Best 85 inch TVs

Review & Comparison, Last Update August 6, 2021
85 inch TVs provide a much more immersive experience compared to standard screens. The best 85 inch TVs come packed with so much high-end tech that you'll barely be able to tell the difference between the on-screen action and real-life surroundings. ...Read more ...Read less
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PROS
CONS
OUR VERDICT
Size
Screen
Motion Rate
Smart TV
3D Support
Interfaces
Sound
Warranty
 
PROS

With its dedicated up-firing and down-firing speakers (as well as 2 subwoofers), the model produces deep and spacious audio. The Active Voice Amplifier feature, analyzing ambient noise, enhances the characters' voices so that you don't miss important dialogues. 

CONS

The initial contrast requires multiple adjustments. 

OUR VERDICT

The Samsung QN85Q90TAFXZA compromises nothing. Needless to say, the TV delivers gorgeous visuals. Its sound signature is just as good as its image output though. Plus, between the 240 Hz refresh rate and the Real Game Enhancer+ feature reducing halo and making the picture less blurry, this TV is an awesome fit for gamers.

detailed parameters
Size

85"

Screen

3840 x 2160

Motion Rate

240 Hz

Smart TV

Yes (Built-in Wi-Fi)

3D Support

No

Interfaces

Bluetooth, 2 x USB, 1 x Ethernet port (RJ-45), 4 x HDMI, 1 x Optical out, Ant. in

Sound

60 W (4 speakers and 2 woofers)

Warranty

1 year

PROS

Using object-based HDR remastering, the TV analyzes the colors in individual objects, offering more depth, elevating the textures, and making the colors more saturated. The X-Motion Clarity™ tech keeps the picture smooth without taking away from its clarity.

CONS

The speakers are not great. 

OUR VERDICT

The Sony X900H approaches its 'assignment' without cutting significant corners. Using full-array LEDs, the model shades dark areas and illuminates light scenes. Matching the LEDs' efforts, the X-tended Dynamic Range™ increases glare peaks and deepens the blacks in shadows, making the visuals almost palpable.

detailed parameters
Size

85"

Screen

3840 x 2160

Motion Rate

120 Hz  (X-Motion Clarity™ technology)

Smart TV

Yes (Built-in Wi-Fi)

3D Support

No

Interfaces

Bluetooth, 2 x USB, 1 x Ethernet port (RJ-45), 4 x HDMI, 1 x Composite in, 1 x Optical out, 1 x Headphones jack, Ant. in

Sound

2 x 10 W

Warranty

1 year

PROS

The Multi View Mode can display signals from 2 sources. The Game Enhancer mode will automatically neutralize tearing and stuttering, letting you play without 'enjoying' dropped frames, choppy visuals, and noticeable pixel distortion. 

CONS

The remote is not particularly ergonomic. 

OUR VERDICT

Employing the same Quantum Dot technology that the company's more expensive TVs use, the Samsung QN85Q60TAFXZA offers a billion different shades, keeping the visuals realistic without washing them out. Meanwhile, the model's boundless design draws you into the screen, not letting go until the movie ends.

detailed parameters
Size

85"

Screen

3840 x 2160

Motion Rate

120 Hz

Smart TV

Yes (Built-in Wi-Fi)

3D Support

No

Interfaces

Bluetooth, 2 x USB, 1 x Ethernet port (RJ-45), 3 x HDMI, 1 x Composite in, 1 x Optical out, Ant. in

Sound

2 x 10 W

Warranty

1 year

PROS

Automatically adjusting the picture settings depending on ambient lighting conditions and the content genre, the Dolby Vision IQ tech prevents the picture from looking overexposed or muted at times. The LG Voice Mate™ speech recognition technology always detects voice commands. 

CONS

The power cable is only ~5 feet (1.5 meters) long.

OUR VERDICT

The LG 86UN8570PUC targets gamers first. While the HGiG Profile makes the in-game action look more captivating, the 120 Hz motion rate reduces blurring and sharpens the details. With this TV, even the fastest-moving action sequences will look crisp. Also, the MagicRemote offers ergonomic and seamless controls.

detailed parameters
Size

86"

Screen

3840 x 2160

Motion Rate

120 Hz

Smart TV

Yes (Built-in Wi-Fi)

3D Support

No

Interfaces

Bluetooth, 3 x USB, 1 x Ethernet port (RJ-45), 4 x HDMI, 1 x Composite in, 1 x Optical out, Ant. in

Sound

2 x 10 W

Warranty

1 year

PROS

The DTS Virtual: X immersive surround sound system delivers sound above, beside, and behind you. The built-in Google Assistant module lets you control the TV (and the connected devices) with voice commands. The remote includes Netflix, YouTube, Google Play, and Prime Video hotkeys. 

CONS

The firmware is a little buggy. 

OUR VERDICT

The Hisense H6570G is both affordable and expensive, budget and premium. At this price point, you'll have a hard time finding an 85-inch TV that can compete with this one. The image quality that this device offers is pretty great, the audio is surprisingly adequate, and the Smart TV features are accessible to beginners.

detailed parameters
Size

85"

Screen

3840 x 2160

Motion Rate

120 Hz

Smart TV

Yes (Built-in Wi-Fi)

3D Support

No

Interfaces

Bluetooth, 2 x USB, 1 x Ethernet port (RJ-45), 4 x HDMI, 1 x Composite in, 1 x Optical out, 1 x Headphones jack, Ant. in

Sound

2 x 15 W

Warranty

1 year

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Samsung (QN85Q90TAFXZA)

Adaptive Picture

The Samsung QN85Q90TAFXZA comes from the company's premium Q90 series. More specifically, from its Q90T division. At this level, what separates the screens is not necessarily the image quality, at least not in the usual sense. In the high-end TV territory, every single screen produces an excellent-looking image. That being said, there are layers to this excellence, and some excel more than others in certain aspects.

With Samsung's Q90 series, the biggest 'culprit' behind its success on the visual front is the Adaptive Picture tech. Sunlit living rooms or dark dens, this technology handles both extremes with matching results. Analyzing the image as well as the setting's lighting conditions, Adaptive Picture optimizes the image, making sure that what you're looking at is not over or underexposed.

Of course, before that, the focal point has to be put on image accuracy. In this case, the responsible party is the model's HDR10+ support. Using its tools, the screen delivers rich, deep, and accurate visuals, also improving overall brightness. To add more, the new-and-improved HDR iteration adjusts colors and contrast on a scene-by-scene basis, making the picture more dynamic. However, keep in mind that the initial contrast is not great and will require multiple adjustments, which's almost always the case with Samsung panels, but a little unpleasant nonetheless considering how much you're paying here.

Review of Samsung (QN85Q90TAFXZA) 85-inch QLED Q90T 4K UHD HDR Smart TV (2020)

The Audio to Match the Video

What is not unpleasant is the TV's take on upscaling. With its intelligent upscaling AI automatically analyzing the input source, the display reduces image noise, restores lost detail, and defines edges around objects (and text), making legacy content look almost indistinguishable from legit 4K.

Regardless, at this price point, looking good is not enough. The good news is that this 85-inch TV sounds pretty much as good as it looks (meaning both its outline and the visuals the screen reproduces). Equipped with 4 speakers and 2 subwoofers that, combined, output 60 watts, this bad boy fills the largest rooms with unmatched ease. More than that, with its Object Tracking Sound tech, the TV tracks the action. Using 2 top and 2 bottom integrated speakers, the model adjusts the sound, following the action and delivering the most realistic 3D sound that embedded speakers can provide.

In short, the Samsung QN85Q90TAFXZA makes its on-screen content come alive with uncompromised picture accuracy and spacious sound.

Samsung (QN85Q90TAFXZA) 85-inch QLED Q90T 4K UHD HDR Smart TV (2020) in the use

Additional Info

User Manual     Manufacturer

Last updated price $3,426.49
Stock In stock
ASIN B0851N118L

 

Sony (X900H)

X-Balanced Speakers

Sony seldom misses and, in its premium segment, the company always performs at least above average. Japanese giant's TVs may not always be the best in these displays' respective classes but, at the very least, they can always trade blows with the champions. The same's the case with the Sony X900H.

Without unnecessary flattery, the model is not flawless, not quite. Its two 5-watt speakers might seem (and sound) good on paper but they don't stand up to scrutiny. Despite capping at 10 watts, these speakers can get pretty loud. The issue here is that they cannot get loud and keep the audio clean at the same time, introducing noticeable noise and 'persuading' you to turn down the volume.

But, even though the audio department is its biggest downfall, the TV sounds quite alright at mid volumes. To name one, using sound-positioning tweeters, the model delivers controlled audio, optimizing the sound's location and making the content a little more immersive. To name two, the Acoustic Multi-Audio feature makes sure the sound follows the action, furthering the 'immersion' case.

Sony displays are attractive pretty much without exception, so the model's narrow aluminum bezel and minimalist TV stand almost come without saying, blending beautifully with contemporary rooms. Plus, using X-balanced speakers, the panel hides the speakers below the frame, creating a seamless outline that puts the on-screen visuals right, front, and center.

Review of Sony (X900H) 85-inch 4K Ultra HD Smart LED TV with HDR (2020)

Individual Treatment

As you would expect, the full-array LEDs that are the driving force behind this screen reproduce a fantastic picture. Delivering realistic contrast, these LEDs illuminate light areas and darken the opposite scenes. Furthermore, the company's X-tended Dynamic Range™ algorithm adjusts the brightness levels, increasing the glare peaks and deepening the blacks in shadows.

Contributing toward basically the same cause is the TV's object-based HDR remastering tools. Analyzing the colors in individual on-screen objects, the model works with the entire color spectrum, in contrast to most TVs that only adjust along the black-to-white contrast curve. Because these objects receive individual treatment, the subject display offers improved depth, more detailed textures, and more saturated colors.

In closing, even without discussing the TRILUMINOS tech that we've seen countless times from Sony before, the always respectable upscaling AI, and the X-Motion Clarity™, the Sony X900H has to be the most well-balanced 85-inch screen in its price bracket.

Sony (X900H) 85-inch 4K Ultra HD Smart LED TV with HDR (2020) in the use

Additional Info

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Last updated price $2,548.92
Stock In stock
ASIN B084L41QVJ

 

Samsung (QN85Q60TAFXZA)

True-to-Life Visuals

Keeping the price tag a little more modest, the Samsung QN85Q60TAFXZA is not the beast that the company's previous TV is. But, as much as this statement holds true, this device is huge in its own right. To get the ball rolling, the model's Quantum Dot tech is not one bit less impressive than its step-up stablemates'. With its 100% color volume, the TV delivers more than a billion shades, offering true-to-life visuals without washing out the brightness levels.

Fighting alongside this little attribute is the screens' HDR10+ support. Employing dynamic tone mapping, the updated high-dynamic-range imaging technique creates deep blacks, bright whites, and more vibrant imagery in-between these extremes.

Backing these features is the company's Quantum Processor 4K Lite. Not to be confused with the Quantum Dot technology, the TV's processing unit orchestrates colors with professional conductor's poise, optimizing the contrast ratio, and 'conquers' HDR, with its single chip enabling fairly remarkable picture processing.

What's also fairly remarkable is the screen's boundless design. Shaving off the bezels, the TV presents a sleek and elegant front, with nothing distracting you from the on-screen imagery. Better yet, despite looking thin and even somewhat fragile, the slim feet that this device's shipped with provide sufficient support, so you can use them without worrying that the slightest touch might send the whole thing flying.

Review of Samsung (QN85Q60TAFXZA) 85-inch QLED Q60T 4K UHD HDR Smart TV (2020)

Several Awesome Modes

In theory, what separates this TV from its more expensive relatives is the 120 Hz motion rate but, truth be told, the difference between 120 and 240 Hz is not that substantial. Sure, it can be, but since most movies come at 24 frames per second and even current-gen gaming consoles seldom go above 60 fps, motion rates above 120 Hz are excessive, to say the least.

From where we're standing, a more impactful shortcoming is the subject model's remote. It might look the part but, chances are, you'll find the remote not as ergonomically sound as one would prefer. The layout is spacious but also a little odd, making the controls confusing initially. On the bright side, there's nothing confusing about the TV's several awesome modes, especially the Game Enhancer automatically neutralizing annoyances like tearing and stuttering.

Bottom line, the Samsung QN85Q60TAFXZA makes QLED a little more affordable without sacrificing the technology's biggest appeal - more saturated colors with sharp details and refreshing clarity.

Samsung (QN85Q60TAFXZA) 85-inch QLED Q60T 4K UHD HDR Smart TV (2020) in the use

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Last updated price $2,497.99
Stock In stock
ASIN B085L7GTSF

 

LG (86UN8570PUC)

Let's Play

The LG 86UN8570PUC rests on its α7 Gen3 intelligent processor's shoulders. Whereas less capable processors inside less impressive TVs can stumble at times juggling AI picture, AI sound, and 4K upscaling, this processing unit has no trouble powering the screen's performance across the entire board. With its 4K IPS panel, the TV offers 178-degree viewing angles without compromising clarity, colors, or detail. But, as great as its overall performance is, this 4K TV is a gamers' device first and foremost.

To start with, the model introduces the HGiG Profile. Despite the prevailing opinion, high-dynamic-range imaging is as good at enhancing movies as it is at supporting games. In this case, the tech drops players straight into the action, making the in-game visuals more captivating. Before HDR comes into play, however, the screen's native 120 Hz motion rate takes is introduced into the mix, reducing blur and sharpening details. Refreshing 120 times per second, the TV adds a smooth touch to fast-action sequences, making them look sharp despite the speed with which they come at you.

That said, as far as the gaming subject is concerned, the Auto Low Latency Mode is even more important. With this mode, the console automatically selects the setting that reduces the display's input lag, letting you play without feeling like there's a huge difference between the in-game action and the on-screen response.

Review of LG (86UN8570PUC) 85-inch 4K Smart UHD Smart TV (2020)

Magic Remote

Despite catering to the gaming crowd, this LG TV also makes sure that film buffs are covered as well. Deploying the Filmmaker Mode, this device respects the film craft, translating the director’s cinematic vision onto the screen with automatic accuracy.

A little less automatic is the company's MagicRemote that arrives with the package. Using its point-and-click feature, you can navigate the TV's intuitive menu with seamless effort. And, when you don't feel like pressing buttons, the LG Voice Mate™ speech recognition tech will have no problem recognizing voice commands, so you can rely on those as well. Last but not quite least, despite stopping at 5 watts each, the 2 speakers that this device integrates are quite alright at delivering virtual surround sound.

All things considered, if you like to play but don't want to compromise an occasional movie night, go with the LG 86UN8570PUC. With this TV at your disposal, even the most mediocre content will look as respectable as it can look.

LG (86UN8570PUC) 85-inch 4K Smart UHD Smart TV (2020) in the use

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Last updated price $1,659.99
Stock In stock
ASIN B083XWM64D

 

Hisense (H6570G)

Redefining the Budget-Premium Segment

The Hisense H6570G is a budget TV. Well, as budget as 85-inch TVs can be. Of course, at eighteen hundred bucks, this is not a cheap screen. But, taking the overall package into account, the model's quite easy on the pocketbook since the quality and features this device offers usually cost at least a few hundred more. For starters, the TV's motion rate pushes 120 Hz. With it, this display is able to minimize lag and keep fast-moving sequences fluid. To continue, the model supports Dolby Vision High Dynamic Range as well as HDR10. Between the two, each scene pops with vivid colors, high contrast, and respectable brightness. Needless to say, at 85 inches, this TV has an Ultra HD (4K) native resolution. At this size, you can really tell the difference even between UHD and QHD, let alone UHD and Full HD.

In general, Hisense TVs can seldom boast impressive audio. But, to a decent extent, the opposite is the case with this model. The two 7-watt speakers that this large screen integrates will have no issues filling the largest living rooms. Meanwhile, the DTS Virtual: X immersive surround sound system will be bringing life-like sound above, beside, and behind you, therefore delivering on the 'immersive' and 'surround' claims. Owing to this system, you'll be able to enjoy multi-dimensional sound no matter the room's size, layout, speaker configuration, you name the obstacle. Plus, the built-in Bluetooth module will let you work with wireless TV headphones or stream content from a phone/tablet without fiddling with cables.

Review of Hisense (H6570G) 85-Inch 4K Ultra HD Android Smart TV (2020)

Voice Commands or Remote

As always, this Hisense TV comes with an Android-based operating system. Generally speaking, the system's alright, but the firmware is a little buggy. On the upside, the system will let you choose between <4,000 apps, including streaming services, games, and more. What's more, the integrated Google Assistant module will make sure you can access entertainment, get answers, or control different devices without pushing a single button.

But, when you feel like pushing buttons, the remote that comes with the TV should scratch that itch. Despite featuring 40+ buttons, its layout is pretty spacious and the button distribution is generous. Plus, these buttons include Netflix, YouTube, Google Play, and Amazon Prime Video hotkeys, providing quick access to these services.

To sum it up, the Hisense H6570G is where budget and premium TVs meet, offering you the best of both worlds.

Hisense (H6570G) 85-Inch 4K Ultra HD Android Smart TV (2020) in the use

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Last updated price $1,649.99
Stock In stock
ASIN B089DR36C7

 

What Is an 85-Inch TV?

85-inch TVs are not cheap but these screens are becoming more and more popular these days. As you would imagine, the size makes all the difference. These massive TVs basically make theater systems irrelevant because they're much brighter and the size almost matches these systems. Another good thing about these TVs' size is that they're able to make full use of the Ultra HD 4K resolution.

Sure, there are much smaller screens that come equipped with native 4K resolution but you can barely tell the difference since these screens' size hardly fits the many million pixels on the screen. 85-inch TVs, on the other hand, use this resolution to make the picture appear ridiculously crisp and detailed. Apart from that, these TVs usually come equipped with solid speakers to match the immersive visual experience with equally impressive audio.

Of course, there are major differences between different models from various companies, so pay attention to these details and carefully read the reviews before settling on a TV. Having said all that, sometimes people don't have enough space for these gigantic TVs. If that's the case, we would recommend looking into these 55-inch LED TVs and TVs for gaming.

What Features to Compare

Panel Type

You won't see 85-inch TNs. When we're talking about this price range, the TVs feature either the VA or IPS panel. We've discussed and described the differences between these panels below, so we will not be elaborating any further here. Just keep in mind that the panel type will largely determine the screen's performance, so make sure to read carefully before making the decision.

Motion Rate

These TVs are usually flagship models, meaning that the motion rate should be somewhere around 120 hertz and above. These rates give you the smoothest image, reducing motion blur and making the footage seem like it isn't just shuffling individual pictures but actually producing real-life animation.

Of course, that's not the case but when these screens go above 120 hertz, the naked eye is barely able to tell that there's some space between these pictures. Many people still believe that the human eye is unable to detect more than 24 images per second but that hoax has been debunked ages ago, so you'll definitely see the difference between old 24-hertz TVs, mid-range, 60-hertz models, and these high-end screens.

Sure, there's not much content that's shot at 60 fps and above. That's where the motion interpolation tech comes in, interpolating low frame rate content to the TVs' native motion rate.

Smart TV

Again, we're not dealing with cheap, budget models here, so these products almost always come with Smart TV platforms. Depending on the companies behind these products, the platforms will come packed with different apps, settings, and features, sometimes making enough difference between skipping and choosing the TV.

3D Support

This is a tricky subject. A few years ago, 3D was all the rage. Nowadays, people have become tired of the admittedly gimmicky feature, so these TVs rarely come equipped with 3D support. Good riddance, honestly.

Interfaces

The connections that 85-inch TVs usually come with include (but aren't limited to) Bluetooth, Ethernet port (RJ-45), USB, HDMI, optical out, headphones jack, antenna input, and, occasionally, composite/component input. The latter will let you connect old VCRs and consoles to the TV but since these legacy electronics aren't that prevalent, there are many high-end TVs that do not incorporate these ports.

Sound

More often than not, these high-end 4K TVs come fitted with decent speakers. These speakers usually support tech like Dolby Atmos and Dolby Vision to make the sound as immersive as possible.

Difference Between TN, VA, and IPS

Generally speaking, flatscreen TVs and monitors these days fall under these three categories: TN, VA, and IPS. Though many little details depend on the particular model, these panels will determine the TVs' performance on many fronts and there's enough difference between them to justify this little section. So, without further ado, let's find out and determine the differences between these panels.

TN

TN stands for twisted nematic. It is the oldest LCD tech on the market right now. The name refers to the twisted nematic effect that enables liquid crystal molecules to be controlled using voltage. When voltage is applied, these screens use the effect to change the crystals' alignments. When there's no voltage, meaning that the crystals are off, the crystals' molecules are twisted 90 degrees. Adding polarization layers to the equation, you're basically allowing the light to pass through. Then these screens apply the voltage, essentially untwisting the crystals and blocking light.

Because TN is the oldest tech, its only advantage these days is the price. Even high-end TNs have weak viewing angles, meaning that you'll be seeing significant brightness drops and color accuracy reduction when viewing the TV under sharp angles. Generally speaking, there's no difference between these panels regarding brightness and colors because the technologies behind these panels separate the backlight from the crystals. Having said that, because TNs are usually cheaper, these panels' contrast ratio usually hovers somewhere from 500:1 to 1000:1, while mid-range and high-end IPS and especially VA panels can reach 1500:1 and above. Color quality and refresh rates are categories where TNs come up short compared to the panel's competition too. 

VA

Vertical Alignment panels use vertically aligned liquid crystals that tilt when the voltage is applied, letting the light pass through. The key difference here is that the crystals are perpendicular to the substrates, while IPS panels place them parallel. Because the approach/tech is relatively flexible, there are multiple VA variants, including but not limited to Samsung’s SVA and AU Optronics AMVA.

These panels have better viewing angles than TN screens but worse than IPS televisions/monitors. The off-center angles will shift the contrast, which is something that you can't say about IPS. On the bright side, these panels couldn't hold a candle to VA on the contrast ratio front. Even entry-level VAs easily reach 2000:1, while mid-range and flagship models can go as high as 4500:1 and 6000:1 respectively. Color depth is where VAs usually lose to IPS but these differences are flipped when you talk about color gamut because even the most basic, low-end VAs offer full sRGB coverage. 

IPS

IPS stands for in-plane switching since the tech puts these liquid crystals parallel to the glass substrates. It is the most versatile approach, which is why so many companies add their own twist to this tech and also why it is easily the most popular panel type right now. As we have mentioned earlier, IPS panels usually have the best viewing angles. These screens always provide a solid contrast ratio. The color accuracy is seldom disappointing. The color depth is another area where IPS panels flex on the competition. The only downside is that these panels are usually the priciest.

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Publish Date: 2020-01-04 11:55:07