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Top-performing TVs can be pricey, but you need to think of this as an investment that will return value over many hours and many years, and will benefit your whole family. Of course, it all depends on how often you watch TV?

Most 2021 TV ranges haven’t arrived in SA just yet, so some of the sets below are from 2019, but keep in mind that upgrades between TV generations are usually small changes. And remember, all these TVs get software updates over the Internet anyway.

For now, you can safely choose to upgrade to one of these top-performing TVs currently on the market. 

1. Samsung Q90R QLED TV (2019) 

Samsung has clearly taken the criticisms against their Q9FN from last year to heart and has addressed them in the Q90R. The new model has incredible HDR performance and wider viewing angles along with a comprehensive smart platform. To that end, the new Ultra Black Elite filter is nothing short of a revelation, rejecting ambient light in a way that just defies belief.  

In fact, the only real criticism would be that, unlike some of the competition, the Q90R doesn’t support Dolby Vision. 

2. LG CX Series OLED TV

The LG CX OLED is, without a doubt, the best OLED TV for 2020, and fully deserves its place on this list. The CX Series has continued where last year’s C9 Series left off and it’s continued with mesmerizing picture quality and a standout webOS smart platform, with a few modern-day updates like HDMI 2.1 and an a9 Gen 3 processor, it’s managed to outdo its predecessor. With a gorgeous slimline design and support for Dolby Vision and Atmos – along with bellowing built-in audio – it’s a fantastic choice at any size. LG is also looking to entice gamers with its 2020 range with rock-bottom input lag, support for Nvidia G-Sync, and compatibility with 4K/120HZ gameplay for next-gen consoles.

The only downside to report would be that heavy bass can distort and there’s, unfortunately, no HDR10+ support.

3. Samsung Q950TS QLED TV (2020)

The Q950TS represents the latest in 8K TV from Samsung, combining all the benefits of last year’s Q900 8K screen with innovations first introduced in the 2019 flagship Samsung Q90 4K TV that hit shelves earlier this year. Combined with one top-notch QLED TV, the new Samsung Q950 offers an 8K panel and AI-enhanced image processing, plus wider viewing angles, and improved black filter and standard-setting HDR performance. If all that wasn’t enough, Samsung’s smart TV platform is the most comprehensive on the market. 

Unfortunately, there’s no Dolby Vision support and limited 8K content. But if you’re looking for a state-of-the-art new Samsung TV the Q950TS should be at the top of your shortlist.

4. LG B9 OLED Series (2019)

The LG B9 OLED completely delivers on its promise – to give shoppers a cheaper way into a world of OLED, with the sharp contrast and vivid colors that involves. You’re obviously not getting the same experience of the C9 or E9 – but if the B9 is all your budget allows for, it’s a solid purchase, though scrimping and saving for the LG C9 OLED may be a better decision in the long run.

Part of the “corner-cutting” to get this set to its price point was that it doesn’t have the latest processing and no HDR10+. 

5. Samsung Q80T QLED TV (2020)

New for 2020, the Samsung Q80T QLED builds on the successes of previous models for a brilliant HDR TV definitely worth checking out. The most notable feature is the incredibly low input lag, making the Q80T a great choice for gamers who want responsive gameplay, but the QLED screen will also make general watching a pleasure all around. The Q80T is the cheapest 2020 Samsung TV to come with a full-array backlight, meaning you’ll get consistent brightness, though not some of the premium qualities of higher-end sets – hence why it lands lower on this list than last year’s Q90 QLED. It also isn’t quite as stylish as the zero-bezel Q950TS, with a thick body compared to other QLEDs in this year’s range. However, you’ll still get Samsung’s latest Quantum 4K processor, vivid HDR colors, and advanced smart TV features through the Tizen OS.

The only problem with this one is there’s no Dolby Vision, and – let’s face it – there are prettier QLEDs out there.

So, there you have it. Take your time, do your research and happy shopping!

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