Best 65-inch TVs 2019: the best big-screen 4K TVs

Best 65 inch TV Buying Guide: Welcome to What Hi-Fi?’s round-up of the best 65 inch TVs you can buy in 2019.

Don’t be afraid: bigger is better. As the quality of content at our disposal improves, with more pixels being pushed out by TV broadcasters, streaming services and Blu-ray discs, it’s worth getting a bigger screen to make the most of it.

HD and now 4K video means you can sit closer to your TV, while smaller bezels make modern 65in TVs significantly more compact than those that have gone before. They’re getting ever thinner, lighter and easier to wall-mount, too. No wonder 65 inch TVs have risen so much in popularity.

Below you’ll find our pick of the best 65 inch 4K TVs, including LCD, OLED and QLED models from the likes of LG, Samsung and Sony, and offering support for HDR video, Amazon Prime, Netflix, catch-up TV apps, and much more besides.

Best 65 inch TVs 2019: the best big-screen 4K TVs

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1. LG OLED65C9PLA

LG’s 2019 OLED defies expectations.

SPECIFICATIONS

Type: OLED | Resolution: 4K | HDR support: HDR10, Dolby Vision, HLG | HDMI inputs: 4 | Dimensions (hwd, with stand): 86 x 145 x 25cm

Reasons to Buy

Lovely, subtle design

Rich but natural pictures

Fabulous contrast

Reasons to Avoid

Q90 has more dark and light detail

Can be beaten for motion

Convoluted menus

While OLED panel technology hasn’t changed a great deal in the last couple of years, LG is doing a great job of squeezing out more and more performance with each of its new sets. This C9 is the most affordable model in the 2019 range that gets all of the company’s best picture tech (the B9 has a less well-specced processor), and it’s an absolute doozy.

Perfect blacks, amazing contrast and rich colours make for a brilliantly exciting picture. It sounds pretty good by flatscreen standards, too. No wonder we named it our favourite 65 incher at the 2019 What Hi-Fi? Awards.

Read the full LG 65OLEDC9PLA review

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2. Samsung QE65Q90R

The new 2019 Samsung QLED is a winner

SPECIFICATIONS

Type: LCD | Resolution: 4K | HDR support: HDR10, HDR10+, HLG | HDMI inputs: 4 | Dimensions (hwd, with stand): 92 x 145 x 28cm

Reasons to Buy

Natural, authentic colours

Deep, detailed blacks

Wide viewing angles

Reasons to Avoid

Motion processing not perfect

Others sound better

Samsung has pulled out all the stops for its 2019 4K TV range, and the Q90R QLED sufficiently raises the bar on previous models. This 65-inch Q90R is a backlit TV that goes almost as black as an OLED and has OLED-like viewing angles, while retaining the Samsung QLED advantage of greater brightness.

It also boasts brilliantly judged colours and excellent dark detail, not to mention an excellent operating system packed with apps.

Read the full Samsung QE65Q90R review

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3. Samsung QE65Q70R

A premium performer at midrange money

SPECIFICATIONS

Type: LCD | Resolution: 4K | HDR support: HDR10, HDR10+, HLG | HDMI inputs: 4 | Dimensions (hwd, with stand): 91 x 145 x 29cm

Reasons to Buy

Excellent detail and definition

Vibrant but natural colours

Peerless app selection

Reasons to Avoid

Average sound

Viewing angles only okay

What if you could get a healthy chunk of flagship performance without spending flagship money? That’s the dream isn’t it? Well the Q70R makes that dream a reality.

It offers many of the features of the top-of-the-range Q90R but with a very substantial discount. Of course, the Q70R doesn’t offer all of the picture processing features of the Q90R – that would be silly. But it does offer a Q90-lite performance that makes it an absolute belter in its own right.

The Q70R produces a brilliantly detailed and sharp image with vibrant but natural colours. It also boasts the same operating system and app selection as every other model in Samsung’s 2019 QLED range, and that makes it a joy to use and gives you access to more content than any rival system

Read the full Samsung QE65Q70R review

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4. Sony KD-65XG9505

A great value 4K LCD

SPECIFICATIONS

Type: LCD | Resolution: 4K | HDR support: HDR10, Dolby Vision, HLG | HDMI inputs: 4 | Dimensions (hwd, with stand): 90 x 145 x 33cm

Reasons to Buy

Detailed, nuanced images

Bright, vibrant and natural

Excellent motion

Reasons to Avoid

Blacks could be deeper

Some backlight blooming

Poor viewing angles

Just below Sony’s Master Series is this 65 inch LCD cracker. What this TV offers is a very watchable and forgiving picture with wonderfully balanced colours, superb detail and simply the best motion processing tech around at the moment. It’s smooth and sharp and without either flicker or any of the ‘soap opera effect’. 

It’s exceptionally bright and vibrant for the price. It may not have the black levels, viewing angles or extreme contrast abilities of the far more expensive Samsung QLEDs and LGs OLEDs but you simply will not find such a beautifully performing TV without paying much, much more. Full marks.

Read the full Sony KD-65XG9505 review

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5. Sony KD-65XF9005

Flagship features and midrange price make for a stunning Sony TV.

SPECIFICATIONS

Resolution: 4K | HDR support: HDR10, HLG, Dolby Vision | HDMI inputs: 4 | Dimensions (hwd, with stand): 90 x 145 x 30cm

Reasons to Buy

Fantastic detail across the board

Stunning but natural colours

Clear sound

Reasons to Avoid

Minor backlight blooming

Can be beaten for viewing angles

Android OS is frustratingly sluggish

The 2018 version of the Sony above is still available and makes a great choice if you want to save some money on your next TV. This mid-range model combines some of the best features of 2018’s top-end TVs with a price that’s affordable to more people. Strong colours, smooth motion processing, impressive black levels.

It may not be a bells and whistles OLED, but this Sony LCD set is a great all-round option. And look at that price for a 65-inch TV.

Read the full Sony KD-65XF9005 review

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6. Sony KD-65AG9

A stunning OLED television and one of the best-sounding TVs we’ve tested.

SPECIFICATIONS

Type: OLED | Resolution: 4K | HDR support: HDR10, HLG, Dolby Vision | HDMI inputs: 4 | Dimensions (hwd, with stand): 84 x 145 x 25.5cm

Reasons to Buy

Solid, detailed, natural pictures

Great sound

Lovely styling

Reasons to Avoid

HDR lacks a little sparkle

Tricky to tweak

Visible processing

Sony’s flagship Master Series OLED TV aims to get closer to the content creator’s intention than ever before. And it does a mighty fine job of doing so. If the combination of brilliant motion processing, excellent detail levels and impressive upscaling isn’t enough to convince you to give this TV an audition, the Sony KD-65AG9 has an extra trick up its sleeve.

Its next-gen acoustic surface tech delivers some of the most impressive sounds we’ve ever heard from a flatscreen TV. You can even use the TV as the centre speaker in a surround sound system thanks to the standard speaker terminals on its rear.

Read the full Sony KD-65AG9 review