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Hisense 65H8G Quantum LCD Ultra HDTV: $800
TV technology has advanced to the point where it’s now possible to get a nice big screen and great 4K picture quality along with Dolby Vision high dynamic range (HDR), native streaming capability, and a host of useful picture controls (adjustable gamma anyone?) for less than a thousand bucks. Case in point: The 65H8G, a 65-inch LCD set from China’s Hisense that draws on quantum dot illumination and full-array local dimming with 90 zones to deliver image quality you expect to see from a set costing much more. Reviewer Tom Norton found little to criticize. Awarding the Top Value designation to this TV was a no-brainer. (September 2020, Read Full Review)


Vizio M65-E0 LCD Ultra HDTV: $932
(2018 model, $932 on Amazon.com as of 7/3/19; original price $1,100)
The 65-inch model in Vizio’s midrange M Series offers substantial improvements over its predecessor, including higher peak brightness when displaying high dynamic range (HDR) sources and an extended color gamut that rivals what you get with more expensive TVs. You’ll have to live with a single HDMI 2.0a port but that may be a small price to pay for performance that reviewer Al Griffin called impressive. (January 2018, Read Full Review)


Vizio M658-G1 M-Series Quantum LCD Ultra HDTV: $1,000
If you’ve budgeted a thousand bucks to spend on a new TV, you need to check out Vizio’s 65-inch M658-G1. The new M-series set combines full-array local dimming with quantum dot illumination to achieve excellent picture quality. At this price, you’ll be sacrificing some HDR pop and you won’t experience the blackest black but you will get best-in-class performance that left veteran TV reviewer Tom Norton duly impressed: “The brilliant colors on the animated Trolls jumped off the screen. The same held true for The Great Wall, the reds and greens of the army uniforms billowing brilliantly in the sun.” (October/November 2019, Read Full Review)
Sony XBR-65X900F LCD Ultra HDTV: $1,498
(2018 model, $1,498 on crutchfield.com as of 7/2/19; original price $2,300)
Sony has a brilliant LCD alternative for TV buyers who love the look of OLED but aren’t ready to pay the higher price. Armed with an exceptional Dolby Vision Picture Mode and Sony’s X1 Extreme video processor, the 65X900F delivers a stunning OLED-like 4K picture for a reasonable price. Reviewer Tom Norton wrote: “The X900F equals OLED technology when it comes to color and resolution, and exceeds it with punchier HDR highlights.” (Posted 7/19/18, Read Full Review)


Sony XBR-65X900E LCD Ultra HDTV: $1,700
(2017 model, $1,700 on sony.com as of 7/2/19; original price $2,000)
Sony’s stylish 65-inch Ultra HDTV is a compelling choice for budget buyers upgrading to HDR, offering a wide assortment of streaming options, impressive light output, and excellent picture uniformity. If that’s not enough, color is accurate out of the box. As reviewer Al Griffin put it, “You could easily spend much more on a new TV, but I’m not sure you really need to.” (December 2017, Read Full Review)


Samsung QN65Q8FN LCD Ultra HDTV: $1,798
(2018 model, $1,798 on amazon.com as of 7/2/19; original price $2,799)
A step down from Samsung’s flagship Q9 4K TV, the Q8 uses full-array backlight with local dimming and QLED quantum dot technology to push LCD to its limits. The result is an impressive picture with striking detail and eye-popping contrast. “Its picture is distinguished by rich, yet balanced color and sumptuous, detailed-looking shadows,” concluded veteran reviewer Al Griffin. (Posted 8/2/18, Read Full Review)

$2,000-$4,999


Vizio PX75-G1 P-Series Quantum X LCD Ultra HDTV: $2,200
The PX75-G1 fills its huge 75-inch screen with 4K images of exceptional quality and is ready to accommodate movies in four high dynamic range (HDR) formats: Dolby Vision, HDR10, HDR10+, and HLG (Hybrid Log-Gamma). Though not a fan of the Vizio’s remote control, veteran TV reviewer Tom Norton gushed over the set’s impeccable HDR performance while watching Oblivion: “Lightning strikes looked frighteningly real and a nighttime nuclear explosion seen from a distance revealed more detail than I've ever noticed in the dozens of times I've watched this movie on other sets.” Good news: As of this writing, the TV is available for $2,000 on vizio.com. (March/April 2020, Read Full Review)


Vizio PQ65-F1 LCD Ultra HDTV: $2,100
A lot can happen in a few years. In 2016, Vizio’s flagship 65-inch Ultra HD set carried a woe-is-me $6,000 pricetag. Today, the P-Series Quantum LCD — the most advanced and highest-performing Smart TV in Vizio’s line — lists for $2,100. More than just a super deal, the 65-inch PQ65-F1 is a fine performing TV that excels with high dynamic range (HDR) material. (December 2018/January 2019, Read Full Review)


LG OLED65C8PUA OLED Ultra HDTV: $2,500
(2018 model, $2,500 on amazon.com as of 7/2/19; original price $3,499)
If you’ve been pining for 4K OLED, LG’s new C8 series 65-incher could be your ticket to paradise. Buoyed by the brand’s latest picture technology and the well-executed webOS smart TV platform, the 65C8 not only exceeds the performance of last year’s C7 series TVs but costs considerably less. Highly recommended by resident video guru Tom Norton. (Posted 7/26/18, Read Full Review)


Sony Bravia XBR-65A8H OLED Ultra HDTV: $2,800
Sony jumped back into the OLED game in 2019, a full decade after it introduced the world’s first OLED TV in 2008, and continues to build on the resounding success of the Master Series XBR-65A9G, our 2019 Top Pick of the Year in TVs. The new XBR-65A8H costs a thousand bucks less than the 65A9G but retains all of the 4K picture perfection and cutting-edge sophistication of its predecessor while offering a slightly scaled back sound system. Watching the Disney animation Tangled, reviewer Tom Norton judged the image to be “as close to flawless as I ever expect to see” and was blown away by its ability to render true black and high dynamic range (HDR) highlights on the torture test Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2: “The results were gripping.” (October/November 2020, Read Full Review)


Samsung QN65Q80R LCD Ultra HDTV: $2,800
Apart from putting up an invitingly bright 4K image with excellent color rendering and superb high dynamic range (HDR), the 65-inch QN65Q80R is extraordinarily well equipped for a TV that sells for less than three grand, offering a full complement of features — including numerous picture adjustments, an Ambient Mode that displays photos and art when the TV is not in use, and a wealth of smart TV features, including voice control. (August/September 2019, Read Full Review)


Sony XBR-65Z9D LCD Ultra HDTV: $2,998
(2017 model, $2,998 on brandsmartusa.com as of 7/3/19; original price $5,500)
Sony draws on its decades-long history as a television innovator to create a TV that draws on 4K resolution and high dynamic range (HDR) processing to deliver “supremely real” images. Reviewer Tom Norton wrote, “In the dark, underground library scene in Oblivion — as Jack is chased by the Scavs and as flashes from his rifle land in your lap — you realize you’re not in Kansas anymore.” (January 2017, Read Full Review)


TCL 75Q825 8-Series Roku LCD Ultra HDTV: $3,000
Low prices — not high technology — is likely the first thing that comes to mind when you see or hear the letters TCL. But the Chinese company, which claims to be the fastest growing TV brand in America, has stepped up its game with the new 8-Series, which is built around the popular Roku streaming platform and brings full-array mini-LED backlighting with local dimming and Dolby Vision high-dynamic range (HDR) into the fold. Resident video guru Tom Norton was so impressed with the 75-inch 75Q825 that he gave it 4.5- and 5-star ratings across the board. (Posted 12/4/19, SoundandVision.com, Read Full Review)


LG OLED65E7P OLED Ultra HDTV: $3,498
(2017 model, $3,498 on valueelectronics.com as of 7/3/19; original price $5,000)
Think of LG’s 65-inch OLED65E7P 4K OLED TV as a lower cost, yet still excellent performing alternative to the the stunning, near-paper-thin W7 series OLED65W7P. How excellent? For veteran TV reviewer Tom Norton, picture quality was “as close to [perfect] as I’ve experienced” with superb resolution and high dynamic range (HDR) performance that adds realism without distracting from a movie’s story line. (September 2017, Read Full Review)


LG OLED65GXPUA OLED Ultra HDTV: $3,500
LG’s mid-line 65GXPUA OLED TV delivers a dazzling 4K picture and is loaded with features that will delight movie buffs and gamers. It has built-in Google Assistant and Amazon Alexa voice control, supports three high-dynamic range formats — HDR10, Dolby Vision, and HLG — and includes an auto low latency mode (ALLM) for gaming and a Dynamic Tone Mapping control that optimizes HDR10 performance by adding dynamic metadata. The set also boasts the new Filmmaker picture mode introduced last summer and an HDR Effect setting that convincingly simulates HDR from standard (non-HDR) sources. Not one to mince words, reviewer Tom Norton was captivated by the set’s ability to convey vibrant (though not overdone) color and rich detail. Guardians of the Galaxy No.2, one of his go-to test discs, “never looked better than it did on the 65GX.” (Posted 5/6/20, SoundandVison.com, Read Full Review)


Samsung QN65Q90R LCD Ultra HDTV: $3,500
OLED is the TV technology to beat. Or is it? In the case of the 65-inch QN65Q90R, Samsung has worked hard to address LCD shortcoming, making numerous refinements and employing quantum-dot-based full-array backlighting with more than 400 local dimming zones and high-dynamic range (HDR) to deliver a picture that can go head to head with OLED. In a direct comparison with Sony’s outstanding XBR-65A9G 4K OLED TV, resident video expert Tom Norton said Sony edged out Samsung “by a nose,” leading him to characterize the Q90R as “superb.” If you’re in the market for a high-end Ultra HDTV, make sure the QR90 is on your list. (December 2019/January 2020, Read Full Review)


Sony XBR-65Z9F LCD Ultra HDTV: $3,500
Building on the success of its Z9D predecessor, Sony’s Master Series Z9F makes a strong claim for top-dog status in today’s 4K TV market. It’s a full-fledged smart TV that delivers a superb picture with spectacular high-dynamic range highlights and excellent off-axis viewing. It can handle HDR10, Dolby Vision, and HLG high-dynamic range (HDR) content and even upconverts SDR images to near HDR. (December 2018/January 2019, Read Full Review)


Sony Bravia XBR-65A9G OLED Ultra HDTV: $3,800
People tend to forget that Sony introduced the first (11-inch) OLED TV way back in 2008 and then disappeared from the scene for a decade. As far as we’re concerned, the more OLED TVs, the better, so it’s great to have Sony back in the game, this time with an award-winning 65-inch model. The XBR-65A9G is guaranteed to wow you with incredible detail, eye-popping color, lifelike contrast, and a surprisingly good onboard sound system. And we would be remiss if we didn’t mention that the 65A9G was also named top dog in the 15th Annual TV Shootout hosted by Value Electronics. (October/November 2019, Read Full Review)


LG OLED65E9PUA OLED Ultra HDTV: $4,299
Organic light-emitting diode (OLED) technology’s long streak of delivering the best overall picture quality among today’s 4K televisions continues with LG’s 65-inch OLED65E9PUA. Though not as bright as its LCD counterparts, the E9’s wafer thin screen comes as close to fully covering the P3 color gamut as we’ve seen from any TV, while delivering breathtaking images with superb black levels, outstanding color and detail, and almost unrestricted off-center viewing. (August/September 2019, Read Full Review)

$5,000 >


LG Signature OLED65W7P OLED Ultra HDTV: $5,000
(2017 model, $5,000 on brandsmartusa.com as of 7/3/19; original price $8,000)
The future has arrived in the form of LG’s flagship TV, an impossibly thin HDR-enabled 4K OLED model that will blow your mind with its sci-fi aesthetic and best-in-class performance. Designed strictly for wall mounting, the 0.15-inch screen offloads the speakers, processing circuitry, power supply, and AV connectors to a svelte soundbar that attaches via a flat umbilical cord. (June 2017, Read Full Review)

TV Mounting Accessories


MantelMount MM860 Motorized TV Mount: $1,999
People love mounting TVs over fireplaces but rarely stop to think about the downside: It almost always puts the screen too high for comfortable viewing. MantelMount addresses this dilemma with the remote controllable MM860 mounting system that pulls the TV away from the wall and lowers it to eye level so you don’t have to crane your neck. The mount has a 30-inch range of motion — enough to achieve an optimal level no matter how high the mantel — and you can create a preset for your preferred TV height. Resident custom installer John Sciacca found the 860’s operation to be smooth and quiet — a “perfect solution to improve your TV viewing.” Guaranteed to impress guests, the system even has a sensor that automatically retracts the screen if someone decides to watch TV while the fireplace is active. (Posted 5/5/20, SoundandVison.com, Read Full Review)

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