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June 2010 Issue #037 -- Samsung and Sony LED TVs for 2010


Issue # 037: What's New

Date: 26th June 2010

The Practical HT Guide Update brings you the latest additions in a series of informative home theater design articles, unbiased system reviews, practical guidelines and free advice.



We have recently updated on our site with two sets of reviews covering the latest LED TVs for 2010, one covering the Samsung new LED TV line and the other Sony's latest LED HDTVs. In total, we posted nine new pages to cover these extensive 2010 LED TV lineups.

Definitely, LED TVs represent the latest and most desired breed of HDTVs. But being the latest does not necessarily imply these deliver superior picture quality to standard CCFL LCDs or plasma HDTVs, nor that this year LED TVs deliver superior picture quality to last year equivalents. In this respect, many reviewers still consider the Samsung UNB8500 LED TV series released towards end 2009 as the king of LCDs.

At the same time, we cannot but remark that if you are in the market for a new HDTV, the new LED TVs represent an interesting HDTV option worth taking into serious consideration - with a wide range that covers both budget-class and premium top-of-the-range HDTVs.

Samsung new LED HDTVs

The latest Samsung LED TV lineup seems all set to be an even bigger hit than previous releases. Through the new lineup of HDTVs, Samsung is once again confirming itself as the leader in the HDTV market - with almost seventy LCD TV models, half of which use an LED backlight.

Screen sizes range from 19" to 65" LED TVs. High-end models sport among the most technologically advanced features - from an ultra slim 0.3" design, to the much-touted 3D and precision dimming.

Premium Samsung LED HDTVs such as the 46-inch UN46C8000 and the 55-inch UN55C8000 do not come cheap, but if you are in the market for an inch thin budget-class LED TV, there is a Samsung LED TV for you as well.

Equally interesting is Samsung Series C8000 - which comes with the new precision dimming LED backlight - apart from 3D and 240Hz refresh rate technology. As we further explain in our Samsung LED TV review article, precision dimming is not superior to local dimming but represents the best compromise between the added expense of a full-array local dimming LED backlight and improved black level performance over standard edge-lit LED backlights.

And if you are after an LED TV that delivers the biggest WOW factor, I think no one beats Samsung's flagship LED TVs - the C9000 Series. These are among the most desired HDTVs for 2010 thanks to an impressive ultra-slim design and a premium feature pack. But...

Are these Samsung flagship LED TVs really worth their exorbitant price tag? Is the premium pack of the very expensive C9000 flagship series a way for Samsung to justify the expensive price?

For answers to these and many other questions you may have on the latest Samsung LED TVs, please refer to our series of detailed 2010 Samsung LED TV reviews and product evolutions appearing on our site.

Sony LED TV Lineup for 2010

For many in the market for an LCD TV, brand choice is often a matter of Samsung versus Sony. It is not that other major brands are not worth considering. But the real BIG names in the LCD TV market are Sony and Samsung.

It is thus only natural that inasmuch as we cover Samsung line of HDTVs, we also cover Sony's lineup. For the purpose, we prepared a series of LCD TV review articles covering the full Sony LED TV product line for 2010.

Sony's LED TV line is among the most awaited for 2010. During 2009, Sony missed the LED TV game with just one exception that did not leave its mark on the tough LED TV competition. But this year, things are different.

Sony's 2010 LCD TV lineup covers twelve series, seven of which use a LED backlight. Six of these LEDS TV series using edge-lit technology while one uses a full array LED backlight with local dimming - some which for the time being is not on Samsung's books for 2010.

In total, there are 22 different Sony LED TV models ranging in size from small 32-inch LED TVs to massive 60-inch HDTVs. This means that this year, Sony's HDTV lineup comprises more LED LCD TVs than conventional CCFL LCDs; the latter comprises just 14 different models.

The new LED TV lineup comes with quite a few innovative features such as a presence sensor that watches over you to help improve energy efficiency. There are also a few firsts for Sony such as the use of a glossy screen and a swivel table-top stand on some of its HDTVs.

LCD TV reviews appearing on major review sites agree that while picture quality of Sony LED TVs may not be exactly the best picture for demanding home theater enthusiast, they still deliver a great HD experience, with a well put-together feature set at a price that is relatively affordable for an LED TV. And this applies even to mid-range sets such as the 52-inch KDL-52EX700.

For more information on the new Sony LED TVs and how do these perform, please check out our detailed 2010 Sony LED TV product evaluation guide.

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