10 best 60-65-inch TVs in the world today

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10 best 60 inch TVs in the world today

If you're feeling extravagant or want to furnish your big living room with a similarly big TV, 60 inches or more of television will certainly make a statement.

There are some truly massive TVs available these days, with Ultra HD-toting 84-inch screens such as the LG 84LM960V, Toshiba 84L9300, Sony KD-84X9005A and Samsung UE85S9ST. But for most of us, 65 inches of screen space is luxurious enough, while still being manageable.

Gone are the days when the over-60s were mere monitors; expect to find all the niceties a good living room-ready TV should have, such as Freeview HD tuners, perhaps even Freesat HD tuners, too, plus smart TV apps and 3D compatibility.

There's a smattering of plasmas here - it's the size category where the original flatscreen TV tech truly excels. But as plasma fades, the real story in this category is the rise of the 4K LCD.

So what's the best 60-65-inch TV for you? Read on to find out...

Sony KD 65X9005B review

Sony KD-65X9005B

Sony's sensational wedge TV delivers top 4K results for 2014

The Sony 65-X9005B offers a masterclass in 4K TV design and performance. From its audacious but practical wedge cabinet to its exhilarating sound and vision, this flatscreen doesn't put a foot wrong. Image quality with both Ultra HD and Full HD sources is colour rich and dynamic, while the brand's connected feature set, from One-Flick discovery bar to photo sharing, has broad appeal. This is a brilliant TV for today… and tomorrow.

Read: Sony KD-65X9005B review

Samsung UE65HU8500 review

Samsung UE65HU8500

Curved home cinema screen sets new benchmarks

As the first truly second-generation UHD TV there's a lot of pressure on the UE65HU8500 to deliver a genuine step forward from last year's UHD debutantes – impressive though they were.

It makes a mark right away with its curved screen, immediately standing out from last year's uniformly flat UHD crowd. Its connections are much more up to UHD speed than those of most of last year's UHD sets, including HDMI 2.0 ports and support for the new H.265 UHD video codec that's going to be used by Netflix (and likely others) for their delivery of UHD content.

There's been a wide-ranging set of improvements to the UE65HU8500's smart features and operating system too. Best of all the set delivers a marked picture quality improvement thanks to improved colour, contrast and upscaling. Even the curve contributes more positives than negatives to the viewing experience.

Add to all this what looks like an aggressive price and Samsung has again set a scarily high standard for its inbound rivals to aim for.

Read: Samsung UE65HU8500 review

Philips 65PFL9708 review

Philips 65PFL9708

A stunning Ultra HD TV at a brilliant price

As first steps into the world of 4K go, the 65PFL9708S is a pretty spectacular effort.

For despite being comfortably the cheapest 65-inch 4K TV to date, Philips' 4K debutante is not by any means a basic, stripped-down affair. On the contrary, it boasts a completely new 4K-friendly processing system, Philips' most complete Ambilight system, DLNA/USB multimedia playback and access to Philips' latest (admittedly content-light) Smart TV platform.

So long as you're not afraid to put in a bit of regular picture set-up leg work it's also capable of excellent picture quality, and can accompany these pictures with a superior soundstage. In short, it's fair to say the 4K price war starts here.

Read: Philips 65PFL9708 review

LG 65LA970W review

LG 65LA970W

A pricey 4K TV that just about justifies its asking price

After suffering a pretty disappointing year overall with its HD TVs, it's good to see LG bringing its A game to the burgeoning world of UHD. Its handling of native UHD sources is second to none, its sound quality is streets ahead of most skinny TV rivals thanks to an innovative dropdown speaker bar, and the use of direct LED lighting delivers some tangible advantages.

Admittedly it also causes some tangible disadvantages – including, most troublingly, a very limited effective viewing angle.

So long as you can work within this limitation, though, and can stand its £500 price hike over Sony and Samsung's rival 65in UHD/4K TVs, then the LG 65LA970W is another spectacular example of what UHD is capable of.

Read: LG 65LA970W review

Toshiba 65L9363DB review

Toshiba 65L9363DB

A rare high-end TV from Tosh is more than impressive

Toshiba has clearly worked immensely hard on the 65L9363DB, combining the normal thrills of UHD with extremely rich colours and some powerful processing that's especially at home, surprisingly, with motion handling. Its all-new operating system works well, too, in many ways.

However, some contrast problems and a sluggish, content-light smart TV system both conspire to make Toshiba's set look expensive compared with its current UHD rivals.

Hopefully Toshiba will be able to find its way to offering a significant price cut on the 65L9363DB sooner rather than later, for at the right price level it could become a seriously tempting proposition.

Read: Toshiba 65L9363DB review

Panasonic TX L65WT600 review

Panasonic TX-L65WT600

The first 4K TV to come with HDMI 2.0 was and is a stunner

Panasonic's TX-L65WT600 offers the first sighting of tomorrow's high frame rate 4K, and it's a thrilling display.

Astonishingly clear images that are eye-soothingly easy to watch, 4K at 60Hz looks likely to transform sports coverage.

Not that all 4K is destined to be at 60Hz; movies for the most part look likely to remain at 24fps, and this set seems fine with that too. Early adopters looking for a forward-looking UHD TV need look no further. It looks like the future has arrived ahead of schedule.

Read: Panasonic TX-L65WT600 review

10 best 60 65 inch TVs in the world today

Samsung UE65F6400

Great value behemoth with catch-up TV apps galore

It may not have the truly advanced micro dimming LED picture tech of Samsung's flagships TVs - and therefore it's unable to reproduce the ultimate in convincing black response - but this massive screen is one of the best ways to embrace both smart TV apps at an almost enveloping cinema size.

Inside the UE65F6400 is a Freeview HD tuner as well as the full suite of Samsung's Wi-Fi-fuelled Smart Hub apps. Inside are all terrestrial catch-up TV apps from the BBC, ITV, Channel 4 and Five, and much more besides, while the slinky Smart Touch remote adds a touch of class. It's not the best upscaler around and the picture settings need some attention, but colour and contrast impress and sound is above average.

Sandwiched between 55-inch and whopping 75-inch versions, and at a massive third cheaper than Samsung's flagship 65-inch UE65F8000, the Samsung UE65F6400 is one of the best value and smartest ways to go large.

Read: Samsung UE40F6400 review

10 best 60 65 inch TVs in the world today

Panasonic TX-L60DT65B

TV tuners galore on this flagship LED TV

This high-end choice selling for a reasonably good price is all about apps, widgets and TV tuners. There's a stunning four of the latter, with dual Freeview HD and dual Freesat HD tuners providing extra flexibility. As well as being able to see a live TV thumbnail of what's happening on other channels in the corner of the screen, that bevy of tuners fuels second screen antics that stretch to watching one channel on the TV, and another on a smartphone or tablet.

A dual-core processor lends speed to both My Home Screen's endless personalisation of smart TV fare, and Swipe & Share 2.0, a two-way file exchange between smartphones/tablets and the Panasonic TX-L60DT65B.

However, it's on picture quality that it really struts its stuff. Standard definition TV and DVD sources are nicely cleaned up, while HD is rich in detail and judder-free, though audio is a tad underwhelming.

Read: Panasonic TX-L42DT65B review

10 best 60 65 inch TVs in the world today

Samsung PS64F8500

Monster plasma ideal for living rooms

Panasonic's move towards offering plasma technology as a truly high-end, rather than mainstream, option has left the gate slightly ajar for others to offer cut-down prices, and Samsung is first in with this awesome value choice.

OK, so it's still nudging £3k, but this monster Full HD plasma TV with a deliciously curved front bezel (that also acts as a support) saves about £600 on Panasonic's top 65-inch screen, the TX-P65VT65. The good news is that it's just as good as its rival, with stunning black levels and sharpness within a remarkably bright performance.

A revelation in both 2D and 3D mode, especially when it comes to their brightness and resistance to ambient light, the Samsung PS64F8500 - which comes complete with Smart Hub and all the usual high-end Samsung goodies - is more suited to a living room and daylight than the home cinema-centric Panasonic plasmas.

Read: Samsung PS64F8500 review | Compare the best prices

10 best 60 65 inch TVs in the world today

Samsung UE65F8000

Micro dimming LED excels on detail

A single inch bigger than its Samsung PS64F8500 plasma-based sister, the 65-inch Samsung UE65F8000 is the definitive example of what Samsung does best. An Edge LED-backlit LCD panel with micro dimming and an almost hidden bezel and desktop stand design, it's nevertheless its quad-core processor that makes Smart Hub features fun to use. It actually runs 3.5 times faster than previous incarnations, so multitasking is a breeze.

Meanwhile, its micro dimming LED engine calculates the optimum levels of brightness, contrast and gamma for each frame, so delivering uniform black levels, terrific depth and colour in droves.

3D looks clean, too, mainly as a result of the incredibly smooth treatment of motion sequences. Few other screens can wrench quite so much detail from HD. So sharp, crisp and textured are the Samsung UE65F8000's Blu-ray images that we wonder if we even need Ultra HD.

Read: Samsung UE55F8000 review

10 best 60 65 inch TVs in the world today

Panasonic TX-P65VT65

Cinematic plasma perfection goes large

Ah, the Panasonic plasma TV. Probably our favourite screen size and type of this century so far, the 65-inch plasma remains the finest exponent of Full HD home cinema-grade picture quality. Such is the advantage of plasma tech in massive sizes for pure picture quality that the Panasonic TX-P65VT65 was always going to do well.

And now a new panel called NeoPlasma Black 3000 offers the kind of fluid motion-heavy sequences that an LED TV can only dream of - it's equivalent to 3000Hz.

The appearance of Panasonic's new and rather loveable My Home Screen smart TV interface - compete with the industry's best tuner-sharing second screen app (watch one channel on the TV, and another on a tablet) - helps a lot, but it's with scintillating HD that the Panasonic TX-P65VT65 wins out.

Read: Panasonic TX-P50VT65 review

10 best 60 65 inch TVs in the world today

Panasonic TX-P60ZT65

Reference-level plasma is the last word in brilliance

If you're looking for a 60-inch+ TV but not auditioning plasmas, you're just not doing it right. Forget the marketing, the naysayers, and the absolute steely determination on the part of LED TV makers to make you think that their tech is the best at all sizes. It's just not - and the 60-inch Panasonic TX-P60ZT65 is nailed-on proof of that.

A pretty monstrous feature and specification list includes a new Studio Master panel design with Air Gapless panel tech that takes contrast and black levels beyond anything Panasonic has managed before. It's even got a European Broadcasting Union (EBU) mode for optimising broadcast TV. Cripes.

There are a couple of other gaps - notably a less than brilliant streaming media feature and a rather stingy three HDMI ports - but the smart TV interface is excellent, as is sound quality. Let's not pretend this flagship Panasonic TV is cheap - far from it - but it's the Concorde of its genre. We just hope that its supersonic pictures aren't a final blaze of defiant, money's-no-object glory, because this is genuinely the last word in plasma excellence.

Read: Panasonic TX-P60ZT65 review

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