HDTV is a sophisticated piece of technology, advancing all the time due to the demand of these devices. Overall, makers are in a position to improve performance while simultaneously turning out ever-slimmer designs and new convenient features. In order to walk you through what is out there today, we’ve narrowed the vast choice of TVs down to a few models that stand out from the group for their superior performance, features, and style. If you are still unsure, head straight to our buyers guide below.
Best Picture Quality
Nobody buys a replacement HDTV without keeping ‘picture quality’ as one of their most important concerns. Whereas all HDTVs look good given the right sources, there are select models which are at the top of their respective manufacturers’ lineups that supply noticeably higher image quality than the rest. Their qualities consist of superior black levels, motion resolution, image clarity, and color accuracy that are better than the rest of the group. Don’t expect bargain costs, though – for this level of performance, you may need to pay a considerable premium.
Panasonic Viera TC-P55VT50 3D Plasma TV
With ultra-deep black levels, reference-grade color accuracy, and the power to dial in an exceedingly perfect image using ISFccc modes, Panasonic’s Viera VT50 is a prime pick when it comes to image quality. The VT50 also supports 24p cinema content through its 96 Hz Cinema Mode. If you’re picky regarding picture quality with all material, Panasonic’s flagship model is one of your best bets.
Sharp Elite PRO-60X5FD 60″ LCD TV
The Elite PRO-60X5FD is a giant, loaded with technology, and provides the kind of picture quality that it ought to have in carrying on the ‘Elite’ name. The professional-60X5FD delivers some of the all-time low black levels ever seen on a modern HDTV, comparing favorably to the last TV to bear the ‘Elite’ name. Even with recent price drops, the Elite PRO-60X5FD commands a huge premium over different high-performance HDTVs.
Samsung PN60E7000 3D Plasma TV
The PN60E7000 offers improved black level performance over last year’s model, which was already an impressive performer to begin with. Combined with its color accuracy and motion handling talents, Samsung’s high-finish PNE7000 series is one of our high picks when it comes to picture quality.
Panasonic Viera TC-P50ST30 3D Plasma TV
Picture quality enhancements were to be expected with the 2013 models, but Panasonic’s ST30 models still delivered a major surprise. A TV at this price has no business boasting this level of performance, with deep black levels and wonderful color accuracy despite the lack of fine-tune calibration controls. The Panasonic ST30 is a prime picture quality choice, no matter the price.
Sony Bravia KDL-55HX850 55″ 3D LED TV
Sony’s high-end Bravia models are known for their excellent performance, competing with the most effective plasma TVs around. Despite using a grip-lit LED backlight, the HX850 delivers amazing black levels while maintaining its high distinction ratio. The enthusiasm drummed up by the sleek design and full complement of features is tempered only by the high price, since the HX850 can cost hundreds of dollars more than competing plasma TVs.