• LG C9 Series (2019)

  • Vizio V Series (V755-G4)

  • How We Tested

  • What You Should Know About TVs

  • Other 75-Inch TVs We Tested

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Our Favorite 75-inch TVs of 2020

  1. Best Overall

    LG OLED77C9PUB

    Pros

    • Comes in three sizes

    • Lots of great features

    • Great picture

    Cons

    • Justifiably high price tag

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  2. Best Value

    Vizio V755-G4

    Pros

    • Very, very affordable

    • Performs quite well for the cost

    Cons

    • Doesn't get as bright as higher-end TVs

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The C9 series delivers a justifiable price tag alongside all the same excellent OLED picture quality.

Best Overall
LG C9 Series (2019)

LG's C9 series of OLED 4K/HDR smart TVs is our current pick for the best TV money can buy, and if you’re looking to splash out on a big screen, the C9 has you covered with this 77-inch monster. Sure, it’s two inches bigger than the rest of the TVs in this round-up, but if you're browsing this list you probably agree with us that, as long as you've got the room, the bigger the better!

If you haven't heard, OLED panels are among the best in the business. Each pixel turns on and off independently, meaning when OLED TVs display black in any part of the screen, it's pitch black. Likewise, when they display color, it emits from the pixel directly, giving it a more pure and unfiltered appearance than traditional LED/LCD TVs.

LG has been the leader in OLED TV production for several years, and the 2019 C9 is the latest "C" OLED—it's almost the most affordable one in the lineup, but still has all the same awesome OLED picture quality.

The C9 series delivers a justifiable price tag alongside 4K resolution, High Dynamic Range and Dolby Vision specifications, LG's friendly webOS smart platform, and more. These TVs are stuffed full of great features and a geeky array of calibration options for the AV nerds out there. Check out our full review of the LG C9 series for more information.

Pros

  • Comes in three sizes

  • Lots of great features

  • Great picture

Cons

  • Justifiably high price tag

The Vizio V Series (V755-G4)
Credit: Reviewed / Jackson Ruckar

The 2019 Vizio V Series isn’t the best and the brightest 75-inch TV, but it offers serious bang for the buck.

Best Value
Vizio V Series (V755-G4)

The Vizio V Series comes in a wide variety of sizes and options, and a handful of them feature slightly different hardware in the form of LED zones with local dimming.

The 75-inch Vizio V Series that we tested (V755-G4) is a great pick if you just need to upgrade to a huge, 75-inch 4K/HDR TV but don’t want to spend an arm and a leg on bells and whistles.

For bargain hunters, the V Series is the best way to secure a huge, room-dominating screen without breaking the bank. Just like higher-end Vizio TVs, it comes with the SmartCast smart platform built right into the software. You’re also getting 3 HDMI ports and a USB port.

Performance isn’t the best or brightest and HDR content, in particular, doesn't pop the way it does on Vizio's higher tiers. But given the V Series’ price point it's something to celebrate. For those who are less nitpicky about videophile performance—and especially if you're upgrading to 4K for the first time—this TV will wow the crowd at a serious bargain.

Pros

  • Very, very affordable

  • Performs quite well for the cost

Cons

  • Doesn't get as bright as higher-end TVs

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How We Tested

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Our lab is outfitted with much of the same equipment you would find at a factory that manufactures and calibrates televisions.

The Testers

Reviewed has been testing TVs since some of its current employees were in middle school. While many proud TV testers have come and gone through Reviewed's labs, the current Home Theater team consists of Michael Desjardin and Lee Neikirk. Michael is a senior staff writer and a six-year veteran of the Reviewed tech team. A film enthusiast and TV expert, he takes picture quality seriously but also understands that not every TV is a good fit for everyone.

As Reviewed's Home Theater Editor, Lee doesn't do as much testing these days. However, he designed the company's current TV testing methodology after receiving calibration certification from the Imaging Science Foundation.

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We measure things like peak brightness, black level, hue, and so on.

The Tests

It'd be an understatement to say that we're serious about TV testing. The lab in our Cambridge location is outfitted with much of the same equipment you'd find at a factory that manufactures and calibrates television.

On the hardware side, we've got things like a Konica Minolta CS-200 tristimulus color meter, an LS-100 luminance meter, a Leo Bodnar input lag tester, a Quantum Data 780A signal generator, and more Blu-rays than we can keep track of. For software, we use CalMan Ultimate, the industry-standard in taking display measurements and calibrating screens to specifications.

Our testing process is equally complicated and has been honed over many years to gather data that is marginal enough to satisfy curious video engineers, but also relevant to the average person's viewing experience. We measure things like peak brightness, black level, hue and saturation for primary and secondary digital colors, the accuracy of the TV's electro-optical transfer function—you get the idea, it's complicated.

Weighting for our performance tests is based on how the human eye prioritizes vision, which means we put "brightness" data (monochromatic eye based on light sensitivity) higher than colorimetry, which is also scaled by the eye's sensitivity, and so on.

Outside of the strictly technical tests, we also spend a lot of time just watching and using each TV, getting a feel for the at-home experience of doing things like dialing up streaming video service, connecting a Blu-ray player and watching movies, using the smart features, and checking out the TV's ports, remote, and on-set buttons—anything and everything that might be relevant.

What You Should Know About TVs

While everyone has different eyes, generally, our vision all functions the same way: we prioritize dynamic information and bright, compelling colors over subtler hues and resolution (sharpness). Generally, a TV can be considered a good TV when we forget that we're watching a TV. We don't see pixels creating mixes of red, green, and blue to simulate colors; we see the real world, lit and colored as it is, in fluid motion.

In simpler terms, this means a TV that can get very bright and dark without obscuring details; produces accurate colors (compared to various color standards designated by the International Telecommunication Union); possesses proper bit-mapping and the right codecs and decoders for video processing; and can properly play the various types of content thrown at it without judder, blurring, and so on.

Note that specs alone (pixel count, measured brightness) aren't automatic indicators of quality, much like intense speed is not automatically an indicator of a good car.

What TV Terms Do I Need To Know?

When it comes to knowing what you're paying for, almost no category is rifer with subterfuge and tomfoolery than TVs. While knowing the specs of the TV you're shopping for is only half the battle, it's the bigger half. Here are the key bits of jargon you'll want to know while browsing:

LED/LCD: This refers to Light Emitting Diode and Liquid Crystal Display. LEDs are the backlights used in LCD TVs, also sometimes called a LED TV for this reason. The LED backlight shines through a layer of a semi-solid substance called "liquid crystal," so named for its ability to morph in reaction to tiny electrical volts and allow light to pass through.

OLED: This means Organic Light Emitting Diode. This is an altogether different panel technology than LED/LCD. Rather than an LED backlight element shining through an LCD panel element, OLED TVs essentially combine the backlight and crystal array, using sub-pixel strata that produce light and color individually.

4K/UHD: Usually 4K refers to resolution—specifically, 3,840 x 2,160 pixels. This is the current standard/mainstream resolution for most TVs. UHD means Ultra High Definition, and actually refers to a suite of picture improvements like 4K resolution and Wide Color Gamut, which can display many more shades than HD TVs.

High Dynamic Range: Like "UHD," High Dynamic Range (or HDR) refers to both a type of TV and a type of content that expands on the typical range of brightness (luminance) and color that a TV will produce. HDR TVs are newer and usually a bit more expensive, but can have many times the brightness and 30% more color production than non-HDR TVs. Current top HDR formats include HDR10, HDR10+, and Dolby Vision.

60 Hz/120 Hz: These numbers refer to what is called a "refresh rate," with Hz (hertz) representing 'times per second." So if a TV's refresh rate is 60 Hz, this means it re-scans and updates for picture information 60 times per second; with 120 Hz, it's 120 times per second. Currently, TVs only come in 60 or 120 Hz. A higher refresh rate is always better, but not always necessary.

Smart TV: The term "smart TV" has evolved a lot over the years, but all it really means is that the TV connects to the internet. Most smart TVs these days are just a way to watch streaming services like Hulu, Netflix, Disney+, and Amazon Prime Video on your TV. Some smart TVs have browsers, calendars, or even Roku or Android functions. All smart TVs have ethernet or WiFi built-in.

Quantum Dots: Quantum dots are used in LED/LCD TVs only. These are microscopic nanocrystals that produce intensely colored light when illuminated. Quantum dots can be used to vastly improve the red and green saturation of a TV, and are one way that LED/LCD TVs can match the color spectrum of OLED.

Local Dimming: OLED panels look great because each pixel can operate independently. LED/LCD TVs can imitate this functioning via a process called local dimming, where localized clusters of LEDs dim or boost depending on whether the screen needs to be darker or brighter, sometimes vastly improving their performance and worth.

What Is a TV Series?

You may notice the TVs listed in this roundup don't follow the traditional naming convention you might see in a store or online. That's because rather than nominating a single size of TV (such as the LG OLED65C8PUA, aka the 65-inch LG C8 series OLED), we nominate the entire range of sizes within a "series."

Typically these TVs are identical in performance but differ in price and size. We do this in order to offer you more flexibility in your decision, but also because it's the most accurate representation available.


Other 75-Inch TVs We Tested

Vizio P Series Quantum X (2019)

The P Series Quantum X is among the best TVs that Vizio has ever produced, definitely earning its place on the list of the best 75-inch TVs you can buy. Outfitted with full-array local dimming, quantum dots, and a sleek, understated design, the P Series Quantum X looks better than just about every LCD/LED TV we’ve seen as of late—and it’ll look even more impressive at 75 inches.

From its searing highlights to its brilliant hues, the P Series Quantum X is a top-shelf TV with the picture to prove it. Given its ability to get really freakin' bright, it's a particularly good option for folks who long for the performance of an OLED but remain skeptical about an OLED's relatively limited peak brightness.

You can read the full review for more details, but just know that this TV is seriously impressive, especially for what you're paying.

Pros

  • One of the brightest TVs we've ever tested

  • Vibrant color

Cons

  • Limited viewing angles

  • Software lacks flexibility

Samsung Q90R (2019)

Samsung's high-end TV offerings tend to be very good TVs, and the Samsung Q90R is no different. This top-tier 75-inch QLED TV (also available in an 82-inch model) is an impressive, versatile TV for cinephiles, sports fans, gamers, and everyone in between.

Being a Samsung-engineered quantum dot TV, you can expect sizzling brightness and rich, finely-tuned colors—we measured peak brightness levels that eclipsed 1,000 nits. Plus, since the Q90R features a native refresh rate of 120 Hz and a suite of motion enhancements, its motion handling is superb, which pays off when displaying fast-paced sports or gaming content.

That said, because this is a top-tier TV with a posh design, the 75-inch Samsung Q90R’s price point might make some folks consider more approachable alternatives.

Pros

  • Bright, colorful QLED-backed performance

  • Sleek design

Cons

  • Priced at a premium

Samsung Q80R (2019)

The Samsung Q80R isn’t quite as good as the Q90R, but the difference in cost might make it an appealing alternative for folks who’re looking for a fantastic 75-inch TV but don’t necessarily want to spend top dollar.

Being a QLED TV, the Samsung Q80R delivers searingly bright highlights and vivid, well-saturated colors. The panel features a native 120 Hz refresh rate, which means its motion handling is terrific, too.

The only downside here is the 75-inch Q80R’s price tag. To be fair, the Q80R is a better performer than most of the more affordable alternatives, but given the cost, you might just be tempted to spring for the 75-inch Samsung Q90R or drop back down to a more value-oriented pick.

Pros

  • Excellent motion handling

  • Gets very bright

Cons

  • Premium price tag

Sony X950G Series (2019)

The X950G—one of Sony's best 2019 models—isn't perfect, but for the cost, you're getting a ton of awesome specs and features. Plus, everything looks better on a 75-inch screen, right?

If you're not concerned about its demonstrably narrow viewing angles and slightly underwhelming color production, you're looking at a great TV that holds up well in brightly lit rooms. For the most part, the X950G performs as well as it should, given its price tag.

While you can check out our full review of the Sony X950G for more information, the thing to know about the X950G is that it's a good all-rounder. Performance isn't the X950G's only selling point: at this price, you're getting the Android smart TV platform and a slick, modern design, too.

It's not the best value nor the best performer of all the 75-inch TVs on this list, but it straddles the line between a high price tag and outright cheapness, giving you a posh-feeling TV without such staggering prices.

Pros

  • Great contrast

  • Thoughtful design

Cons

  • Frustrating software

  • Narrow viewing angles

TCL 8-Series (2019)

If you’re looking for a premium 75-inch TV that harnesses the power of quantum dots and you haven’t found what you’re looking for from Samsung or Vizio, you'll want to take a look at the TCL 8-Series?

We were lucky enough to review the 75-inch version of the TCL 8-Series, and it looked really, really good in person. This QLED TV aced nearly all of our performance tests and wowed us in action, demonstrating quantum dots’ ability to produce bright pictures with extra-vivid color. One of the reasons the 8-Series is such a stellar performer is the inclusion of TCL’s “mini-LED” technology, which allows for tight contrast control second only to OLED TVs. The TV’s excellent motion handling and built-in Roku software also make it a versatile pick.

The only real hang-ups are the 8-Series’ chunky design and its limited viewing angles. In addition, while the price tag reflects the TV’s performance, bargain hunters might feel more comfortable either going with a more affordable, mid-range TV, and folks hunting for top-tier performance might be better off springing for something with a better design and picture.

Pros

  • Superb contrast

  • Excellent motion handling

  • Built-in Roku smart platform

Cons

  • Premium price tag

  • Chunky design

Vizio P Series Quantum (2019)

The 2019 Vizio P Series Quantum is a fantastic QLED TV that makes a strong case for itself in the all-important category of premium-but-not-too-premium TVs. It’s only available in two sizes, but lucky for us, 75 inches happens to be one of them.

As the name implies, the P Series Quantum features quantum dots, as well as a native 120 Hz refresh rate, full-array local dimming (with 200-240 LED zones, depending on the panel size), and a performance report card that’s chock-full of good grades.

The Vizio P Series is a great choice for shoppers who want a premium 75-inch TV but don't want to commit to the price of an OLED TV or a better performing QLED TV, like the Samsung Q90R.

Pros

  • Fantastic performance for the price

Cons

  • Vizio's smart platform isn't great

  • Narrow viewing angles

Meet the tester

Michael Desjardin

Michael Desjardin

Senior Staff Writer

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Michael Desjardin graduated from Emerson College after having studied media production and screenwriting. He specializes in tech for Reviewed, but also loves film criticism, weird ambient music, cooking, and food in general.

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