Best HDTVs

Top 10 Rated HDTVs 2014

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Our expert TV editors pull together the Top 10 most impressive best quality HDTVs for 2013. Editors noted several factors in helping them decide which HDTVs to include in the list including:

1. Black Level Depth
2. Side Angle Viewing Quality
3. Clarity and Clearness of Images on Screen
4. 3D Viewing Quality
5. Sound Quality from the TV
6. Internet/Smart TV Options
7. Remote Control and Menu Features and Functions
8. Contrast and Brightness ability in high light rooms
9. Cinema style quality in low light rooms
10. Extra Useful Features
11. Quality as first objective regardless of price (for this list)

60” Diagonal Viewing Area
Backlight: Plasma (no backlight)
Hz Rate: 3000FFD (Focus Field Drive)
3D: Active 3D
Price: $2400

60” is the new 50”in HDTVs. Panasonic’s new VT60 has exceptionally saturated black levels and best in the market contrast. In fact only OLED TVs can beat the black levels…read more


60” Diagonal Viewing Area
Technology: LED Edge Lit
Resolution: 1920×1080 (1080p)
3D: Active 3D

Black levels and contrast, 3D viewing quality, 2D to 3D Conversion, and a super clear coat screen are a few of the excellent attributes of this TV. The Smart TV Apps are very complete…read more


65” Diagonal
Resolution: (3840 x 2160)
Technology: LED
3D: Passive
$7000

OK so it’s not fair really to include this TV right? It’s got 4 times the resolution of the other TVs in the list. So it’s not HDTV but UHD (Ultra High Def). Prices have come down somewhat…read more


Technology: Plasma
60” Diagonal
$2899

This new mac-daddy plasma from Samsung is very different from last years offering. To me, it offers the most cinematic picture quality on the market. It has the best-in-the-market black levels…read more


60” Diagonal
Technology: Plasma
1080p HD Resolution
Depth: 2 inches
Hz Rate: 2500FFD (focus field drive)
$1699

This is the 3rd tier Panasonic plasma model for 2013/2014 but do not let that fool you into thinking that it might have sub-top picture quality. It does with great contrast and black levels…read more


65” Diagonal Viewing Area
Technology: LED Edge Lit
Resolution: 1920×1080 (1080p)
3D: Active 3D

The F7100 series from Samsung takes away some of the features of the F8000 listed above at a little better price. It does not have the camera built in, or the higher level of Micro Dimming…read more


LG 55LA7400  8/10

55” Diagonal Viewing area
Backlight Technology: LED edge lit
Depth: 1.2”
Hz Rate: 240Hz panel
$1799

The LA7400 has very solid picture quality characterized by high contrast and accurate colors from the bright LED edge lit backlights. The best feature of the TV however…read more


55” Diagonal Viewing area
Backlight: Edge Lit LED
Depth 1.5”
Hz Rate: 120Hz
$1999

Sony may not have the name they used to in TVs but the 802A is an exceptional TV. It has the X-Reality processing engine, which is still Sony ‘strong suit…read more


LG 55GA7900  8/10

55” Diagonal Viewing area
Technology: LED edge lit
Depth: 1.2”
Hz Rate: 240Hz panel
$1899

The “G” in the model number stands for Google TV. This model has it along with a very cool QWERTY keyboard Magic remote that also has the unsurpassed voice control feature…read more




LG UDTV 4K

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LG has introduced a new macdaddy, spanking hot $22,000 84 inch UDTV (ultra high definition TV) that will be shipped fall of 2012. It will not only be one of the larges TVs on the market but is also the highest definition at 3,820 X 2,160. The abreviation for this resolution is 4K to differentiate it from 1080 or let you know that it is 4 times the…[more]


 

HDTV Buying Guide

How to Choose the Best Quality HDTV

The list of HDTVs we have compiled here is specifically top quality regardless of price. So keep that in mind for this list and check out our other HDTV lists if you are looking for value or price considerations as well. This list is for those that want the very best of what is out there.

What to look for to get the (Very) Best Quality HDTV

1) Black Levels and Contrast Ratio
Black levels and Contrast are widely considered the most important picture quality elements, however the number of gray scales in between must also be considered. Contrast specifications from the manufacturers can be misleading because they list “dynamic” contrast figures, which are basically worthless manipulated contrast numbers. Native contrast is what you want and to go even further, a D6500K calibrated contrast ratio would be the best figure to go by – but good luck getting it. You can however determine how deep black levels are by checking the blacks on the screen next to the thin black inner glass strip that surrounds the screen using the standard picture setting.

2) Room Light Considerations
Think about the room light in which you will be watching the HDTV most of the time. If there is lots of sunlight streaming in through windows then you will want an HDTV with lots of powerful lighting ability – think LED and think local dimming LED to be more specific. Those strong LED lights shining through the panel will help neutralize the in-room light and still make the picture pop. If the in-room lighting is low light or controlled light conditions, you have the best viewing conditions and can think of many options. Plasma HDTVs are still considered the best by many for their smoother more film-like picture quality in this situation.

3) Sound Quality
Most large expensive TVs these days are accompanied in the household by a home theater surround system. However, if you will be using the speakers that are built in the HDTV do not overlook this important consideration. Many manufacturers take for granted sound quality and do not emphasize quality enough so it’s important to check it out.

4) Processing Quality and Speed
Plasma HDTVs have generally never had a problem with processing speed but some LED and LCD HDTVs do and it causes some lag time in fast moving images. This is one reason the LED HDTVs in this list focus on this aspect of the TV. Processing quality refers to the video chip engine used in the HDTV to present the smoothest images possible free of annoying motion artifacts. A very good HDTV video engine will eliminate all kinds of viewing artifacts that will show up on lesser HDTVs picture.

Steve Holdgren Steve Holdgren is an engineer by trade and has worked for some of the largest energy related engineering firms in the world with his latest stint in Switzerland. He holds a degree is mechanical engineering…. See more about Steve

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