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Since 3D technology can be either Active or Passive, your television can have either depending on the brand of your choice. Until 2102, the distinction was very clear-cut and Panasonic, Samsung and Sony used Active 3D, while LG and Vizio made passive 3D TVs. Currently however, Panasonic and Sony too have come out with Passive 3D with polarized 3D glasses, and LG have begun making Active 3D plasma TVs with active shutter glasses.

Our list of the best 3D TVs under $1000 is obtained from top rated reviews to guide your purchase.

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Panasonic TC-P ST60

Panasonic TC-P60ST60 60-Inch 1080p 600Hz 3D Smart Plasma HDTV


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Panasonic TC-P ST60
LG Electronics LA6200
Samsung PN F5500
Samsung UN FH6030
Vizio M3D 0KD
Panasonic TC-P60ST60 60-Inch 1080p 600Hz 3D Smart Plasma HDTV
LG Electronics 42LA6200 42-Inch Cinema 3D 1080p 120Hz LED-LCD HDTV
Samsung PN51F5500 51-In 1080p 3D Smart Plasma HDTV
Samsung UN55FH6030 55-In 1080p 3D LED TV
Vizio M3D550KD 3D LCD TV
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Release Date
Jan 2013
Mar 2013
Mar 2013
Apr 2013
May 2012
3D-ready
3D-ready
3D-ready
3D-ready
3D-ready
3D-ready
Contrast Ratio
1:5500000
10000000:1
Digital TV Standard
HDTV Television
HDTV Television
HDTV Television
HDTV Television
HDTV Television, EDTV Television, SDTV Television
Flat Panel Type
Plasma TV
LED TV
Plasma TV
LED TV
LED TV
Screen Size
60.0 inch
42.0 inch
51.0 inch
55.0 inch
55.0 inch
Aspect Ratio
Widescreen (16:9)
16:9
Widescreen (16:9)
DLNA Certified
DLNA Certified
DLNA Certified
Not DLNA Certified

  • The midlevel price and outstanding quality of the Panasonic TC-PST60 series make it our strongest TV recommendation ever.


  • The TC-P50ST60 is one of the best value TVs for this year. At $1100 it will be a great seller and the price may get a bit better before the year is over. It's got good 3D, great blacks, a simple but effective remote control, ample Smart TV features, and pretty good looks. Samsung PN51F5500 is one competitor, though I prefer the ST60. The Samsung UN50F6400 is an LED competitor.


  • All in all, I found the new look to strike a good balance, offering more options on the screen (so less navigation is required), but presenting everything a clean, logical way.


  • The midrange LG LA6200 LED LCD TV gets points for looks and smarts, but loses even more due to its picture quality.


  • This is one of the best features of the 55LA6200, value. At $1100 it's tough to beat in the 55" size for value. It competes with the Panasonic TC-P55ST60. Samsung's answer is the UN55F6400. The LA6200 is one of the best value buys in the market.


  • If you need a bigger panel without a price tag to match, the LA6200 series is a pretty decent bet. This isn't an exciting TV - the black levels are middling and the controls are downright spartan. But if you aren't a picture purist and fancy features like apps and 3D are important to you, you could do a lot worse.

    My advice? Do yourself a favor and take a look at the Google-powered TVs from LG this year instead.


  • The Samsung F5500 plasma offers great features and very good picture quality, but its performance suffers significantly under the lights.

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    The PN51F5500 is the smallest size in the mid tier plasma series from Samsung. Picture quality is strong here but it lacks a bit when compared to the top tier F8500 plasma. This is to be expected, but the feature set is still quite good. The F5500 uses Active 3D to create 3D images, Samsung's new Smart Hub is offered with all the apps and online content you would ever need. It loses the built in front-facing camera, but voice interaction is present a lot more useful than we initially thought it would be.


  • Very good picture quality and an extremely aggressive price make the Vizio M3D0KD one of the best LED TV values on the market.


  • The Vizio M3D550KD packs plenty of features and very accurate colors into an under-$1,500 55-inch 3D HDTV.


  • The 47-inch M3D470KD offers impressive images, streaming options, and a remote with a keyboard, all for a low $900 street price. Vizio cut corners in the speakers and multimedia offerings, which may not matter much.


Top 5 3d tv under $1000:

  1. Panasonic TC-P60ST60 60-Inch 1080p 600Hz 3D Smart Plasma HDTV
  2. LG Electronics 42LA6200 42-Inch Cinema 3D 1080p 120Hz LED-LCD HDTV
  3. Samsung PN51F5500 51-In 1080p 3D Smart Plasma HDTV
  4. Samsung UN55FH6030 55-In 1080p 3D LED TV
  5. Vizio M3D550KD 3D LCD TV