Best 65-inch TVs in Australia
We examined dozens of TVs and read through hundreds of customer reviews to find the best big-screen displays currently available.
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The best 65-inch TV in Australia
- Best overall 65-inch TV: Sony KD-65A8H OLED 4K Android TV
- Best value 65-inch TV: Sony KD-65X9500H Full Array LED 4K Android TV
- Best high-end 65-inch TV: Samsung Q950T 8K Smart TV
- Best 65-inch TV under $2,000: Samsung TU8000 Crystal UHD 4K Smart TV
- Best 65-inch TV under $1,000: TCL P615 4K UHD Smart TV
How did we pick this list?
Finder's team researched the ins and outs of more than 70 TVs currently on the market and selected these top picks based on customer reviews left around the web. For every category, we looked into the main features of each TV and determined which of the dozens of options would be the best fit.
Best overall 65-inch TV: Sony KD-65A8H OLED 4K Android TV
Why we chose it
Sony pulled out all of the stops with the KD-65A8H, producing a TV that has most of the bells and whistles you'd want out of a high-end TV. With a crisp 4K OLED panel outputting rich colour and deep contrast, and a 4.8 out of 5 rating on Google, it's the best overall 65-inch TV you can get your hands on today.
The use of Android TV on the A8H makes it easy to use and means most, if not all, of the apps you'd want, will be available. You'll be able to enjoy everything from YouTube to Netflix and Stan on the TV. To boot, the A8H's thin bezel and built-in cable management features should help make the OLED experience even more immersive by removing those extra distractions.
Those who want the highest-quality HDR experience will welcome the A8H's Dolby Vision capability. With arguably the best High Dynamic Range tech currently available under the hood, the OLED panel on the A8H can produce super-accurate and vibrant brights and darks.
OLED panels are generally perceived to offer stunning picture quality and rich tones, but carry a stigma of potentially showing wear over time in the form of burn-in. Like other OLED TVs, the A8H does have a slight risk that it could suffer from that discolouration. With typical usage though, you shouldn't have to worry about that at all.
Another benefit of OLED? Great viewing angles. Compared to your typical LED display, you'll be able to enjoy the pricey panel from across the room.
In a blow to anyone looking to use this panel for super crisp 4K HDR gaming, the A8H doesn't support Variable Refresh Rate (VRR) technology such as AMD FreeSync. The lack of VRR support could make for a choppier experience, especially with next-generation consoles pumping out games at higher frame rates.
Some customers mentioned A8H had some trouble reading data from external hard drives with huge amounts of storage. Others praised Sony opting to use Android TV. Some said that the TV's built-in audio was more than usable without hooking up any extra kit.
Best value 65-inch TV: Sony KD-65X9500H Full Array LED 4K Android TV
Why we chose it
Sony calls the KD-65X9500H its best 4K LCD, and while it's a mouthful to say and a pain to type, it's our pick for the best value 65-inch TV currently available here in Australia. Customers seem to think it's pretty good, too, with a 4.7 out of 5 rating from reviews on Google.
Sony's 8K image processor, the X1 Ultimate, is crammed into the 9500H. While it's not an 8K TV, it benefits from the powerful tech with its impressive upscaling capability. The processor means that content recorded in lower resolutions is enhanced to breathe new life into it.
Those keen to experience great visuals and great sound will be happy to see Sony's inclusion of both Dolby Atmos and Dolby Vision on the 9500H. The proprietary tech helps provide high-fidelity surround sound and impressive HDR colours and tones.
However, the 9500H falls flat with its connectivity. The TV has plenty of ports, including two USB and four HDMI plugs, but there's one significant shortcoming: the HDMI inputs aren't rated for the new 2.1 standard. This means you won't be able to enjoy playing games at 4K with a refresh rate of 120Hz, which is disappointing given Sony's next-gen PS5 (and Microsoft's Xbox Series X and Series S, for that matter) can support smooth gameplay at that rate and resolution.
Some customers said that the LED panel produces stunning quality pictures and deep blacks that make the image closer to that which you would find on an OLED TV. Some users complained that ghosting was occasionally noticeable on the TV. Others said the audio out of the box wasn't quite good enough to allow you to ditch a soundbar
Best high-end 65-inch TV: Samsung Q950T 8K Smart TV
Why we chose it
Samsung's pricey Q950T is the best high-end 65-inch TV you can buy today. With its 8K resolution and high-quality Quantum Dot display, the Q950T is at the bleeding-edge of display technology and manages to secure Finder's overall pick for the best 8K TV currently available.
While the 8K resolution of the display is certainly the main selling point of the Q950T, that's not all it offers. It also comes packed with Samsung's Anti-Glare technology to avoid the rich colours of the display becoming muted by the bright Aussie sun. The TV is viewable at wider viewing angles when compared to some of Samsung's lower-end Quantum Dot displays, too.
If you're a cinephile wanting to crank the absolute best HDR experience out of your 8K display, the lack of Dolby Vision will probably feel a little insulting. It'll feel even more insulting when you consider the almost five-digit price tag. Still, you're not left totally without vibrant colours. Samsung crams HDR10+ into the Q950T for that extra colour enhancement.
You won't be distracted by what's around the TV, either. Samsung uses its Infinity Display technology to ship a TV that has almost zero noticeable bezels. Cables won't clutter your set-up, either. Just one cord runs to the display itself, with devices connected in a separate, hidable box.
Several customers praised the Q950T's upscaling of 4K content, made possible through the TVs Quantum Processor 8K. Others chided the display's aforementioned lack of Dolby Vision, which means viewers miss out on the best possible HDR experience.
Best 65-inch TV under $2,000: Samsung TU8000 Crystal UHD 4K Smart TV
Why we chose it
With a 4.6 out of 5 rating on Google from more than 23,000 reviews, Samsung's TU8000 Crystal UHD TV is a popular pick with consumers. At its affordable price point and with its 4K display tech, the TU8000 is our choice for the best 65-inch TV under $2,000.
The TU8000 comes bearing a relatively standard 4K panel with a motion rate of 100Hz. Samsung manages to offer HDR10+ and HLG technology on the budget-friendly TV to bring colours to life, even though the industry-leading HDR tech, Dolby Vision, is absent from the TV. Unfortunately, the TU8000 has just three HDMI ports, which is fewer than the industry standard of around four ports per TV.
Samsung packs the TU8000 full of content and connectivity, with apps ranging from Netflix to ABC iview to Apple TV working on the TV straight out of the box. The TU8000 also supports several other connectivity and streaming options, such as Apple AirPlay2 and Freeview Plus. You can also take your pick of voice assistants, with the TV allowing you to use Google Assistant, Amazon Alexa or Samsung's in-house assistant, Bixby.
In reviews posted online, some customers said the TV's picture was washed out. Others said the colours were vibrant and that the picture quality was excellent. With this variation of views on the picture quality, your mileage may vary. Also of note, some reviews mentioned that the display's brightness is limited.
Best 65-inch TV under $1,000: TCL P615 4K UHD Smart TV
Why we chose it
TCL's P615 Smart TV, with its 4K panel and support for High Dynamic Range, is the best 65-inch TV money can buy for under $1,000. Most consumers appear to be happy with the budget offering with it collecting a 4.5 out of 5 rating on Google.
The P615 features a decent but unimpressive 4K panel with a Clear Motion Rate of 100, which TCL says reduces motion blur on the display. While the P615 does support HDR, it doesn't support higher-end HDR10+ technology, nor does it support Dolby Vision.
TCL only outfits the P615 with a bare-bones port selection featuring just three HDMI ports and two USB ports. That'll be fine for some people, but if you're planning to hook up a console and a DVD player you'll be left with little flexibility.
TCL has opted to use Android TV to power its P615. Many will approve of this decision, which will mean plenty of customers have a familiar interface to use. As a bonus, you won't have to stress about app compatibility as most, if not all, of the apps you'll want to use will work straight out of the box.
Many online reviews labelled the TV as a great value pick-up, but it's not without its flaws. Customers complained of slow or glitchy apps and mentioned that while the P615 does support HDR, it's not the best.
Best products chosen
- We've compared products from 18 brands to find the top 65-inch TVs in several categories.
- We selected these picks based on our own reviews and round-ups by reading reviews left online by real customers, and by looking into each product's key selling points.
- The products on this list are chosen by our editorial team and are not selected based on commercial relationships.
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