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Best 8K TVs 2021/06

8K TVs - The Cream of the crop of TVs?

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A 4K resolution is becoming more and more common in living rooms, but for some that’s not enough. You want even more pixels and an even bigger TV? Then an 8K TV might be right for you. The debate about whether an 8K TV is already worth it is controversial, since there isn’t really much content for such a resolution yet. You should also keep in mind that an 8K resolution only makes sense from a size of about 65 inches, since such TVs require a seating distance of several meters. On this page, we present current 8K devices and go into the strengths and weaknesses.

Choosing the best 8K TV is not easy. While there are not many models on the current market, all available models are very powerful. However, since they offer different strengths, it is worth differentiating according to your own needs. You also have to be aware that there is still hardly any content for 8K TVs to display. Although even Sony and Microsoft advertise that their next-gen consoles can play games in an 8K resolution, games that are produced in this resolution are lacking in that respect. Also, thanks to a double-blind study, we know that most people can’t really tell the difference between 4K and 8K.

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The best 8K TV 2021: Sony Z8H

Sony Z8H (75 Inch)
Sonys 8K LCD TV
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76%
Viewing Angle Icon Viewing Angle
73%
SDR image Icon SDR image
79%
HDR image Icon HDR image
75%
Movies & Series Icon Movies & Series
86%
Gaming Icon Gaming
90%
Sports Icon Sports
74%
Equipment Icon Equipment
85%

Sony Z8H compared to the alternatives

Reflections Icon
Reflections
Image quality in bright environments and dealing with reflections
76%
Sony Z8H
80%
Samsung Q800T
72%
LG SM9970 8K
Viewing Angle Icon
Viewing Angle
Picture quality when sitting at an angle to the TV - Also relevant when sitting very close in front of a large TV.
73%
Sony Z8H
76%
Samsung Q800T
63%
LG SM9970 8K
SDR Image Quality Icon
SDR Image Quality
Picture quality when viewing material in SDR, i.e. anything that is not HDR.
79%
Sony Z8H
86%
Samsung Q800T
66%
LG SM9970 8K
HDR Image Quality Icon
HDR Image Quality
Picture quality when viewing material in HDR, so everything from HDR, HDR10, HLG to HDR10+ & Dolby Vision.
75%
Sony Z8H
79%
Samsung Q800T
65%
LG SM9970 8K
Movies & Series Icon
Movies & Series
Use of the TV for movies, series & documentaries - be it as stream, BluRay or in the TV program.
86%
Sony Z8H
82%
Samsung Q800T
80%
LG SM9970 8K
Gaming Icon
Gaming
Gaming performance of the TV especially for responsive games with focus on PS5 and Xbox Series X
90%
Sony Z8H
90%
Samsung Q800T
94%
LG SM9970 8K
Sports Icon
Sports
Suitability for watching soccer, Formula 1, Olympics and more, even with several persons
74%
Sony Z8H
70%
Samsung Q800T
54%
LG SM9970 8K
Equipment Icon
Equipment
Smart TV features, connections and general equipment of the TV
85%
Sony Z8H
72%
Samsung Q800T
82%
LG SM9970 8K
Sony Z8H
Samsung Q800T
LG SM9970 8K
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Sony has an 8K model in its Masters Series that is quite respectable. Thanks to its 120Hz VA panel, it can offer 8K resolution and delivers a deep and even black. Thanks to the Full Array Local Dimming and its 320 zones, a contrast of only 4000:1 is possible, which is due to the X-Wide Viewing Angle layer. However, this expands the viewing angle in return, which would turn out very narrow for the Z8H without this layer. Especially in bright rooms, the TV cuts a good figure, as it can reach a peak brightness of 2100 nits. In dark rooms, only its OLED rivals can do better.

The high peak brightness combined with Dolby Vision and the extremely good color space coverage make for a breathtaking HDR performance, where even very fine, bright highlights can be displayed by the FALD.

When it comes to sound, however, the Z8H can shine with the Acoustic Surface Audio feature, since it turns the TV itself into the center speaker and the sound is created directly in the center of the picture. Additionally, sound formats like Dolby Atmos or DTS are supported. So, if you have an Atmos home theater system with AVR, nothing stands in the way of a real home theater. Here the Z8H offers another innovative feature. You can connect the Surface Audio Speakers as center speakers to the AVR and achieve a great level of immersion.

The Z8H is also equipped with an HDMI 2.1 interface, making it ready for the upcoming console generation. This enables [email protected] or [email protected]. Additionally, a Variable Refresh Rate is available.

Furthermore, the Z8H can seamlessly integrate into the smart home and be controlled by voice command via Alexa or Google Assistant. Apple devices are also supported thanks to AirPlay, so you can easily stream content from your smartphone.

Sony Z8H Pro / Contra

  • 8K-Resolution
  • Deep Blacks
  • Contrast Ratio: 4000:1
  • Full Array Local Dimming (FALD)
  • 320 Dimming Zonen
  • Max Brightness: 2100 Nits
  • Viewing Angle
  • No VRR
  • No ALLM
  • Does not output 8K content in full 8K resolution

Alternatives to the Sony Z8H as 8K TV

Alternative
Samsung QLED Q90T with 8K 
Samsung Q800T (75 Inch)
Picture Quality Dark Room +11
Gaming +3
Picture Quality Bright Room -2
Features -2

Samsung is of course getting involved in the 8K market and delivers a really great TV with 8K resolution in the form of the Q800T QLED. With its relatively low price, it is perfectly suited as an entry-level TV in the 8K world and also serves as an all-round talent. Despite QLED technology, the Q800T also does well in dark environments, delivering wonderful performance in bright rooms thanks to its outstanding reflection handling. A deep and above all even black comes about thanks to the 10-bit VA panel with a contrast of ~1700:1, which can however be increased to 9200:1 thanks to Full Array Local Dimming. In combination with the maximum brightness of 1400Nits and the wide color gamut, HDR content is impressively displayed and highlights are beautifully staged.

The wide viewing angle also ensures that you do not have to do without good picture quality even when watching with several people. Only the lack of Dolby Vision has to be rated negatively, since HDR content cannot be optimized dynamically. The motion handling of the 120Hz panel is also impressive. It is ensured by the response time of unbelievable ~2ms – which is not far away from the motion handling of OLEDs!

The Q800T is also ideal for gaming, as its input lag is one of the lowest we’ve seen so far. The refresh rate is only 10ms at 4K, which combined with the great response time means there is hardly any lag or blurring, which is excellent for gaming. Other features that are especially important for gaming, such as a Variable Refresh Rate, AMD FreeSync, Nvidia G-Sync and HDMI Forum VRR, are supported. Of course, the Q800T also has an HDMI 2.1 interface to get the best out of the latest consoles.

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Alternative
8K NanoCell TV 
LG SM9970 8K (75 Inch)
Picture Quality Bright Room -2
Picture Quality Dark Room -7
Viewing Angle -10
HDR -7

LG can also score with its 8K TV, but the SM9900 Nanocell has to make some concessions compared to the Samsung test winner. Nevertheless, the SM9900 can convince and is especially suitable for bright rooms thanks to the excellent anti-reflective coating. The built-in IPS panel has 10-bit color depth, a 120Hz refresh rate and thus offers an 8K resolution of up to 7680 x 4320p. LG’s proprietary Nanocell technology also grants a wide viewing angle. However, the contrast value of Nanocell TVs is only mediocre, and despite the local dimming function, you only get a value of 2500:1. Unfortunately, this often leads to perceptible flickering in dark scenes and annoying blooming in bright scenes.

However, the motion handling is outstanding, as well as the low input lag of 14ms and a solid response time of 6ms. Thanks to the HDMI 2.1 connection, the SM9900 Nanocell is wonderfully suited for gaming and is thus well prepared for the upcoming console generation. Unfortunately, movie and series fans have to reckon with some drawbacks. Not only the color accuracy leaves a lot to be desired, but there are also often impurities in the color reproduction and a weak gamma value that makes scenes appear brighter than they should. Stutters often occur in low frame rate content thanks to the low response time, causing movements to be rendered in a choppy manner. Thanks to the aforementioned low contrast value, the SM9900 is not really convincing in dark rooms.

The best 8K TV compared

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HDR image Icon HDR image
Movies & Series Icon Movies & Series
Gaming Icon Gaming
Sports Icon Sports
Equipment Icon Equipment
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74%
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80%
94%
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* Prices incl. VAT, plus shipping costs. Please note that prices shown here may have changed in the meantime. All data without guarantee.
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