Scott joins Leo to help Doug from Albuquerque, NM figure out what TV to buy. Scott says that the "spousal acceptance factor" is high on big flat screens, but not on speakers all over the house. So for Doug, a soundbar is probably best. As for the TV, Doug's living room is in a bright area, with plenty of windows, so Scott says an LED LCD TV is going to be the best option. The Sony X900 is an option, but Scott recommends the Vizio P Series, since he wants to buy an 80" size TV. Full array, local dimming back lighting. It's 4K and HDR. Scott says he should avoid Samsung since they don't support Dolby Vision. And at $2100, that gives him plenty left over for a great sound bar and sub woofer.
The Sony HT-ST5000 is $1500 and is the cream of the crop sound bar with sub woofer. It also has Dolby at Home immersive sound. And the best part is, he's over a $1,000 under budget!
Does Doug need an AV receiver? Scott says no, and Leo says that unless you're adding other sound units like speakers, then he agrees, he doesn't.