With its shiny silver bezel and 37.1mm deep panel, this 64in plasma is as trendy as it is huge. Despite its size, pictures are startlingly sharp and bright, with Full HD images from Blu-ray looking particularly spectacular.
The set’s Active Shutter 3D performance also gets a thumbs up. This Samsung’s stereoscopic images are low on double-imaging and entertainingly immersive.
The PS64D8000 offers streaming internet video aplenty, courtesy of Samsung’s Smart TV portal, home of BBC iPlayer, YouTube, Vimeo and others, while media playback from USB supports all key video formats. If you want to go big without breaking the bank, this beast is a solid bet.
Reg Rating 90%
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Sharp Aquos LC-60LE636E
It may not be the first company that springs to mind when it comes to titanic TVs, but Sharp has been a tireless innovator in the world of LCD, and it clearly wants a slice of the big-screen action. Interestingly, while this liquid crystal leviathan hails from Sharp’s bleeding edge panel facility at Sakai city Japan, it doesn’t feature the brand’s more fanciful quad pixel Quattron technology. This Aquos is not 3D capable either.
Both these tech omissions help keep the price under control which is no bad thing. Indeed, although the set is listed at £2,599 on Sharp's website, canny shoppers should be able to save a grand on that. So if all you want is a kick-ass mega screen for movies and games, then look no further. Despite its size, the panel is A+ rated, with average power consumption of just 101W. Some may say Sharp has its priorities in exactly the right order.
Reg Rating 80%
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whats the point in this when you dont even bother listing the screen size. out of all 10 only 1 mentioned size.. pointless, uesless and uniformative.. and yes how about putting them in real world environment... big sofa, pizza and 4 guys playing MW3 on em.
What serious home cinema type uses a TV?
Home cinema is a front projection screen more then 80" or so, seating at 1.2x screen width, and with real surround sound, not that shit where the speakers come in the same box as the amplifier. Oh, and a pitch black room. Most theaters now seem to have 50 exit signs of street-light level brightness, but that sure as hell isn't in the specs. Neither is moonlight coming in your window! For christ's sake, people, it's just not the same when you see a reflection of your buddy opening the fridge, just as the joker is asking, "Why so serious?"! People, have some self-respect!
A television for a home theater?! I mean, really, when was the last time you went to the movies and they had a light transmitting display? You want to watch a movie, fine... a tv will work. If you want to watch it like the director intended, you need front projection, big-ass sound, a totally isolated, dedicated environment, and the first two calibrated to perfection. This does -not- mean setting 'cinema 1' and calling it a day. It's wrong. Throw that shit out, get a colorimeter, and learn to do it yourself.
See, that's "home theater enthusiast" - someone who wants to watch movies -right-. Having a kick-ass TV is just watching movies a bit less wrong.
It's not like non-home-theater people are stupid for not doing all that stuff, it's just that something set up in your living room with a TV just ain't home theater, any more than putting your netbook on the coffee table is good television.
@Nobody cares about Philips
Once you've owned an Ambilight television, you'll never want to own another set without it.
I've got the original Aurea by Philips, and while I don't dispute the better picture quality of more recent televisions from Philips and other manufacturers, the overall effect cannot be beaten (except by the Aurea II, of course).
I agree, ok I can work it out but if you are doing a review on big tellys then size should be in there as part of the review...
Size matters to Paris Hilton
what serious home cinema type has the TV in a corner?
TV should be straight facing you on a wall, especially with a 5.1/7.1 setup