Best UHD TVs for 2017

Posted Fri May 5, 2017 at 09:25 AM PDT by
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With so many awesome home theater gear options out there, figuring out exactly which model to buy, or what features you need, can be daunting. Thankfully, High-Def Digest has you covered. Welcome to Home Theater 101 where we'll be explaining emerging technologies while also recommending the very best possible A/V gadgets n' gear you can buy at your particular budget level. 

ULTRA HD TVs are now an essential component of any home theater setup. But not all 4K displays are created equal. With flagship units now hitting $7,000 and beyond, quality can vary wildly depending on which display you settle on. With that in mind, we're going to rank the top UHD TVs on the market now, starting with the very best. 

From premium OLED panels with inky blacks and Dolby Vision HDR to LCD sets with full-array local dimming and quantum dots, these are our picks for the year's best Ultra HD TVs. So, without further ado, here are HDD's 

BEST UHD TVS FOR 2017

Note: All listed prices reflect current Amazon discounts at press time and do not include taxes.

65" LG SIGNATURE G7 OLED Ultra HD TV ($6,997) - As one of LG's top-of-the-line 2017 OLED TVs, this premium model offers some of the best overall picture quality on the market along with a few premium design perks. Key features include Dolby Vision and HDR10 support (with an HLG firmware upgrade coming soon), improved picture performance over 2016 models, industry-leading black levels, great viewing angles, wide color gamut playback, a Picture-on-Glass design, and a sound bar stand with Dolby Atmos support. And if that isn't enough for you, LG also offers its flagship W7 model which adds a gorgeous Picture-on-Wall design for a cool $8,000.

65" LG SIGNATURE C7 OLED Ultra HD TV ($4,497) - Despite being LG's current entry-level 2017 OLED TV (until the B7 starts shipping), this display uses the same panel as the more expensive G7, providing the same support for Dolby Vision and HDR10, improved picture performance over 2016 models, industry-leading black levels, great viewing angles, and wide color gamut playback. With that said, this model does not use the G7's fancy Picture-on-Glass design or sound bar stand.

65" Sony XBR65A1E Bravia OLED Ultra HD TV ($5,498) - While LG's 2017 OLED displays can get a tad brighter, Sony's first big-screen OLED Ultra HD TV rivals our top two picks in almost every way. Key features include HDR10 and Dolby Vision support (HLG via future firmware update), perfect black levels, wide color gamut playback with Triluminos tech, great viewing angles, and a unique Acoustic Surface sound system that produces audio directly from the screen itself. 

65" LG B6 OLED Ultra HD TV ($3,497) - Though this is a 2016 model, the B6 still offers some of the best picture quality performance there is, along with cheaper pricing compared to LG and Sony's 2017 OLED models (while supplies last). The display offers Dolby Vision and HDR10 support, perfect blacks, wide color gamut playback, great viewing angles, and Ultra HD Premium Certification.

65" Sony XBR65Z9D 4K Ultra HD LED TV ($5,498) - The first LCD display on this list, the Sony XBR65Z9D is actually the company's flagship 2016 model, but it still boasts some of the best overall LCD TV performance on the market. Capable of getting brighter than an OLED panel while still maintaining inky blacks thanks to the TV's impressive full-array local dimming feature, the display offers wide color support, fantastic HDR10 performance, and will reportedly receive a Dolby Vision firmware update later this year. With that said, viewing angles suffer compared to OLEDs.

65" VIZIO P-Series Ultra HD HDR Home Theater Display ($1,600) - Though our remaining picks below actually offer superior color and brightness specs, this affordable yet high-performance 2016 Ultra HD display from VIZIO just might be the best bang-for-your buck 4K set there is. Likewise, the display includes full-array local dimming with 128 zones, while our last two picks switch to inferior edge-lit backlights. Other key features include Dolby Vision and HDR10 support with 600 nits, and wide color gamut support. With that said, the display does not include a TV tuner. A 2017 version just launched as well, but since both panels are actually identical, the 2016 model presents a better value (while supplies last). 

65" Samsung QN65Q9 Ultra HD QLED TV ($5,998) - Samsung's flagship 2017 Ultra HD TV uses new metal quantum dot technology to deliver industry-leading color and brightness performance, offering support for a wide color gamut, 100 percent color volume, and a peak luminance between 1,500 and 2,000 nits. Likewise, the set includes HDR10 support and is among the first displays to include new HDR10+ support. Sadly, however, this is the only model on our list that has not announced plans for Dolby Vision playback, and the panel's edge-lit backlight with local dimming does present some clouding and uniformity issues in dark rooms. 

65" Sony XBR65X930E 4K Ultra HD LED TV ($3,198) - One of Sony's new top-of-the-line 2017 LCD displays, the XBR65X930E offers great brightness and HDR10 performance with wide color support. Likewise, Dolby Vision playback will be added via a firmware update later this year. But while still solid overall, the set's edge-lit local dimming panel presents more clouding and uniformity issues during dark room viewing compared to full-array LCDs and OLEDs. 


So, there you have it. Those are current top choices for the absolute best Ultra HD TVs on the market. What do you think about our selection? Do you have any other UHD TV suggestions? Let us know in the forums! 

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