Published on October 20, 2012 2:05 PM

TV Buyer's Guides Updated: Big Changes!

The best tvsWe made some pretty big changes to our TV buyer's guides this week. There are two key reasons for the shake-up.

For starters, our scoring system has changed slightly. As well as the usual host of tests, measurements and criteria we use to give a TV its overall score, we've introduced some new minimum qualifying criteria for four- and five-star reviews.
  • For a four-star score: the measured contrast ratio in our chosen colour mode (User, Movie, Custom, etc.) should be over 1500:1.
  • For a five-star score: a TV should get at least four stars for clouding, and contrast should be above 1500:1.
The other major shake-up results from the Philips 40PFL5507H—an excellent TV that subsequently had its panel switched. We managed to get hold of the "Version 2" model, which uses a PVA panel instead of the first-rate UV²A panel used in the original model. Anyway, to cut a long story short, the new version is nowhere near as good. It has therefore lost two stars and been booted out of our buyer's guides.

Check out the new line-up of top TVs in our updated buyer's guides:

> Buyer's Guide: The Best 22'' to 27'' Televisions

> Buyer's Guide: The Best 32'' to 37'' Televisions

> Buyer's Guide: The Best 40'' to 47'' Televisions

> Buyer's Guide: The Best 50" and Above Televisions

Don't forget to check out all our TV reviews for more options