From Stranger Things to Game of Thrones, it’s difficult to say whether there’s ever been a time where consumers have as much to watch as they do now. Thankfully, there’s no shortage of outstanding displays to watch it on either.
With more content-providers jumping on the 4K bandwagon, the much-anticipated pivot by major brands like Sony and Panasonic towards offering OLED and a widespread fall in the price-tag attached to getting a TV capable of running that content, it shouldn’t surprise anyone that ultra high-definition continued to be a major driver for the home entertainment space in 2017.
Here’s what we'd rate the best TVs and home entertainment accessories of 2017.
Best TV of 2017
Winner: LG W7 Wallpaper OLED
Whether we’re talking about the best of the best premium TVs available right now, or ones that reflect that the future of home entertainment might end up looking like, LG’s W7 ’Wallpaper’ OLED easily takes the crown. LG’s early investment in the OLED TV space continues to pay dividends for the company, allowing them to forge ahead into radical new design directions whilst also remaining competitive for picture quality.
To neatly summarize our write-up of LG’s 2017 OLED range: "If money is no object, then the Wallpaper W7 Signature model is the sort of thing we’ve seen sci-fi movies over the past decades - it's amazing.”
Runner Up: Sony A1 Bravia
You can read our full review of the Sony A1 Bravia OLED here.
Best TV Under $2000
Winner: TCL X2 QLED
With OLED still a little expensive for most, the notion that a company like TCL could bring QLED to the mid-range TV market is one that becomes very appealing, very fast.
As we said in our review, “The TCL X2 might not be the best value TV you can find under $2000. However, it’s probably the only one you can find in that price bracket that boasts a QLED display. Throw in robust Android TV integration and a Harmon Kardon-tuned audio setup and you’ve got a great all-round package that’s easy to recommend even at a price point double what TCL are selling it at.”
You can read our full review of the TCL X2 QLED here.
Runner Up: Panasonic EX600U
Best Entertainment Accessory
Winner: Apple TV 4K
As SVOD services like Netflix, Stan and Amazon Prime continue to take a bigger and bigger bite out of our collective entertainment diets, the demands of customers for a device that brings all of those services together continues to do the same. While the field of players is already pretty varied, Apple’s newly-minted Apple TV 4K still walks away with the top spot - courtesy of impressively diverse roster of streaming services and the iTunes current dominance of the 4K VOD space. Toss in a 4K copy of every HD movie you buy on iTunes and the device a deal that’s hard to beat - especially if you’re Australian.
As said in our review, “Dolby Vision concerns aside, the new Apple TV 4K can squeeze the most out of the latest televisions. Google and Amazon offer 4K rivals, but if your lounge room is blessed with a Ultra HD screen and is wedded to the Apple ecosystem then this is the streaming box for you.”
You can read our full review of the Apple TV 4K here.
Runner Up: Xbox One X
You can read our full review of the Xbox One X here