The best TVs: 65 inches (165 cm)
Samsung, LG, Panasonic, Sony, Philips or Hisense – We regularly tests the latest televisions. You will find all of the top products that have been tested in these leaderboards.Which TV should you buy? Which TV is right for you? We have advice.
- Our place 1: Samsung GQ65QN95AAT
- Our 2nd place: LG Electronics OLED65G19LA
- Our 3rd place: Samsung GQ65QN800AT
- Powerful images: the best 65-inch televisions
- 65-inch television: The test winners can do that
- OLED: That's behind the technology
- Questions Before You Buy: Finding the Best 65-Inch TV
- The best TVs: 65 inches (165 cm) in comparison
Our place 1: Samsung GQ65QN95AAT
The new Samsung GQ65QN95A impresses with an enormous range of technical improvements and new functions. The image quality is excellent, thanks to mini-LED technology, the image impression is clearer and more spatial than ever before. The sound quality is also above average. This makes the QN95A clearly the best LCD television and, with its new functions and refined technology, offers a promising outlook on the next generation of Samsung TVs.
Our 2nd place: LG Electronics OLED65G19LA
The LG OLED 65G19LA is one of the best televisions that can be got for money and good words. In the test, it showed outstanding image quality, the new screen generation OLED Evo has increased noticeably in brightness and displays skin tones even more naturally than its already very good predecessor. Thanks to lightning-fast image processing and HDMI inputs of the latest version 2.1, which process 4K images with up to 120 Hertz, the LG OLED G1 is also ideal for game consoles. In addition, the TV can put its flat design with a hidden wall bracket in the balance, the sound is still astonishingly good. The G1 does not lack comfort anyway, with all the important streaming apps, AirPlay and other networking options plus a good search function including voice input, it is also one of the smartest televisions.
Our 3rd place: Samsung GQ65QN800AT
The flat design of the Samsung QN800A is impressive, especially since it doesn’t compromise on image quality. This is excellent with enormous contrast, brilliant brightness and natural colors, the clear representation of movements rounds off the positive impression. The insane 8K resolution also has its part in this, albeit not a decisive one. This applies in particular to the tested GQ65QN800A with its 65 inches (164 centimeters screen diagonal). The otherwise technically identical big brothers GQ75QN800A and GQ85QN800A with 190 and 215 centimeters show the 8K advantages more clearly. There is little to complain about in terms of sound, as long as deep bass is not required at high volume. What is more impressive is the ingenious placement of the loudspeakers in the stylish metal frame. The equipment leaves little to be desired, Samsung sets standards in terms of app selection and networking options. In addition, there are the practical advantages of the separate connection box.
Powerful images: the best 65-inch televisions
They impress not only with their sheer size, but also with the latest technology and maximum performance: 65-inch TVs. Cheap models from Sony, Philips or Samsung start at around 1,000 euros – but you can easily spend several thousand euros on top models. Above all, the screen technology is decisive, the resolution is specified for all models with 4K or Ultra-HD.
65-inch television: The test winners can do that
With a screen diagonal of around 163 cm, 65-inch televisions stand for visually stunning film enjoyment. Nevertheless, the devices are usually very flat and can be hung directly on the wall. Depending on the frame or edge width, the televisions are approximately 1,400 cm x 800 cm in length and height. The width varies by a few centimeters, depending on the construction. The best 65-inch TVs in the test also have the following features:
- Resolution: With TVs of this size, the resolution is almost irrelevant, because Samsung, Sony and Co. almost exclusively offer TVs in 4K. However, the designation Ultra-HD with a resolution of 3840 x 2160 pixels would be more correct – 4K has a slightly higher resolution, but actually describes the standard for digital cinema. Occasionally you will still find 65-inch devices with a resolution in Full HD, i.e. 1,920 x 1,080 pixels. Also make sure that the television supports HDR – a standard for images that are even more rich in contrast and color, even in difficult lighting conditions.
- Screen technology: Inexpensive 4K televisions from Samsung and other manufacturers have an LCD or LED display. The latest technology OLED stands for maximum color variety, contrast and sharpness, but is also significantly more expensive than LCD and LED. You can find out what makes the different technologies so special below.
- Smart TV: The test winners in the 65-inch TV category are, with very few exceptions, always a smart TV. You can connect your television to the Internet via LAN cable, usually also via WLAN. Additional functions, exclusive content and media libraries are available under the name HbbTV. Of course, you can also access streaming services, connect your computer or tablet and listen to music directly from your TV. With the right app, you can turn your smartphone into a remote control for your television, for example.
- 3D: Very few 65-inch models support films in 3D, because brands like Samsung and Sony don’t see a great future in 3D televisions, so they have almost stopped production
- Types of reception: Even if most TV sets support all common types of reception, such as satellite and cable, you should make sure that your type of reception is actually intended – this applies in particular to viewers who receive their television signal via DVB-T2.
- Connections: This is where the best 65-inch televisions, especially OLED models, stand out with the latest generation of connections – for example an HDMI connection that transmits at least 60 frames per second and USB 2.0 and 3.0 connections . Separate audio connections, space for a LAN cable and, if necessary, a card slot expand the compatibility of your device.
- Sound: To keep the large screens flat, many manufacturers outsource the speakers to their 65-inch televisions, ie the devices are offered with an external soundbar. The alternative are boxes on the back or in a narrow bar below the screen. The best televisions support the latest sound formats such as Dolby Atmos.
OLED: That’s behind the technology
LCD, LED or OLED: 65-inch televisions are available with different screen technologies. In order to achieve maximum picture quality on the big screen, the trend is increasingly towards OLED televisions of this size. But what is behind this technology?OLED is a special form or further development of LCD or LED. Basically, all flat screens on the market are based on LCD: a screen with liquid crystals that sometimes let more and sometimes less light through and thus control the image and the brightness.With LED televisions, individual image areas are illuminated from the back or the side with light-emitting diodes – this is often referred to as televisions with background lighting. 65-inch televisions with this technology are somewhat thicker in their construction – inexpensive models are available for around 1,000 euros.OLED stands for “organic light emitting diode”. Here not entire parts of the LCD layer are illuminated, but each pixel is supplied with its own light – the image points shine out of themselves. The result is brilliant colors and contrasts. For example, to display a deep black, the corresponding image areas or pixels are simply switched off. Another advantage of OLED compared to LED: Due to an extremely high image refresh rate, movements are displayed very smoothly.The technology has a particularly positive effect on devices as large as 65-inch televisions. The leading and almost only manufacturer of OLED displays is (so far) LG.Samsung is bringing out 4K televisions with its own technology: QLED. Here, too, the displays with liquid crystals and LEDs are used. In between there is a special film that distributes the LED light evenly. Tiny nano-particles in the film, so-called quantum dots, also emit light themselves.
Questions Before You Buy: Finding the Best 65-Inch TV
Since most 65-inch TVs are not cheap, there are a few questions you should ask yourself before you buy in order to find the best model for you.
- How much space do i have? With a 65-inch screen diagonal and dimensions of around 1.4 meters in width or length and 80 centimeters in height, you not only need space on the wall or on the sideboard. The distance between the sofa and the television should also be right. With LED televisions of this size, the distance should be around three meters, with OLED televisions you can sit closer. Here, almost two meters are often enough.
- How do I want to mount the TV? The very flat OLED televisions in particular are ideal for mounting directly on the wall – some models from Samsung, LG and Co. are even designed exclusively for this type of mounting.
- How do I receive the TV signal? Especially when you receive the signal via DBV-T2, you should make sure that the device also supports this type of reception.
- What do I want to watch on the TV? The question could also be: How much do I want to watch? Because for casual viewers who only occasionally watch a film on Blu-ray and otherwise only need the television for news and normal television programs, the expensive investment in OLED is usually not worthwhile. A much smaller television, which is then even cheaper, may be sufficient here.
- How much do I want to spend? Spending 3,000 or 4,000 euros on a television set – by no means everyone can or wants to afford that. If you still value 65 inches, you should buy an LED television. Cheap offers start at around 1,000 euros.
The best TVs: 65 inches (165 cm) in comparison
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