The Panasonic Viera ST50 really has nothing to envy of the higher-end VT50. In fact, image quality is just as good in this model. We therefore don't see much point in shelling out for the pricier model, as the ST50 won't disappoint home cinema buffs. This TV is available with a 42", 50", 55" or 65" screen.
Best of the rest
Experts and Pros: Excellent LCD
Sony Bravia KDL-46HX853
The Sony Bravia HX853 delivers excellent picture quality in 2D and 3D, with high contrast, accurate colours, a near-perfect gamma and great responsiveness. It's a must-have LCD TV. However, as sleek as the stand might look, it's no match for a home cinema speaker kit or a stand-alone soundbar.
Alternative 3D LCD TV
The Samsung ES7000 is a good TV with all the latest technology. It has 3D support, Smart TV services and uses an effective motion compensation system to keep fast action flowing smoothly. It also features voice and motion controls, which some users may like (we can't help thinking they're a bit of a gimmick).
It may not have the best picture out there, but the Samsung UE40ES5500 should be good for anyone looking for a TV in this price range. Plus, the model we tested showed no signs of clouding (bright patches in dark areas of the screen). That gets a big thumbs up from us.
Good 40" 3D LED Option
The Samsung ES6710 has all the advantages of the ES6300 while also correcting its major fault. It therefore displays accurate onscreen colours, as well as offering near-perfect 3D viewing and high contrast. Picky home movie buffs who like to watch films in pitch-darkness may still prefer the ES7000 for its deeper blacks.
Passive 3D TV
The LG LM615T is an excellent TV ... for well-lit rooms. The black level just isn't deep enough for lights-out cinema-style viewing. That's all the more of a shame since the out-of-the-box picture settings are excellent and 3D image quality is first rate.[