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Podcast #873: HDTV Buying Guide 2018

Tis the season for us to go shopping and to continue to help you spend your money - one of our favorite times of the year. If you or anyone in your life is looking for a new UHD TV this Christmas, but still aren’t sure which one to buy, we’ve got you covered. We each pick two TVs and one ‘money is no object’ / ‘dare to dream’ TV for you to consider.

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HDTV Buying Guide 2018

Tis the season for us to go shopping and to continue to help you spend your money - one of our favorite times of the year. If you or anyone in your life is looking for a new UHD TV this Christmas, but still aren’t sure which one to buy, we’ve got you covered. We each pick two TVs and one ‘money is no object’ / ‘dare to dream’ TV for you to consider.


Ara’s Picks

LG UK6570PUB 4K HDR Smart LED UHD TV w/ AI ThinQ® - 70" Class $999.99

Seventy inches for $1,000??? Are you kidding me? This can make any family room feel like  media room. Even though it's 70 inches it does not dominate the room. Measuring in at 61.9" (157cm) x 38.6" (98cm) x 11.7” (29cm) and weighing only 92 lbs (41Kg) it can be bought, moved, and installed by just about anyone. Features include: active HDR 4K (HDR10 and HLG), webOS 4.0, ultra Luminance which enhances brightness and provides better contrast, quad-Core Processor to continually process the video for best results regardless of source, ultra Surround Sound but really who cares about that? Hard to believe but this is my budget TV. It also comes in 75” and 86”.

Sony XBR75X900F 75-Inch 4K Ultra HD Smart LED TV $2800

My second pick goes up in size picture quality and price (although the TV is available in 50 - 85 inch sizes). The reason I picked this Sony is it is a full array LED architecture which will give you deep blacks and high contrast. Also I have been very impressed with the X1 processor on Sony TVs. This model comes with the X1 Extreme processor which improved your 1080p content. The X900F can handle HDR10, Hybrid Log-Gamma and Dolby Vision™ making it a TV that is pretty much future proof! Other features include: compatible with Amazon Alexa & Google Home to change channels & more, dimensions 66 x 40 3/4 x 14 inch, 4 HDMI inputs.


Braden’s Picks

TCL 65" 65R617 4K UHD Dolby Vision HDR Roku Smart LCD TV $999

It wouldn’t be a Braden TV list without a TCL on it. TCL's 6-Series delivers 4K HDR picture performance and the Roku TV smart platform in one. Dolby Vision for greater brightness and contrast, as well as a fuller palette of rich colors. TCL's Contrast Control Zone technology individually optimizes the image across up to 120 zones for better contrast. The 6-Series models’ iPQ Engine™ provides precise color replication while HDR Pro Gamma is supposed to improve HDR performance in any setting. It has an enhanced remote control with Voice Control and 3 HDMI 2.0a ports with HDCP 2.2 (1 ARC). Add a pair of Roku TV Wireless Speakers for soundbar performance with almost no setup or configuration. It’s a great TV that can be the center of an awesome home theater or an impressive addition to a bonus room or game room.


Samsung QN75Q6 Flat 75" QLED 4K UHD 6 Series Smart TV $2499

Stepping up a little in size and opting for better picture quality requires we more than double the price. And this isn’t even the top of the line QLED series, but as the entry line, you can still get a pretty good value on a really good set. A 75” TV is a really good size for just about any room in most homes and QLED has emerged as a strong second place option to the significantly more expensive OLED sets on the market. In addition to the stellar QLED picture quality and HDR, it has a bunch of cool features like Ambient Mode that can put art on the TV so it blends perfectly with your décor, and can even play a bit of light background music. Bixby Voice search lets you search for content, flip channels, or even ask questions such as the current weather using only your voice. OneRemote automatically detects and controls all your compatible connected devices and content. The universal guide brings your favorite content from multiple devices and apps together in one easy-to-browse menu. And you can even download the SmartThings App on your mobile to control and monitor your new QLED TV and connected devices all in one screen!


Ultimate Christmas Present


Samsung QN88Q9FAMFXZA 88" Q9F QLED 4K TV $20,000

This TV will make you forget about your projector! QLED has not received the accolades that it really deserves. With Samsung’s Elite Black+ with Infinite Array backlight system the Q9 gets very close to OLED in black and contrast. It can also provide a brighter picture. The only real knock we have is that off angle viewing is not as good as OLED. However, with a TV this size is there really someplace in the room that is off angle? Keep that in mind if this is a possibility for you. Other features include: 100% color volume, smart TV, OneRemote automatically detects and controls your connected devices (satellite, cable, Blu-ray, soundbar) and content with no manual programming required, Burn-In Free for life, Guaranteed.



Samsung QN85Q900RAFXZA 85" Class Q900 QLED Smart 8K UHD TV $14,999

Not quite as big as Ara’s 88 inch Samsung, but this 85 inch set is $5000 less and, yep, 8K. Before you say that 8K is a waste, there’s no content and there won’t be for a long time, an 85” TV is pretty big. It can actually be divided into the equivalent of 42 inch 4K TVs.  Although it has 4 HDMI inputs, it doesn’t appear to have this split screen capability as a native feature, but it should. But you get all of the awesome quality of a QLED television, with all of the advanced features of a top of the line samsung, and 8K. What’s not to love? Ok, sure, you can get an 85 inch 4k LCD for $2500, so it might be a it early to plop down such a premium for 8k. Or is it?





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Reader Comments (3)

With TCL, I assume a higher series number (6, 5, 4, etc) generally means it is better.
How does the P series fit in?


December 7, 2018 | Unregistered CommenterBrian McCarty

Really really like that Samsung QN75Q6! One day it will be mine!!!!

December 10, 2018 | Unregistered CommenterAC

I was choosing between the same 2 TVs and got the 86” LG. Love it so far!!!


December 18, 2018 | Unregistered CommenterChris

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