The 5 Best TVs in 2018 for Watching Sports
If you are searching the best TVs in 2018 for watching sports, there are some recommendations for you for each price range where you can choose one of them in accordance with your budget. Nevertheless, if you prefer to choose your own choice, there are some aspects that should be considered. Unlike when viewing movies where this will be more comfortable in a dark room, watching sports will be more comfortable in a bright room, particularly when you watch sports with a group of your friend or family. In addition to picture as the whole, the first aspect that should be considered is about their peak brightness. This is related to the light intensity of a room where it is used. The brighter of a room, you should search brighter TV. The other major aspects that should be considered are their ability in handling motion blur whether it is motion trail or a blur that cause by persistence. This is very important considering most of sports have a lot of fast moving scenes. Meanwhile, to avoid screen shade clouding, you should also choose a TV that has good uniformity. And for you who often watch sports with a group of your friend, you should consider a TV that has good side viewing angle coverage. Nevertheless, if you do not want to bother searching for one by one, below are the TVs which has good performance for watching sports we recommend.
LG OLED B8
In premium model, there is LG OLED B8 as the best TVs for watching sports. As long as you don’t use it in a outdoor or a very bright room with sunny windows, performance of LG OLED B8 when used for watching sports is excellent. Since all models of OLED TVs have outstanding pixel response time, excellent uniformity, and wide viewing angle, actually, all of them equally have great performance when used for watching sports. Nevertheless, we choose OLED B8 because with the performance that is not far different to the other OLED TV models, it is priced much cheaper. Like other model of OLED TVs, LG OLED B8 also have adequate peak brightness, outstanding pixel response time, an optional 60 Hz BFI (Black Frame Insertion) mode, excellent black and gray uniformity, and also excellent wide viewing angle coverage. With adequate peak brightness, the picture looks bright enough when used in a bright room. Additionally, its outstanding pixel response time and an optional BFI mode also makes the motion blur can be minimized, whether it is blur that caused by motion trail or persistence. And with excellent viewing angle coverage, when you watch sports with a group of your friend or family, this allows each of them can watch images with the same quality even though they watch sports from multiple angles.
If you think LG OLED B8 is too expensive for you, there is Sony X900F in a mid range models that also has great performance when used for watching sports. You may not get the perfect black level of OLED B8 but on the other hand, It has brighter peak brightness that makes it can show brighter images in a bright room. Additionally, its pixel response time is also not as low as OLED B8, but for LED TV, the pixel response time of Sony X900F is including the best. It also has extremely low pixel response time, makes motion looks smooth with almost no motion trail visible. But a bit unfortunate, it doesn’t have a 60 Hz BFI mode, so blurs that may be caused by 60 fps persistence cannot be removed completely. Additionally, X900F also has good black and gray uniformity, makes screen shade clouding can be minimized. Overall, performance of Sony X900F when used for watching sports is better than other TVs in its price range. But even so, since it is an LED TV with VA panel, its side viewing angle coverage is poor. But even so, as long as you don’t often watch TV from the side, this should not be a problem for you.
If you often watch sports with a group of your friend or family, Sony X900F may be not suitable for you because its side viewing angle is poor. For this case, you can consider LG SK9500 that comes with IPS panel as your alternative. LG SK9500 also has excellent pixel response time, makes motion looks smooth and clear with not many blurs visible. Additionally, it also a 60 Hz BFI mode that has great performance in minimizing blur that caused by 60 fps persistence. And the advantage than X900F, it has better viewing angle coverage, very suitable for you who often watch sports with a group of your friend or family. However, as is typical of LED TVs with IPS panel, its native contrast ratio is low, makes it cannot produce deep black that certainly also makes its dark room performance is poor. But even so, as long as you don’t use it in a dark room, picture quality of LG SK9500 is good.
If you think LG SK9500 is too expensive for you, there is LG UK7700 that sold much cheaper. Like SK9500, it also comes with IPS panel, that makes it has good viewing angle coverage and is suitable for you who often watch sports with a group of your friend or family. It also has excellent pixel response time, makes the motion looks clear and smooth with only a short ghosting trail visible following fast moving object. But a bit unfortunate, the lowest possible frequency of its black frame insertion mode is 120 Hz, so its performance in clearing blur that caused by 60 fps persistence is not too optimal. And unlike SK9500, since it uses IPS panel, its contrast ratio is poor, makes it cannot produce deep that certainly also makes its dark room performance is also not so good. But even so, once it is placed in a room with lights, the picture displayed on their screen looks much better due its good reflection handling and adequate peak brightness.
If you think LG UK7700 is still too expensive for you, you can consider TCL 6 Series R617. It may be not from the big names like LG, Samsung, or Sony, but although it sold cheaper, performance and picture quality is not less superior to the TVs that sold more expensive. It has good native contrast ratio and brightness level, makes it is very suitable in a room with any lighting condition. Additionally, although it is a budget TV, but it also already comes with Full Array Local Dimming and although its local dimming performance is not as great as high-end TV, but at least its performance is not too disappointing. Meanwhile, TCL R617 also has good pixel response time and an option 60 Hz black frame insertion, make it has a good performance in handling motion blur, whether that caused by motion trail or persistence. And of course, since most of sports have a lot of fast scenes, this certainly makes R617 is as a good TV for watching sports. But unlike other TVs with VA panel, it also has poor side viewing angle coverage.
All of our recommendations above we think are the best TVs for watching sports in each price range. But even so, this doesn’t mean the performance of their competitor is not so good when used for watching sports. In addition to we consider some major aspects that required for sports like motion handling, peak brightness, and others, we also consider their price. But even so, this also does not rule out the possibility that you have your own choice. If you have your own choice, the major aspects you should consider is about their ability in handling reflection, motion, their peak brightness, and viewing angle coverage. Usually, the TV that has good performance for watching sports also has good performance for watching TV shows.