Samsung UE65KS9000 £2900

In terms of per­for­mance per pound, this tra­di­tional LED LCD takes top honours

What Hi-Fi (UK) - - 65-in Televisions -

“At nearly £3000 the Samsung is not cheap, but it proves you don’t have to spend more if you rate sub­tlety over con­trast”

TVS are get­ting brighter, sharper and bet­ter, and it’s not just one-screen panel tech­nol­ogy that’s mak­ing head­way. While self-lit OLED sets con­tinue to make waves with their ul­tra-thin panels and deep blacks, there’s plenty of merit in the tra­di­tional back-lit LED LCD – as the Samsung UE65KS9000 shows.

It’s the sharpest and most sub­tle of our trio. At nearly £3000 it’s not cheap, but it proves you don’t have to spend more, es­pe­cially if you rate ab­so­lute sub­tlety over con­trast.

Life’s good – but ex­pen­sive

If money is no ob­ject, the LG OLED65E6V may be al­lur­ing, with its stun­ning con­trasts, wealth of smart connections and clear, gen­er­ous sound. Ul­ti­mately, though, by our per­for­man­ceper-pound cri­te­ria, we don’t be­lieve it jus­ti­fies the sig­nif­i­cant ex­tra spend over the Samsung.

Sony’s sur­prise ad­di­tion

The Sony KD 65ZD9BU is a sur­prise, al­beit a pleas­ant one – we weren’t ex­pect­ing this ad­di­tion to Sony’s TV line-up so late in the year. Couch potatoes will rel­ish the fact it has all the UK’S catch-up TV ser­vices and, as its pic­ture goes, it’s an ex­cep­tional ad­ver­tise­ment for 4K while also en­sur­ing HD and SD con­tent are com­fort­able watches. Dark de­tail and depth, as well as sub­tlety lev­els, are sec­ond best to the Samsung, though, and that’s less than ideal for a TV that’s so much more ex­pen­sive.

Samsung cel­e­brates

Sony has some work to do to catch up with Samsung and LG, who both bag an­other five stars. Here, the LED LCD vs OLED bat­tle is to some de­gree won on sub­jec­tiv­ity and af­ford­abil­ity – and, for sheer value for money, the Samsung takes the win.

The Samsung wins gold with its sharp pic­ture, re­al­is­tic colours, keen price

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