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The Definitive 2010 HDTV Buyer's Guide Print E-mail
Monday, 01 February 2010
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The Definitive 2010 HDTV Buyer's Guide
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For the Movie Lover:


  • Toshiba REGZA 55SV670U 55” Backlit LED  (Amazon Link)

This entry into Toshiba’s REGZA Cinema Series is a beast, meant in the gentlest way possible. It’s an techsavvy backlit LED, sporting a 10-Bit panel with 5G PixelPure processing and 240hz ClearScan, yet its 3:2 pulldown Cinema Processing, Cinespeed reaction time, and TheaterWide components ensure that it’s geared towards a full film-centric experience in the home.  Adding to that is the unit’s FocalLight mechanisms, which tailor brightness in the LocalDimming aspects for the tight amount of pop in under the right conditions. On top of that, it also comes with quite a few other bells and whistles, including USB / SD card support and a PC input for access to external media files.

Toshiba 55SV670U

LG’s panel is probably the biggest surprise encountered from last year’s models.  Essentially a little sibling to the 55LH90, this 120hz LCD packs a much meaner punch as a movie display than it appears. Just like its 240hz counterpart, it sports a 2.7-millisecond response time, 5:5 RealCinema 24p processing, and a splendid array of input/image tailoring features.  The contrast is a bit lower at 70,000:1, while those interested in the motion enhancement will only receive a boost to 120hz; however, the overall prowess behind its processing doesn’t misstep in the slightest.   Moreover, the display itself is rather sexy in its own right, with a slick power indicator and a glassy bezel that’s highly appealing.  This is truly one of the better values on the flat-panel market today.  

LG 55LH40 55" LCD
  • Panasonic VIERA S1 TC-P65S1 65” Plasma  (Amazon Link)

Plasma televisions might be jogging behind the front-running LCD and LED technology, but their quality in specific areas is still unparalleled – especially when it comes to their prowess as cinema displays.  Panasonic’s remained at the front of the pack for plasma tech for quite a while, and their S1 Series models shows exactly why.  Sporting 2,000,000:1 dynamic contrast ratio for those signature “plasma blacks” powering behind their NeoPDP (Plasma Display Panel), as well as both Deep Color and x.v. Color, this cinema-inclined series of plasmas really deliver quite a punch.  It lacks the “Digital Cinema Playback” 24p motion and the specific Cinema Color function available on their other V1-series model, but it does allow standard 24p motion and a few other film-centric tweaks.  The TV also comes in smaller models – 58” (TC-58PS14), 54” (TC-54PS14), 50” (TC-50PS14), and lower – and you’re going to find the same quality across each of them. 


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