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Updated: May 24, 2015 23:53
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#1
alaScore 100

LG 55EC930V

Overall, the LG EC930V is an intriguing proposition, offering a level of depth and vibrancy that...

21 expert reviews | 12 user reviews

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#2
alaScore 99

Sony KD-65X9005

Whatever angle you take, Sony's KD-65X9005B is a formidable 4K proposition. With its mould...

41 expert reviews | 32 user reviews

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#3
alaScore 99

Samsung 55F8000 Series (UN55F8000 / UE55F8000 / UA55F8000)

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

41 expert reviews | 1136 user reviews

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#4
alaScore 98

Sony KDL-50W829

The temptation is to call 'time' already. If you want a superb 1080p LED connected TV, look no...

12 expert reviews | 84 user reviews

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#5
alaScore 98

Samsung Curved 65HU8500 Series (UA65HU8500 / UE65HU8500 / UN65HU8500)

‘Ooh, I really want a curved TV!' said nobody ever. But today I find myself testing one anyway...

13 expert reviews | 106 user reviews

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#6
alaScore 97

LG 65EC970V

We also felt the need to use the colour management systems to tame the set's red toning slightly...

2 expert reviews

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#7
alaScore 97

Samsung Curved 55HU8500 Series (UA55HU8500 / UE55HU8500 / UN55HU8500)

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

10 expert reviews | 384 user reviews

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#8
alaScore 97

Samsung 65HU7500 UHDTV Series (UE65HU7500)

Samsung's step-down Ultra HD TV swaps curves for (relatively) affordable 4K quality. Find out if...

5 expert reviews | 167 user reviews

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#9
alaScore 97

LG 65UB980V

LG has had a topsy-turvy year in TV. On the upside, the brand's taken the Smart TV world by storm...

6 expert reviews

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#10
alaScore 97

LG 47LB730V

The LG 47LB730V, at around £700, isn't the most affordable 47in TV on the market, so it has a...

9 expert reviews | 79 user reviews

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#11
alaScore 97

Sony KD-55X8505

It’s a little less brilliant than the most brilliant 4K telly, but it’s a little less expensive, too

15 expert reviews | 31 user reviews

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#12
alaScore 97

Philips 65PFL9708S

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

26 expert reviews | 6 user reviews

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#13
alaScore 97

Panasonic TX-L65WT600

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

32 expert reviews

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#14
alaScore 96

LG 65EC9700

Organic light-emitting diode (OLED) continues to be the most promising HDTV technology out there...

2 expert reviews | 4 user reviews

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#15
alaScore 96

LG 55EA9800

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

9 expert reviews | 9 user reviews

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#16
alaScore 96

Samsung 85HU7500 Series (UN85HU7500 / UE85HU7500 / UA85HU7500)

Sharpness should be set to around its 40 level for native UHD content and slightly lower for...

2 expert reviews

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#17
alaScore 96

Panasonic TC-P50ST60 / TX-P50ST60

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

15 expert reviews | 506 user reviews

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#18
alaScore 96

Samsung 40H5500 Series (UA40H5500 / UE40H5500 / UN40H5500)

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4 expert reviews | 159 user reviews

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#19
alaScore 96

Samsung 48HU7500 UHDTV Series (UE48HU7500 / UN48HU7500 / UA48HU7500)

Although mightily impressive on almost all counts, early adopters keen to explore the emerging 4K...

5 expert reviews | 446 user reviews

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#20
alaScore 96

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...

89 expert reviews | 528 user reviews

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#21
alaScore 96

Samsung 48H6400 Series (UA48H6400 / UE48H6400 / UN48H6400)

Although it offers pedestrian picture quality for the price, the Samsung UNH6400 has a wonderful...

5 expert reviews | 67 user reviews

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#22
alaScore 96

LG 55LB870

EUROPEAN SMART TV 2014-2015 - LG 55LB870V: With its webOS technology, it's safe to say that LG...

9 expert reviews | 26 user reviews

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#23
alaScore 96

Philips 48PFT5509

A 48in Full HD Smart TV, Philips' 48PFT5509 rides into town waving a £500 ticket in the face of...

4 expert reviews

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#24
alaScore 96

Samsung 55ES8000 Series (UN55ES8000 / UE55ES8000 / UA55ES8000)

The base of the television is one of the stand out features when you just glance at the TV...

57 expert reviews | 345 user reviews

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#25
alaScore 96

Sony KDL-42W705

Sony does offer a pretty wide-ranging suite of picture controls for such an affordable TV, though...

12 expert reviews | 41 user reviews

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    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.

    CRT

    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.



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    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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    TVs on alaTest

    alaTest.com has collected and analyzed millions of reviews from 2920 sources to help you choose the best TV from top brands like Panasonic, Philips, Samsung, Sharp, Sony and more.

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