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LG 55LW5600 55" 3D Edge Lit LED LCD HDTV

LG 55LW5600 LED LCD TVI first saw the passive 3D LCD displays at the 2011 Consumer Electronics Show and was immediately drawn in by their crisp bright displays and limited crosstalk. Fellow Secrets team member Chris Heinonen and I recently took a look at the 55LW5600, a 55” 3D Edge Lit LED LCD HDTV from LG.

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Toshiba 55WX800U 55" LED Edge Lit LCD 3D HDTV

Toshiba 55WX800U 3D TV At the Consumer Electronics Show last January, every television manufacturer had at least one 3D-capable display in their booth. Over the next few months, new models trickled into the marketplace. Now that CEDIA has come and gone, the floodgates are officially open and every brand has at least one and in some cases multiple models to choose from. I attended CEDIA with the primary goal of securing as many 3D TVs as possible for review. Toshiba was kind enough to be the first to provide me a sample, the flagship 55WX800U Cinema Series 55" LED Edge Lit LCD HDTV.

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Toshiba Regza 46RV53OU 46" 1080p LCD HDTV

toshiba-46rv53ou-hdtv-teaser.jpgIf an HDTV like this had been available three years ago, it would have been spectacular. However, this is mid-2008, and there are lots of excellent 1080p units out there. In short, although the contrast ratio on the Toshiba 46RV53OU was exceptional, the overall performance was disappointing.

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NuVision NVU46FX5LS 46" LED LCD HDTV

nuvision-46-fx5-hdtv-teaserNuVision is a company that hand-builds LCD flat panel HDTV displays. So, instead of a mass produced TV, you get one that has a lot of fingers putting things together and then having tests run on that particular unit to make sure it meets all specifications. It uses top quality parts through and through. As a result, NuVision's 46" HDTV, the NVU46FX5LS, at $4,499 MSRP, costs more than mass produced models from other brands that could be as large as 65". So, what is it you would want to know about such a TV? The performance. Read our review to see what we found.

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Sony Bravia KDL-46X3500 46" 1920x1080p LCD HDTV

sony-46x3500-tv-teaser.jpgWhen the local Sony dealer asked me which model I wanted to check out, I wasn’t sure if I should get the smaller 40” or the larger 46” model. On the one hand, statistics say that the 40” model will be a lot more popular, but they also suggest that the 44-50” segment, particularly in the US, is growing at an amazing rate.

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NuVision NVU65FX5 65" LCD Flat-Panel HDTV

NuVision LCDPRICE DROP AS OF 1-18-10. When shopping for an LCD panel, NuVision is not one of the first manufacturers that come to mind. Sold only through a network of CEDIA-member dealers, NuVision is firmly in the category of boutique brands. Their line of televisions are “built by connoisseurs for connoisseurs” to quote their website. Here, we review the NuVision 65" NVU65FX5, which is their 65" LCD Flat-panel HDTV. At an MSRP of $10,499 ($9,999 for black bezel version), it is a pricey HDTV. Read our review to see if it cuts the mustard at the checkout counter.

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Panasonic TH-50PZ77U 50" 1080p Plasma HDTV

panasonic-th-50pz77u-plasma-tv-figure-1-front-main-teaser.jpgChristmas shopping is over, and this could be just the right time to walk into a store and say, "I want to buy a flat panel TV." Here is one that could end up on your shopping list. Plasma, 50", 1080p. Nice, very nice.

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VIZIO VF551XVT 55" LCD LED HDTV

vizio-vf55-hdtv-teaserVIZIO has introduced a 55" (diagonal) LCD HDTV (1080p) that uses 960 LEDs in 80 control blocks as the backlighting. The control blocks change their brightness according to the brightness of the part of the scene that they responsible for illuminating. The result is absolute black, where there is supposed to be black. We measured a contrast ratio of nearly 300,000:1. It also has 240 Hz refresh rate (120 Hz plus backlight scanning) which allows for interpolated frames in between actual frames, and this delivers smooth motion during panning or objects moving across the screen. Best of all, it is available (street price) at $1,899 which is not an increase over last year's technology at the same screen size.

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VIZIO VP50 50" Plasma HDTV

Plasma TV To say that VIZIO owns the flat panel display market right now would be an understatement. And, the reason is simple: the price.  Only a couple of years ago, to get a 50" plasma HDTV, you would have had to shell out about $5,000, even at Costco.

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Panasonic 65PY700 65" 1080p Plasma HDTV

Panasonic-65PY700-HDTV-figa-thumb.jpgA typical display will go quite easily into my house. When I call up the local importer, they are usually quite inclined to lend me their displays. The 65PY700 was no exception, but it did require quite a bit of work to verify that it would fit into my test lab area. The hallway and staircase leading up to the second floor are quite tight, and I’ve never actually tried a display larger than 55” in height . . .

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