Guide to buying a good TV in 2020

Guide to buying a good TV in 2020


Guide to buying a good TV in 2020

Summer can be an ideal time to change your television. The new models, normally presented at the beginning of the year, are already established and there are many reviews that can help us evaluate them. Also, it is not difficult to find good offers that will get better and better as the months go by.

a week ago we published article 9 tips to buy a good television and my first recommendation is that you consult it. Everything we said then is still valid and there is little point in repeating it. What we can do is expand it with the points that you must take into account to buy a television in 2020


If you can, better a 10-bit panel

An 8-bit panel can reproduce 256 shades of red, green, or blue to compose the images, making a total of 16.7 million different colors. Until now, this was more than enough but the arrival of HDR makes color depth more important.

Therefore, it is advisable to opt for televisions with a 10-bit panel (up to 1073 million different colors) that are capable of improving realism and color accuracy in demanding scenarios such as 4K HDR content. In 2020, almost all mid-range and high-end televisions have a 10-bit panel, while those with 8 are relegated to small diagonals or little-known brands.


HDR required. HDR10 + and Dolby Vision recommended

HDR required. HDR10 + and Dolby Vision recommended
HDR is not important until you see something in HDR.

If you are reading these lines it is because you want to take a leap in quality in your digital room and the next step is HDR. It may not be as successful as we'd like yet, but the support of the industry is powerful and the experience, with the right technology, impressive. If your option has HDR10 + and Dolby Vision (or, at least, one of the two), better.


HDMI 2.1 will be important

The HDMI standard has been with us for many years and relatively recently it just received a major update that takes the available bandwidth from 18 to 48 Gbps. Manufacturers are taking advantage of the channel to incorporate technologies such as VRR (variable refresh rate), ALLM (Auto Low Latency Mode), or QFT (Quick Frame Transport) aimed at improving the experience when we play or watch a movie.
Therefore, make sure that at least one of the ports of your new television is HDMI 2.1.


4K minimum. Maximum 4K.

There is no reason to buy something less than 4K (in fact, it is difficult to find it already in diagonals above 50 inches), nor to take the next step. The 8K is still in diapers and there is no content available. Does it ring a bell? It is the same thing that happened to 4K a few years ago when it seemed that we would always have enough with 1080p.


OLED, QLED, LED, MicroLED, MiniLED ... what a mess!

OLED, QLED, LED, MicroLED, MiniLED

Although the marketing departments of the manufacturers insist, in practice there are only two technologies that dominate the market: the LCD and the OLED. LEDs (and QLED and…) are new backlight systems, but not a new technology, as we explain in detail in this article.

Since we are in a guide and it is convenient to abbreviate, we are sure that we agree that what determines the choice is the available budget so I leave you some tips that can help you:

  • If you want the best image quality and you are going to see content (multimedia or video games) capable of taking advantage of a good panel, the best option is OLED.
  • If you are not fans of image quality and are only going to watch DTT, it is not worth buying an expensive television.
  • If you have a large room and you are concerned about viewing angles, also OLED.
  • If you mainly watch TV in the daytime, in a very bright room and you are concerned about brightness, better a good LCD.
  • If the budget is not a problem, buy OLED. If it is, go for the best LCD you can afford (ideally VA Edge LED).
  • For televisions intended for second rooms and just to watch DTT, the most reasonable thing is an IPS of adjusted price. Without content to take advantage of technology, it is better not to overspend.

Better a good 2019 (or even 2018!) Than a bad 2020

The mall vendor is likely to argue otherwise, but in reality TVs don't change that much from year to year (with some exceptions, of course). These teams drop in price quickly and with a normal budget, you can opt for a high range of 2019 compared to a mid-range of the current year. In most cases, the most rational option is the first and that is why you will see several 2019 models on our list.


Our selection of recommended TVs for 2020

I have reviewed the market to bring you some options that I find interesting. They are not the cheapest or the most expensive models, they are the televisions that convince me the most and the ones that I think can serve as a reference to most.


LG OLED C9

LG OLED C9
One of the best TVs in 2019 is still one of my favorites this year. Brutal image quality, minimal latency, compatible with Dolby Vision, and HDMI 2.1 as standard. Perhaps the only downside is that the sound is not up to it, but it is something common in almost all of them and it has a solution via the soundbar.

Why you should buy it
  • Great image quality, with great blacks and contrast
  • Careful design
  • Fast and well-optimized operating system

Why you should choose another option
  • There are brighter televisions
  • Does not support HDR10 +
Price: 1,945 $ on Amazon.

 

Panasonic TX-55GZ1000

Panasonic TX-55GZ1000
The Japanese firm has been the reference for fans of image quality for years. Except for some hesitation during the transition from LCD to OLED, Panasonic televisions are highly geared toward moviegoers who value color fidelity and work with motion over any other factor.

The GZ1000 is getting more and more reasonably priced (if you have no budget problems, stop reading and go for the GZ2000) and it comes with impeccable calibration for the best cinematic experience.

Why you should buy it?
  • Spectacular image quality
  • Compatible with Dual Vision and HDR10 +
  • Fantastic design
  • Absolute black

Why you should choose another option?
  • Atmos sound can be improved
  • Regular remote control
  • Few updates by the brand


Sony OLED AG9 MASTER Series

Sony OLED AG9 MASTER Series

Quality (and price) Sony in its purest form. Despite being more than a year old, this TV can boast one of the best OLED panels on the market, which also comes excellently calibrated at the factory.

In addition to being a dream TV for multimedia content, it is also great for enjoying video games due to its low latency and minimal response time. The AndroidTV operating system is already very mature and the sound it offers is above average. An excellent option in its price range.

Why you should buy it?
  • Excellent image quality
  • Sublime design and build quality
  • Outstanding viewing angles
  • Reduced latency and low response time

Why you should choose another option?
  • Not compatible with HDR10 +
  • The price is still high.


LG NanoCell SM9800

LG NanoCell SM9800

The first LCD on our list marks the top of the Korean house range for this year. It has FALD backlight and nanoparticle color generation technology, positioning it as a good alternative to OLED.

At the time it exceeded 1,700 USD, an excessive price for what it offered that has been considerably moderated. To take into account its commitment to HDR, with support for HDR10 and Dolby Vision, HDMI 2.1 connectivity, and the focus on video games, with technologies such as VRR or ALLM as standard.

Why you should buy it?
  • Remarkable image quality
  • HDMI 2.1 on all four ports
  • WebOS works fine and doesn't bother
  • Spectacular to play

Why you should choose another option?
  • The panel, while being good, doesn't measure up to other high-end VA LCDs
  • The base must improve


Sony xg95

Sony xg95

Another great bet based on LCD, with high-contrast VA panel and FALD backlight system. This Sony proposal can be found about 1000 USD in 55 inches and is an interesting purchase for an off-road profile: DTT, cinema, series, video games ...

Why you should buy it?
  • Fantastic panel with great HDR performance
  • Excellent with dark areas considering that it is an LCD
  • Well factory calibrated
  • Adjusted Price

Why you should choose another option?
  • Does not support HDR10 +
  • We miss one more point of performance on SmartTV.


Samsung QE55Q80T

Samsung QE55Q80T

This great exponent of Samsung's commitment to QLED combines great image quality, good sound, and very careful design. We like the four HDMI 2.1 and the operating system, complete, fast, and intuitive.

The Samsung QE55Q80T looks good without touching anything and responds with any type of content. Most foodies miss the support for Dolby Vision but, in general terms, it is a great option that is now much better priced than when it came out.

Why you should buy it?
  • High contrast and color rendering
  • Amazing sound
  • Excellent with dark areas considering that it is an LCD
  • Well factory calibrated
  • Adjusted Price

Why you should choose another option?
  • Does not support HDR10 +
  • We miss one more point of performance on SmartTV.


LG OLED55GX

LG OLED55GX

Probably one of the best TVs in 2020. It improves on everything the C9 (also present in this list), offers sublime image quality and features the new Filmmaker mode that promises to take the home theater experience to a new level.

If you go to the beginning of this guide and review what we should ask a television, this model has everything, except for the HDR10 +, and a price that has been adjusting over the months. From my point of view, one of the best options on the market today.

Why you should buy it?
  • Large panel, with striking blacks and excellent shadow detail.
  • Impressive HDR performance
  • Filmmaker mode
  • Dolby Vision IQ and Dolby Atmos support
  • Low latency and response time
  • Spectacular design and build quality

Why you should choose another option?
  • Does not support HDR10 +
  • If the design doesn't matter that much to you, there are cheaper options (like the 65CX)
  • The price is high

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