Getting ready for the World Series games, or any of the big holiday bowls quickly coming our way? We’ve got the best LED TVs for top-line sports action, so take a look at the models and see which wins in your book!
Note: All of our picks are 4K TVs. Not all game day content has transitioned over to 4K – at least not yet – so actual difference in the image will depend in the incoming signal. However, it’s nice to have if 4K video is supported, and of course these TVs can handle 4K content from games, Netflix and other sources as well, which is an added bonus.
Samsung UN65JU7100 – $2,500
If you’re looking for a masterful game day screen, here it is. This Samsung 4K 3D smart LED TV can handle absolutely anything. It comes with built-in Wi-Fi, 4 HDMI ports, 3 USB ports, and motion parameters designed for sports. If you prefer smart TV features, it features the Samsung platform, and the panel is designed to reduce glare if you’re watching a mid-day game and need a little light in the room. Basically, it’s all here – and we purposely picked a model that’s a couple years old so that the price has fallen to more manageable levels. It’s hard to find all these features on one 65-inch TV that you can get for under $3,000. Oh yeah – the screen is 65 inches too, which plenty of room for to catch every moment of action no matter how many people you invite over.
But we like to be as fair as possible, so let’s take a look at a caveat, too: That 3D compatibility. Let’s face it, you probably don’t need and if you’re mostly interested in the big game day, you may never use it. That means you’re paying for an expensive feature without getting much worth out of it. If you’re thumbs down on 3D, then look for a similar Samsung model that comes without that features…or just keep going down our list.
Sharp LC55UB30U – $1,200
Our top Sharp choice is a little smaller than the first Samsung pick with a 55-inch screen, but that’s still plenty of room for an HDTV capable of showing all the action. The full array LED lights will keep everything bright and vibrant, and this 4K TV comes with just about every possible input that you could want, including 2 USB, 4 HDMI, component, composite, Ethernet, digital optical audio, and more.
With a smaller screen and no 3D technology, you’ll notice that the price is also a lot lower, making this screen particularly affordable compared to its competitors. We’re also fans of that low base which doesn’t waste any room and makes placement a little easier.
On the downside, the refresh is a native 60Hz which can be boosted by internal software – a lower number than many modern HDTVs and by far the lowest on our list. That means the action might not be quite as smooth for the fastest scenes, plays or hits. Fortunately the different to the human eye is often minimal, especially when the other specs are so good.
Samsung UN55JS8500 – $1,442
Yes, another Samsung! What can we say, Samsung makes great gaming day TVs – in this case, that means a 55-inch 4K smart TV with built-in Wi-Fi, an effective refresh rate of 240CMR, and 3D capabilities that include a pair of glasses. When it comes to inputs, you have several HDMI and USB ports to work with. In fact, you’ll notice that this TV looks a whole lot like our first Samsung pick, except with a smaller screen and lower price. This model focuses a little more on brightness and the 3D aspect than our top Samsung pick, so it’s a matter of what’s more important to you (or what you think looks the best).