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|November 2010 Issue #041 -- New HDTV Reviews for 2010|
During the last few weeks, we have updated our website with a few additional HDTV reviews - with the latest being (1) a review of LG's LCD TVs for 2010, (2) our selection of what in our opinion represent the best cheap LCD and LED TVs, and (3) a review of the latest line of DLP rear projection HDTVs from Mitsubishi. The latter may be a surprise to many but rear projection is still alive.
Here are some more details!
2010 LG CCFL LCD TVs
These LG HDTVs deliver a lot for the price in both features and overall performance. The 32LD350 is the bestselling LG HDTV while the 42LD550 is among the best customer rated LG HDTVs, featuring LG's 120Hz TruMotion and the latest Internet TV access at a price that is the cheapest around for a 42-inch. In this respect, the LG LD550 series is in our opinion the TV series that delivers the best feature set to price deal among the full LG LCD TV line for 2010. These are also the LG LCD TVs that compares well against the tough competition from major brands like Samsung and Sony.
To discover more on the latest LG LCD TVs, please refer to our LG LCD TV review article here; this is a two part review with the first part reviewing the LD350 and LD450 series, while the second part discusses LD520, LD550, and LD650 HDTVs.
Best Cheap LCD TVs for Home Entertainment - 2010 Update
Up to a few years ago, a cheap LCD TV still meant a risky purchase from some unknown brand. But things have changed and relatively cheap LCD TVs and affordable LED TV sets are readily available from all major brands. Cheap no longer means inferior quality but a lower price due to a reduced feature set.
And cheap are entry-level 32-inch and 37-inch LCD HDTV from LG, Samsung and Panasonic. Best sellers at under $500 include the 32-inch LG 32LD350, the 32-inch Samsung LN32C450 and the 37-inch Panasonic TC-L37X2; these all come as 720p HDTVs.
Do not skip these HDTVs due to the lower 720p resolution. At anything less than 50-inch, it would be hard to enjoy the superior picture detail afforded by the higher pixel count of a 1080p HDTV with broadcast content. Unless you have very specific needs for the higher resolution - e.g. to use the TV as a PC monitor for viewing from a close distance, a 720p LCD TV at these screen sizes represents the best option.
But if a 1080p HDTV is a pre-requisite, well... a few brands managed to squeeze a 1080p pixel count even at this price bracket for screen sizes up to 37-inch. A case in point is Panasonic with its 37-inch TC-L37U22 1080p HDTV. As expected, this cheap LCD TV from Panasonic is a bare-bones HDTV. But this is generally not an issue at this price bracket since primary interest here is mainly price versus TV size.
Moving towards the $500 - $1,000 price bracket gives you more choice in terms of features - including Internet TV access, and a larger screen size. At this price category, you will also find a few affordable entry-level edge-lit LED TVs from major brands like Samsung, LG and Sony. Be warned however: What may qualify as a cheap LED TV is still somewhat more expensive than mainstream LCD TVs. For example, the LG 37-inch 37LE5300 would cost some $300 more than its CCFL LCD equivalent - and this mainly for the LED backlight!
Mitsubishi Rear Projection HDTVs for 2010
Rear projection maybe on its way out but the reality is that for those who know, rear projection TV technology still has a lot to offer both in terms of value for money, and also in picture quality - with a picture that is more film-like than that produced by either plasma or LED LCD TVs.
And there is more! Rear projection is at present the only TV display technology that delivers anything from 65-inch to massive 82-inch TV sets for the home market. You see, there still remains a segment of the home TV market that is not catered for by either plasma or LCD/LED TVs.
It is true that there is only one TV maker, Mitsubishi, but for 2010, Mitsubishi rear projection TV lineup gives interested consumers quite an interesting choice - a total of fourteen different models spread over 5 series: C10, 638, 738, 838, and the LaserVue A91. All except the A91 are 'traditional' lamp-based DLP rear projection HDTVs, while the LaserVue flagship series uses a three-colored laser light engine for a superior picture performance.
All Mitsubishi DLP TVs come as 3D or 3D-ready - including the bare-bones entry-level sets. In terms of features, things start to get interesting with the step-up and premium series. These come as 3D TVs in that with the appropriate firmware (expected to be released sometime early December), they can handle 3D without the use of the Mitsubishi adapter; but you still need the 3D glasses. These are the series that include the 82-inch models.
Speaking of 3D TV, thanks to their faster pixel response, 3D DLP rear projection HDTVs deliver a 3D image that is superior to that of the more expensive 3D LED TVs, one that is almost free from 3D image crosstalk. In addition, the larger screen size supported by DLP TVs makes for a more immersive 3D experience.
The step up 738 series adds StreamTV™ Internet Media to the basic feature set, is wireless Internet ready through the optional adapter, and come with improved video processing, advanced video calibration, and a universal TV remote control. The premium 838 series adds virtual surround sound technology via these sets 16-speaker soundbar and ISFccc advanced video adjustments among others.
We discuss each of the Mitsubishi DLP HDTV series in detail in our 2010 Mitsubishi DLP rear projection TV review article here.
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