Posted Tue Nov 20, 2018 at 02:15 PM PST by Steven Cohen
Displays are the central component of any home theater setup. But while fancy flagship TVs 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 43S525 43-Inch 4K Ultra HD Roku TV ($300) - 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 doesn't feature local dimming or quantum dots, 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, and wide color gamut capabilities via NBP Photon Technology.
VIZIO M-Series Quantum 65" 4K Ultra HD TV ($750) - Offering some very welcomed upgrades over last year's iteration, the new M-Series Quantum is VIZIO's most affordable display model with quantum dot color technology. M-Series TVs come in two different versions: one with up to 90 zones of full array local dimming and support for up to 600 nits of peak brightness, and a cheaper version with up to 20 zones of local dimming and support for up to 400 nits of peak brightness. All versions support Quantum Color, Dolby Vision, HDR10, and HLG.
TCL 6-Series 65R625 65-Inch 4K Ultra HD Roku TV ($800) - Building upon last year's model, TCL's latest 6-Series display just might feature the best performance to price ratio of any new TV for 2019. The 4K display features 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 for improved black levels and contrast. And new for this year's model, the panel incorporates quantum dot tech for improved wide color gamut coverage.
VIZIO P-Series Quantum 65-inch 4K Ultra HD TV ($1,100) - Marked by some solid performance upgrades over the 2018 P-Series model, the new P-Series Quantum cements itself as one of the industry's premiere bang-for-your buck TVs. The 4K display offers full array local dimming with 200 zones, along with Dolby Vision, HDR10, and HLG support. In addition, the TV provides around 900 nits of peak brightness in Calibrated Mode and covers nearly 100% of the P3 wide color gamut and about 80% 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.
Samsung QN65Q70RAFXZA 65" QLED 4K Ultra HD ($1,198) - At its current sale price, Samsung's Q70R offers a great value. As the company's most affordable 2019 display model with full-array-local-dimming, the TV features great black level performance for an LCD. In addition, the set offers HDR10, HDR10+, and HLG support, along with quantum dot tech for wide color gamut coverage. Smart TV functions with Bixby Voice control and Ambient Mode round out the premium package.
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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