OLED TV Reviews 2020
OLED TV Reviews 2020
- 1 OLED TV Reviews 2020
- 2 LG 55C9, the best 4K TV of all criteria
- 3 Sony KD-55AG9, the 4K TV with the best sound
- 4 Samsung The Frame, the most design LCD TV
- 5 Panasonic TX-55GZ950E (OLED)
- 6 Hisense H55B7500, the cheapest TV
Before OLED TV, Not so long ago, the Ultra HD/4K was still the top of the basket for TV manufacturers. But as the years and ranges go by, prices fall. Today, you can equip yourself with Ultra HD (UHD) from few hundred, but to get a quality rendering and take advantage of the latest advanced features like voice control via the Google Assistant, you have to invest a little more. In addition, compatible content is now common, whether on physical support on Blu-Ray 4K or streaming via Netflix, Amazon Prime Video or even YouTube. As you will understand, buying a 4K TV these days is no longer a choice for the future, these devices are now the norm on the market. But among the many references available, it is not always easy to select the best model.
LG 55C9, the best 4K TV of all criteria
Year after year, LG perfects its OLED TVs. The excellent C9 does not revolutionize the range, mature enough now, but brings subtle evolutions such as the integration of the Alexa voice assistant in addition to the Google Assistant, support of Apple AirPlay 2 and especially the HDMI 2.1. With this next-generation connectivity, the TV can handle the 4K at 120 frames per second, supports the eARC to transmit an audio stream in original quality, as well as the variable refresh rate and automatic game mode, both of which are very useful to players. Moreover, the C9 is very good in a video game with latency measured at 13.3 ms, the lowest on the market. All this gives us a sublime image in a setting always as fine and elegant. Only the audio quality is a little behind in this TV which currently represents the best in terms of image. Don’t hesitate if you can afford it.
Sony KD-55AG9, the 4K TV with the best sound
Sony has once again offered us a very good vintage. Its highest-end OLED, the AG9, once again delivers a very beautiful image with an infinite contrast rate and rich and faithful colours even if the bright peak of this model is a little below the competition. We also find within this model what is the strength of Sony OLED for a few years: the Acoustic Surface sound. On the AG9, the system can also serve as a central route in a home theatre, an asset for the most demanding. Still animated by Android, which is becoming more fluid, the AG9 ignores the HDMI 2.1 on the other hand, and therefore on its functions oriented video games. But anyway, this TV is not the most suitable for this use. The design has also changed: exit the rear crutch, Sony decided to return to a more classic look. In the end, the AG9 is a nice proposition for moviegoers but as usual with the brand, the price is higher than in the competition. If you have the necessary budget, you can go without fear.
Samsung The Frame, the most design LCD TV
Samsung’s The Frame is an original QLED 4K screen halfway between a TV and a digital board. It has an “Art Mode” that allows it to display work (or photos) when it is not in use and, thanks to its motion detection system, to automatically turn off when you leave the room.
The detail that matters: it features the OneConnect deported case, which packs most components, allows easier access to connectivity and greater finesse than many other LCD models. Featuring an elegant frame customizable to suit his tastes and interior, The Frame is without a doubt the most design TV in its class, but even though its image quality has improved since previous versions, it is not the best on this point at its price level. And although Tizen is at the controls, Samsung’s OS is less stable and fluid here. Nevertheless, it remains the TV reference for lovers of art and design.
Panasonic TX-55GZ950E (OLED)
The Panasonic GZ950 is not the most original design side, nor the most ergonomic and “smart” with its home OS My Home Screen 4.0, which does the job but is not as complete as Android TV. Besides, it ignores the HDMI 2.1 and is just correct in the video game. On the other hand, this GZ950 is excellent on what matters most: image quality. Indeed, the manufacturer has focused on the essentials, thus delivering a model very well-calibrated original and simply perfect for the cinema. Its image is sumptuous at all levels, the treatments of the HCX Intelligent Pro processor are arguably the most efficient on the market, it is also compatible with most HDR standards, including the HDR10 and Dolby Vision that still sublimate the image, and all for a reasonable price (at least for an OLED).
Hisense H55B7500, the cheapest TV
With beautiful features and a contented fare, the Hisense B7500 proves to be an interesting proposition for those who want to enter the world of 4K without breaking the bank. Featuring a 10-bit VA slab that provides satisfactory contrast for an LCD, this TV is compatible with most HDR standards (including the HDR10 AND The Dolby Vision). It also adopts a beautiful design with a finish that exudes quality, much more than most competitors at this price level. On the defect side, we mainly deplore widely improved image treatments and limited Smart TV functions because of the brand’s home-made OS. Despite this, this B7500 offers a very good value for money, it’s a model to seriously consider if you are looking for a large 4K TV under the 500.
Our tips for choosing the right choice
The difference between Full HD and HD 720p was already not obvious on small image diagonals, it is even less so with Ultra HD. That’s why we recommend you opt for a slab of at least 55 inches. There then, the gain in pixels is palpable and the difference in dive noticeable. Investing in a larger size may be interesting but at the same price, you will most certainly perform better by choosing a smaller TV. It’s a personal choice.
What displays technology?
LCD LED, LCD QLED, OLED? If the former has the advantage of price, the third will offer you the best picture quality with unmatched contrast rate, bright colours, wide viewing angles and finer design. However, LCD slabs are not prone to screen burns, but they are less contrasting and often have homogeneity defects. The QLED, Samsung’s name for its high-end LED LDCs, suffers from the same defects but offers in return a brightness greater than that of OLED. Among LCDs, there are different types of slabs, we advise you to opt for VA or IPS, the first often offers more contrast but narrow viewing angles and the second less contrast but better viewing angles.
What image treatments?
The slab isn’t everything. TV must be good at image processing. The HDR will prove very useful for example, especially for entry/mid-range TVs. Be sure to take a TV that supports the HDR10 format at a minimum, and if possible HDR10 and Dolby Vision. Needless to say, you say that small brands are generally less effective in image processing and that some players like Panasonic or Philips are very reputable in this area (LG, Sony or Samsung also remain very good).
The dressing, the shape of the foot, the finesse of the frame or the finishes are important. And then there are all the additional equipment and functions (connection, the presence of remote control with keyboard and/or pointer, voice control functions, etc.) that affect the price of the device as well as the user experience and the quality of use. Pay particular attention to the number of HDMI ports available (look at how many devices you intend to connect to the TV) and their functions (standard 2.0 or 2.1, CEC to control multiple devices with a single remote control, ARC to connect external audio equipment…). Note that Samsung offers on some QLED deported cases incorporating connectivity, this is a real plus.
Which operating system?
On the operating system side, the software that makes your TV smart or smart in English and allows you to browse menus as well as download apps like on a smartphone, we advise you to favour Android TV. This is because the app store is the largest on the market. However, Samsung, LG, and Panasonic’s home OS to a lesser extent also remain effective. Be aware that Smart TVs with small-label home-made OS often have only the name smart. However, there is a solution to make any TV truly smart: opt for an external android case or apple TV (your Internet box can also integrate Google’s OS which avoids the purchase of a second case).
What audio system?
Finally, in terms of sound, observe the power of the speakers, expressed in Watts, their size (the bigger, the better), their number, check the presence of a bass box but do not expect much. The sound of the built-in speakers is rarely incredible on TVs, you can choose a model with a built-in soundbar, it will probably be better, but we advise you especially if the audio quality is important for you to connect an external sound system.
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