The 8 Best 75 Inch TVs
8. Vizio M75-E1 SmartCast
7. Sony XBR75X850E
6. Samsung Electronics QN75Q7F
5. LG Electronics 75SJ8570
4. Sony XBR75X940E 4K Ultra HD
3. Samsung Electronics QN75Q8C
2. TCL 75C807 4K Ultra
1. Samsung Electronics UN75MU8000
With TVs, Bigger Is Often Better
Size matters when it comes to television sets. But without considering distance, along with size, you could end up with a display that is far too big or small for your room.
The average American sits about nine feet from their TV, according to Bernard J. Lechner, a respected electronics engineer and former vice president of RCA Laboratories. Ideally, a TV will take up about 40 degrees of the viewer's field of view, based on the recommendation of industry authority THX, meaning the ideal TV for the average American would be a whopping 90 inches.
Unfortunately, a 90-inch television isn't practical for many consumers. There simply isn't enough space in the entertainment center or living room for such a massive set, and most displays of that size are impractical even to mount.
The 75-inch television marries generous screen real estate with a more forgiving form factor than the uncompromising behemoth that is the 90-incher recommended by THX.
If your viewing distance varies significantly from that 9-foot average measured by Lechner, use this simple formula to determine an ideal screen size: Multiply your seating distance in inches or centimeters by .84.
While Lechner's suggestion is widely respected, the ratio is not right for everyone. If you purchase a 4K set, closer viewing is rewarded, with a 5-foot distance being ideal for a 75-inch screen. It is important to test televisions before buying them, where possible, and make the final determination for yourself.
What Makes A Quality Picture?
Those shopping for televisions encounter a number of terms for the technology integrated into modern sets, and this can be confusing. Terms like 4K and HDR can leave your head spinning, but they are important to learn because they represent features integral to picture quality.
Among these valuable terms is 4K (also known as Ultra HD). Both terms refer to display resolution, or the number of horizontal and vertical lines on a screen. Full HD (or 1080p) preceded 4K on the market, and nearly every new TV you can purchase is either 1080p or 4K.
1080p displays have, as you may expect, 1,080 horizontal lines of resolution, while 4K boasts, somewhat confusingly, 2,160 horizontal lines. In this case, 4K refers to the total number of pixels, or color dots, in the display. The pixel-dense 4K resolution is most noticeable on large screens, particularly those 60-inches and greater, meaning a 75-inch TV is well suited for 4K.
Another technology that makes for a quality picture is High Dynamic Range, abbreviated HDR. Screens with HDR offer a significantly greater contrast between light and dark images, and present more realistic colors.
Learning about those display features is helpful, but perhaps more important is understanding the difference between the two most popular types of displays: LCD and OLED.
When Samsung ended its plasma TV production in 2014, a new era began. With no high-quality plasma screens to choose from, consumers were left to decide between LCD (short for liquid crystal display) and OLED (organic light emitting diodes) TVs.
LCDs are backlit by an LED array, while on OLED TVs pixels are lit individually. What does this mean for you? Consider the situation.
For those in a bright room, the LCD is likely a better choice, thanks to its backlight. If you're concerned about accurate color reproduction and seeing inky blacks where the director intended them, OLED is superior. If your TV is at the center of a wide room, where many viewers will be watching off center, OLED is the clear winner because of its superior viewing angles.
On a number of other measures, including lifespan and energy efficiency, both display types are similar.
A Brief History Of The Flat Screen TV
The first flat-panel display to reach market was the Aiken tube, developed in the early 1950s. It was used only briefly by the military, and attempts to bring it to consumers failed. By the early 1970s, color television was mainstream, having completely replaced radio, and in the following decades, the improved quality of cable television and home video made greater demands on display technology.
A primitive, monochromatic version of the plasma display was developed in 1964 at the University of Illinois, but this technology would not reach the mainstream until nearly four decades later. Despite leaving production in 2014, plasma TVs remain prized for their color reproduction and ability to represent shades of grey and black.
Similarly, early LED panels were demonstrated in the late 1970s, but LCDs only rose to prominence in the early and late 2000s, when the technology became affordable for many consumers. During that flat screen boom, cathode ray tube sets, which took up much more space and were only capable of resolutions up to 1080i, became obsolete.
By 2012, manufacturers based in Taiwan claimed half of the worldwide market share of flat-panel displays. As TV service providers improved their service resolution, and home viewing media evolved from VHS, to DVD and Blu-ray, consumers grew more discerning, seeking to get the most out of their content.
In November 2014, DirecTV became the first subscriber-based TV provider to offer 4K content. Later, on January 14, 2015, Sportsnet broadcast the first ever NBA game in 4K. Because of their colorful settings and fast-moving images, sports broadcasts pushed the boundaries of display technology. Sports viewers are rewarded by the high refresh rates and resolutions of modern televisions.
Sports viewers who owned flat screens were also among the first to enjoy live 3D content at home. ESPN 3D went live in 2010, at the height of 3D's popularity, broadcasting numerous live events. The network went off the air in September 2013, as interest in 3D waned.