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Japan has always been a major exporter and global leader in electronics, especially TVs. 4K TVs have four times the pixel count of HDTVs, improving your sports and movie viewing experience with sharper graphics. There are two main types, LCDs (liquid crystal display) and organic LEDs (light-emitting diode). However, with major manufacturers such as Panasonic, Sony, and Toshiba to smaller manufacturers such as Hisense making various options, it can get confusing to figure out what makes the brands different and which is the best for you.


To help you in your search, we gathered the 17 best-selling Japanese TVs from e-commerce sites popular in Japan (such as Amazon, Rakuten, Yahoo! Shopping) and tested them all.


We then ranked the 10 best Japanese TVs based on our tests. We also put together a buying guide to help you choose the best Japanese TV in 2022.

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Kazuya Orihara
Keisuke Tsunekawa
  • Last updated: 08-23-2022
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What New Features Do Recent Japanese TVs Have?

What New Features Do Recent Japanese TVs Have?

In recent years, 4K TVs have become mainstream in the TV market, with most televisions being 43-inches and larger being 4K compatible, and 50 to 55-inch products being particularly popular4K refers to a screen resolution of 3840 horizontal × 2160 vertical pixels, four times that of conventional full high definition TVs. 


Because of its refined image quality, there's less noticeable pixelation when viewed from up close. This allowed manufacturers to safely encourage a shorter viewing distance, making it possible to place a 50-inch or larger model in a living room of any size. Recent TVs also feature narrower TV edges, called bezels, allowing for larger screen space.


Lastly, more and more TVs are offering connectivity to the Internet so people can enjoy videos on demand and access streaming services. 4K movies only used to be available via select digital broadcasts or movie theaters, but nowadays, they can also be streamed on your TV, allowing you to enjoy high definition, 4K movies from the comfort of your own home.

How to Choose a Japanese TV

Here are nine points to consider when buying a Japanese TV.

Choose LCD's For The Best Value, and OLED's For Best Resolution

There are two types of 4K TVs, LCD and OLED. Make sure to look at the pros and cons of each type when choosing which TV to buy. 

LCD's Offer the Biggest Price and Size Ranges

LCD's Offer the Biggest Price and Size Ranges

LCD TVs use a backlight behind the screen to control the liquid crystal molecules when projecting images on the screen.


The advantage is a wide range of price and size options, but they generally are affordable, making them best for families with small children or pets who do not want the risk of buying an expensive TV only to have it end up destroyed.


On the other hand, the disadvantage is that their resolution is inferior to OLED. It's essential to understand that the light from the backlight leaks out, so perfect blacks cannot be displayed as precisely. As a result, colors can change when viewed from an angle and picture quality may diminish with scenes depicting heavy motion.


Nevertheless, in recent years, the resolution has improved considerably compared to earlier previous generations. For those who are not so particular about picture quality, LCD TVs are a great choice.

OLEDs Deliver the Purest Black Tones and Smooth On-Screen Motion and Are Great for Sports and Movies

OLEDs Deliver the Purest Black Tones and Smooth On-Screen Motion and Are Great for Sports and Movies

OLED TVs use naturally emitting OLED elements to project images. Since there is no backlight, the panels tend to be thinner than LCDs.


The most significant advantage of OLED TVs is that they can display clear and beautiful images. It excels in contrast ratio and the expression of blacks and whites, making it particularly attractive for movies with detailed attention to lighting. The fast screen response speed and wide viewing angles also make it suitable for sports and other fast-moving images


On the other hand, one disadvantage is the high price. They cost on average 700$ more than LCD TVs of the same size, and since they are limited to large models (55V-inch or larger), your budget will naturally have to be higher.


Also, it is essential to note that the panels are delicate and easily broken. When moving, you may not be able to use traditional materials to transport TVs, and the number of companies that can handle them may be limited or they may not provide proper insurance. If you plan to move soon, it is advisable to wait for a replacement or keep the TV in the box from the store.

Kazuya Orihara
Audio and Visual Journalist
Kazuya Orihara

Today's TVs can be divided into low to mid-priced 4K LCD TVs and high-priced OLED TVs. OLEDs are recommended for those seeking the best high-definition picture quality.

Color Development and Contrast Will Vary Depending on Manufacturer

Color Development and Contrast Will Vary Depending on Manufacturer

In the case of LCD TVs, color, contrast, and screen brightness vary greatly depending on the manufacturer and product. TVs come with different optimizations, ranging from TVs tuned for brighter colors to those tuned for neutral colors. The key to choosing a suitable TV is how accurately it displays the color gradation of the image.


Our testing showed that products with picture quality processing that achieves a natural coloring and color balance tend to have less image noise and finer detail. Products that process images with yellow, white, red, or some other unbalanced color tended to have poorer image quality performance.


In our ranking of the TVs, identical images are shown as they would appear displayed by each product, so those interested can compare the color tones when selecting the product.

Recent TVs Can Record Without External Recorders! Check the Number of Tuners

Recent TVs Can Record Without External Recorders! Check the Number of Tuners

Many people probably watch TV by recording programs instead of watching them in real-time. Today's TVs can also record programs by connecting an external USB HDD. The number of tuners is significant to consider here.


The number of tuners determines the number of broadcasts that can be recorded at once. A model with two tuners can record one broadcast besides the one you are currently watching. Similarly, a model with three tuners can record two broadcasts at the same time while you watch another program.


If you have an external recorder for TV recording, you can have two sources for recording. If you don't have an external recorder and want to use only the TV for recording, you should choose a TV with multiple tuners.

Kazuya Orihara
Audio and Visual Journalist
Kazuya Orihara

4K TVs may have different numbers of tuners for 4K broadcasting, depending on the product. If you want to record 4K broadcasts on your TV, check the number of available tuners.

The Optimal Viewing Distance for 4K TVs Are 1.5 Times the Height of the Screen

The Optimal Viewing Distance for 4K TVs Are 1.5 Times the Height of the Screen

When purchasing a TV, size selection is critical. There is an appropriate distance for television viewing that allows you to easily see the picture. A good rule of thumb for selecting the size is to refer to the size of the room in which you want to install the TV.


Ideally, the distance should be three times the screen height for a 2K TV and 1.5 times the height of the screen for a 4K TV. For example, for a 55-inch 4K TV with a screen height of 48 inches, a distance of 48 inches by 1.5 inches would equal 72 inches, or about 6 feet, which would be a reasonable viewing distance.


Make sure to do these calculations before selecting a TV to purchase so you know which size model would fit best in your viewing space.

Kazuya Orihara
Audio and Visual Journalist
Kazuya Orihara

Optimum viewing distance means the shortest distance high-quality images can be enjoyed at. 4K TVs have a smaller optimal viewing distance than 2K TVs, but of course, they can still be viewed from a greater distance.

The Number of Watts Determines Acoustic Performance

The Number of Watts Determines Acoustic Performance

If you are going out of your way to buy a high-resolution TV, you should also make sure to check the quality of the speakers' performance. To get an idea of the sound performance, use the overall output of the speakers installed as a guide.


Speaker output is indicated in watts; the higher the number, the louder the sound output. Most 4K TVs use about 20 to 30 watts, but some high-output models use 80 watts or more, so check them out, too.


Another important factor in determining the sound quality is whether the sound can be heard from all directions as if it were enveloping your ears and whether it is harmonious with the image. Models with excellent sound quality tended to be praised for their power and atmospheric sound, with sound enveloping from both vertical and horizontal directions.


Furthermore, models that support Dolby Atmos, the most advanced audio processor often used at movie theaters, are said to emit atmospheric sound. This makes your viewing experience more immersive, as the sound of a helicopter from your screen can sound so real it feels like it's right above you, or the sound of pouring rain can sound like it's coming from right outside your window.

Kazuya Orihara
Audio and Visual Journalist
Kazuya Orihara

There are a variety of sound standards required for TVs, but for low-priced models, it is advisable to focus on whether you can clearly hear the dialogue. For higher-end models, the key is to be able to enjoy movies and music with immersive sound.

Choose Based on Display Type and Performance

There are two types of LCD TV displays: direct-lit LCDs and edge-lit LCDs, which differ in the placement of the LEDs that serve as the backlight. Each panel type has unique characteristics, so it's crucial to understand the advantages and disadvantages of each before making a choice.

Choose Direct Back-Lit LED Screens for High Picture Quality

Choose Direct Back-Lit LED Screens for High Picture Quality

LCD TVs are made from glass filled with a special liquid, lit by LEDs that serve as the backlight.


In direct-lit LCDs, these LEDs are arranged over the entire surface. The advantage is that uneven brightness is less likely to occur on the screen, allowing users to enjoy higher-quality images. In addition, because the backlight is located over the entire screen, brightness can be adjusted for each part of the screen, enabling high-contrast, clear video expression.


However, the placement of the backlight across the entire back of the unit adds significantly to the width of the unit. This makes these designs a bit more clunky which can be a disadvantage for some.

Kazuya Orihara
Audio and Visual Journalist
Kazuya Orihara

The backlight is an important element that determines the screen's brightness and contrast. Among direct-lit backlights, models that support local optimization produce the highest picture quality.


Unfortunately, many direct-lit models do not have local optimization these days. Over the past few years, cost reductions in direct-lit models have meant that an increasing number of them are made at lower production costs. Therefore, it is necessary to keep in mind that some models do not have local optimization even in the direct-lit type.

Choose Edge Lit Displays for a Smaller and Thinner Display

Choose Edge Lit Displays for a Smaller and Thinner Display

Edge-lit displays have LEDs placed only along the vertical or horizontal edges to back-light the screen. The advantage of an edge-lit LCD is that the light source is located at the edge of the TV, allowing the unit to be made thinner. Since there are fewer total backlights, power consumption is also low. Many products are also reasonably priced, making them suitable for people who want to switch to 4K at the lowest possible cost.


On the other hand, the drawback is that the images and colors are somewhat uneven. It's also difficult to control partial brightness, as is the case with direct-lit models, so the overall color contrast of the image is somewhat low.

Kazuya Orihara
Audio and Visual Journalist
Kazuya Orihara

Edge-lit LEDs are used in much cheaper 4K TVs. Check for problems with uneven screen color and brightness balance before purchasing.

For LCDs, the Type of Panel Choice Depends on Your Viewing Location

For LCDs, the Type of Panel Choice Depends on Your Viewing Location

In addition to differences in display backlighting, LCD TV panels also have differing characteristics. There are two types of LCD TV panels: VA (vertical alignment) and IPS (in-plane switching). The panels are responsible for adjusting the light from the backlight to reproduce light and dark expressions and colors.


The VA panel is attractive for its rich contrast. However, the viewing angle is narrow, so contrast and color saturation are reduced when viewed from any angle other than the front. The IPS panel expands the viewing angle, which has been a weak point for traditional LCDs. Because the brightness and color contrast aren't impacted when viewing from any angle, you can have watch parties with a large number of friends. However, the contrast ratio is not as good as VA panels.


If you usually watch TV from the front, choose the VA type. If you have your TV in the corners of rooms and view it from an angle, select the IPS type.

Kazuya Orihara
Audio and Visual Journalist
Kazuya Orihara

If viewing angles are an essential factor for you, choosing a model with IPS panels will give you more flexibility. However, some VA panel products have new technologies that expand viewing angles. Be sure to check the product description.

High-Quality Resolution Processing and Double Refresh Rate Features Make For More Convenient Viewing

Many TVs come equipped with additional functions such as 4K upscaling, which brings non-4K images up to 4K quality. Double refresh rate is another feature that gives you twice the regular amount of frames per second at 120/second instead of the regular 60. Streaming service compatibility is another that allows users to enjoy YouTube and Netflix on their TVs.


These functions are necessary for high-quality image processing and are convenient to have, so please check them out when purchasing.

Convert Non-4K Pictures to 4K With 4K Upscaling

Convert Non-4K Pictures to 4K With 4K Upscaling

Often the first thing you watch after setting up your new TV is cable or a youtube video. 4K-compatible TVs are equipped with a 4K upscaling function that converts images that are not originally 4K into 4K-equivalent picture quality. When viewing cable TV, Internet videos, Blu-ray discs, and DVDs, 4K televisions offer a more beautiful viewing experience than conventional televisions.


Note that the performance of the 4K upscaling function varies depending on the product and manufacturer. How effective the 4K upscaling is an important factor when selecting a TV.

Kazuya Orihara
Audio and Visual Journalist
Kazuya Orihara

The 4K upscaling function is built into the high-resolution engine and high-resolution circuitry developed independently by TV manufacturers. 


Advanced manufacturers use ultra-high-resolution technologies to achieve image quality close to that of 4K broadcasts, even for regular TV broadcasting.

With Double Refresh Rate, Every Action Scene Is Beautiful and Smooth

With Double Refresh Rate, Every Action Scene Is Beautiful and Smooth

The double refresh rate is essential for viewing high-action scenes more beautifully. It is called the double refresh rate function because it doubles the number of frames per second from 60 frames per second to 120 frames per second. Since the double refresh rate inserts a new image between each frame, it can then withstand blurring caused by rapid movements better and produce crisper visuals.


It's suitable for watching live sports broadcasts with a lot of fast movements and is expected to reduce afterimage and flicker. Those who seek high image quality that captures the details of fast-moving images should definitely check out this product.

Kazuya Orihara
Audio and Visual Journalist
Kazuya Orihara

A double-speed panel is essential for the double frame refresh rate functionality; it is also a standard among 4K LCD TVs for the use of high-performance LCD panels.

Streaming Services and Voice Control Make For User-Friendly TVs

Streaming Services and Voice Control Make For User-Friendly TVs

Many of the TVs sold today are compatible with streaming services that offer a wide variety of content, including movies, dramas, and anime. Additionally, there are also free content services such as YouTube, both of which offer access to 4K videos.


However, which specific streaming services are supported depends on the TV manufacturer, so the content available to you can vary. Some manufacturers can even process video streaming images in high definition, so it is a good idea to check.


Also, check if the model has voice-enabled control. If it has a voice operation function, it will save you from troublesome operations when searching for a video streaming service. Since typing with remote controls can feel more troublesome compared to typing on a smartphone or PC, it will help you use the service comfortably and stress-free.

Kazuya Orihara
Audio and Visual Journalist
Kazuya Orihara

Since 2021, most major TV manufacturers' models support major platforms like YouTube, Netflix, Hulu, and Amazon Prime Video. If you choose a manufacturer other than the major ones, make sure it supports the video streaming services you want to use.

Models With HDR Provide More Realistic Pictures

Models With HDR Provide More Realistic Pictures

HDR stands for High Dynamic Range, video technology that reproduces the brightness and darkness of the screen to mimic human vision. 4K broadcasting uses HDR technology, and HDR is also increasingly used in the latest movies and video games.


Compared to the conventional SDR (Standard Dynamic Range), HDR technology can produce richer color expression and even subtle color changes displayed in greater detail. To improve the beauty of 4K TVs, which are known for their visual appeal, it's important to check the pros and cons of HDR compatibility.

Kazuya Orihara
Audio and Visual Journalist
Kazuya Orihara

Since 2021, most TVs are HDR compatible. However, be careful because there are still some models that are not HDR-compatible.

A 4K Tuner is Necessary for 4K Viewing; Choose a Model With a Built-in Tuner

A 4K Tuner is Necessary for 4K Viewing; Choose a Model With a Built-in Tuner

If you are purchasing a 4K-compatible TV, be sure to check if it has a built-in 4K tuner. Many 4K-compatible TVs are sold without a built-in 4K tuner. If there is no built-in tuner, you will need to purchase a separate external 4K tuner to view 4K images in 4K quality. Thus, it's vital to know that you will not be able to enjoy 4K images just by purchasing the TV itself.


If you want to watch a 4K video with only your TV, or if you don't have room for a tuner, be sure to choose a model with a built-in tuner.

Kazuya Orihara
Audio and Visual Journalist
Kazuya Orihara

Most cable broadcasts can be delivered with 4K imaging as long as you have a built-in 4K tuner. Since TVs are, on average, can used for nearly ten years after purchase, we recommend that you choose a model with a built-in 4K tuner even if you do not plan to use the TV immediately.

Different Manufacturer’s Specialize in Different Arenas: Resolution, Audio Equipment, and Features

Each manufacturer offers a variety of TVs with different performance characteristics. Please understand the features of each manufacturer in advance to help you choose the suitable TV for your needs.

Toshiba: Go Back in Time and Watch Past Programming!

Toshiba: Go Back in Time and Watch Past Programming!

Toshiba Video Solutions, a subsidiary of Chinese electronics maker Hisense, offers a wide range of products from 19-inch LCD TVs to 65-inch OLED TVs. It was the first Japanese manufacturer to introduce a 4K TV with a built-in 4K tuner.


Toshiba's REGZA has a feature they call, Time Shift Machine, a unique capability that allows users to watch TV programs that were broadcasted in the past. It's known for its rich functionality, such as the ability to watch from the beginning of a program with the Jump to Beginning button, even if you're watching from the middle of a program.


Kazuya Orihara
Audio and Visual Journalist
Kazuya Orihara

The Time Machine feature is a must-have for those who value recording broadcasts. The high-resolution engine performs excellently reproducing cable broadcasts with great picture quality.

Sony: Acoustic Surface Sound Technology Which Means the Screen Is the Speaker!

Sony: Acoustic Surface Sound Technology Which Means the Screen Is the Speaker!

Known for its advanced technologies in the audio and video fields, Sony is one of the world's largest audio/visual equipment manufacturers, with group companies operating diverse businesses such as the PlayStation game console and a record company.


Sony's BRAVIA TV creates harmony between image and sound based on its "Acoustic surface sound technology", which generates sound by vibrating the TV screen. In recent years, Sony is the only TV company in the world to adopt Google TV, which also features advanced Internet compatibility.

Kazuya Orihara
Audio and Visual Journalist
Kazuya Orihara

Sony is well known for its X1 Ultimate technology, a high-definition engine developed in-house, recommended for those who value watching online videos such as YouTube, Amazon Prime Video, and Netflix.

Panasonic: Natural Colors With Image Noise Reducing HD Processing

Panasonic: Natural Colors With Image Noise Reducing HD Processing

Panasonic has a wide range of products from audio-visual equipment, air conditioners, washing machines, and household appliances. Its extensive lineup of portable and OLED TVs allows you to choose the product that best suits your size and budget according to your needs.


Panasonic's VIERA TVs are attractive for their high picture quality processing using a unique panel that controls brightness and color individually. In particular, the high picture quality technology that suppresses image noise is a distinctive feature and claims to reproduce colors closer to nature.

Kazuya Orihara
Audio and Visual Journalist
Kazuya Orihara

The VIERA TV offers total ease of use, including high picture and sound quality and a 4K double tuner, and usually supports Dolby Atmos which delivers atmospheric sound.

SHARP: Prevents Light Leakage, Creating Well-Adjusted Brightness

SHARP: Prevents Light Leakage, Creating Well-Adjusted Brightness

SHARP is the only brand that manufactures LCD panels within its own group and was the first in the world to produce and launch 8K TVs. Once the world's fastest company to also launch full HD LCD TVs, the company now offers a wide range of LCD TV sizes and variations.


SHARP's AQUOS uses the N-Black panel, a technology developed in-house that suppresses the reflection of outside light and lighting. This feature minimizes light leakage, which is a common problem in TV viewing.

Kazuya Orihara
Audio and Visual Journalist
Kazuya Orihara

SHARP is a manufacturer that offers a wide range of products in a variety of sizes to suit Japanese households, and is also a manufacturer that uses Android TV and is enthusiastic about online video streaming, including YouTube, Amazon Prime Video, and Netflix. Netflix and YouTube.

FUNAI: 4K TV Equipped With HDD Recorder; Highest Marketshare in the US Among Japanese Manufacturers

FUNAI: 4K TV Equipped With HDD Recorder; Highest Marketshare in the US Among Japanese Manufacturers

FUNAI is sold exclusively by big-box consumer electronics retailer Yamada Denki in Japan and boasts the highest share of LCD TV shipments by a Japanese manufacturer in the United States.


FUNAI is unique in that it sells 4K TVs with HDDs for recording installed in the TVs. The company calls its televisions "the evolutionary TV of the 2025 era" and they come equipped with a recording function as well as a wealth of other valuable specs, making your TV highly functional.


Kazuya Orihara
Audio and Visual Journalist
Kazuya Orihara

FUNAI is a brand exclusively sold by Yamada Denki, but starting with the 2020 model, FUNAI has been upgrading its high-definition and high-quality sound technology. The brand also supports Android TV, and is evolving annually.

How We Tested the Japanese TVs

How We Tested the Japanese TVs

We gathered the 17 best-selling TVs available via major Japanese e-commerce sites (Amazon, Rakuten, Yahoo! Shopping) and tested them all.


We tested the products for the following:

  1. Picture quality
  2. Audio quality
  3. Streaming and voice control 
  4. Recording capabilities 

Test ① Picture Quality

Test ① Picture Quality

Our first criteria for evaluation was picture quality. For our tests, we cooperated with A/V journalist Kazuya Orihara. We judged performance in each of these elements in our seven-step evaluation.


For our tests, we viewed each TV's performance with regular cable TV (looking at performance for 2K and 4K resolution compatibility), 4K sports (looking at frame refresh rate performance), 4K TV dramas (lighting texture), Netflix (internet streaming image quality). Then we compared each TV's high definition resolution processing capacity.

Kazuya Orihara
Audio and Visual Journalist
Kazuya Orihara

Kazuya checked the resolution of each TV. Resolution comprises six elements: image detail, noise (meaning graininess, not to be confused with sound), overall brightness, color expression, and viewing angles.

Test ② Audio Quality

Test ② Audio Quality

Next, we looked at each TV's audio quality, again with A/V journalist Kazuya Orihara.


In our tests, we looked at the audio quality for cable TV programming and compared its performance when playing music videos on Youtube.


Audio is an essential part of the TV watching experience. That's why we compared the TVs for their performance in delivering clear dialogue, sound spread, and impactful sound levels

Kazuya Orihara
Audio and Visual Journalist
Kazuya Orihara

For this test, Kazuya checked each product for audibility, atmospheric sound, and power, which are all important components of sound that contribute to a great viewing experience.

Test ③ Streaming Services and Voice Control Support

Test ③ Streaming Services and Voice Control Support

Next, we looked at whether the TVs had support for streaming services and voice control. Most recent major brand TVs are compatible with streaming services and voice control. However, some of them limit which streaming services or what kinds of voice commands are received.


We looked critically at each TV's overall compatibility with streaming services and voice control. If they have support for streaming we gave them a score of 5, and if they have voice control we gave them a score of 2, for a total cumulative score of 7 possible points.


It ultimately depends on the consumer which specific streaming services they want, so we haven't included the number of streaming services offered in our evaluation. Instead, we assessed whether the products were compatible with streaming services or not.

Test ④ Recording Capabilities

Test ④ Recording Capabilities

Lastly, we evaluated each TV's recording capabilities. Alongside streaming services, many new TVs come equipped with recording functions. However, depending on the product and the maker, the recorder's functionality can differ. 


We judged each TV first, whether they had a recorder, then by the following three elements: dual-tuner DVR (which allows you to record while watching a different program), fast-forwarding, and chapter skipping. If a recording was possible, we gave the product three points. We then gave two points if they had dual-tuner DVR, and one point each for fast-forwarding and chapter skipping. Cumulatively, seven points were the highest rating possible for this category. 


For fast-forwarding, we looked at what speeds they could move at, and for chapter skipping, we checked if you could skip commercials and included that as part of our total evaluation.


*Note that we only tested the TV's recording capabilities on Japanese programming, and this feature may or may not work with American TV programming.

10 Best Japanese TVs

To determine the best Japanese TVs, we gathered 17 best-selling products on e-commerce sites popular in Japan, like Amazon, Rakuten, and Yahoo! Shopping, and tested them all.


※Note that Japanese prices for some of the products are given; they've merely been converted into USD for easy viewing.


※※Please note that these products were chosen after extensive research and testing by mybest writers. The choices are not necessarily affiliated with or recommended by our experts.

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Toshiba REGZA 55X8900K 1

Toshiba

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Sony XRJ-55A80J 1

Sony

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Panasonic VIERA TH-55JZ1000 1

Panasonic

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Sharp AQUOS 4T-C55DQ1 1

Sharp

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LG OLED55B1PJA 1

LG

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Toshiba レグザ 55Z740XS 1

Toshiba

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Sony BRAVIA KJ-55X80J 1

Sony

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Panasonic VIERA TH-49JX850 1

Panasonic

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Hisense 55X8F 1

Hisense

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FUNAI FE-48US740 1

FUNAI

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REGZA 55X8900K

XRJ-55A80J

VIERA TH-55JZ1000

AQUOS 4T-C55DQ1

OLED55B1PJA

レグザ 55Z740XS

BRAVIA KJ-55X80J

VIERA TH-49JX850

55X8F

FE-48US740

Features

Ultra-High Resolution TV With Crisp Realistic Visuals and Immersive Audio

TV With Revolutionary Acoustic Surface Audio Technology

TV With Subtle Shading and Cinematic Sound

High-Definition TV With Vibrant Color Displays and Impressive Bass Audio

Clear TV With Strong Audio and Controlled Light Distribution

TV With Rich Contrast, Pristine Images, and Immersive Audio

TV With Natural Textures and Best Bang-For-Your-Buck Audio Quality

Bright TV That Automatically Optimizes the Image According to Scenes

TV With Great Light Distribution and Immersive Visuals

TV With Superior High-Resolution Processing Technology Compared to Previous Models From Same Brand

Price$1,460.02$1,742.15$1,452.50$1,195.65$1,311.43$1,298.61$1,261.10$1,085.34$1,131.80$1,051.82
Japanese東芝 REGZA 55X8900Kソニー XRJ-55A80Jパナソニック VIERA TH-55JZ1000TH-55JZ1000Sharp AQUOS 4T-C55DQ1LG OLED55B1PJA東芝 レグザ 55Z740XSソニー BRAVIA KJ-55X80JPanasonic VIERA TH-49JX850Hisense 55X8FFUNAI FE-48US740
TypeOLEDOLEDOLEDOLEDOLED4K LCD4K LCD4K LCDOLEDOLED
Dimensions48.3 x 9 x 29.7 in48.3 x 2 x 28 in (without stand), 48.3 x 13 x 28 in (with stand), 48.3 x 13 x 30.9 in (with sound bar)48.3 x 13.7 x 30.6 in (with stand included)48.4 x 10.4 x 30.4in 48.4 x 9.7 x 30 in48.6 x 9.3 x 29.9 in38.3 x 2.8 x 22.32 in (without stand), 38.3 x 11.26 x 24.88 in (with stand)43.3 x 27.3 x 9.7 in (with stand)48.3 x 2.7 x 28 in (without stand), 48.3 x 9.8 x 30.5 (with stand)42 x 9.5 x 26.3 in
Screen Size55 in.55 in.55 in.55 in.55 in.55 in.55 in.49 in.55 in.48 in.
Weight43 lbs (with stand included)39.25 lbs. (without stand), 41.90 lbs. (with stand)43 lbs. (with stand included)48.51 lbs. (without stand), 58.43 lbs. (with stand)43.88 lbs.43.66 lbs. (without stand), 47.41 lbs. (with stand)34.62 lbs.45.2 lbs. (with stand)39.69 lbs. (without stand), 41.45 lbs. (with stand)36.38 lbs. (with stand)
RecorderYesN/AYesN/AN/AYesN/AYesN/AYes
4K UpconvertorYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYes
Double Refresh RateYesYesYesYesYesYesN/AYesYesYes
Display TypeN/AN/AN/AN/AN/ADirect-lit LED BacklightN/AN/AN/AN/A
Panel TypeN/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/AIPSN/AN/A
Available PortsHDMI×4, LAN×1, USB×3 (Recorder1/All-purpose2), AUX×1USB, HDMI, LAN, CAV, AUXHDMIx4, USBx3, CAVx1, LANx1, AUXx1HDMIx4, CAVx1, AVx1, AUXx1, USBx2, LANx1HDMIx4, CAVx1, USBx3, AUXx1, LANx1HDMIx4, AVx1, CAVx1, LANx1, USBx4, AUXx1HDMI, USB, CAV, AUX, LANHDMIx4, USBx3, CAVx1, LANx1, AUXx1HDMIx4, AVx1, CAVx1, AUXx1, USBx2, LANx1HDMIx4, AVx1, AUXx1, CAVx1, USBx3, LANx1
Overall Score4.704.604.554.474.264.243.893.783.723.66
Resolution4.64.64.64.54.14.33.73.74.03.6
Audio quality4.64.64.34.34.64.04.03.63.43.5
Recorder5.04.05.05.03.55.04.05.05.05.0
Streaming services5.04.05.05.03.55.04.05.05.05.0
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ToshibaREGZA 55X8900K

$1,460.02

Japanese東芝 REGZA 55X8900K
TypeOLED
Dimensions48.3 x 9 x 29.7 in
Screen Size55 in.
Weight43 lbs (with stand included)
RecorderYes
4K UpconvertorYes
Double Refresh RateYes
Display TypeN/A
Panel TypeN/A
Available PortsHDMI×4, LAN×1, USB×3 (Recorder1/All-purpose2), AUX×1
Overall Score4.70
Resolution4.6
Audio quality4.6
Recorder5.0
Streaming services5.0
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Japaneseソニー XRJ-55A80J
TypeOLED
Dimensions48.3 x 2 x 28 in (without stand), 48.3 x 13 x 28 in (with stand), 48.3 x 13 x 30.9 in (with sound bar)
Screen Size55 in.
Weight39.25 lbs. (without stand), 41.90 lbs. (with stand)
RecorderN/A
4K UpconvertorYes
Double Refresh RateYes
Display TypeN/A
Panel TypeN/A
Available PortsUSB, HDMI, LAN, CAV, AUX
Overall Score4.60
Resolution4.6
Audio quality4.6
Recorder4.0
Streaming services4.0
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PanasonicVIERA TH-55JZ1000

$1,452.50

Japaneseパナソニック VIERA TH-55JZ1000TH-55JZ1000
TypeOLED
Dimensions48.3 x 13.7 x 30.6 in (with stand included)
Screen Size55 in.
Weight43 lbs. (with stand included)
RecorderYes
4K UpconvertorYes
Double Refresh RateYes
Display TypeN/A
Panel TypeN/A
Available PortsHDMIx4, USBx3, CAVx1, LANx1, AUXx1
Overall Score4.55
Resolution4.6
Audio quality4.3
Recorder5.0
Streaming services5.0
4

SharpAQUOS 4T-C55DQ1

$1,195.65

JapaneseSharp AQUOS 4T-C55DQ1
TypeOLED
Dimensions48.4 x 10.4 x 30.4in
Screen Size55 in.
Weight48.51 lbs. (without stand), 58.43 lbs. (with stand)
RecorderN/A
4K UpconvertorYes
Double Refresh RateYes
Display TypeN/A
Panel TypeN/A
Available PortsHDMIx4, CAVx1, AVx1, AUXx1, USBx2, LANx1
Overall Score4.47
Resolution4.5
Audio quality4.3
Recorder5.0
Streaming services5.0
5

LGOLED55B1PJA

$1,311.43

JapaneseLG OLED55B1PJA
TypeOLED
Dimensions48.4 x 9.7 x 30 in
Screen Size55 in.
Weight43.88 lbs.
RecorderN/A
4K UpconvertorYes
Double Refresh RateYes
Display TypeN/A
Panel TypeN/A
Available PortsHDMIx4, CAVx1, USBx3, AUXx1, LANx1
Overall Score4.26
Resolution4.1
Audio quality4.6
Recorder3.5
Streaming services3.5
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Toshibaレグザ 55Z740XS

$1,298.61

Japanese東芝 レグザ 55Z740XS
Type4K LCD
Dimensions48.6 x 9.3 x 29.9 in
Screen Size55 in.
Weight43.66 lbs. (without stand), 47.41 lbs. (with stand)
RecorderYes
4K UpconvertorYes
Double Refresh RateYes
Display TypeDirect-lit LED Backlight
Panel TypeN/A
Available PortsHDMIx4, AVx1, CAVx1, LANx1, USBx4, AUXx1
Overall Score4.24
Resolution4.3
Audio quality4.0
Recorder5.0
Streaming services5.0
7

SonyBRAVIA KJ-55X80J

$1,261.10

Japaneseソニー BRAVIA KJ-55X80J
Type4K LCD
Dimensions38.3 x 2.8 x 22.32 in (without stand), 38.3 x 11.26 x 24.88 in (with stand)
Screen Size55 in.
Weight34.62 lbs.
RecorderN/A
4K UpconvertorYes
Double Refresh RateN/A
Display TypeN/A
Panel TypeN/A
Available PortsHDMI, USB, CAV, AUX, LAN
Overall Score3.89
Resolution3.7
Audio quality4.0
Recorder4.0
Streaming services4.0
8

PanasonicVIERA TH-49JX850

$1,085.34

JapanesePanasonic VIERA TH-49JX850
Type4K LCD
Dimensions43.3 x 27.3 x 9.7 in (with stand)
Screen Size49 in.
Weight45.2 lbs. (with stand)
RecorderYes
4K UpconvertorYes
Double Refresh RateYes
Display TypeN/A
Panel TypeIPS
Available PortsHDMIx4, USBx3, CAVx1, LANx1, AUXx1
Overall Score3.78
Resolution3.7
Audio quality3.6
Recorder5.0
Streaming services5.0
9

Hisense55X8F

$1,131.80

JapaneseHisense 55X8F
TypeOLED
Dimensions48.3 x 2.7 x 28 in (without stand), 48.3 x 9.8 x 30.5 (with stand)
Screen Size55 in.
Weight39.69 lbs. (without stand), 41.45 lbs. (with stand)
RecorderN/A
4K UpconvertorYes
Double Refresh RateYes
Display TypeN/A
Panel TypeN/A
Available PortsHDMIx4, AVx1, CAVx1, AUXx1, USBx2, LANx1
Overall Score3.72
Resolution4.0
Audio quality3.4
Recorder5.0
Streaming services5.0
10

FUNAIFE-48US740

$1,051.82

JapaneseFUNAI FE-48US740
TypeOLED
Dimensions42 x 9.5 x 26.3 in
Screen Size48 in.
Weight36.38 lbs. (with stand)
RecorderYes
4K UpconvertorYes
Double Refresh RateYes
Display TypeN/A
Panel TypeN/A
Available PortsHDMIx4, AVx1, AUXx1, CAVx1, USBx3, LANx1
Overall Score3.66
Resolution3.6
Audio quality3.5
Recorder5.0
Streaming services5.0

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