BUYER'S GUIDE / The Best TVs (50" and Above)
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The 4 best televisions of the moment: the best all-rounder, the best-value television, the best budget option, the best choice if money is no object.
If it ain't broke, don't fix it. The H6400 has inherited the 2013 F6400's top-notch image quality. The onscreen picture is natural and accurate, and image processing works well. Another real boon here is the excellent contrast, which beats some top-of-the-range models. Although it just missed out on five stars, it's probably one of the best value-for-money TVs currently available.
The H6200 is very similar to its big brother, the H6400, except that Samsung had the VA panel made by AU Optronics rather than do it in-house, which is a good thing because it gave it higher contrast (5240:1). It also has nice motion compensation and 3D, as well as Samsung's usual connected services. On the downside, no touchpad/gyroscope remote.
It's a full house for LG's new OLED television. The picture is natural with breathtaking contrast, and the viewing angles are wide. Our only complaint is that you're paying quite a lot for "just" Full HD resolution.
With its sleek brushed metal frame, excellent picture quality, high contrast and effective motion compensation mode, the 2014 Sony Bravia W8 is real hit ... so long as you're not too bothered about 3D. This is an excellent telly for 2D viewing but the 3D mode is a let-down, especially since it halves image resolution and is full of crosstalk! Let's hope Sony can put that right soon with a firmware update.