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We feature only the top-rated High Definition (HDTV) Televisions by consumers. Within this group are LCD, LED, 3D, and Plasma sets. See the new Smart-Review 2011 HDTV Buying Guide (at the bottom of this page) to help you choose the right set size and technology. See the newest 2011 sets and those with the full HD 1080p resolution.
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*NEW for 2011* Samsung UN55D8000 55-Inch 1080p 3D 240Hz LED HDTV
Samsung UN55D8000
55" 1080p LED 3D HDTV (240Hz)

Samsung UN55D8000 3D TV
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    HDTV Features
  • *New 2011 Model
  • 3D READY
  • 1080p (1920x1080)
  • LED Backlit (micro dimming)
  • Four HDMI Connections
  • Energy Star Compliant
  • Two 15 Watt Speakers
  • 25,000,000 to 1 dynamic contrast
  • Fast 2ms response time
  • 3D Glasses Included
  • Internet Ready
  • 240Hz Refresh Rate
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Samsung 55" 240Hz 3D LED HDTV
3D READY, Full 1080p, 3D Ready, Fast 2ms response, LED backlit, Micro Dimming, 240Hz, DLNA, Built-in Wifi, Four HDMI connectors, 25,000,000:1 dynamic contrast.

Samsung UN55D8000
Rated 4 1/2 out of 5 stars by owner reviews.
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New for 2011. Samsung's top of the line 3D capable LED backlit TVs from Samsung. Samsung's 55-inch LED backlit HDTV (micro dimming) is 3D ready. Samsung's Micro Dimming technology uses special edge mounted LEDs to enable the controlled lighting of variable size which effectively provide local dimming. 3D movies such as Avatar have created demand for 3D programming for HDTVs. With this HDTV you can use the included 3D Glasses (two pairs), 3D Blu-ray players, Playstation 3, and watch 3D specific programming as they come available on cable and satellite. Included on this TV is 240Hz anti-blur technology. 240HZ provides blur free, clear motion, quadrupling the framerate of regular 60hz HDTVs. 25,000,000:1 Mega Dynamic Contrast (highest we have reviewed). This full HD 1080p HDTV has a super fast 2ms response time to help display fast moving action. DLNA CERTIFIED connectivity. Internet-capable with Samsung APS (broadband service required). Wifi is built-in to this TV.

Can display lifelike 3D images when viewed with Samsung's shutter glasses (sold separately). Can Convert 2D movies, sports and shows to 3D. Ultra Slim Design, only 1.2 inch thick (without stand). Energy Star compliant. ATSC with QAM digital TV tuners built in. 1 Component video input, and 4 HDMI inputs (version 1.4) for full 3D, and connectivity for DVD players, Blu-ray, Camcorders, and more. Also features two 15 watt stereo speakers with SRS TruSurround HD. 3 USB ports for digital photo/video/MP3 playback, Ethernet port.

Dimensions: 48.5" x 31.0" x 9.5" w/stand (41 lbs.)

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*NEW for 2011* Panasonic Viera S30 50-inch 1080p Plasma HDTV

Panasonic VIERA TC-P50S30
50" 1080p Plasma HDTV

Panasonic S30 HDTV
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    HDTV Features
  • *New 2011 Model
  • 1080p (1920 x 1080)
  • Two USB Ports
  • Internet Ready
  • DLNA Certified
  • Wide viewing angles
  • Three HDMI Connections
  • Two (10 watts total)
  • Anti-Reflective Coating
  • SD Card Memory Slot
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Panasonic 50" Plasma 1080p HDTV
1080p resolution, Three HDMI connections, SD memory slot, DLNA, Internet Ready, Wifi Ready.

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Rated 4 1/2 out of 5 stars by owner reviews.
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NEW for 2010.Panasonic's 1080p High-Def Resolution Plasma HDTV provides crisp, lifelike details. Longer lasting panel (100,000 hrs.) Fast Switching Phosphors: Virtually eliminates motion blur, making sports, movies and video games look amazing. The 1920 x 1080 pixel count of this plasma TV provides twice the number of pixels as 720p HDTV displays. Its maximum of 68 billion colors and over 4,096 shades of gradation provide exceptionally fine detail for outstanding HDTV reproduction. USB Ports to plug in a wifi adapter, or your own pictures and videos. Internet Ready TV: View a variety of internet content, including Netflix, Pandora and Facebook.

This Panasonic plasma screen has wide viewing angles. This set is suitable for wall mounting. Comes with pedestal base. 600Hz Sub-field Drive for superb motion clarity. The set has Three HDMI, two USB, and one component jack. Integrated NTSC/ ATSC /QAM tuners. Wifi Ready. DLNA (Enjoy content from your PC and other home network devices). SD card slot to view digital camera pictures and videos (H.264 AVCHD supported).

Dimensions: 30.7" x 47.4" x 12.8" inches w/stand (62.9 lbs.)

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*NEW for 2010* LG 37LE5300 37-Inch 1080p 120Hz LED HDTV
LG 37LE5300
37" 1080p LED HDTV (240Hz)

LE5300 Series
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    HDTV Features
  • *New 2010 Model
  • 1080p (1920x1080)
  • 178 degree viewing angles
  • Four HDMI Connections
  • Two 10 Watt Speakers
  • 3,000,000 to 1 dynamic contrast
  • Fast 2.4ms response time
  • LED Backlit
  • 120hz Refresh Rate

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LG 37" 1080p 120hz LRD HDTV
LED Backlit, Full 1080p, Fast 2.4ms response, 120hz, Four HDMI connectors, 3,000,000 to 1 contrast ratio.

LG55LD650
Rated 4 1/2 out of 5 stars by owner reviews.
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New for 2010. LG brings LED backlighting to smaller TVS. LG's latest LED backlit 37-inch 1080p LCD HDTV with TruMotion 120hz technology. 120HZ reduces blurring when you're watching your favorite sport, action movie, or playing a fast moving video game. Upgraded features from the previous year include, LED backlighting with a 3,000,000:1 dynamic contrast ratio, fast 2.4ms response time, Clear Voice II which automatically enhances and amplifies the sound of the human voice frequency range to help keep dialogue audible. This LG Televison has an Invisible Speaker System which delivers a wider sound field througout the entire room and not just towards the center of the room. (NOTE: The 22 and 26-inch versions of this TV are 720p with a 60Hz refresh rate).

Other features include four HDMI connections for your DVD Player, Blu-ray, Game Console and other devices. 24p Real Cinema gives you a movie-theater-experience. The 1080p display has over two million pixel resolution, 10 bit processing, along with an SRS TruSurround XT sound system. two 10 watt stereo speakers. USB 2.0 allows you to view your photos on your TV, or listen to MP3 music. NTSC analog and ATSC with QAM digital TV tuners built in.

Dimensions: 35.6" x 24.8" x 10.6" w/stand (34.4 lbs.)

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LG 32-inch HDTV
LG 32" 1080p 120hz LED 2010 Model Available

*NEW for 2011* Samsung UN55D7000 55-Inch 1080p 3D 240Hz LED HDTV
Samsung UN55D7000
55" 1080p LED 3D HDTV (240Hz)

Samsung UN55D7000 3D TV
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    HDTV Features
  • *New 2011 Model
  • 3D READY
  • 1080p (1920x1080)
  • LED Backlit (precision dimming)
  • Four HDMI Connections
  • Energy Star Compliant
  • Two 15 Watt Speakers
  • 15,000,000 to 1 dynamic contrast
  • Fast 2ms response time
  • Internet Ready
  • 240Hz Refresh Rate
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Samsung 55" 240Hz 3D LED HDTV
3D READY, Full 1080p, 3D Ready, Fast 2ms response, LED backlit, Precision Dimming, 240Hz, DLNA, Four HDMI connectors, 8,000,000:1 dynamic contrast.

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Rated 4 1/2 out of 5 stars by owner reviews.
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New for 2011. Samsung's second generation of 3D capable LED backlit TVs. Samsung's 55-inch LED backlit HDTV (precision dimming) is 3D ready. Samsung's Micro Dimming technology uses special edge mounted LEDs to enable the controlled lighting of variable size, diamond-shaped areas which effectively provide local dimming. 3D movies such as Avatar have created demand for 3D programming for HDTVs. With this HDTV you can add 3D Glasses, 3D Blu-ray players, and watch 3D specific programming as they come available on cable and satellite. Included on this TV is 240Hz anti-blur technology. 240HZ provides blur free, clear motion, quadrupling the framerate of regular 60hz HDTVs. 15,000,000:1 Mega Dynamic Contrast (double that of last year). This full HD 1080p HDTV has a super fast 2ms response time to help display fast moving action. DLNA CERTIFIED connectivity. Internet-capable Samsung Apps and Web Browser (broadband service required).

Can display lifelike 3D images when viewed with Samsung's shutter glasses (sold separately). Can Convert 2D movies, sports and shows to 3D. Ultra Slim Design, only 1.1 inch thick (without stand). Energy Star 4.0 compliant. ATSC with QAM digital TV tuners built in. 1 Component video input, and 4 HDMI inputs (version 1.4) for full 3D, and connectivity for DVD players, Blu-ray, Camcorders, and more. Also features two 15 watt stereo speakers with SRS TruSurround HD. 2 USB ports for digital photo/video/MP3 playback, Ethernet port.

Dimensions: 50.4" x 32.3" x 12.0" w/stand (48.9 lbs.)

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*NEW for 2010* Vizio XVT553SV 55-Inch 1080p 240Hz LED HDTV
Vizio XVT553SV
55" 1080p LED HDTV (240Hz)

Vizio XVT553SV TV
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    HDTV Features
  • 3D Ready
  • *New 2010 Model
  • 1080p (1920x1080)
  • LED Backlit (local dimming)
  • Five HDMI Connections
  • Internet Ready
  • Built in Wifi
  • Two 15 Watt Speakers
  • 10,000,000 to 1 dynamic contrast
  • 240Hz Refresh Rate
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Vizio 55" 240Hz LED HDTV
Full 1080p, LED backlit, Internet Ready, Built-in Wifi, Local Dimming, 240Hz, Five HDMI, 10,000,000:1 dynamic contrast.

Vizio 3SV Series
Rated 4 1/2 out of 5 stars by owner reviews.
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New for 2010. Vizio's latest 55-inch HDTV with LED Backlight and Local Dimming. The TruLED backlighting bumps up contrast to an amazing 10,000,000:1 dynamic contrast. Also Included on this TV is the Internet via a built in dual-band Wi-Fi 802.11n or Ethernet to stream video, audio and news and Netflix. Advanced features include 240Hz anti-blur technology. 240HZ provides blur free, clear motion, quadrupling the framerate of regular 60hz HDTVs. This full HD 1080p HDTV has a super fast 2ms response time to help display fast moving action. Internet Ready TV.

ECO HD exceeds the current Energy Star Guidelines by 50 percent below Energy Star 3.0. ATSC with QAM digital TV tuners built in. 1 Component video input, and 5 HDMI inputs connectivity for DVD players, Blu-ray, Camcorders, and more. Also features two 15 watt stereo speakers with SRS Audio Technologies. 3 USB ports for digital photo/video/MP3 playback. VIZIO Internet Apps.

Dimensions: 52.18" x 35.06" x 12.90" w/stand (77.16 lbs.)

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Vizio 47 inch LED HDTV
Vizio 47" 1080p 240Hz 2010 Model Available

*NEW for 2010* Samsung LN55C650 55" 1080p 120Hz LCD HDTV
Samsung LN55C650
55" 1080p LCD HDTV (120Hz)

Samsung LN55c650
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    HDTV Features
  • *New 2010 Model
  • 1080p (1920x1080)
  • 178 degree viewing angles
  • Four HDMI Connections
  • Two 15 Watt Speakers
  • 150,000 to 1 dynamic contrast
  • Fast 4ms response time
  • 120hz Refresh Rate
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Samsung 55" 1080p 120hz LCD HDTV
Full 1080p, Fast 4ms response, 120hz, Four HDMI connectors, 150,000 to 1 contrast ratio.

Samsung LN55c650
Rated 4 1/2 out of 5 stars by owner reviews.
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New for 2010. Samsung's latest sleek 55" 1080p LCD HDTV with 120hz technology. 120hz provides clear motion and fluid frame transitions. Contrast has improved in this year's model to 150,000:1 dynamic contrast. This model is substantially more energy efficient than last year's model. Also included are Media 2.0 feature lets you access countless hours of content from Yahoo! and Flickr, and DLNA certified connectivity. Enhanced internet connectivity to Netflix, YouTube, BlockBuster, Facebook and more. The ln55c650 features fast 4ms response time, and four HDMI connections. The 1080p display has over two million pixel resolution, along with an SRS TruSurround XT sound system. Touch of color finish.

CCFL-Cold Cathode Fluorescent Lamp: Provides colors in your picture that were not available before. NTSC analog and ATSC with QAM digital TV tuners built in. 2 Component video inputs, 4 HDMI, USB 2.0 and full connectivity lets you add DVDs, Blu-ray, Camcorders, PCs and a range of other digital devices. Also features two 15 watt stereo speakers.

Dimensions: 51.6" x 35.2" x 12.1" w/stand w/stand (76.5 lbs.)

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*NEW* Sony BRAVIA Sony BRAVIA KDL-55EX720 55-Inch 1080p 240Hz LCD HDTV
Sony Bravia KDL-55EX720
55" 240Hz 1080p
3D LED HDTV

Sony KDL-55EX720 HDTV
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    HDTV Features
  • *New 2011 Model
  • 1080p (1920 x 1080)
  • 3D Ready TV
  • Internet Ready TV
  • Four HDMI Connections
  • Two 10 Watt Speakers
  • 24p True Cinema
  • 240Hz Motionflow® Technology
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Sony Bravia 55" 1080p 3D LED HDTV
3D Ready, LED Backlit, Full 1080p, Four HDMI connectors, 240Hz, Internet Ready, DLNA.

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Rated 4 1/2 out of 5 stars by owner reviews.
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New for 2011 Sony's New 55-inch Midrange EX720 Series 1080p 3D LED TV includes Motionflow® 240hz high framerate technology which quadruples the framerate for a sharper and smoother image compared to regular 60hz hdtvs. Great for viewing movies or fast-action sports. 3D Ready to view the latest 3D programming on cable, satellite, blu-ray and 3D game consoles. Infinite Dynamic contrast. The KDL-55EX720 offers full HD 1080p resolution (1920x1080). Plug in up to 4 HDMI devices. LED backlight increases contrast, while also reducing energy consumption. Includes NTSC, ATSC HD, and QAM tuners.

Other features include CineMotion Reverse 3:2 Pulldown Technology. Two 10 watt speakers. USB input to view photos and music. 24p true cinema to view movies. S-Force Front Surround sound. X-Reality Engine® video processor. Internet Ready: Watch netflix, youtube, and other internet content on your TV.

Dimensions: 50" x 31.5" x 12.5" with stand (56 lbs.)

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*NEW for 2011* Samsung LN40D630 40" 1080p 120Hz LCD HDTV
Samsung LN40D630
40" 1080p LCD HDTV (120Hz)

Samsung LN40d630
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    HDTV Features
  • *New 2011 Model
  • 1080p (1920x1080)
  • 178 degree viewing angles
  • Four HDMI Connections
  • Two 10 Watt Speakers
  • 250,000 to 1 dynamic contrast
  • Fast 4ms response time
  • DLNA Certified
  • 120hz Refresh Rate
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Samsung 40" 1080p 120hz LCD HDTV
Full 1080p, Fast 4ms response, 120hz, DLNA, Four HDMI connectors, 250,000:1 dynamic contrast ratio.

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Rated 4 1/2 out of 5 stars by owner reviews.
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New for 2011. Samsung's 40-inch HDTV with matte screen. Auto Motion Plus 120hz technology. 120hz provides blur free, clear motion, doubling the framerate of regular 60hz HDTVs. Upgraded features for 2011 include, an increase in the contrast ratio to 250,000:1 dynamic contrast ratio (double last year's model), More energy efficient (Energy Star compliant), and DLNA CERTIFIED connectivity. This full HD 1080p HDTV has a fast 4ms response time to help display fast moving action. Upgraded to four HDMI connections. The 1080p display has over two million pixel resolution, along with an SRS TruSurround XT sound system. Touch of color finish.

CCFL-Cold Cathode Fluorescent Backlight. Energy Star 3.0 compliant. NTSC analog and ATSC with QAM digital TV tuners built in. 2 Component video inputs, 4 HDMI for full connectivity for DVD players, Blu-ray, Camcorders, PCs and a range of other digital devices. Also features two 10 watt stereo speakers. 2 USB ports for digital photo/video/MP3 playback.

Dimensions: 39.1" x 26.3" x 10" w/stand ( 38.6 lbs.)

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26, 32, and 37 inch models (Great for Den or Bedroom)
LG 26LE5300 26-Inch 720p
LED HDTV

*New for 2010 720p (1366 x 768) Integrated ATSC/ NTSC & QAM Tuners. 2 HDMI, 1 Component connections. LED Backlit. 3,000,000 to 1 contrast. 10 watts total audio output.
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Panasonic TC-L32X2 32-inch 720p
LCD HDTV

*New for 2010 720p (1366 x 768) Integrated ATSC/ NTSC & QAM Tuners. 3 HDMI, 2 Component inputs. 6ms response. Upgraded to 20,000 to 1 contrast. Two 10 watt speakers. SRS TruSurround XT. PC input. iPod dock.
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Panasonic TC-L32DT30 32-Inch 1080p 240Hz 3D LED HDTV
**New for 2011. 1080p (1920 x 1080). 3D Ready w/1 pair glasses, LED backlit, Internet Ready, Built-in Wi-Fi adapter, SD Card Slot, DLNA, 2ms response. 4 HDMI, 1 Component, PC. USB 2.0. Two 10 watt speakers.
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Panasonic TC-L37DT30 37-Inch 1080p 240Hz 3D LED HDTV
**New for 2011. 1080p (1920 x 1080). 3D Ready w/1 pair glasses, LED backlit, Internet Ready, Built-in Wi-Fi adapter, SD Card Slot, DLNA, 2ms response. 4 HDMI, 1 Component, PC. USB 2.0. Two 10 watt speakers.
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LG 37LE5300 37-Inch 1080p
LED HDTV

*New for 2010 1080p (1920 x 1080) Integrated ATSC/ NTSC & QAM Tuners. 4 HDMI, 2 Component connections. LED Backlit. 3,000,000 to 1 contrast. 20 watts total audio output.
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40 to 47 inch models (Great for Living Rooms)
LG 42LV5500
42-inch 1080p
120Hz LED HDTV

**New for 2011. Full HD 1080p. LED Backlit TV. Smart Energy Saving Features. Upgraded to 5,000,000 to 1 dynamic contrast. 120hz framerate. Internet Ready. Two 10 watt speakers. USB 2.0, 4 HDMI and 1 Component inputs. DLNA Certified.
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Samsung UN40D6000
40-inch 1080p
120Hz LED HDTV

**New for 2011. Full HD 1080p. Upgraded to 5,000,000 to 1 dynamic contrast. Internet Ready ATSC/QAM Tuner, 120hz framerate. 4ms response. Two 10 watt speakers. SRS TruSurround XT Sound. 4 HDMI, 3 USB, & 1 Component inputs. DLNA Certified.
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Samsung UN46D6000
40-inch 1080p
120Hz LED HDTV

**New for 2011. Full HD 1080p. Upgraded to 5,000,000 to 1 dynamic contrast. Internet Ready ATSC/QAM Tuner, 120hz framerate. 4ms response. Two 10 watt speakers. SRS TruSurround XT Sound. 4 HDMI, 3 USB, & 1 Component inputs. DLNA Certified.
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Samsung UN46D6400
46-inch 1080p
120Hz 3D LED HDTV

**New for 2011. Full HD 1080p. 3D Ready Upgraded to 5,000,000 to 1 dynamic contrast. Internet Ready ATSC/QAM Tuner, 120hz framerate. 4ms response. Two 10 watt speakers. SRS TruSurround XT Sound. 4 HDMI, 3 USB, & 1 Component inputs. DLNA Certified.
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LG 47LW5600
55-inch 1080p 3D
120Hz LED HDTV

**New for 2011. Full HD 1080p. 3D Ready with 4 pairs of 3D Glasses. LED Backlit. Upgraded to 8,000,000 to 1 dynamic contrast. 120hz framerate. Internet Ready. Two 10 watt speakers. USB 2.0, 4 HDMI and 1 Component inputs. DLNA Certified.
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LG 55LW5600
55-inch 1080p 3D
120Hz LED HDTV

**New for 2011. Full HD 1080p. 3D Ready with 4 pairs of 3D Glasses. LED Backlit. Upgraded to 8,000,000 to 1 dynamic contrast. ATSC/QAM Tuner, 120hz framerate. Internet Ready. Two 10 watt speakers. Clear Sound II. USB 2.0, 4 HDMI and 1 Component inputs. DLNA Certified.
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Samsung UN55D8000
55-inch 1080p
120Hz 3D LED HDTV

**New for 2011. Full HD 1080p. 3D Ready Upgraded to 25,000,000 to 1 dynamic contrast. Internet Ready ATSC/QAM Tuner, 240hz framerate. Micro Dimming Plus. Two 15 watt speakers. SRS TruSurround XT Sound. 4 HDMI, 3 USB, & 1 Component inputs. DLNA Certified.
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Sony KDL-55HX820 55" Bravia 1080p 480hz LED 3D HDTV
**New for 2011. 3D Ready. LED Backlit. Motionflow 240hz. Full 1080p 1920 x 1080 resolution; infinite dynamic contrast. Two 10 watt speakers. Sony surround sound & Dolby. Internet Ready. Gorilla Glass durability. DLNA connectivity. 4 HDMI, 2 USB & 1 Component inputs.
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VIZIO XVT553SV TruLED 55" 1080p 240hz LED HDTV
New for 2010. Features include LED backlit with smart dimming, internet ready. built-in Wifi. 240hz and Full 1080p resolution; 10,000,000:1dynamic contrast. Two 15 watt speakers. TruSurround HD Audio. 5 HDMI inputs, `1 Component.
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Sharp LC60LE835U
60" 1080p 240Hz 3D LED HDTV

**New for 2011. Full HD 1080p (1920 x 1080). 3D Ready. Internet Ready. 8,000,000 to 1 dynamic contrast. ATSC/QAM Tuner, 240hz framerate. 2ms response. Two 10 watt speakers. DLNA. 4 HDMI and 1 Component inputs.
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42 inch models & up
Panasonic Viera ST30 TC-P42ST30 42" 1080p 3D Plasma HDTV
*New for 2011. Full 1080p (1920x1080) Resolution. 3D Ready SD card slot for pictures/video. 10 watt speakers. Contrast 5,000,000:1. Internet Ready. DLNA. Built in HDTV ATSC/QAM tuners. 3 hdmi inputs, 1 component. 2 USB. PC input.
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Panasonic Viera ST30 TC-P55ST30 55" 1080p 3D Plasma HDTV
*New for 2011. Full 1080p (1920x1080) Resolution. 3D Ready SD card slot for pictures/video. 10 watt speakers. Contrast 5,000,000:1. Internet Ready. DLNA. Built in HDTV ATSC/QAM tuners. 3 hdmi inputs, 1 component. 2 USB. PC input.
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Panasonic Viera GT30 TC-P65GT30 65" 1080p 3D Plasma HDTV
*New for 2011. Full 1080p (1920x1080) Resolution. THX Certified. 3D Ready SD card slot for pictures/video. 10 watt speakers. Contrast 5,000,000:1. Internet Ready. DLNA. Built in HDTV ATSC/QAM tuners. 4 hdmi inputs, 1 component. 2 USB. PC input.
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Samsung PN51D7000 51" 1080p Plasma 3D HDTV
New for 2011. (1920x1080). 15,000:1 Contrast. Internet Ready, Built-in Wifi, Web Browser, DLNA, 3D Ready, Real Black Filter. Two 10 Watt Speakers. SRS TruSurround XT. ATSC & QAM tuners. 2 USB, 4 HDMI, 2 Component.
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Samsung PN64D7000 64" 1080p Plasma 3D HDTV
New for 2011. (1920x1080). 15,000:1 Contrast. Internet Ready, Built-in Wifi, Web Browser, DLNA, 3D Ready, Real Black Filter. Two 15 Watt Speakers. SRS TruSurround XT. ATSC & QAM tuners. 2 USB, 4 HDMI, 2 Component.
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HIGH DEFINITION TELEVISIONS (HDTVs)

High Definition Televisions have quickly replaced the older CRT monitors and Analog TV sets that use the NTSC broadcast standard of the last 50 years. The newer HD models are thinner, brighter, and display a stunning picture with many times the resolution of older sets. Below are some of the terminology used in describing HDTVs and the features they have.

HDTV Screen Resolution - This is the maximum (in pixels) that a monitor can display. Most HDTV's today can display what is called 1080i or 720p which is usually a resolution of 1366 x 768 pixels (1 million pixels). A new standard is emerging called 1080p with a much higher resolution of 1920 x 1080 ( 2 million pixels). Blu-ray, Playstation 3, and HD DVDs are able to display the full 1080p resolution. Cable TV and Satellite companies currently are showing high definition at the lower 1080i standard, but in the future they eventually will be broadcasting at 1080p, but due to bandwidth issues it may be a while.

HDMI and COMPONENT - Hooking up your high definition cable box, DVD player, PS3, or other high quality source requires the right connection. The best connection is HDMI, followed by Component. Both are high quality, with HDMI having an edge in picture quality. If you have many hookups to make, you would want to see more HDMI and Component jacks on the TV you purchase. For 1080p sets, you want to have HDMI as your connection of choice. So look for HDTVs with more HDMI and Component connections. Most have at least 2 HDMI and many are now coming with 3 HDMI connections.

Which HDTV Screen Technology is best? - There are three types of display technologies that are in mainstream HDTV's. Each display technology has its pluses and minuses. Below are all three technologies and a detailed description.

  • LCD (liquid crystal display) - LCD TVs are becoming the most popular technology. They have many advantages such as low power consumption, ability to display the highest resolutions (1080p), LCDs are flat, many are wall mountable. The disadvantage of an LCD is that their ability to show contrast is less than some other technologies like plasma. LCDs in the past were also slower to refresh (not so with the current models). These disadvantages are quickly disappearing. Today's LCD HDTVs have greatly improved on contrast and refresh speed. The latest LCD technology is 120hz. Most LCDs are silent with no moving parts or fans. LCD's are brighter than Plasma HDTVs and so are better suited in well lit rooms during the day than plasmas.

  • Plasma Displays - Plasma displays are very popular as well. They have higher contrast than LCDs (although that gap is closing), and can display HDTV with stunning clarity. Plasma sets also display fast action (sports, action movies) better. The disadvantages of plasma are that they take more electricity than LCDs, and can generate more heat. Many have built in fans. Plasma screens are susceptible to screen burn-in (new models compensate with various screen-saving methods). Heavier than LCDs.

  • LED Backlit LCD - This is the latest backlight technology used on LCD TV's. These are referred to as LED HDTVs. Most LCD HDTVs use a fluorescent light as their light source or backlight. The LED HDTV uses LEDs (Light emitting diodes) to backlight the screen. The advantage of using LEDs is higher contrast, truer colors, and overall better picture. They also run cooler and can use 40% less power than other HDTVs. These HDTVs will be substantially more expensive than other HDTVs. Best Selling LED HDTVs.

  • Digital Light Processing (DLP) - DLP was invented by Texas Instruments. It uses many microscopic mirrors which can turn on and off thousands of times per second. This technology offers incredible color reproduction, and excellent contrast. Disadvantages are that most sets require a minimum of 12-14" depth for the rear projection unit. Older DLP and projection TV's use a replaceable lamp, so down the road these will need to be replaced. The latest DLP TVs now use an LED light engine which replaces the bulb and color wheel. The LED engine should last the life of the TV. The LED engine also should eliminate the rainbow effect that was a detraction of DLP sets. The LED's provide a separate light source for each pixel, which gives the new LED-DLP displays a contrast and brightness that rivals Plasma. However, unlike Plasma technology, this system has no chance of burning in.

Viewing Angle - Some HDTV's displays have a more limited viewing angle than others. They lose contrast and become hard to read at some viewing angles and they have more contrast and are easier to read at others. Generally the higher the viewing angle, the better. This is especially important when a group of people are watching an HDTV at the same time. Modern High Definition TVs have much better viewing angles, and it is not as big an issue as it was in the past.

Contrast Ratio - This is the difference in light intensity between the brightest white and the darkest black. Higher is better. The higher the contrast ratio, the greater the ability to show subtle color details, and better resulting picture. Details in dark scenes will benefit from a higher contrast ratio. Many manufacturers give what is called Dynamic contrast which is a higher number than the contrast ratio. So be careful not to confuse this when comparing. LCD panels regular Native contrast ratios hover around 1200-3500:1 for LCDs, and up to 40,000:1 for Plasmas. Dynamic contrast for LCDs can run as high as 150,000 and more. As noted one must consider both static (Native) and dynamic contrast ratios.

Response Time - For LCD TV's. Response time is in simplistic terms how fast the screen can "paint" the screen. It is measured in milliseconds or (ms). Lower numbers are better. A lower response time is best for games, video, fast moving movies. Today's HDTV's have much faster response times than in the past and this issue is also becoming less important since most models today are quite fast.

120hz LCDs - Introduced in Mid 2007, a new type of LCD HDTV technology has come out on select HDTVs. 120hz refers to the frame rate of an HDTV. Currently sets are 60hz. The double frame rate 120hz sets will make fast action less prone to blurring. This is important for action movies, and sports. Plasma HDTVs do not need this technology as they handle fast action without the need for 120hz. Smart-Review will feature these sets as they become available. The most popular and highly rated 120hz HDTVs are the Samsung 120hz HDTVs and the Sony 120hz HDTVs

240hz LCDs - Introduced in late 2008, this technology quadruples the normal framerate of a 60hz HDTV, to 240hz. Like the 120hz, these sets will make fast action even less prone to blurring. For 2009 there are many new models utilizing this new technology in their HDTVs. Best Selling 240hz HDTVs.

ATSC Tuner - Most of the newer HDTVs now include a digital HD tuner called ATSC. An ATSC digital tuner is required to receive and decode over-the-air digital television signals. Sets do not require this tuner if you are only receiving your high definition feed from a cable company or from satellite, as they will provide you with a high definition decoder box instead. This gives you the option to receive "free" over the air HD local broadcasts.

ATSC/QAM Tuner - Some newer HDTVs have not only ATSC, but also a QAM tuner. An integrated QAM tuner allows the free reception of unscrambled digital programming sent "in the clear" by cable providers (without a box), usually local broadcast stations. This varies by cable company. Most other stations however are scrambled.

Cable Card - Some sets allow you to put a Cable Card in a slot. This card is provided by your cable tv company and allows you to descramble the channels without a cable box. Some people would rather not rent the box provided by the cable company. However, you may lose the TV schedule and on demand features when you use this feature instead of the provided box.

Which screen size? - HDTVs come in a variety of sizes. They come as small as 19 inches and up to 60+ inches. As a general rule, the smaller the room, the smaller the TV. A bedroom should do well with a 26-32 inch HDTV, although there is no set rule to this. A living room depending on the size should be in the range of 40 inches and higher. Those with larger living rooms may need a larger TV. Click on the Amazon HDTV Sizing Guide for more information on HDTV sizes.

Brand Name or 2nd Tier Brand? - When purchasing an HDTV you will see familiar top level brands such as Sony, Samsung, Panasonic, Toshiba, Pioneer, etc. Then you will see 2nd tier brands that sell at substantial discounts to the top brands. We recommend only top tier brands for several reasons. One is that many of these 2nd tier brands offer poor servicing should something go wrong. Some charge you the freight to either ship the TV to them or back after repair. One brand we saw offers no parts after the one year warranty is up, so in effect it is a throwaway TV. Higher end TVs have better video processors for upconverting and reducing digital noise. For these reasons we believe that top tier brands are the best way to go even though there is a higher initial cost.

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