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The 4 Best Sounding TVs - Black Friday 2022 Reviews

Best Sounding TVs

No home entertainment system can deliver an extraordinary experience without proper sound quality, even if you have the best picture quality from your TV. Like in a movie theater or a stadium, sound plays an important role in immersing the audience. TVs are getting thinner and thinner, and this means less space for proper speakers. Despite this, modern high-end TVs can get loud, some of them have okay bass and deliver clear and understandable dialogue, but the sound quality is still nothing compared to a proper sound setup. If you want the best sound, we suggest you check our recommendations for the best soundbars.

We've bought and tested more than 370 TVs, and below are our recommendations for the TVs with the best sound you can buy. Make sure to check out recommendations for the best TVs, the best outdoor TVs, and the best smart TVs.

  1. Best Sounding TV

    The best sounding TV we've tested is the LG G1 OLED. It's an impressive TV that delivers fantastic visuals with good sound quality. It has a very good frequency response, with one of the best bass responses we've measured on a TV, so unlike most TVs, there's a bit of thump and rumble. It also gets very loud, but there are some compression artifacts at max volume. It has an extremely well-balanced sound profile at moderate listening levels, so dialogue is very clear and easy to understand. It supports eARC, which is great if you also connect it to an external soundbar or receiver.

    It also delivers fantastic picture quality thanks to its OLED panel. Blacks are perfectly deep and uniform in a dark room, which is great for watching movies as there's no distracting blooming or haloing around bright objects or subtitles. It can display a wide color gamut with HDR content, which looks incredibly vivid and lifelike.

    See our review

  2. Best Sounding Upper Mid-Range TV

    The best sounding TV we've tested in the upper mid-range category is the Sony X95K. It's a great TV overall that sounds good. It has a well-balanced sound profile, so dialogue is clear and easy to understand. It doesn't get as loud as the LG G1 OLED and has less bass, but it has less compression and very little distortion at high listening levels. Like the G1, it supports eARC and supports a wider range of audio formats than the G1, including DTS:X via DTS-HD MA, which is great as that's the most commonly supported format on UHD Blu-ray movies.

    It delivers fantastic picture quality, but it relies on its Mini LED full array local dimming feature to achieve deep blacks, so there's more blooming around bright objects than the LG's OLED panel. It still looks great, though, and with its excellent peak brightness in HDR, bright highlights stand out. It also has a wide color gamut, so HDR content looks vivid and lifelike.

    See our review

  3. Best Sounding Mid-Range TV

    The TCL 6 Series/R646 2021 QLED is the best-sounding mid-range TV we've tested. It's a great overall TV available in a few different sizes, from 55 to 75 inches, and it combines its great picture quality with good sound quality. It has a decent frequency response with a well-balanced sound profile that delivers clear dialogue, which is great for watching the news or TV shows. It also gets very loud as it's one of the lowest TVs we've tested, with very little distortion, even at max volume. If you're planning on using an external soundbar or home theater system, it supports eARC audio passthrough with all major formats.

    It delivers similar overall sound quality to the Sony X95K but has slightly worse picture quality, as it's not as bright as the Sony and has a narrow viewing angle. It performs well in dark and bright environments thanks to its great peak brightness and very high contrast ratio. It uses the user-friendly Google TV smart platform, which is easy to use and has a huge selection of streaming apps, so you can easily find your favorite streaming content.

    See our review

  4. Best Sounding Budget TV

    The Insignia F50 QLED is the best budget TV with decent sound quality that we've tested. It's a simple TV with okay overall performance, and it offers good value for its cost. It surprisingly has an alright sound quality for a budget-friendly TV, as most other low-cost options have mediocre sound. It gets fairly loud and has a well-balanced sound profile, meaning it's a good choice for listening to dialogue, but like most TVs, it doesn't produce much bass, so get a soundbar for the best sound possible. If you do, the TV supports Dolby and DTS audio formats for passthrough.

    The built-in Fire TV platform is user-friendly and navigating through the menu feels smooth. It has a bunch of apps you can download, and the mic built into the remote gives you access to the Alexa voice assistant feature. It also has decent overall picture quality with deep blacks if you want to use it in a dark room and decent peak brightness and reflection handling in bright rooms. No matter the environment, if you want a decent-sounding budget TV, it's a good choice for you.

    See our review

Notable Mentions

  • Sony X90K: The Sony X90K is a lower-end version of the Sony X95K. It means it doesn't sound as good and isn't as bright, but it still has decent sound quality and excellent peak brightness, so it's still a good choice for well-lit rooms if you want to save a bit of money. See our review
  • Vizio M7 Series Quantum 2021: The Vizio M7 Series Quantum 2021 has decent sound and is overall better than the Insignia F50 QLED. However, it has worse smart features and costs more. See our review

Recent Updates

  1. Oct 21, 2022: Moved the TCL 6 Series/R646 2021 QLED to the 'Best Mid-Range' pick, and added the LG G1 OLED and the Sony X95K as the 'Best TV' and 'Best Upper Mid-Range TV', respectively.

  2. Jul 29, 2022: Restructured article to keep a focus on sound; made the TCL 6 Series/R646 as the 'Best Sounding TV' and replaced the Vizio M7 Series Quantum 2021 with the Insignia F50 QLED in the budget category; renamed the Sony A90J as the 'Best For Home Theaters' and added the Sony X95K as the 'Best For Bright Rooms'; removed the Samsung Q80A and the Hisense U6G.

  3. Mar 31, 2022: Replaced the LG C1 OLED as 'Cheaper Alternative' to the LG G1 OLED with the Sony A90J, as it supports DTS. Removed a few Notable Mentions that are no longer relevant, and added the LG C1 OLED as a Notable Mention.

  4. Feb 02, 2022: Replaced the TCL 6 Series/R635 2020 QLED with the TCL 6 Series/R646 2021 QLED because the R646 is available again; added the TCL 6 Series/R648 2021 8k QLED, LG NANO75 2021, and the Hisense U6GR to Notable Mentions.

  5. Dec 06, 2021: Replaced the Samsung TU7000 with the Vizio M7 Series Quantum 2021 because it has better speakers, and added the Hisense U6G as 'Better Smart Features Alternative'; replaced the TCL 6 Series/R646 2021 QLED with the TCL 6 Series/R635 2020 QLED because the R646 is hard to find; updated Notable Mentions based on changes.

All Reviews

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

If you would like to do the work of choosing yourself, here is the list of all our reviews of TVs, sorted by their sound quality. 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. Keep in mind that no TV can deliver the sound quality of a dedicated sound system or a soundbar.