Our 2021 Top 3 - Depending on the application and price
Unfortunately, there is no such thing as the best television set. Each of the models presented here has different strengths, weaknesses and price levels, some of which are very different. Therefore, you should choose the TV that best suits your needs and is still cost effective.
OLED televisions from LG and Sony deliver the best picture, but QLED televisions or similar technologies from other manufacturers, which take a completely different technological approach, come very close to the picture quality. However, LG and Sony have significant differences despite the same screen technology.
Due to HDMI 2.1, the LG CX and X900H are very well suited for gaming and they are a safe investment for the future, as the new HDMI standard is guaranteed to be used by the new PS5 and Xbox Series X consoles. However, the CX has a much better picture quality due to the OLED construction, which the two cheaper TVs simply cannot match. Movie nights with brilliant High Dynamic Range – image/video with more dynamic range (contrast range) performance are the LG CX’s specialty.
Since the Sony X900H is the cheapest LED TV with HDMI 2.1, it can be considered as an excellent entry model for next gen gaming, which can already take it all to the limit. Including [email protected]! But for this you have to accept a narrow viewing angle. LG’s NANO85 can also be mentioned as an even cheaper entry-level TV for gaming. But it didn’t make it into this list, because the picture qualities of the Sony X900H are clearly superior. In return, the NANO85 has a wide viewing angle, which is also a not insignificant factor.
The Samsung TU8000 is our most affordable candidate. Of course, it lacks some of the features that the other two TVs have, but in return you get an inexpensive yet well-tuned Smart TV with many great features that doesn’t immediately tear a huge hole in the household budget – and its picture in dark surroundings and a straight viewing angle is still quite impressive!
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The best TV 2021 : LG CX OLED
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LG CX OLED compared to the alternatives
The LG CX is definitely one of the highlights of the year. With the HDMI 2.1 OLED, the South Korean company has launched a future-proof television that is excellently positioned for almost all content. Furthermore, you benefit from perfect blacks, an excellent contrast ratio and an extremely wide viewing angle. Movie nights with the whole family work just as well with the CX as gaming with Playstation or Xbox – and thanks to HDMI 2.1 interface, it is also ready for the upcoming console generation with PS5 and Xbox Series X.
The slightly reduced data transfer rate of the HDMI 2.1 interface is 40 Gbps. Thus a Variable Refresh Rate – synchronizes the display’s refresh rate with the output refresh rate of the graphics card (Variable Refresh Rate – synchronizes the display’s refresh rate with the output refresh rate of the graphics card) is supported, which means gaming without annoying screen tearing. Furthermore, an Auto Low Latency Mode (ALLM) is available. In addition, you can enjoy uncompressed Dolby Atmos with HDMI eARC for movies. But for this you need an appropriate soundbar or a home cinema system. Normally the HDMI 2.1 standard supports a transfer rate of 48 Gbps. But the slightly lower transfer rate would only make a difference for a display with a The color depth is measured in Bit. 8 Bit stands for 28 different values for each color channel, for TVs those are red, green and blue. By combining the 3 rgb channels 28*28*28=16.777.216 colors are possible. HDR10 or the dynamic HDR formats work with 10 or even 12 Bit. of 12 bits. But since there are almost no TVs with such a panel at the moment, it is probably more a buffer of the interface for future TV generations.
These great features are complemented by very good smart features: Google Assistant and Amazon Alexa are already on board for voice control of the smart interface. Apple users can look forward to Apple AirPlay 2 for streaming mirroring and HomeKit for controlling the smart home functions! By the way, a cheaper alternative with similarly good picture quality is the LG BX, which can produce similarly good pictures in addition to a slightly weaker chipset and a lower peak brightness.
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 TV 2021
The Sony X900H is a mid-range television from Sony’s 2020 Bravia lineup. It is Sony’s only TV with HDMI 2.1 besides the high-end ZH8 TV and scores especially with its gaming performance. Both VRR and ALLM are supported and the input lag is really impressive with about 15ms. So you can take the Xbox Series X and the Playstation 5 to the limit – and even [email protected] is supported.
Its 120Hz VA panel produces deep blacks and a great contrast ratio of 4800:1, which can be further enhanced by Full Array Local Dimming. In combination with the good peak brightness it can also display HDR content and even bright highlights stand out well. Due to the Triluminos layer it also has a wide color gamut, providing saturated and bright colors. In a dark environment it delivers a good picture, but only as long as you look straight at it. Because the colors wash out quite quickly even at a slightly oblique viewing angle. If you are looking for a cheap alternative for gaming, but don’t want to miss a wide viewing angle, you should take a closer look at LG’s Nano85, which also has HDMI 2.1.
In terms of smart features, the X900H is in no way inferior to most high-end TVs, thanks to the Android 9.0 Pie smart operating system.
If you are looking for a more affordable but still reliable Smart TV, the Samsung TU8000 is your TV. With such an inexpensive TV, of course you can’t expect too much, especially when it comes to HDR. However, the TU8000 fits seamlessly and easily into a smart home. It supports Apple Airplay 2 and can be operated with an Amazon Echo by Alexa voice control.
The 60Hz VA panel produces a good image in dark environments, which is due to the deep black and the good contrast of 6400:1. However, you have to make some concessions for next gen gaming. The TU8000 has a good input lag and an Auto Low Latency Mode, but HDMI 2.1 and a Variable Refresh Rate are not available. But due to its low price you can’t really blame it for that.
If you want to have a TV with a wide viewing angle, you should have a look on LG’s UN7300. It is also an inexpensive television, which is very similar to the TU8000 in terms of features. However, the wide viewing angle is accompanied by somewhat poorer picture characteristics.