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HDTVs are contemporary television, and with standard definition almost phased out, Full HD is quite the only way to go. An HDTV not only supports but also displays true 720p and 1080p content. This must not be confused with an HD-Ready TV which has only the power to carry HD signals and then downscale them to SD video.

The HDTV resolutions seen today are generally 720p, 1080i and 1080p, where the i refers to interlaced scanning and p refers to progressive. While interlaced scanning means that the even and odd fields of pixel rows are displayed alternatively, progressive scanning means the even and odd fields are displayed simultaneously. Progressive scanning surpasses interlaced scanning in terms of picture quality and is predominantly the type of resolution used in current HDTVs. So the dilemma is really between 720p and 1080p. There is very limited amount of 1080p content to view as yet and everything is mostly 1080i or 720p, so a 1080p HDTV might only upconvert that into 1080p, and this quality is hardly better than the original form. Furthermore, a 1080p resolution is only worth shelling out for if you're going in for a large screen size of 60"; in anything smaller than this, the difference in 1080p picture quality (PQ) and 720p is not really noticeable.

Speaking of screen size, HDTVs come in sizes as small as 27" to as large as 90" and you could freeze on the display appropriate for your TV room with this simple formula - Screen size = Viewing distance/2.

Depending on the type of panel and backlighting they use, HDTVs are available in three kinds: traditional LCD, Plasma and LED LCD.

Traditional LCD TVs use Cold Cathode Fluorescent Lamps (CCFL) to backlight the display panel, and are on their way out. They're the cheapest of the lot, have the lowest PQ and have the shortest lifespan since the lamps tend to get worn out.

LED LCD TVs use Light Emitting Diodes(LED) to light up the display panel and are often the most expensive. They have much better picture quality due to higher contrast ratios, quicker response times of 2 to 5 ms and also last longer. A low response time essentially means there wonâ??t be any motion blur in action packed scenes

In a Plasma TV however, the plasma itself emits light and therefore there is no backlighting technology required. They have excellent contrast ratios, and a quick speed of 600 frames per second obviating any motion blur. Plasma TVs rival LED TVs for the top spot and while the best TVs for brightly lit room are LED TVs, plasma TVs steal the show when it comes to dark room performance.

For more information on each, visit our Best LED TVs , Best Plasma TVs , or Best LCD TVs page.

Today's HDTV market is brimming with state-of-the-art offerings from audio features and sleek panels, to 3D and SmartTV; from leading brands like Panasonic, Samsung, LG and Sony.

The higher end SmartTV amenities include a Full web browser and Skype compatibility and gives you complete freedom on the internet, while lower end SmartTVs give you access to specific movie sites like Netflix to stream videos from. To learn more about 3D, we have a list of the best 3D TVs to guide your purchase.

Displayed below is our list of the best HDTVs and their ranking, defined by expert reviews. So scroll down to read reviews, check specifications and buying options.

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Panasonic VIERA TC-P ZT60

Panasonic VIERA TC-P60ZT60 60-In 1080p 3D Smart Plasma TV


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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 55LA8600 55-In 3D 1080p 240Hz LED-LCD HDTV
Panasonic TC-P65VT60 65-Inch 1080p 3D Smart Plasma HDTV
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Digital TV Standard
HDTV Television
HDTV Television
HDTV Television
HDTV Television
HDTV Television
Contrast Ratio
1 : 6, 000, 000
1:5, 500, 000
1 : 6000000
Flat Panel Type
Plasma TV
Plasma TV
Plasma TV
LED TV
Plasma TV
Screen Size
60.0 inch
51.0 inch
50.0 inch
55.0 inch
65.0 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

  • For those who can afford it, the Panasonic TC-PZT60 comes closer than any TV yet to picture-quality perfection.


  • At this point, I've said a lot about this TV; however, the only thing that needs to be said is that it's the best. Is it leagues and leagues better than anything else you could buy? No - but neither is it leagues more expensive. Sure, the 65-inch model is demanding four thousand of your hard-earned greenbacks, but any home theater enthusiast would be lucky to own this grade-A plasma.

    The bottom of the line is that the ZT60's price-to-performance ratio is higher than average.


  • Finally, let's address the question of which is better: ZT60 or VT60? To answer, let's look at the three key differences between the two. The ZT60 does better in rooms affected by sunlight, while the VT60 has superior sound and comes with a camera for Skype and facial recognition. Which is better for you will depend on your priorities, but for us, the ZT60 is worth the extra $500 or so.


  • Samsung's best-performing TV ever, the PNF8500 series pushes the plasma picture quality envelope, especially in bright rooms.


  • While we can't claim that the F8500 is the new reference TV in picture quality, it looks to be one of the best 1080p televisions ever. Each screen size in this series is fairly expensive, and they should be: There is only quality here. The F8500 has royally surpassed one of the biggest drawbacks of plasma tech-their dimness when compared to LCDs-giving those with the funds to pursue it every reason to do so.


  • The Samsung PNF8500 series is a top-shelf plasma HDTV line that delivers outstanding color quality, solid 2D and 3D imagery, and very dark blacks. You'll shell out some big bucks for this model though, and you may want to pick up a universal remote while you're at it.


  • 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.


  • Although its lovely frame is packed with well-executed features, the flagship-priced LG LA8600 series LED LCD TV has the picture of a midrange model.


  • We really enjoyed the LA8600, even with its slight color temperature issue and yawn-worthy black levels. And while we easily say this is a terrific display, its huge asking price of $2,699.99 for a 55-inch model is a bit steep. Yes, you get a beautiful TV that will make your in-laws jealous, but you can also do that with Panasonic's DT60 and Samsung's F7100 for less. If supermodel-thin bezels are your thing, definitely consider the LA8600 if you find it on sale. Otherwise, do some comparison shopping.


  • The LG LA8600 series of HDTVs offers beautiful aesthetics, sharp 2D and 3D imagery, and rich color reproduction at a premium price. You get lots of features with this series, some of which are of questionable value.


  • The Panasonic VT60 has one of the best pictures of any TV we've ever reviewed, but it's soon to face some tough competition.


  • Here is where quality and price converge and man, these top end plasmas are up there this year in price. The TC-P65VT60 is around $3399 - no bargain basement TV and $1000 more than the 55 inch version. Yes, it has best in the market black levels that rival the best ever. In a dark home theater type environment the picture quality is astounding.


Top 5 full hd tv:

  1. Panasonic VIERA TC-P60ZT60 60-In 1080p 3D Smart Plasma TV
  2. Samsung PN51F8500 51-In 1080p 3D Smart Plasma HDTV
  3. Panasonic TC-P50ST60 50-Inch 1080p 600Hz 3D Smart Plasma HDTV
  4. LG 55LA8600 55-In 3D 1080p 240Hz LED-LCD HDTV
  5. Panasonic TC-P65VT60 65-Inch 1080p 3D Smart Plasma HDTV