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Updated: Jul 20, 2018 22:44
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#1
alaScore 100

Samsung 65Q9F

The Q9F is one awesome TV, nosing out Sony’s A1E by perhaps half a length at the wire as the...

13 expert reviews | 172 user reviews

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#2
alaScore 99

LG OLED55B6

LG's B6 OLED offers the best picture quality you can buy today, at the best price yet.

19 expert reviews | 539 user reviews

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#3
alaScore 99

Sony KD-55XE9005

Ultra-crisp imagery with uniform black-level performance and watchable HDR, make this an...

11 expert reviews | 470 user reviews

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#4
alaScore 99

Philips 55POS9002

For a substantial corner of the serious AV world, the 55POS9002’s focus on subtlety, detail and...

13 expert reviews | 226 user reviews

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#5
alaScore 98

LG OLED55C8

Individually small but collectively significant improvements make the C8 a superb all-rounder of...

3 expert reviews | 18 user reviews

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#6
alaScore 98

Sony BRAVIA KD-55A1

The best 55-inch 4K OLED TV to buy, pound-for-pound, Sony's A1 combines dazzling image quality...

9 expert reviews | 19 user reviews

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#7
alaScore 98

LG OLED55C7V

The LG OLED55C7V delivers some of the best picture quality you'll see all year.

7 expert reviews | 343 user reviews

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#8
alaScore 98

LG OLED65E6

Unless you have even more money to burn than the typical OLED TV shopper, you should choose the...

22 expert reviews | 131 user reviews

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#9
alaScore 98

Sony Bravia KD-55XE9305

The KD-55XE9305 is the first TV to reach us from Sony's 2017 TV line. It's a premium model that...

11 expert reviews | 315 user reviews

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#10
alaScore 97

Samsung 40-inch MU640x Series

Looking for a 4K TV in a sensible size and at an extremely reasonable price? You’ve found it

3 expert reviews | 1074 user reviews

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#11
alaScore 97

LG OLED55C6

The OLED55C6V is the first TV we've seen from LG's 2016 OLED range. Costing £3,000, it's a 55...

12 expert reviews | 376 user reviews

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#12
alaScore 97

Sony Bravia KD-65XF9005

At this price, the XF9005 is an absolutely stunning TV with flagship touches

4 expert reviews | 3 user reviews

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#13
alaScore 97

LG 55EG960V / 55EG960T / 55EG9600

With that in mind, here’s the bottom line: OLED, while not perfect, is a superior display type...

30 expert reviews | 393 user reviews

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#14
alaScore 97

Sony KD 75 XE 9405 BAEP

The Sony KD-75XE9405 is a stunning home cinema display for a seriously tempting price.

3 expert reviews | 61 user reviews

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#15
alaScore 97

Sony Bravia KD-49XF9005

A small step forward, but a step forward all the same – the KD-49XF9005 is now the 49in TV to beat

2 expert reviews | 57 user reviews

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#16
alaScore 97

Samsung 55-inch MU800x Series (MU8000, MU8005, MU8009)

Samsung proves that you don’t need to spend a fortune to appreciate 4K and HDR.

5 expert reviews | 161 user reviews

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#17
alaScore 97

Samsung UE55KS9000

The 55-inch UHD UE55KS9000 TV is the first model from Samsung's brand-new 2016 range. It boasts a...

15 expert reviews | 150 user reviews

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#18
alaScore 97

Philips 55POS901F

The 55-inch, £2,800 55POS901F/12 is the debut OLED TV from Dutch brand Philips. And with it we...

11 expert reviews | 97 user reviews

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#19
alaScore 97

Samsung 55-inch NU8000 series

Samsung's NU8000 TVs pack a stylish design with plenty of connected features and a very bright...

3 expert reviews | 4 user reviews

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#20
alaScore 97

Samsung 55-inches QE55Q7FN

Spent a long time looking for the right sound and achieved it with the help of richer

3 expert reviews | 2 user reviews

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#21
alaScore 97

Philips 65OLED873

With effective HDR and outstanding colour vibrancy, this big Philips OLED looks to have...

3 expert reviews | 13 user reviews

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#22
alaScore 97

Samsung QE 49 Q 6 FN

Ashampoo WinOptimizer 2018 goes far beyond the usual PC cleanup tasks of deleting temporary files...

17 expert reviews | 2 user reviews

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#23
alaScore 96

LG OLED65C7P

Subtle improvements LG made to its OLED line for 2017 were significant enough to get us just that...

2 expert reviews

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#24
alaScore 96

LG OLED55C7P

Subtle improvements LG made to its OLED line for 2017 were significant enough to get us just that...

3 expert reviews

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#25
alaScore 96

Samsung 65-inch KS9500 series

The £3,800 UE65KS9500 is Samsung's flagship 65-inch TV for 2016. It's chock-full of headline...

8 expert reviews | 17 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

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