Panasonic's ST60 series is priced well below the company's flagship VT60 and ZT60 models, yet is, as TelevisionInfo.com puts it, "packed to the gills with value." The series offers excellent video quality, amazing color accuracy, wide viewing angles, and deep black levels, making it an obvious choice as gdgt's latest Must-have HDTV. Where's the catch? Don't expect to be wowed by its smart TV features, and its 3D performance doesn't match that of more expensive models.
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Samsung gets just about everything right with its F8000 series, with what critics are calling the best picture quality available on any LCD TV, along with the best smart TV system you'll find anywhere. TelevisionInfo.com calls it "simply a great television" that "produces an excellent picture." If the F8000 has one downside, it's its premium price. As HDTV Test puts it, "we’re left wondering how much of this goodness is going to filter down to more affordable Samsung LED TVs."
A lot of TV has moved to the web and streaming applications, and the LN5700 is ready to take you there, with built-in WiFi and tons of apps from all your favorite streaming services like Netflix and YouTube. And if you’re a baseball fan they’ve sweetened the pot even more with a free year of MLB.tv if you purchase a set before May 11th. Even if you’re not into sports you won’t be disappointed by the picture and sound, as the LN5700 does a good job with any subject.
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Panasonic's VT50 series ranks among the best plasma HDTV sets ever made, with deep black levels, wide viewing angles, good 3D performance, smooth motion for gaming and viewing alike, and a solid set of smart TV features. Prices have dropped considerably since the series was released last year, and may continue to come down as retailers clear out space for Panasonic's latest high-end models.
The number of devices that you can watch TV on has multiplied greatly over the past few years -- cable/satellite box, digital media players, game consoles -- but the number of connections in the back hasn’t , leaving some of your devices out in the cold. You can buy an HDMI switcher, but the LM7600 is a television that ready to go right out of the box, with 4 HDMI ports, along with composite, component, and antenna connections. Regardless of where you get your video from, this TV will make it look good.
With a budget-priced TV you tend to expect budget-priced features, but the EH5000 will give you far more than your money’s worth in terms of picture quality, which is fantastic. Images look crisp and bright, making this an ideal set for the bedroom, playroom, or even a well-lit area like the kitchen. The sound isn’t as good, but with the money you save, you can always invest some in a soundbar and still have a little left in your pocket.