HWM+HardwareZone.com Tech Awards 2011 Editor's Choice - Part 1


Best 3D TV

Best 3D TV

There are clearly two factions when it comes to 3D TVs - naysayers and true believers. Some say 3D TVs are bona-fide catalysts for headaches, whilst others claim they are the best thing to happen to TV. Like it or not, stereoscopic screens have made an impact in the HDTV market for the past year, although its overall uptake have been hampered by a lack of content and steep prices. Only the big players are involved in the production of 3D HDTVs at the moment, and here's our assessment on how they fared. Since various TV sizes are available, we chose to evaluate only those within the 50 to 55-inch sizes which are sufficiently large enough to replicate a cinematic experience.

Nominees:

  • LG INFINIA 55-inch LX9500
  • Panasonic VIERA TH-P50VT20s
  • Samsung Series 8 UA55C8000
  • Sony BRAVIA KDL-55NX810

And the Winner Is...

 

Panasonic's design might not look as impressive as its rivals, but its visual superiority does speak for itself, credit to the NeoPDP's fast response time and even uniformity. It also appeals to the enthusiast with its ISFccc calibration tools. Like the INFINIA, the VIERA VT20S faltered with noise reduction and 24p processing, but it was a class act in delivering fine details, natural colors, and punchy blacks. Most of all, it managed to reproduce 3D images with minimal crosstalk. Panasonic has also stepped up on their multimedia provisions. Their SD/USB combo combined with VIERA Cast - Panasonic's online applications and widgets - are the ultimate icing on the 3D cake.
 

Scoring Breakdown
Criteria/Model LG LX9500 Panasonic VT20s Samsung C8000 Sony NX810
Physique 8.5 8.5 8.5 9.0
Features 8.5 9.0 9.0 9.0
Performance 8.5 9.0 8.0 9.0
User-Friendliness 9.0 8.5 8.5 9.0
Value 8.5 9.0 8.0 8.5
Overall 8.5 9.0 8.0 9.0
Price S$7,999 S$5,999 S$7,499 S$7,499

For more details on how we selected our winners, check out the full reviews and articles listed at the References section at the end.