What distinguishes the best TV above 82 inches?
Not less is more – more is more! If you are bored with the ordinary sizes and are looking for the TVs with 82 inches or more, you are in the right place. For very large living rooms with huge sofas and long seating distances of 4m and more, this is also necessary! An ordinary TV with 55 inches is not enough. That’s why we present three TVs here that convinced us the most in this category.
Especially with the very similar Sony TVs, you have to look at what needs your own TV is supposed to fulfill and whether a possibly higher price might be worth it. The Q90T shows the best performance on paper, but it also costs quite a bit more compared to the other TVs, which is why it was not enough for first place.
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The best 82 inch TV 2021: Sony X950H
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Sony X950H compared to the alternatives
Since there are still no OLEDs larger than 77 inches suitable for the masses in 2020, our front-runner in the size above 82 inches is automatically an LED-LCD TV, namely the Sony Bravia TV X950H. There is an OLED in 88 inches with the LG ZX, but we deliberately left it out, since the price of around 30,000$ would probably be beyond the reach of most people’s wallets.
But even without OLED TVs, there are great TVs in this size that are really worth a look! That’s because the Sony X950H uses a Vertical Alignment, type of LCD Panel panel with deep blacks and a contrast ratio of ~3200:1. With Dynamic HDR-format with a color depth of up to 12 Bits and Mastering of up to 10,000 Nits support, High Dynamic Range – image/video with more dynamic range (contrast range) content is displayed great with its wide color gamut, and the peak brightness of around 1200Nits probably speaks for itself. The viewing angle is also extended by Sony’s X-Wide Viewing Angle layer, which preserves the colors as much as possible even from oblique angles.
The picture quality is quite convincing, which is really impressive in bright as well as in dark surroundings. In dark environments, OLEDs can still do a bit better, but if you also watch TV during the day, the X950H is a capable alternative.
You can hardly find fault with the motion handling. The 120Hz panel has a short response time of ~4ms, so motion blur is only noticeable to a very small extent – which will especially please sports fans and gamers!
Overall, gaming on the X950H is fun, but it’s not really its main discipline. Due to the missing HDMI 2.1 interface, it lacks some features to be really interesting for gamers. Thus, the X950H comes without Variable Refresh Rate – synchronizes the display’s refresh rate with the output refresh rate of the graphics card, ALMM and [email protected] However, those who aren’t looking to completely max out the consoles that were released in 2020 can definitely still cope with this.
All in all, the X950H is a really top TV that can rely on Sony’s excellent image processing to optimize content independently. Other manufacturers have that as well, but Sony is simply the front-runner here!
Sony X950H Pro / Contra
- Deep black
- Contrast ratio 3170:1
- Viewing angle
- Full Array Local Dimming (FALD)
- Peak brightness ~1180 Nits
- High colour accuracy
- Dolby Vision & Atmos
- 120Hz VA-Panel
- HDMI eARC
- No HDMI 2.1
- No Variable Refresh Rate (VRR)
- No Auto Low Latency Mode (ALLM)
Alternatives to the Sony X950H as 82 inch TV
The Sony Bravia X900H is the little brother of the X950H. However, it is not weaker than the latter in all aspects. To our surprise, the X900H has an HDMI 2.1 interface and Sony’s 4K flagship does not – we do not understand who would have such an idea.
But in most aspects, the X900H has to take a back seat. It also uses a VA panel, whose contrast ratio is even higher at 4800:1. This is because the X900H doesn’t have an additional layer to widen the viewing angle and therefore the colors look washed out even from slightly oblique angles. From a frontal viewing angle, however, the picture is quite good and is clearly improved by the Full Array Local Dimming feature – even if it could have easily been a bit more than 32 zones. The peak brightness of ~750Nits is high enough to use the TV in brighter environments, which is also due to the good reflection behavior. HDR content is reproduced well and optimized even further with Dolby Vision.
Its motion handling is just as good as that of the X950H, except that the X900H has an HDMI 2.1 interface, as already mentioned, which will make gamers in particular sit up and take notice. However, it must be mentioned here that at the time of writing, there are still some hiccups with the HDMI 2.1 features. The Bravia TV supports [email protected], but the resolution is reduced in intensive scenes to keep the frame rate and input lag as low as possible.
Furthermore, there is an ALLM and HDMI eARC with Dolby Atmos. According to Samsung, VRR will be added via an update, which was reiterated three quarters of a year after release – but it remains to be seen when the update will arrive.
Samsung’s 4K flagship is superior to the other two LED-LCD TVs in many categories. Of course, this also has its price.
The Q90T can make just about any content look good. It also uses a VA panel with a terrific contrast of ~10500:1, which is really remarkable since the QLED uses the Ultra Viewing Angle layer to massively expand the viewing angle, but this has a slightly negative effect on contrast. Due to the high maximum brightness of ~1400Nits, the excellently implemented FALD and the excellent color space coverage, HDR content is brilliantly staged and even the brightest highlights are reproduced accurately. Unfortunately, even Samsung’s top 4K model does not have Dolby Vision, which is slowly becoming a hindrance in this price range.
The Samsung QLED feels especially at home in bright surroundings. No other conventional TV can hold a candle to it under these conditions. There is still Samsung’s outdoor TV The Terrace, but it has neither an extended viewing angle nor HDMI 2.1, which makes it not really competitive despite the high price.
For gamers, the TV is really a dream. The HDMI 2.1 interface includes [email protected], VRR, ALLM and an HDMI eARC. So that probably no wishes remain open for gamers. However, the Full Array Local Dimming is limited in gaming mode, so the picture quality suffers to maintain a low input lag.
Unfortunately, the Q90T no longer has the One Connect box that its predecessor, the Q90R, had. Samsung saves this for its 8K models.