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Best Dolby Vision TVs 2021

Best Dolby Vision TVs Buying Guide: Welcome to What Hi-Fi?'s round-up of the best Dolby Vision TVs you can buy in 2021.

Dolby Vision content is everywhere, from streaming services like Netflix, Amazon Prime and Disney Plus to Xbox Series X/S games, but what is it and how can you watch it? 

Almost all modern TVs have 4K Ultra HD and HDR (High Dynamic Range) technology for improved picture quality with a wider range of tones displayed.

Dolby Vision is a version of HDR that 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 alternative HDR format, only adds static metadata to each scene.

When it comes to TV manufacturers, the majority support Dolby Vision HDR with LG, Sony, Philips and Panasonic offering the biggest choice of hardware. One notable absentee from the list is Samsung. It has decided to go down its own route with its rival HDR10+ format. 

Dolby Vision TVs can vary in price so we've rounded up the best to suit a range of budgets...

Best Dolby Vision TVs 2021: Budget, mid-range and premium

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1. Sony KD-48A9

Sony’s first 48-inch OLED is phenomenally good.

SPECIFICATIONS

Screen size: 48in | Type: OLED | Backlight: not applicable | Resolution: 4K | HDR formats supported: HDR10, HLG, Dolby Vision | Operating system: Android TV 9 | HDMI inputs: 4 | ARC/eARC: eARC | Optical output: Yes | Dimensions (hwd, without stand): 62 x 107 x 5.8cm

Reasons to Buy

Striking picture
Bold sound
Solid app selection

Reasons to Avoid

Expensive
Lacks next-gen HDMI features

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 incredible 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 NetflixAmazon Prime VideoDisney+, Google Play Movies & TV and Rakuten, all in 4K and HDR (Dolby Vision in the cases of Netflix and Disney+).

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 OLED should be top of your list.

Read the full: Sony KD-48A9 review

Best Dolby Vision TVs 2021: Budget, mid-range and premium

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2. Philips 55OLED805

A stunning Dolby Vision OLED at a terrific price.

SPECIFICATIONS

Screen size: 55in (also available in 65in) | Type: OLED | Backlight: Not applicable | Resolution: 4K | Operating system: Android TV | HDR formats supported: HDR10, HLG, Dolby Vision, HDR10+ | HDMI inputs: 4 | USB inputs: 2 | ARC/eARC: eARC | Optical output: Yes | Dimensions (hwd, without stand): 70.5 x 123 x 5.8cm

Reasons to Buy

Crisp and detailed picture
Strong sound
Ambilight

Reasons to Avoid

Highlights could be brighter
Not the best choice for gamers

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. We'd rate the sound quality as 'excellent' for a TV, though you could always upgrade it with a soundbar.

There's plenty of features onboard, 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

Best Dolby Vision TVs 2021: Budget, mid-range and premium

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3. Sony KD-65XH9005

One of the best performance-per-pound Dolby Vision TVs.

SPECIFICATIONS

Screen size: 65in | Type: LCD | Backlight: Full array | Resolution: 4K | HDR formats supported: HDR10, HLG, Dolby Vision | Operating system: Android TV 9 | HDMI inputs: 4 | ARC/eARC: eARC | Optical output: Yes | Dimensions (hwd, without stand): 83.3 x 145 x 7cm

Reasons to Buy

Superb HDR
Colours pop
Excellent motion processing

Reasons to Avoid

Lightweight sound
Could be more PS5-ready

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. The 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

Best Dolby Vision TVs 2021: Budget, mid-range and premium

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4. Panasonic TX-55HZ1000B

A brilliant all-rounder from Panasonic's 2020 OLED range.

SPECIFICATIONS

Screen size: 55in (also available in 65in) | Type: OLED | Backlight: Not applicable | Resolution: 4K | Operating system: My Home Screen 5.0 | HDR formats supported: HDR10, HLG, Dolby Vision, HDR10+ | HDMI inputs: 4 | USB inputs: 2 | ARC/eARC: eARC | Optical output: Yes | Dimensions (hwd, without stand): 77 x 123 x 5.8cm

Reasons to Buy

Beautifully balanced images
Impressive handling of motion
Crisp, clear sound

Reasons to Avoid

Missing next-gen HDMI features
Lacks an ideal Dolby Vision preset
Pricier than rivals

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 that aims to optimise Dolby Vision performance in any ambient light conditions. You also get supports for Dolby Vision's main rival, HDR10+.

The 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. 

The supplied remote is a bit old-fashioned, and the lack of VRR (Variable Refresh Rate) could disappoint those gamers planning to upgrade to PS5 or Xbox Series X in the near future.

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

Best Dolby Vision TVs 2021: Budget, mid-range and premium

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5. LG OLED48CX

A brilliant first sub-50in OLED TV of the 4K era.

SPECIFICATIONS

Screen size: 48in | Type: OLED | Backlight: Not applicable | Resolution: 4K | Operating system: webOS | HDR formats supported: HDR10, HLG, Dolby Vision | HDMI inputs: 4 | USB inputs: 3 | ARC/eARC: eARC | Optical output: Yes | Dimensions (hwd, without stand): 62 x 107 x 4.7cm

Reasons to Buy

Flagship-level OLED performance
Dramatic but natural picture
Forward-looking feature set

Reasons to Avoid

Missing UK catch-up apps
Pricey for its size

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, tailoring 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 soundbar 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 is the ultimate TV for those who want a flagship model that won't dominate their living room. Put simply; it's one of the very best sub-50in TVs on the market. Want to go bigger? We also recommend the 65-inch version, the five-star LG OLED65CX.  

Read the full review: LG OLED48CX

Best Dolby Vision TVs 2021: Budget, mid-range and premium

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6. Sony KD-49XH9505

The XH9505 is the latest in a long line of superb 49in Dolby Vision TVs from Sony.

SPECIFICATIONS

Screen size: 49in (also available in 55in, 65in, 75in 85in) | Type: LCD | Backlight: Direct LED | Resolution: 4K | HDR formats supported: HDR10, HLG, Dolby Vision | Operating system: Android TV 9.0 | HDMI inputs: 4 | ARC/eARC: eARC | Optical output: Yes | Dimensions (hwd, without stand): 63 x 109 x 6.9cm

Reasons to Buy

Punchy, rich colours
Brilliant audio
Snappy UI

Reasons to Avoid

Last year's design
Backlight bloom

This five-star set has a great lineage with its three predecessors all winning What Hi-Fi? Awards. The 49in KD-49XH9505 (XBR-49X950H in the States) is certainly a Dolby Vision TV that's hard to beat.

Sony has basically reused the shell of its 2019 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 also get a better remote than last year's that's neatly laid out and doesn't require line of sight 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

Best Dolby Vision TVs 2021: Budget, mid-range and premium

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7. LG OLED65GX

LG’s 2020 OLED TV range gets off to a superb start with this elegant Dolby Vision model.

SPECIFICATIONS

Screen size: 65in (also available in 55in, 75in) | Type: OLED | Backlight: Not applicable | Resolution: 4K | Operating system: webOS | HDR formats supported: HDR10, HLG, Dolby Vision | Operating system: webOS | HDMI inputs: 4 | ARC/eARC: eARC | Optical output: Yes | Dimensions (hwd, without stand): 83 x 145 x 2cm

Reasons to Buy

Effortlessly natural images
Great motion and dark detail
Beautiful design

Reasons to Avoid

Lacks UK catch-up apps
No feet or pedestal in box

2020 may have been a bit of a damp squib for most of us, but at least it threw 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 All 4, but LG assures us it's working on this. Either way, this is a stunning Dolby Vision TV and last year's TV benchmark. Buy it and you won't be disappointed.

Read the full review: LG OLED65GX

Best Dolby Vision TVs 2021: Budget, mid-range and premium

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8. Panasonic TX-58HX800B

This mid-range 4K TV is a fantastic proposition for the money.

SPECIFICATIONS

Screen size: 58in (also available in 40in, 50in, 65in) | Type: LCD | Backlight: edge LED | Resolution: 4K | HDR formats supported: HDR10, HLG, Dolby Vision, HDR10+ | Operating system: My Home Screen 5.0 | HDMI inputs: 3 | ARC/eARC: ARC | Optical output: Yes | Dimensions (hwd, without stand): 76 x 130 x 6.5cm

Reasons to Buy

Handles contrast very well
Rich, balanced colours
Ace motion processing

Reasons to Avoid

Needs deeper blacks
Lacking some apps
Price

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).  The 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

Best Dolby Vision TVs 2021: Budget, mid-range and premium

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9. LG OLED55C9PLA

The best performance-per-pound Dolby Vision OLED you can buy.

SPECIFICATIONS

Type: OLED | Resolution: 4K | HDR support: HDR10, HLG, Dolby Vision | HDMI inputs: 4 | Dimensions (hwd, with stand): 86 x 145 x 25cm

Reasons to Buy

Subtle design
Rich, natural picture
Great contrast

Reasons to Avoid

Lacking dark detail
Beaten for motion
Confusing menus

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 set itself is razor-thin, though it has a fatter bottom where the speaker parts are housed. And the remote is effective and weighty, with handy shortcuts for both Amazon Prime Video and Netflix.

The CX and GX superseded the C9 in 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)

Best Dolby Vision TVs 2021: Budget, mid-range and premium

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10. Sony KD-49XG9005

This ‘small’ Dolby Vision TV has more flagship pedigree than most.

SPECIFICATIONS

Type: LCD with direct LED backlight | Resolution: 4K | HDR support: HDR10, HLG, Dolby Vision | HDMI inputs: 4 | Dimensions (hwd, with stand): 70 x 110 x 27.4cm

Reasons to Buy

Crisp, punchy picture
Brilliant colours and motion
Decent audio

Reasons to Avoid

Blacks could be deeper

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 delivers an excellent picture for its size and price.

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.

While still a bit behind the Samsung and LG alternatives, the Android TV operating system 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

Best Dolby Vision TVs 2021: Budget, mid-range and premium

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11. LG OLED65B9PLA

LG’s 2019 B9 OLED is still a talented, not to mention affordable, Dolby Vision TV.

SPECIFICATIONS

Type: OLED | Resolution: 4K | HDR support: HDR10, HLG, Dolby Vision | HDMI inputs: 4 | Dimensions (hwd, with stand): 87 x 145 x 25cm

Reasons to Buy

Excellent colours
Plenty of detail
Fair price

Reasons to Avoid

So-so dark/light reproduction
Muffled audio

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 minuscule 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 a degree of future-proofing with them, 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

Best Dolby Vision TVs 2021: Budget, mid-range and premium

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12. Toshiba 43UK4B63DB

Toshiba delivers a decent budget Dolby Vision TV.

SPECIFICATIONS

Type: LED | Resolution: 4K | HDR support: HDR10, Dolby Vision | HDMI inputs: 4 | Dimensions (hwd, with stand): 58.8 x 96.9 x 22cm.

Reasons to Buy

Good HDR handling
Solid upscaling
Natural, easy-going image

Reasons to Avoid

Poor sound
Somewhat compromised contrast
Minor colour inconsistencies

This 2020 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 lineup – the other options are 50in and 58in screens – and supports HDR10 and Dolby Vision

The 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 a 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