Best 50"+ TV up to £500

elesian

Novice Member
I am looking for the best general purpose TV in the £400-£500 range. I am not willing to spend more than £500. The screen must be in the 50-55" range. It seems to me that there are quite compromises at this price point. I have done some preliminary research and the best TVs appear to be:

1. Hisense A7G (QLED)
2. Samsung 7100/7020 (LED) - the bluetooth functionality of the 7100 is welcomed.

The movie will be used for mainly for movies and light gaming. I do not need wide viewing angles. Any recommendations are highly welcome!
 

Dodgexander

Moderator
Size is important, 50" models will all be using VA panels. 55" versions of both the TVs you mention could be using IPS panels. Hisense at 55" definitely, Samsung at 55 could be VA or IPS. AU9000 is the only cheaper Samsung guaranteed VA at 55".

Provided you are using just SDR either of those models is fine. But the problem comes when you use HDR. A cheaper TV like these just won't cut it, and will give you picture problems when you're forced to use HDR.

It's so much of an issue, I decided against recommending any cheaper TVs in my guide I make each year here: NEW: My best value TVs, 2021-2022 Edition
 

elesian

Novice Member
Great, fantastic advice. Regarding VA or IPS, for my purposes (looking pretty much straight on) a VA screen is going to be generally better with better contrast but poorer viewing angles? Should I concern myself too much with VA versus IPS at this price point? Further, is it possible to know what panel my screen will have (will it be specified for each screen size of, say, the Samsung 7100 etc)? Many thanks!
 

Dodgexander

Moderator
Most people in your situation would choose VA because the main downside is worse viewing angles. They do have another disadvantage though which is more motion blur, particularly in darker areas. So, a TV using an IPS panels retains better viewing angles and less motion blur, but worse blacks, contrast and screen uniformity.

There's no winner, so it depends on which display technology you like the pros and cons of the best.
 

Petey20

Active Member
Size is important, 50" models will all be using VA panels. 55" versions of both the TVs you mention could be using IPS panels. Hisense at 55" definitely, Samsung at 55 could be VA or IPS. AU9000 is the only cheaper Samsung guaranteed VA at 55".

Provided you are using just SDR either of those models is fine. But the problem comes when you use HDR. A cheaper TV like these just won't cut it, and will give you picture problems when you're forced to use HDR.

It's so much of an issue, I decided against recommending any cheaper TVs in my guide I make each year here: NEW: My best value TVs, 2021-2022 Edition
Does the chart you have linked not show the Samsung 55AU7100 to have a VA panel? Or am I reading the chart wrong?
 

elesian

Novice Member
The hisense range offer QLED at a fairly low price point, and from this perspective, I would have thought that the hisense screens would have been better than the budget Samsung ones?
 

ab12

Member
The hisense range offer QLED at a fairly low price point, and from this perspective, I would have thought that the hisense screens would have been better than the budget Samsung ones?
Yes, but they've switched to IPS/ADS in 2021 for 55''. Only the E76 will give you VA or any other 50''. You can get the U8Q at 514 which gives you decent motion and HDR brightness. Dark room performance won't be great as its IPS with too few dimming zones.
Another option would be the U7QF
 

elesian

Novice Member
I think I am going to go for a Samsung 7100/7110/7020. How can I know, for certain, whether I will get an IPS or VA panel? I am thinking of considering a 65" Samsung TV but only if it has a VA panel. The online specifications seem to list both IPS/VA. How can I know?
 

ab12

Member
You can't they use both during the assembly depending on availability. I guess most batches will be VA, but some will have ADS/IPS panels as well, see my chart.
 

Petey20

Active Member
I think I am going to go for a Samsung 7100/7110/7020. How can I know, for certain, whether I will get an IPS or VA panel? I am thinking of considering a 65" Samsung TV but only if it has a VA panel. The online specifications seem to list both IPS/VA. How can I know?
According to the chart Dodge linked you can't be certain at 65".
Go for a 58" or 70" if you want to be certain of getting a VA panel around that size.
 

elesian

Novice Member
I'm having second thoughts about the VA panel.

My situation is that the TV screen will be approximately 4m from the headboard of the bed. The plan is to have the screen on a wall mounted arm. The centre of the TV will be offset about 15-30 degrees (30 degrees being the farthest away viewer to the edge of the screen) from the bed (but this angle can be modified by using the TV arm to have the screen directly inline with the viewers).

Dark room viewing is more important than day time viewing. The main use is movies, followed by light gaming.

I am gravitating towards a 65"-75" setup now. Based on the above information, do you recommend IPS or VA?

P.S. I have heard that VA can suffer from black smear, which was noticeable on a friend's Samsung 'the frame' model.
 

Dodgexander

Moderator
30 degrees either side (60 cone) should be okay. At the tightest viewing angle, you may notice the far edge is a little darker than the rest of the picture, and in darker conditions the blacks at that side will be raised a little but it shouldn't be a big deal.

Going for a model using IPS tech is generally a bad idea for dark viewing, even the very top end models with local dimming still suffer in these conditions.

However, if you are averse to traits on VA panels like tighter viewing angles, or black smearing then definitely don't hesitate to go with IPS and live with those negatives instead. Its all about which pros and cons tick the boxes best for you. Not everyone is the same, but most people prefer VA panels today.

On the other hand, you do see a lot of complaints (particularly from gamers) about motion blur on VA panels.
 

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