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Only the TV sets that are full 1080p resolution capable are considered here and they have received 4 or more in ratings at various reviews. Pure display panels are not considered. The products must have at least some kind of a TV tuner. The products usually have an ATSC tuner included. What that means is that you are able to receive local terrestrial HDTV transmissions if available. Many products would claim a NTSC tuner but they are simply meaningless since analog TV will soon be gone. The following products are listed in no particular order of ranking. All the three products are at a performance level that to differentiate among them will be on very fine points and quite often could be subjective. One should make a final decision after actually reviewing all of the top ones first. You should try one of your favorite movies that you have viewed before in your older TV so you are aware of the quality and mental comparison will be easier. In fact, you should try and view all the product candidates with the DVD played through the same DVD player. At least the same video source, if possible should be used for a fair comparison.
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Samsung UN55B6000 HDTV LCD TV
This is a true HDTV. It supports the 1080p resolution with a 1920 x 1080 screen resolution. The screen size is actually just about 55" at 54.6". It can, of course, support all the other intermediate HDTV resolutions at 1080i, 720p, 480p and 480i. Built in tuners available are ATSC, QAM and NTSC. The QAM tuner makes it cable ready. Sound system is 2x 15 W output and the audio input is RCA as well as optical digital inputs. Other input connectors available are 1 set of component video, 4 HDMI as well as a USB connector. The set has a picture in picture feature. That lets you watch one channel while keeping an eye on another. The channel that you are recording can be monitored continuously this way. The V chip feature could also be useful as that let's you implement parental control easily. Check prices at Amazon.
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Sharp AQUOS LC60E77UN LCD HDTV
This is a full 60" size LCD panel based TV. This too has 1080p resolution and is a true HD TV. The picture quality is good and black levels are represented as deep blacks. Contrast ratio is high and thus you get good picture sharpness. The typical problems of compression that show up in fast motion scenes are handled by a specialized image processing unit. The TV set has built in ATSC/QAM as well as NTSC tuners. The inputs include 4 HDMI and 2 component video inputs. The speakers are bottom mounted. As can be expected the aspect ratio is 16:9 for the HDTV modes. Check prices at Amazon.
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TOSHIBA REGZA 55SV670U LCD TV
This one is a 55" set and it is a full HDTV featured unit. The resolution and aspect ratios supported are 1080p and 16:9 of course. The contrast enhancer helps with the display contrast. Built in image processing helps overcome the fast paced scene artifacts. Movie display is at cinema frame speeds like the other two sets. Color control and color temperature controls are available. ATSC/QAM and NTSC tuners are available so that it is not only terrestrial HDTV broadcast compatible but cable broadcast compatible as well. NTSC gives it backwards compatibility.
Speakers are mounted flush with cabinet and thus are practically invisible. It has a gaming mode, USB port, SD card slot, sleep timer, 4 HDMI inputs, 2 component video inputs, S-video inputs, PC inputs (for playing video on HTPC), and Dolby digital optical audio output if you want to play the sound through a surround sound system. Check prices at Amazon.