budget, many mid-range LCD TV 4K models from Sony, Samsung, LG and particularly Vizio will still deliver excellent display quality for most TV, disc, media player or streaming content since most of it isn’t HDR-formatted anyhow.

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  • Alejandro
    April 3, 2017 at 12:42 pm

    This year I’ll do the jump to 4K TV and I’ve been reading a lot to take the best decision. I’m waiting to see the reviews for the new 2017 models in this website. Any idea when they would be available, specially Samsung and LG TVs? Thanks for all the helpful articles.


    • Stephen
      April 3, 2017 at 12:54 pm

      Hi there Alejandro, we are in the middle of putting out several reviews of the 2017 TVs from the major brands. Since we try to give each TV model a strong dose of honest examination, these reviews can take a bit to complete but they will be up in the next couple weeks, with some coming out within days even.


  • George Yeoh
    April 3, 2017 at 6:30 pm

    What is your recommendation for an HDR TV that is 3D capable? I have a large investment in 3D BluRays.


    • Jason Nip
      April 4, 2017 at 10:41 am

      You should consider the 2016 LG C6. There’s something in the LG’s secret sauce that makes their passive 3D look incredible. (Especially on OLED). The curve on the C6 is subtle so as far as curved TV’s go it’s not a huge draw back, and the processing on the C6’s playback of HDR-10 material measured better than the rest of the 2016 line in terms of clipping peak brightness.


    • Stephen
      April 4, 2017 at 10:58 pm

      Hey there George, i’d strongly recommend two particular models. First and foremost, for a reasonable price and truly superb display specs, go for the LG OLED C6 from 2016. Secondly, Sony’s premium HDR 4K TVs like the X930D and X940D (if you can afford it) are excellent choices for both HDR quality and 3D functionality. None of Samsung’s 2016 4K HDR TVs come with 3D and for 2017, the same applies to Samsung, Sony and even LG.


    • Theo
      April 5, 2017 at 4:37 pm

      My OLED LG does a fantastic job with 3D. Highly recommended


  • wsmith
    April 6, 2017 at 9:55 am

    Great summary. Thanks. So it seems it could be worth the wait to see if QLED can surpass OLED on motion handling, (highly important to me and why I’ve been a devotee of plasma; I still have the last and best 65″ plasma made. HD of course.).

    2 Questions please:

    Do you believe QLED will catch up to OLED in motion. Or is the QLED technology a limiting factor?

    Do you believe that 3D will go the way of the Dodo?

    Thanks again!


    • Stephen
      April 6, 2017 at 11:31 am

      Hi there wsmith, I wouldn’t exactly say that QLED is worth waiting for quite yet. True QLED technology as I described it in this piece is probably atill at least a couple years off and even when it comes out, expect the first models to not be quite as good as the best OLED TVs released at the same time, possibly not even as good as today’s best OLED TVs. Remember LG’s first 2014 OLEDs? Well they were good but not nearly as good as they became after at least a year or more of further refinement. Thus, if you want a great 4K TV with single-pixel local dimming and perfect black levels, like OLED or how true QLED promises to be, then I’d say just go for a 2016 or 2017 OLE right now and get an advanced QLED model only after they’ve come out and had time to mature under consumer market development, maybe within 3 to 4 years.

      I do believe that QLED will be as good as OLED in terms of motion handling, future QLED, not what Samsung calls “QLED” right now since these TVs are still just LCD models with the inherent limitations of LCD.

      I don’t think 3D will disappear completely but I believe this technology will move more towards headsets and mobile 4K screens than back to 4K TVs. There’s more promise for 3D in headset gaming than in 4K TV display so far.


  • Tbuoy35
    April 15, 2017 at 11:53 pm

    Recently purchased, after extensive research and evaluation, LG 55B6P for very low, post Xmas price.
    Having been a previous Samsung owner, I found it difficult to leave the brand. But, in the end, future QLED may equal current OLED, OLED won’t just stand still. It will be refined year by year and, maintain an edge and, quite likely, a price advantage. LG has quite a jump on the market right now and for the foreseeable future. As for the model I purchased, I am constantly blown away by all the things it does, including great colour saturation. Japan is using 10 k right now, or so I’ve read. I can’t imagine !


  • April 25, 2017 at 6:12 pm

    Not true, all SAMSUNG QLED 2017 (OFCOURSE) are IPS panels!

    “All QLED TVs are VA models so all of them deliver this kind of contrast ratio and black level or better.”


    • Stephen
      May 15, 2017 at 1:17 pm

      No this is incorrect Yisan. Samsung has traditionally stuck to VA panels for its 4K HDR TVs. We saw this in all of the 2016 models and now we’re seeing the same in the 2017 models. We have this confirmed from our own reviews so far and from Samsung itself. LG’s LCD 4K TVs are the models in which IPS has been uniformly the case.


  • Danilo
    July 21, 2017 at 9:02 am

    Great write up.

    I`m in the market for a TV that can get as close to the OLED perfect blacks but without breaking the bank (thinking <$1500), henceforth a normal LED. I've heard that the different displays such as the VA models have greater blacks performance then ISP, as I should gear my search toward one of those panels. Which I read somewhere that all QLED's are VA so maybe I should lock in on those.

    Have heard the Sony x900e is one of the better 4k's out there but I think they have ISP panels. Amongst the diff brands of LG, Sony, Samsung, still am checking out the diff models to match what I`m after.

    Any recommendations that would check the above? Thanks in advance.


    • Danilo
      July 21, 2017 at 9:29 am

      Oh and in addition I forgot to mention, I much prefer if the TV featured Dolby Vision. This would ensure top notch contrast, deep blacks, and vibrant colors. And since my inquiry, atlas on best buy, my options are narrowed down to (which I`m looking for a 50-55 inch TV):

      LG’s J8500
      TCL P605
      Vizio XLED M50-E1

      If anything, the LG looks to be in line with what I`m after, but I’ll leave it to you guys to fill me in on your thoughts based on what I’ve listed here and my prior comment. Thanks again.


    • Stephen
      August 27, 2017 at 8:34 am

      Hey there Danilo. You heard correctly that OVA 4K LCD LED TVs deliver the best possible black levels we’ve seen so far with TV technology if you exclude OLED. Black levels can be even further improved if the TV in question also has local dimming technology built into it, as many premium models do. Thatsaid, for your budget and requirements, your best possible television in terms of BOTH exceptionally high brightness capacity and deep, rich black levels with extremely high contrast is in fact the X900E, the 55 inch model would be a great option at just under $1,300 or you could spend a bit more and go for the much larger 65 inch model for just under $1800. On the other hand if you want to save a lot, there’s also a 49 inch model for less than $1000. The QLED models are almost guaranteed to cost more than the $1500 you mentioned but the Sony X900E performs better than the cheapest of the QLED TVs anyhow despite its considerably lower price. Furthermore, the X900E does not use IPS technology for its display (what you accidentally called ISP). To put things simply, go for the X900E. It also delivers fantastic color performance and some excellent motion handling for movies, sports and gaming among other things. There are cheaper 4K LCD TVs with excellent black levels but none that get quite as bright as the X900E at the same price.


  • Srishti
    August 9, 2017 at 10:28 pm

    Hello, gr8 post . Helped my decision to buy OLED. In India Sony is launching on 15 aug OLED . Pls advice Sony or LG. & normal or 3d.


  • Niki
    November 7, 2017 at 8:23 pm

    Hi Stephen – thanks for this great summary!
    My dad is turning 70 this year and I thought I would get him a new TV – he watches it a lot!
    He’s got the LG 37LH3000 at the moment. His living room is not huge, so size wise something similar or a little bit bigger perhaps. He isn’t big on the internet, in fact, he doesn’t really now how to use it.

    I’d like to get him a nice TV but really not sure which one to go for. Would you help me, please?

    Thanks in advance!


  • Eley
    November 24, 2017 at 6:16 am

    Awesome review! Can’t wait for the 2017 review!

    One question though, for gaming, OLED or QLED? Thanks!


  • Jerome
    December 6, 2017 at 6:33 am

    Hi Stephen,
    2 weeks ago, I bought a Samsung UN75MU9000 tv. For $700 more, I can trade it in for a Samsung QN75Q7F. Is it worth the extra $700?


    • Stephen
      December 7, 2017 at 3:56 pm

      Hi Jerome. In the case of the MU9000 vs. Q7F, I’d say not quite. The Q7F does provide superior color performance but the difference isn’t huge and the two TVs are very comparable on motion handling. The Q7F does get a moderate bit brighter in HDR mode but again, it’s not a stellar difference, so given these things, I’d personally say that it’s not quite worth the difference, though yes, there will be improvements. If you were comparing the MU9000 with the Q9 TV on the other hand, then yes, it would be worth those $700 more if you could get it that cheaply.


  • Rodney Wade
    December 14, 2017 at 11:05 am

    I am trying to choose between 2 tv’s the 75″ Samsung Qled or the samsung 82″ 4K UHD tv because of larger screen. How much picture quality will I give up for larger screen.They are close in price


  • Cj
    January 12, 2018 at 12:35 am

    This was a great review page thank you for all the info. I’ve been out of the TV game for awhile now I’ve been in Afganistán, Kuwait and other places but finally headed home so quick blunt question I want to get the new Xbox one x but also need the new tv to match, what would be the best match for 4K gaming as well as the 4K Blu-ray? Thank you very much for all your help.


  • Jiri
    January 26, 2018 at 5:06 pm

    Hi Stephen,
    My old VIZIO M60-C3 60″ 4K Ultra HD 2160p 240Hz Class LED Smart HDTV (4K x 2K) died on me after 2 years of use. I dont believe it had 240Hz anyway(maybe 120Hz), however I need TV similar-or better to that one and seems like with my price range around more likely below 1000 bucks I found couple TVs which might worth considering. Not sure what Im looking for but after some reading 240Hz would be nice but market is limited for those so I have to settle for 120Hz. I guess HDR is good, must be smart, 4K and Iwanna see some black colors not grey and min 55 inch. One would be UN55MU8000 for $900 or QLED QN55Q6F for $1000. Which one you think is better choice, Im not watching that much sports but F1 and Im not into gaming either. I like that mentioning about X900E in post above which would be 3rd TV to compare. Would you please help me to choose which one is better and why? Which one would be 1st, 2nd and 3rd option for you? Or is there TV which is better then those 3 above even I would have to pay bit more. Thank you very much for help.


    April 6, 2018 at 11:44 am

    I have zeroed in on 2 models LG 55” HDR 4k Smart OLED TV and Samsung 55 Class Q7F QLED 4k TV. Which one you recommend?


    • Stephen
      April 9, 2018 at 1:09 pm

      Hi there Rajesh. I’d go for the LG OLED model. if their prices are similar, the OLED is almost guaranteed to perform better than the Q7F (though it is also an excellent 4K HDR TV).


  • Pete Malloy
    April 11, 2018 at 8:23 am

    Hi Stephen, you didn’t touch on the burn-in issues for OLED TVs. This is the main thing steering me clear of an OLED right now. Am I right to be worried about it?


    • Stephen
      April 26, 2018 at 8:37 pm

      Hey there Pete. this does remain an issue for OLED TVs but much less so than used to be the case. the 2016 and 2017 models offer a superior handling of this issue as far as we’ve seen and we’re assuming that the same will continue to improve for the 2018 editions, though it’s obviously too early to tell.


  • Tejinder Singh
    April 24, 2018 at 12:10 pm

    HI THERE. that was some info.
    please help me out here if possible. i live in India and planing to purchase a Samsung TV 4k or Oled depending on the price.
    49″ 50″ 51″ any of these sizes.
    preferences would be as following :

    Dynamic ration as high as possible or 50,00000:1
    IPS Panel
    Build in WiFi
    Dongle capability
    Smart TV
    Highest picture refreshing rate of 120hz
    BT HID Build in
    Screen Mirroring
    Ethernet if possible
    HDR or HDR10

    My budget is Rs. 50000 but can go upto Rs. 80000 not higher than this.
    i know its not much but please suggest me some Samsung models as its my first choice otherwise LG/SONY


  • Tim Dunn
    May 5, 2018 at 12:49 pm

    What is the difference between the QLED and the UHD? And are they both Smart TV’s?


    • Stephen
      May 25, 2018 at 1:33 pm

      Hello Tim, QLED is just a marketing term for quantum dot-powered LCD TVs of the normal kind, as opposed to genuinely different OLED TV display technology. QLED TVs basically come with filters made of nano-sized crystals which create vibrant colors when struck by LED light from a TV’s backlight panel. QLED TVs are UHD TVs as well, since UHD refers to resolution, not display type.


  • DG
    June 10, 2018 at 10:41 pm

    Hello Stephen
    Great Post. I have been tossing between Samsung NU7100 65″ 4K UHD and Samsung NU8000 65″ Series 8 Premium 4K UHD LED TV. Which one would you recommend?
    We looked at QLED too but thought it would be too early to jump to QLED.


  • Noel
    September 23, 2018 at 5:20 pm

    Hi Stephen,

    Do you have any updates for 2018? My old Sharp LC-80LE844U just burned out. I’ve been wanting an OLED or QLED for some time. It may be a simple fix as it just does not power on, but in any case I might diagnose and keep it as a second TV, and purchase an OLED 82”

    Do you have a new recommendation or is the LG OLED 82” still the best replacement

    September, 29, 2018


  • Ethan phillips
    October 4, 2018 at 9:30 am

    Hi Stephen,

    Great stuff – thank you for the detailed descritpion! Question below:

    I just got a ps4 pro and want to maximize its potential. What TV would you suggest?



    • Stephen
      April 29, 2019 at 12:34 pm

      Hi there Ethan, among the 2018 4K TVs, I’d absolutely recommend any of the OLED models or Samsung’s X900F as great choices for low input lag (good responsiveness) and great combinations of resolution, color, HDR and frame rate support. If your budget is a bit smaller, great 2018 TVs include the TCL 6-Series, and almost any of Samsung’s 2018 TVs (though the QLED Q6FN and the NU8000 would be our absolute best choices of the bunch if you take both price and picture quality with responsiveness for gaming into account. Among the new 2019 TVs, Id say that anything from Samsung is great. The Q60R is a particularly outstanding console gaming TV and delivers good, strong HDR picture quality as well.

      I’ve added links to our reviews of all the models mentioned below:

      Samsung Q60R
      Samsung Q6F
      TCL 6-Series
      Sony X900F
      Samsung NU8000


  • George Smith
    November 16, 2018 at 2:13 am

    Answered all my questions. A great article. Thank you very much.


  • Kay
    November 18, 2018 at 7:53 am

    I am looking for a new TV at 65-70”
    It is 11/2018 and the sales may be a dumping
    What would you recommend to an ordinary critic – not precise? But enjoy good color!


  • David Angel
    December 1, 2018 at 5:44 pm

    Excellent summary.


  • Karen Petitt
    December 13, 2018 at 7:45 pm

    what are you thoughts on the Sony X900F vx the Samsung Qled Q6F?


    • Stephen
      April 29, 2019 at 11:37 am

      Hi there Karen. Overall, I’d say that the Sony X900F is the better TV. Both have very similar brightness, color performance and motion handling but Sony’s model delivers superior local dimming and also includes Dolby Vision support. The Q6F has slightly better motion handling due to its very fast pixel response time but the difference is so small that the bigger issue of local dimming and broader HDR support (for whatever new content comes along) is the better deal.


  • Chetan
    January 20, 2019 at 10:15 pm

    Hi Stephen
    Great Informative Post
    Can you kindly guide me?
    I am planning to purchase a 4k TV in the next 4 months.
    My primary usage is: HD Tv Channels(Movies, Local TV and Sports), Netflix/Amazon Prime, (Rarely)4k Movies from my bluray player/USB, and my PS4 🙂

    I am looking in the sub 65″ range.
    Kindly advice according to your preference 🙂


    • Stephen
      March 20, 2019 at 4:49 pm

      Hi there Chetan. Our guide to 4K TVs for every budget on our main television page has the ranking of our best picks from best on downwards, in absolute terms, in a second category for under $1000 and in a third category of best for under $500. I really recommend you check it out. It has been fully updated recently. Off the top of my head, without knowing your budget. the best 4K HDR TVs that I can name which come at a reasonably moderate price while still being great would be Sony’s X900F (available in 49 and 55 inch versions), Samsung’s NU8000, and TCL’s 6-Series models. All have 55 inch versions and all three are excellent, though the X900F is the best of them. However, again, check out our main TV page here for complete rankings, descriptions and prices.


  • Raymund Togonon
    March 11, 2019 at 6:31 am

    HI Stephen,

    Are all Samsung QLEDS Curve TVs – 4K Ultra HD, HDR, HDCP capable/ compatible?



    • Stephen
      March 14, 2019 at 9:25 pm

      Hi there Raymund. Yes, all of Samsung’s QLED TVs are fully capable of the specs you wonder about. They’re premium models with full high quality HDR capacity and need 4K, HDR and HDCP by default. The only detail you should keep in mind is that they do not support Dolby Vision HDR, only HDR10 and HDR10+ since Samsung is backing these standards as alternatives to Dolby.


  • Luis
    March 30, 2019 at 1:56 pm

    I’m late to this article but find it incredibly useful.

    My old TV is an aging Pioneer Elite Plasma and I’m about to start shopping for a 4K TV and I’m looking for a higher end model but the turnoff for me on the units I’ve seen is that the image seems over saturated and movies end up having the same look and feel as a reality TV show, a football game or soap operas. I realize that this is by design as most manufacturers are trying to delive more “realistic” picture quality but for me is a bit of a deal breaker. Are there any OLED 4K HDR options which address this “shortcoming”?



    • Stephen
      April 29, 2019 at 10:58 am

      Hi there Luis, color settings in any 4K TV, OLED or QLED or LCD can be adjusted quite a bit. If you calibrate yours in the picture settings for whatever brand and model you buy, you should be able to fix most over-saturation or picture quality issues by playing with color settings, brightness, contrast and even motion interpolation (having it set to high can create a distinct soap opera affect that also spoils the whole “feel” of a movie in some cases).


  • Kris
    October 6, 2019 at 2:10 pm

    Thank you for explaining all this you should start a tv class and get paid


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