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Although HDTVs are coming out with stunning innovations in picture quality, most of us have found their audio dynamics a little disappointing and not quite the fitting concomitant to the video. The fact of the matter is that manufacturers are striving hard to make sleeker and thinner designs that would look stylish in our homes, and it's hard for them to incorporate powerful speakers within the limitations of that framework. So we tweak our pockets to complement our televisions with a nice home theatre set. However, there are HDTVs out there that have tried to overcome these shortcomings.

So what should you look for?

SRS Surround HD. Many HDTVs today deploy SRS Tru Volume and SRS Surround HD to enhance the sound acoustics of the television. These are a surround sound technology specifically for HDTVs is implemented for as dynamic an audio as possible along with 2 speakers and a subwoofer.

Some brands like Sony and Bose have stretched beyond this to deliver more satisfactory sound effects. A few of Bose's HDTVs like the Bose VideoWave includes an entire Bose Home Theatre system built into the television. Some of Sony's Bravia series of HDTVs use Magnetic Fluid Speaker technology in a set of front facing speakers which simulate a 5.1 surround sound system. While most HDTVs come with around 30W to 40W of power, these Bravia HDTVs are equipped with 5 speakers and a subwoofer and 65W of power.

Obviously the price you pay for these televisions is going to be a lot steeper than most HDTVs in the market, but it might just turn out cheaper than investing in a complete home theatre system.

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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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Release Date
Aug 2013
Mar 2013
Jan 2013
Mar 2013
Apr 2013
Digital TV Standard
HDTV Television
HDTV Television
HDTV Television
HDTV Television
HDTV Television
Audio Type
VR-Audio Pro Surround 2.1
DNSe+
VR-Audio Pro Surround 2.1
VR-Audio Pro Stage 2.1
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 sound hdtv:

  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