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Updated: Feb 7, 2016 22:18
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LG 55EG960V / 55EG960T / 55EG9600

We've maintained for a while now that organic light-emitting diode (OLED) technology is the next...

24 expert reviews | 154 user reviews

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Samsung 65" JS9500 Series (UA / UE / UN 65JS9500, 65JS9502, 65JS9505...

Despite being an excellent example of LCD TV state of the art, Samsung's high-end JS9500 loses...

23 expert reviews | 249 user reviews

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LG 55EC930V / 55EC930T / 55EC9300

The LG 55EC9300 is an excellent TV, thanks to OLED technology, curved glass, and WebOS. It would...

37 expert reviews | 694 user reviews

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LG 65EF950V / 65EF9500

Input Lag, Power, and Conclusions Input lag, the amount of time it takes for a display to update...

10 expert reviews | 171 user reviews

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Samsung 65" JS9000 Series (UA / UE / UN 65JS9000, 65JS9002, 65JS9005...

While other brands are still struggling to get their "normal" 2015 TVs out, Samsung has already...

22 expert reviews | 503 user reviews

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LG 55EF950V / 55EF950T / 55EF9500

So far, organic light-emitting diode (OLED) technology has primarily been limited to curved...

7 expert reviews | 137 user reviews

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Sony KD-65X9005

The KD-65 is one hell of a fine purchase as far as 4K TVs go. However, in terms of overall value...

56 expert reviews | 110 user reviews

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Sony KD-65X9305C

The 65X9305C is Sony's flagship 65-inch 4K UHD TV. It combines Sony's latest X1 video processing...

8 expert reviews | 1 user reviews

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Panasonic TX-55CX700

The Viera TX-55CX700B is a superb 4K TV. Terrific Full HD upscaling, fantastic colours and a...

11 expert reviews | 6 user reviews

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LG 55EG920V

One of the most affordable big-screen OLED TVs around, with all the deep blacks, vibrant colours...

6 expert reviews | 12 user reviews

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LG 65EC970V / 65EC970T / 65EC9700

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

9 expert reviews | 27 user reviews

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Samsung 55" JS9000 Series (UA / UE / UN 55JS9000, 55JS9002, 55JS9005...

To be fair, this TV is amazing right now. What isn’t so brilliant is the real lack of 4K video...

7 expert reviews | 553 user reviews

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alaScore 97

LG 65EG960V / 65EG960T / 65EG9600

We've maintained for a while now that organic light-emitting diode (OLED) technology is the next...

8 expert reviews | 136 user reviews

alaScore 97

Samsung 55" JS8500 Series (UE / UN 55JS8500, 55JS8502, 55JS8505, 55JS8580...

The Samsung UNJS8500 SUHD TV has a very good picture for an edge-lit LED LCD, but not good enough...

8 expert reviews | 901 user reviews

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Samsung 78" JS9500 Series (UA / UE / UN 78JS9500, 78JS9502, 78JS9505...

Despite being an excellent example of LCD TV state of the art, Samsung's high-end JS9500 loses...

9 expert reviews | 31 user reviews

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Samsung 48" JU7500 Series (UE / UN 48JU7500, 48JU7502, 48JU7505, 48JU7580...

Samsung's JU7500 line of curved 4K televisions combine excellent picture quality with a broad...

9 expert reviews | 82 user reviews

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LG 65UF850V / 65UF850T / 65UF8500

We recommend the LG UF8500 for its great physical design, excellent smart TV platform and solid...

12 expert reviews | 442 user reviews

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LG 65UF950V / 65UF950T / 65UF9500

The LG UF9500 is a great TV in most regards but its deficiencies and price tag mean that it...

14 expert reviews | 111 user reviews

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Samsung 48" JU7000 Series (UE 48JU7000, 48JU7002, 48JU7005, 48JU7080, 48JU7090)

Samsung has already set the 2015 TV world alight with the High Dynamic Range (HDR) glories of its...

8 expert reviews | 39 user reviews

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Sony KD-55X8505

That said, picture quality on the X85C is superior to that of the much more expensive, ultra-thin...

28 expert reviews | 326 user reviews

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LG 77EG9700

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

3 expert reviews | 2 user reviews

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Panasonic TX-50CX802

While it's certainly managed one or two LCD TV hits over the past couple of years, Panasonic has...

3 expert reviews | 11 user reviews

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Panasonic TX-65CZ952

No TV that’s ever come our way before has been able to deliver pictures so stunningly natural...

5 expert reviews

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Samsung 65" HU8500 Series (UA / UE / UN 65HU8500, 65HU8505, 65HU8550...

Ultra high-definition (UHD or 4K) televisions are getting more and more affordable, but there's...

22 expert reviews | 527 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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