4K HD TV

Best 4K TVs / Ultra HD TVs in 2016 and 2017

In 2017 we see ten’s of different Television models in the Ultra HD TV ,  4K TV or what some call the Premium HD range.  Then there is the OLED range and Quantum LED range of TV’s as well. All of this has become confusing.

Here at BNL, we present this report to help you choose the best Ultra HD  / 4K TV   for your home in 2017.  This review features both 2016 and 2017 range as there are some great TV’s in 2016.

We concentrate only on the 4K or Ultra HD range which means we’re looking at TV’s with  resolution at 3840 x 2160. We will consider premium, mid range and couple of budget model’s as well. For this report, we studied 10 models over 2 week’s and researched and collected information over the internet and in person and also analyzed customer reviews and views in forums.
2ndly, we plan to keep updating our report every month as newer and new Premium HD TV’s come out.
To start of with, here’s our summary for the Best and Latest 4K / Ultra HD TV’s right now in May 2017:

Super Ultra HD (SUHD ) TV , 4K TVs and OLEDs Summary for 2016 . 2017 . Check Prices at Amazon

Ultra HD / 4K TV NameYearPrice RangeCheck Price
LG OLED E6 (Super Ultra HD)
201665" $$$$$
55" $$$$
LG OLED E7 (Super Ultra HD)201765" $$$$$
55" $$$$
LG OLED 65B7P & 65C7P201765" C7 $$$$
55" C7 $$$
Samsung KS9000 / Samsung KS8000201665" KS8000 - $$$
55" KS8000 - $
Sony XBR 65X 850D 4K Ultra HD Smart LED TV201665" - $$
55" - $
Samsung UN65MU8000201765" - $$
55" - $
Sony XBR65X900E 4K Ultra HD Smart LED TV (2017)201765" - $$$
55" - $$
TCL 65US5800 4K Ultra HD Roku Smart LED TV201665" - $
55" - $
Vizio D65u D2 or Visio D50u D1201665" D2 - $$
55" D1- $
Note: The price reflected is a range and varies from day to day. For most accurate price, best deals and purchase options, please click the button to check price at Amazon directly.

1.   LG OLED E6 (Super Ultra HD OLED TV released 2016) – Best OLED TV of 2016

Year: 2016  |  Sizes: 55″  , 65″
Specifications:

  • Not a trace of light bleed – each pixel creates it’s own light
  • True / Deep black colors – OLEDs blacks are deeper and without halos
  • 3D Viewing feature
  • Smart TV – using LG Web O.S, integrated Wi-fi, TV Tuner
  • 120 Hz refresh rate – very low motion blur
  • Flat Screen / Curved Screen, 2016 range
  • Dolby Vision, HDR 10
  • Resolution: 3840 x 2160

Pros:

  • High contrasts, deeper and truer blacks than QLEDs, other SUHDs , any conventional LCD, LED in market.
  • Great picture quality at most viewing angles as it does not need back lighting. So you need not be sitting dead centre or even close to it get great picture quality
  • 3D viewing , Dolby Vision Support. One of the very few models with 3D viewing.
  • Great Looks
  • Low motion blur so decent for sports content.

Cons:

  • NO up-scaling of non 4K content. So normal content may NOT look so great.
  • OLED technology is said to be slightly complicated and very long life of screen may be impacted by screen burn issues.
  • Static Image retention – can be an issue if you use same TV for games as well as movies, TV shows.
  • It is Expensive for sure.
  • Average Sound not fitting with other high end features.
  • Not as great in brightness as the 2016 KS range from Samsung

Verdict: Well, if you can spare the cash this is a great TV to go for. But frankly the difference between top range Samsung / Sony non OLED and LG OLED are very small whereas the price difference is higher. While the OLEDs give deeper black, Samsung and Sony slightly outpace in brightness.  If you’re considering OLED, than take a look at the B7 and C7 below.

2.  LG OLED E7 – Premium OLED (Ultra HD) TV of 2017

Year: 2016  |  Sizes: 55″ , 65″
Specifications:

  • The 7 range is the 2017 range which is an upgrade of the E6 model
  • ‘Picture on Glass’ design – Ultra slim, minimum Bezel
  • Not a trace of light bleed – each pixel creates own light. 25 % brighter than last years range
  • True / Deep black colors – OLEDs blacks deeper and without halos
  • Smart TV – LG Web OS, integrated Wi-fi, TV Tuner
  • Refresh rate – not mentioned specifically but appears better than 2016 models
  • Flat Screen
  • HDR10, Dolby Active Vision, HLG and Advanced HDR by Technicolor
  • Picture on Glass Design
  • Integrated Soundbar, Dolby Atmos Sound
  • HDMI Port(s): 4 (HDCP 2.2) Other Input(s): 3 USB, 1 RF In (Antenna/Cable), 1 Composite In, Component In (Shared w/ Composite), 1 Ethernet, 1 Optical, 1 RS232C (Mini Jack)
  • Resolution: 3840 x 2160

Pros:

  • One of the best OLED TV’s –  better than E6, great in color quality, no noticeable motion blur.
  • LG OLED’s have truest blacks and great contrast. E 7 is better than E6 in features and brightness claimed to be 25% better than the E6
  • Great for movies, HD content playing and decent for gaming as well.
  • Better upscaling than 2016 models (E6), Better viewing from every angle

Cons:

  • Little less on the brightness parameters than Samsung top end KS models.
  • Expensive for sure.
  • OLED technology is said to be slightly complicated and very long life of screen may be impacted by screen burn issues.
  • Static Image retention – can be an issue

Verdict: Better option to go than the E6 if you’re zeroing on the LG brand and OLED models. This is a newer (2017) model with better features, contrast and brightness.

3.  LG OLED C7P & B7P – Best selling OLED TV of 2017

Year: 2017  |  Sizes: 55″ , 65″
Specifications:

  • The 7 range is the 2017 range (April 2017 release)
  • No trace of light bleed – each pixel creates own light. 25 % brighter than last years range
  • True / Deep black colors – OLEDs blacks deeper and without halos
  • Smart TV – LG Web OS
  • Refresh rate: not mentioned specifically but appears better than 2016 models
  • Flat Screen
  • HDR10, Dolby Vision, HLG and Advanced HDR by Technicolor
  • ONLY difference between B7 and C7 is stand and make : ‘Alpine’ stand and two-tone bezel for C7 and crescent stand with bezel for B7
  • 4 (HDCP 2.2), 3 USB, 1 RF In (Antenna/Cable), 1 Composite In, 1 Ethernet, 1 Optical, 1 RS232C (Mini Jack)
  • Resolution:  3840 X 2160

Pros:

  • High contrasts, deeper and truer blacks than QLEDs, Super Ultra HD’s
  • Great picture quality at most viewing angles.
  • Does not need back lighting. Better brightness than LG Oled’s of 2016 – now reaching nearly 1000 nits which coupled with the really deep blacks which OLED provides for, means great contrast and picture quality.
  • 3D viewing , Dolby Vision Support
  • Great Looks
  • B7 is the 2017 OLED starting range BUT NOTE:  all the picture related specs almost same in B7, C7, E7, G7 so save yourself a lot of bucks by option for this best fit in price, quality if you’re looking to buy an OLED.

Cons:

  • OLED technology is said to be slightly complicated and very long life of screen may be impacted by screen burn issues.
  • Average Sound
  • Static Image retention – can be an issue

Verdict: Considered a best fit between price and  quality in the upper mid range 4K Oled TV’s of 2017.  LG Oled B7P has been reviewed to be best overall and in quality, feature and price parameters by quite a few websites. Still affordable than the E6 and E7 with comparable features.

4. Samsung KS9000  and Samsung KS8000 – Best Quality SUHD TV’s for 2017

Year: 2016  |  Sizes: 49″, 55″, 60″, 65″
Specifications:

  • 2016 Higher end model with Quantum Dot Technology
  • Smart TV – Tizen with built in Wi-fi
  • Curved Screen (Note that KS8500 and KS9500 are curved versions of the above two with same features)
  • Edge Lighting
  • Native refresh rate 120 Hz (Motion Rate : 240 )
  • HDR 10, Ultra Premium HD certified
  • Great in brightness – 1400 nits + possible
  • Marginal difference in 9000 over 8000 in better speaker power, subwoofer and stand etc. look.
  • Resolution: 3840 X 2160

Pros:

  • HDR upscaling – turns standard dynamic range pictures to HDR
  • Higher luminosity and brightness than LG Oled
  • Sound Quality Better than LG E6
  • Voice command remote control

Cons:

  • Not as deeper blacks, or the amazing contrasts as in OLED, but has become almost comparable in 2017 range.
  • Picture quality and brightness reduce when viewing off centre in case of edge lit models (all models other than KS9800 in the 2016 range)
  • No 3d Viewing (for those who want)

Verdict: A great option and probably the best in mid-top range if we consider just the 2016 models of all, but with OLED B7 by LG, and Sony X900E /930E, it’s a tough decision. In LG’s favor is also the Dolby Atmos sound, and it’s covering of almost all HD  format playback.

5.  Sony XBR 65X 850D 4K Ultra HD Smart LED TV (2016)

Year: 2016  |  Sizes: 55″, 65″ , 75″ , 85″
Specifications:

  • Refresh Rate: 120Hz (Native); Motionflow XR 960 (Effective)
  • Smart TV – Android TV Experience, built in Wi-Fi , Google Cast
  • Backlight: LED (Edge-Lit)
  • HDR 10, 4K X-Reality Pro
  • 4 HDMI (HDCP 2.2/HDMI 2.0a), 3 USB,2 other
  • Resolution: 3840 X 2160

Pros:

  • Motionflow XR 960 technology adds to better refresh rate
  • Great colors range, contrast, low lag in gaming
  • Wide angled viewing
  • HDR upscaling – turns standard dynamic range pictures to HDR

Cons:

  • Average to Low sound: 20 W as compared to 40 W range for the KS series.
  • Lower brightness and picture quality as compared to say the KS range or Sony’s X900/930 E (2017 range)

Verdict: It’s a good buy to consider but if you have an option to shell out maybe $200-300 more, check out the Samsung KS series. Or in Sony itself, you can check the E series of 2017 as it has quite a few improvements to offer.

6. Samsung-Electronics MU8000 – Good Midrange Ultra HD option of 2017

Year: 2017  |  Sizes: 49″ , 55″ , 65″ , 75″
Specifications:

  • Smart TV – Tizen with built in Wi-fi
  • Great in brightness –  upto 1000  nits
  • Edge lit
  • 120 Hz native refresh rate (240 Motion Rate)
  • UHD Remastering Engine; UHD upscaling
  • Flat Screen
  • Good sound – 40 watts including 20 watts woofer
  • One connect mini box to make multiple plug in easier
  • Resolution:  3840  X 2160

Pros:

  • Good picture quality and contrasts
  • Truer blacks,
  • Motion handling and refresh slightly better than the KS range of last year (11 ms)
  • Mini box Cable management, Good quality sound.

Cons:

  • Frankly the reviews suggest that the KS series (2016 ) actually is better than the MU series in picture quality/ brightness
  • Less brightness than KS range
  • Side viewing leads to loss in contrast, color saturation etc. even at slight off centre

Verdict: Sony 2017 900E / 930 E appears to much better than this. The Sony model is a latest (2017 model) as well as better in picture  quality, handling, contrast brightness than the MU Series. If you’re looking for a Samsung product the KS 8000/9000 (2016 model) is better in picture quality, brightness. Or the new QLED range which is even better than the K series.

7. Sony XBR65X900E – Best Selling Latest 2017 4K Ultra HD TV by Sony

Year: 2016  |  Sizes: 49″ , 55″ , 65″ , 75″
Specifications:

  • Motionflow XR 960 + 120 Ghz Refresh rate
  • Triluminos display for great colors
  • Full Array Local Boosting & Local Dimming (High contrast at most viewing angles)
  • HDR Upscaling using 4K HDR Processor X1
  • Smart TV – Android TV Experience, built in Wi-Fi
  • 4 HDMI ports, 3 usb input, 1 ethernet, 1 RF, 1 digital, 1 Analog
  • Remote with voice control
  • One-touch screen mirroring
  • Bluetooth wireless audio streaming
  • NETFLIX recommended
  • Resolution: 3840 X 2160

Pros:

  • Great color, contrasts through Triluminos
  • No motion blur due to the enhanced refresh rates for sports etc. content
  • OK for wide viewing angles – but saturation and contrast loss at around 15 degree
  • Good for HDR gaming and movies

Cons:

  • Saturation and contrast loss at around 15 degrees.
  • Great deep blacks but not as good as an OLED.
  • Dolby vision not supported,

Verdict: The Sony 900E is certainly better than the Samsung MU8000 model  in brightness / color / picture quality if we compare 2017 models of the 2 big brands.  Between Sony E range and Samsung KS range I guess just boils down to personal choice. LG is slightly more expensive. Thus the top three would probably be LG B7, Samsung KS8000 and Sony 900E  (in no particular order) .

8. TCL 65US5800 – Roku Smart LED TV – Great Budget 4K Ultra HD TV in 2017

Year: 2016  |  Sizes: 55″ , 65″
Specifications:

  • Refresh Rate: 60Hz (Native), 120Hz Clear Motion Index (Effective)
  • LED (Full Array)
  • Smart TV: Yes – Roku TV, built in Wi-fi
  • Model: 2016
  • Pro 4K UHD Upscaling Engine
  • 4 HDMI 2.0 with HDCP 2.2 (one with HDMI ARC), 1 USB (media player), RF, Composite, Headphone Jack, Optical Audio Out
  • Resolution: 3840 x 2160

Pros:

  • Low on Price
  • Meets the 4K Specifications
  • Entry level UHD
  • Roku device and so has access to Netflix, Amazon Instant, FandangoNow, Youtube etc.

Cons:

  • May have some issues in terms of motion blur on play of blue ray videos.
  • Non HDR
  • Color, Brightness, contrast etc. is great but not as as great as the Samsung KS series (2016) or Sony ultra HD 2017 series.
  • Black contrast (night scenes ) also not great. Local dimming worse off than Vizio D, E models.

Verdict: Decent option if you wish to stay in the $1000-$1200 range (for 65 inch range) as it provides all the basic features of a 4 K TV that you’d require.  If you can spare the extra cash look up Samsung KS or Sony’s new XE range – they have great features and worth the money.

9. Vizio D65u D2  and Visio D50u D1

Year: 2016  |  Sizes:  40″, 50″ , 55″ , 58″ , 65″
Specifications:

  • Full-Array LED Backlight with 16 Active LED Zones
  • Clear Action 240 with 120Hz Effective Refresh Rate
  • 4 /5 HDMI inputs
  • 60 Hz native refresh rate
  • Wifi, Smart TV (Vizio Apps), Google Cast
  • Resolution: 3840 x 2160

Pros:

  • Decent true blacks comparable with low to mid Samsung, Sony Range
  • Low Price
  • Color performance is impressive and above par for its price range but not HDR 10
  • Very less lag (18.9 ms) again comparable with Sony, Samsung pricier models.
  • Rated to be very good for gamer’s for this price range

Cons:

  • Plain looks, Not as great brightness (below 400 nits) as in the Samsung and Sony mid and high range models. Local dimming doesn’t work well.
  • Lacks HDR (High Dynamic Range)
  • It doesn’t have a built in TV Tuner. If you have HD Antenna, you will need to buy a separate HDMI Tuner if you wish to watch broadcast TV
  • Some reviewers have complained of firmware, quality issues in past.

Verdict: Perhaps  look at a comparable the TCL if you’re looking to buy a TV in the sub $800 price range (considering 55 inch size). Note that Vizio has also launched a P series in 2017 but i haven’t found many reviews about it. The thing with Vizio is that some models are having TV Tuner, some are not and the division among P, M, E and the discontinued D are pretty here and there. Although the Vizio color, contrast and brightness handling are all better than the TCL US5800, the negative reviews about firmware, quality and support issues for Vizio are concerning.

IF you have any comments or questions, feel free to ask or let us know which Ultra HD TV / 4k TV you ended up buying now and your experience with that.

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