Best 85 inch TVs

Review & Comparison, Last Update January 4, 2020
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

Despite being able to produce exceptional blacks and generate the brightest, most vivid colors, the model's full-array dimming lets this device maintain a completely uniform image across the screen. You won't be seeing overt brighter areas, banding, and/or spotting. The company's X1 Extreme™ updated processor excels at upscaling, so even barely HD content will look almost indistinguishable from legit 4K Ultra HD.

CONS

When using the feet, the TV seems/feels somewhat unstable. 

OUR VERDICT

The Sony XBR85X900F is the best 85-inch TV within this lineup. Sure, the price might scare away some customers but the model's outstanding image quality, deep blacks, top-notch video processing, lifelike colors, and high-end HDR performance reflect the price. Plus, the voice features make interactions with this TV smooth and streamlined.

detailed parameters
Size

85"

Screen

3840 x 2160, VA

Motion Rate

120Hz (X-Motion Clarity™ technology)

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, 1 x Headphones jack, Ant. in

Sound

2 x 10 W

Warranty

1 year

PROS

The device will make 480p content look good, without any major issues and/or upscaling artifacts. The model's motion handling is no joke. The response time is fast, with very little overshoot. The TV produces particularly crisp motion that comes without any motion blur. Plus, its motion interpolation tech enables the device to interpolate low frame rate content up to 120 fps.

CONS

There is a fair amount of "light bleed" from the edges.

OUR VERDICT

The LG 86UM8070PUA will be able to transform the viewing area into an entertainment powerhouse. Equipped with Dolby Vision and Dolby Atmos tech, the TV's speakers provide moving audio that seems to flow around you, making the experience even more captivating and immersive.

detailed parameters
Size

86"

Screen

3840 x 2160, IPS

Motion Rate

120Hz/240Hz TruMotion™

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 company's new-and-improved AI-controlled Intelligent Audio tech works wonders elevating the mids and adding clarity to the dialogues. Bringing decent richness, tonal balance, and soundstage to the audio table, the TV makes dialogues come to life. The action scenes usually appear buttery smooth, while the dialogue scenes never suffer from the so-called soap opera effect.

CONS

The screen surface is too glossy for some. 

OUR VERDICT

The Samsung QN82Q60RAFXZA is an excellent TV for viewing HD and SDR content. This is also an outstanding gaming screen. Though its 4K performance is middling, the product's high-quality speakers somewhat make up for the lackluster maximum brightness and contrast. The frames are slim and the U-shaped feet sit nicely under the TV.

detailed parameters
Size

82"

Screen

3840 x 2160, VA

Motion Rate

240 Hz/3000 PQI (Picture Quality Index)

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/component in, 1 x Optical out, Ant. in

Sound

2 x 10 W

Warranty

1 year

PROS

You won't have to calibrate the TV. The white balance dE and color dE are extremely low from the get-go, while the color temperature's slightly cool. The screen's reflection handling is superb. The direct reflections are noticeably reduced intensity-wise. Also, you don't have that unnecessary purple tint that many anti-reflective coatings incorporate these days.

CONS

Some find the Bluetooth module occasionally laggy. 

OUR VERDICT

Though its sound quality is pedestrian, the LG 86UK6570 leaves very little to be desired. It is an excellent screen for daytime viewing. The company's advanced tone mapping tech brings scene-by-scene optimization, while the quad-core processor works like gangbusters reducing video noise, enhancing sharpness, and assuring accurate colors.

detailed parameters
Size

86"

Screen

3840 x 2160, IPS

Motion Rate

120Hz/240Hz TruMotion™

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

Without using any special modes, the TV produces exceptionally accurate colors. The bright scenes will be displayed vibrant and saturated, while the fine details such as tree bark, glass reflections, small grains, and so on will look crisp and sharp. While the gunmetal bezels are technically plastic, they look and feel like brushed aluminum, adding character to the TV.

CONS

Since there's no Composite interface, you'll have issues connecting old DVD players. 

OUR VERDICT

There's a lot to like about the Samsung UN82RU8000FXZA but also enough to dislike. The colors are realistic. The TV looks good. The Smart TV platform is feature-rich and streamlined. As far as VA panels are concerned, the viewing angles are pretty good. All that being said, the model's limited maximum brightness holds this TV back a lot.

detailed parameters
Size

82"

Screen

3840 x 2160, VA

Motion Rate

240Hz

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

2 x 10 W

Warranty

1 year

Sony XBR85X900F

Uniform Image

The Sony XBR85X900F is pricey. The price makes sense though, especially considering this is Sony we're talking about.

Starting with the picture quality, there's not much we can complain about here. The dim lighting is excellent. The blacks are really black. The shadow detail is superb.

As far as bright lighting is concerned, the Vivid mode is somewhat inaccurate, so we wouldn't recommend going with this mode. Cinema Home, on the other hand, is much more accurate color-wise, even though it is twice less bright (567 nits).

The model preserves blacks as well as the next high-end 85-inch TV. Reducing reflections is not where the TV drops the ball either. As far as ambient light goes, this is an exceptional panel, especially considering its VA tech.

Color accuracy can be tricky to achieve. The XBR85X900F model does it beautifully though. The TV delivers the lushest colors, from producing the warm sun shining bright to the browns and greens that will make you believe you're really there. The saturation is off the charts too.

All that being said, the TV's biggest strength is probably its uniformity. Despite being able to produce exceptional blacks and generate the brightest, most vivid colors, the model's full-array dimming lets this device maintain the most uniform image across the screen. You won't be seeing overt brighter areas, banding, and/or spotting. The middle might occasionally appear somewhat brighter than the edges but the difference's pretty much invisible to the naked eye.

Last but not least, the company's X1 Extreme™ updated processor excels at upscaling, so even barely HD content will look almost indistinguishable from legit 4K Ultra HD.

Review of Sony XBR85X900F 4K Ultra HD Smart LED TV

Sleek and Subtle

From the aesthetics perspective, Sony TVs have always promoted less flair compared to the company's direct competition and this screen fits the mold as much as the next model. Its sleek, modern-looking profile is minimalist and subtle. The frame's nice and so thin it is barely noticeable. The feet that support the giant TV make this construction look somewhat unstable but these things are much more reliable than they look, so don't worry about that.

Sony's Android TV is somewhat slow (that's always the case with these smart TV setups though) but much more capable than its competition. The layout is intuitive and the app coverage is sleek.

Bottom line, the Sony XBR85X900F is the best 85-inch TV within this lineup. Sure, the price might scare away some customers but the model's outstanding image quality, deep blacks, top-notch video processing, accurate colors, and high-end HDR performance reflect the price. Plus, the voice features make interactions with this TV smooth and streamlined.

Sony XBR85X900F 4K Ultra HD Smart LED TV in the use

Additional Info

User Manual     Manufacturer


 

LG 86UM8070PUA

Bringing Images and Color to New Life

The LG 86UM8070PUA will immerse you in the on-screen action and make sure you'll barely be able to quit.

Then again, why would you even consider quitting? Whatever you have going on there in the real world will pale in comparison to even the most boring content reproduced by this screen.

Incorporating artificial intelligence, the company's A7 Gen 2 intelligent processor brings images and color to new life, instantly enhancing picture quality to make the on-screen action appear as vibrant, nuanced, and dynamic as possible.

Going into detail picture quality-wise, this TV has an excellent contrast ratio but its local dimming is fairly pedestrian, making the model's dark room performance lacking in comparison. SDR-wise, the screen gets bright enough and handles reflections just fine, so you can place this TV in well-lit rooms without any concerns.

Its gray uniformity is solid. Plus, the TV doesn't trail behind its high-end peers at gradient handling.

The TV's pre-calibration color accuracy is up there with its biggest strengths. Sure, some inaccuracies in the grays and colors are present but nothing major. The color temperature is about as warm as it should be and the gamma follows the target well enough. Sometimes, the bright scenes will look too bright and the dark scenes will appear darker than necessary but, more often than not, you'll be seeing the picture that the people behind the content wanted you to see.

This is an IPS panel we're dealing with here, so the excellent viewing angles go without saying. You'll see no distortions and the colors will remain consistent from pretty much any angle.

Review of LG 86UM8070PUA 4K Ultra HD Smart LED TV

Motion Interpolation

Generally speaking, these high-end TVs seldom reproduce old DVD content especially well. That's not the case here though. The device will make 480p content look good, without any major issues and/or upscaling artifacts.

The model's motion handling is no joke too. The response time is fast, with very little overshoot. The TV produces particularly crisp motion that comes without any blur. Plus, its motion interpolation tech enables the device to interpolate low frame rate content up to 120 fps.

Even without touching upon aesthetics and logistics, the LG 86UM8070PUA will be able to transform the viewing area into an entertainment powerhouse. Equipped with Dolby Vision and Dolby Atmos tech, the TV's speakers provide moving audio that seems to flow around you, making the experience even more captivating and immersive.

LG 86UM8070PUA 4K Ultra HD Smart LED TV in the use

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User Manual     Manufacturer


 

Samsung QN82Q60RAFXZA

Gaming and SDR/HD Content

The Samsung QN82Q60RAFXZA used to be too expensive upon release. Now though, considering its performance and specs, the TV's still not necessarily modest price is a bargain.

Oddly enough, despite the model's 82-inch panel and 4K Ultra HD native resolution, this is the best TV within this lineup for watching HD and SDR content. As far as live cable, OTA broadcasts, and non-4K content from different streaming services are concerned, this device is where it's at.

Using AI algorithms, the company’s Quantum Processor fills in the details when upscaling from HD to 4K. Generally speaking, the resulting image will not only appear clearer but even more color accurate, especially when you stick with the Dynamic picture mode. This processor takes pretty much any image, be it some 720p YouTube video or an OTA news broadcast, and makes this image look absurdly good.

On the motion handling front, this is an excellent TV too. More often than not, the action scenes will appear buttery smooth, while the dialogue scenes never suffer from the so-called soap opera effect. The colors will sometimes look oversaturated though.

As far as 4K content is concerned, the TV's turned out surprisingly bland. It is not as bright as the company's LG and Sony flagship competition and the contrast levels don't stack up especially well.

On the upside, the Dynamic setting makes the colors look vibrant and vivid enough. Apart from that, this is also an excellent screen for gaming. The device's low input lag and Auto Game Mode will let you enjoy high-quality gameplay.

Plus, as far as we're aware, this is the first FreeSync-supported TV (talking about massive panels here, obviously), so you can bring any AMD system to the living room and play without pixel distortion and image artifacts. The gameplay will be devoid of dropped frames and/or choppy visuals.

Review of Samsung QN82Q60RAFXZA 4K Ultra HD Smart QLED TV

Bring Dialogues to Life

In the sound department, the company's new-and-improved AI-controlled Intelligent Audio tech works wonders elevating the mids and adding clarity to the dialogues. Bringing decent richness, tonal balance, and soundstage to the audio table, the TV makes dialogues come to life.

Of course, those who want some extra oomph in this department can always use the Bluetooth, Optical Audio Out, and/or HDMI ARC to connect whatever audio output device you want to the TV.

All things considered, the Samsung QN82Q60RAFXZA is an excellent TV for viewing HD and SDR content. This is also an outstanding gaming screen. Though its 4K performance is middling, the product's high-quality speakers somewhat make up for the lackluster maximum brightness and contrast. The frames are slim and the U-shaped feet sit nicely under the TV.

Samsung QN82Q60RAFXZA 4K Ultra HD Smart QLED TV in the use

Additional Info

User Manual     Manufacturer


 

LG 86UK6570

Superb Reflection Handling

The LG 86UK6570 looks pretty plain. Sure, the bezel's thin and whatnot. But the feet look weird and the back panel could use some improvement aesthetics-wise. The model's performance, however, makes you immediately forget about the product's somewhat bland profile.

First and foremost, the colors are accurate and the whites are balanced right from the get-go, so you won't have to do any calibration. The gradients are accurate too, with very little banding involved. The contrast ratio's pretty good for an IPS panel but the model could use local dimming.

Regarding SDR peak brightness, there's nothing holding the TV back. The brightness barely changes with different content, which is great. HDR peak brightness, on the other hand, could use some improvement. The smallest highlights aren't always bright and the large bright scenes are occasionally too bright.

The TV's gray uniformity is pretty good but nothing to write home about. You'll see bands throughout the screen from time to time. In darker scenes, these bands will seldom be noticeable though.

Considering that this is an IPS panel, the viewing angles are not that impressive. The brightness drops and the colors lose accuracy when viewed at small angles, not as much as the screen's VA competition but noticeably so compared to its IPS peers.

On the upside, the screen's reflection handling is superb. The direct reflections are noticeably reduced intensity-wise. Also, you don't have that unnecessary purple tint that many high-end anti-reflective coatings incorporate these days.

Review of LG 86UK6570 4K Ultra HD Smart LED TV

No Calibration Required

Again, you won't have to calibrate the TV at all. The white balance dE and color dE are extremely low, while the color temperature's slightly cool. Sure, sometimes the scenes will look too bright or too dark but, more often than not, these will match a calibrated high-end TV's performance.

As far as upscaling is concerned, 480p and 720p content will look surprisingly good, with barely any visible artifacts. 1080p content will be reproduced almost as well as the TV's native 4K resolution.

Last but not least, the model will have no issues removing judder from 24p sources and native apps.

In short, though its sound quality is pedestrian and the TV's profile is somewhat basic, the LG 86UK6570 leaves very little to be desired. It is an excellent screen for daytime viewing. The company's advanced tone mapping tech brings scene-by-scene optimization, while the quad-core processor works like gangbusters reducing video noise, enhancing sharpness, and assuring accurate colors.

LG 86UK6570 4K Ultra HD Smart LED TV in the use

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Samsung UN82RU8000FXZA

TV with Character

Though the Samsung UN82RU8000FXZA doesn't necessarily boast the slimmest profile, the TV looks trim and sleek enough to separate itself from its mid-range competition.

While the gunmetal bezels are technically plastic, they look and feel like brushed aluminum, adding character to the model. Without going into details, the TV sports that classic minimalist look that's unique enough to make the device recognizable without standing out too much from its direct competition.

Its interfaces are pretty standard, including Bluetooth, 2 x USB, 1 x Ethernet port (RJ-45), 4 x HDMI, 1 x Optical out, and an Antenna input. There are no component/composite connections though, meaning you won't be able to hook up some old VCR/SNES to the big screen.

The supplied remote is fairly simple too, featuring this large, circular navigation pad that sits right under the thumb, letting you control the TV with very little effort.

The model's Smart TV is as attractive and full-featured as they come, although some might find its insular, Samsung-centric arrangement somewhat frustrating. You'll have no issues finding the right settings and apps. Of course, you can also stick to using voice commands, though the company's Bixby voice assistant is somewhat of a runt of the AI litter.

Review of Samsung UN82RU8000FXZA 4K Ultra HD Smart TV

Vibrant and Saturated Colors

On the performance front, the TV's maximum brightness usually peaks around 366.1cd/m2, which is middling considering its price range.

Now, you can use the Dynamic picture mode to bump the contrast ratio to 14687:1, pushing peak brightness to 440.61cd/m2 and black levels down to 0.03cd/m2. The issue is that you'll be harming color accuracy since this mode doesn't enable the Warm1 or Warm2 color temperature presets.

Without using any modes, the TV produces exceptionally accurate colors though. Bright scenes will be displayed vibrant and saturated, while the fine details such as tree bark, glass reflections, small grains, etc will look crisp and sharp.

The input lag is pretty bad though. You'd think that the TV's 240Hz motion rate would make an excellent gaming screen but, again, the high input lag (usually somewhere around 80 ms) makes that motion rate barely relevant. Sure, you can enable the Game mode to reduce this input twofold but 40+ ms is still too high and you'd be reducing picture quality to do so.

In closing, there's a lot to like about the Samsung UN82RU8000FXZA but also enough to dislike. The colors are accurate. The TV looks good. The Smart TV platform is feature-rich and streamlined. All that being said, the model's limited maximum brightness holds this TV back a lot.

Samsung UN82RU8000FXZA 4K Ultra HD Smart TV in the use

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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