The Top 8 TVs of 2018

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As this year winds down, the gift-giving season is upon us. Along with the holiday season comes another year-end best-of list. So, if you’re looking to get a new TV for yourself, or as a gift for your loved ones, the models on this list are the least likely to be re-gifted.

LG C8PUA Series 65"-Class HDR UHD Smart OLED TV

Features common to this entire list include integrated Wi-Fi, 4K UHD resolution, and support for multiple HDR formats; this LG smart OLED TV features HDR10, HLG, and Dolby Vision compatibility, plus Advanced HDR by Technicolor via USB. It builds upon the AI ThinQ OS platform with support for voice control by Amazon Alexa and the Google Assistant. The 4K Upscaler, powered by the α9 Intelligent Processor, up-converts lower-resolution content to near-4K, helping you get the most out of every pixel. OLED technology, as I’m sure you know, provides deeper black levels and contrast than non-OLED displays, since each pixel is its own light source, so a pixel that’s supposed to be black surrounded by white pixels will remain black. With four HDMI inputs, a full web browser, and access to the LG Content Store providing app downloads, it was an easy decision to add this OLED to the list.

LG C8PUA Series 65"-Class HDR UHD Smart OLED TV

Samsung Q9FN Series 65"-Class HDR UHD Smart QLED TV

Another strong favorite this year has been this Samsung QLED. For those unfamiliar with QLED technology, it employs a layer of quantum dots—the source of the “Q” in “QLED”—within the display surface to add vibrancy to the image. Its supported HDR formats include HDR10, HLG, and HDR10+, which is the dynamic metadata upgrade of traditional HDR10, providing scene-by-scene image analysis and optimization. The Q9FN meets 100% of the DCI-P3 color space, which helps prevent colors from fading in bright rooms. Aesthetic features like Ambient Mode, which can have the TV mimic the wall pattern behind it, and an included One Connect Box, which houses all the TV’s connectivity and connects to the TV through what Samsung refers to as a Virtually Invisible Connection, make this QLED a good choice for those who feel like technology disrupts their room’s ambiance.

Samsung Q9FN Series 65"-Class HDR UHD Smart QLED TV

Sony X900F Series 55"-Class HDR UHD Smart LED TV

Powered by Sony’s 4K HDR Processor X1 Extreme, the X900F series supports voice control by both the Google Assistant through your Google Home device and Amazon Alexa. It supports the HDR10, Dolby Vision, and HLG formats and sports an Android operating system, providing intuitive interactivity for Android and non-Android users alike. Along with the Android operating system comes access to the Google Play Store, which allows you to download familiar apps like Netflix, YouTube, and more. Its 120 Hz refresh rate, combined with Motionflow XR Digital image enhancement, help minimize the blur that commonly affects fast-moving on-screen objects, such as a speeding car, hockey puck, football, or soccer ball.

Sony X900F Series 55"-Class HDR UHD Smart LED TV

Samsung Q7FN-Series 65"-Class HDR UHD Smart QLED TV and Q7CN-Series 65"-Class HDR UHD Smart Curved QLED TV

Quantum Dots are back on the list with the Samsung Q7FN and Q7CN series TVs; I’m listing two together because they have similar feature sets, except for the curved screen of the Q7CN, as indicated by the “C” in the series name, versus the flat Q7FN. Like the Q9FN, the Q7FN and Q7CN also meet 100% of the DCI-P3 color space for vibrant images, even in bright rooms. These TVs have HDR10, HDR10+, and HLG compatibility, and employ a Q Engine processor to help optimize your content for 4K resolution and HDR color quality. Motion Rate 240 technology is Samsung’s processing that smooths out fast-moving on-screen objects, and is built into both models.

Samsung Q7CN-Series 65"-Class HDR UHD Smart Curved QLED TV

LG SK8000 Series 65"-Class HDR UHD Smart Nano Cell IPS LED TV

LG makes its second appearance on this list with a Nano Cell IPS display. IPS, as you may know, stands for in-plane switching, which is a technology that helps provide wide viewing angles, preventing colors from becoming washed out when viewed off-axis. Nano Cell technology, like Quantum Dot technology, also adds a layer of cells inside the display surface that, in this case, helps enhance color accuracy while also absorbing unwanted ambient light to help improve black levels. It supports HDR10, HLG, and Dolby Vision, and its USB ports support playback of Advanced HDR by Technicolor. It sports a built-in web browser and supports voice control via the Google Assistant or Amazon Alexa.

LG SK8000 Series 65"-Class HDR UHD Smart Nano Cell IPS LED TV

Samsung NU8000 Series 65"-Class HDR UHD Smart LED TV

As the only Samsung traditional LED on the list, the NU8000 series has some big shoes to fill, and its feature set aspires to do just that. It supports the HDR10, HDR10+, and HLG HDR formats, and to further enhance color quality, Dynamic Crystal Color technology helps expand the already wide color gamut. Ultra Slim Array backlighting is the onboard local dimming technology that, along with the Contrast Enhancer, augments the contrast ratio by dimming areas of an image that are supposed to be dark while retaining brightness elsewhere. Furthermore, Motion Rate 240 technology is built in to help smooth out the blur of fast-moving objects.

Samsung NU8000 Series 65"-Class HDR UHD Smart LED TV

VIZIO P Series 55"-Class HDR UHD Smart LED TV

Last, but not least, VIZIO’s P series earned a spot on this year’s list. While not a conventional TV, since it doesn’t have a built-in tuner (just add a set-top tuner and your antenna to receive over-the-air broadcast channels), its enhanced picture quality, due to XLED Pro local dimming, which uses 126 active LED zones for impressive backlight control, makes it a popular choice. It supports the HDR10 and Dolby Vision HDR formats and uses Clear Action 960 technology combined with a 240 Hz effective refresh rate to provide smooth motion. Chromecast built-in enables simple screen mirroring from your compatible mobile devices with the tap of a button, and two USB ports allow you to connect a portable drive for multimedia playback.

VIZIO P-Series 55"-Class HDR UHD SmartCast IPS XLED Pro Home Theater Display

They’re All Good Choices…

When shopping this holiday season, it’s important to note that all these TVs are available in various sizes, ranging from 43 to 85", depending on the model; I’ve simply chosen to highlight the most popular sizes for each. As always, if you need help choosing a TV, come into the SuperStore to see what we have on display, or speak to our friendly, knowledgeable salespeople over the phone at 800-606-6969, or via chat or email.

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No tuner-Total reliance on cabe and or buying a 75.00 box just to get local channels. I hate anything that requires a smart phone

Don't you understand that "tuners" are a thing of the past.  I used to put aluminum foil on my rabbit ears too, I know progress is hard.

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