Out with the old, in with the OLED.
In 2014, I called the LG 55EC9300 OLED TV the best picture I’d ever seen, but I told everyone to run out and buy the much more affordable Samsung F8500 before it disappeared. Both are 1080p TVs that share one important characteristic: they’re not LED LCDs.
But LED LCD rules the roost, and every other TV I reviewed this year shares that near-ubiquitous technology. It’s the only way to get 4K affordable, and 4K is the direction the TV industry is headed, for better or for worse.
With all that in mind, here are seven TVs that defined 2014, and the seven trends they represent.