Sales of televisions spike significantly right before the airing of the Super Bowl while prices drop during this time. But sales on these units also rise after our refund checks have arrived from the IRS. Updating our technological equipment is commonplace especially after receiving this kind of revenue that's been set aside that we've been anticipating all year.
But what are we to do as consumers when it comes to spending our hard-earned cash on tech that continues to evolve and advance over time? While we can weed through the paper ads stuffed into our mailbox or shop aimlessly online, according to recent Nielsen research, the most trusted form of advertisements today comes from recommendations from inside your circle of friends, family members and colleagues, followed by editorial sites and customer reviews.
In this light, let's look at the most highly recommended television sets chosen and reviewed by experts and customers alike that are bigger and smarter than ever before available from some of today's top manufacturers. This way we'll see the positive (and negative) experiences they've had before making this important purchase.
TCL 55R617 55-Inch 4K Ultra HD Roku Smart LED TV
+ Bright and colorful HDR
+ Dolby vision support
+ Amazing Roku TV platform
- Limited motion settings and a loss of darker detail settings
For those on a tighter budget, TLC's Roku Smart LED TV is available at a fraction of the cost compared to the other models we'll be showcasing here since this set still packs an impressive punch for less than a $1,000 MSRP. For those wanting to spend significantly less on a television and not suffer much in a loss of picture quality while still getting a smart TV, shoppers should definitely check out this affordable option.
Samsung QN65Q9FN FLAT 65" QLED 4K UHD 9 Series Smart TV
+ Spectacular, high-quality HDR picture
+ Powerful, well-rounded sound
+ Good smart system in place
- Limited viewing angles
As with most HD models, viewers won't get the same sharp image when viewing from the sidelines (football pun intended). Better than previous models, Samsung combatted some of its predecessor's contrast problems with the addition of QLED Quantum Dots to produce a picture that's bigger, brighter and more colorful than ever. Some are saying this is the best TV Samsung has put on the market to date with features including HDR10+ capabilities and a high dynamic range experience second-to-none as these are exclusive to this model.
LG Electronics OLED65C8P 65-Inch 4K Ultra HD Smart OLED TV
+ Superb picture quality
+ More comprehensive features
+ An efficient and effective smart platform
- Limited brightness with no HDR10+ support
Also available in a 55-inch model, with an impressive picture, an extensive set of features combined with an attractive design it sits on an excellent smart platform. Although it's not as bright as an LCD TV, deep contrasts make a big difference to the dynamic range of the image. With a highly detailed native 4K content, the colors are gorgeous with a tremendous amount of detail in the picture.
Sony XBR55A9F 65-Inch 4K Ultra HD Smart BRAVIA OLED TV
+ Impressively upscaled
+ Excellent audio/sound system
+ Android Oreo smart platform
- Lean back design offers limited interaction
Another "intelligent" OLED choice, Sony has also stepped up their game with this superior model that outperforms previous versions like their predecessor the A1E version. It's a strong contender for an award for best high-screen presentation of the year. While some say it has a slightly idiosyncratic design and a hefty retail price, it still packs a punch with its glorious HD display.
If you'll be shelling out the big bucks on a new TV this year, perhaps it's time to update your cable service with a bigger, better package that offers more options with exclusive entertainment selections and more HD channels. In any event, here at Buckeye Broadband, we're all wishing you a brighter picture if you make the decision to purchase a new television with your tax refund this year.