Super Bowl LIII Was Dull But Here Are Four Particularly Awesome 4K HDR TV For Live Sports
Stephan Jukic – February 05, 2019
The following 4K TVs all offer specific, truly awesome specs that will make any sports cast, live action sports or annual Super Bowl event absolutely spectacular to behold on them, and they’ll keep offering this performance for years of future Super Bowl kickoffs. That’s why they’re all worth giving a serious look to right now, because though Super Bowl 53 might have been just a bit dull, there will be plenty of other major events throughout the next months and years, and right now the time and prices are perfect for getting yourself yourself set up with any of the following four particularly excellent 4K UHD TVs for any sports cast you can throw at them, listed by order of price, from the most budget-friendly but still awesome deal to absolute best but priciest of the bunch. Each of these TVs hase been selected for a specific sports cast-friendly reason and we explain what it is for each model.
So, here they are, in order from most affordable on down but going up in price and overall quality
TCL 55S517 55-Inch 4K Ultra HD Roku Smart LED TV ($449.99)
We reviewed TCL’s 5-Series 4K HDR TV just recently and we absolutely damn well loved it because it surprised us with how good it was for having such a low price. This model may be a seriously budget 4K TV with no local dimming or hardcore high peak brightness but its motion handling is remarkably good (more than good enough for any live sports) and its contrast ratio and black levels are awesome. However what really impressed us most about the S517 and what will impress you too if you use it to watch that Super Bowl game is just how damn amazingly good its color delivery is. Everything shines vibrantly, and this includes non-HDR content, like your average Super Bowl game.
Added Bonus: The TCL 5-Series TVs come with the Roku TV smart platform, which we consider to be the best and most content rich in existence today, with nearly half a million hours of content across over 5000 apps.
Here are some additional essential specs, and here’s the deal below that:
- Dimensions (w x H x D): TV without stand: 48.3″ x 28″ x 3″, TV with stand: 48.3″ x 30″ x 10.6″
- Smart Functionality offers access to thousands of streaming channels featuring more than 500, 000 movies and TV episodes via Roku TV
- Pairs 4K Ultra HD picture clarity with the contrast, color, and detail of Dolby Vision high dynamic range (HDR) for the most lifelike picture
- Edge LED backlighting with dynamic contrast control produces Deep blacks and excellent picture quality
- Inputs: 3 HDMI 2.0 with HDCP 2.2 (one with HDMI ARC), 1 USB (media player), RF, Composite, Headphone Jack, Optical audio Out, Ethernet
Samsung UN55NU8000FXZA Flat 55″ 4K UHD 8 Series Smart LED TV ($797.99)
Samsung’s NU8000 was one of the outstanding 4K HDR TVs released for 2018 and early 2019. Why do we say this? Because except for QLED color vibrancy it offers all the absolutely peak performance of Samsung’s best ultra-premium 4K UHD TVs and those of most rival brands but at a fraction of the price. It’s colors are brilliant, its motion handling is astonishingly good and this 4K TV delivers some stunningly high brightness along with deep, rich black levels. The motion handling coupled with the beautiful sharpness of 4K UHD resolution alone are enough to make your Super Bowl game move fantastically across the screen, that you can get this kind of quality at the NU8000’S wonderfully low price (for its quality) is downright excellent. We recommend it very seriously as a slightly pricier budget option. At this price it’s maybe one of the best deals there is right now.
Some further specs for this size of NU8000 and the Amazon deal below, with free shipping for Prime members:
- HDR Plus: See movies and shows just as the director intended in stunning high dynamic range
- Ultra Slim Array: The Ultra Slim Array dynamically fine tunes the deepness of the blacks, to the brightness of the whites, for a picture with sensational contrast
- Dynamic Crystal Color: Discover an expanded world of colors where millions of shades HDTVs can’t replicate make all the difference
- Motion Rate 240: Enjoy smooth, crisp action even in the fastest scenes
- Smart TV with Bixby Voice: A revolutionary way to help find streaming and live TV shows with a Universal Guide, one remote and voice assistance
- Please note the differences between the UN55NU8000 and the UN55NU800D. NU8000: Eclipse silver bezel color, 550 nits HDR sustained brightness, Supreme UHD micro dimming. NU800D: Carbon silver bezel color, 530 nits HDR sustained brightness, UHD Dimming.
Sony XBR65X850F 65-Inch 4K Ultra HD Smart LED TV ($998.00)
Sony’s X850F is almost as good as the NU8000 listed above but doesn’t quite offer the same deeply vibrant colors, the same incredibly high contrast ratio or the same top-shelf peak brightness specs. However, what this model at this price offers as compensations for the sake of one hell of a Super Bowl or any sportscast experience is a much bigger 65 inch screen and the extremely wide viewing angles of IPS TV display technology. The X850F lets you fit all your buddies and their significant others into the same room, even way off to wide angles while letting all of you enjoy the same crisp colors, brightness and image details, in case you want to have yourself a more crowded sports night event at home. Most 4K TVs come with VA display tech in their screens and while this is awesome for deep, rich blacks at more direct viewing angles, IPS beats it by a mile at quality from well off center. All motion handling in the X850F is just as good as it is in any comparable VA panel 4K HDR TV. This is by the way a full HDR 4K TV with some truly excellent color delivery too. We love it, you’ll love it and its priced superbly for its size and performance.
Here are some further specs for the 65 inch version and the deal below that:
- 4K ULTRA HD: 4K Resolution with High Dynamic Range for incredible detail, brightness, and clarity
- LIFELIKE CONTRAST: Take non-HDR content to the next level with the X1 processor and 4K X-Reality Pro
- VIBRANT COLORS: Enjoy rich, natural colors with TRILUMINOS display and 4K HDR Super Bit Mapping
- CATCH THE ACTION: Motionflow XR technology gives you on-screen action with virtually no motion blur
- GENIUS TV: Our 65” Android TV with Google Assistant is compatible with Amazon Alexa and Google Home
- INPUTS: 4 HDMI inputs, 2 USB 2.0, 1 USB 3.0, and 1 composite input; includes hidden cable holder
- INCLUDES: Smart remote, batteries, power cord spec, IR Blaster, instructions, setup guide and stand
- DIMENSIONS: TV with stand – 57 1/8” x 35 1/2” x 12 1/2”; TV without stand – 57 1/8” x 33” x 2 1/8”
LG Electronics OLED65C8P 65-Inch 4K Ultra HD Smart OLED TV ($2696.99)
Finally we come down to the absolute kingpin 4K HDR TV of this bunch. This beast of an OLED ultra HD HDR television is without a doubt expensive by most standards but damn is it also absolutely awesome in almost every conceivable way, especially if you particularly want to watch live sports at its sheer best. OLED 4K HDR TVs deliver the best motion handling in existence today bar none and they couple this with perfect black levels, perfect infinite contrast and some of the best color performance you’ll find in any ultra HD HDR TVs in existence. They’re close to being the perfect HDR TVs and the perfect premium TVs in general. The LG C8 is the best of the bunch for 2018 and early 2019 until any new 2019 models show up on the market for their own reviews. We say this because it offers all the display performance of the most expensive LG or Sony OLED models but at a much more reasonable price by OLED standards. This beat of a TV will make your Super Bowl night and all other sportscast nights to follow wonders of visual quality, we absolutely promise this. The 65 inches of display space certainly help too.
Additional 65 inch model Specs and deal link below:
- LG OLED TV with AI (Artificial Intelligence) ThinQ has the Google Assistant built in, so you can control compatible smart home devices using just your voice through the LG Magic Remote. Create a center for your smart home and beyond. Plus it works with Amazon Alexa devices (sold separately)
- The α9 Intelligent Processor inside the LG OLED TV with AI ThinQ is the most powerful ever from LG. Developed exclusively for LG OLED TV, the new α9 processor noticeably enhances sharpness and depth while delivering vastly more accurate colors, for the ultimate in picture quality
- Pixel Level Dimming enables each of the 8.3 million individually lit pixels of the LG OLED TV with AI ThinQ to brighten, dim or power off completely, achieving perfect black and displaying a level of picture detail impossible with any other television technology
- 4K Cinema HDR on LG OLED TV with AI ThinQ features comprehensive support of major high dynamic range formats including Dolby Vision, as well as HDR10 and HLG, both with LG’s advanced tone-mapping technology that provides scene-by-scene optimization
- Dolby Atmos is the same audio technology developed for state-of-the-art cinemas, with the immersive sound that appears to come from everywhere, putting you in the middle of all the excitement. Output Power:40W
- LG OLED Display uses the latest panels, with brighter, self-illuminating pixels that deliver perfect black and intense color. LG OLED TV with AI ThinQ brings movies, sports, games and more to thrilling new life
- Inputs: 4 HDMI, 3 USB, 1 RF, 1 Composite in, 1 Ethernet, 1 Optical, 1 RS232C (Mini Jack) and Audio Return Channel Support via HDMI
- Dimensions (Wx H x D): TV without stand 57″ x 32.7″ x 1.8″, TV with stand: 57″ x 34.7″ x 9.1″