Updated on 29 November 2013 by

The major difference between an LCD and LED-LCD is that here LEDs are used inside the TVs for illumination. The two types of technology used in the LED TVs are the Direct backlit and Edge lit. As the name suggests, the placement of the LEDs is either along the edges or along the back of the LCD panel.

The direct backlit or full LED TVs have the local dimming technology wherein light in specific segments of the LEDs can be controlled by algorithms to switch on and off individually. It means the image can have greater contrast - bright whites and deep black in the same image. Compared to the edge lit LED TVs, direct backlit TVs has fewer LEDs as they are placed all over the back panel at regular distances. But they have to be arranged farther away from the screen to provide adequate light coverage across the panel thus increasing the depth size.There are also TVs which employ direct or full LED backlit without dimming technology.

The comparatively expensive price of the backlit LED TVs is another factor to be considered when buying these sets. They also have the 'halo effect' problem wherein image clarity is lost due to the appearance of a halo or ring around bright objects. But this problem is being addressed by the manufacturers to minimise its effects.

Whichever technology you opt for when buying the best LED set, the total energy consumption and the panel size is less than an LCD or plasma TV. Take a look at the best direct backlit LED TVs for this year as shown below which have been rated by top experts from around the web.


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Panasonic VIERA TC-P ZT60
Samsung PN F8500
Panasonic TC-P ST60
LG LA8600
Panasonic TC-P VT60
Panasonic VIERA TC-P60ZT60 60-In 1080p 3D Smart Plasma TV
Samsung PN51F8500 51-In 1080p 3D Smart Plasma HDTV
Panasonic TC-P50ST60 50-Inch 1080p 600Hz 3D Smart Plasma HDTV
LG 60LA8600 60-In 3D 1080p 240Hz LED-LCD HDTV
Panasonic TC-P55VT60 55-In 1080p 3D Smart Plasma HDTV
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Release Date
Aug 2013
Mar 2013
Jan 2013
Mar 2013
Apr 2013
Contrast Ratio
1 : 6, 000, 000
1:5, 500, 000
1 : 6000000
Digital TV Standard
HDTV Television
HDTV Television
HDTV Television
HDTV Television
HDTV Television
Flat Panel Type
Plasma TV
Plasma TV
Plasma TV
LED TV
Plasma TV
Screen Size
60.0 inch
51.0 inch
50.0 inch
60.0 inch
55.0 inch
Aspect Ratio
16:9
16:9
Widescreen (16:9)
16:9
16:9
DLNA Certified
DLNA Certified
DLNA Certified
DLNA Certified
DLNA Certified
3D-ready
3D-ready
3D-ready
3D-ready
3D-ready
3D-ready
Average Rating
 4.7 stars
 4.4 stars
 4.7 stars
 3.8 stars
 4.2 stars

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