Best TV 2018: which TV should you buy for action on the big screen?

<pre><pre>Best TV 2018: which TV should you buy for action on the big screen?

Best guide to buying TV: get started for TechRadar's collection of the best TV sets you can get in 2018.

Choosing a new TV is not easy. Whether you use it to watch blockbuster movies in 4K, or log in to the news every night, you'll probably clink about the lifespan of a TV for many hours – and the last thing you want is to invest in something that does not meet your needs.

With so many functions to consider, where new TV technologies are being introduced, taking a decision becomes increasingly difficult. A brand new top-of-the-line TV offers such a wide range of different technologies and functions that it can be difficult to know what you are looking for. And with all the major manufacturers in an annual weapon race to outperform rivals, keeping up with the latest developments can not seem possible.

You could get the TV that promises to pack in every new technology there is, but it's not all essential. Sky Q may support HDR10, but does not worry about the more advanced Dolby Vision. Not even the 4K Xbox One X.

Or if you are a Sky Q and Xbox One X user, you probably do not want to earn the extra money for a TV that supports Dolby Vision.

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But if you feel uncomfortable, our guide to the best TV & # 39; s helps you to separate the cheap panels from the best 4K screens. We help you find a great flat screen without wasting hours of research on comparing spec sheets – that's our job.

If you are looking for a buying guide that deals with TV's that only support the new Ultra HD resolution, please visit our page at the best 4K TV & # 39; s. Or if buying a flat screen on the cheap side is your biggest concern, check out the best 4K TV deals.

But if you are looking for the best-of-the-best TV available today, without limits or regulations, then this is the place for you.

"So, do I have to buy a TV now or wait?"

We hear this question a lot. Like most technology, TV's are getting better – which means, yes, if you wait a year, there will probably be a bigger, more flashy TV for less money.

But that said, a lot of progress has been made lately, because manufacturers are rushing to embrace new display standards, including Ultra HD, Wide Color Gamut and HDR.

Most TV manufacturers now support this next generation of features, but in some cases you will have to check the fine print.

As long as your next TV purchase supports these technologies (looking for an Ultra HD Premium certification this is a good way), we think you will not kick yourself in six months when the next batch sets arrive

OK, but let's say you want to know what the future holds for TV & # 39; s. If that is the case, we have no idea if we have not informed you of the new HDMI 2.1 standard, which in addition to support for 8K with 60 frames per second and 4K at 120 also allows a series of new gaming functions that via HDMI must be supported.

It is definitely cool technology, but unless you are serious about your game, we think you are safe to make a purchase now.

For more information, see our TV buying guide below:

1. Samsung QLED Q9FN (2018)

The best TV ever? Could be!

75-inch: QE75Q9FN | 65-inch: QE65Q9FN | 55-inch: QE55Q9FN

Spectacular HDR image quality

Powerful, well-rounded sound

Good smart system

Limited viewing angles

After a disappointing debut, Samsung's QLED technology really had to rebound in style in 2018. It did not surprise us in the least to discover that Samsung was throwing the sink in with its new Q9FN QLED television series.

In addition to the fact that Samsung's 2018 flagshades are brighter and more colorful than the comparable model of last year, they use a completely different lighting system to combat the contrast problems of their predecessor: Full Array Local Dimming instead of edge-lit LED lighting. The FALD panel works with Samsung QLED Quantum Dots to produce a photo that is brighter and more colorful than almost everything we have seen from the South Korean manufacturer.

Do these functions only mean that Samsung Q9FN is the best TV on the market? No, but throw in technology like HDR10 + and Q HDR EliteMax – what Samsung regards as its maximum High Dynamic Range experience exclusive to the Q9FN – and there is very little doubt in ours that this is the best TV ever from Samsung

Read the full review: Samsung Q9FN QLED TV

Samsung QN65Q9FN QLED TV


2. LG C8 OLED series (2018)

Stunning photos at an affordable price put OLED back on the map

55-inch: LG OLED55C8 | 65-inch: LG OLED65C8

3. Sony XBR-ZD9 series (2016)

Sony's 2016 flagship TV unit sets new standards in image quality

65-inch: Sony XBR-65ZD9 | 75-inch: Sony XBR-75ZD9 | 100-inch: Sony XBR-100ZD9

Stunning HDR image quality

Pioneering backlighting

Android TV feels slow

Pretty average sound

From the moment we saw the XBR-65Z9D, we were desperate to get one. It is a TV that can combine the extreme, highly dynamic reach-friendly brightness of LCD technology with a backlight that brings LCD closer than ever to the stunning light control you get with OLED technology.

This backlight consists of more than 600 LEDs behind the screen of the 65Z9D that are able to perform their own light levels independently of their neighbors. This should allow the TV to produce more of the extremes of light and shadow associated with new high dynamic range (HDR) technology, while having fewer LCD TVs with distracting clouds, stripes or halos of unwanted, strange light.

As if this did not have enough attraction yet, the 65Z9D also sports Sony's new X1 Extreme & # 39; video processing system and the latest version of Sony's reliable Triluminos wide color technology for unlocking the extensive color spectrums associated with HDR sources, even if you & # 39; only & # 39; power supply of SDR content.

The LCD screen can not achieve the same level of our top choice, the LG C7, but the ZD9 shows what the best LCD in 2018 can do.

Sony XBR-65Z9D


4. Panasonic FZ952 / FZ950 OLED (2018)

This polished Panasonic 4K Pro HDR OLED is perfect for photos

55-inch: Panasonic TX-55FZ952B | 65-inch: Panasonic TX-65FZ952B

Best TV

9. Philips 9002 series (2017)

Ambilight is a great partner for OLED

55-inch: Philips 55POS9002 | 65-inch: Philips 65POS9002

Ambilight works wonderfully

Excellent overall image quality

Attractive design

Android TV can irritate

Somewhat weak sound

Complicated to use

It is a public secret in the TV industry that every OLED TV uses panels produced by LG Display, meaning that, regardless of whether you buy a Sony, a Philips or a LG, the OLED panel is at the heart of every set is the same hardware.

However, Philips has a bit of a headache thanks to Ambilight technology, which projects colors on the wall behind them that matches the TV itself.

The result is that the company's flagship OLED series, the 9002, is truly a great piece of technology, and the P5 image processing engine is great to get the most out of its OLED panel.

You pay a small price premium in relation to LG's more budget sets, but Ambilight could be exactly what you need to justify that premium.

Read the full review: Philips OLED 9002

10. Samsung Q8DN QLED TV (2018)

The 2018 QLED TVs from Samsung continue to impress

65-inch: Samsung QE65Q8DN | 55-inch: Samsung QE55Q8DN

Very bright HDR photos

Exceptional contrast

Good smart TV system

Limited viewing angle

Some mild backlighting flourish

Although it is clearly a step back from the all-important Q9FN from Samsung, the Q8DN is still a fantastic TV. Phenomenally clear, colorful and ultra-sharp – it has the right things for a huge impact of today's most advanced image sources.

It's worth paying attention to, this is a fantastic TV for HDR content, because the direct lighting system manages to produce as many as 2,100 measured nits of light from a 10% white HDR window. This kind of clarity is unparalleled for the price of the TV and ensures that it delivers the highest extremes of HDR's extended brightness range with spectacular effectiveness and punch.

So why is it not higher on our list? If you view the TV from an angle, the color saturation decreases and the backlight becomes more visible. Secondly, Samsung's automatic motion processing system is a bit too aggressive and it causes too many disturbing side effects for comfort. Fortunately, the image is not too stingy if you prefer – as we did – to put the movement processing in general.

Also, due to the usually high standards of Samsung, the Q8DN is something of a simple Jane. It is deeper than most TV's on the back, it sits on two rather simple feet instead of a chic, centrally mounted tripod, and all its connections appear on the TV instead of on a separate junction box.

These are of course minor problems and the image quality is still top for a LED-LCD screen. But they do keep the Q8DN in the # 10 spot on our list.

Read the full review: Samsung Q8DN QLED TV

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