Introduction to HDTV Reviews

The television has become a major appliance right along with the stove and refrigerator. When it comes time to upgrade, the choices can be daunting. Technology moves at warp speed and no one wants their new purchase to become obsolete overnight. We’re covering all the latest features like Ultra HD resolution, wide color gamuts like Rec.2020, HDR and smart TV. Many panels have built in software that streams content from the Internet (Smart TV) eliminating the need for cable service or even a Blu-ray player.

We run a battery of tests on each display that directly relate to visible differences in image quality. Our benchmarks include tests for contrast, color accuracy and video processing, with every result explained in terms you can see on-screen.

With the demise of plasma, our focus is on LCD and OLED displays. HDR and Ultra HD are technologies on the rise and we’re covering every new innovation with each review. Copy protection is another hot topic. Terms like HDMI 2.0 and HDCP 2.2 are now part of the language every new TV-buyer must learn. Our HD and Ultra HD TV reviews will help you make a purchase decision. Once you get that new panel home, we can help you set it up for maximum return on investment.


Vizio M65-C1 65" 4K Ultra HD TV

Vizio M65-C1 65″ 4K Ultra HD TV Review

Vizio has gone all-in on picture quality with its latest lineup of Ultra HD televisions. Today I’m getting thoroughly involved with the M65-C1, a 65-inch panel with a full-array backlight, Vizio Internet Apps Plus smart TV interface and connection options that include HDMI 2.0 and HDCP 2.2.


Sony XBR-65X900B 65″ Ultra HD (4K) Television Review

When 4K televisions first hit the market a year ago they were priced at the extreme high-end; but second-generation sets are becoming more affordable. In this review, I'm checking out Sony's XBR-65X900B, a 65" (diagonal) Ultra HD set with great picture quality, solid connectivity, and a little more down-to-earth price-tag.


LG 55EA980 55″ Curved OLED HDTV

For the past decade, we've been hearing about a miraculous new technology called OLED that will reshape our lives.  Both Samsung and LG now produce and sell OLED TVs, which cost around $10,000 retail - in both flat and curved form factors.


Samsung UN85S9AF 85″ 4K UHD LED Display

Reviewing the Samsung UN85S9AF 4K UHD TV is far from a simple task. The entire construct requires around 4 people to stand upright. This 85" behemoth is a self contained home theater experience – it stands on its own and although it can technically be wall mounted, this really breaks from its design statement. Apparently, Samsung discovered that many of its customers prefer to use the built in stand – which is why they've invested a great deal in the built-in stand designs. When Samsung first showed off this design at CES in Las Vegas, I really didn't like it. From afar, it looked like a folding beach chair or scissors. However, when the UN85S9AF is right next to you, the feeling changes. The design is elegant and looks much better in person than it does on the Vegas show floor or in pictures.


Dune HD – Base3D and TV-303D High Definition Media Streamers

Streamers have been around for quite a few years. It took them quite a while to reach maturity. When this field was at its infancy, HD was just starting to get popular and Streamers offered a way to play back a DIVX or TS file without requiring a Home Theater PC in your living room. The beginning was very slow and tedious, early streamers were buggy and often had serious image, sound and build quality issues. Typically, you had to place your content in a hard drive inside the unit, or even burn a DVD containing your desired content - not exactly something that most people are prone to do.


SunBriteTV 5560HD 55” Outdoor All-weather LCD HDTV

If you have been to any recent home and garden shows, you may have noticed the increase in outdoor entertainment areas. These usually consist of a covered patio, comfortable seating, fireplace/firepit, and anywhere from just a grill to a full outdoor kitchen area with pizza oven. Sounds like a home outside of your home. But where's the TV? SunBrite has the answer.


Samsung PN51E8000 51″ Plasma HDTV

Not long ago plasma and LCD were in a fierce competition for the flat panel market, but LCD has dominated sales the past few years. While the general public has moved to LCD for brighter images and more size choices...


Sony 46HX929 46″ Backlit LED-Array HDTV

All LED LCD TVs are not designed the same. Manufacturers have two approaches they can take with an LED design: An edge-lit design that is thin and functions like a conventional CCFL backlight, or a backlit LED-array that isn't as thin, but allows for precise control over lighting individual areas of the screen. In this review, we take a look at the Sony 46" backlit LED-array HDTV, model 46HX929.


Toshiba 55ZL2 4K LCD 3D Display

When Toshiba announced the idea of a glasses-free 3D display, I was less than enthusiastic. I have been seeing lenslet based 3D glassless displays for a few years (mostly in the B2B and Digital signage spaces) and they were far from ready for consumer prime time. Now, Toshiba has announced their 55ZL2, which is a 55" LCD 3D display that has 4K native resolution. It's a first generation produce. How did it work with 4K video material, and does native 4K resolution improve the clarity of 1080p?


Toshiba 50L5200U LCD TV

Toshiba is targeting value with its L5200U line of LED LCD TV's.   The 50L5200U is a 50" 1080p set featuring a 120Hz panel with ClearFrame™ technology for crisp images and smoother movement.  Like most LED-edgelit TVs, the Toshiba employs a dynamic lighting system (DynaLight®) that adjusts output based on the image content.

Sharp LC-60LE835U 60” LED LCD 3D Display

Sharp LC-60LE835U 60″ LED LCD 3D HDTV

Along with competitively priced gargantuan panels the other thing Sharp is generating buzz for is their Quattron technology, which is the inclusion of a fourth yellow sub pixel in the pixel matrix. Sharp says adding this yellow sub pixel not only creates a wider color gamut (especially in yellows, greens, and cyans) but also makes the panel both brighter and more efficient due to the amount of light that passes through the yellow filtered sub pixel. Since the Sharp panels are getting very good Energy Star ratings there probably is some very smart engineering going on under the hood. Here, we review the Sharp LC-60LE835U 60" LED 3D HDTV.

Toshiba 55SL417U LED TV

Toshiba 55SL417U 55″ Edge Lit LED LCD HDTV

With all the hoopla surrounding 3D, the other big innovation in HDTVs has been largely forgotten – LED backlighting. For an image-quality geek like me though, this is a far more significant advance in technology. LCD panels can now play in the same black-level arena as plasma TVs. In some cases, they even exceed. As anyone schooled in imaging science will tell you, dynamic range is the single most important factor in perceived image quality. Let's take a look at this Toshiba 55" HDTV with edge lit LED backlighting.