Test Benches and Ratings
The price is not a factor in the scores.
Our score is automatically calculated based on a formula. We simply enter all our measurements and the score is generated. It is a weighted average.
03/12/2018: Test bench 1.2
08/10/2017: Test bench 1.1
07/21/2016: Test bench 1.0
How to interpret the scores
This TV is great for this usage or test. You will be satisfied with it.
It is good enough for most people, but if you care about this usage or test, it will bother you.
This TV is below average at this usage or test. It could be an issue even if you aren't particularly picky about this aspect.
Hover over any usage ratings in a review or recommendation page to see the components. Changes in scores due to firmware updates are noted in a yellow banner at the top of a review, and any changes to overall weightings or scoring are listed below. The test bench version each product was tested in is listed on the review, next to the ratings.
Questions & Answers
The scores are more spread out now, so a lot of TVs dropped but are still considered great. 7.5 is now our threshold for a recommended TV (previously it was 8.0).
Relative to each others, here are the TVs that had the biggest impact:
- Vizio M Series increased from #12 overall to #8, and the P Series from #11 to #6. This is due to the local dimming as well as the judder reduction features. The M Series is even now ranked #4 for movies.
- Samsung JU6500 dropped from #6 to #14, due to the judder in movies.
- Samsung J6300 dropped from #8 to #11, due to the lack of 4k and local dimming.
Hello. I'm looking for some very specific features:
1) Brightness which is automatically adjusted according to room light level.
2) Audio output jack (any type) that is controlled by the TV volume.
3) Composite video (yellow RCA jack) input.
4) Center stand (not the far-apart leg stand design).
5) Effective auto volume control (to prevent loud commercials).
6) Responsive smart TV interface (as quick as a Roku).
7) Other desirable qualities: good bright-room performance, good sports performance.
It's a lot to ask, I know! Possibly no current TVs have all of this, but please let me know of any models that you think best fit my criteria. Thanks.
Here is a few tips to help you find your TV:
1) Most TVs have an automatic brightness feature
2) Most Samsung and LG TVs can't do analog output control, but for most TVs it is possible over HDMI using ARC.
3) Our 'Software and Inputs' section will show you all the available outputs
4) Visible in the 'Design' - 'Stand' section in our reviews
5) Not currently tested but most TVs can do
6) Higher end TVs tend to be quicker
7) Look at the 'Reflection' and 'Peak Brightness' sections
Seems like you need a Sony TV and the x930d would fit the bill. If you want to save money and lower your standards in regard of smart features responsiveness and brightness, take a look at the Sony x850c or even x810c. If you prioritize viewing angle over picture quality, then the x850d would also be a good pick. Keep in mind though that the Roku would probably still be faster than most smart TVs.
I'm trying to get good quality without breaking the bank ($2k-$3k budget). We will be sitting 8-10 feet from the TVs and we only have one window in the living room. I primarily watch sports while my wife enjoys watching her shows and the occasional movie. We have kids, so we also watch a lot of cartoons.
I've looked at the Samsung 50" & 60" JU6500 (I want to have the same brand for aesthetic purposes) but your review for the JU7100 was more favorable. I'm open to other brands, such as Vizio, if the quality and price meet what I'm looking for. What would you recommend for my basement? Is 4K even necessary based upon my needs? Can I get a better deal going with 1080p? I would appreciate any information/insight you could provide. Thanks!
Before asking a question, make sure you use the search function of our website. The majority of the answers are already here.