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LCD TV Rating Sources

Total of 17 Sources
As of August 2013
by Editors of CNET
Our AssessmentCNET tests many televisions, giving its editors a good basis for comparison. The same team of reviewers generally evaluates LCD TVs, so there's a consistent testing and ratings process. Testing can get a little technical, but the findings are typically well explained.
2. TelevisionInfo.com
As of August 2013
by Editors of TelevisionInfo.com
Our AssessmentSoon to be renamed Reviewed.com Televisions, this site provides some of the best TV reviews we've seen. Restructured content offers a good, plain-English synopsis of what makes a TV great, or not so great. A tab labeled "the science" 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 HDTVs is provided, but would be more useful if older HDTVs weren't included. Editors' Choice and Best of the Year award winners are named.
3. PCMag.com
As of August 2013
by Editors of PCMag.com
Our AssessmentPCMag.com looks at LCD 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 LCD TVs get Editors' Choice designations.
4. ConsumerReports.org
As of August 2013
LCD & Plasma TVs
by Editors of ConsumerReports.org
Our AssessmentConsumerReports.org reviews more LCD and LED TVs than just about any other source. While some are last year's models, most are still available at retail and there are lots of current-year LED TVs included. Testing is comprehensive and recently reviewed sets get more commentary, but there's far less detail than at most other top review sources. ConsumerReports.org is one of the few professional sources to review sets with screen sizes of less than 32 inches.
5. LCDTV Buying Guide.com
As of August 2013
LCD & LED TV Reviews & Ratings 2013
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.
6. Amazon.com
As of August 2013
All Flat Screen 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 LCD TV gets are visible on main navigation pages. Many LCD TV sets rate similarly, so it's easy to spot if one set gets above or below average feedback.
7. BestBuy.com
As of August 2013
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 LCD TV to a friend.
8. HDTVSolutions.com
As of August 2013
HDTV Reviews
by Dick De Jong
Our AssessmentHDTVSolutions.com doesn't cover as many current LED 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.
9. HomeTheaterReview.com
As of August 2013
Flat Panel Reviews
by Editors of Home Theater
Our AssessmentThis site might not evaluate as many LCD 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 LCD TVs get a Top Pick designation. Home Theater magazine will merge with Sound & Vision in October 2013 and will no longer be published separately.
10. FlatpanelsHD.com
As of August 2013
TV Reviews
by Rasmus Larsen
Our AssessmentAlthough the level of detail might qualify as overkill for some, this Danish site provides comprehensive reviews that include lots of comparisons. Most tested HDTVs are similar to models sold in the U.S. and important differences are clearly spelled out in most cases. The best LCD TVs get a Highly Recommended award, but TVs aren't otherwise rated or ranked.
11. HDGuru.com
As of August 2013
"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.
12. HomeTheaterReview.com
As of August 2013
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 fewer sets are covered, but the site is worth checking out.
13. DigitalTrends.com
As of August 2013
TV Reviews
by Editors of DigitalTrends.com
Our AssessmentDigitalTrends.com reviews only a handful of LCD and LED TVs, and none 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.
14. AVSForum.com
As of August 2013
LCD Flat Panel Displays
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 LCD flat-panel TVs. Sets typically 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.
15. Walmart.com
As of August 2013
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 LCD TVs get a lot of feedback, but many more get just a handful of comments.
16. Sound & Vision Magazine
As of August 2013
TVs & Projectors
by Editors of Sound + Vision
Our AssessmentSound & Vision magazine is a destination for technology sophisticates. Enthusiasts are sure to appreciate these highly detailed reports, but others might find themselves quickly lost. Sets aren't rated, and only a couple of current LED TVs have been reviewed. Sound & Vision is scheduled to absorb Home Theater magazine this fall.
17. About.com
As of August 2013
Best LCD TVs and LED/LCD TVs 40-Inches and Larger
by Robert Silva
Our AssessmentThis list, which covers LCD and LED TVs, 40 inches and larger, names the LCD TVs that About.com guide Robert Silva considers to be best overall in that screen-size range. Some of these recommendations are based on well-documented, hands-on tests while others seem to be based on features and Silva's expertise.
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