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2021 TV Shootout: Sony A90J wins 'King of 4K TV' – LG ZX is 'King of 8K TV'

15 Sep 2021 | Rasmus Larsen |

Once again this year, Sony OLED was crowned 'King of 4K TV' at the 2021 TV Shootout while LG OLED took home the win as 'King of 8K TV'.

2021 TV Shootout

Last year's event fell victim to covid-19 but the annual TV Shootout in the US returned this year in New York, arranged by Dealerscope and Value Electronics, in an expanded form where four TVs competed in the 4K category and three TVs competed in the 8K category. A panel of professional video colorists, finishers, TV reviewers, and video scientists were asked to vote and find a winner based on various picture quality parameters (see table). The TVs were:

The winners

Sony's 65-inch A90J OLED TV was crowned 'King of 4K TV' for 2021 after it received the most votes in almost all categories, followed closely by the LG G1 OLED TV. The two 4K LCD TVs from Samsung and Hisense did not win any of the picture quality disciplines (SDR or HDR). In 2018, Sony ended LG's four-year run as the winner of the annual shootout. Sony OLED also won in 2019 and once again this year. Also read: List: Best TVs (review scores)

TV Shootout 2021

2021 TV Shootout. Photo: Value Electronics

In the more exotic 8K shootout, the judges picked the LG ZX OLED TV as 'King of 8K TV' based mainly on its 4K capabilities. LG ZX is a 2020 model that will be succeeded by the LG Z1 this year. - "We had a great time at our 2021 4K and 8K TV Shootout Evaluation event! Thank you for all who participated to make this the best TV Shootout! Congratulations to all the flagship TVs competing in the event, and to the new King of 4K TV, Sony's XR65A90J, and the new King of 8K TV, LG's OLED77ZXPUA," said Value Electronics. Detailed results are found below.

2021 King of 4K TV

Best SDR Day ModeSony A90J OLED TV
Best SDR Reference ModeSony A90J OLED TV
Best HDR Reference ModeSony A90J OLED TV
King of 4K TVSony A90J OLED TV

SDR Day Mode - Best 4K Living Room TV

ModelMotion / DSEImage Quality / BrightnessUpscaling / Sharpness
65" Samsung QN90A LCD6.807.947.38
65" LG G1 OLED8.758.317.25
65" Sony A90J OLED8.818.507.75
75" Hisense U9DG LCD6.447.066.44

SDR Reference Mode - Best 4K Home Theater TV

ModelBlack Level / Shadow DetailColor Accuracy / Skin Tones24p Motion
65" Samsung QN90A LCD6.195.757.50
65" LG G1 OLED8.507.507.94
65" Sony A90J OLED8.948.698.06
75" Hisense U9DG LCD6.066.506.88

HDR Reference Mode - Best 4K HDR TV

ModelBlack Level / Shadow DetailColor Accuracy / Skin Tones24p MotionUHD Detail / SharpnessHigh APLLive Sports4,000 Nit Tone Mapping
65" Samsung QN90A LCD5.946.386.636.817.886.254.81
65" LG G1 OLED8.008.578.257.567.257.698.00
65" Sony A90J OLED8.698.508.258.948.387.817.63
75" Hisense U9DG LCD5.755.636.566.316.256.195.88

2021 King of 8K TV

Model4K Black Level / Shadow Detail4K Upscaling4K Color8K Native Quality (Exhibition)
77" LG ZX OLED8.637.758.388.50
75" Sony Z9J LCD6.638.257.63N/A
65" Samsung QN900A6.887.507.137.38
- Source: Value Electronics, Dealerscope

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