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.
TVs are the central component of any home theater setup. But while fancy flagship display models are very enticing, most buyers don't have an extra $7,000 sitting around to shell out for a 65-inch OLED Ultra HD set. With that in mind, we're going to list a few great budget-friendly TV options available now, proving that solid quality can still be found without having to break the bank
From an inexpensive HDTV to great bang-for-your-buck Ultra HD displays, these are our picks for the year's best budget TVs. So, without further ado, here are HDD's
BEST BUDGET TVS FOR 2017
Note: All listed prices reflect current Amazon or Best Buy discounts at press time and do not include taxes or shipping.
49" TCL 49S305 1080p Roku HDTV ($350) - For those still not ready to dip into the world of Ultra HD, this 1080p direct-lit LED HDTV from TCL is a very basic yet solid performer for its price range. Though it lacks advanced features like local dimming, the display does include robust smart TV functionality thanks to its integrated Roku TV platform, offering access to over 4,000 streaming channels with more than 450,000 movies and TV episodes.
TCL 55P607 55-Inch 4K Ultra HD Roku Smart LED TV ($650) - Quite possibly the best 55-inch 4K HDR TV for under $1,000, this wallet-friendly display offers support for Dolby Vision and HDR10 high dynamic range formats, along with wide color gamut capabilities via NBP Photon technology. Likewise, the set uses the Roku OS smart TV platform with access to more than 4,000 streaming channels and 450,000+ movies and TV episodes. An advanced remote offering voice search and a headphone jack for private listening, high-speed 802.11ac wireless and Ethernet networking, and three HDMI 2.0a ports with HDCP 2.2 are integrated as well. In addition, the 55-inch P-Series offers full-array local dimming with 72 zones to achieve deeper blacks and brighter whites.
65" VIZIO E-Series SmartCast Ultra HD HDR Display ($799) - Stepping things up to 65-inches, this budget 4K model from VIZIO actually offers a few advanced picture quality features usually reserved for more expensive models, including full-array local dimming with 12 active zones and HDR10 support (though not Dolby Vision). In addition, the set 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 and it does not offer wide color capabilities. Full review here.
65" VIZIO M-Series Ultra HD HDR XLED Plus Display ($1,000) - This affordable 2017 Ultra HD display from VIZIO is one of the year's best bang-for-your-buck 65-inch models on the market. Key features include Dolby Vision and HDR10 support with 350 nits fullscreen output and 600 nits peak output, along with full-array local dimming with 32 zones and wide color gamut support (a new addition to the 2017 models). And like the E-Series above, 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 set does not include a TV tuner.
65" Sony XBR55X900E LED Ultra HD TV ($1,498) - At its current sale price, this is one of the best performing 4K sets in its price range, offering a full-array local dimming backlight, wide color gamut support with Triluminos tech, HDR10 support, and a firmware update planned for HLG playback (but sadly not Dolby Vision). Finally, the set uses the Android TV platform for smart TV apps and streaming.
65" VIZIO P-Series Ultra HD HDR Home Theater Display ($1,550) - VIZIO's flagship 2017 Ultra HD display maintains the company's celebrated tradition of blending premium picture quality features with surprisingly affordable pricing. The set includes Dolby Vision and HDR10 support with 600 nits, along with full-array local dimming with 128 zones, 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 unit does not include an integrated TV tuner.
So, there you have it. Those are current top choices for the best budget TVs on the market. What do you think about our selection? Do you have any other affordable TV suggestions? Let us know in the forums!
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