Best TVs with HDMI 2.1
2021/11

An HDMI 2.1 port has been a must on every gaming TV, especially since the release of the PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X. It is now the new standard for image transmission and a significantly higher data transfer rate is possible. As a result, [email protected] is only possible on the new consoles, and they are supported via cable with features like ALLM and VRR. We have summarized which devices are the best TVs with HDMI 2.1 here.

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Best TVs with HDMI 2.1 in comparison

TVModel yearPanelResolutionHDMIHDRRating
GamingHDR Picture QualityMotion
Price

43 Inch TVs with HDMI 2.1:

Recommended
Sony X85J 43
Sony X85J 43"
2021VA4K/UHD
2x HDMI 2.1 ([email protected])
ARC eARC
HDR10 HLG Dolby Vision
Gaming
HDR Picture Quality
Motion
Alternative
Samsung Q60A 43
Alternative:
Samsung Q60A 43"
2021VA4K/UHD
eARC
HDR10 HLG HDR10+
Gaming
HDR Picture Quality
Motion
Alternative
Sony X80J 43
Alternative:
Sony X80J 43"
2021ADS4K/UHD
ARC eARC
HDR10 HLG Dolby Vision
Gaming
HDR Picture Quality
Motion

48-50 Inch TVs with HDMI 2.1:

Recommended
LG C1 OLED 48
LG C1 OLED 48"
2021OLED4K/UHD
4x HDMI 2.1 ([email protected])
ARC eARC
HDR10 HLG Dolby Vision IQ Dolby Vision
Gaming
HDR Picture Quality
Motion
Alternative
Sony X90J 50
Alternative:
Sony X90J 50"
2021VA4K/UHD
2x HDMI 2.1 ([email protected])
ARC eARC
HDR10 HLG Dolby Vision
Gaming
HDR Picture Quality
Motion
Alternative
Samsung Q80A 50
Alternative:
Samsung Q80A 50"
2021VA4K/UHD
1x HDMI 2.1 ([email protected])
ARC eARC
HDR10 HLG HDR10+
Gaming
HDR Picture Quality
Motion

55 Inch TVs with HDMI 2.1:

Recommended
LG G1 OLED evo 55
LG G1 OLED evo 55"
2021OLED evo4K/UHD
4x HDMI 2.1 ([email protected])
ARC eARC
HDR10 HLG Dolby Vision IQ Dolby Vision
Gaming
HDR Picture Quality
Motion
Alternative
LG C1 OLED 55
Alternative:
LG C1 OLED 55"
2021OLED4K/UHD
4x HDMI 2.1 ([email protected])
ARC eARC
HDR10 HLG Dolby Vision IQ Dolby Vision
Gaming
HDR Picture Quality
Motion
Alternative
Sony A80J 55
Alternative:
Sony A80J 55"
2021OLED4K/UHD
2x HDMI 2.1 ([email protected])
ARC eARC
HDR10 HLG Dolby Vision
Gaming
HDR Picture Quality
Motion

65 Inch TVs with HDMI 2.1:

Recommended
LG C1 OLED 65
LG C1 OLED 65"
2021OLED4K/UHD
4x HDMI 2.1 ([email protected])
ARC eARC
HDR10 HLG Dolby Vision IQ Dolby Vision
Gaming
HDR Picture Quality
Motion
Alternative
Samsung  65
Alternative:
Samsung 65"
2021VA4K/UHD
4x HDMI 2.1 ([email protected])
ARC eARC
HDR10 HLG HDR10+
Gaming
HDR Picture Quality
Motion
Alternative
Sony A80J 65
Alternative:
Sony A80J 65"
2021OLED4K/UHD
2x HDMI 2.1 ([email protected])
ARC eARC
HDR10 HLG Dolby Vision
Gaming
HDR Picture Quality
Motion

70-77 Inch TVs with HDMI 2.1:

Recommended
Vizio P Series Quantum 2021 75
Vizio P Series Quantum 2021 75"
2021VA4K/UHD
2x HDMI 2.1 ([email protected])
ARC eARC
HDR10 HLG HDR10+ Dolby Vision
Gaming
HDR Picture Quality
Motion
Alternative
LG QNED90 MiniLED 75
Alternative:
LG QNED90 MiniLED 75"
2021ADS4K/UHD
2x HDMI 2.1 ([email protected])
ARC eARC
HDR10 HLG Dolby Vision IQ Dolby Vision
Gaming
HDR Picture Quality
Motion
Alternative
Sony X90J 75
Alternative:
Sony X90J 75"
2021VA4K/UHD
2x HDMI 2.1 ([email protected])
ARC eARC
HDR10 HLG Dolby Vision
Gaming
HDR Picture Quality
Motion

above 80 Inch TVs with HDMI 2.1:

Recommended
LG NANO90 2021 86
LG NANO90 2021 86"
2021IPS4K/UHD
2x HDMI 2.1 ([email protected])
ARC eARC
HDR10 HLG Dolby Vision IQ Dolby Vision
Gaming
HDR Picture Quality
Motion
Alternative
Sony X85J 85
Alternative:
Sony X85J 85"
2021VA4K/UHD
2x HDMI 2.1 ([email protected])
ARC eARC
HDR10 HLG Dolby Vision
Gaming
HDR Picture Quality
Motion
Alternative
Samsung Q60A 85
Alternative:
Samsung Q60A 85"
2021VA4K/UHD
eARC
HDR10 HLG HDR10+
Gaming
HDR Picture Quality
Motion
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HDMI 2.1 - The new standard of image transmission

With up to 48 gigabits per second

With the new standard, significantly faster transfer rates are now possible, as only 18 gigabits per second were possible with HDMI 2.0. That is a clear step forward! Not even Displayport 1.4, which is very popular with PC gamers and can transfer 32.4 gigabits, can achieve such a transfer rate. As a normal user, you will hardly notice a difference, but it’s a huge game changer for any gamer out there.

This is because the release of the PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X consoles ushered in a new era of video gaming where an HDMI 2.1 connection is essential. Yes, the consoles will work even if a TV doesn’t have this port, but it won’t be able to display [email protected], a value that most gamers won’t want to do without. In addition, [email protected] is transmitted, which is interesting for anyone who wants to call an 8K TV their own.

Dynamic HDR formats in 4K and 8K possible.

In the home theater, an HDMI 2.1 port will attract positive attention when it comes to dynamic HDR formats like HDR10+ or Dolby Vision. Because if such functions are supported by a TV, every single picture of a movie or series can be calibrated individually, so that the maximum of visual expressiveness is always given. This is now also possible in [email protected] and [email protected] thanks to HDMI 2.1.

Furthermore, the refresh rate is also automatically adjusted to the content being played back. The TV thus automatically detects which frame rate is being played and adjusts the refresh rate, so there are no delays or even picture dropouts when switching between movie and game modes.

Frequently asked questions about HDMI 2.1 connections

An HDMI port is not a full-fledged HDMI 2.1 port until it fully meets the following specifications:

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  • Dynamic HDR
  • Up to 48 GBit/s
  • eARC
  • VRR, QMS & QFT
  • ALLM

What these specifications are exactly and what added value they have, we have already summarized in a video.

It all depends on what you want to use your TV for. If you don’t want to play games on your TV, but mainly want to use it for movies and series, then you don’t need a full HDMI 2.1 port. In that case, however, you should make sure that HDR formats like HDR10+ or Dolby Vision are supported. Furthermore, an HDMI eARC port should be available if you want a good sound and want to use a soundbar. Of course, the suitable hardware should be given to get the best experience.

The whole thing changes when using the TV mostly for gaming, because then the other previously mentioned specifications are also relevant to really tease everything out of the new consoles. Although the PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X also work without an HDMI 2.1 port, [email protected] cannot be achieved then. We have summarized this in more detail for you in this video.

No, unfortunately that is not possible. If you have a TV that only has an HDMI 2.0 port, it is not possible to turn it into an HDMI 2.1 port with a possible update. A corresponding controller must be installed in the TV so that it can receive and decode HDMI 2.1 signals.

A good example of this is the PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X consoles, which are all equipped with an HDMI 2.1 port. Both consoles also run excellently when the TV does not have an HDMI 2.1 port. However, you can then only achieve [email protected], since a higher data transfer is not possible. The same applies to other HDMI 2.1 devices. A connection is not a problem, but you will have to reckon with performance restrictions.

The market now offers many HDMI 2.1 cables, but this is not a binding specification. The only reliable specification that should be found on a new cable is HDMI ULTRA HIGH SPEED. This ensures that the HDMI 2.1 data rate of 48 gigabits per second is transmitted.

The abbreviation eARC stands for Enhanced Audio Return Channel and can be seen as the successor of the ARC connection, which has already existed since HDMI 1.4. The eARC connection is needed to forward high-resolution sound formats like Dolby Atmos or DTS:X uncompressed to a sound system. A corresponding cable can also be used in both directions. A player, such as a BluRay player, passes the audio-video signal to the HDMI input of a connected soundbar. This in turn sends the AV signal to the TV, which then sends the audio signal back to the soundbar via the same cable.

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