What distinguishes the best TV with 65 inches?
There is currently a clear trend on the electronics market, especially with TVs: They are getting bigger and bigger. While TVs like the Samsung 2019 QLED Q950R are now close to the 100-inch mark, 65-inch TVs are among the most popular sizes. On this page, we present three devices that differ in features and price and all have a 65-inch screen diagonal. So if the size is already a done deal for you and you’re just waffling between manufacturers and features, the following guide might be helpful for you.
The LG CX is a true dream in 65 inches and is therefore our winner. Still, the Sony AG9 of 2019 can impress with its incredible home cinema performance and comes very close to the CX in general. But the Samsung Q90T can also shine in this category, especially in bright rooms and gaming.
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The best 65 inch TV 2021: LG CX OLED
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LG CX OLED compared to the alternatives
It is really not easy to pick a winner in this category. Most high-end TVs can convince with their individual strengths, so you have to decide which TV is the right one for you.
In our opinion, the LG CX is the best performing TV in 65 inches in 2020. The OLED panel is so convincing especially in dark surroundings that hardly any other TV can achieve a better result here. Furthermore, Dynamic HDR-format with a color depth of up to 12 Bits and Mastering of up to 10,000 Nits IQ is supported, which not only dynamically optimizes High Dynamic Range – image/video with more dynamic range (contrast range) content, but also adapts it to the ambient brightness.
However, OLEDs have a not quite as high maximum and average brightness due to their design, which weakens their picture quality somewhat in bright surroundings. Nevertheless, the CX still gets brighter than most conventional LED-LCD TVs with about 800 SI unit of luminance: 1 nit = 1 cd/m2 – The best way of measuring and comparing a TVs brightness . Only the high-end LED models perform better here.
The comparatively low brightness results from the fact that OLED TVs are equipped with organic LEDs, which must not get too warm, otherwise they will be damaged. Therefore, an automatic brightness limiter is required, which can be quite annoying in large bright scenes.
For gaming, the LG CX is excellent and is the best 2020 gaming TV. Its HDMI 2.1 interface allows a Variable Refresh Rate – synchronizes the display’s refresh rate with the output refresh rate of the graphics card for screen tearing free gaming and an ALLM, as well as HDMI eARC are also in the bag. The 120Hz OLED panel has excellent motion handling with a response time of under 1ms.
With webOS 5.0, the CX is also great as a smart TV and you don’t have to miss anything. With LG ThinQ, it can also be used as a control center for other smart home applications, which can then be conveniently controlled with the Magic Remote.
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 65 inch TV
The Q90T is a real all-rounder that displays almost all content very well – no matter if in bright or dark surroundings. Although it cannot quite match the OLED picture quality in dark rooms, it has a much higher brightness of ~1400 nits maximum.
Due to the high brightness in combination with the good Full Array Local Dimming feature and the very wide color gamut, HDR content comes into its own very well. But unfortunately, the Q90T only supports HDR10+ and no Dolby Vision to dynamically optimize HDR content, which is a real shortcoming in this price range.
The Q90T is equipped with a 10-bit VA panel. This usually has a quite narrow viewing angle, but the high-end QLED expands it considerably with Samsung’s Ultra Viewing Angle layer, so you won’t see too many color deviations even from a very oblique angle.
Samsung’s flagship, just like the CX, also comes with an HDMI 2.1 interface. Therefore, it has everything you need for a great gaming experience. For screen tearing free gaming, a Variable Refresh Rate is used via FreeSync and HDMI Forum VRR and of course [email protected] is not too much of a problem for the Q90T. However, FALD is largely disabled in the automatic gaming mode (ALLM), which causes HDR performance to suffer quite a bit.
The Tizen Smart OS provides everything you could need in a Smart TV. Amazon Alexa and, since a software update, Google Assistant are available as voice assistants. All common streaming services are on board and Apple Airplay 2 and Samsung Smart Things can also be used.
If you are looking for the perfect 65 inch TV for your home cinema, the Sony A9G could be the right one for you. This OLED TV delivers perfect blacks, extremely high contrast and a very wide viewing angle. It can therefore be easily integrated into any home cinema system.
It looks best when mounted on the wall. Thanks to the OLED construction, it is almost flush with to the wall, which makes it very subtle. However, the A9G really achieves top performance when it is integrated into your home sound system. A suitable AVR must also be used to fully make use of its potential.
Thanks to Sony Acoustic Surface Audio+, the screen simultaneously becomes a loudspeaker and takes on the role of center speaker. The rest of the sound system is completed by satellite loudspeakers and a subwoofer. In this way, the sound really comes from the screen (Sound from Screen) and can be located perfectly. This ensures a special kind of home cinema experience. Of course, Dolby Vision, Dolby Atmos and DTS:X are also supported via HDMI eARC.
But there are also a few disadvantages: For demanding gaming there are definitely better candidates, for example the Q90T if you want QLED or the LG CX if you prefer OLED. The A9G lacks HDMI 2.1, VRR and Auto Low Latency Mode. Now and then a round of gaming is no problem, but if you absolutely need need these features, another TV might be a better choice. Nevertheless, the Sony A9G belongs to the best 65 inch TVs.