Are you on the hunt for the best 80 inch 4k TV?
We’ve got you covered with three of the latest (and hottest) models on the market for under $2,000.
Swipe down to see our three picks now, or if you want a little recap on some tech terms relevant to 80 inch TVs, read on:
What does HDR mean and why it is relevant on an 80 inch TV?
HDR stands for High Dynamic Range. It determines how bright or dark the screen can go. The purpose of HDR is to help a TV deliver accurate visuals in bright or dark scenes:
And the bigger the screen, the more important accurate visuals become.
What does 120 Hertz on TV mean?
Hertz represents a TV refresh rate. This determines how often a new image is shown on the screen. Most modern TVs are 60Hz, or Hertz:
So, a 60Hz TV would show a new image 60 times per second. A 120 Hertz TV shows 120 refreshes per second.
So for a color-accurate buttery smooth picture, you want a TV with 120 Hertz and HDR features.
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Here are the best 80 inch 4k TVs for under $2,000:
First on this list of best 80 inch 4k TVs is the LG 85 Series:
(The bronze medal winner of this list).
The model we picked is the 82-inch version, however for under $2,299 you can get an 86-inch version…
We’ve opted for the 82-inch option because for $800 more, you’re getting a bigger screen – not a better screen.
Lets get the core features out the way:
This is a 120 hertz TV, with an A7 Gen 3 processor that does a fantastic job upscaling HD pictures and improving 4k stability.
It supports Dolby Vision, and has a neat feature called IQ that adjusts the picture settings to ambient lighting and genre of content:
(That’s one super-smart TV).
It also supports Dolby Atmos.
The TV includes 4 HDMI ports, 3 USB ports, 1 Composite-In, 1 RF, 1 Optical, and Audio Return. Plus, an Ethernet Port.
Other features include an integrated microphone that supports Google Assistant that can also connect to Alexa devices.
Sadly, it operates on webOS:
This means it has Apps, but not the range Sony offers via Android Orea.
Overall, it would be #1 on our list if Samsung’s picture quality wasn’t better and Sony didn’t support Android.
Our recommendation is to get this TV only if on a sale, if anti-Sony, or can’t stretch your budget to buy the Samsung.
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Since its inception, Sony has been a top brand, manufacturing some of the best electronic devices on the market:
This massive 85-inch television is no exception.
It comes complete with a Triluminos display and 4K HDR super bit mapping:
What is Super Bit Mapping?
Also known as SBM, and commonly found on Blu-ray players. This HDR tech reduces banding around bright and dark colors on the screen.
The outcome: A display that’s immersive…
(Just not as immersive as the Quantum HDR Samsung offers).
The TV also supports Dolby Atmos.
In terms of connectivity, the TV comes with endless ports to connect your entire home theatre:
Including 4 HDMI ports, 3 USB ports, 1 Digital Optical Audio Out, 1 Analog Audio Out 3.5mm, 1 Composite-In, 1 Tuner and Cable Input, 1 Ethernet, and an IR Input Port.
One massive positive is that this TV runs on Android Orea:
This gives you access to Android Apps.
Plus, via Android Orea the TV can link to your smartphones, Google Play Store, and even double as a remote.
The TV supports Google Assistant and Alexa too.
Overall, a great TV with some fantastic features:
If Apps are your thing, this TV should top your 80-inch wishlist. However, if picture quality is #1 on your list, Samsung wins out.
This is the TV you should really put your $2k into a pot and wait for…
Most days the QN82Q70RAFXZA, arguably the best big-screen TV ever made by Samsung, costs $2,499.99.
However, if you are patient, you’ll find these TVs for sale on Amazon for below $2,000. And at that price point, this 80-inch 4k TV is a bargain.
Simply put, the picture quality provided by the 82-inch screen is marvellous:
Including a super-accurate colour panel that generates huge light output, deeper blacks, and frame-perfect video processing.
To achieve this, the TV features Samsung’s own Quantum HDR. Which supports Dolby Vision and surpasses HDR10:
What is Quantum HDR?
Every image on a TV is made up of pixels that contain color and brightness.
With Quantum HDR, instead of pixels, a screen is made up of particles 50 atoms wide (much smaller than pixels):
The outcome: Better colors, better brightness, and more detail in bright and dark visuals.
Beyond color and brightness, the screen also supports 120-hertz, which gives a buttery smooth experience in gaming, apps, navigation, and sports.
Plus, it’s the cheapest OLED offered by Samsung right now.
FACT: The television comes with an Auto Game Mode. This enables VRR, which helps to reduce lag while gaming — therefore you get an even smoother gaming experience with this huge 82-inch screen.
In regards to audio, it supports Dolby Atmos and the integrated speakers provide satisfying sound quality (not quite soundbar standard).
Other features include access to Samsung’s App store, Wi-Fi connectivity, Alexa, and support for Apple devices:
This means you can connect your Apple smart devices and stream content without any issues.
Overall, this TV has everything:
And when it falls under the $2k budget, make sure it’s on your list of considerations.
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