A step to the side- Smart TV question

So I have an audio room. In that room I mounted A 55 inch smart TV for general Youtube viewing, rarely a movie and it is connected to my two channel music system. No gaming at all. I use the TV, usually as a side entertainment. Windows everywhere but with blinds. I’d like to replace this TV since it’s getting old in the tooth. Going up to 65 inch and wondering if any audiophiles have a Smart TV and what you like. In my living room I have an LG OLED that I like much more than the Samsung.I am leaning that direction but would like to know from the audio crowd. What do you have or what would you get?


I have both TCL and Sony smart TV's. As far as picture quality I like the Sony. Sony uses the Google OS which I am not a fan of. The TCL has good picture quality but the colors seem more life like on the Sony. What I like about the TCL is the Roku OS. So, if you are going for the best pic, I like the Sony and the best OS I like the TCL/Roku.

I've got a 65" Sony XR65A90J that I got a couple of years ago, and I think it's great - I've got it connected up to my 2-channel audio system, too.

The latest and best Samsungs are great. You might also look into their new OLED models, although I read a review that said they aren't much better. 

2 smart Sony’s. Bulletproof. Easier and quicker to access streaming apps than through the cable box or Roku. Instant casting via an Android phone, no stinkin' Apple TV necessary.

I would stick with the LG OLED. By far the best picture quality and recently Samsung has been having issues with their "updates" actually adversely affecting the picture quality.

I have a LG OLED that was 4.5 yrs out of warranty with a burn in issue. The retailer wouldn't touch it even within the warranty timeline. It was that long after that I googled the issue and it came up with some people who said LG was honoring all repairs on my specific model line due to a faulty processor and all I had to do was pay for the labor, which came to $70. 

I got that new processor and a brand spanking new screen as well and never had an issue with burn in since. That processor handled all manner of things besides fixing burn in and the image was so much better than the original. Kind of like getting a new TV for the labor I paid for. Been loyal ever since and will only buy a LG OLED from now on.

All the best,

I’ve a Samsung UN65xxxx and it’s awesome. 4k streaming movies look superb. Netflix and Prime etc. built in. And it only cost around $500. You don’t need to spend more. I've a LG upstairs and the Samsung blows it away.

Lots of votes for Sony (no baloney). I think I'll get either a Sony OLED or LG OLED. 

Thanks to all for your input.

We have both an LG TV and a Sony TV.  The LG has little green splotches that show up from time to time.  It's about 5-6 years old.  The Sony is about one year old and fine.  Neither is connected to Cable TV.  We mainly use Hulu for live TV.  The user interface for the Sony is far superior to that of the LG.  Much easier to move around and find what I want.  I would buy another Sony before I would buy another LG.

I bought the 65 inch LG CX OLED a few years ago and love it!!!  I cast YouTube from my phone to it all the timeI love that LG updates its software as required  The picture quality is outstanding!! I just started iRacing and I put my sim racing rig right in front of the LG and connect to the LG as a computer monitor  The resolution is outstanding!! I get to see all my crashes In stunning detail Highly recommended 



I'm currently using a Sony OLED and love it. I have had LG in the past and I think their build quality is far below that of Sony. In fact, about a year ago when I replaced my TV I originally bought another LG. Had it for a couple of days and took it back. Replaced it with the Sony and have been happy with it since. And yes @fuzztone , I get Apple TV without Apple's device and enjoy their programming very much.

Another vote for Sony.  There were some ARC issues early on, but I think they have them all figured out.  I don't use ARC.

With today's prices and technology you can't go too far wrong.

Heck, I paid like $3000 in 1985 dollars for a 60" ProScan rear-projection TV.  Over $7000 in today's dollars.



The point made is that Android casts directly to most any smart TVs. iOS does not.

@fuzztone Not sure what that means 'casts', but if you have a smart TV you should be able to access Apple TV or any other streaming service, youtube, etc., directly via the TV. No need for iOS or any other external device or OS. But if I want to I can wirelessly view whatever is on one of my Macs or iPad or iPhone on my Sony TV.

I own a 55” LG OLED TV and like it very much. Its optical output connects to my Benchmark DAC3 HGC DAC and to my Musical Fidelity integrated amp and PMC speakers. The picture quality is excellent and so is the sound quality. This is a home theater 2-channel system.

I have a TiVo cable box (Internet TV), that connects to the Interent using an Ethernet cable, and use the TiVo remote to control my LG TV and the amplifier volume.


Well folks the verdict is in. After looking at TVs at Costco, Sam’s Club and Best Buy (which are the only places around me to shop) I was in Best Buy for the third time and the LG rep was there talking to a salesman and made me an offer I couldn’t resist on one of the last two 65 inch LG OLED C2’s left in stock (sealed in the box). He said LG would back it completely. Now without offending any Samsung fans out there, that little bit of extra warranty care from LG went a long way since my experience with Samsung was very, very bad. It was considerably less expensive than the C3. All the Sonys looked fantastic and the price tag reflected that. But in the end I went with what I liked in the past ...LG picture, Web interface and remote. The deal was just too (mafia like) good.

Regarding the “smart” features, I strongly suggest not using the built-in apps and instead get an external box such as Apple TV, Roku, etc.  

Just replaced an old 50” pioneer plasma that finally died with a midrange 65” Samsung LED STV. I went with Samsung LED over Sony and OLED mainly for the Samsungs unique glare resistant screen combined with overall brightness capability in a brighter room. So. The room lighting consideration was a big factor in choosing, much like room acoustics is a big factor in choosing a sound system.