Flat out fantastic
Flat- screen TVS now come with more bang for your bucks, writes Maureen Shelley
PANASONIC VIERA TH-P50ST30A Panasonic, $ 1999, panasonic. com. au
THE 50-inch Viera full high-definition 3D plasma TV ( featured p19) is the pick of the bunch. It has heaps of connectivity – catch-up TV, videos, music and internet radio, interactive games, health and fitness apps and social networking – built in. It has an SD memory card slot and USB hard drive recording port. The 3D capability is awesome and the G14 progressive full HD neo-plasma screen delivers a smooth image. Sound is delivered via two 10W speakers. The screen was tested with Panasonic’s DMRBWT800 Blu-ray Disc recorder ($ 1199), SCBTT775 full HD 3D Bluray home theatre system ($ 999), Skype camera ($ 199) and 3D glasses ($ 149).
KOGAN KALED463D1AA Kogan, $ 999, kogan. com. au
KOGAN Technologies has built a reputation on delivering desired products cheaper than comparable products from big brands. This 46-inch full highdefinition LED-backlit 3D TV ( top left) includes a built-in personal video recorder to pause, rewind and record live TV. It has a USB input for playing movies and photos. Sound comes from two in-built TruSurround HD speakers. You can hook up an Xbox 360 or PlayStation 3 to play 3D video games or enjoy HD 3D from a Blu-ray Disc player. The quality of the screen was quite good. At less than $ 1000, it provided 3D TV with glasses ( they cost $ 100-$ 150 for other brands).
LG 50PV250 LG, $ 1149, lg. com/ au
PLASMA technology has fallen out of fashion, yet this 50-inch full highdefinition TV ( top right) has dual XD picture processing that optimises colours before they reach the panel. Because it is a plasma screen, it is naturally good with fast movement perfect for watching sport or action flicks. Despite being about half the price of the Sony, the picture quality on this set was excellent. If you want a 3D TV at a reasonable price, then it delivers. But you will need to invest in 3D glasses. Sound is delivered via two built-in 10W speakers. It is heavier than an LCD panel but unless you plan to move regularly this isn’t a real drawback.
SONY KDL55EX720 Sony $ 2799 sony. com. au
THIS 55-inch full highdefinition LED-backlit LCD TV ( bottom left) operates at 200Hz, meaning it has a fast refresh rate for smoother pictures and can deliver highly watchable sports or action movies. It also packs in 3D capability and an internet connection. The screen delivers fantastic picture quality. Access free-toair TV, the internet, including YouTube, and photo-sharing sites such as Flickr, and look at photos via a USB stick, or connect an MP3 player and video recorder. Sound comes from two 10W built-in speakers. The advanced screen is also Skypeready but users will need to buy a camera and for 3D you will need glasses.
SANYO LED46XR10FH Sanyo $ 1199 sanyo. com. au
SANYO has produced a 46-inch LED TV ( bottom right) with full highdefinition and 100Hz technology that provides a smooth picture for sport and blockbuster films. A unique feature is that you can use a USB stick to shift time. You can pause live, freeto-air TV by simply plugging a USB stick into its side and selecting pause on the remote. After making a cup of tea, you can come back and resume where you left off and not have missed a thing, as it has been recorded to your storage device. Sound is delivered via two in-built 10W speakers. It also has HDMI connectivity. Weighing in at just 18kg, it is much lighter than the plasma.