Samsung UE65KS9000 £2900
In terms of performance per pound, this traditional LED LCD takes top honours
“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.
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