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Best TVs of 2019 - Editor's Choice Awards

womble9

Active Member
Great to see gaming being given a good amount of consideration :smashin:. It's a huge sector yet for many years seemed to be given little thought / mention within reviews, never mind sets being given awards for their suitability :).
 

steviedr

Distinguished Member
I see we don't have best hdr tv award now. We have one each for oled and lcd. keep up the good work
It makes sense, you are either in the LCD camp or the Oled camp, so nice to quickly see whats the best in your camp.
 

Coulson

Well-known Member
I'm not a gaming guy so much any more but I saw Mortal Kombat in HDR on the LG TV at a TV shootout. It blew away the Panasonic and Sony OLEDS as well as the Samsung QLED. Of all the tests, this was the most clear cut. It's not the the others looked bad, it's just that the colours and contrast literally lept off the screen. In fact it looked so good that the Panasonic Rep thought it was his TV lol.
 

deon444

Distinguished Member
Was gonna say how come the Gz2000 didn't win the best premium tv when it won 3 of the awards with best home cinema and best HDR.

But the Philips does look classy, and my opinion was the best looking tv this year. Plus the great sound makes it a worthy winner.

Agree with pretty much all of the awards there,but thought webOs would come top,but haven't spent any time with Samsung's one.
 

jwsg

Well-known Member
Glad to see the OS (UI) having a category and I hope there's more pressure put on manufacturers to support previous years with new software features going into current models. The wide selection of apps on 2018 LG were also very functional and WebOS an easy switcher, but LG wont add HDR10+ for Prime and there's no sign of Apple TV+ for 2018 or before LG or Britbox on LG - although this could be a choice of the streamers.
 

steviedr

Distinguished Member
best gaming response screen out there!
 

deon444

Distinguished Member
Shouldn't have the LG 88" Z9 won the best premium oled? And the best 88 8k oled,and best oled over 20k:D:smashin:
 

Jenz

Active Member
Still would like to see awards for:

Best TV under £500 (as this is a bracket for most students / kids etc)

and

Best TV under or equal to 50 inches
 

Rockets

Active Member
My only concern and it really relates to the general public. If you ask 1000 people off the street is a £1000 55" TV a 'Budget' model very few would say yes. I dare say many would think it is a expensive TV.

So yes the Q70 is a good gaming TV but it is far from budget. Lets face it a budget 55" TV is £400-£500.
 

Phil Hinton

Editor
Staff member
Still would like to see awards for:

Best TV under £500 (as this is a bracket for most students / kids etc)

and

Best TV under or equal to 50 inches
They have to be items we have reviewed and there is no interest in TVs under £500 or smaller screen sizes. We have spent the time in the past trying to cover these items and nobody read them or showed any interest. When you get to that price point and screen size, it seems people are not interested in reviews, they just go and buy what looks good to them.
 

AndretheTVguy

Active Member
Wait what?

Best Home Cinema TV - Panasonic GZ2000
Best HDR OLED TV - Panasonic GZ2000
Best TV innovation - Panasonic GZ2000
Best TV under £1500 - Panasonic GZ950
Best gaming TV - LG C9

Best overall TV..... LG C9

I've said it before and I'll stay it again. Panasonic are going to quit trying to deliver the best accurate picture (especially out of the box accuracy). What's the point? might aswell just pay for HDMI 2.1 certification and you win TV of the year
 

Jokerr

Well-known Member
As another mentioned, good to see Category for best UI.
Nice one and thank you.
 

Phil Hinton

Editor
Staff member
Wait what?

Best Home Cinema TV - Panasonic GZ2000
Best HDR OLED TV - Panasonic GZ2000
Best TV innovation - Panasonic GZ2000
Best TV under £1500 - Panasonic GZ950
Best gaming TV - LG C9

Best overall TV..... LG C9

I've said it before and I'll stay it again. Panasonic are going to quit trying to deliver the best accurate picture (especially out of the box accuracy). What's the point? might aswell just pay for HDMI 2.1 certification and you win TV of the year
Yes, I totally stand by my choices here.

Yes, the Panasonic is a great TV and is superb in some areas and lacks in others.

The Best Overall TV is the C9, it offers better UI, better smart TV, image quality that is just as accurate out of the box and calibrated, but perhaps lacks slightly out of the box with colour against the Panasonic, but it's a small difference. Plus, you get a far more advanced AutoCal system and the unique tone map editor where you can enter the exact measured peak brightness and also manually adjust the tone map to suit that specific TV, the Panasonic doesn't offer this. And then you have the excellent gaming input lag of 12.8ms and HDMI 2.1, so yes, in my opinion having lived with all of these TVs, and actually compared them to each other side-by-side, that is my conclusion.
Having won so many awards I think Panasonic will continue to champion the enthusiast market with even better next year.
Thanks for your feedback.
 

Livemo

Active Member
Yes, I totally stand by my choices here.

Yes, the Panasonic is a great TV and is superb in some areas and lacks in others.

The Best Overall TV is the C9, it offers better UI, better smart TV, image quality that is just as accurate out of the box and calibrated, but perhaps lacks slightly out of the box with colour against the Panasonic, but it's a small difference. Plus, you get a far more advanced AutoCal system and the unique tone map editor where you can enter the exact measured peak brightness and also manually adjust the tone map to suit that specific TV, the Panasonic doesn't offer this. And then you have the excellent gaming input lag of 12.8ms and HDMI 2.1, so yes, in my opinion having lived with all of these TVs, and actually compared them to each other side-by-side, that is my conclusion.
Having won so many awards I think Panasonic will continue to champion the enthusiast market with even better next year.
Thanks for your feedback.
Phil great choices and i agree. Unfortunately many won't, guess thats the love of the hobby
 

AndretheTVguy

Active Member
Yes, I totally stand by my choices here.

Yes, the Panasonic is a great TV and is superb in some areas and lacks in others.

The Best Overall TV is the C9, it offers better UI, better smart TV, image quality that is just as accurate out of the box and calibrated, but perhaps lacks slightly out of the box with colour against the Panasonic, but it's a small difference. Plus, you get a far more advanced AutoCal system and the unique tone map editor where you can enter the exact measured peak brightness and also manually adjust the tone map to suit that specific TV, the Panasonic doesn't offer this. And then you have the excellent gaming input lag of 12.8ms and HDMI 2.1, so yes, in my opinion having lived with all of these TVs, and actually compared them to each other side-by-side, that is my conclusion.
Having won so many awards I think Panasonic will continue to champion the enthusiast market with even better next year.
Thanks for your feedback.
It was just a interesting comical observation, not a disagreement.

I bet we won't see a 'Custom Pro Panel' in Panasonic's 2020 line up though
 

AndretheTVguy

Active Member
Why not? It won best HDR OLED TV. It pushed the game on and may very well have pushed LG and others to try and better it.

The price and the late release of the GZ2000 seems to be reflective of the engerneering process for the 'Custom Pro Panel'.

I know it was awarded pretty much all picture sub categories (it did in other reviewers awards also), I just feel Panasonic may see that the market priorities have changed and as all OLED screens are good why make the investment and effort to make them better when a GZ950 with HDMI 2.1, advanced Auto cal software and more apps would have given them more chance of bagging 'TV of the year'.
 

steviedr

Distinguished Member
I’d buy a 2020 GZ950 with hdmi2.1/custom panel or 2020 GZ2000 with hdmi2.1/without speakers (whatever way you want to look at it), so I hope they do continue to push the tech.
 

steviedr

Distinguished Member
It was just a interesting comical observation, not a disagreement.

I bet we won't see a 'Custom Pro Panel' in Panasonic's 2020 line up though
The price and the late release of the GZ2000 seems to be reflective of the engerneering process for the 'Custom Pro Panel'.

I know it was awarded pretty much all picture sub categories (it did in other reviewers awards also), I just feel Panasonic may see that the market priorities have changed and as all OLED screens are good why make the investment and effort to make them better when a GZ950 with HDMI 2.1, advanced Auto cal software and more apps would have given them more chance of bagging 'TV of the year'.
It will give them new goals for 2021!!
 

AndretheTVguy

Active Member
I’d buy a 2020 GZ950 with hdmi2.1/custom panel or 2020 GZ2000 with hdmi2.1/without speakers (whatever way you want to look at it), so I hope they do continue to push the tech.
Well next year LG's will have HFR, 8K and Disney plus which will stop people buying Panasonic even if they add HDMI 2.1 to the custom pro Panel' 😂
 

Waynej

Well-known Member
Despite all the Panasonic awards, I must admit, I do agree with the choice of the LG C9 as best overall TV - this is despite me currently owning a Panasonic myself.

As discussed elsewhere, I had the LG C8 for a few weeks and ultimately returned this due to a flashing/chrominance overshoot issue that was not acknowledged by LG during my return window. I shortly after snapped up the Panasonic FZ802 when a great deal surfaced.

Admittedly these are obviously 2018 models I am talking about, but it's given me time to appreciate both of them. The LG C8 just ticked more boxes: far greater app support, the best OS/UI that I personally have used on any TV. The remote to me was the biggest surprise, I loved the pointer motion aspect, and a greater added perk that rarely gets discussed is that all of the number keys are programmable. So you can link an app to any number key you like. This is basically like Panasonic's 'My App' button but x10 on the LG.

Panasonic's more barebones OS works well too, and the simplified design has grown on me. Panasonic's app store itself is awful but once you have pinned your favourite apps you never need to venture in their again. I also despise the Panasonic remote.

If you have yourself a Harmony remote and use something like Apple TV 4K or another major streaming device, then both the OS and remote benefits literally become a moot point. However, on the face of supported features, remote, UI and app support - the LG is the clear winner. Even more so in 2019 when you factor in the LG C9's HDMI 2.1 support.

Provided my FZ802 doesn't develop any major faults, I hope it continues to give me some good viewing in the years ahead. I am really fascinated by the Custom OLED Panel from Panasonic's GZ2000, and whenever my next upgrade comes, I hope this will still be something that gets pushed by Panasonic and other manufacturers.

HDMI 2.1 and low input lag is a given for 2020 across all models I would have thought. The victor in 2020 will surely be whichever manufacturer goes the Custom OLED Panel route, but does so without the Atmos speaker fluff.

Clearly the GZ2000 for it's retail price, it's targetted the enthusiast audience, such an audience has no interest in built-in TV speakers - even if they are Atmos upfiring.
 

steviedr

Distinguished Member
Well next year LG's will have HFR, 8K and Disney plus which will stop people buying Panasonic even if they add HDMI 2.1 to the custom pro Panel' 😂
And you never know, next years may have 12 bit colour that could pull people again.
Hopefully all will have apple support.
There is always something the other manufacturer has that we want, keeps the competition healthy :)
 

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