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Best 70-Inch: Sony KDL-70R550A 70-inch 3D Internet LED HDTV
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Sony’s KDL-70R550A 70-inch 3D-enabled TV is certainly one of the older products on this list. But, to be fair, it was ahead of its time when it first launched. Incorporating passive 3D technology (the same tech used in most movie theaters), Sony delivers outstanding depth perception and rich colors. Four pairs of 3D glasses are included in the box, so the whole family can watch 3D movies in no time. With Motionflow XR240 built in, watching fast-action movies — 3D or otherwise — is a standout experience. In conjunction with a 120Hz refresh rate, there’s almost no distortion.
Despite the fact that its a few years old, this TV still has a slew of smart features. There are three different built-in smart TV interfaces, which gives you access to all your streaming favorites. Sony’s own Entertainment Network aggregates video and audio content for local playback, while the second and third interfaces have all kinds of popular apps like Netflix, Pandora, Amazon Video and Hulu.
Best 80-Inch: Sharp LC-80UQ17U 80-inch Aquos Q+ 1080p Smart LED TV
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Yet another super-sized LED TV, the LC-80UQ17U from Sharp has a dazzling 80-inch screen that will take your home theater to the next level. The Quattron+ color technology adds extra subpixels for an increased level of detail, which is good news for fans of 4K content — even though this has a 1080p screen, it can still support 4K content.
The TV comes with two pairs of Bluetooth 3D glasses. It has A 240Hz screen refresh rate so you don’t get any distracting distortion during sports games or action movies. It also has two built-in 10W speakers and a 15W subwoofer so your media sounds as good as it looks.
Released during the first year of its smart platform refresh, the Sharp interface helps you quickly discover the content you want, whether that’s from your own internet provider or streaming services like Netflix, YouTube, or Hulu.
Best 90-Inch: Sharp LC-90LE657U 90-inch AQOUS HD 3D Smart LED TV
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For fans of big — and we mean big — televisions, Sharp’s LC-90LE657U 3D TV is the ultimate addition to your home theater. With a massive 90-inch AQUOS LED panel, you’ll get a vibrant and truly immersive screen experience even when you aren’t watching 3D media.
AquoMotion 240 backlight scanning and 120Hz refresh rate reduce input lag so your action movies and video games look great and stay blur-free. It also has optical picture control, which automatically adjusts picture brightness to match the light in any given room. To match the scale of the big screen, the Sharp has built-in 25W speakers (although we’d recommend hooking up your own speaker system to really get that movie theater feel).
As for its 3D capabilities: Sharp makes intelligent use of active 3D technology to give that «jumping out of the screen» effect. The TV comes with a pair of 3D glasses in the box, and you can buy additional active-shutter glasses as you need them. Four HDMI inputs make it easy to plug in a Blu-ray player for 3D content, and built-in WiFi support enables a bevy of smart options, like on-screen access to your favorite streaming and internet-connected apps like Hulu, Netflix, and YouTube.
Best Curved: Samsung UN78JS9500 Curved 78-Inch 4K Ultra HD Smart LED TV
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The flagship of Samsung’s JS9500 series of televisions, the UN78JS900 and its 78-inch curved 4K Ultra Smart LED display is pricey but worth it if you’re looking for a truly immersive TV-watching experience. Compatible with high dynamic range, this marks one of Samsung’s first televisions to incorporate quantum dot technology which results in excellent color and contrast. Other standout features include 4K resolution, a 120Hz refresh rate, the Tizen smart platform and a full-array backlight for even better color reproduction.
Once you get past its beautiful display, you’ll realize just how gorgeous the overall unit is. Even as a very large television, it never feels that way thanks to the minimal bezels and low-profile stand. With a single pair of 3D glasses included, active 3D technology invites users to watch countless hours of available content. If you need non-3D programming to watch, the smart TV interface is right there to help. Streaming apps alongside live TV make it easy to find all your favorite shows. Non-UHD programs can even be upscaled to near-4K quality, which is just icing on the cake for this Samsung flagship.