Top 10 LED Television Set for Christmas 2010

By Turjo, Gaea News Network
Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Christmas is the best time of the year when you have to think about what to get for your loved one or for your family. It is also the time to bring home some new goodies to see a large smile on the faces of your near and dear ones. Unfortunately, this is also the time when you have to search through thousand of useless and confusing items, before selecting even one single object that will suite your need the best. And if you are trying to buy a television set this Christmas, be prepared to go through thousands of models, branded with weird cryptic numbers as names, which can only be deciphered by a geek or a cryptographer. The thought of buying a tv set during Christmas is enough to make you stay in bed for the whole of December, rather than going out to buy any.
So, to ease down your pain of shopping, this time we have decided to do all the researching for you.

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Now, if you are interested in buying a LED television set this Christmas, there are several things you should know before buying one . Once you get a hold of them, go through our list of Top 10 LED Television set on 2010 which we have prepared after extensive research, only for you.

Each of the tv set has been selected on the basis of design, performance, picture quality and obviously, the price. So, sit back and relax, while we present you the best of LED television sets that 2010 can offer -

1. Vizio XVT3SV Series

Excellent picture quality, thoughtful design, plentiful features backed up by a reasonable price tag; this what makes Vizio XVT3SV the best TV set among the long list of high-end LED-based LCD TVs today.

PROS :

  • Less expensive than other local dimming LED-based LCDs;
  • Reproduces relatively deep black levels with very good shadow detail;
  • Accurate, well-saturated color;
  • Excellent bright-room performance;
  • Solid uniformity;
  • Superb streaming and widget content via well-integrated Apps platform;
  • Includes unique Bluetooth remote with slide-out QWERTY keyboard;
  • Integrated Wi-Fi.

CONS :

  • More blooming than some local dimming LEDs;
  • Black areas tinged blue;
  • Couldn’t handle 1080p/24 content properly;
  • Poor off-angle viewing;
  • Fewer picture controls than some high-end HDTVs;
  • Could use additional tweaking capability.

PRICE : $1,447.99 - $1,727.97

VERDICT : Although some of your snobby videophile friends might not be impressed by the Vizio, but you’ll surely appreciate the all the features and performance that XVT3SV delivers. And that too within such am affordable price.

2. LG LX9500

Loads of features, a nearly frame-less design and a great overall performance- these are the things that make a LG LX9500 series so successful. Despite of a weak 3D model, after seeing the performance and the price, we decided to place the 2D model of LG LX9500 series in the second spot. Here is a look at it’s features

PROS :

  • Produces among the deepest shades of black of any TV;
  • Superb shadow detail;
  • Exceedingly accurate color;
  • Better off-angle viewing than many LCDs;
  • Controls local dimming “blooming” well;
  • Solid streaming and interactive features;
  • Extensive picture controls;
  • Beautiful styling with slim bezel, single-pane design, and 1.3-inch-deep panel.

CONS :

  • Expensive; uneven backlight uniformity;
  • Adjustable dejudder doesn’t work well;
  • Super bright-room performance;
  • Cannot properly process 1080p/24 content;
  • Benefits of 480Hz difficult to discern;
  • Washed-out image with no picture adjustments in 3D mode;
  • Lacks 2D-to-3D conversion;
  • 3D exhibited ghost images along edges (crosstalk);
  • Does not include 3D glasses.

PRICE : $2,389.00 - $3,999.98

VERDICT : While researching, we found the LG LE8500 series quite likeable. As LX9500 has all the same features of LE8500, it was only natural that we also liked it. But as LX9500 offers a 3D version, we have kept it one rank higher.

3. LG LE8500

Let’s be honest. If LE8500 had a 3D version, this model would have been our ultimate choice for the 2nd position. Considering the absence of 3D version, both 2D version of LX9500 and LE8500 shares many similar features.

PROS :

  • Produces among the deepest shades of black of any TV;
  • Superb shadow detail;
  • Exceedingly accurate color;
  • Better off-angle viewing than many LCDs;
  • Controls local dimming “blooming” well;
  • Plenty of streaming and interactive features;
  • Extensive picture controls;
  • Sleek styling with single pane design and 1.4-inch-deep panel;
  • Energy efficient.

CONS :

  • Expensive;
  • Uneven backlight uniformity;
  • Adjustable dejudder doesn’t work well;
  • Subpar bright-room performance;
  • Benefits of 240Hz difficult to discern;
  • Some stray illumination and uniformity issues.

PRICE : $1,595.00 - $2,699.99

VERDICT : Although LE8500 provides us with excellent features and performance, absence of 3D model and a steep price has forced us to keep it in 3rd position. Otherwise, it is one of the greatest 2D LCD Tv set of the year 2010.

4. Sony XBR-HX909 series

Although its black levels challenge the best ever, some other picture-related aspects of the Sony XBR-HX909 series don’t live up to the high price. Here are it’s features for you -

PROS :

  • Produces extremely deep black levels;
  • Video processing properly handles 1080p/24 material;
  • Relatively accurate color with linear grayscale;
  • 3D compatible;
  • 2D-to-3D conversion system works better than expected;
  • Numerous streaming video services;
  • Excellent design with stylish monolithic exterior;
  • Energy-efficient.


CONS :

  • Extremely expensive;
  • Exhibits more blooming than competing local dimming LED models;
  • Black areas tinged bluer;
  • Subpar off-angle viewing;
  • 3D exhibited ghost images along edges (crosstalk);
  • Does not include 3D glasses or IR emitter.

PRICE : $2,635.00 - $3,599.99

VERDICT : The best-in-class design and oodles of streaming video will seriously going to appeal to many of the buyers able to afford it. But, hose seeking the best-available home theater picture quality will probably want to look elsewhere.

5. Samsung UNC8000 series

Despite of having a steep price tag, Samsung UNC8000 series still offers superb features, solid performance, and unique style. Its 3D is still a work in progress and its 2D picture quality comes up short of the best available. Take a look at it’s features -

PROS :

  • Better black levels than other edge-lit sets;
  • Accurate color with linear grayscale;
  • Numerous picture controls and tweaks;
  • Sleek styling with inch-deep panel;
  • Superb streaming and widget content via well-integrated Apps platform;
  • 3D compatible;
  • 2D to 3D conversion system works better than expected.

CONS :

  • Extremely expensive;
  • Subpar uniformity and off-angle viewing;
  • Lighter black levels than full-array local-dimming sets;
  • Black areas tinged bluer;
  • 3D exhibited ghost images along edges (crosstalk);
  • Does not include 3D glasses;
  • Terrible remote.

PRICE : $2,198.88 - $2,899.00

VERDICT : UNC8000 is the first edge-lit LED based LCD with local dimming 3D tv set developed by Samsung which supports Samsung App’s also. As you can imagine, it doesn’t come cheap. So, if you can afford the price range, then surely it is great TV set to take home and make your friends jealous with envy.

6. Sony KDL-NX800 series

You can be sure that the picture quality of Sony KDL-NX800 series will not make your make you say “WOW”, but it sets a high bar for its beautiful design and well-executed features.

PROS :

  • Excellent design with stylish monolithic exterior;
  • Ergonomic remote control;
  • Snappy menu system;
  • Relatively accurate color;
  • Built-in Wi-Fi;
  • Solid Internet services including Netflix, Amazon Video on Demand, niche video services, and Yahoo Widgets;
  • Energy-efficient.

CONS :

  • Relatively expensive;
  • Reproduces lighter black levels;
  • Darker areas tinged blue;
  • Cannot adjust dejudder processing much;
  • Less-even screen uniformity;
  • Glossy screen reflects ambient light;
  • Netflix image quality worse than on other streaming devices.

PRICE : $1,499.99 - $1,889.00

VERDICT : Although it was one of the most anticipated product on 2010, Sony NX800 performs on a par with other like-equipped LCDs that we’ve tested, such as the UNB7000 series from Samsung or LG LEX9500. So, people who are seeking for a premium home theater picture might be disappointed by this Tv set.

7. Samsung UNC6500 series

Once you ignore the minor setback in terms of picture performance, the excellent feature set and minimalist style of the Samsung UNC6500 series exhibit plenty of appeal. Here is a look at it’s features -

PROS:

  • Slightly darker black levels than some edge-lit LED-based LCDs;
  • Mostly accurate color with linear grayscale in bright areas;
  • Handles 1080p/24 content well enough;
  • Numerous picture controls and tweaks;
  • Superb streaming and widget content via well-integrated Apps platform;
  • Sleek styling with inch-deep panel;
  • Energy efficient.

CONS:

  • Relatively expensive;
  • Lighter black levels than most local dimming LED-based LCDs;
  • Subpar uniformity and off-angle viewing;
  • Inaccurate primary color of red;
  • Black areas tinged bluer;
  • Stand styling not for everyone.

PRICE : $1,349.00 - $1,599.99

VERDICT : The Korean giant Samsung created quite a stir last year by manufacturing ultrathin edge-lit LED-based LCD TVs. So, although the model UNC6500 does not offer a significant improvement over standard LCDs, the “oh-so-sleek” factor might be enough to justify the extra cost to buyers who don’t care about 3D.

8. Sony BRAVIA KDL-EX700 series

This particular model of Sony Bravia has nothing special in terms of image quality standpoint. But the internet video and eco-friendliness will attract a lot of buyers this season.

PROS:

  • Innovative automatic power-off feature saves energy;
  • Extremely energy-efficient;
  • Matte screen works well in brighter rooms;
  • Relatively accurate color;
  • Solid Internet services including Netflix, Amazon Video, and numerous niche videos;
  • Snappy menu system.

CONS :

  • Reproduces lighter black levels;
  • Darker areas tinged blue;
  • Cannot adjust dejudder processing much;
  • Less-even screen uniformity;
  • Netflix image quality worse than on other streaming devices.

PRICE : $1,149.08 - $1,699.99

VERDICT : Well, to be frank, both NX800 and EX700 has more similarities in their features, than their differences. Because of a price difference of $400, you get improved styling, Wi-Fi networking, and a couple of other minor niceties on the NX800. But still, EX700 is a good contender among the top 10.

9. Sony NSX-GT1 series (Google TV)

If you are a tech-savvy buyer who can live with a touchy remote and a moderate standard picture quality, only to have the most capable Internet-connected TV ever made; then Sony NSX-GT1 is just the thing for you.

PROS :

  • Integrated TV and Google TV software enables potential access to virtually all Video sources media through one interface and search bar;
  • Full Chrome browser supports Flash and HTML5 video;
  • Includes RF QWERTY remote;
  • Built-in Wi-Fi;
  • User interface overlays over TV content from cable/satellite box;
  • Can control TV, AV receiver, and cable/satellite box with external IR emitters;
  • Android Market coming in 2011;
  • Relatively accurate color performance;
  • Sleek design;
  • Plenty of power-saving options.

CONS:

  • Poor screen uniformity apparent with many Google TV sources;
  • Produces light black levels;
  • Some flashing in shadows at times;
  • Frustrating touch pad and overlarge keyboard on remote;
  • Sparse analog connectivity;
  • Major content providers like Hulu, CBS, and ABC are currently blocking Google TV;
  • Interface geared toward power users;
  • Google’s “universal” search doesn’t search Netflix;
  • Antiquated Netflix interface;
  • Limited app selection at launch;
  • Lag and some bugs with current software.

PRICE : $1,399.99 (Approx)

VERDICT : Aside from actually hooking a PC to your TV, Sony’s Internet TV with Google TV, aka the NSX-GT1 series, is the closest you’ll likely come today to converging the two devices. So it has it’s own advantage and disadvantage. As we have mentioned earlier, if you are ready to ignore it’s disadvantage to enjoy a world class Internet-TV experience, then this is the perfect baby for you. But, for a more conventional television experience, try out the other series given in the list.

10. LG LE5500 series

LG LE5500 lags in terms of picture quality when compared to the other local dimming LED-based LCDs. So, despite of a popular brand value and exciting features, we enlisted this model at the 10th position only.

PROS :

  • Accurate color;
  • Matte screen performs well in bright rooms;
  • Plenty of streaming and interactive features;
  • Extensive picture controls;
  • Sleek styling with 1.1-inch-deep panel;
  • Energy efficient.

CONS :

  • Imprecise local dimming causes stray illumination and blooming;
  • Reproduces light black levels;
  • Darker areas tinged blue;
  • Adjustable dejudder doesn’t work well;
  • Benefits of 120Hz difficult to discern.

PRICE : $1,243.68 - $1,999.97

VERDICT : Although it lacks in picture quality, LE5500 is taken home by many. Unfortunately, we suspect that many buyers lured by the LG’s claims of dimming won’t understand the differences–among them the fact that this TV uses LED that illuminate the screen from the edge, rather than from behind.
But apart from that, LE5500 does offer plenty of perks, including accurate color, decent bright-room performance, a stylishly thin frame and numerous Internet features, but seekers of LED-based LCDs who place a premium on image quality should look elsewhere.

Did you find the list useful enough? Or you have any other suggestions for LED tv’s? Feel free to comment and share your views with us. If you are interested in other HDTV sets, you can also check out our list of Top 5 Television Set for Black Friday 2010.

Till then, Merry Chirstmas to you all and Happy Shopping!

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