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There has never been a better time to buy a new TV than now. This is because TV technology has been getting better over the last couple of years. As a result, newer TVs keep coming with breakthrough technologies that make using them an even more exciting experience. Additionally, some of the best technologies previously only in the most expensive TVs have become more common in affordable TVs. Here is an insight of new TVs you should be considering and the technologies that make them worth spending the extra money.
The LG G1 Gallery is the best overall new TV that you can buy in 2021 because it does it all and looks spectacular. This is a TV that you should buy no matter what you are looking for if you can afford its $3000 price tag. Firstly, it features a breakthrough 65" OLED panel, backed by the 4th generation Alpha 9 AI Processor 4K and pioneering AI Picture Pro algorithms. The results are the most outstanding black levels you have ever seen and color-rich picture quality.
Though OLED panels are known for not being very bright, the LG G1 Gallery is among the brightest OLED TVs available now. Coupled with the 4th gen Alpha AI Processor 4K, you should expect a mind-blowing HDR content viewing experience. Besides its pretty artwork-like appearance when mounted on the wall, this TV also has four HDMI 2.1 ports to supports the latest generation of gaming consoles. It also has AMD FreeSnyc, Nvidia G-Sync, and variable refresh rate (VRR); thus, you can play both PC and console games at 4K 120Hz with full RGB color.
Do you want to watch blockbusters from home and get an authentic cinema-like viewing experience? The Sony Bravia XR A90J 65" has got you covered at $4,000 with exceptional HDR performance. This is an ultra-premium TV that you will enjoy having in your living room even when you are not watching it. Besides that aesthetics, this TV is brighter than the LG G1 Gallery Series above, though rumor has it that they share the same panel. The Sony A90J has the newest Cognitive Processor XR, an AI engine that enables the TV to understand the pictures it's about to display and show them in their best form.
Additionally, with the Sony A90J, it's likely that you won't be needing a soundbar, thanks to the incorporation of Acoustic Surface Audio+ and XR Surround technologies in the panel. This means that the TV's panel works like a Dolby Atmos surround sound system to offer an out-worldly virtualized immersive sound experience for the movies you watch. This TV has all the perks of the LG G1 Gallery Series, except for the VRR feature, which will likely be introduced via a firmware update.
If you put your new TV in a bright room with lots of lights or windows, you might have some viewing challenges if it has an OLED panel due to its impeded brightness levels. This is where the Hisense U8G comes in as its ULED panel can get extremely bright up to 1900 nits, almost twice the brightness of the Samsung QN90A, which costs twice more. Besides the mind-blowing brightness, the panel on the TV also offers some decent black levels. The result is that HDR content on this TV is just eye-candy.
Moreover, the superior brightness of this TV means that it can support HDR10, HDR10+, HLG, and Dolby Vision content. When it comes to sound, the TV supports top-class audio standards like DTS Audio and Dolby Atmos. The Hisense U8G also has HDMI 2.1 ports for 4K 120Hz gaming and an HDMI ARC/eARC port for a neater setup. This TV is just $1300 for the 65" model, which means that you are getting fantastic value given the tech it's bundled with.
8K is slowly but surely becoming a thing. Roughly two years ago, the biggest hurdle for adopting 8K TVs was the lack of content. In the last year, numerous smartphones and cameras that support 8K recording have been released, and the 8K content catalog is slowly building up. If you want to be a trailblazer enjoying 8K content without spending astronomical amounts of money on a new TV, go for the Samsung Q800T. This is the 2020 model, and the fact that a 2021 model is coming out, this TV can be bought for $2000.
This TV features a panel with Samsung's proprietary QLED technology. This means that you can expect perfect picture quality given the technology's track record in 4K TVs. Moreover, it also has a powerful picture processing engine that does a fantastic job up-scaling non-8K content for viewing on the TV.
The Samsung Q800T also has an excellent 4.2.2 speaker system which is mind-blowing. It uses six speakers bundled with Object Tracking Sound+ technology to make you feel like you are the center of the action in the movie you are watching. The TV also comes with an HDMI 2.1 and eARC ports and supports VRR and AMD FreeSnyc for you to enjoy gaming with sparkling quality.
Most of the time, unless you are viewing two different TV playing the same content side by side, it might be hard to notice any significant difference in viewing among TVs priced over $1000. You can buy any TV on this list, and you will have a blast watching, so go for the one that suits your needs and budget.