Best TV overall (that can also do 3D)
Speaking of TVs that are superb and also happen to have the 3D feature, there's our favorite TV of the year, Panasonic's ST50 series. It lacks 3D glasses, and its 3D picture quality is, albeit decent, probably its worst aspect. But the rest of its goodness more than makes up the difference.
- Overall score: 9.2 (4.5 stars)
CNET Editors' Rating
Average User Review
out of 14 user reviews
Starting at: $24.99
The good: The affordable Panasonic TC-PST50 series exhibited outstanding overall picture quality, characterized by exceedingly deep black levels with great shadow detail, accurate colors, and solid bright-room performance. Unlike LCDs, as a plasma it has superb off-angle and uniformity characteristics. The styling is attractive and the feature set well-chosen, including excellent onscreen help options.
The bad: The ST50 uses more power than competing LCD TVs, and doesn't perform as well in bright rooms as those with matte screens. It doesn't come with 3D glasses, and it showed more crosstalk in 3D than some competing TVs. The ST50 is only available in 50-inch and larger sizes. Three HDMI inputs is one fewer than most midrange TVs offer.
The bottom line: With flagship-level picture quality for a midlevel price, the Panasonic ST50 series sets the value standard among videophile-grade TVs.
October 31, 2012 10:28 PM PDT
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| Caption by: Ty Pendlebury, David Katzmaier
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