The 5 Best TVs in 2018 for Watching Movies
When you are searching a TV that will be used for watching movies, there are some major aspects that you should consider. To present an atmosphere like in a cinema when you watch movies in your home, the light condition of a room should be dark. For this case, you should choose TV that has strong native contrast ratio. This is very important in order to blacks produced will looks really black. As we know, in a dark room, blacks produced by a TV with low contrast ratio will look tend to grey than really black that certainly makes dark scene of images produced doesn’t look so good. Additionally, black uniformity should be also considered.
The second major aspect that should be considered is about their local dimming performance. This aspect is also very important particularly when the TV showing small dark object in a bright scene or otherwise. As we know, local dimming is a feature of TV that splits the lighting area of the screen into the number of zones where the lighting of each of the zone is adjusted individually based on to the picture displayed. The more number of dimming zones, the lighting behind the screen will be more precise. When the TV is showing dark object in bright scene, the local dimming will dim the area behind parts of the screen that are displaying dark only. The result, blacks will look deeper while bright parts of images still look bright.
In addition to contrast and black level, there are also some aspects that should be considered like color gamut, color volume, color gradient, peak brightness, the ability to remove judder, side viewing angle, and others. And to help you to get the best TVs in each class, below are the TVs that have good performance when used for watching TV, from entry level up to premium model.
LG OLED C8
Actually, almost all models of OLED TVs have great performance when used for watching movies. This is due they equally have infinite native contrast ratio that makes them can produce perfect black. Additionally, since they have pixel dimming level, this certainly also makes they have excellent black uniformity. The perfect black level and pixel dimming level owned by OLED TVs makes them is very suitable when used for watching movies in a dark room. Additionally, all OLED TVs also have excellent side viewing angle coverage, very suitable for you who have a wide room with wide seating. Not only that, no matter the frame rate of the movies source, all of them also have ability to remove judder completely. All model of OLED TVs also has excellent motion handling, makes the picture produced look very smooth with almost no motion blur visible when playing fast movies. Why Should LG OLED C8? The only reason is about its price where OLED C8 is sold cheaper than other model of OLED TVs except OLED B8. Meanwhile, LG OLED B8 that sold cheaper than OLED C8 is powered by the lower images processor that is Alpha 7 processor while OLED C8 and higher model is already powered by Alpha 9 processor. And as we have mentioned, although we have chosen OLED C8 as the best TV for watching movies, this doesn’t mean performance of OLED C8 when used for watching movies is better than other models that sold more expensive. If you don’t mind to spend hundreds dollar more of your money to get other model like OLED E8, Sony A8F, Sony A9F or others that offer advantages on other features, this is not also a bad choice.
LG OLED B8
If you thing OLED C8 is too expensive for you, there is LG OLED B8 as an alternative for you. OLED B* is the cheapest OLED TV that released by LG. With the same screen size, it is sold hundreds dollar cheaper than OLED C8. Meanwhile, about picture quality that produced, it is not far behind OLED C8. Some aspects of picture quality produced like color volume, color gradient, peak brightness, gray uniformity, and other may be not as good as what offered by OLED C8, but they not have a striking impact on the picture quality produced. On the other hand, powered by lower level of processor, its smart TV performance is not as responsive as OLED C8, even though it has the same smart features and apps.
All models of OLED TVs may have perfect black level and infinite contrast, but if you come to the brightness level to watch movies in a bright room, they are still less superior to LED TVs, particularly that sold in their price range. For this case, Samsung Q9FN is the best alternative for you who are searching TV with excellent brightness level. Black level produced by Q9FN may not be as perfect as what produced by OLED TVs, but actually, it also already has excellent contrast ratio and local dimming performance, makes it can produce very deep black level, close to what produced by OLED TV. This certainly makes its performance in a dark room is also excellent. On the other hand, peak brightness produced by Q9FN is much brighter than all OLED TVs, makes it is a better choice for a bright room. Additionally, peak brightness produced by Q9FN is also brighter than 1500 nits, makes it can show highlights of HDR images at 1000-4000 nits of brightness range like the movies creator’s intended. Meanwhile, like other models of Samsung QLED TV, it has excellent wide color gamut and color volume, makes its color rendition including the bests in 2018. But as is typical of LED TV with VA panel, its side viewing angle coverage is poor.
If you think that LG OLED C8, LG OLED B8, and Samsung Q9FN are too expensive for you, Sony X900F can be a good alternative for you. It can produce deep black and bright peak brightness and also has good local dimming performance, makes its performance in both dark and bright room is also excellent. Additionally, it also has excellent motion handling, makes motion of picture displayed on its screen looks smooth and crisp particularly when it is playing fast movies. Sony X900F is also able to remove the judder completely, no matter the frame rate of the source. Overall, same aspects of picture quality produced by Sony X900F are strong. But like Samsung Q9FN, since it uses VA panel technology, its side viewing angle coverage is poor.
If you are searching budget TVs that offer great performance when used for watching movies, TCL R617 may be a good choice for you. It may be not from big names like LG, Samsung, or Sony, but performance and picture quality produced is above other models from big names that sold in its price range. Although it is a budget TV, TCL R617 already has decent FALD (Full Array Local Dimming) that allows it can produce deep blacks and bright peak brightness. Not just that, it also has good color gamut and color volume, makes its color rendition is also good. Combination of them makes it offers good performance when for watching movies in both dark and bright room. Not just that, it also has excellent pixel response time that makes it is able to produce smooth and crisp motion when playing fast movies. TCL R617 is also able to remove the judder completely, no matter the frame rate of 24p movies source. But even so, like all TVs with VA panel technology, it also has an issue in side viewing angle coverage.But of course, this is just our personal opinion you can consider before you buy a TV for watching movies while the decision certainly comes back to you according to your own preferences.
All of them we have chosen above are the TVs that have best performance for watching movies in each price range. But even so, this does not guarantee that their performance is the best for other usage like watching sports, TV shows, or playing games. Some other models like Sony A8F, Sony A9F, LG OLED E8, OLED W8, Samsung Q8FN, Samsung Q7FN, Samsung NU8000, Samsung Q6FN, Vizio P Series, and others may also have good performance when used for watching movies. But even so, we also consider their price. This means, we will recommend the cheaper TV than pricier TV although the pricier TV has a better performance for movies while their difference in price is not worth it.