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Best TVs under $2,000 - Spring 2017
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In this price range, you can find 2016 OLEDs as well as very large LED TVs. Without any compromise (except size), you can expect the absolute best picture quality available. Here are our recommendations for the best TVs under $2000. 

Best TV under $2,000

Usage Ratings
8.5Mixed Usage
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What it is General purpose. The TV will be used for a variety of content and usages. Movies at night, TV shows during the day, video games from time to time, etc.
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9.0Movies
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What it is Movies in the dark. The TV will be used for watching movies in a controlled environment, directly in front, in a home theater way. Mostly only high quality content, like Blu-rays, UHD Blu-rays, streaming and a little bit of HDR.
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8.3TV Shows
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What it is TV Shows in a bright living room. The TV will be used in to watch TV shows, in a bright room during the day, from multiple viewing positions at different angles. The content watched has an average quality: cable, streaming, SD channels, etc.
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8.3Sports
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What it is Sports in a living room. The TV will be used to watch sports during the day, like football or hockey. Usually watched with a group, so from multiple viewing position.
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8.5Video Games
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What it is Video games. The TV will be used to play video games, directly in front, in a controlled light environment. Usually fast games, like online FPS, where motion blur and input lag is important.
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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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8.6HDR Gaming
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What it is HDR Gaming. The TV will be used to play HDR video games using consoles that support it or on current generation gaming PCs. Xbox One S, PS4 Pro, GTX 10 series and AMD RX series graphics cards.
7.8PC Monitor
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What it is PC Monitor. The TV will be used as a PC monitor, from 2-3 feet away, either for productivity purposes or gaming. Sharp text is important, as well as a high resolution.
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Undeniably, the LG OLED55B6P is the best 4k TV under $2,000 in terms of picture quality. OLEDs, thanks to their infinite contrast ratio, can produce exceptionally detailed images and have completely pure blacks.

Picture quality isn't the only advantage of OLED TVs. They have the widest viewing angle available, and their instant response time means high framerate content such as video games and sports look extremely smooth. OLED TVs offer a complete package and if you can afford them, are very hard to beat. They do have some downsides: static images will be retained as a "ghost" for a few minutes after the screen has changed, and content that is bright across the whole screen might cause it to dim a little, but it is fairly minor overall. 

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Best Value for Size under $2,000

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7.9Mixed Usage
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What it is General purpose. The TV will be used for a variety of content and usages. Movies at night, TV shows during the day, video games from time to time, etc.
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8.2Movies
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What it is Movies in the dark. The TV will be used for watching movies in a controlled environment, directly in front, in a home theater way. Mostly only high quality content, like Blu-rays, UHD Blu-rays, streaming and a little bit of HDR.
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7.1TV Shows
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What it is TV Shows in a bright living room. The TV will be used in to watch TV shows, in a bright room during the day, from multiple viewing positions at different angles. The content watched has an average quality: cable, streaming, SD channels, etc.
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7.4Sports
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What it is Sports in a living room. The TV will be used to watch sports during the day, like football or hockey. Usually watched with a group, so from multiple viewing position.
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8.8Video Games
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What it is Video games. The TV will be used to play video games, directly in front, in a controlled light environment. Usually fast games, like online FPS, where motion blur and input lag is important.
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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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8.1HDR Gaming
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What it is HDR Gaming. The TV will be used to play HDR video games using consoles that support it or on current generation gaming PCs. Xbox One S, PS4 Pro, GTX 10 series and AMD RX series graphics cards.
7.9PC Monitor
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What it is PC Monitor. The TV will be used as a PC monitor, from 2-3 feet away, either for productivity purposes or gaming. Sharp text is important, as well as a high resolution.
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For something much larger than 55", the Vizio M70-D0 LED TV can be found under $2,000. Its picture quality is definitely a step below the LG B6, but it is still quite good.

You get quite a lot for your money with the M70-D0. It has some very good picture quality, mostly thanks to its great local dimming feature that greatly helps with contrast by lowering the brightness of areas of the screen that show darker colors. The Vizio M Series 2016 is also one of the best gaming TV available thanks to its very low input lag and response time.

It doesn't have the more advanced HDR features of higher-end models, but it is still an excellent 70 inch TV with great value, especially when it comes to size.

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All Reviews

Our recommendations above are what we think are currently the best TVs under $2,000 to buy for most people. We factor in the price (a cheaper TV wins over a pricier one if the difference isn't really 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 TVs under $2000 that didn't make the cut:

  • Samsung UN65KS8000. Very good set but almost out of stock everywhere now. See our review
  • LG 65UH8500. Trumped by most other TVs in the price range, only ever advisable if you plan to mostly watch the TV from the side. See our review.

If you would like to do the work of choosing yourself, here is the list of all our reviews of TVs that are less than $2,000. Be careful to not 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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Questions & Answers

11 ANSWERED QUESTIONS
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Are you paid to promote Samsung?
No. We are entirely independent, and unlike many tech review websites, we don't even accept review units from manufacturers. We purchase all our TVs from the same stores that regular people do. Several Samsung TVs performed quite well in our tests, which is why they often appear in our recommendations.
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What is the best viewing distance for a 65" TV?
Ideally, you'll want to be about nine feet away from the TV.
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I am looking to buy either a Samsung LED UN65H7150 or Samsung UN65F8000. I like sports and movies and am not into gaming or much 3D. I have a dark room. Which is the overall better choice and why? Thank you for your answer.
They offer really, really similar picture, quality-wise. It is practically the same TV. Assuming you don't care about the updated 2014 smart interface on the UN65H7150, get the cheaper of the two.
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M70-C3 or Samsung UN75J6300, for an average viewing distance of 10-15ft. Mostly for sports/movies via satellite.
Get the J6300. Both TVs are good for what you want to do, and the larger screen is better for that distance.
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I am a Panasonic fan, but noticed you do not have any new Panasonic TVs in your reviews. I am interested in your review of the Panasonic TC-65AX900. Will you be providing a review of that TV in the future?
We don't currently have any plans to review Panasonic TVs this year, because they are not very popular in the US. If we do get enough request for it though, we might consider it.
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What's the better choice for watching football and satellite TV/movies in a large room (avg. viewing distance 10-15 ft), the Samsung UN65J6300 or Vizio E70-C3?
Don't care about 4K. Will be wall-mounted with a sound bar.
Thanks!
The Samsung J6300 is the better choice. It is better at upscaling lower resolutions, which is important for sports and other broadcast media.
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Hey there! Came across your site while trying to look for a new TV. Great reviews, very informative! However, I am having trouble pulling the trigger on my next TV. I currently have the Samsung PN50B650 50-Inch 1080p Plasma (old, but still going strong and I love plasma). Obviously, plasma is/has gone away. I am looking at the Samsung UN65JS8500, UN75JU7100 and the Vizio M65‑C1. I'd prefer not to have a curved screen, and I am an avid movie watcher/PS4 gamer. What would you recommend for someone with a low-lit den area, at ~13ft away?
You won't get the quality of plasma with any LED TVs but the TVs you mention are nonetheless good. The JS8500 is the better of the three but unless you plan on watching HDR contents you won't get much better in term of picture quality compared to the JU7100, although at 75" it is the most expensive option. If you want to go big, save money and keep a great picture quality, the Vizio M is the way to go. Unfortunately, it has a little bit more blur in motions but it isn't a deal breaker. On the other side, it has the best input lag we measured to date so your video games will be very responsive.
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Hey Guys, First of all, great job in your reviews, I think this site is awesome, helpful and fun to browse. Its TV bible! I'm on the market for a new TV, tight budget (less than $2,000), big screen 65-70 inch, 4K, mainly for sports (soccer) and few movies, i don't care about smart features (apps, ect). Viewing distance will be about 8' to 9', and the TV will be located in a not very bright room. My options, in no particular order so far are: LG 65UF7700 SONY XBR65X800B SAMSUNG UN65JU6500FXZA VIZIO M70-C3 what would you guys recommend (open to other options)? Thanks again.
We can't speak for the x800b since we haven't reviewed this model but the JU6500 would be better compared to the others if you mainly watch sports. It has the least amount of motion blur and has a better scaler for watching cable HD channels.
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Do you plan to ever test pre-2015 Samsung models with the new Evolution kit? For instance I just bought a UN65HU8550 and am wondering if getting the 2015 Evolution kit (SEK3500U) is worth the $300-$400. From my understanding, feature wise you just get Tizen, VP9 codec support and HDCP 2.2 on all 4 HDMI ports, which doesn't seem worth the money to me right now. Some people on forums however, are claiming they see a picture quality difference when they got the SEK3500U on their HU8550 or HU9000. This is what I'd be most interested in seeing if there is a quantifiable difference.
Unfortunately, no, we won't be able to. We don't have our 2014 TVs with us anymore.
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I have had fairly good luck with Samsung TVs in the past, starting with a DLP rear-projection unit that lasted 5-6 years, and then a plasma that's still going after three years, however, I purchased a 60" LED Samsung from Dell and it only lasted 16 months.
I had the boards switched out, but was told it was the screen. After several phone calls with Samsung, they basically said it was on my dime. Come to find out it was a known issue with the models in that time frame. That has basically put a bad taste in my mouth regarding Samsung. I know they look great, but I want the unit to last a long time, since it is a sizable investment - I definitely don't look at it like a throwaway item.
So my question is, if I had a budget of $2,000 and wanted a 65-75" TV and I didn't care if it was 4k (it would be nice if it was, though), what would be your recommendation?
I would be open to another Samsung if you recommended it, but am finding it hard to choose a TV that I will not have buyer's remorse over. I have narrowed it down to one TV, but the price is keeping me from pulling the trigger.
Thoughts? Thanks.
Get the Vizio M65-C1. It has really good picture quality and can play 4k video.
If you're a gamer, you should get the Samsung UN65J6300 instead, as the M has more blur than ideal with video games (but is fine for everything else).
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Samsung has a flash software issue that precludes streaming from ESPN, for example. I love my current Samsung's but looking to other manufacturers so I can stream ESPN for some college games my daughter plays far away. Do any other manufacturers have this issue?
We haven't seen any 2015 models that can play Flash video, unfortunately.
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