Nothing improves your living room like a nice big, HD, flat screen TV. And the end of financial year sales time could present the ideal opportunity for you to get a great deal on a shiny new model. Based on our customer satisfaction ratings for televisions, we’ve produced the following guide to the top brands and potentially best deals this year.
Who has the biggest discounts?
On average, Aussies spend around $1,500 on their new TVs. While this might seem like a lot, when you consider some brands offer TVs in excess of $10,000, it suggests there are still plenty of people buying cheaper models and getting great deals. Indeed, there are plenty of bargains to be had, especially at this time of year, so it’s always worth to shop around. Some of the top brands in our consumer ratings for TVs include Sony, Samsung, Hisense, Panasonic, LG and Kogan. Most brands offer a wide variety of high-tech features at reasonable prices, so read on for details of what you can expect to find this EOFY sales time.
|Kogan XU9010 4K LED SmarterTV||50”||$699||$529|
|Samsung UA32M5500 Smart Full HD LED LCD TV||32”||$749||$589|
|Kogan 4K HDR LED TV Series 8 KU8100||65”||$899||$689|
|Panasonic TH-40FS500A Full HD LED LCD TV||40”||$999||$865|
|Hisense 55PX Smart 4K Ultra HD OLED TV||55”||$3,499||$2,110|
|LG 70UK6540PTA Smart 4K Ultra HD LED LCD TV||70”||$2,699||$2,163|
|LG 75UK6500PTB Smart 4K UHD LED LCD TV||75”||$3,699||$2,631|
|Hisense 75P8 Smart 4k Ultra HD ULED LCD TV||75”||$4,499||$3,904|
|Samsung QA75Q7FN Smart 4K Ultra HD QLED TV||75”||$8,199||$3,928|
|Panasonic TH-65FZ950U Smart 4K Ultra HD OLED TV||65”||$5,299||$4,540|
|Sony A8F 4K UHD HDR Smart OLED Android TV KD65A8F||65”||$5,999||$5,285|
|Sony A9F Master Series 4K UHD HDR Smart Android OLED TV KD65A9F||65”||$7,499||$6,605|
Source: Appliances Online and Kogan, May 2019
Premium TV Brand Sony has a number of models up for grabs with hefty discounts.
Sony 65 Inch A8F 4K UHD HDR Smart OLED Android TV KD65A8F – $5,285
This Sony 65 inch 4K HDR TV retails for just under $6,000 but can be had for much less this EOFY sales time. With the 4K HDR Processor X1 Extreme system claimed to control over eight million self-illuminating pixels that comprise the OLED screen, you’ll enjoy exceptional colour and contrast, according to the brand. It comes with a back-mounted kickstand so that the near bezel-less design makes your screen appear as if it’s floating on your cabinet without a stand.
It’s boasted for Sony’s Acoustic Surface system, allowing you to hear sound from where it originates from on the screen. This is done through two actuators behind the TV that gently vibrate to create audio that moves along with the image. Expect a number of smart features such as access to Netflix and Youtube, as well as the Android app store, to help keep the whole family entertained. With its Google Assistant feature, you can also control the TV with your voice.
Sony 65 Inch A9F Master Series 4K UHD HDR Smart Android OLED TV KD65A9F – $6,605
Sony’s A9F series is apparently aimed to deliver outstanding visuals and sound. This 65″ unit ($7,499 RRP) features Sony’s Picture Processor X1 Ultimate boasted to provide deep blacks and natural colour of the OLED screen alongside its Pixel Contrast Booster to enhance colour contrast in bright rooms.
Similarly to the model above, it’s equipped with Sony’s Acoustic Surface system, allowing you to hear sound from where it originates on the screen. Sony states that there are three actuators behind this TV, and two subwoofers that vibrate in order to create audio that moves along with the image. Smart features include access to Netflix and Youtube, plus Google Assistant. If you have Amazon Alexa compatible speakers, you can also connect them to this Sony TV and control it through voice commands.
Leading TV manufacturer Samsung provides a broad spectrum of both budget and high-end TVs on sale this year, with some pretty solid discounts likely.
Samsung QA75Q7FN 75 Inch 190cm Smart 4K Ultra HD QLED TV – $3,928
Samsung’s QA75Q7FN 75 Inch 190cm Smart 4K Ultra HD QLED TV has a recommended retail price of $8,199, but can be found for as little as $3,928. It boasts QLED technology, which is a layer of quantum dots that gives you a range of colours similar to the technology used in films.
This QLED TV also comes equipped with Wi-Fi control, enabling you to stream Netflix and Stan as well as remotely control the TV via the Smart View App. It also allows you to watch your own videos directly, as well as play other content and games. It features one connect box for all your devices. Additionally, you can purchase the Samsung No Gap wall-mount, for a seamless look. In terms of TV energy efficiency, the Samsung 65-inch TV is rated four stars, with an annual running cost of around $212 (according to the Standard Test, based on a usage rate of 28.5 c/kWh).
Samsung UA32M5500 32 Inch 80cm Smart Full HD LED LCD TV – $589
More on the budget side is the Samsung UA32M5500 32 Inch 80cm Smart Full HD LED LCD TV with a RRP of $749. The 32-inch model provides full HD picture quality and Smart TV features, all for a pretty hefty budgeted price of just $589. While its more of an ‘entry level’ TV, it allows you to stream your favourite content from Netflix, Stan and the like.
Samsung’s ‘Ultra Clean View’ algorithm, which this model is equipped with, is designed to provide clean incoming images of noise and distortion. This means it renders before it’s shown on your screen, even when the source isn’t completely HD. Working simultaneously with the Ultra Clean View, the Contrast Enhancer is there to add extra levels of colour depth to different areas of the screen. So, your favourite movies will be rendered in an “extraordinary” range of colour.
Televisions are one of Hisense’s leading product lines and it generally rivals the big brands for colour, picture quality and price. There are a few options to consider, which are detailed below.
Hisense 55PX 55 Inch 139cm Smart 4K Ultra HD OLED TV – $2,110
The Hisense 55PX 55 Inch 139cm Smart 4K Ultra HD OLED TV typically costs $3,499, but can be found for as little as $2,110 this end of financial year. It’s a possible option for a small to medium sized lounge room or bedroom, and features wireless internet connection to stream Netflix and Stan. It’s equipped with 4K UHD Resolution, claimed to deliver excellent visual quality full of detail. In addition, it has a dedicated Game Mode said to display your gaming console at rapid speeds for fast-paced gaming.
The 55-inch Hisense model provides two USB ports and four HDMI ports. Other features include a sleep timer as well as an on/off timer for convenience. It’s rated four stars for energy efficiency, consuming 408kWh of energy per annum, which in turn adds around $116 to the average electricity bill per year.
Hisense 75P8 75 Inch 190cm Smart 4k Ultra HD ULED LCD TV – $3,904
A larger Smart TV option, with a wireless internet connection, is the Hisense 75P8 75 Inch 190cm Smart 4k Ultra HD ULED LCD TV. It’s typically sold at $4,499, but is sitting at around $3,904 at this end of financial year sale time.
You can expect similar technology as the model above. This unit is boasted for its Quantum Dot technology and Wide Colour Gamut, which combines to display exceptionally bright images using over 1 billion colours for a quality image. The HDR technology further optimises brightness, contrast and colour levels of your content, according to the brand. The inbuilt media player and USB connectivity allows you to enjoy your favourite videos and music. Additionally, it features a sleep timer and on/off timer. For TV energy efficiency, it’s rated a whopping seven stars.
Panasonic has become a household name over the past few years, and with TV’s such as these, it isn’t hard to see why.
Panasonic TH-40FS500A 40 Inch 101cm Full HD LED LCD TV – $865
Typically retailing for just under $1,000, you might score a bargain with this 40″ unit. It features HDR Support to enhance the colour, brightness and contrast of the images you see on your screen. Panasonic’s Hexa Chroma Drive is boasted to capture every detail in your content by using six-colour reproduction and a colour correction system. The Hexa Boost function can be activated instantly via the remove to add vibrancy to any content you’re watching.
In addition, its Full Array Local Dimming is aimed to assist in increasing the vibrancy of colour by highlighting bright zones and maintaining dark areas. In turn, you can expect images with enhanced colour, according to the brand. With its Smart functionalities, you have access to all your favourite streaming services such as Netflix and Youtube from a push of a button. It has a 4.5 star energy efficiency rating.
Panasonic TH-65FZ950U 65 Inch 165cm Smart 4K Ultra HD OLED TV – $4,540
While this TV might have a more premium price tag compared to the model above, you might score a much larger discount on this unit. Panasonic’s FZ950 series OLED TV is said to offer professional-grade picture quality straight from your living room. Boasted to use the very same screen technology as Hollywood movie colourists, expect accurate picture quality and natural colour reproduction.
Along with these features, it’s stated to offer the purest of blacks thanks to the OLED’s ability to control the brightness of each individual pixel. In addition, the Panasonic HCX 4K processor is claimed to combine exceptional control with impressive black levels, giving your TV shows and movies a lifelike feel. It has a slightly lower energy efficiency rating compared to the model above, totalling four stars.
LG is well-known for its big ticket home electronics, including TVs. And this EOFY sales time, it’s unlikely to disappoint those looking for a bargain!
LG 70UK6540PTA 70 Inch 178cm Smart 4K Ultra HD LED LCD TV – $2,163
The 70UK6540PTA 70 Inch 178cm Smart 4K Ultra HD LED LCD TV normally costs $2,699, but is likely to be had for around $2,000 this EOFY sales time. This 70” TV provides you with Ultra-HD LED 4K quality and Active HDR support. As a standout feature, the LG Magic Remote allows you to control the TV with the following gestures – point, select and speak. It uses a webOS operating system and has Smart TV apps in-built. With the LG TV Plus app, you’ll also be able to control the TV even if you lose the remote.
The 70-inch LG TV has a sleek, thin wall mountable design. It’s equipped with two USB ports and four HDMI inputs. For overall TV energy efficiency, it has been rated 4.5 stars.
LG 75UK6500PTB 75 inch 190cm Smart 4K UHD LED LCD TV – $2,631
For a slightly larger model, the LG 75UK6500PTB 75 inch 190cm Smart 4K UHD LED LCD TV ($3,699 RRP) can be found for $2,631 this financial year. It’s another Smart TV with wireless internet connection. You can expect similar features to the model above, along with HDR support to deliver enhanced contrast, according to the brand. It’s also boasted for upscaling resolution technology to help bring lower resolution videos closer to the 4K look.
It also features the same remote and operating system as the 70-inch TV above. It comes with four HDMI ports and two USB ports. It has been rated five stars for TV energy efficiency, something you can expect on other TV’s from LG.
You typically won’t find a Kogan TV priced above $2,500 and despite the already cheap prices, you might score an even greater deal during the EOFY sales.
Kogan 50″ XU9010 4K LED SmarterTV – $529
The Kogan 50″ XU9010 4K LED SmarterTV (Android TV, Smart TV) is usually $699 but has a sale price of $529. The 4K resolution with HDR is aimed to improve the level of realism in the picture quality. It features Google Assistant with voice search and Dolby Audio.
It’s also boasted for built-in chrome cast, which allows you to cast streaming services from your phone. This supports streaming services – including Netflix and Stan – along with Catch up TV such as 7Plus and 9Nown. There are two USB ports and three HDMI ports that this Kogan TV is equipped with. It has a 3.5 star TV energy efficiency rating.
Kogan 65″ 4K HDR LED TV (Series 8 KU8100) – $689
Moving up a size, Kogan’s 65″ 4K HDR LED TV (Series 8 KU8100) has a RRP of $899 but can be found for $689. The 4K resolution and superior HDR technology means it provides four times the resolution of Full HD, plus gives a “true-to-life” viewing and gaming, according to Kogan.
This budget Kogan Smart TV is equipped with three HDMI inputs and two USB inputs for media playback. Additionally, it has a PVR system to pause, rewind and record live TV. It has the same TV energy efficiency rating as the Kogan model above, totalling five stars.
Should you buy a new TV this EOFY sales time?
While the TVs featured above might provide a great bargain this end of financial year, it’s important to consider if you really need a new flashy TV, or if your current one works just fine. The rapidly changing technology environment does impact TV prices drastically, with outdated models getting cheaper by the dozen. The more advanced models still sit above the $5k mark but you can score a good deal if you shop around this financial year. But a great deal is only a great deal if you actually need what you’re buying!
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