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Changelogs

08/10/2017: Test bench 1.1

07/21/2016: Test bench 1.0

How to interpret the scores

10 to 7.5

This TV is great for this usage or test. You will be satisfied with it.

7.4 to 6.0

It is good enough for most people, but if you care about this usage or test, it will bother you.

5.9 to 0.0

This TV is below average at this usage or test. It could be an issue even if you aren't particularly picky about this aspect.

Usage

Mixed Usage
Movies
TV Shows
Sports
Video Games
HDR Movies
HDR Gaming
PC Monitor

Test Results

Design
Curved
Picture Quality
Reflections
1080p Input
480p Input
Gradient
Local Dimming
Post Calibration
White Balance dE
Color dE
Black Uniformity
Native Std. Dev.
Std. Dev. w/ L.D.
Viewing Angle
Color Shift
Brightness
Black Level
Image Retention
IR after 0 min recovery
IR after 2 min recovery
IR after 4 min recovery
IR after 6 min recovery
IR after 8 min recovery
IR after 10 min recovery
SDR Peak Brightness
SDR Real Scene Peak Brightness
SDR Peak 2% Window
SDR Peak 10% Window
SDR Peak 25% Window
SDR Peak 50% Window
SDR Peak 100% Window
SDR Sustained 2% Window
SDR Sustained 10% Window
SDR Sustained 25% Window
SDR Sustained 50% Window
SDR Sustained 100% Window
SDR ABL
4k Input
720p Input
Color Volume
Normalized DCI P3 Coverage ITP
Normalized Rec 2020 Coverage ITP
Pre Calibration
White Balance dE
Color dE
Contrast
Native Contrast
Contrast with local dimming
Color Gamut
DCI P3 xy
DCI P3 uv
Rec 2020 xy
Rec 2020 uv
Gray Uniformity
50% Std. Dev.
50% DSE
5% Std. Dev.
5% DSE
HDR Peak Brightness
HDR Real Scene Peak Brightness
HDR Peak 2% Window
HDR Peak 10% Window
HDR Peak 25% Window
HDR Peak 50% Window
HDR Peak 100% Window
HDR Sustained 2% Window
HDR Sustained 10% Window
HDR Sustained 25% Window
HDR Sustained 50% Window
HDR Sustained 100% Window
HDR ABL
Motion
Motion Blur
80% Response Time
100% Response Time
Image Flicker
PWM Dimming Frequency
BFI Frequency
BFI In Game Mode
Motion Interpolation
Motion Interpolation (30 fps)
Motion Interpolation (60 fps)
24p Playback
Judder-free 24p
Judder-free 24p via 60p
Judder-free 24p via 60i
Inputs
Input Lag
4k @ 60Hz
1080p @ 60Hz
4k @ 60Hz + HDR
1080p @ 60Hz + HDR
4k @ 60Hz @ 4:4:4
1080p @ 60Hz @ 4:4:4
4k @ 60Hz @ 4:4:4 + 8 bit HDR
1080p @ 60Hz @ 4:4:4 + HDR
Inputs Specifications
HDR10
Dolby Vision
Supported Resolutions
1080p @ 60Hz @ 4:4:4
1080p @ 120Hz
4k @ 30Hz @ 4:4:4
4k @ 60Hz
4k @ 60Hz @ 4:4:4
Sound Quality
Frequency Response
Low-Frequency Extension
Std. Dev. @ 70
Std. Dev. @ 80
Std. Dev. @ Max
Max
Dynamic Range Compression
Distortion
Weighted THD @ 80
Weighted THD @ Max
IMD @ 80
IMD @ Max
Smart Features
Remote App
Ads
Ads
Opt-out
Remote
Apps and Features
Interface

Additional information

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Questions & Answers

15 ANSWERED QUESTIONS
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Following the 7/29/2015 update, the ranking of a lot of TVs changed. Can you comment on the TVs that were affected the most? Thanks for the great site!

The scores are more spread out now, so a lot of TVs dropped but are still considered great. 7.5 is now our threshold for a recommended TV (previously it was 8.0).

Relative to each others, here are the TVs that had the biggest impact:

  • Vizio M Series increased from #12 overall to #8, and the P Series from #11 to #6. This is due to the local dimming as well as the judder reduction features. The M Series is even now ranked #4 for movies.
  • Samsung JU6500 dropped from #6 to #14, due to the judder in movies.
  • Samsung J6300 dropped from #8 to #11, due to the lack of 4k and local dimming.
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What is judder in movies?
It's a shakiness to the video, and it's something you normally see with panning shots. We talk about it in more detail here.
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Do you have plans for reviewing Philips TVs?
Not this year, no.
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When you test resolution and 4K upscaling, is it dependent on a certain viewing distance? For example, if a TV looks blurry when it upscales 720p to 4K, will it look soft from both 5ft and 12ft?
The farther away you are, the less upscaling matters. It also depends on the size of the screen.
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Hello. I'm looking for some very specific features:

1) Brightness which is automatically adjusted according to room light level.
2) Audio output jack (any type) that is controlled by the TV volume.
3) Composite video (yellow RCA jack) input.
4) Center stand (not the far-apart leg stand design).
5) Effective auto volume control (to prevent loud commercials).
6) Responsive smart TV interface (as quick as a Roku).
7) Other desirable qualities: good bright-room performance, good sports performance.

It's a lot to ask, I know! Possibly no current TVs have all of this, but please let me know of any models that you think best fit my criteria. Thanks.

Here is a few tips to help you find your TV:

1) Most TVs have an automatic brightness feature
2) Most Samsung and LG TVs can't do analog output control, but for most TVs it is possible over HDMI using ARC.
3) Our 'Software and Inputs' section will show you all the available outputs
4) Visible in the 'Design' - 'Stand' section in our reviews
5) Not currently tested but most TVs can do
6) Higher end TVs tend to be quicker
7) Look at the 'Reflection' and 'Peak Brightness' sections

Seems like you need a Sony TV and the x930d would fit the bill. If you want to save money and lower your standards in regard of smart features responsiveness and brightness, take a look at the Sony x850c or even x810c. If you prioritize viewing angle over picture quality, then the x850d would also be a good pick. Keep in mind though that the Roku would probably still be faster than most smart TVs.

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When my new Samsung 65" ju7100 is turned off I noticed my reflection is wavy. Is this normal? Is there something I should look for? Should I just trade it in? I don't seem to notice anything when its on. I have had it 2 days and I am worried I will notice something after the 30 day return time (2015 09 20). Please respond soon and thank you for the help.
It is common with all TVs including our ju7100. Your TV is fine.
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Will you be adding color testing to all 2015 models, such as the Vizio M?
We're in the process of testing all of our TVs for color. We'll have results and scores up for all of our TVs sometime in the next couple of weeks.
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Is the Sony KDL50W800C VESA compliant? I wasn't able to find that information on the box, in the manual, or really anywhere online.
Yes.
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I found a good price on four TVs and wanted to know which TV you guys would recommend. It's the Samsung HU8550 65" for $1,449.99, Vizio P series 70" for $1,999.99, Vizio M series (new model) for $1,849.99, or the Vizio P series for $1,699.99?
The Samsung HU8550 is by far the best deal of the four (less blur on fast movement, for cheaper), so that would be a great choice. If you absolutely need a larger TV, the M70 would be a good alternative.
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I'm finishing my basement and plan to hang three TVs on my wall. I'm thinking of going with a 60" in the center and two 50" TVs on either side.
I'm trying to get good quality without breaking the bank ($2k-$3k budget). We will be sitting 8-10 feet from the TVs and we only have one window in the living room. I primarily watch sports while my wife enjoys watching her shows and the occasional movie. We have kids, so we also watch a lot of cartoons.
I've looked at the Samsung 50" & 60" JU6500 (I want to have the same brand for aesthetic purposes) but your review for the JU7100 was more favorable. I'm open to other brands, such as Vizio, if the quality and price meet what I'm looking for. What would you recommend for my basement? Is 4K even necessary based upon my needs? Can I get a better deal going with 1080p? I would appreciate any information/insight you could provide. Thanks!
At that distance, you might as well stick with a 1080p TV - you won't get the full benefit of 4k UHD resolution. The Samsung J6300 would be a good choice, with great picture for everything you want to watch. It will also fit into your budget.
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Hello. Can you add more information on how the PC monitor score directly affects console gaming on a TV?
The PC monitor score doesn't affect console gaming.
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I'm looking at the Vizio M80-C3 and I watch TV shows in the following order: sports, news channels, and movies. You gave the TV 7.7 overall for sports. Will I be happy with that?
Yes. It's really only with video games that the M-series' blur is a bit problematic. Sports will look good.
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I am trying to decide between the Sony XBR55X850C and XBR55X810C. I have a 20x20 living room with the TV in the center of a wall. The seating is directly in front and in the far corners. I am concerned about viewing angles and motion blur during football. Replacing a Panasonic plasma that I love the picture quality of but it has a 3" black line down the middle.
The x810c is a better TV for sports since it has less motion blur during action sequences. The slightly wider viewing angle of the x850c won't be much of an advantage. Unfortunately, none will be comparable to your plasma TV as far as viewing angle. People sitting on the sides will have a slightly washed out picture. There are LED TVs with wider viewing angles but they usually have worse picture quality. If ever you want to go that route, take a look at the Samsung JU6400, another excellent TV for sports with wider viewing angle.
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With the Costco UN48JU640DFXZA being market down to $599 is there a better buy for the money? Wife likes movies on tv and sometimes DVD. will eventually stream movies. I like sports so does she. Looked at the 50" SUHD at $797 but looks to have same black issues? Suggestions?
Blacks are hard to compare in a brightly lit store like Costco. Although the 55" JU6400 that we reviewed had poor blacks, the 48" JU6400 won't share the same problem. It uses a different panel that produce a better picture quality but narrower viewing angle. For the content that you watch and the price, this would be the TV to get.
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How your scores factor-in features/specs that are not present? For example, does the lack of a feature (local dimming or 3D or 4K) count against a TV's score? I noticed that the Sony w800c has very high component scores in the 'Resolution' category (8.0, 8.0, 10 for 480, 720, and 1080 respectively), but its overall 'Resolution' score is only 7.3. It looks to me like it should have a total score of 8.9, if you use an adjusted 21%, 35%, 44% system instead of the current 18%, 29%, 36%, 18% scoring system employed with 4k TV's. My suggestion would be to change the formula to more accurately represent situations like this, so that a TV with excellent resolution (or other specs) isn't scored lower just because it isn't 4k, etc. P.S. I love this website, and really appreciate the time you have put into testing. I've been using it extensively recently as I look for a new TV. Thanks!
Yes this is how our score works for resolution. A TV that doesn't support 4k automatically loses 18% of its resolution score. It works the same for additional features like 3D and local dimming. The resolution scores are subjectively assigned so unless a 1080p TV show problems displaying 1080p content, we will assign it a 10 automatically. A 4k TV automatically get a 9 for 1080p content unless apparent problems (1080p upscaled to 4k isn't perfect 1080p anymore). Since 4k is an added 'feature' compared to a 1080p TV, it deserve a little more, but not that much (max of 18% more). This is also why we value 1080p resolution double the points at 36%. We have to do this that way to keep the comparison between all TVs possible. Or else we would have to create too much sub categories (TVs that are 3D, that support or not local dimming, 4k or not, HDR, etc.) We recently implemented score explanation on all our categories (the little clickable question mark) so hopefully our visitors are able to understand the differences in our resolution score for 1080p and 4k TV, just like you highlighted.
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