Best Dolby Vision TVs Buying Guide: Welcome to What Hi-Fi?’s round-up of the best Dolby Vision TVs you can buy in 2020.
Dolby Vision promises a subtler, more sophisticated image than a standard HDR10 picture because it uses dynamic metadata encoded into each frame of a movie for a more accurate picture. HDR10, the most common HDR format, only adds static metadata to each scene.
When it comes to TV manufacturers, the majority support Dolby Vision HDR but one notable absentee from the list is Samsung. It has decided to go down its own route with its rival HDR10+ format.
If you’re keen to start experiencing Dolby Vision, LG, Sony, Philips and Panasonic offer the biggest choice of hardware, while Netflix and Amazon Prime carry plenty of titles encoded with Dolby Vision.
Dolby Vision TVs can vary in price so we’ve rounded up the best to suit a range of budgets…
This state-of-the-art Sony flagship is one of the best Dolby Vision TVs we’ve ever clapped eyes on. The petite 48in OLED panel is the perfect size for most living rooms and features a design that wows with an ultra-slim bezel.
Those premium looks are matched by premium performance, thanks in part to the presence of Sony’s X1 Ultimate processor. Images are punchy, natural and packed with an incredibly level of detail, especially in the darker areas. Motion is handled beautifully – and with a deftness that eclipses the five-star LG CX OLED (below).
The presence of Google’s Android TV platform serves up a superb app offering including Netflix, Amazon Prime Video, Disney+, Google Play Movies & TV and Rakuten, all in 4K and HDR (Dolby Vision in the cases of Netflix and Disney+). The Apple TV app was missing at the time of our review but Sony assures us that it’s coming soon.
Downsides? Well, surprisingly for such a cutting-edge TV, the A9 lacks some next-gen HDMI features such as 4K@120Hz (HFR) and VRR (Variable Refresh Rate), which is bad news for gamers planning to hook up a PS5 or Xbox Series X.
That aside, this is a truly stunning Dolby Vision TV that brings jaw-dropping HDR capability to the sub-55in TV category. Unless you’re dead-set on something bigger, this 2020 OLED should be should be top of your list.
Read the full: Sony KD-48A9 review
Last year’s OLED804 was highly regarded but this year’s OLED805 is truly outstanding. It uses Philips’ latest AI technology to produce a crisp, vibrant image with a level of detail that’s unbeatable for the money.
The wonderfully-natural picture is enhanced by Philip’s nifty Ambilight tech, which uses hidden light bars to extend the onscreen action onto the walls, and dynamic speakers that deliver a thrilling punch of bass. For a TV, we’d rate the sound quality as ‘excellent’, though you could always upgrade it with a soundbar.
There’s plenty of features on board, plus support for both high-end HDR formats – Dolby Vision and HDR10+ – so there’s no need to pick sides. The user experience, which is based on Google’s Android TV, is slick and intuitive but some may rue the lack of Apple TV and gaming-specific features.
For everyone else, though, the elegant 55OLED805 is one of the best Dolby Vision TVs you can currently buy. And, given Philips’ aggressive pricing strategy, superb bang for your buck.
Read the full review: Philips OLED805
If you’re after a big screen Dolby Vision experience, the 65XH9005 is an awesome choice. This full-array LED-backlit TV with local dimming is loaded to the gunnels with picture-enhancing technology and supports HDR10, HLG and Dolby Vision HDR. You also get Dolby Atmos for sound.
Sony is even selling this model as “ready for PS5”. That means it’ll have 4K@120Hz (often referred to as HFR), VRR (Variable Refresh Rate) and ALLM (Auto Low Latency Mode). We say “will” because the set requires a firmware update, but Sony assures us that it will be available in time for the PS5’s launch in mid-November.
The upshot of all this sophisticated tech is a buttery-smooth picture that’s suited to movies, sports and gaming. Contrast pops and Dolby Vision content is expertly rendered. Sound is good though we’d recommending adding a Dolby Atmos soundbar for a truly immersive experience.
All in all, this is an excellent Dolby Vision TV that will delight gamers and non-gamers alike.
Read the full review: Sony KD-65XH9005
The Panasonic TX-55HZ1000B doesn’t look flashy but it impresses with its top-notch performance. Punchy yet natural, vibrant but controlled, beautifully balanced – this multi-talented TV makes the most of 4K HDR, Dolby Vision and standard definition content.
The design is sleek enough and, unusually, the 39cm stand swivels, making it easier to position. Beneath its understated skin there’s a ton of next-gen smarts including Panasonic’s new Smooth Motion Drive Pro technology and Dolby Vision IQ. The latter is a new format aims to optimise Dolby Vision performance in any ambient light conditions. You also get supports for Dolby Vision’s main rival, HDR10+.
Sound from the built-in- 30W speakers is clear and does a fine job of projecting dialogue. That said, we’d recommend you upgrade the audio with a decent soundbar.
Still, those minor niggles aside, this is a truly impressive OLED TV that serves up a stunning picture and excellent motion-handling, making it a great choice for both movie and sports fans.
Read the full review: Panasonic TX-55HZ1000B
If you’re a firm believer that size isn’t everything, this 48in inch OLED could be just the ticket – it offers the full flagship experience in a smaller size. There’s plenty to love about the picture, which is beautifully crisp and detailed, and it’s a great choice for gamers, since it features ALLM (Auto Low Latency Mode) and VRR (Variable Refresh Rate).
There’s no support for HDR10+ but you do get Dolby Vision IQ, which tailors the set’s Dolby Vision performance to the ambient light in your room. The sonics are decent enough for a TV, but we’d recommend adding a Dolby Atmos sound bar to match this set’s ability to display Dolby Vision content.
LG’s slick webOS operating system is a joy to use but it’s currently missing the UK’s major catch-up apps, including BBC iPlayer. That being said, you could easily add them to the TV by plugging in a streaming stick.
If it’s within your budget, this it the ultimate TV for those who want flagship a that won’t dominate their living room. Put simply, it’s the best sub-50in TV currently on the market.
Read the full review: LG OLED48CX
All three of this set’s predecessors have won What Hi-Fi? Awards, so there’s enormous pressure on Sony to make it four in a row. While other contenders will undoubtedly stake a claim before the 2020 Awards deadline, the 49in KD-49XH9505 (XBR-49X950H in the States) is shaping up to be the Dolby Vision TV to beat.
Sony has basically reused the shell of last year’s KD-49XG9005, which is a bit of a shame as it’s fairly thick and has awkward-looking feet that give the set an overly wide footprint. But the set looks fairly smart in its own right. You do also get a better remote than last year’s that’s neatly laid out and doesn’t require line of sight in order to send commands to the TV.
Most importantly, the new model is stuffed with upgraded kit, including Sony’s flagship processor, the X1 Ultimate, which brings with it lots of picture improvements. All told, this is a punchier and more richly coloured performer than its predecessor, with more dark detail and the excellent motion processing for which Sony is renowned. It sounds impressively weighty and solid, too.
Other than a bit of blooming from the direct LED backlight, this is an absolute corker, and the new benchmark for 49in Dolby Vision TVs.
Read the full review: Sony KD-49XH9505
2020 may have been a bit of a damp squib for most of us, but at least it’s throwing up some awesome TVs. This LG model is an absolute barnstormer with excellent picture processing, powerful sound and a beautiful design.
This is LG’s new ‘Gallery’ model, and as such is entirely intended for wall-mounting. You don’t even get a stand in the box (although feet can be bought separately), with a low-profile mount provided instead. The set is a uniform 2cm deep, which is exceptionally slim – under half the thickness of the CX.
Picture-wise, LG has taken the exemplary performance of its 2019 OLEDs and improved it in a few key areas, with dark detail, colour richness and motion handling all getting a boost. The set sounds decent, too, particularly for one with essentially invisible speakers.
The only issue for UK buyers is the current lack of catch-up apps such as BBC iPlayer, but LG assures us it’s working on this. Either way, this is a stunning Dolby Vision TV and the current 2020 TV benchmark. Buy it and you won’t be disappointed.
Read the full review: LG OLED65GX
The Panasonic TX-58HX800B isn’t part of Panasonic’s high-end TV range but it looks similar to the company’s pricier OLEDs thanks to the edge-lit LED backlight.
Performance is outstanding for the money, especially when it comes to dark detail. And while the colours falter slightly with standard definition content, Panasonic’s near-flawless upscaling technology delivers a wealth of picture detail (without over-sharpening pixels). Sound is decent and there’s support for Dolby Atmos.
Panasonic’s user-interface, My Home Screen 5.0, won’t win any design awards but it’s easy to use. It still employs the Freeview Play EPG and services, and there are a few missing apps (namely Disney+, Google Play Movies & TV, Now TV, BT Sport and Apple TV). A shame, but a media streamer would soon plug those gaps.
For the money, this is a great mid-range Dolby Vision TV. If you’re prepared to overlook the lacklustre user interface, the TX-58HX800B is a bit of a bargain.
Read the full review: Panasonic TX-58HX800B
This TV won our TV Product of the Year Award in 2019, and comes in both 55in and 65in guises.
What’s so good about it? The processing power and AI smarts, which bring huge boosts to contrast, colours and detail. Turn it on, and you’re met with stunning, near-flawless picture performance.
And considering it’s around the bottom of the current range in terms of its speaker system, it sounds pretty good, too – although we would, as ever, recommend buying a quality sound system to do justice to the fabulous picture.
The C9 has now been superseded by the CX and GX for 2020. But that just means it’s now available for a lot less money, making it even better value than before. Grab this high-quality Dolby Vision TV while you still can.
Read the full review: LG OLED55C9PLA (55in)
Read the full review: LG OLED65C9PLA (65in)
Looking for a high-end Dolby Vision TV that’s smaller than 55in? This 2019 Awards-winner is well worth considering. It might not feature Sony’s very latest picture processing technology, but it elivers an excellent picture for its size and price (now reduced thanks to the arrival of the Sony’s 2020 crop).
Brilliantly balanced, natural colours, lots of detail and super-sharp edges combine to deliver a picture that’s both authentic and enticing, not to mention consistent across all sources. And it requires almost no tweaking to get the TV performing at its best. Which is most welcome.
The Android TV operating system, while still a bit behind the Samsung and LG alternatives, is steadily improving and boasts all of the apps you’re likely to need. Sony has also added YouView to ensure all of the usual UK catch-up services are on board. In short, it’s quite a package.
Read the full review: Sony KD-49XG9005
The LG B9 is a mixture of old and new(ish) technology – it combines the company’s 2018 TV processor with its 2019 OLED panel. This makes it one of the more affordable Dolby Vision OLED models that LG offers, and a very tempting proposition indeed.
The picture is natural, colourful and well-measured for contrast whether you’re watching in 4K or upscaling from HD. Whatever processor power is missing certainly won’t ruin your TV experience.
Looks-wise, this LG is typically neat. From the front, it’s virtually all screen with a miniscule frame and a small, central, black plastic plinth taking the weight of the set. Just four screws anchor the panel to the stand but it feels sturdy enough.
Fully-certified HDMI 2.1 sockets bring with them a degree of future-proofing and there are more than enough sockets to accommodate any device you might care to attach. Positioning of the ports should pose no problem for wall mounting either.
There are small discrepancies in light and dark detail that the top LG processor found in the GX and C9 and it’s worth paying the extra for them if you can. But given the reduced price, the LG OLED65B9PLA is a lot of TV for the money.
Read the full review: LG OLED65B9PLA
This TV slots in just below Sony’s 2019 flagship Master Series and is a cracking 4K 65in LCD for the money. It offers is a watchable and forgiving picture with wonderfully balanced colours, superb detail and some of 2019’s best motion processing tech. It’s smooth and sharp and without either flicker or any of the ‘soap opera effect’.
It’s exceptionally bright and vibrant for the price. It may not have the black levels, viewing angles or extreme contrast abilities of the far more expensive Samsung QLEDs and LG OLEDs but you simply will not find such a beautifully performing TV without paying much, much more.
Android TV comes as standard. It might not be as welcoming as LG’s or Samsung’s own UIs, but it does boast an absolute bevy of apps, and it’s highly responsive thanks to the XG95’s immense power.
This model has been superseded by Sony’s 2020 models but we’d still compare it with far more expensive rivals. That tells you all you need to know about the quality and longevity of this set.
Read the full review: Sony KD-65XG9505
This Toshiba TV isn’t exactly luxurious but it is one of the best Dolby Vision TVs for those on a budget. At 43in, it’s the baby of a three-strong line up – the other options are 50in and 58in screens – and supports HDR10 and Dolby Vision.
Sound is better than you might expect from a TV at this price, too. It sports a Dolby Atmos-badged sound system (produced in conjunction with Onkyo) and built-in microphone for Alexa and Google Assistant voice interaction. It’s a superb feature set for a low-cost TV.
We were particularly impressed with the sharpness and detail of this set’s 4K image, and motion well-controlled. Don’t expect the deep blacks and vibrant highlights delivered by pricier LED and OLED sets, but it’s a respectable performance for the money.
We’d like to see an improved app selection (there’s no Disney+, Google Play Movies & TV, Now TV, BT Sport or Apple TV) but you could easily remedy that with the addition of an external video streamer.
Ultimately, this is a solid buy at a tempting price. If you’re going down the budget route, this is a cracking option.
Read the full review: Toshiba 43UK4B63DB
There are not many 8K TVs around that support Dolby Vision (Samsung’s 8K models support HDR10+, a rival HDR format). Nonetheless, what Sony has produced with the ZG9 points to a bright future for 8K.
The extra resolution comes at little-to-no cost in performance compared to the 4K members of the Sony family. The picture is stunning, balanced and the sound quality is right up there too.
If you can find some 8K footage (the only content we could lay our hands on was demo footage), you’ll be blown away. It’s stunningly punchy and vibrant, and a real step on from 4K. If this is the future of TV, then we have a lot to look forward to.
The 85in model is over a year old now but that’s good news for your wallet. It started out with an £14k price tag but is now available for around half that. It’s still an awful lot to pay for a whole load of resolution that can’t currently be utilised, but if you want a jaw-dropping Dolby Vision TV, the ZG9 is something of a bargain.
Read the full review: Sony KD-85ZG9