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Updated: Sep 17, 2014 02:23
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Sony KD65X9005

The future of TV is 4K, and judging by Sony's latest X9005B telly it's already arrived. In...

31 expert reviews | 19 user reviews

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Samsung 55F8000 Series (UN55F8000 / UE55F8000 / UA55F8000)

REMOTE CONTROL The controller of this flat panel is just like the panel itself - smartly designed...

32 expert reviews | 909 user reviews

alaScore 99

Panasonic TX-L65WT600

An input that's more future-proof than its competitors' fails to make the Panasonic TC-P65WT600 a...

23 expert reviews | 2 user reviews

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Sony KDL-50W829

Sony is banking on its W8 flatscreen range to cut a swathe through the connected TV competition...

9 expert reviews | 8 user reviews

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Samsung Curved UE65HU8500

Samsung gets its 4k curved groove on

10 expert reviews | 20 user reviews

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Samsung Curved 55H8000 Series (UN55H8000 / UE55H8000 / UA55H8000)

Supremely stylish and bursting with features, the UE55H8000 produces excellent pictures, but it's...

5 expert reviews | 204 user reviews

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Philips 65PFL9708S

As first steps into the world of 4K go, the 65PFL9708S is a pretty spectacular effort.

17 expert reviews | 4 user reviews

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Samsung 64F8500 Series (PN64F8500 / PS64F8500 / PL64F8500)

If plasma technology is on the way out, someone forgot to tell the folks at Samsung. It's easy to...

11 expert reviews | 194 user reviews

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Samsung Curved UE55HU8500

The UE55UH8500 is a worthy addition to the 4K/UHD stable, complementing its big brother, the...

7 expert reviews | 116 user reviews

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Panasonic TC-P50ST60 / TX-P50ST60

The midlevel price and outstanding quality of the Panasonic TC-PST60 series make it our strongest...

13 expert reviews | 767 user reviews

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Sony KDL‑55W905

Sony's new flagship TV raises the LCD bar, adding new Triluminos technology to its outstanding...

13 expert reviews | 115 user reviews

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LG 47LB730V

The most important thing, though, is to make sure you’ve got the local dimming setting turned on...

5 expert reviews | 19 user reviews

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Philips 55PFL8008

Even if the Philips 55PFL8008S isn't as "smart" as the competition, the level of customisable...

11 expert reviews | 85 user reviews

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Sony KDL-55W955

The 55-inch Sony KDL-55W955 is the first of the company's new "wedge" flatscreen designs to land...

12 expert reviews | 10 user reviews

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Sony KD55X9005

With only slightly less wow factor than its big sibling, the far pricier KD-65X9005A, the KD...

14 expert reviews | 21 user reviews

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LG 55EA980V

The LG 55EA980V really is a ground-breaking TV. It delivers astoundingly good picture quality...

6 expert reviews | 1 user reviews

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Panasonic TX-P60ZT65

The Panasonic ZT65 is the gold standard of TV. We doubt we'll see a better plasma than the...

8 expert reviews

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LG 55EA9800

HDTV manufacturers have been experimenting with new technologies, trying to find the next big...

5 expert reviews | 13 user reviews

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Samsung 55F9000 Series (LA55F9000 / LE55F9000 / LN55F9000)

Despite excellent all-around picture quality, the Samsung UNF9000 4K TV offers almost no...

8 expert reviews | 181 user reviews

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Panasonic TC-L55WT60 / TX-L55WT60

At a list price of $3,000 (ok, it's 2,999.99), it's a little on the pricey side (these days, I...

8 expert reviews | 44 user reviews

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Panasonic TX-P VT30 Series TV (42", 50", 55", 65")

Overall, though, this is a traffic stopper of a TV. The quality of Panasonic’s VT30 panel and the...

65 expert reviews | 526 user reviews

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Sony KDL‑46W905

There's plenty of momentum behind Sony TVs at the moment, and W9 is the tip of the spear

12 expert reviews | 21 user reviews

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Samsung 46F8000 Series (UN46F8000 / UE46F8000 / UA46F8000)

The Samsung UNF8000 series represents the company's flagship line of 1080p LED-backlit HDTVs...

10 expert reviews | 927 user reviews

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Sony KDL-40W905

Who wants voice control when you can have NFC and gorgeous images?

12 expert reviews | 10 user reviews

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Philips 46PFL9707

Moth Eye returns on this rare direct LED TV

20 expert reviews | 4 user reviews


    Buying Guide

    Buying Guide - TVs

    The vast majority of televisions sold today are of the high-definition format (HDTV), which is consistent with the latest mandated production and broadcast standards. There are several different styles to choose from, all offering relative advantages and compromises:

    LCD Flat Screens

    LCD televisions are currently the most popular HDTV format. LCDs come in a full range of sizes, eliminate glare with their matte screens, and have outstanding picture quality that is improving with each new generation of televisions, also they consume a lot less power than plasma. On the other hand, contrast and color saturation may lag slightly behind the plasma format, affecting image quality. They also offer a relatively restricted viewing angle, which may not be appropriate for larger rooms.

    LED TVs

    LED televisions are actually LCD sets that use LED backlights, not a whole new type of TV. LED-backlit LCDs have been on mainstream store shelves since 2007. LED TVs use slightly less power than LCD with thin panels and some models have improved picture quality. On the other hand, LED TVs are relatively expensive, and most models offer little to no picture quality improvement compared with LCD.

    Plasma Flat Screens

    Plasma televisions offer several distinct advantages from other HDTV formats. They allow the widest viewing angle, provide an image-quality of theater-style resolution, and offer the best motion resolution. The disadvantages are minor: plasma TVs are bulkier than LCD TVs and are less energy efficient. Also, the glass screens of plasma televisions are highly reflective, and in certain viewing environments glare may be a problem.

    Rear Projection

    Although plasma and LCD televisions are catching up, the rear projection format still gives you the biggest image size at the best price. With the advantage in price comes good image quality and improving viewing angle. However, rear projection TVs are bigger and bulkier than flat screens, are relatively slow (20 seconds or so) to warm up, and require their lamps to be replaced every 5,000 to 8,000 hours (not a hard task, but a new lamp typically costs about $100). Until LCD and plasma televisions offer cheaper models in the 55”-plus range (which may happen sooner rather than later), the rear projection format will still have enthusiasts.


    Picture tube televisions are still available, and so they deserve a mention here, but today's new models are the last examples of a dying breed. New CRTs max out at 27” and many do not feature a widescreen aspect ratio, two important reasons for their unpopularity. There is no longer much of a price savings for a CRT television, so the final incentive to buy them has been removed.


    What to Look for in a Television

    3D – Among flat-panel TVs, the capability to display 3D content is only found on the highest-end models of major makers in 2010, so it's expensive to afford. The necessary 3D glasses, in addition to 3D sources and 3D content, can also increase the price.

    Screen Size – Everyone's favorite feature! LCDs offer a full range of sizes, plasmas range from 42” to 65+”, and rear screens can go much larger than that. Match the size of the television with the size of the room it will be in – smaller TVs for offices and bedrooms, larger models for the living room or a home theater setting. We recommend a size of at least 32” for a bedroom TV and at least 40” for a living room or home theater TV.

    Aspect Ratio – Most televisions sold today are of the widescreen format of 16:9 or 16:10, which provides for optimum viewing of film content and the newer generation of video games. Televisions in the traditional ratio of 4:3 are no longer available at much of a discount, and if you are buying a new television, there is no reason not to make the upgrade to widescreen.

    Image Quality – Nearly every TV today is a 1080p model, but the entry models in these categories may feature 720p configuration. This is a specification you don’t need to care a lot, the difference between 720p and 1080p resolutions is nearly impossible to discern, even when watching content on very large screen sizes. As price and size go up, some brands offer additional features that improve apparent dpi and contrast resolution, thereby improving image quality.

    Inputs – With any TV, consider the number and type of inputs it has for hooking up devices to your TV. Most larger TVs now have at least three or four HDMI inputs plus two component-video inputs. That should be adequate for most current uses. Smaller sets typically have fewer of each type. Both HDMI and component-video connections are capable of carrying high-definition signals from devices such as cable and satellite boxes, DVRs, and Blu-ray players. 3D-capable models have HDMI 1.4 inputs, necessary to handle 3D signals.

    Internet Connectivity – Many new LCD and plasma TVs can access the Internet directly, through a broadband connection, without using a computer. Video services such as Netflix and Hulu Plus, audio from Pandora and Rhapsody, photos from Picasa and Flickr, and access to Facebook, Twitter, and even Skype are built into midrange and higher-end TVs. However, before you pay extra for these features, consider that you'll need to either connect an Ethernet cable to the TV or buy a Wi-Fi adapter; most Internet TVs don't have Wi-Fi built-in. Most TVs with access to online content now have onscreen icons, called widgets, that are used to access the various services.

    Popular Television Brands

    The names should be familiar, since most of these manufacturers have been at it for decades. Sony, Toshiba and Samsung are industry leaders, and they offer televisions of all styles, sizes, and prices. Panasonic televisions are highly rated on many consumer report sites. Off-label brands Insignia and ProScan have won fans with their bargain models.

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