Flat out fan­tas­tic

Flat- screen TVS now come with more bang for your bucks, writes Mau­reen Shel­ley

Sunday Tasmanian - Tassie Living - - Tech -

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.

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