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This is from March 12 issue of ConsumerReports Magazine. Toshiba have a strong showing in this year's rating, and low end Dynex didn't do too bad either. However Westinghouse faltered.

LCDs are ranked by picture quality in HD and SD mode from EXCELLENT (4 stars), VERY GOOD (3 stars), Good (2 star) to FAIR (1 star) rating.

------------60 inch and larger------------

Very Good rating:
Sharp LC-70LE733U
Westinghouse VR-6025Z

----------52 to 55 inch---------

Excellent rating:
Vizio XVT553SV

Very Good rating:
LG 55LK520
Vizio E551VA
Sanyo DP55441
Insignia NS-55L780A12
Toshiba 55G310U
Philips 55PFL4706
Philips 55PFL5706
Dynex DX-55L150A11

------------46 to 47 INCH-----------

Excellent Rating:
Samsung UN46D6000
Sony KDL-46EX620
Sony KDL-46EX523
Toshiba 46G310U

Very Good rating:
LG 47LV5500
Samsung UN46D6300
Bose VideoWave Entertainment System
Sanyo DP46841
Dynex DX-46L261A12
Philips 46PFL5706

Good rating:
RCA 46LA55R120Q
RCA 46LA45RQ

----------40 to 42 INCH----------

Excellent rating:
Samsung LN40D630
LG 42LV3700
Vizio M420SV
Samsung LN40D550
Sony KDL-40BX420
Toshiba 40SL412U
Toshiba 40E210U

Very Good rating:
Panasonic TC-42D30
LG 42LK520
JVC JLC42BC3000
Panasonic TC-L42U30
Samsung UN40D5500
Sanyo DP42841
Insignia NS-42E859A11
RCA 42LA45RQ
Toshiba 42SL417U
Westinghouse LD-4070Z
ViewSonic VT4210LED

Good Rating:
Philips 40PFL4706
Magnavox 40MF01b/F7

---------37 INCH------------

Excellent Rating:
Vizio XVT373SV

Very Good Rating:
Panasonic TC-L37E3
JVC JLC37BC3000
Vizio E370VP
LG 37LV3500

Good Rating:
Westinghouse VR-3730

-----------32 Inch------------

Ecellent Rating:
LG 32LK450
Samsung LN32D550
Vizio M320NV
Toshiba 32C11OU

Very Good Rating:
Sony KDL-32BX320
Panasonic TC-L32U3
Sanyo DP32671
Vizio E321MV
ViewSonic VT3205LED
RCA 32LA30RQD
Toshiba 32L415U
Insignia NS-32E740A12

Good Rating:
Philips 32PFL4505D
Westinghouse LD-3235
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No offense, but does anyone really put any stock into what Consumer Reports thinks of tv's (or speakers, or receivers or any other HT related gear)? I suppose if you're checking to see if the models are reliable, but aren't all of those 2011 models that are already being replaced?

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I would agree. CR is a good place to start to get an idea of what to look at but I certainly wouldn't use them as a deciding factor in my purchase. User reports from sites such as here give one a better feel for how a particular set is going to perform "in the field" (home use) as opposed to a sterile lab setting. Besides, Vizio with an Excellent rating? Really?
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Consumer reports are only good for reliability ratings. Their Electronics and Car/Truck ratings are useless and usually incorrect. Go to the products Forums and you'll see the truth whether bad or good.
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User reports from sites such as here give one a better feel for how a particular set is going to perform "in the field" (home use) as opposed to a sterile lab setting.

That certainly is true, but not everybody come here to find out how a Tv performs. Majority of TV buyers do like CR does: Unpack TV, set it up for best picture. And then evalue it visually. And at same time give perspective as how does it perform compare with its peers.

Also note that CR TV rankings are different than what is stated here
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That's curious: several posters have mentioned that the samsung ln630 has far better PQ than the samsung ln550. This has been my impression as well, yet they are both rated in the excellent category. Perhaps there are gradations of "excellent?"
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One factor in that could be the panel lottery. From what I understand, both of those can use either an MVA panel or a PVA panel.

This review site managed to get a hold of both an MVA and PVA panel version of the same model of a different Samsung and they seemed to think there was a measurable difference.

As for the Consumer Reports tv ratings in general, I don't know. With their online review access, I think their detailed test results are decent enough when you click on individual models. If you're just scanning down the general list of ratings, then that is more limited in the info it provides. Perhaps that's all there is in the actual magazines . . . it's been years since I've looked at one.
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Bose VideoWave?
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CR is good for your average person. Other than that it is useless imo. No one who knows electronics would ever use CR. No reason to.
CR has Insignas, Dynex and Vizio models rated way high. Ive seen those models, they dont look great to me. PQ should be one of the most if not the most important factor not whether it has alot of connections or not. Second should be the price which I think can play a big factor for most maganize companies. We all want to get a good tv for a good price but I dont think CR goes deep enough into the process. IMO they just look at size, price and do a lil testing but thats no where near enough.

People sometimes dont realize all things look good on paper but once you see it in the real world, might not be what you expected. My best advise is do a lil research on what size and price range you like. When you find a model you like, buy it. If for some reason you decide its not the one once you get it home, simply return it. Most stores have a 30-90 return policy. Restocking fees can apply if model is not defective so becareful with that.
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That's curious: several posters have mentioned that the samsung ln630 has far better PQ than the samsung ln550. This has been my impression as well, yet they are both rated in the excellent category. Perhaps there are gradations of "excellent?"

They both seem to have excellent PQ, although ln630 is ranked higher than ln550 due to having better remote. If ln630 have far better PQ, I'm sure they would have dropped LN550 to VeryGood PQ catagory.

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CR has Insignas, Dynex and Vizio models rated way high. Ive seen those models, they dont look great to me.

Unless you take them home and running thru its paces, I don't think you can tell which model is better just by looking at them in the store. There are too many variables.
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I could careless about running anything through its paces. I dont get into all that bs. All i care about is what it looks like. If I get extra features, cool but if not, not a big deal for me.
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Vizio at excellent and Dynex at very good? OK... LOL! Every time I've been in a Best Buy, I can usually spot which LCD on the wall is a Dynex. It's usually distinguishable by it's terrible black level and colors, as well as horrible off angle viewing... very good.

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