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Top Projection TVs Reviewed

written by: Om Thoke•edited by: Rhonda Callow•updated: 3/23/2010

There are many top notch projection TVs marketed by a number of manufacturers ranging from LG, Panasonic, Samsung, down to Sony, and Vizio. This article covers the top 3 projection TVs that have dominated the market a great deal.

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    DLP as well as LCD projectors are available under the $1000 mark. They have awesome capabilities and they can project images of 92″, 100″ diagonal or even more.

    However, if you’re willing to shell out about $500 extra, you can get your hands on the true high-definition projection TVs, which are simply unrivalled. Therefore, it may be a wise idea to put your money on the projection TVs. So, now let us take a look at some of the best projections TVs.

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    Samsung UN55B8500

    Samsung was the first to launch the mainstream LCD that had the capability of the LED backlighting – we’re talking about the Samsung UN55B850. It was the successor of the LN46A950 model, which has been in the market since 2008.

    Samsung UN55B8500 The Samsung UN55B850 has backlighting facility with LED display, as well as several other impressive functionalities like local dimming. It helps in brightening the elements of LED separately across the TV screen, depending upon the content of the picture.

    Due to this capability, the TV set can acquire the black levels that are much deeper than what you get in normal cases. These black levels serve as the key to achieve high picture quality.

    Coming to its pros and cons, the Samsung UN55B8500 has solid shadow details, excellent video processing with adjustable dejudder, beautiful styling with 1.6-inch deep panel, countless picture adjustments and interactive features such as Yahoo widgets.

    It is also highly energy efficient too. However, its glossy screen reflects ambient light, and its poor off-angle viewing is a big turn off. Far worse, it costs a fortune to get your hands on the Samsung UN55B8500 (it costs about $4299; ouch – no kidding!).

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    LG 47LH90

    LG 47LH90 One among the best projection TVs is definitely the LG 47LH90. This projection TV comes with a group of LEDs that can be switched off or dimmed separately.

    It is totally different from the LCDs that are based on the edge lit LEDs. The LEDs in the LG 47LH90 are placed at the backside of the screen.

    It has modified contrast ratios and local dimming effects, which come as tradeoffs against some of the not-so-important aspects.

    Therefore, as a whole, the performance of the LG 47LH90 projection TV is optimal; but you may want to consider the top contenders from Samsung before deciding further.

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    Vizio VF551XVT

    Vizio VF551XVT Vizio VF551XVT has several good things; firstly the LCD that is based on the local dimming LED that is not very expensive. It has a capability of producing impressive black levels that are extremely deep.

    It blooms less than the numerous local dimming models, and has ample connectivity including a PC input and five HDMI inputs.

    Vizio VF551XVT is fairly energy efficient. However, the bad part of the story is that backlight of the screen fluctuates with the content of the program. The shadow light of the TV is below average.

    The picture controls are fewer when compared to some of the high-end HDTVs available in its segment. However, the overall performance of the Vizio VF551XVT is quite satisfactory, especially keeping its affordable price tag of $1899 in mind.

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    Other Worthy Options

    Samsung PN50B650 us yet another worthy projection TV from the house of Samsung. It sure has the caliber to be counted amongst the best projection TVs. More so, there are many common things between Panasonic and Samsung; these include the panels of 600Hz that improve the motion resolution for reducing the blurriness. Samsung has also added a special mode for dealing specifically with the 1080p sources as well.

    So, there you have it; some of the best projection TVs that are truly worth your money. Remember, projection television sets may be a little costlier, but they're lot better in the longer run than the regular LEDs and LCDs.

    You may also be interested in taking a look at the Top HDTVs based on picture quality, as well as reading a detailed review of the Hitachi P50S602 50-inch Plasma TV.