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HWM+HardwareZone.com Tech Awards 2019: Editor's Choice - Part 1

By Team HardwareZone - 11 Mar 2019

Best 4K TV

Best 4K TV

If you're buying a new TV today, chances are you'd be buying a 4K TV instead of a 1080p set. Compared to a couple of years back, buying a 4K UHD TV today makes much more sense. The recent ones all sport at least HDMI 2.0, which means they will support 4K up to 60/50 frames per second. And the even better ones have HDMI 2.0a to support HDR. In fact, TV tech is moving so fast that come later this year, 8K TVs will be a common sight in retail stores.

For this category, we've looked at various 65-inch 4K TVs from the likes of LG, Samsung, and Sony. Since we're trying to determine the best of the best, both flatscreen and curved models, as well as LCD and OLED technologies were considered.

 

Nominees:

  • LG Signature W8 OLED TV
  • Samsung Q9F QLED TV
  • Sony Bravia A9F OLED TV

 

And the winner is...

Sony Bravia A9F

Let us be clear that all the three 4K TVs features here are top-notch TVs, which means you should be perfectly happy with any of them. But if you must choose one, we recommend that you understand your priorities first.

The Samsung Q9F QLED TV is the brightest TV of the trio, and is great if you watch a lot of HDR content and/or do most of your viewing in a bright living room. Using the Q9F in a room with ambient light also helps to show off its strengths better (high brightness, wide colors) and mask its less-than-perfect black weakness. While the Q9F is by no means a cheap TV, it is the most affordable of the three.

The LG Signature W8 and Sony Bravia OLED TVs trump the Q9F in the picture quality department. If you watch a lot of movies in the dark and are seeking super-deep blacks and high contrast, look no further. Both OLED TVs also work with Dolby Vision content, and we fully enjoyed watching HDR on them despite their lower peak brightness compared to the Q9F.

However, our vote went to the Bravia A9F. Like the LG W8, the Sony A9F’s wide color gamut performance is excellent, covering nearly 100% of the DCI-P3 uv space. While its color volume can’t reach the heights of the Samsung Q9F, it's better than the LG W8. This basically means that it’s able to display more colors accurately at different brightness levels. We also observed fewer instances of “banding” (i.e., rough transitions between shades of a single color, like in scenes with a large patch of sky) on the A9F than the W8.

We were also impressed by Sony's Acoustic Surface tech and think that Sony has nicely balanced design and practicality with the A9F. If you don’t think you’d be upgrading your audio setup, then go ahead and get the wall-mounting-only W8 because its price also lands you an Atmos soundbar.

Scoring Breakdown
Criteria/Model LG Signature W8 Samsung Q9F Sony Bravia A9F
Design 9.0 9.0 9.0
Features 9.5 9.0 9.5
User-Friendliness 9.0 9.0 9.0
Performance 9.0 8.5 9.5
Value 6.5 7.0 6.5
Overall 9.0 8.5 9.5
Price (65-inch) S$11,699 S$8,999 S$12,999

For more details on how we selected our winners, check out the full reviews and articles listed in the References section at the end.

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