Picking my first 4K TV (1000 GBP or under) 55 inch or 60 inch

Newbie123

Novice Member
Hi,
I know these questions are asked a lot but maybe I can gather some opinions.
I have a refund from the tax man coming (due to wrong tax code) and a voucher from work.
Overall about 1000 GBP to spend as a maximum on a 4K TV.
TV will be in the lounge it's quite a bright room in the day; so I'm leaning towards LCD rather than OLED.
Currently I have a very old Samsung 37 inch "3D TV" Full HD which can be re-used as a computer monitor, it's still working fine (after about 10 to 14 years!).
I mostly watch via Sky Q Box, we have Netflix and Amazon Prime also (usually watch them through Sky box too, though also have an older Chromecast).
In addition, not long ago I bought a new Samsung Soundbar with Sub and rear speakers with upfiring ones built it (which is generally great).
I don't game much but I am interested in having the latest gaming technologies in case my mates bring their consoles over.
I have plenty of old DVD's and a Sony BluRay player (a fairly cheap one).

I'm happy with the old Samsung (only replacing because it's small and not 4K).
I'd be interested in using the Q-Symphony function (with the existing Soundbar) if I got a 4K Samsung TV, maybe like this one:


But it seems Samsung doesn't support all HDR formats; especially lacking Dolby Vision.
I read one post on hear that some studios have dropped HDR10+, and that BBC iPlayer uses HLG, with Netflix and Amazon also split on the issue.

I'm not keen to spend the money and then find things are released in a format that isn't supported.
Which leaves me with the need to mix and match Samsung soundbar and other brand's TV.
Sony, LG, Panasonic seem to be other brands in my price range.
Something like this, perhaps:

Is the Qsymphony really worth missing out on Dolby Vision for? Is running a mixture of brands a better approach?
 

tvdavid

Well-known Member
the 55 inch is the better set but not as good HDR but will be better than other cheap tvs

 

Dodgexander

Moderator
The Sony X90J is more similar in picture to the Q80A if you wanted to spend less (or go bigger) and get Q Sympathy support.

Samsung Q95TD is best avoided. It's not the same TV as the Q95T it replaced.

For a better overall TV from 2021 lineups look at the Samsung QN94A or QN95A, with Sony there's the X95J.

Is Q sympathy worth it? I'm not sure. But arguably Samsung make better TVs this year than Sony, especially if you're looking at the QN94A or QN95A models. Q Sympathy could be worth it alone if the soundbar you own doesn't support room correction without a Samsung TV.

As for Dolby Vision support, it comes secondary to a lot of other factors when purchasing. All Dolby Vision content has a HDR10 layer which the Samsung models will support. If the TV is good with HDR like the QN94A and QN95A are then it will look good even without Dolby Vision support.
 

Newbie123

Novice Member
The Sony X90J is more similar in picture to the Q80A if you wanted to spend less (or go bigger) and get Q Sympathy support.

Samsung Q95TD is best avoided. It's not the same TV as the Q95T it replaced.

For a better overall TV from 2021 lineups look at the Samsung QN94A or QN95A, with Sony there's the X95J.

Is Q sympathy worth it? I'm not sure. But arguably Samsung make better TVs this year than Sony, especially if you're looking at the QN94A or QN95A models. Q Sympathy could be worth it alone if the soundbar you own doesn't support room correction without a Samsung TV.

As for Dolby Vision support, it comes secondary to a lot of other factors when purchasing. All Dolby Vision content has a HDR10 layer which the Samsung models will support. If the TV is good with HDR like the QN94A and QN95A are then it will look good even without Dolby Vision support.
Thank you I will look into those models.
I didn't know this:
" All Dolby Vision content has a HDR10 layer which the Samsung models will support"
 

Dodgexander

Moderator
Which Soundbar do you own? If it's one of the higher end ones from their 2021 lineup it may need a Samsung TV for calibration which will improve the sound a lot. I think only the Q900A and Q950A support calibration without a Samsung TV.

Some of the lower end models don't support calibration at all.
 

Newbie123

Novice Member
Which Soundbar do you own? If it's one of the higher end ones from their 2021 lineup it may need a Samsung TV for calibration which will improve the sound a lot. I think only the Q900A and Q950A support calibration without a Samsung TV.

Some of the lower end models don't support calibration at all.
It's this one:
HW-Q800A/XU
With the rear speakers. I'd guess it doesn't support calibration as that didn't seem to come up when I set it up.
 

Dodgexander

Moderator
That's one of the models that does support calibration, but only with a Samsung TV.
It's not as good as the calibration on the Q950A where there is a calibration mic fitted to the subwoofer, but it will use the mic built into the TV to adjust its sound based on your surroundings.
 

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