As autumn darkness sets in and the thermometer dips towards zero, the season for getting cosy at home with TV entertainment is upon us once again. It’s a time when lots of us suddenly realise our old TV isn’t quite the last word in innovation. Perhaps the screen’s a bit cramped, the picture quality is dubious and the old TV isn’t quite smart enough to keep pace with the latest streaming service? Naturally then, the thought of lounging on the sofa in front of a brand new large screen is enticing.
A new TV needs to last you many years so it has to satisfy a range of demands. For starters, there’s no doubt that screen size impacts on picture quality. Anyone who chooses 65” rather than 55” rarely regrets the choice. For a moderate increase in price, a 65-inch actually provides a 40% larger image area than a 55-inch.
Obviously, a large TV is not sufficient in itself. It also needs to offer beautiful, sharp and contrast-rich picture quality: 4K resolution with HDR is a must. In addition, the TV should be easy to control and allow direct access to streaming services such as Netflix and YouTube, and all without tangled nests of cables and clutter.
These demands are usually reflected in sky-high prices but over the last year or so things have begun to change. The price for a fully equipped 65-inch with all key features is approaching 1000 Euro, in some cases even lower!
65” with 4K and HDR
For this test we selected five 65-inch TVs with LCD technology within a price range around 1000 to 1200 Euro. All five test participants are brand-new 2019 models and satisfy the basic requirements of a state-of-the-art TV, including 4K resolution, support for High Dynamic Range video quality, efficient smart TV (Android or comparable) and wide access to apps and content services.
These affordable TV models may not necessarily have the unsurpassed image quality of the genuine flagship models – but they come surprisingly close and at a very attractive price!
If you’re passionate about superlative TV entertainment, in our opinion the 65-inch class provides the best image quality for the money. However, if you need to pass on the 65” class because of space or aesthetic considerations, we should mention that all the tested models also come in a smaller format. And even larger (75” +) in some cases!
Check the price before you buy
TV prices fluctuate sharply throughout the autumn and winter season and it’s not uncommon for popular models to be reduced to draw potential buyers into stores. For this reason, we always recommend following the prices on “price trackers” like Prisjakt and Prisguiden. These services can also alert you when an interesting model is put on sale. But don’t fence-sit for too long, you’re missing out on valuable TV minutes!
Worth thinking about
A 65” TV is about 150 centimetres wide and may in some cases have an equally wide base. Make sure your TV fits where you intend to place it!
If you’re considering upgrading the audio with a separate soundbar, it’s practical and neat if the soundbar fits under the TV without the base or feet getting in the way. Measure before you buy!
Will your TV hang on the wall? Check the specifications to see what size wall bracket (VESA measurements) is best.
If you watch TV via terrestrial, cable or satellite, it’s a good idea to check if the TV has a built-in card slot for this (DVB-T/C/S). Then you can watch TV without needing a separate box.