Best 4K TVs for 2017

Posted Tue Nov 21, 2017 at 07:40 AM PST 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 4K ULTRA HD TVS FOR 2017

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

65" LG SIGNATURE G7 OLED Ultra HD TV ($4,997) - As one of LG's top-of-the-line 2017 OLED TVs, this high-end model offers some of the best overall picture quality on the market along with a few premium design and audio 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. In addition, LG also has a 77-inch model available for $9,997. And if the G7 isn't fancy enough for you, the company offers its 65-inch flagship W7 model as well which adds a gorgeous Picture-on-Wall design for a cool $8,000. 

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LG Electronics OLED65B7A 65-Inch 4K Ultra HD Smart OLED TV (2,297) - The B7 is the most affordable 65-inch OLED on the market right now but it still manages to offer the same stellar picture quality found on its more expensive siblings. The TV features perfect blacks, infinite contrast, wide color gamut support, and wide viewing angles. Likewise, the set includes Active HDR with Dolby Vision, HDR10, and HLG (Hybrid Log Gamma) support. An HDR Effect feature is included as well, allowing the TVs to simulate HDR with SDR content.  In addition, the B7 uses LG's webOS 3.5 smart TV platform and is capable of internally decoding lossless, uncompressed Dolby TrueHD and Dolby Atmos audio.

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65" Sony XBR65A1E Bravia OLED Ultra HD TV ($3,498) - 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. Buyers can also opt to go even bigger with a 77-inch model for $14,998.

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65" Sony XBR65Z9D 4K Ultra HD LED TV ($3,498) - 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.

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75" Sony XBR65X940E 4K Ultra HD LED TV ($4,298) - As Sony's top-of-line 2017 LCD display, the XBR65X940E comes in at a whopping 75-inches and offers exceptional brightness and HDR10 performance with wide color support. Likewise, Dolby Vision playback is expected to be added via a firmware update later this year. In addition, the set offers full-array local dimming to create superior black levels.

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65" VIZIO P-Series Ultra HD HDR Home Theater Display ($1,450) - Though our remaining picks below actually offer superior color and brightness specs, this 2017 Ultra HD display from VIZIO maintains the company's celebrated tradition of blending premium picture quality features with surprisingly affordable pricing. 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. In addition, the display uses the SmartCast TV platform, allowing users to cast supported streaming apps from their mobile devices or launch select services directly from the unit's on-screen interface. With that said, the display does not include a TV tuner. 

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65" Samsung QN65Q9 Ultra HD QLED TV ($3,298) - 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, there are no plans for Dolby Vision playback, and the panel uses edge-lit local dimming rather than the superior full-array implementation. A 75-inch model is also available for $6,998 if you're looking for something a bit more enveloping

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65" Sony XBR65X930E 4K Ultra HD LED TV ($1,998) - One of Sony's new 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. 

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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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