The best 75-inch TVs money can buy in 2018

If you're dedicating this much space to a TV, then getting the best picture and sound quality around is a must. Tech guru Jon Porter reviews the TVs you want to invite to take over your living room wall

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When it comes to home technology, TVs are big. And, no matter which way you look at it, 75-inch TVs are really big.

They're massive hulking pieces of equipment that will completely dominate all but the largest of living rooms, and which you have no hope of installing without a burly friend to help you. 

If you want big, prepare to spend big

Suffice to say that getting a TV that's over 70-inches in size is a commitment, and not one to be undertaken lightly.

Even if you've got the space for it, 75-inch TVs are expensive by their very nature. Don't go for this size unless you're prepared to spend a significant amount of money. Trust us, if you're looking for a cheap option then you'd be much better off getting a more premium set in a smaller size. 

If you're comfortable with the space and monetary costs then you have a decent number of choices of TV, far more than you would have had in previous years.

OLED or LCD?

In terms of panels, it's a pretty even split between OLED and LCD. Of the two, LCDs are the cheaper option but you'll still be paying OLED prices for them at this size. If you want the perfect blacks and wide-viewing angles of OLED then TVs at this size can easily jump into the tens of thousands - you have been warned. 

Before we dive into our list of the best TVs available at this size we should just quickly point out that we've included a couple of 77-inch choices because frankly at this size you're unlikely to notice the extra couple of inches. 

Let's get to it shall we?

1. Sony KD-75XE9405

One of the finest LCDs money can buy

Specifications
Resolution: Ultra HD
Panel type: LCD
Smart TV: Android TV
HDR: HDR10, Dolby Vision
Reasons to buy
+Great value at this size+Picture quality is outstanding
Reasons to avoid
-Android TV can annoy

It feels strange to call a TV that costs several thousand pounds a 'bargain', but that's exactly what Sony's XE94 is. 

It's an absolutely stunning TV which offers impressive HDR abilities (including support for Dolby Vision), great colour handling, and motion-handling that's very easy to enjoy. 

All these smarts are housed within a TV that's refreshingly easy on the eye – even at this size. 

You'll have to put up with the ocassionally sluggish and bloated Android TV as a smart TV platform, but at least it offers access to every app you could possibly need on your massive TV. 

At 75-inches you'll have to spend a great deal more to do much better than the XE94. 

2. LG OLED77G7V

The cheapest OLED you'll find at this size

Specifications
Resolution: Ultra HD
Panel type: OLED
Smart TV: WebOS
HDR: HDR10, Dolby Vision
Reasons to buy
+'Perfect' blacks+Responsive panel+Fantastic soundbar
Reasons to avoid
-Motion handling a little intense

OLED TVs, with their lovely deep black levels and fantastic pixel response times, are expensive at any size, but at over 70-inches they start to enter another realm of pricing entirely. 

You can forget about finding any of LG's cheaper OLEDs at this size. Instead your options are limited to the company's G7 series (here represented by the OLED77G7V) or the flagship W7. 

We think the G7 is the better mix of price and performance of the two. It's hardly cheap, but for the price you're getting an absolutely exceptional screen, a beefy soundbar, and an interface that beautifully ties the two together. 

If you want a 77-inch OLED then this is the best option for most people. 

3. Sony KD-75ZD9

The best HDR LCD has to offer

Specifications
Resolution: Ultra HD
Panel type: LCD
Smart TV: Android TV
HDR: HDR10, Dolby Vision (incoming via firmware update)
Reasons to buy
+Stunning HDR+Phenomenally bright
Reasons to avoid
-Hugely expensive-Average audio

If you want a premium TV experience but don't want to go for OLED, then Sony ZD9 is the set to go for. 

This TV uses a similar form of backlighting technology as Sony's other LCD models, but it pushes it to the extreme with more backlighting zones (meaning more precise contrast between light and dark areas of an image) and a much brighter panel (meaning more striking HDR highlights and more detail in the bright parts of an image). 

You'll pay dearly for the privilege of course (hence why this TV is sitting a little further down our list), but the Sony KD-75ZD9 makes LCD's strongest argument yet against OLED.

4. Panasonic TX-77EZ1002B

One for the real AV geeks

Specifications
Resolution: Ultra HD
Panel type: OLED
Smart TV: My Home Screen
HDR: HDR10
Reasons to buy
+Colours as accurate as they come+Sleek OS
Reasons to avoid
-No Dolby Vision

At £20,000, Panasonic's TX-77EZ1002B is a TV for those people that really care about image quality. It's about as good as OLED TVs get, with phenomenally accurate colours that mean that you're seeing content exactly as was intended in the editing suite. 

Its this colour accuracy that lead to the EZ1002 winning HDTVTest's 2017 TV Shootout against some stiff competition. 

Beyond picture quality, the EZ1002 is also equipped with a pretty hefty soundbar that provides a great level of audio clarity to complement its visuals. 

The one downside here is that the EZ1002, unlike LG and Sony's models, does not and will not support Dolby Vision, the enhanced HDR standard from the veteran AV company. Instead, it will be receiving support for HDR10+ via a forthcoming firmware update. Initial comparisons suggest that HDR10+ offers a very similar level of performance to Dolby Vision, but it will be up to content creators to support it, and this part of the equation is still something of an unknown. 

5. Sony KD-77A1

A high-end OLED with some impressive upscaling smarts

Specifications
Resolution: Ultra HD
Panel type: OLED
Smart TV: Android TV
HDR: HDR10, Dolby Vision (incoming via firmware update)
Reasons to buy
+Impressive upscaling+Sounds great
Reasons to avoid
-Expensive-Unusual stand

Of course, once you've committed to spending £20,000 then Sony's KD-77A1 is another fantastic option. 

It's big advantage over Panasonic's efforts is how it's able to upscale HD/SDR content to a level that looks almost identical to native 4K/HDR footage. That's a great piece of functionality, especially when you consider that the majority of content is unlikely to be 4K HDR for the foreseeable future. 

Beyond its upscaling prowess the set also features a pretty unique speaker configuration which actually sees it vibrate its screen itself to create sound. 

We'd probably opt for the Panasonic over the Sony overall because the Panasonic is marginally better at handling 4K content (which will eventually become the standard), but if you want a TV that's going to deal better with the majority of the things you watch right now then the Sony is going to be a better bet.

6. LG OLED77W7V

A TV with a stunning look

Specifications
Resolution: Ultra HD
Panel type: OLED
Smart TV: WebOS
HDR: HDR10, Dolby Vision
Reasons to buy
+Wallpaper thin design+Dolby Atmos soundbar
Reasons to avoid
-Can only be wall-mounted

If your budget can't quite stretch to £20,000 but you still want a premium OLED experience, then LG's 77-inch W7 is a great option.

It's a striking looking television. The screen itself is just millimeters thick, a feat achieved by packing the TV's internals into a hefty, Dolby Atmos-capable, soundbar. 

This unique design means that the W7 does not come with a stand - instead you'll have to wall-mount it in order to experience its delights in your house. 

It's enormously expensive, but this is the TV you should go for if you want a set that looks just as good when it's turned off as when it's turned on. You might be getting exactly the same image quality as the LG G7, but the design and sound quality of the W7 are enough to put it in a whole different league. 

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