The 65-inch LG 65EF9500 OLED TV topped our list in 2015, barely edging out the Samsung UN65JS9500. As one of the best TVs for the Super Bowl, it delivers excellent high-definition picture quality, with benchmark-setting black levels, and excellent UHD performance. (The Super Bowl isn't being broadcast in 4K this year.) And like all OLED TVs, this one has a virtually unlimited viewing angle. Right now the set is actually more expensive than it was in December, but we're hoping it comes back down to $5,000. We also recommend the 55-inch version, which costs about $3,000. The 65-inch model has a flat screen. If you prefer a curved one, consider the EG9600 sets, which are the same price and scored almost exactly the same.
Who ever thought an LED LCD-based TV could go head-to-head with an OLED? The Samsung UN65JS9500, a pricier 65-inch flagship LED LCD UHD TV in Samsung's SUHD lineup, more than stands up to the competition, with excellent high-definition picture quality, excellent UHD performance, and excellent sound, too. Like other SUHD TVs, it uses quantum dots for extended colors, sports a curved screen, a full-array LED backlight with local dimming. And like the LG OLED above, it can display the high dynamic range (HDR) content that will be coming out later this year.
Sony Bravia XBR-65X930C
Based on its looks, we would have been supremely bummed if the sound from the 65-inch Sony Bravia XBR-65X930C UHD TV was disappointing, but, thankfully, that's not the case. The oversized speakers flanking the panel have a decidedly love-it-or-leave it flare, but they deliver the best out-of-the-box sound we heard from a TV this year. (If you need more sonic oomph, you can even add an external subwoofer.) Throw in excellent high-definition picture quality and excellent UHD performance, and this TV definitely belongs on list of the best TVs for the Super Bowl.
If you're willing to exchange 4K resolution for a slightly smaller, less expensive 1080p OLED TV, then the LG 55EG9100 might be just the ticket. Proving that resolution is only one of the key elements needed for a great picture, this TV rated among the best we tested. It's got excellent high-definition picture quality, a virtually unlimited viewing angle, and, maybe best of all, a price under $2,000. Like all OLED TVs we've tested, it also has benchmark-setting black levels.
Yes, there were a few TVs with higher overall scores than this 65-inch LG 65UF9500 LED LCD-based UHD, but here's why we picked it: Not only does it have excellent high-def picture quality and UHD performance, but it also has a wider-than-average viewing angle for an LCD set. Added bonus: Unlike most models we tested, it has very good sound. If 3D is your thing, you might want a different model, as that was this TV's weak spot. But, hey, the game isn't being broadcast in 3D.
The 65-inch Samsung UN65JS9000 UHD LCD TV gives you almost every benefit we cited above about the flagship UN65JS9500 UHD model, but for about $1,000 less. What do you give up? Mainly the full-array LED backlight—the set has an edge LED backlight with local dimming instead—and the excellent sound. You'll have to make do with very good. The TV also has slightly different—and, we presume, slightly less impressive—high dynamic range technology. (For the record, we didn't test that.) Still, this is among the best TVs for the Super Bowl and is close to the top of our Ratings.
Warehouse-club shoppers might recognize the 65-inch Samsung UN65JS850D LED LCD UHD TV, which is very similar to the more common UN65JS8500, also to be considered based on our Ratings. As you'd expect from a top pick, this set delivers excellent high-definition picture quality, plus excellent UHD performance, but it also has very good sound. If you aren't so enamored with curved-screens, the sets in the JS850D- and JS8500-series sets all have a flat screen, and we've seen them selling for around $2,500 lately.
If you love OLED TV picture quality, but you're less smitten with its cost, consider the 55-inch LG 55EC9300. Yes, it's an older model, introduced in 2014, and it has 1080p rather than 4K UHD resolution, but for as little as $1,500, you'll get excellent HD picture quality and an unlimited viewing angle, so your guests won't feel like they've been consigned to Super Bowl Siberia.
The curved-screen 55-inch Samsung UN55JU7500 Ultra HD LCD TV serves up excellent high-definition picture quality, plus excellent UHD performance. It's the top-of-the-line model in the series just below Samsung's top-tier SUHD TV sets. That means it has fewer features, but also a lower price.
Sony Bravia XBR-65X900B
Another oldie but goodie, the 65-inch Sony XBR-65X900B Ultra HD TV sports the company's wedge-shaped cabinet design and a prominent speaker array on each side of the screen. It was originally launched back in 2014, but like an amusing party guest, you won't mind that it has lingered a bit. It's now selling at an all-time low price: about $2,200 vs. $3,800 not long ago. The TV boasts excellent high-definition picture quality and a great sound, but its viewing angle is a bit narrower than most of the sets above. If you want it, you may have to shop around: It's only at a few retailers right now.
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