Dolby is known for providing stunning enhancements to audio and video quality for all kinds of media.
For home entertainment, Dolby offers Dolby Vision, which provides HDR enhancement, and Dolby Atmos, for surround audio enhancement.
These enhancements are available on many smart TVs, but which one should you get?
1. Our Top Pick: LG CX
While LG markets the CX as an entry-level smart TV, its features are far beyond entry-level.
The CX comes with Dolby Atmos and Vision installed, which means you can fully experience its benefits right out of the box.
What else does the CX offer?
- For gamers, the CX features FreeSync variable refresh rates support and G-Sync capability. Game response time is almost instantaneous and has a low input lag.
- Viewing angles are superb, meaning you can enjoy the crisp enhancements of HDR from any angle.
- The CX can turn off pixels individually for an infinite contrast ratio and black uniformity. This feature comes in handy when watching at night.
- For its HDR capacity, the CX has a wide color gamut. But you can only expect above-average peak brightness, which means the colors are not as bright as they were intended.
Like any other OLED-equipped smart TV, the CX is prone to burn it. But it should not be much of a problem if you watch a variety of content.
The LG CX comes in 48, 55, 65, and 77-inch models.
2. The Budget Pick: Vizio V-Series
The 2020 edition of the Vizio V Series smart TV carries significant improvements from its 2019 predecessor and features Dolby Vision onboard. For its Dolby Atmos function, you will need to use a compatible soundbar.
The 2020 Vizio V Series now features better reflection handling and lower input lag. It also has a VA panel that works well in dark rooms—but its low peak brightness has a hard time dealing with glare.
The V Series lacks Black Frame insertion for better clarity, and it’s HDR can be mediocre. Viewing angles can be mediocre here, so if you have many guests over, they might not enjoy the show if they’re off to the side.
But what it lacks, the V series makes up for in color accuracy and an easy-to-use interface.
And for a TV packed with so many features, its affordability is a real perk. Depending on the screen size, this TV usually retails from $300 to $500.
The V-Series comes in 40, 43, 50, 55, 65, and 70-inch models.
3. Vizio OLED
If we mention Vizio’s V-Series, we should also include Vizio’s flagship series, the Vizio OLED.
The Vizio OLED was Vizio’s entry into the arena of top-tier display panels.
The Vizio OLED comes with Dolby Vision, but it does not have Dolby Atmos out of the box. Instead, it has eARC, which lets you route your smart TV audio to a Dolby Atmos soundbar, purchased separately.
What else can we expect from this smart TV?
- The Vizio OLED panel turns out perfect blacks. The color gamut is quite remarkable, but it does not get too bright.
- This TV works well in HDR gaming, too. There’s not much lag, and the content looks great.
- Although it is HDR, it isn’t the best in its class. It could be better, but it is not the worst.
- The viewing angles on this smart TV are decent.
- The Vizio OLED also features a stand that was designed to hold the Elevate Soundbar perfectly. While you can use other soundbars with it, the Elevate fits perfectly.
The downside to this smart TV is the OLED panel, which is prone to burn-in, like any other TV that uses OLED.
The Vizio OLED comes in 55 and 65-inch models.
4. LG GX
The LG GX is another smart TV worth checking out that features Dolby Vision and Atmos.
Its features are almost on par with the CX, the top pick for this article. But while the GX has identical qualities in HDR with the CX, the automatic brightness limiter of the GX is quite aggressive and can be unpredictable.
The GX was designed as a wall-mounted smart TV, which is why there is no stand included.
You need to do some minor labor to install a compatible wall mount before using it. It is worth noting, though, that there is an optional mount that you can buy with it.
This smart TV is susceptible to burn-in, like the CX and all OLED panel TVs.
And lastly, the GX also costs more than the CX.
The LG GX comes in 55, 65, and 77-inch models.
5. Sony X950G
The X950G from Sony is a remarkable option for those looking for a smart TV with Dolby Atmos and Vision.
It comes with Dolby Vision, but you need the X950G’s eARC feature to use a compatible Dolby Atmos soundbar.
- The X950G has quite impressive blacks due to the high native contrast ratio and full-array local dimming support.
- HDR with Dolby Vision can get bright and vivid, with superb motion handling.
- If you are into gaming, the HDR has a low lag performance. After all, it is by Sony, one of the leading gaming console manufacturers.
- Viewing angles are the X950G’s weakness.
The X950G comes in 55, 65, 75, and 85 inches.
How Much Should You Spend on a Smart TV with Dolby Atmos and Vision?
A good price range for a smart TV with Dolby Atmos and Vision should be within the $500 to $3,500 bracket.
However, for every model listed here except our Top Pick, you will need to buy a compatible Dolby Atmos soundbar, so you will need to factor in its pricing, as well.
The TVs selected in this article have two common denominators: Dolby Vision and compatibility with Dolby Atmos.
That is why there are no smart TVs listed here from brands like Samsung, which embraced HDR10 over Dolby Vision.
Note that other smart TV brands, such as TCL, also use Dolby Vision and Atmos.