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LCD TV Rating Sources

Total of 21 Sources
1. CNET
Sept. 29, 2014
Best TVs of 2014
by David Katzmaier and Ty Pendlebury
Our AssessmentCNET tests many televisions, giving its editors a good basis for comparison. The same team of reviewers generally evaluates TVs, including LED TVs, plasma TVs and OLED sets, so there's a consistent testing and ratings process. Testing can get a little technical, but the findings are typically well explained. This site is constantly updated with new reviews.
2. Reviewed.com Televisions
As of September 2014
Televisions
by Editors of Reviewed.com
Our AssessmentReviewed.com Televisions provides lots of helpful reviews of current TVs. The site offers a good, plain-English synopsis of what makes a TV great, or not so great. A tab labeled "Science & Testing" provides the numbers behind the commentary. Editors are tough critics, and no TVs -- even top-rated ones -- escape without at least some flaws exposed. A ranking of the top TVs is provided, but would be more useful if older sets weren't included. Editors' Choice and Best of the Year award winners are named.
3. PCMag.com
As of September 2014
HDTVs
by Editors of PCMag.com
Our AssessmentPCMag.com looks at TVs in single-product reviews and occasional comparative articles. Although coverage has been sporadic in the past, the site now covers more models. Write-ups are shorter than at some other sites and can be technically dense, but conclusions are clearly spelled out and ratings are provided. The very best TVs get Editors' Choice designations.
4. ConsumerReports.org
Not Dated
LCD & Plasma TVs
by Editors of ConsumerReports.org
Our AssessmentConsumerReports.org reviews more TVs than just about any other source -- a whopping 171 of them at last look. Lots of models are recommended -- perhaps too many -- but rating scores help separate the choices a bit better. While some TVs are last year's models, most are still available at retail and there are lots of current-year TVs included. Testing is comprehensive, and the amount of discussion has been broadened when it comes to TVs that compare favorably with some other review sites. ConsumerReports.org is one of the few professional sources to review sets with screen sizes of less than 32 inches.
5. Rtings.com
As of September 2014
Find your TV
by Cedric Demers
Our AssessmentRtings.com's reviews are a bit gaming-centric, but the site is becoming a decent destination for TV reviews for all types of buyers. Reviews can be searched by size and brand, but also by test results. That last section does a great job of explaining what the various test reveal about a set, lets you see the test results side by side, and provides a photo that illustrates what the results mean in terms of the picture you see on the screen.
6. CNET
Aug. 19, 2014
2014 TV Shootout LG OLED TV and Samsung plasma win 2014 Value Electronics shootout
by Ty Pendlebury
Our AssessmentCNET's Ty Pendlebury reports on the Value Electronics 2014 TV shootout. This annual event pits the top TVs of the current year against each other in an attempt to find which one produces the best picture quality. The sets are professionally calibrated by recognized top experts in the field, and then judged by a panel of calibrators, journalists and invited videophiles. The LG 55EC9300 OLED TV and the Samsung PN64F8500, a still-available 2013 plasma TV, are declared co-winners.
7. LCDTV Buying Guide.com
Not Dated
LCD & LED TV Reviews & Ratings 2014
by Jack Burden
Our AssessmentThis site may not be very slick, but reviews appear to be objective and competently done. Lots of LED TVs are evaluated, and testing is extensive and well documented, but discussion could be clearer. A nice plus is the inclusion of picture settings based on calibration tests. Ratings are provided, and a helpful comparison chart separates current LED TVs from older models.
8. Amazon.com
As of September 2014
TVs
by Contributors to Amazon.com
Our AssessmentAmazon.com invites users to share their experiences with products they own, and many of the TVs sold here get enough ratings to help shoppers determine which ones are best. Both the ratings and number of reviews each TV gets are visible on main navigation pages. Many TV sets rate similarly, so it's easy to spot if one set gets above or below average feedback.
9. BestBuy.com
As of September 2014
TVs
by Contributors to BestBuy.com
Our AssessmentBestBuy.com also allows users to comment on products they own and navigation is easy. The overall rating and number of reviews reside on the main navigation page, and only currently available TVs are listed, although some of last year's models remain. One nice feature is a top-line summation of how many owners would recommend the reviewed TV to a friend.
10. HDTVSolutions.com
As of September 2014
HDTV Reviews
by Dick De Jong
Our AssessmentHDTVSolutions.com doesn't cover as many current TVs as some other sources, but its reviews are well done. Setup and ergonomics get lots of attention, and testing is adequately explained. A clear conclusion and rating leave no doubt how each TV stacks up. The best models receive a Highly Recommended label, but only one current set qualifies.
11. Sound & Vision Magazine
As of September 2014
Flat Panel Reviews
by Editors of Sound & Vision
Our AssessmentThis site might not evaluate as many TVs as our other sources, but editors do conduct in-depth testing and produce detailed reports. Star ratings are provided for factors such as performance and features, but TVs aren't rated or ranked overall. The best TVs get a Top Pick designation.
12. FlatpanelsHD.com
As of September 2014
TV Reviews
by Editors of FlatPanelsHD.com
Our AssessmentAlthough the level of detail might qualify as overkill for some, this Danish site provides comprehensive reviews that include lots of comparisons. Many tested HDTVs are similar to models sold in the U.S. and important differences are clearly spelled out in most cases. The best TVs get a Highly Recommended award, but TVs aren't otherwise rated or ranked.
13. HDTVTest
As of September 2014
Reviews
by Editors of HDTVTest
Our AssessmentBased in Great Britain, HDTVTest is a respected reviewer of HDTVs. Reports are testing based. Though the write ups are sometimes highly technical, clear conclusions on each set are delivered. The site is a little liberal with its recommendations, but does offer some distinctions including naming sets as "Best in Class." The focus is on HDTVs available in Europe, but coverage of models for the U.S. market can be found.
14. HDGuru.com
As of September 2014
"LED LCD Flat Panels"
by Editors of HDGuru.com
Our AssessmentThis site provides news and opinion related to the world of HD television, and evaluates equipment on occasion. Reviews can be hard to find on this blog-style site, which is a shame because the experts here -- including editor in chief Gary Merson -- are highly knowledgeable. Commentary can get a little heavy for non-videophiles, but conclusions are clearly stated.
15. HomeTheaterReview.com
As of September 2014
Review Resource for Flat HDTVs
by Editors of HomeTheaterReview.com
Our AssessmentWe've been critical of HomeTheaterReview.com in the past for not always testing sets that it rates. However, at last look all TVs are put through rigorous hands-on evaluations that rival the best reviewers. The downside is that only a couple of current TVs are covered, but the site is worth checking out.
16. DigitalTrends.com
As of September 2014
TV Reviews
by Editors of DigitalTrends.com
Our AssessmentDigitalTrends.com reviews a good number of TVs, and several impress enough to earn an Editors' Choice award. Write-ups are heavy on the discussion of features, but both formal and viewing testing is done in most cases and ratings are provided.
17. TheWirecutter.com
As of September 2014
TVs
by Editors of TheWirecutter.com
Our AssessmentTheWirecutter.com names top TVs (and, elsewhere on the site, projectors) based on research as well as hands-on testing. Product coverage is relatively limited, but the editors here are experts in their field with a well-established track record of testing and reviewing gear.
18. ProjectorCentral.com
As of September 2014
Projector Reviews
by Editors of ProjectorReviews.com
Our AssessmentFor those strictly in the market for a home theater projector, the reviews at ProjectorCentral.com are decently comprehensive, often comparative and generally well done. In addition to an overall rating, sub-ratings for performance, features, ease of use and value are provided. Top performing projectors earn a Highly Rated award, and the very best earn Editor's Choice recognition.
19. ProjectorReviews.com
As of May 2013
Projector Reviews
by Art Feierman
Our AssessmentProjectorReviews.com is a prolific projector reviewer. Testing is comprehensive and the detailed though sometimes charmingly rambling discussions are well illustrated. Pros and cons are listed, and a bottom-line assessment is made. Most reviews include head-to-head comparisons with each projector's closest competitors. Well regarded projectors are named Hot Products. Once a year, the Best in Class projectors are identified, broken down by price range.
20. AVSForum.com
As of September 2014
Display Devices
by Contributors to AVSForum.com
Our AssessmentThis discussion site provides lots of information about anything and everything related to home entertainment, including a forum for every TV technology, LCD, plasma, OLED and more. Individual sets often get their own thread that includes specifications, features, problems, fixes and more, and some span thousands of posts. The site also features industry news, press releases, a small selection of user reviews and more.
21. Walmart.com
As of September 2014
TVs
by Contributors to Walmart.com
Our AssessmentWalmart.com is a good source for user feedback on budget-friendly options. An overall rating is shown on the main navigation page, but you must click through to individual product pages to see how many reviews a particular TV receives. Some posters include discussion while others leave only ratings. Many TVs get a lot of feedback, but many more get just a handful of comments.
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