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Best HDR TVs - Spring 2017
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In 2017, finding a TV that doesn't support some form of HDR is almost impossible. But while it isn't very complicated to support HDR, not every TV can take full advantage of it. Indeed, only higher-end TVs will see the benefit of HDR. To find out more about the differences with HDR, check out our HDR vs SDR article.

Fortunately, finding content to enjoy these high-end TVs is becoming a non-issue as almost every new release is in HDR. Services such as Amazon Prime video, Netflix, and Youtube all provide a compelling HDR lineup that is continually expanding. Games are also starting to support it (see our HDR gaming TVs recommendations) and soon enough, every content will be HDR, including broadcast television. With that said, here are the best HDR TVs you can buy today.

Best HDR TV

HDR is unfortunately still somewhat of a high-end affair. Most TVs today support it, but only the brighter premium models will have a big impact on picture quality.

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9.0HDR Movies
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What it is HDR Movies and TV shows. The TV will be used to watch 4k UHD HDR content, with a wide color gamut and a high peak brightness. Either via UHD Blu-rays or HDR streaming.
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55" 65"

When it comes to HDR TVs, nothing beats the LG OLED TVs, and particularly the LG B6.

OLED TVs have by far the best picture quality available, bar none, and the B6 is no exception. Thanks to their ability to turn pixels on and off individually, they can produce deep and pure blacks that no LED TV can match. While they aren't the brightest TVs available, they are far from dim and will be able to reproduce the bright highlights of HDR content well. It also produces one of the widest color volumes we've tested, so bright and saturated colors pop.

Even though we don't think there's a valuable difference between both formats, the LG B6 is one of the rare TVs that supports both HDR10 and Dolby Vision. Higher end models such as the E6 and G6 will have the same picture quality as the B6, but they have a nicer design and audio. In our eyes, though, the extra money spent on those models is better spent on an external sound system.

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If your TV is going to be set in a dark room, there isn't any better LED 4k TV than the Vizio P Series 2016. Thanks to its excellent local dimming feature, it can produce better blacks than the average LED TV. It does also have a wider color gamut and gets fairly bright, so all bases are covered for a good HDR performance. If you can't afford the LG B6, the Vizio P is the HDR TV to get.

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Best Budget HDR TV

There aren't any real budget HDR TVs, but some of the mid-range TVs can still provide a compelling experience and cover most of the requirements to make good use of the different formats.

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7.8HDR Movies
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What it is HDR Movies and TV shows. The TV will be used to watch 4k UHD HDR content, with a wide color gamut and a high peak brightness. Either via UHD Blu-rays or HDR streaming.
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43" 49"

If you're looking for a smaller TV or if the premium HDR TVs are simply out of your budget, look for the Sony X800D LED TV.

Unlike other mid-range and budget TVs, the X800D has a wide color gamut and 10 bits of color depth. HDR content is mastered using much wider color spaces, so having a wide color gamut helps reproduce the very saturated colors found in these new movies.

Where it falls short of the more expensive options, however, is when comparing their brightness levels. Picture quality in HDR greatly benefits from the TV being able to produce very bright highlights. The Sony X800D doesn't get quite as bright as high-end models, but it should still be able to get bright enough to be used in well-lit environments. However, it's still the best choice for an HDR TV if you're on a tighter budget.

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50" 55" 60" 65" 70" 80"

If you're looking to get the best picture quality for the money and are willing to trade HDR related features in exchange, the Vizio M Series 2016 4k TV has a very similar local dimming feature to the more expensive Vizio P of the same year. It supports both the HDR10 and Dolby Vision formats and has excellent contrast. It doesn't have the 10 bits of color depth and the wide color gamut of the Sony X800D, but the great local dimming and uniform blacks give it the edge when it comes to watching movies in a dark room. If you're looking for a less HDR focused TV available in a much larger set of sizes, the Vizio M series 2016 is a great alternative to the Sony X800D.

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Our recommendations above are what we think are currently the best HDR TVs to buy for most people. We factor in the price (a cheaper TV wins over a pricier one if the difference isn't worth it), feedback from our visitors and availability (no TVs that are difficult to find or almost out of stock everywhere).

A few examples of HDR TVs that didn't make the cut:

  • Sony X930D. Very good TV, but doesn't perform much better than the Vizio P. See our review
  • Sony X900E. Great TV, but the Vizio P get the recommendation because of the price advantage. See our review

If you would like to do the work of choosing yourself, here is the list of all our reviews of 4k TVs that support HDR. Be careful not to get too caught up in the details. While no TV is perfect, most TVs are great enough to please almost everyone, and the differences are often not noticeable unless you really look for them. 

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Your website is very helpful. Will Rtings be reviewing the Sony XBR65Z9D, it's supposed be the best the LED on the market; also I would be interested in knowing how its picture quality/contrast stacks up against the OLED E6. As far as I know, it doesn't have Dolby Vision, is that liability?
At the moment we don't have plans to review the Z9D due to time constraints, and so we don't know how it would perform. Although it is better to have support for both HDR formats, this is unlikely to be a big issue with the range of HDR10 available now and into the future.
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I read somewhere that the KU6300 has been updated to now support HDR10, which is what PS4 requires for HDR if I understood correctly. My TV updated yesterday. Do I need to turn any settings on to enable "HDR mode" as you mention above for the KU6300? Or does it detect HDR content automatically? Thanks.
It will detect it automatically and you will see a pop-up telling that an HDR signal was detected.
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Just curious, are there any TVs that are: 1) Good for 3D 2) Good for 4k and HDR 3) Good for gaming with HDR enabled. Looking for 60 inches.
At the moment, there is no TV that we did review that is good in all your desired specifications. The closest would be the LG UH8500, but it is far from perfect for HDR gaming since it got 62.4ms of input lag with a resolution of 4k @ 60Hz with HDR. If you can live without 3D, your best choice would be the Samsung KS8000.
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May you please review Philips 65xx series?
We have nothing plan for Philips TVs at the moment. Maybe in the future is there is a lot of demand for it.
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Is there a reason that you do not rate Sharp or Panasonic brands?
We are limited with our throughput of TV reviews and have to prioritize for models and brands which will help the most people. Unfortunately, we don't get too much demand for Sharp and Panasonic TVs.
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Which 75" do you recommend for a living room area? Sony X850D ($2000), Sony X940D ($2700), Samsung JU7100 ($2100) or LG UH8500 ($2250)? Main viewing is sports, cable TV and Netflix. Seating on the sides will be at 40-50 degrees off of zero being perpendicular to the center of TV. All seats are 8'-11' from TV. Room has natural daylight during day and table lamps at night. Saw a noticeable difference in the blacks and whites with the two Sony side by side in the store with the X940D being better. The other 2 were not available in the same store. Saw them each alone in different stores so I'm not able to compare them together. Is the X940D worth the premium? Thanks.
Which TV is best depends on how often those side seats will be used. The Sony X850D is much better when viewed from the side seats because of its better viewing angle, but the X940D is better when viewed from the front because of its better black levels, as you saw. You're better off with the X850D, the X940D is only better if the TV will almost always be viewed from straight in front.

Reasoning: The Sony X850D and the LG UH8500 are IPS TVs with good viewing angles but poor contrast ratios. The X850D is the better of the two for your usage because of the better viewing angle and better gray uniformity for sports.
The Sony X940D and the Samsung JU7100 are VA TVs with good contrast ratios but poor viewing angles. The X940D is the better of the two in nearly every way.

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