Consumer Reports’ Top LCD & Plasma TVs

We don’t know how folks in India go about buying big-ticket consumer electronics items.

But in the U.S. consumers rely a lot on reviews conducted by independent third parties or posted by previous buyers (who are hopefully more knowledgeable than you and are not shills for the products).

Of all the third party reviews, the reviews by Consumer Reports (a monthly, subscription-based magazine) are the most respected and considered most objective.

Ask any one (except the schmucks of course) in the U.S. and he will tell you that Consumer Reports is the Bible for smart consumers in the U.S.

After testing 130+ TVs, Consumer Reports has put out its TV recommendations in the March 2010 issue, just in time for the Super Bowl XLIV on February 7 in Miami.

If you are considering buying an LCD or Plasma TV, you can’t afford to ignore the Consumer Reports recommendations:

Color LCD TV Report

Now let’s see the Consumer Report recommendations for Plasma TVs:

Plasma TV Report

9 Responses to "Consumer Reports’ Top LCD & Plasma TVs"

  1. dot.dash-   February 3, 2010 at 7:13 pm

    so you have finally decided to take the 1080p plunge.. how about LED TVs? Responds:

    1. You write: how about LED TVs?

    LED is actually a subset of LCD TVs.

    Here’s what Consumer Reports has to say on LED TVs:

    Contrary to marketing hype, LEDs aren’t a new type of TV-they’re simply LCD TVs using LED backlights instead of fluorescent lamps.

    Source: Consumer Reports, March 2010 P.23

    The above CR article also mentions two types of LED-based LCD TVs – those with full array LED backlights and those with edge LED backlights that have LEDs around the perimeter of the screen.

    In the above table, the LG 55LH90 (Full LED Backlight), Sony Bravia KDL-46XBR8 (Full LED Backlight), Samsung UN46B7000 (Edge LED), LG42LH90 (Full LED Backlight) are LED-based LCD TVs

    2. Will we buy a 1080P TV….probably not.

    • dot.dash-   February 3, 2010 at 8:14 pm

      thanks for the explanation

  2. dot.dash-   February 3, 2010 at 8:02 pm

    Jessicate your new TV tonight.. Biel on Leno and Alba on Fallon. Responds:

    Is that what they call embarras de richesse?

    But we also have Hurt Locker & Matrix.

    • dot.dash-   February 3, 2010 at 8:19 pm

      wow.. enjoy! Responds:

      We’ll likely see Hurt Locker first, given its Oscar nomination hype.

      • dot.dash-   February 4, 2010 at 9:39 am

        tch tch.. i am not able to access the admin page anymore 🙁 How was Hurt Locker Responds:

        Good but unworthy of 9 Oscar nominations

        • dot.dash-   February 4, 2010 at 3:02 pm

          the funnest feature is gone.. how can i ever change my name again and look for spam mails 🙁
          when is Matrix review coming, Mr. Anderson (or are you the Oracle?)?


          Some day if folks learn of the unrelenting attacks and threats on our server, they’d marvel this blog exists at all.

          Alas, half our time is spent warding off attacks.

          We’re the Oracle of Delphi (if we recollect our history correctly, even Herodotus mentions this Oracle).

          Hurt Locker first (in a short while) and Matrix maybe tomorrow or the day after.

  3. Bhagat_Singh   February 4, 2010 at 11:05 am

    People in India think that Sony makes the best products..So they buy sony laptops, dekstops,TV, home theater system, digi cams….To me they make crap electronics Responds:

    You write: People in India think that Sony makes the best products..

    Not just in India.

    We have desi friends in the U.S. who buy only Sony products. And we’re not speaking only of the educated desis. We know semi-literate Gujjus who talk only Sony. Weird. They just won’t touch other stuff. It’s a brainwashed mindset.

    We think the premium price for Sony products is no longer justified…other consumer electronics companies like Samsung, LG, Apple et al make as good if not better products.

  4. SRINIVAS   February 5, 2010 at 3:46 am

    sony in a bid to make itself affordable has reduced its quality and price ….it was very good few yrs back ……..when a Sony TV had a life of 14 – 15 yrs ………hence the mindest ……..In fact even a Videcon Tosibha / BPL in India had a life of 10+ yrs …..what we call as Picture Tube ……CRT

    I am not very familiar with TV brands .now ……………but when it comes to Music / Home Theatre systems ………..Sony / Philips has been replaced by Onkyo, Yamaha, Denon etc with they being considered as High end stuff …..they have also reduced their price in a bid to reach out to the masses ……. Responds:

    You write: but when it comes to Music / Home Theatre systems ………..Sony / Philips has been replaced by Onkyo, Yamaha, Denon etc

    You are right.

    According to the Consumer Reports story, on the home-theater system front (systems without a DVD player) Onkyo takes the top two spots.

    1. Onkyo HT-S7200 ($750)
    2. Onkyo HT-S5200 ($500)
    3. Yamaha YHT-591 ($600)
    4. Yamaha YHT-391 ($300)

  5. kd36939   February 5, 2010 at 2:57 pm

    until this post, even i was under the impression that sony is the best in lcd/plasma.

    i still remember when i asked opinions from desis for getting a tv, almost everyone said ‘sony’ 😐

    n when i ask for speakers, they say only say Bose. Responds:

    You write above: i still remember when i asked opinions from desis for getting a tv, almost everyone said ‘sony’

    What would these desis know about Sony or S*nni or anything else for that matter on anything else that matters.

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