Posted Wed May 23, 2018 at 02:15 PM PDT by Steven Cohen
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 $4,000 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
Featuring a wide array of strong 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
Note: All listed prices reflect current Amazon or Best Buy discounts at press time and do not include taxes or shipping.
TCL 43S517 43-Inch 4K Ultra HD Roku TV ($320) - For those looking to enter the world of Ultra HD without breaking the bank or taking up their whole living room, this 43-inch 4K HDR model from TCL is a very strong performer for its price. Though it uses an inferior edge-lit backlight, the display offers many of the same features found on the company's step-up 6-Series, including Dolby Vision and HDR10 support, along with the Roku smart TV platform, wide color gamut capabilities, the new iPQ Engine, and HDR Pro Gamma feature. And if you're looking for something larger, models are also available in 49-inch, 55-inch, and 65-inch sizes.
(Note: Best Buy model does not include Voice Remote)
VIZIO E-Series 65" 4K Ultra HD TV ($730) - Offering some notable improvements over last year's E-Series, the new 2018 version provides an upgraded peak brightness of 400 nits along with Dolby Vision, HDR10, and HLG support. Full array local dimming is implemented as well (12 zones on the 65-inch) for superior blacks and contrast over edge-lit sets. The SmartCast OS is used for integrated on-screen streaming apps and the ability to cast even more from a mobile device. And unlike 2017 VIZIO displays, this TV does feature an integrated tuner for OTA broadcasts with a digital antenna. With that said, this model does not offer wide color gamut capabilities. Units are also available in 43-inch, 50-inch, 55-inch, 70-inch, and 75-inch sizes.
TCL 6-Series 65R617 65-Inch 4K Ultra HD Roku TV ($1,000) - Packed with several advanced features normally reserved for more expensive sets, TCL's 6-Series just might offer the best performance to price ratio of any new display for 2018, cementing itself as one of, if not the, top 65-inch 4K TV in the $1,000 price range. The display includes Dolby Vision and HDR10 support, along with the Roku OS smart TV platform. In addition, the set uses full array local dimming with 120 zones (96 on the 55-inch model) for improved black levels and contrast. Likewise, the panel incorporates NBP Photon technology with LED phosphors to provide Wide Color Gamut support. A 55-inch model is available as well for an introductory price of just $650.
(Note: the Best Buy model does not include Voice Remote)
VIZIO P-Series 65-inch 4K Ultra HD TV ($1,200) - Marked by some notable performance upgrades over the 2016 and 2017 models, the new 2018 P-Series once again cements itself as one of the industry's premiere bang-for-your buck TVs. The 4K display offers full array local dimming with 100 zones on the 65-inch set. Dolby Vision, HDR10, and HLG high dynamic range formats are all supported with UltraBright 1,000 for up to 1,000 nits of peak brightness, and Ultra Color Spectrum tech provides nearly 100% coverage of the P3 wide color gamut and about 72% coverage of the Rec. 2020 wide color gamut. The SmartCast OS is used for integrated on-screen streaming apps and the ability to cast even more from a mobile device. And unlike 2017 VIZIO displays, this TV does feature an integrated tuner for OTA broadcasts with a digital antenna. Units are also available in 55-inch and 75-inch sizes.
Sony XBR-65X900F 65" 4K Ultra HD TV ($1,798) - As one of Sony's mid-range LCD models for 2018, the X900 is now available for a surprisingly affordable price. The display offers TRILUMINOS wide color tech and the X1 Extreme 4K HDR processor which incorporates Object-based HDR remaster, Super Bit Mapping 4K HDR, and Dual database processing technology. In addition, HDR10, HLG, and Dolby Vision (via future firmware update) are supported as well. Likewise, the TV features full array local dimming for superior black levels and new X-Motion Clarity tech to help keep fast motion smooth. Android TV with Google Assistant is integrated as well. 49-inch, 55-inch, 75-inch, and 85-inch screen sizes are all available too.
So, there you have it. Those are current top choices for the best budget-friendly 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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