Home Entertainment - Flat Panel TV Reviews http://www.hemagazine.com/taxonomy/term/10/0 en Review: Samsung Smart TV LED LCD 8000 http://www.hemagazine.com/node/22696 <p style="font-size: 140%"><strong>Samsung's 8000 series LED TV focuses on streaming content and 3D<sup class="glossary-indicator" title="3D, so much more than 2D. 50% more, really..."><a href="/taxonomy/term/68" title="3D, so much more than 2D. 50% more, really..." class="glossary-indicator">i</a></sup>.</strong></p> <p><img style="float: left" src="http://www.electronichouse.com/images/uploads/LED8000_400.jpg" alt="Samsung 8000 Series LED TV" hspace="10" vspace="5" /></p> <p>Samsung has been making TVs for quite some time, but now they’ve released a new line of televisions they are dubbing: Smart TVs. You know, aside from the transition from standard definition CRT monitors to high-definition flat panels, TVs haven’t really changed much over the past several years. They still bring you the same programming from cable or satellite you’ve been watching since you learned how to point a remote control at the screen and click. But TVs need to change. I mean, I don’t know about you, but most of what I watch these days comes from the Internet or a cloud-based source for movies. We’re talking about Netflix, Hulu Plus and VUDU, among other sources. But how do you get that content to that expensive flat panel you purchased for Christmas last year? Well you can do what many of us do and connect your laptop to your TV with a dangling cable… Or… and this is cool… you can look for manufacturers who really seem to “get” emerging media and the new content marketplace. Samsung’s SmartTV platform is positioned squarely in line with this kind of idea - and it’s represented in full by their <a href="http://www.samsung.com/us/video/tvs/UN55D8000YFXZA">LED 8000 series</a> televisions.</p> <p><a href="http://www.hemagazine.com/node/22696">read more</a></p> http://www.hemagazine.com/node/22696#comments Flat Panel TV Reviews Fri, 10 Jun 2011 09:57:39 -0700 Administrator 22696 at http://www.hemagazine.com NuVision NVU55FX5LS Review http://www.hemagazine.com/NuVision_NVU55FX5LS_Review <!--paging_filter--> <p><strong>When less is more</strong></p> <p>Established just five years ago, NuVision has steadily expanded their line of premium flat panel HDTVs and are now offering this, their first LED-powered model, the 55-inch NVU55FX5LS (40- and 46-inch models are also available). </p> <p><a href="http://www.hemagazine.com/NuVision_NVU55FX5LS_Review">read more</a></p> http://www.hemagazine.com/NuVision_NVU55FX5LS_Review#comments Product Reviews Flat Panel TV Reviews LCD TVs Mon, 18 Jan 2010 02:13:00 -0800 geoffm 21533 at http://www.hemagazine.com 10 Best Gear 2010 http://www.hemagazine.com/Best_Gear_2010 <p><strong><span style="font-size: medium">The best gear of the year, as picked by the editors of <em>Home Entertainment</em>.</span></strong></p> <p><a href="http://www.hemagazine.com/Best_Gear_2010">read more</a></p> http://www.hemagazine.com/Best_Gear_2010#comments Blu-ray Players Product Reviews Amplifiers Flat Panel TV Reviews Headphone Reviews Multiroom Audio/Video Other Audio Gear Plasma TVs Pre-amps &amp; Processors Projectors &amp; Screens Receivers Tue, 05 Jan 2010 00:35:00 -0800 geoffm 21491 at http://www.hemagazine.com 240 Hz and Beyond http://www.hemagazine.com/240Hz <!--paging_filter--> <p><strong>With claims of decreased motion blur, better detail, world peace, and smoother motion, LCD manufacturers are drastically increasing refresh rates. But why?</strong></p> <p>First it was 120 Hz. Now it’s 240 Hz. Already manufacturers are talking about 480 Hz. I mean, 60 Hz is so 20th century. Are there really any advantages to these faster refresh rates? If so, how do they work? </p> <p><a href="http://www.hemagazine.com/240Hz">read more</a></p> http://www.hemagazine.com/240Hz#comments Product Reviews Flat Panel TV Reviews LCD TVs Other Features Fri, 20 Nov 2009 00:40:56 -0800 geoffm 21424 at http://www.hemagazine.com Samsung UN46B8000 Review http://www.hemagazine.com/Samsung_UN46B8000_Review <p><strong>240 IS GO! Samsung lights up the sides and slides into 240 Hz with the svelte UN46B8000.</strong></p> <p>This thing is gorgeous, and I haven’t even turned it on yet. Über-thin—I think it’s two dimensional. </p> <p>Amazingly, the attractiveness of this set is only one of its claims to fame. </p> <p><a href="http://www.hemagazine.com/Samsung_UN46B8000_Review">read more</a></p> http://www.hemagazine.com/Samsung_UN46B8000_Review#comments Product Reviews Flat Panel TV Reviews LCD TVs Mon, 09 Nov 2009 02:00:38 -0800 geoffm 21406 at http://www.hemagazine.com Panasonic TC-P46G10 Review http://www.hemagazine.com/Panasonic_TC-P46G10_Review <p><strong>The King is dead. Long live the King!</strong></p> <p>No one at Panasonic seemed to care that Pioneer <a href="/Future_of_Plasma" target="_blank" title="Where have all the plasmas gone?">left the plasma TV market</a>. Then again, maybe they did. It would have been easy, perhaps expected, for Panasonic to put out a gussied-up version of their last generation plasma now that the direct picture quality competition has fled the market. But that's not how it played out. </p> <p>The G10 is a significant step forward in picture quality for the company best known for value and consistency more than outright picture quality. </p> <p><a href="http://www.hemagazine.com/Panasonic_TC-P46G10_Review">read more</a></p> http://www.hemagazine.com/Panasonic_TC-P46G10_Review#comments Product Reviews Flat Panel TV Reviews Plasma TVs Mon, 05 Oct 2009 01:54:48 -0700 geoffm 21347 at http://www.hemagazine.com Panasonic TH-65VX100U Review http://www.hemagazine.com/Panasonic_TH-65VX100U_Review <p><strong>Premiere Plasma</strong></p> <p>Looking to carve out a piece out of the high-end custom market for themselves, Panasonic launched the Premiere line, with 50 and a 65-inch models. </p> <p>Sporting many custom features aimed at the custom market, does the Premiere have what it takes to compete with the KUROs of the world?</p> <p><a href="http://www.hemagazine.com/Panasonic_TH-65VX100U_Review">read more</a></p> http://www.hemagazine.com/Panasonic_TH-65VX100U_Review#comments Product Reviews Flat Panel TV Reviews Plasma TVs Mon, 09 Feb 2009 00:37:28 -0800 geoffm 20787 at http://www.hemagazine.com Samsung LN46A950 Review http://www.hemagazine.com/node/Samsung_LN46A950_Review <!--paging_filter--> <p><strong>Plasma Poseur</strong></p> <p>Within minutes of setting up Samsung’s top-line 46” LCD HDTV (they also offer a 55” version), I knew that this was no ordinary LCD flat-panel, as the picture quality, with just a few picture control adjustments, looked startlingly un-LCD-like and much more reminiscent of what I’m used to seeing with better plasma sets.</p> <p><a href="http://www.hemagazine.com/node/Samsung_LN46A950_Review">read more</a></p> http://www.hemagazine.com/node/Samsung_LN46A950_Review#comments Product Reviews Flat Panel TV Reviews LCD TVs Fri, 23 Jan 2009 02:05:51 -0800 geoffm 20751 at http://www.hemagazine.com Sony KDL-46XBR8 Review http://www.hemagazine.com/node/Sony_KDL-46XBR8_Review <p><strong>Using local dimming LEDs, Sony KDL-46XBR8 gives a run at the title of best flat-panel ever. But does it take the crown?<br /></strong><br />The promise of local dimming LEDs is a simple one: significantly increase the contrast ratio of LCDs. <br />Using said technology, this Sony KDL-46XBR8 can create a near absolute black. So dark in fact, its contrast ratio is not measurable by standard test equipment. It can be called infinite. But that doesn’t tell the whole story.</p> <p><a href="http://www.hemagazine.com/node/Sony_KDL-46XBR8_Review">read more</a></p> http://www.hemagazine.com/node/Sony_KDL-46XBR8_Review#comments Product Reviews Flat Panel TV Reviews LCD TVs Tue, 20 Jan 2009 02:27:49 -0800 geoffm 20742 at http://www.hemagazine.com 10 Best Gear 2009 http://www.hemagazine.com/node/10_Best_Gear_2009 <!--paging_filter--> <p>Our <strong>10 Best Gear </strong>Awards</p> <p>The best gear of the year. </p> <p><a href="http://www.hemagazine.com/node/10_Best_Gear_2009">read more</a></p> http://www.hemagazine.com/node/10_Best_Gear_2009#comments Product Reviews Flat Panel TV Reviews LCD TVs Multiroom Audio/Video Other Audio Gear Other Features Other Video Gear Plasma TVs Projectors &amp; Screens Speakers Mon, 05 Jan 2009 00:02:43 -0800 geoffm 20631 at http://www.hemagazine.com Mitsubishi LT-52149 Review http://www.hemagazine.com/node/Mitsubishi_LT-52149_Review <p><strong>Mitsubishi takes a different approach to TV audio.</strong></p> <p>Many attribute the emergence of the sound bar as a surround sound alternative to the popularity of flat-panel TVs, as consumers clamored for sleek audio packages to suit their sleek new TVs. </p> <p>Given that the two genres are intricately linked, it’s surprising that we’re just now seeing the first instance of a high-end TV manufacturer incorporating a five-in-one sound bar into a TV. The manufacturer is Mitsubishi, and the TV is the new 52-inch, 1080p LT-52149. </p> <p><a href="http://www.hemagazine.com/node/Mitsubishi_LT-52149_Review">read more</a></p> http://www.hemagazine.com/node/Mitsubishi_LT-52149_Review#comments Product Reviews Flat Panel TV Reviews LCD TVs Mon, 01 Dec 2008 01:00:45 -0800 geoffm 20562 at http://www.hemagazine.com JVC LT-46SL89 Review http://www.hemagazine.com/node/JVC_LT-46SL89_Review <p><strong>Flatness</strong></p> <p>The LT-46SL89 is a lot better looking in person than in pictures. </p> <p>Surprisingly so. </p> <p>In pictures it has a boxy look that can't hold a candle to the <a href="/node/Hitachi_UT37X902_Review" target="_blank" title="Hitachi 1.5-inch LCD">Hitachi 1.5-inch LCD</a>. But while it doesn't have the Hitachi's swoopiness, it has an elegance all its own. </p> <p><a href="http://www.hemagazine.com/node/JVC_LT-46SL89_Review">read more</a></p> http://www.hemagazine.com/node/JVC_LT-46SL89_Review#comments Product Reviews Flat Panel TV Reviews LCD TVs Mon, 10 Nov 2008 15:33:10 -0800 geoffm 20525 at http://www.hemagazine.com Hitachi UT37X902 Review http://www.hemagazine.com/node/Hitachi_UT37X902_Review <p><strong>Flatter Than Flat</strong></p> <p>How much does a TV’s aesthetic affect your buying decision? Consumers have proclaimed their preference for flat-panel TVs over bulkier designs, but just how flat does the panel need to be? </p> <p>Hitachi’s UltraThin 1.5 Series of LCDs measure just (surprise, surprise) 1.5 inches deep. </p> <p>Does its performance earn its step up in price, or is the UT37X902’s beauty only skin deep?</p> <p><a href="http://www.hemagazine.com/node/Hitachi_UT37X902_Review">read more</a></p> http://www.hemagazine.com/node/Hitachi_UT37X902_Review#comments Product Reviews Flat Panel TV Reviews LCD TVs Tue, 04 Nov 2008 00:06:20 -0800 geoffm 20513 at http://www.hemagazine.com The Definitive Guide on How to Buy an HDTV http://www.hemagazine.com/node/How_to_Buy_an_HDTV <!--paging_filter--> <p><strong>No matter what you're looking for, or how you shop, this guide will tell you everything you need to know to find the right TV for you.</strong></p> <p>Shopping for a new TV can be quite daunting. Countless models, countless prices, different technologies, and every store you go into telling you to buy something different. </p> <p>With this guide, we'll help you navigate your way through all this, so that you can find the TV that suits your needs.</p> <p><a href="http://www.hemagazine.com/node/How_to_Buy_an_HDTV">read more</a></p> http://www.hemagazine.com/node/How_to_Buy_an_HDTV#comments Flat Panel TV Reviews Other Features Thu, 23 Oct 2008 11:10:24 -0700 geoffm 20490 at http://www.hemagazine.com Panasonic TH-50PZ800U http://www.hemagazine.com/node/Panasonic_TH-50PZ800U_Review <p><strong>The Audience is Viewing</strong></p> <p>THX, as a company, has an interesting &quot;job&quot; so to speak: work with companies to help them design better performing products. Their work with audio is well known, but home video is a new realm for them, which you can read about in <a href="/node/THX_Certified_Video" target="_blank" title="Seal of Approval">Seal of Approval</a>.</p> <p>Panasonic plasmas offer a great starting point. Rarely underwhelming, Panasonic's displays are usually aimed towards the mainstream market, with performance to match. That is to say, good, but rarely great. To say I was intrigued by the idea of these two companies working together would be putting it mildly.</p> <p><a href="http://www.hemagazine.com/node/Panasonic_TH-50PZ800U_Review">read more</a></p> http://www.hemagazine.com/node/Panasonic_TH-50PZ800U_Review#comments Product Reviews Flat Panel TV Reviews Plasma TVs Thu, 09 Oct 2008 11:14:58 -0700 geoffm 20457 at http://www.hemagazine.com Pioneer PRO-151FD KURO Plasma http://www.hemagazine.com/node/Pioneer_PRO-151FD_Review <p><strong>KURO MkII</strong></p> <p>How do you follow up on a winner? Last year's, first generation KURO plasmas were, quite simply, the best looking flat-panels available. Their black level and contrast ratio simply couldn't be approached by anything else on the market. </p> <p>Here we are, a year later, and the second generation of KURO has hit the streets. So the question you have to ask yourself is, if you were Pioneer, and you were leading the industry in picture quality, even a year after your initial release, what would you do? </p> <p><a href="http://www.hemagazine.com/node/Pioneer_PRO-151FD_Review">read more</a></p> http://www.hemagazine.com/node/Pioneer_PRO-151FD_Review#comments Product Reviews Flat Panel TV Reviews Plasma TVs Tue, 09 Sep 2008 11:35:58 -0700 geoffm 20396 at http://www.hemagazine.com Flat-panel TV mounts, lifts, covers, and hide-aways http://www.hemagazine.com/node/Flat-panel_TV_mounts_lifts_covers_and_hide-aways <!--paging_filter--> <p><strong>When you turn off your flat-panel TV, it becomes a black hole in the wall. Here’s how to hide it away when you’re not watching.</strong></p> <p>My friend Steve just bought a large flat-panel TV and mounted it to the wall. He assumed his wife would love the sleek look, but she’s not happy with the way the TV becomes a “piece of black glass that’s just hanging there” when it’s not in use. It seems like she wishes the TV would just go away when they’re not watching it. Luckily for Steve, it doesn’t take any magic at all to make that happen.</p> <p><a href="http://www.hemagazine.com/node/Flat-panel_TV_mounts_lifts_covers_and_hide-aways">read more</a></p> http://www.hemagazine.com/node/Flat-panel_TV_mounts_lifts_covers_and_hide-aways#comments Flat Panel TV Reviews LCD TVs Other Features Plasma TVs Thu, 03 Jul 2008 12:09:56 -0700 geoffm 20205 at http://www.hemagazine.com Samsung LN-46A750 LCD HDTV http://www.hemagazine.com/node/Samsung_LN-46A750_LCD_HDTV <p><strong>Touch of Red, Touch of Black</strong></p> <p>I have always questioned the dichromatic pallet of nearly all consumer electronics. When I voice this question, I am always told that consumers only want black or silver products. Personally, I don't get it. But I'm also certainly not one to ask about style. So when Samsung previewed their "Touch of Color" idea, seemed like a perfect compromise.</p> <p><a href="http://www.hemagazine.com/node/Samsung_LN-46A750_LCD_HDTV">read more</a></p> http://www.hemagazine.com/node/Samsung_LN-46A750_LCD_HDTV#comments Product Reviews Flat Panel TV Reviews LCD TVs Fri, 27 Jun 2008 10:49:50 -0700 geoffm 20193 at http://www.hemagazine.com Toshiba’s Cinema Regza 46XF550U http://www.hemagazine.com/node/Toshiba_46XF550U <!--paging_filter--> <p></p> <p></p> <p><strong>More screen, less cabinet</strong></p> <p>Proving that less is often more, Toshiba’s latest top line Cinema Regza LCD HDTV series features a dramatically thinner bezel than earlier offerings, trimmed down to just under an inch. Compared to last year’s model, the 46XF550U is dramatically smaller, with a much shorter overall cabinet height, and similarly trimmed width – which should allow the set to fit into a wide range of home entertainment cabinetry that would have only allowed a comparably-sized 42” model, for example. </p> <p><a href="http://www.hemagazine.com/node/Toshiba_46XF550U">read more</a></p> http://www.hemagazine.com/node/Toshiba_46XF550U#comments Product Reviews Flat Panel TV Reviews LCD TVs Wed, 04 Jun 2008 11:12:55 -0700 geoffm 20091 at http://www.hemagazine.com Sony XEL-1 http://www.hemagazine.com/node/Sony_XEL-1 <!--paging_filter--> <p>This is, without a doubt, the most important 11-inch TV you’ll ever see reviewed. At a cost of $227 per diagonal inch, it is also one of the most expensive TVs you’ve probably read about in a while. You see, this is the first production OLED display, and that makes it huge. </p> <p><a href="http://www.hemagazine.com/node/Sony_XEL-1">read more</a></p> http://www.hemagazine.com/node/Sony_XEL-1#comments Product Reviews Flat Panel TV Reviews Wed, 28 May 2008 08:00:56 -0700 geoffm 20057 at http://www.hemagazine.com Pioneer PRO-150FD http://www.hemagazine.com/node/Pioneer_PRO-150FD <!--paging_filter--> <p>Pioneer Elite plasma TVs have long been favorites of critical viewers and specialist home theater retailers. Their latest offerings, under a new Elite Kuro moniker and available in 50” and 60” sizes feature full 1080p resolution and a slew of upscale features, including home A/V networking connectivity and the promise of better visual quality by way of better deep black picture performance.</p> <p><a href="http://www.hemagazine.com/node/Pioneer_PRO-150FD">read more</a></p> http://www.hemagazine.com/node/Pioneer_PRO-150FD#comments Product Reviews Flat Panel TV Reviews Plasma TVs Fri, 15 Feb 2008 04:00:00 -0800 Administrator 6277 at http://www.hemagazine.com Take Me to the Water http://www.hemagazine.com/node/Take_Me_to_the_Water <!--paging_filter--> <p>Americans seem to feel they have an inalienable right not merely to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness, but also to watch TV wherever they want to. The problem is, many environments that are hospitable to the human body aren't so kind to TV sets. The spray of warm water that feels so good to us might destroy a TV—unless that TV comes from Aquatic AV.</p> <p><a href="http://www.hemagazine.com/node/Take_Me_to_the_Water">read more</a></p> http://www.hemagazine.com/node/Take_Me_to_the_Water#comments Product Reviews Flat Panel TV Reviews LCD TVs Sat, 01 Dec 2007 04:00:00 -0800 Administrator 6254 at http://www.hemagazine.com Double Time http://www.hemagazine.com/node/Double_Time <!--paging_filter--> <p>Toshiba&#8217;s 46LX177 46-inch LCD TV is one of the first of the new 120-hertz screens. What&#8217;s that mean for you?</p> <p><a href="http://www.hemagazine.com/node/Double_Time">read more</a></p> http://www.hemagazine.com/node/Double_Time#comments Product Reviews Flat Panel TV Reviews Sat, 01 Dec 2007 04:00:00 -0800 Administrator 6242 at http://www.hemagazine.com Why Plasma Still Rules http://www.hemagazine.com/node/Why_Plasma_Still_Rules <!--paging_filter--> <p>Unlike some of its competitors, who embrace specific technologies and exclude others, Samsung does not play favorites. It produces both plasma and LCD flat-panel TVs, and makes rear-projection sets with either conventional bulb light sources or the new high-output LEDs. Among the many dozens of TVs the company produces, the very best is probably its latest 63-inch 1080p plasma set, the FP-T6374.</p> <p><a href="http://www.hemagazine.com/node/Why_Plasma_Still_Rules">read more</a></p> http://www.hemagazine.com/node/Why_Plasma_Still_Rules#comments Product Reviews Flat Panel TV Reviews Plasma TVs Thu, 01 Nov 2007 05:00:00 -0700 Administrator 6204 at http://www.hemagazine.com Fast Forward http://www.hemagazine.com/node/Fast_Forward <!--paging_filter--> <p>The ABC network's first prime-time show to be colorcast (as it was called back in 1963) was the Hanna-Barbera cartoon <a href="http://www.cybercomm.nl/~ivo/" target="new"><em>The Jetsons</em></a>. Most of those who wanted to see George, Jane, and crew in color opted for deluxe TVs in freestanding cabinets. These sets typically fetched $499-about $3,300 in 2007 dollars.</p> <p><a href="http://www.hemagazine.com/node/Fast_Forward">read more</a></p> http://www.hemagazine.com/node/Fast_Forward#comments Product Reviews Flat Panel TV Reviews LCD TVs Sat, 01 Sep 2007 05:00:00 -0700 Administrator 6171 at http://www.hemagazine.com