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Best 65-inch TV 2022: big screens for every budget

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Editor's Note: September 2022

We've recently added the 65-inch Samsung S95B QD-OLED TV to this list, thanks to its ground-breaking image quality. It hasn't pushed the LG C2 off the top spot, because we think the C2 is the strongest balance of image quality and price, but it's a fantastic TV that anyone looking for a premium TV should consider.
Matt Bolton, Senior Editor – TV & Audio

The best 65-inch TVs are just getting more and more popular. As more movies arrive straight to streaming, people are looking for a home theater experience that makes the most of them, and this size offers big-screen thrills without being so large that it won't fit in the average home.

A big part of why they're growing in popularity is that the best 65-inch TVs are more affordable than ever. Naturally, there are elite-level options that cost a ton, but there are also huge screens with great picture quality that are unbelievably affordable. You’d be hard-pressed to come across a 65-inch model that doesn’t deliver on the promise of an improved cinematic setup.

Basically all of the best TVs come in a 65-inch option, and that includes every one of the best OLED TVs. This is also the size where it's worth considering whether you want to upgrade to one of the best 8K TVs, because it's big enough for all that extra resolution to start making a difference – though most people will still with 4K, which looks absolutely gorgeous at this size still.

And most of the best gaming TVs come in 65-inch options, so if its big-screen console thrills you're after, there are great options for that, too.

Our guide will help you find the perfect 65-inch TV whatever your budget, or whatever features you're looking for.

Best 65-inch TVs: the list

The LG C2 oled tv in a modern living room

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The best 65-inch TV for most people

Specifications

Screen size: 65 inches
Resolution: 4K
Panel type: OLED
Smart TV: webOS
HDR: HDR, HLG, Dolby Vision

Reasons to buy

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Beautiful 4K/HDR picture
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Four HDMI 2.1 ports
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WebOS is fantastic

Reasons to avoid

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Lack of cable management
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No HDR10+ support

After dropping a few spots in 2021, the LG C2 OLED is back at the top of our best TVs in 2022. 

Improvements for 2022 include the new Alpha a9 Gen 5 processor, which is designed to offer better object enhancement and dynamic tone mapping than its predecessor and which we found very impressive. You also get ‘virtual surround sound’, with the TV upscaling stereo content into 7.1.2-channel sound. While we convinced by the virtual surround, the audio performance is still very good for a flatscreen TV and the multiple sound modes means you should be able to find an audio profile that suits your needs. 

In addition to those improvements, the C2 OLED has four separate HDMI 2.1 ports just like the C1 OLED, so it's the perfect companion for the PS5Xbox Series X and Xbox Series S

The LG C2 isn’t flawless, however. We found that off-axis color saturation diminished when we moved to the left or right of the screen, something particularly apparent when we compared it to the new QD-OLED models, and unlike some rivals LG doesn't support either the IMAX Enhanced or HDR10+ format.

There are, of course, higher resolution flatscreen TVs out there right now – TVs such as the Samsung QN900B, which offers 8K resolution, and the new upgraded LG G2 OLED that has a slightly higher peak brightness. But for the price, this is the best TV you're able to buy in 2022.

Read the full LG C2 OLED review

Sony X90J 4K TV placed in a living room on a TV unit showing a red landscape

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A great all-round 4K TV for gamers

Specifications

Screen size: 65 inches
Resolution: 4K
Panel technology: LCD LED
Smart TV: Google TV
HDR: HDR10, HLG, Dolby Vision

Reasons to buy

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Best-in-class image quality
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Easy setup and Google TV

Reasons to avoid

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Lingering HDMI issues
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Slight screen glare

If you're after one of the best 65-inch TVs, the Sony X90J should do you just fine. With a launch price of $1,799 / £1,499 / AU$2,695 it delivers a lot for your money and is a good option for people who aren't too fussed about getting an OLED TV. 

We're very impressed by the X90J's image quality, which is due in part to the new Cognitive XR processor that we saw in Sony's top 2021 sets. It's an excellent processor that's particularly good when it comes to upscaling content and controlling contrast. The X90J also sports the new Google TV smart platform, which offers easy setup and broad app support as well as the ability to use Google Cast from Android devices. There's Dolby Vision HDR and Dolby Atmos audio packed in, too, along with two full-spec HDMI 2.1 ports for your Xbox Series X and PS5.

There are still a few lingering issues. We found off-axis viewing to be disappointing and also found that the X90J struggled in direct daylight. It'll no doubt be beaten by the capabilities of its step-up X95J model for a small uptick in cost, too. But the Sony X90J succeeds in delivering stellar performance for a reasonable price. 

Read the full review: Sony X90J 4K TV

Samsung BU8500 TV on orange background

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The best cheap 65-inch TV

Specifications

Screen size: 65 inches
Resolution: 4K
Panel technology: LCD LED
Smart TV: Tizen
HDR: HDR10, HLG

Reasons to buy

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Accomplished 4K picture performance
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Very acceptable specification at the price
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Slim and (relatively speaking) quite elegant

Reasons to avoid

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Has its limits when upscaling
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Sound is quite hard and thin
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No Dolby Vision HDR

The Samsung BU8500 is designed to offer some up-to-the-minute functionality, discreet looks, and rock-solid build quality at a price that the majority of us won’t baulk at. And it absolutely delivers. It's a 4K HDR TV (with the usual Samsung exception of Dolby Vision, which it doesn't support) with a trio of HDMI inputs, voice-control, two (count ‘em!) remote controls and a Tizen smart TV interface featuring all the apps you want at this sort of money.

This is not Samsung's best TV, but it punches way above its price tag. In every significant area of picture-making, the Samsung’s never less than competitive; it has great gaming features; and the backlighting is really impressive. The sound is a bit weedy, which you'd expect from a TV of this thinness and price, and while we're not entirely impressed with the changes Samsung has made to its Tizen Smart TV interface it's still easy to find your way around and navigate through channels, sources and apps.

As you'll often find with Samsungs, the default picture presets – particularly the more vivid ones – are far too processed, but it doesn't take a lot of effort to get something more sensible and sumptuous. Upscaling from HD is perfectly pleasant, although older, lower-res sources are noticeably soft. 

Sometimes, more affordable TVs make it very obvious that corners have been cut. Not here, though: the Samsung performs much better than you'd expect from a TV at this price, and it never feels that it's lacking in features. It's an excellent, affordable all-rounder.

Read more: Samsung BU8500 review

Samsung QN900B Neo QLED 8K TV

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The best 65-inch TV for money-no-object 8K image quality

Specifications

Screen size: 65 inches
Resolution: 8K
Panel Type: Neo QLED / Mini LED
Smart TV: Tizen
HDR: HDR10, HLG, HDR10+

Reasons to buy

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Increased backlighting accuracy
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Better-than-4K detail
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Astounding contrast and colors

Reasons to avoid

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Lacks Dolby Vision support
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New 'Smart Hub' UI a step backwards
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Limited 8K content

8K might seem like overkill, but there's no doubt in our minds that the Samsung QN900B Neo QLED 8K TV delivers a whole new level of performance. The Mini-LED-sporting QN900B Neo QLED 8K TV delivers stunning picture quality, exceptional color and brightness, terrific sound and outstanding blacks, and it does it all in a package that's beautifully designed too. 

Samsung's 'Quantum' Mini-LEDs are 1/40th the size of a regular LED, meaning thousands of smaller LEDs can be packed together in a much tighter fashion. That ensures far more accurate dimming zones, which in turn means black levels that are practically indistinguishable from an OLED.

And because the LEDs are far smaller, they're able to achieve far more precision and less blooming. During our tests we didn't see bright areas of the screen unnaturally bleed over into darker spots, and because the processor uses Samsung's Multi-Intelligence AI upscaling we found that the QN900A was consistently able to produce images that looked better than their source. 

So why isn't this TV topping our list? Sadly while the hardware is superb, we're not so keen on the software. Samsung's 2022 TV range has a new Smart Hub UI across its top models. It's a totally revamped interface featuring a Google TV-inspired home screen with content recommendations from your various streaming subscriptions and apps.

Unfortunately, we found that the change to a full-screen, content-packed home menu makes using the Samsung more frustrating than with previous models. You can't easily adjust settings and change viewing modes on the fly any more; instead, you have to exit what you're watching, navigate to a sidebar menu, and then scroll down to a separate settings menu. In previous Samsungs you could do all that with a couple of button presses. 

It's a minor issue, sure, but it's a shame that Samsung has taken the shine off an otherwise exceptional TV with software that feels like a step backwards – and it's expensive, of course.

Read the full Samsung QN900B Neo QLED 8K TV review

Samsung S95B OLED TV on table

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The best QD-OLED TV you can buy right now

Specifications

Screen size: 65 inches
Resolution: 4K
Panel Type: QD-OLED
Smart TV: Tizen
HDR: HDR10, HLG, HDR10+

Reasons to buy

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Incredible ultra-slim design
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Ground-breaking picture quality
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Surprisingly affordable

Reasons to avoid

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No Dolby Vision support
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Unfriendly smart TV interface
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Presets need tweaking

This more than an OLED TV. It's a QD-OLED, which combines the many benefits of OLED with the color range of QLED, thanks to its use of Quantum Dots. This super-slim TV has had the kitchen sink thrown at it: Samsung's most advanced AI-inspired picture processor, a completely redesigned Tizen Smart TV system, the latest gaming features and a clever directional audio system too. There's no Dolby Vision because this is a Samsung, and it takes a bit of tweaking to get the best possible picture because Samsung's viewing modes tend to be a bit overcooked. But when you get it right, it's wonderful.

The Samsung is remarkably bright but doesn't suffer from the halo or flare issues that are common with LED TVs; the blacks are deep and inky and the whites are so much brighter than a traditional OLED. In our review, we were especially blown away by the colors, though – the precision, vibrancy and accuracy are all simply incredible. It's just astoundingly rich.

This is a particularly good option for gamers: it supports 4K/120Hz and Variable Refresh Rate, and Samsung's Game Bar interface is very useful.

Read the full review: Samsung S95B

The LG G2 Gallery Series TV hanging on the wall.

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LG's picture-on-wall design is gorgeous and it has a higher peak brightness... but it's more expensive

Specifications

Screen size: 55-inch, 65-inch, 77-inch, 83-inch
Resolution: 4K
Panel Type: OLED evo
Smart TV: webOS
HDR: HDR10, HLG, Dolby Vision, HDR10+

Reasons to buy

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Gorgeously bright, vibrant pictures
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Beautiful premium design

Reasons to avoid

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Optional stand costs extra
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No HDR10+ support

If price isn't a concern for you and you simply want the best TV you can buy at any price point, the LG G2 OLED should be at the top of your list. It features a heatsink that delivers significantly improved brightness, making pretty much every frame of any source you care to mention look even more sublime than we've seen on any LG OLED before.

Although the G2 OLED shares the same ‘Gallery’ design name as its GX and G1 predecessors, it looks completely different: gone is the dark frame and chamfered edges, replaced by a nifty two-layer effect where a thin black rear ‘slab’ sits proud of and slightly narrower than the chunkier front tier housing. That's for the screen, which is encased in a very fetching and opulent-looking silver metal coat. 

The quality of the G2 OLED’s connections is beyond reproach. In particular, all four of its HDMI ports are capable of handling the maximum 48Gbps of data supported by the HDMI 2.1 standard. This means that hardcore video gamers could simultaneously attach an Xbox Series XPS5 and cutting-edge PC graphics rig to enjoy full-fat 4K at 120Hz, variable refresh rates and automatic low latency mode switching from all of them. That, plus you'll still have one HDMI left for adding a 4K Blu-ray player or streaming box.

If you're familiar with LG’s OLED TVs in recent years, the extra brightness the heatsink unlocks is very clear and a significant improvement. The colors are more punchy, whether you're viewing a very vibrant, rich tone, or a subtle, mild one. 

The end result is an OLED TV so good that it just barely misses the mark of our number one spot – and that's only because its price puts it out of reach of the average TV watcher. But if you're a cinephile, you'll be glad you invested in it.

Read the full LG G2 OLED TV review

Sony A90J OLED in a living room placed on a TV unit next to a plant

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Sony advances the art of OLED with the A90J

Specifications

Screen size: 55-inch, 65-inch, 83-inch
Resolution: 4K
Panel Type: OLED
Smart TV: Google TV
HDR: HDR10, HLG, Dolby Vision

Reasons to buy

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Robust sound
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Nice new OS

Reasons to avoid

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Not exactly cheap
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Missing some key features

Sony's new A90J 4K TV with OLED isn't exactly cheap, but we believe the performance does justify the hefty price tag. 

We found that this Sony's picture quality, from any source, is about as good as it currently gets from any 4K screen, and in every meaningful department – motion control, contrast, edge definition, detail levels – it excels. And if you're reduced to watching sub-4K content, it’s great at upscaling too. 

The Sony A90J also delivers impressive sound quality. Using the entire surface of the screen as a speaker is still as novel as it is effective, and backing it up with two conventional bass drivers means the A90J sounds fuller, more direct and just better than any alternative that doesn’t feature an off-board sound system.

The A90J also includes a smart new Google TV interface, is built to the usual Sony standard, has feet that change position to accommodate a soundbar, includes an exclusive movie streaming service, and even has an authentically well-designed remote control. The A90J is the complet4e package – although complete packages like this one rarely come cheap. 

Read the full review: Sony A90J OLED TV review

Hisense U8G ULED TV placed in a darkened living room with lighting nearby to offset the bright picture

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An affordable, feature-packed UHD HDR TV

Specifications

Screen size: 65 inches
Resolution: 4K
Panel technology: ULED
Smart TV: Android TV
HDR: HDR10, HLG, Dolby Vision, HDR10+

Reasons to buy

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Awesome image quality
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Reasonable price

Reasons to avoid

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Audio quality could be better
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Stands are a bit wide and intrusive

Hisense has spent the past couple of years making outstanding TVs, with models such asthe Hisense U80G ULED 8K TV that undercut the big dogs of Samsung, Sony and LG without too many compromises. That streak continues with the new Hisense U8G ULED, which the Chinese electronics manufacturer aptly describes as “Great For Everything.” It's a fitting description for the ULED 4K Android TV that’s sure to please everyone from gamers with next-generation consoles to movie lovers and anyone else in-between. 

Besides offering a full suite of Dolby features including Vision, IQ and Atmos, the U8G also packs in HDR10+ and native 120Hz panel. All of this is controlled through the Android TV operating system that incorporates both Google Assistant, built-in Chromecast and voice controls with privacy switch. 

Is this the best TV you can buy? No, but it may be one of the best buys: as we wrote in our review, this TV is perfect for those who want more than a budget 4K but can't stretch to the big names with their equally big price tags. If you want a well rounded UHD television that’s feature-packed without spending an arm and a leg you should definitely keep the U8G in mind. 

Read the full review: Hisense U8G ULED TV

This TCL TV shows a colorful pattern while on wooden media unit

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A beacon of hope for budget TV buyers

Specifications

Screen size: 65 inches
Resolution: 4K
Panel Type: QLED
Smart TV: Roku TV
HDR: HDR10, HLG, Dolby Vision

Reasons to buy

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Mini-LED backlighting
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Quantum dot color

Reasons to avoid

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Middling peak brightness
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Poor motion handling

When we discovered that the TCL 6-Series 2020 QLED (R635) would use Mini LED, we were shocked: it's only a year since the same tech arrived in the high-end 8-Series, which cost considerably more money than the affordable 6 series. To get mini-LED for this amount of money means that some serious corners must have been cut. Right?

Nope. The brightness isn't class-leading and the motion handling isn't great, but the 6-Series is brighter than before, more colorful and doesn’t have a single hint of haloing or light bleed. It’s designed in a new way to hide your cables and it’s the first TV to come with THX Certified Game Mode for 1440p/120Hz gaming. That's a lot of tech for not a lot of cash.

It's not exactly the flatscreen TV we'd recommend to next-gen-ready gamers looking for a perfect companion for the Xbox Series X or PS5, because it can't push 4K at 120fps. But if you're buying a TV to binge Netflix, stream Hulu to have a perfectly pleasant viewing experience, this is the best smart TV (and certainly the best TCL TV) in its price bracket.

Read the full review: TCL 6-Series 2020 QLED with Mini LED (R635)

Couple on sofa watches couple on park bench on Samsung TV

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Thinner, brighter and bolder… but it comes with a few caveats

Specifications

Screen size: 65 inches
Resolution: 4K
Panel Type: Neo QLED
Smart TV: Tizen
HDR: HDR10, HLG, HDR10+

Reasons to buy

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Full array backlight
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4K Quantum image processor
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High peak brightness

Reasons to avoid

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No Dolby Vision
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Not the prettiest QLED

The Samsung QN90A was one of the first 4K screens to use the company’s hyped-up Neo QLED panels, which have more light-emitting diodes per square inch than previous generations. The result is a brighter TV than before, and when you consider how bright Samsungs tend to be that's an impressive achievement – especially when this TV also displays such a deeply satisfying array of colors. 

Like all Neo QLED TVs, the QN90A sports the higher-end Neo Quantum Processor 4K with a neural network to analyze images for better HD upscaling and Motion Xcelerator Turbo+ for better motion handling – and in our tests we were impressed by the performance that delivers. 

While we found the picture quality to be stunning, we weren't so impressed by some of the hardware: our TV's pedestal stand was noticeably wobbly, and we were disappointed by the lackluster sound quality, which isn't what you'd expect from a flagship 4K TV. And as ever with Samsung there’s also no support for Dolby Vision, so you’re stuck with HDR10 on Netflix and HDR10+ elsewhere.

That's not a deal-breaker for everyone, but it does slightly curb our enthusiasm for this otherwise excellent Samsung set.

Read the full review: Samsung QN90A Neo QLED TV

Sony 77” A80K 4K OLED

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Sony’s mid-range OLED TV delivers top-tier performance

Specifications

Screen size: 65 inches
Resolution: 4K
Panel technology: OLED
Smart TV: Google TV
HDR: HDR10, HLG, Dolby Vision

Reasons to buy

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Deep blacks and impressive brightness
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Accurate out of box color (Cinema mode)
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Strong suite of HDMI 2.1 gaming features

Reasons to avoid

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Brightness a notch below the top OLED TVs
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Overly simple remote lacks backlighting
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No HDR10+ support

Sony's A80K is one of its mid-range offerings, with a price significantly less than the flagship A95K QD-OLED. In our tests we found it to be a great all-rounder and good value for money; it's a worthy competitor to the likes of the similarly priced LG C2.

As with other Sonys the smart TV platform here is Google TV, with the usual selection of key apps and useful Google Assistant integration, including voice commands via the remote.

Picture quality is excellent. The A80K's panel has a wide color gamut and there's some heavyweight processing behind it: it has Sony’s XR OLED Contrast Pro, XR Triluminos Pro, and Cognitive Processor XR features to deliver deep blacks and detailed shadows in images, along with rich, fully saturated colors. Visuals look great even in well-lit rooms, and the Sony stuns in ones that are dimmed for best-quality movie viewing.

Unusually for a TV of this size, the sound system is very impressive: you'll still get a lift with a soundbar or AV receiver, but the built-in Acoustic Surface Audio+ with five screen-vibrating actuators and two subwoofers delivers surprisingly punchy sound. There's built-in Dolby Atmos decoding with 3D surround upscaling, and while it's no substitute for a dedicated surround system it's much better than most virtual surround systems we've heard.

For gamers, the icing on the TV cake is the inclusion of two HDMI 2.1 inputs with support for4K 120Hz video, variable refresh rate (VRR), and auto low latency mode (ALLM). And there’s also an Auto HDR Tone Mapping feature that kicks in specifically when playing games with a PlayStation 5 console. And for buyers in the US the Sony also includes a built-in ATSC 3.0 tuner, so the A80K is ready to receive next-gen digital TV broadcasts.

Read the full review: Sony A80K

FAQ

What is 4K resolution?

4K is, essentially, an ultra-high-definition screen resolution. Also called UHD or 4K UHD, the display technology has become the default screen resolution across all of the TVs that you’re likely to see in stores today – as well as many PC monitors, too. 

The very best UHD TVs pack over eight million pixels in their high-res displays – that’s four times the amount you’ll find on the Full HD panels in today's small TVs

You don’t necessarily need access to 4K entertainment content to enjoy the benefits of 4K resolution, either, since many of the best 4K TVs – i.e. most of the 65-inch displays on this list – boast impressive upscaling technologies that bolster content filmed in HD.

The only displays which sport a sharper picture are the 8K variety – though, being a still-new technology, choice in that department is much more limited and, naturally, 8K models are far more expensive. 

Should I buy a 65-inch TV?

We’ve answered this question in a much more detailed guide elsewhere on TechRadar, but the short answer is: yes, if you can afford to. 

Basically, a bigger TV is often a better TV and, as mentioned earlier, these large-scale displays typically boast the best specification when it comes to new tech and useful features.

As 65-inch models are becoming increasingly popular, too, they’re also becoming less expensive, and we’d almost always recommend parting with a little bit more money to enjoy the benefits of such an impressive screen size.

Which is the best 4K TV brand?

The question of the best 4K TV brand (for 65-inch models, in particular) is a difficult one to answer when there’s so many great models out there. Displays from the likes of LG, Sony and Samsung regularly make this list, but they’re often joined by equivalent models from brands like Hisense and Panasonic. 

A better question might concern what to look for when buying a 65-inch 4K TV, to which we’d say picture quality, app support, other handy bells and whistles like voice control and, of course, price.

Features like HDR support, Dolby Vision and Atmos, OLED panels and the like can be real differentiators, too, when it comes to finding the 65-inch 4K TV with the best viewing experience, though it’s no surprise that the more of these extras a display has, the more expensive it tends to be. 

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