Every year the colleagues of the English HDTV Test 2018 hold an extensive TV shootout in which several top models are put next to each other. Consumers are invited to rate these TV editors calibrated at different points and then a winner rolls out. This year the shootout is held again, and in this article you will find the winners.
HDTV Test 2018 TV shootout
This year HDTVTest has the top models of TVs from LG, Panasonic, Samsung and Sony besides put together and invited several readers to assess the quality of these devices on different parts. The OLED models went off with four awards, while one award was reserved for Samsung’s LCD LED (QLED) television.
Before the test, all televisions were officially calibrated by the editors and there are also two reference monitors Sony used to compare the image quality. The TVs were not covered, so it is not a blind test, but brand preferences would not play a major role according to the website. In the test were used
In the table below you will find the winners per part. The table below shows the scores per sub-section
|Best Home Theater TV:||Panasonic FZ802 (14.93 points)||Sony AF8 (13.27 points)|
|Best Living Room TV:||Sony AF8 (15.82 points)||Panasonic FZ802 (15.69 points)|
|Best Gaming TV:||Samsung Q9FN (4.23 points)||LG C8 (4.10 points)|
|Best HDR TV:||LG C8 (4.15 points)||Panasonic FZ802 (4.13 points)|
|Best TV or 2018:||Panasonic FZ802 (32.59 points)||LG C8 (31.49 points)|
|Contrast:||Panasonic FZ802 (4.58 points)||Sony AF8 (4.45 points)|
|color:||Panasonic FZ802 (4.36 points)||Sony AF8 (4.31 points)|
|Motion:||Sony AF8 (4.27 points)||Panasonic FZ802 (4.18 points)|
|Video processing:||Sony AF8 (4.27 points)||Panasonic FZ802 (3.87 points)|
|Uniformit eit:||LG C8 (4.19 points)||Panasonic FZ802 (4.05 points)|
|Clear room performance:||Samsung Q9FN (4.52 points)||LG C8 / Panasonic FZ802 (3.43 points)  Gaming:||Samsung Q9FN (4.23 points)||LG C8 (4.10 points)|
|HDR:||LG C8 (4.15 points)||Panasonic FZ802 (4.13 points)|
Just like last year, the attendees of the 2018 TV shootout voted the Panasonic FZ802 as the best home theater TV and the best TV overall, which is a testament to the Japanese brand’s commitment to color accuracy and video fidelity. 2018 has seen a dynamic range for dynamic impacts, as well as lower input lag, allowing the company to defend its crown against stiff competition. The audience also continues to prefer OLED in the majority of categories scored, self-emissive values which deliver true blacks, vibrant colors and wide viewing angles.
Best Home Theater TV: Panasonic FZ802 has the most accurate colors , providing the closest match to the Sony BVM-X300 reference monitor.
Best Living Room TV: The Sony AF8 handles less-than-pristine off-air broadcasts in the cleanest manner, as well as boasting the best motion for watching sports
Best Gaming TV: The Samsung Q9FN has the lowest input lag, supports Auto Game Mode switch and VRR (variable refresh rate), and poses no burn-in risk.
Best HDR TV: LG C8’s looks generally brighter than other OLEDs thus giving more HDR impact. Samsung suffered in dark scenes where local dimming could be aggressive causing loss of shadow detail.