Why 85 Inch TVs Are The New Normal

December 14, 2023 – 3 min read

TVs just keep getting bigger and bigger, with better quality pictures. A few years ago, 85” 4K TVs – the new gold standard in home entertainment – were the price of a prestige German car, but now they are an affordable everyday luxury. No wonder so many people are upgrading to get the full cinematic experience at home. Here’s what you need to know before shopping for your new extra big-screen TV.

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Why Should I Buy An 85” TV?

There are many benefits to having a really big screen, so this is like asking, “Why would I go to the cinema when I can watch Netflix on my phone?”. Big screen TVs are more immersive; you feel like you’re actually at the game or more invested in the movie experience.

The higher the definition of a TV (1080p, 4K, 8K, etc.), the larger the screen you can comfortably watch because there are more pixels per inch. That means you can sit closer to a bigger 8K TV than you ever could to a Full HD TV, so sizes you might have ruled out before suddenly are worth looking at.

“It means you can have more people watching at good viewing angles, depending on the shape of your room, so you can host watch parties and be the envy of your friendship group,” says John Milonas, The Good Guys Buyer - Televisions and Accessories.

“Big screen TVs are more immersive; you feel like you’re actually at the game or more invested in the movie experience.”

What Are The Best 85” TVs?

Sony is a real leader when it comes to huge-screen TVs, and the 85” X95J 4K Bravia XR Full Array Google is one of the best. Sony TVs are famous for their powerful processors that make light work of upscaling lower definition movies and sports events into 4K, and this model is no exception. It also delivers real-world textures and ultra-realistic pictures on screen, in vivid colours that are both beautiful and natural to the human eye.

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LG is the company that put OLED TVs on the map, and they offer the choice of an 83” or 86”, but not 85”. The most exciting of their big screen TV range is the LG 83” C1 4K UHD OLED Smart TV. Most Australian video game reviewers use LG C1 TVs because the picture is so accurate. This TV also supports both HDR 10 Pro and Dolby Vision, has a variable refresh rate, and supports Dolby Atmos audio.

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What Is The Best Way To Display An 85” TV?

The good news is that an 85” TV will work in any living room with an area large enough to house this beast of entertainment. 85” TVs are big, about 185cm x 107cm, plus the stand, and they’re also pretty heavy, around 45kgs. So, there’s a chance your old TV unit might not be up to the task. Often, the best approach is to wall mount a TV this big.

Because of the size, John Milonas has this advice: “When it comes to big, heavy TVs, we always recommend using a professional installer to make sure everything is set up as perfectly and safely as possible.”

The Good Guys Home Services can help by sending a trusted professional to your place to get everything sorted, so you don’t have to worry about a thing.

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How Far Should I Sit From An 85” TV?

There are a few things to keep in mind when setting up your ultimate home theatre. The first is that the TV should be at eye-height, and the best seat in the house is the one right in the middle of the screen.

There are also two different ways to look at optimum viewing distance: field of view and getting the most out of the resolution. For a cinema-like experience, you want a 40° field of view, and 30° for everything else, so with an 85” TV, that’s 2.59m and 3.52m respectively.

However, to get the most detail out of that beautiful 4K HDR picture, 1.8-3m is the ideal seating distance.

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What Other Features Should I Look For?

The big things you want to look out for in a new TV these days are definition, refresh rate, and HDMI 2.1.

Definition is the most important feature to look for. The minimum you want for an 85" TV is 4K. Of course, 8K screens double that resolution again. 8K TVs are starting to come in and may well become the new standard. But, if you do choose an 8K model, you will need HDMI 2.1.

Refresh rate and HDMI 2.1 are particularly important for gamers, because the higher the refresh rate (preferably around 120Hz), the smoother the playing experience. HDMI 2.1 is key because the PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X rely on that new standard to be able to display those high refresh rates. It’s also going to be important for newer, higher definition Blu-Ray and other media players.

When you’re ready to upgrade to the best home cinema experience, we’re ready to help you find your perfect match. Just head in store or go online for the biggest range, best prices, and friendliest assistance.

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