Best HDR TVs
2022/12

The abbreviation HDR stands for High Dynamic Range. This makes colors and contrasts more vivid, so that corresponding content looks even more realistic on TV. The opposite is SDR, a format still found in linear TV and old movies and series. We have selected and compiled the best HDR TVs for you!

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HDR wonder in picture frame format: LG G2 OLED

One might think that the LG OLED evo G2 as a designer piece does not offer the corresponding performance like other high-end devices. However, the flagship model of the Korean brand is equipped with the essential HDR formats, so the device is prepared for any content.

LG OLED evo G2 Dark Souls
The LG OLED evo G2 makes every game look better.

Whether HDR10+ or Dolby Vision IQ – the picture frame TV can analyze and optimize each picture individually when used for watching movies and series so that you always get the best picture. This is also true for gamers, because Dolby Vision Gaming is possible, so your favorite games are always shown in the best light.

LG OLED evo G2 Gallery Mode
Gallery Mode transforms the G2 into a painting.

The OLED evo panel also contributes to the great picture quality. LG’s model has a much higher brightness and the built-in heat sink provides additional protection for the organic pixels. You can find new content via the numerous streaming apps that are pre-installed in the webOS 22 operating system. Maneuvering through the menus is super easy thanks to the Magic Remote, so you can start right away.

LG C2 evo OLED
4K / UHD
120 Hz
4x HDMI 2.1

Basically, the LG OLED evo C2 is the same model as the Gallery model, but without the fancy design. Here, too, you can enjoy dynamically optimized pictures thanks to HDR10+ or Dolby Vision IQ, which makes movies and series look incredibly realistic. Especially new content from the various streaming services is staged best by this.

LG’s C2 can also claim “best gaming TV” because you can also enjoy Dolby Vision Gaming with the Xbox Series X here. This even works at [email protected], but games that support this are still rare.

QD OLED with HDR highlights: Sony A95K

The Sony A95K is undoubtedly one of the best TVs of the year and can also shine in HDR. Not only does the new technology deliver great brightness, but also incredibly rich colors that a TV could not display before. Add to that the perfect black and great contrast that an OLED is known for, and the TV can display the best picture that money can buy.

Sony A95K QD-OLED Featured Image
Content looks very realistic on the QD OLED with HDR.

This is not only due to the great picture optimization by Sony itself, but also the excellent tone mapping, which allows for almost lifelike representations.

Sony A95K Riders Republic
The pleasingly short input lag ensures a virtually instantaneous response on the screen.

You can also enjoy the great picture while gaming and all available HDR formats like HDR10+ or Dolby Vision are supported. However, the latter is only possible up to 60 Hz, which is not a big deal since there are only a few games on the market that could utilize [email protected]

Sony A95K
4K / UHD
120 Hz
2x HDMI 2.1
Compatible
Sony X95K
4K / UHD
120 Hz
2x HDMI 2.1

The problem with most LED/LCD TVs is that they cannot achieve a comparably high contrast like OLED TVs. However, this is an essential factor for great HDR results. However, the much higher brightness can counteract this, which makes highlights stand out much better.

The Sony X95K can keep up quite well here, because besides the HDR formats HDR10+ and Dolby Vision, the TV offers the unique picture optimization that Sony has perfected over the years. The result is a realistic and very natural representation of various contents.

The Mini LED back lighting behind the panel ensures sufficient brightness with its Full Array Local Dimming, so you can enjoy HDR content even in bright rooms.

Samsung Neo QLED QN95B
4K / UHD
144 Hz
4x HDMI 2.1

The Samsung Neo QLED QN95B is one of the best LED/LCD TVs from 2022. It can also display incredibly good images in HDR and make every movie and series shine. Even games look great on the TV, which can also display excellent contrast thanks to high brightness.

One drawback, however, is that Samsung has only supported HDR10+ for years and that will not change for a while. The Samsung TV can at least score with the HDR10+ Adaptive and HDR10+ Gaming formats, which both adapt pictures to the ambient brightness and optimize games. Dolby Vision is unfortunately still not available here.

TVModel yearPanelResolutionHDMIHDRSizes

HDR wonder in picture frame format:

Recommended
LG G2 OLED
LG G2 OLED
2022 OLED evo4K/UHD
4x HDMI 2.1 ([email protected])
ARC eARC
HDR10 HLG Dolby Vision IQ Dolby Vision
Alternative
LG C2 evo OLED
Alternative:
LG C2 evo OLED
2022 OLED evo4K/UHD
4x HDMI 2.1 ([email protected])
ARC eARC
HDR10 HLG Dolby Vision IQ Dolby Vision

QD OLED with HDR highlights:

Recommended
Sony A95K
Sony A95K
2022 QD-OLED4K/UHD
2x HDMI 2.1 ([email protected])
ARC eARC
HDR10 HLG Dolby Vision
Alternative
Sony X95K
Alternative:
Sony X95K
2022 VA4K/UHD
2x HDMI 2.1 ([email protected])
ARC eARC
HDR10 HLG Dolby Vision
Alternative
Samsung Neo QLED QN95B
Alternative:
Samsung Neo QLED QN95B
2022 VA4K/UHD
4x HDMI 2.1 ([email protected])
ARC eARC
HDR10 HLG HDR10+ Adaptive HDR10+
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HDR for optimal image quality

The picture optimization that comes from HDR formats is especially noticeable in 4K TVs. Since the resolution is now a standard in German living rooms, you can also get corresponding HDR formats for cheaper TVs. However, it still depends on the processing, because just because it says Dolby Vision or HDR10, does not automatically mean that the optimization also works excellently.

The processor and other technical requirements are also essential so that the user can ultimately enjoy a great picture. Moreover, not all HDR formats are supported by every provider, which can be seen in the examples of Amazon Prime and Netflix. While Amazon is more focused on HDR10 formats, Netflix offers much more content that supports Dolby Vision. The same is true for the TVs themselves. Samsung has been swearing by HDR10 instead of Dolby Vision for years, since the corresponding license is free of charge. This will not really change in the near future, which is why you should pay attention to the corresponding formats when buying a TV.

Frequently asked questions about HDR TVs

First of all, it is a question of the license fee, since HDR10 is basically free, but Dolby Vision costs a fee. In principle, however, they are similar, as both formats optimize the displayed image in each case. The add-ons IQ and Adaptive, respectively, can then also adapt the displayed picture to the TV’s ambient brightness.

HDR is especially important when you want to watch current movies and series and not linear TV programs. Because SDR content is still used there and you will hardly notice a difference. However, you want to enjoy the best possible picture quality for movies and series, which is why an HDR-capable TV is mandatory. Only then can you experience the corresponding content as it was intended by the director.

HDR content can be found at various streaming providers like Netflix & Co., but you have to take a closer look at the different subscription models. If you want to enjoy higher quality, you usually have to go for the premium model, which is of course correspondingly more expensive. Amazon mainly uses HDR10+ for its own productions, while Netflix mainly offers Dolby Vision content from its own production.

Ultra HD Blu-rays, which offer a correspondingly high quality, are an alternative. They are not necessarily cheap either, but you do not run the risk of paying an ongoing fee in the form of a subscription.

If you play a game on the TV every now and then, HDR is not absolutely necessary. Gaming basically achieves the same as movies and series, and depending on the format, the individual images or scenes are dynamically optimized so that games look more lifelike. Thus, a higher contrast and better colors are achieved.

Microsoft’s Xbox Series X can also benefit from Dolby Vision Gaming. This is even possible at [email protected] if the TV and games support the corresponding setting.

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