LCD, Plasma, 3D, HD: The Ultimate TV Buying Guide
The transition to digital television in the United States, coupled with the decreased price point of high definition televisions, ushered in a new era in home media. Now that analog televisions have been eliminated from the marketplace, and affordable HD models have taken their place, HDTV is available to the masses. So, which of these televisions is the right one for you? Do you prefer the slim footprint of the LED, or the dynamic contrast and deep blacks of a plasma screen? Is energy efficiency important, or are you looking to have the largest screen imaginable? Whatever your preference, we have your needs covered in our comprehensive TV buying guide.
The undisputed champion in the first round of the HDTV wars is the LCD TV. These sets combine high picture quality with affordable prices, and ready availability. While the first LCDs suffered from a lack of reliability, the newest generation has overcome the initial design flaws to produce a highly reliable media display. There are sets in the 26- and 32-inch range, however, there is far more interest in the 40-inch and large models. The smaller sets are really only suitable for children’s rooms and kitchens.
If you’re looking to upgrade your living room set this year, we’ve compiled a list of the LCD televisions that you should be looking into this holiday season. While the prices that are quoted are current, there is a good chance that you’ll be able to find a few deals the closer we get to Christmas.
- Top 4 LCD Flat Screen TVs
- Top Five 52 Inch LCD Televisions
- Review of the Sony Bravia KDL-40W5500 LCD HDTV
- Vizio XVT 42" 240Hz 1080p LCD HDTV Review
- Sharp Aquos LC52D65U 52-inch 1080p LCD HDTV
- Samsung 40" 1080p Flat Panel LCD HDTV Review
While LCDs enjoy their glory as the king of the hill, it won’t last long. The newest generation of LED televisions have upped their specs to match the dynamic picture quality found in the LCDs, and managed to keep their ultra thin form factor. Some of these sets are thinner than pictures you hang on the wall. With prices coming down, and efficiency ratings going up, expect to see them gracing mantles throughout the country in the next few years.
Our staff has compiled a comprehensive list of over twenty models which are more than worth your time. With the life expectancy of these sets estimated between 30 and 35 years, it’s likely that technology will be the driving force behind your next TV purchase - not the failure of your LED set.
- LG LX9500 Review: The First Full LED LG 3D TV
- Roundup of the Best LED TV Options
- Top Five LED TVs: Thinner, More Efficient and HD
- 5 Best LED TV s – HOT in the List
- Top LED HDTVs: New Technology Creates Great Displays
While plasma TVs were the darlings of the HD world when they were first introduced, their high price point and large form factor have relegated them to a small niche in the marketplace. They still offer some of the most amazing video that is available in commercial televisions, and the true movie fan won’t find deeper blacks or better contrast than a plasma offers. For a true movie theater experience, a large screen plasma television can’t be beat.
While there are several companies still marketing plasma screens, the quality is inconsistent. You would be doing yourself a disservice by not checking out these reviews. We’ve weeded out the pretenders, and those sets which have had consistent reliability issues. This leaves you with only the sets worth dropping several thousand dollars on.
- Review of Hitachi P50S602 50-inch Plasma TV
- Plasma TV Buying Guide
- In Search of the Best Plasma TVs
- Reviewing the Best Plasma TVs
- What is the Best Plasma Television on the Market?
The second phase of the HD revolution is clearly 3D. If you want to bring that total immersive experience into your home theater, you’ll want to find out a bit more your options. All of the major manufacturers have released 3D compatible HD TVs, but were they too quick to rush them to the market? Find out when you read our staff’s take on each of the big four (Mitsubishi, Samsung, Sony and Panasonic), and then close out your 3D TV tour with our top 5 recommendations.
- Mitsubishi 3D TVs - Recommendations & Buying Guide
- All About Samsung 3D TVs
- Taking a Look at Sony 3D TV
- All About Panasonic’s 3D TV
- Top Five 3D TVs: A Look at the Best 3D TV
Big Screen TVs
No TV buying guide would be complete without the inclusion of a big screen TV section. We’ve scoured the net, the big box retailers, the specialty stores, and even our friends’ living rooms to bring you the most awesome home cinema experience possible. These are the sets that will make you the envy of the neighborhood, starting with the relatively humble 65-inch models and building up to the far more auspicious 92-inch Mitsubishi DLP HDTV. If you can’t find a big enough set here, you might just be out of luck.
- 65" Sony Bravia LCD HDTV
- Choose the Top 65" LCD TV
- LG LZ9700 72-Inch 3D LCD HDTV Review
- Mitsubishi 82-inch TV
- Need a Wall Sized TV? Mitsubishi Has You Covered
- Image courtesy of Mitsubishi.com