Philips 32PFL9705 Ambilight TV
While most manufacturers were making do with edge lit LED technology to create brighter pictures and deeper black levels on their LCD screen, Philips was, instead, concentrating on its direct LED backlighting technology. This approach utilises a grid of LEDs behind the screen that are individually dimmable. The benefit of direct LED lighting is that one area of the screen can be operating at full brightness, while another is in total darkness. Hence the set can deliver a much higher level of contrast across the screen area - bright objects remain bright, while dark objects really are dark. The company put it to good use on its 32PFL9705 Ambilight TV, enabling it to produce incredibly cinematic looking images. However, at £1,300 it’s insanely expensive for a 32-incher and its menu system is a bit of a head scratcher.
If you’re one of those people having a ‘good recession’ then Samsung’s UE55C9000 is the ideal toy to taunt us mere proles with, given its whopping five grand price tag. It has to be said, this set is more a work of art than a TV, due to its incredibly slim design. The screen is thinner than a CD case, despite measuring a sizeable 55in from corner to corner. It also produces impressive 3D pictures and has a neat feature where you can stream the current selected channel to its touchscreen remote. It’s just a shame the touchscreen remote isn’t more useful for more basic stuff like, eh, changing channel. Still, if you’re after luxury, there was nothing else that could touch the C9000 this year in this department. ®
Panasonic Viera TX-P50VT20B 90%
Samsung UE55C9000 90%
Philips 32PFL9705 85%
Sharp Aquos LC-46LE821E 80%
Sony Bravia KDL-32EX703 75%
The year's best... HD TVs
"here are those that literally, caught our eye"
Really - is it a glass one which fell out and got stuck in the stand? Repeat after me, literally is not a word that you can use to strengthen a metaphor...
nb. Ken Dodd has a joke about catching a a glass eye which plays on the metaphor. But then he knows how to use language...
sell a 22", 1080p TFT screen for about £200. It's available with black, blue or red bezels and has a DVD player built in- which could be useful since if that's your main TV you're probably pressed for space.
Oh, wait- did you mean FreeviewHD? Or a Freeview-enabled HD LCD? 'cos it's the latter not the former. Whatever, on a 22" screen you'll probably not notice the difference between SD and HD at 22" - it's a pretty good picture.
All I want...
All I want is to repalce the old ageing 16" widescreen CRT in the front room with a nice small (20"ish) freeview HD LCD, how long till these are available?
Re: Alert: general Tuesday moan
Fair point. These are round-up articles covering what appealed to us most in the past 12 months. We've provided links through to the original reviews, and you can read more about the products and get pricing details there.
Pricing is problematic here because we can't quote prices for every single version of a given product, be it TVs, laptops or whatever. In any case, whatever price we put down can only be a guide - internet prices vary so we always suggest you do your own price research when you're ready to buy.
Re: wtf? Biased or what!
So what brand would you have preferred that we rate the highest?