Plasma TV: Ratings of Sources
Total of 13 Sources
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Best Plasma TVs
by David Katzmaier
Our AssessmentCNET reviews a good number of plasma TVs, and this list names top performers and value picks. Detailed reports cover the essentials in a way that doesn't overwhelm readers who are less tech-savvy. Ratings are provided, and the very best plasma TV according to editors is given an Editors' Choice award.
by Editors of TelevisionInfo.com
Our AssessmentThe technically obsessed will appreciate the highly detailed, well-illustrated reports here. Testing is extensive and well documented, and judgments are unflinching. Ratings indicate which plasma TVs rise above the competition. One negative is that some discontinued models remain on the list.
by Rasmus Larsen
Our AssessmentThis European site produces some of the best testing-based reviews of plasma TVs we've seen. Everything is well documented and well illustrated, but the level of detail might overwhelm some consumers. Helpful attention is paid to differences between U.S. and European versions of the TVs reviewed, including model numbers and features, although some things slip by on occasion. Comparisons between TVs are made often. Pros and cons are listed but ratings aren't, and the very best plasma TVs earn a Highly Recommended award.
LCD & Plasma TVs Ratings & Reliability
by Editors of ConsumerReports.org
Our AssessmentConsumerReports.org tests more plasma TV models than just about anyone else, but discussion is briefer than at the sites listed above. While top selections earn a Recommended designation, many sets qualify. A few of those stand out as good values -- although not necessarily top performers -- and earn a Best Buy rating.
by Editors of PCMag.com
Our AssessmentPCMag.com's reviews aren't all that long, and are packed with info that's more likely to be of interest to the videophile than the TV neophyte. Still, ratings are provided, Editors' Choices are named and the site has reviewed a fair number of plasma TVs this year.
Compare Plasma TV Reviews & Ratings
by Editors of PlasmaTVBuyingGuide.com
Our AssessmentThis site isn't the slickest around, and some reports that are labeled reviews appear to be based more on the author's impressions than testing. However, you'll also find lots of testing-based commentary. While all evaluated plasma TVs receive a rating, the chart that compares them would be more useful if it didn't include so many discontinued models.
Flat Panel Reviews
by Editors of Home Theater
Our AssessmentHome Theater magazine covers plasma TVs on occasion. The reviews are highly opinionated and include ratings, with the best sets earning Top Picks awards. Testing is comprehensive and well described. If more sets were tested, this site would be among the best places to learn about plasma TVs.
TVs & Projectors
by Editors of Sound+Vision
Our AssessmentLike Home Theater magazine, Sound+Vision magazine is a first-rate reviewer whose chief downside is that it doesn't report on very many plasma TVs. Evaluations are meaty and testing-based, yet not so buried in technical minutiae as to turn off non-videophiles. Sets aren't rated, but top performers earn a Certified & Recommended award.
Review Resource for Flat HDTVs, Plasmas and More
by Editors of HomeTheaterReview.com
Our AssessmentHomeTheaterReview.com evaluates two current-year plasma TVs, but only one report is based on hands-on testing. Still, that review is very thorough and ratings are provided.
Plasma Flat Panel Displays
by Contributors to AVSForum.com
Our AssessmentThis heavily trafficked user-discussion site is a great place to find in-depth information -- including lots of give and take between owners and would-be owners -- about most plasma TVs. Many sets or series get their own threads, and some of those are hundreds or even thousands of posts long.
by Contributors to Amazon.com
Our AssessmentAmazon.com invites owners to share their experiences with potential buyers. The site includes useful tools like a box that contrasts the most helpful critical and complimentary reviews for a set as voted on by site visitors. Screen sizes for all sets in a given series are grouped together. This provides a more complete picture of how a series performs in general, but could mask issues that affect only one specific screen size.
by Contributors to BestBuy.com
Our AssessmentBestBuy.com has become one of the better resources for user reviews. Most of the sets listed get plenty of comments, plus a percentage rating of how many owners would recommend a given plasma TV to a friend. Since lots of plasma TVs rate similarly here -- especially those with extensive feedback -- it's probably most useful for getting second opinion once you've narrowed your choices.
Best Plasma TVs
by Robert Silva
Our AssessmentThis list of favorite plasma TVs is compiled by Robert Silva, About.com's guide to home theater. Recommendations appear to be largely based on his opinion, with no sign of formal testing; however, Silva has done some very credible testing of TV sets in the past. (Note: ConsumerSearch is owned by About.com, but the two don't share an editorial affiliation.)