The Best TVs 2020 – Buyer’s Guide

I know this website is called Best Home Stereo, but in the world today many if not most home stereos are part of a larger entertainment system that includes a home theater.  A home theater of course involves the visual as well as audio. So if you strive to have the best sound possible you probably want the best visual experience as well. There are options when it comes to the visual. Most of us have TVs but as you will find on this site you could also incorporate a projector into your system. For this article though, we are going to stick with televisions and present some of the best TVs for 2020. If you are currently in the market for a new TV, hopefully you’ll find the information provided here helpful in making your decision. Let’s get started.

TVs and 4K

These days most TVs are 4k models and with the prices continuing to fall, it’s a good time to get one. You should be able to find a 65-inch 4k TV under $1000. Also with 4k TVs, you’ll have connected features for streaming 4k content. Because of platforms like Roku TV, Amazon Fire TV, Android TV, etc., different TV brands can add smart TV functions without having to develop their own systems.

Even though broadcast or cable TV services haven’t adopted 4K yet it is freely available on many streaming services and on Ultra HD Blu-ray discs. If you’re lucky to have a very fast internet connection, Amazon and Netflix have some excellent shows in 4K with most new programming being produced in that resolution as well. Note that Ultra HD Blu-ray is relatively new so you will need a new player for these.

LCD vs. OLED TVs

Before we get to the actual TVs you’ll want to know that there two basic technologies used for today’s TVs. These are LCD and OLED. LCD is also called LED and uses LED backlights to illuminate the screen. With OLED, each pixel generates its own light. There aren’t as many OLED TVs on the market and they tend to be more expensive but prices have been dropping for over a year. What is good about OLED is that it will do a great job displaying the darkest parts of an image. For instance, deep shadows will really look black just like in real life instead of gray. The picture on an OLED TV can be viewed from unlimited angles and still look great even from the side of the room.

At the current time, most TVs being sold are still LCD. Most can’t deliver dark levels like OLED but they get better every year especially those that use full-array backlights. This is where the LEDS are spread across the entire rear panel not just along the edges. With this you get a feature called local dimming which divides the backlights into zones that are separately dimmed or illuminated based on the scene. TVs with full-array backlights will be on the pricier models. With the best LCD TVs you can count on very bright and vivid images.

What’s the Right Screen Size

You’ll want to make sure when you shop for a new TV that you’re getting the right screen size for your room. Don’t just get the biggest screen available. You’ll want to get a screen size that is based on your distance from it. The general formula is that the distance of your couch to your TV should be between 1.2 and 1.6 times the diagonal measurement of your screen. If you are going to be six feet away from your screen than a screen size between 42 and 60 inches will be appropriate. If your goal is the biggest picture possible, say 100 inches, then you’ll want to consider a projector because no consumer LCD or OLED TV will be able to match that.

What About a Curved TV?

So should you get a curved TV? Well most TVs have flat screens and there really is no benefit to getting a curved screen. I think they look cool and a smaller curved TV may be better for gaming, but for TV watching overall, a larger flat screen would be the best choice. Curved TVs can make it harder to get a consistent picture quality if you are viewing it from an off-center angle. There isn’t really a justification to pay extra for a curved screen.

Picking the Best

Let’s just say picking the best TVs is no easy task. There are a lot of good ones with some companies producing more than one. The selections below are our best effort to narrow down the list without repeating companies. There are seven TVs on the list that aren’t in any particular order. Maybe one of these will find its way into your entertainment room or home theater.

Sony Master Series A9G

Sony Master Series OLED AG9

The Sony Master Series A9G is a minor improvement to the A9F and the A9F is a great TV. This new TV has what may be the best 4k Ultra HD OLED screen on the market. It also has an innovative approach to audio called Acoustic Surface that works by sending sound waves through the actual display. This is an awesome experience where voices and sound effects match their locations on the screen. Sony has edged ahead of its competitors with its superlative picture processing and HDR delivery. If you are in the market the Sony Master Series A9G may be the best viewing experience you can buy.

Pros:

  • Top-class upscaling
  • Audio with Acoustic Surface

Cons:

  • No HDR10+

 

TCL 6-Series

TCL 6-Series TV

The TCL 6-Series is an affordable 4k 65-inch TV with a picture that looks phenomenal. It has an improved image quality from its predecessor the P6 series with improved color and full-array local dimming. The picture quality of the 6-Series beats any other TV in this price range. It also has a great Roku TV operating system. The audio quality isn’t great so this TV is best paired with a sound bar or home theater. I’m actually comfortable saying that that is true for all TVs but again this is myhomestereo.com. Overall when you consider the quality you get with the price, this may be the best choice for most people.

Pros:

  • Bright and colorful HDR
  • Great Roku TV
  • Dolby Vision

Cons:

  • Darkest images lose details
  • Limited motion settings

 

Vizio P-Series Quantum X

Vizio P-Series Qx

Is a OLED TV out of your price range? Well if you ARE willing to pay a little extra for a high quality picture then take a look at the Vizio P-Series Quantum X. This TV has a great light output that can’t be matched by an OLED and great local dimming. Its closest competitor is the TCL above but this may be a better value. Its picture quality can go head-to-head with the Samsung Q90R for half the price.

Pros:

  • Great contrast
  • Wide color range
  • Support for Apple AirPlay 2, Google Cast

Cons:

  • Not many onboard apps
  • No voice remote

 

Samsung Q90R

Samsung Q90R

So the Samsung Q90R happens to be an expensive 4k LCD TV. It’s interesting that Samsung uses OLED screens for its phones but stuck with LCD for its TVs. In this case it was a good choice. This TV excels in both color and contrast performance. Generally with LCD you’ll lack in contrast and with OLED you’ll suffer with color but for the Q90R you don’t lack in either. This TV supports HDR in HDR10, HDR10+, and HLG but not Dolby Vision. Overall this TV is one of the best LCD TVs out there and one of the most expensive putting it up there with OLED TVs. This TV is great for anyone looking to add to their pricey home theater.

Pros:

  • Bright panel with great black levels
  • Wide precise color
  • Sleek looking

Cons:

  • No Dolby Vision
  • No analog video inputs

 

LG’s OLED CX

LG OLED CX

So this is definitely one of the best TVs of 2020. It’s an OLED that has an incredible picture quality with outstanding black level and the wonderful design of LG. This TV isn’t much different from the previous LG C9 but does have an upgraded chip that improves picture processing. The display is really thin but still has four HDMI 2.1 ports and with the low input lag it will be able to handle the next-gen consoles coming later this year. Of course this TV has LG’s webOS smart platform that leads the market with an intuitive interface and helpful content rows. No HDR10+ support but there is Dolby Vision and Atmos. The LG OLED CX may be the best 65-inch OLED TV.

Pros:

  • Stellar picture
  • Great slim design
  • webOS smart platform

Cons:

  • Loud bass distorts
  • Lacking HDR10+ support

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Hisense 65 H8G

Hisense H8G 65

The 65-inch 4k Hisense H8G is a cheap and capable TV worth checking out. Hisense is considered a reliable brand that offers premium technologies such as Dolby Vision HDR and Dolby Atmos audio at prices far less than its competitors. This is true with the H8G. This TV is a real bargain considering the size of the screen plus a full-array backlight. This TV may not have the best looking design and the Android TV interface isn’t the best, but if you are not that concerned about bells and whistles the picture is still dazzling.

Pros:

  • Bright, colorful picture
  • Easy to use
  • Price

Cons:

  • Not the best remote
  • Android TV

 

 

Panasonic HZ 1500 OLED


Panasonic HZ 2500

The Panasonic HZ 1500 OLED TV may be the most cinematic. That’s because of the combination of Panasonic’s universal HDR support and Dolby Atmos speakers. This TV includes both HDR10+ and Dolby Vision and 80W Dolby Atmos speakers that will please the cinephiles out there. As far as the picture, the OLED panel and HCX Pro Intelligent processor work together to produce deep and immense black levels, and the HDR images are extremely vibrant too. I was hesitant to put this on the list since it’s not available in the US, but this is a world wide web that has been woven so I included it. Hopefully this TV will be in the US soon.

Pros:

  • Incredible OLED picture
  • Dolby Atmos speakers
  • Great for home cinema

Cons:

  • No HDMI 2.1 ports

Currently not available in the US.

 

Conclusion

We’ve presented some of the best TVs for 2020 with prices ranging from $748 to about $3500. The ones presented here all have 65 inch screens. Trying to show the best TVs is difficult in such a crowded market. There are many other TVs that are also of high quality that come in different screen sizes so you may want to do some additional research to find the one perfect for you. If you think we missed a couple or you would like more information on one we didn’t show here, leave a comment and we will get that information to you. Also, if you have any questions feel free to ask in the comment section below. Thanks for reading.

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