This is the TV that made even the video neanderthals of the DT offices stop and do a double take. Top-notch video processing makes sure everything you can feed into it looks awesome, from King of the Hill on Netflix to Avatar on Blu-ray. Although it uses LED edge lighting rather than full-array backlighting, the NEX810 still offers phenomenal brightness, color accuracy, and an ultra-wide viewing angle, not to mention 3D capability. The icing on the cake is Sony’s new “monolithic design” that makes the screen and bezel look like a solid slab of obsidian when it’s powered down.
Read the full Sony KLD-55NX810 review.
Toshiba 55UX600U 55-inch LED HDTV$2399.99+
OK, so Toshiba never really built the superpowered “Cell TV” it advertised at CES this year. The UX600U is still a darn fine television. Besides LED backlighting, 120Hz refresh rates and Toshiba’s understated “lagoon” bezel design, it includes Toshiba Net TV, which offers access to YouTube, Facebook, Twitter, Flickr, and even Vudu for 1080p streaming (no Netflix, sorry). Price, if we may say, is pretty reasonable, too.
Read the full Toshiba 55UX600U review.
When Sharp showed up to CES 2010 with its new Quattron four-pixel display technology instead of 3D, we had to wonder whether it was making a mistake sitting out the third dimension in favor of more vivid color. Less than a year later, the Quattron 3D models are out, and now you can have the best of both worlds. Don’t sweat the eye-popping price tag, more retailers already carry the brand new TV significantly below MSRP, and you’ll realize what a boon that fourth yellow pixel is the second you scope out a field of sunflowers that literally pop out of the TV.
Read the full Sharp LC-46LE820UN review.