What distinguishes the best TV with 4K and HDR?
The highest possible resolution is a big topic on the current television market. 4K, 8K, sometimes even 16K – apparently there are still no limits. Not to be neglected in this regard, however, are the properties of dynamic range and color gamut. We’re talking about High Dynamic Range – image/video with more dynamic range (contrast range) here. This is not available on regular cable and satellite TV, but HDR plays a big role in streaming with Netflix or Amazon Prime Video as well as Blu-rays – and of course also in gaming! In this selection, we present several 4K HDR TVs that are a very good choice for demanding HDR content. Maybe there is something for you!
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The best 4K HDR TV 2021: LG CX OLED
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LG CX OLED compared to the alternatives
The CX is considered the flagship of the manufacturer LG, and rightly so. The extremely flat design impresses at first glance and is strongly reminiscent of its predecessor, the C9. All cables can be bundled in the stand, so there is no annoying cable tangle. However, the ports are partly aligned to the side and back, which can be annoying when mounting the device on the wall.
The CX’s outstanding picture quality makes it one of the best OLEDs on the market today. Because the 10-bit OLED display does not require backlighting, the CX has perfect blacks that is unattainable for LCD = Liquid Crystal Display – a type of screen using liquid crystals for creating the image or ordinary LED displays. OLEDs have the great advantage that each pixel can be controlled individually. Therefore, its brightness can be controlled independently of its neighboring pixels. This means that an infinitely high contrast is theoretically possible. The CX gets sufficiently bright with its 800 SI unit of luminance: 1 nit = 1 cd/m2 – The best way of measuring and comparing a TVs brightness , but the Automatic Brightness Limiter reduces the brightness in bright scenes to prevent possible burn-in. Therefore, the CX delivers the best performance in dark rooms. In addition, the CX has a very wide color gamut, Dynamic HDR-format with a color depth of up to 12 Bits and Mastering of up to 10,000 Nits, and an extremely wide viewing angle.
For gamers, the CX should always be the first choice, as the gaming experience is outstanding due to the first-class motion handling with 120Hz panel and a response time of less than 1ms. In addition, there is a low input lag of ~10 ms at 120fps and a 4K resolution. The CX also features a Variable Refresh Rate – synchronizes the display’s refresh rate with the output refresh rate of the graphics card via FreeSync Premium and Nvidia G-Sync, as well as Auto Low Latency Mode. Furthermore, the CX has HMDI 2.1 ports, making it ready for the new generation of consoles. This allows content to be played back at 120Hz at a 4K resolution.
The CX’s smart features can score well, since the TV uses the WebOS 5.0 operating system, which is very easy and intuitive to use via LG’s Magic Remote. Of course, the TV can also be operated via voice command and Apple devices can also be connected via AirPlay. In addition, the app selection is huge and streaming services like Netflix and Amazon Prime are already preloaded.
Dolby Atmos is available as a sound format, which can even be passed on uncompressed to an AVR or soundbar via the HDMI eARC – but DTS is not available.
LG CX OLED Pro / Contra
- Perfect Blacks
- Contrast Ratio: ∞:1
- Motion Handling
- Viewing Angle
- HDMI 2.1 ([email protected])
- HDMI VRR & G-Sync Compatible VRR
- Dolby Vision
- Dolby Atmos
- Alpha 9 Gen 3 Processor
- Automatic Brightness Limiter (ABL)
Alternatives to the LG CX OLED as 4K HDR TV
The A8 Bravia is one of Sony’s OLED TVs that primarily impress with their great picture. The design is very minimalistic with a very slim frame made of metal and sleek metal feet that are even height-adjustable. The A8 also cuts a fine figure on the wall, since it is very flat.
The picture quality is great thanks to the OLED technology and delivers an infinite contrast ratio and perfect blacks. This is even further enhanced by the Pixel Contrast Booster. The maximum brightness of ~780 Nits is very good for an OLED, but this is reduced by the Automatic Brightness Limiter, which dims the picture down in very bright scenes to protect the panel. However, this makes the A8 perfect for dark rooms. However, the fact that it has no problems with slanted viewing angles or reflections means that it still delivers a pretty good picture even in bright room environments. The A8 does not support HDR 10+, but it does offer Dolby Vision.
As with the other two candidates from Sony, the motion handling of the A8 is also excellent. With a refresh rate of 120 Hz and a low response time of less than one millisecond, there is hardly any motion blur. This is also due to the built-in X1 Ultimate image processor, which is equipped with very sophisticated image enhancement algorithms.
In contrast to the LG CX, the A8 is less suitable for next-gen consoles since it does not have an HDMI 2.1 interface and therefore neither ALLM nor VRR. However, its input lag of ~19ms is quite good and the A8 can be perfectly used for older consoles.
The A8 is equipped with the new Android 9.0 Pie operating system, which works better than its predecessor, but is not completely ad-free. The app store is huge and all common streaming services are available. Of course, the A8 can also be operated via voice control, and both Alexa and Google Assistant can be connected.
Of course, the H8G has a hard time keeping up with the considerably more expensive OLEDs. However, it does not always have to be a high-end product like the LG CX or the Sony A8 OLED.
With the H8G you not only get a great price-performance ratio, but also a TV that really knows how to convince in home theater. The 60Hz VA panel has a deep and even black with a high contrast ratio of about 4500:1. Through its Full Array Local Dimming feature, this high contrast ratio is even increased, which really benefits especially HDR content.
HDR content as a whole comes across well with the wide color space coverage and Dolby Vision. However, with a peak brightness of about 650 Nits, the H8G is not quite bright enough to show bright details adequately. What sounds bad at first has to be considered in relation to the price of the H8G. It only costs a fraction of what TVs with similar performance cost.
Motion is also displayed well, which is due to its low response time of under 6ms. This means that even fast movements are displayed with only little motion blur, which is really good news for lovers of action-packed movies.
With Android TV, the H8G is equipped with all the apps and features you need and all popular streaming services are supported.
So if you’re looking for a good TV for home cinema and want to be a bit easy on your wallet, the H8G is just the right TV for you!