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This is from March 2013 issue of CR magazine. TVs are mainly ranked base on picture quality from 4 star (Excellent picture quality), 3 star (Very Good picture quality) and 2 star (Good picture quality).


*Note that in the CR magazine and web site, TVs are ranked based on overall score which differ from this list.




60 inch and larger



Excellent rating:


Vizio E601i-A3 $980

Very Good rating:


Sharp LC-60LE745U $1600

Samsung UN60ES6100 $1800

Sharp LC-60LE847U $1900

Sharp LC-60LE845U $2000

Sharp LC-70LE640U $2300

Toshiba 65HT2U $1300




55 to 59 inch



Excellent rating:


Panasonic TC-L55WT50 $2300

LG 55LM9600 $2800

LG 55LM6400 $1200

Sony XBR-55HX950 $3000

LG 55M6200

Sony KDL-55HX850 $2000

Vizio XVT3D580CM $1330

Samsung UN55EH6000 $1300

Sony KDL-55EX640 $1300

Very Good rating:


Samsung UN55ES8000 $2500

Samsung UN55ES6500 $1600

LG 55LM6700 $1500

Panasonic TC-L55ET5 $1400

Vizio E552VLE $830

LG 55G2 $1500

Toshiba 55L7200U $1400

Insignia NS-55L26)A13 $750

TCL LE55FHDF3300Z $800

Philips 55PFL3907

Philips 55PFL4706 $1100




46 to 51 inch



Excellent rating:


LG 47LM8600 $1600

LG 47LM7600 $1200

Samsung UN46ES6500 $1100

Panasonic TC-L47ET5 $1100

Sony KDL-46HX750 $1100

Samsung UN46EH5300 $800

Samsung UN46EH5000 $680

Sanyo DP46861 $530

Magnavox 50MF412B $690

Very Good rating:


LG 47LM6200 $900

Samsung 46ES6600 $1200

Panasonic TC-L47DT50 $1200

LG47LS5700 $850

Vizio M470SL $700

LG 47CM565 $600

Toshiba 47L6200U $1200

Panasonic TC-L47E5 $650

Insignia NS-46-46E480A13 $600

Insignia NS-50L240A13 $600

Toshiba 50L2200U $800

Sanyo DP46142 $550

Sanyo FVM5082 $530

Westinghouse EW46T4LZ $550

Good rating:


Hisense 46K316DW $500

Element ELDFT465J $500

Coby LEDTV5028 $600




40 to 43 inch



Excellent rating:


UN40ES6580 $1000

Samsung UN40EH6000 $650

LG 42CS570 $550

Sony KDL-40EX640 $800

Sony KDL-42EX440 $580

Sony KDL-40BX450 $500

Very Good rating:


LG42LM6200 $800

Vizio M420SL $550

LG 42LM5800 $680

Panasonic TC-L42E50 $650

LG 42LS3400 $550

Vizio E422VLE $500

Sanyo DP42851$480

TCL L40FHDP60 $330

JVC JLC42B3002 $370

Toshiba 40E220U $420

Insignia NS-42E470A13 $400

Sanyo DP42841 $400

Philips 40PFL4907 $550

Dynex DX-40L261A12 $320

Sceptre X405BV-FHD3 $290

TCL LE43FHDF3300 $400

Toshiba 40L5200U $600




37 to 39 inch



Excellent rating:


Magnavox 39MF412B $330

Very Good rating:


JVC LJC37BC3002 $290

Westinghouse EW39T6MZ $400

LG 37CS560 $400

TCL LE39FHD3300 $380

Westinghouse CW39T8RW $300

Sanyo FVM3982 $330

Good rating:


Westinghouse VR-3730 $330

Haier LE39F2280 $400

Coby TFTV3925 $280




32 inch



Excellent rating:


Samsung UN32ES6500 $700

Samsung UN32EH5000 $450

Vizio E20i-A0 $300

Sony KDL-32EX340 $350

LG 32CS560 $330

Very Good rating:


Philips 32FL4907 $320

Insignia NS-32L120A13 $200

Magnavox 32ME402V $300

Panasonic TC-L32X5 $350

JVC JCL32BC3002 $230

Vizio E22AR $280

Sony KDL 32BX330 $330

Panasonic TC-L32C5 $300

Toshiba 32C120U $250

RCA LED32B30RQ $240

Dynex DX-32L100A13 $230

Sanyo DP32242 $290

Sanyo DP322642 $250

TCL L32HDP60 $230

RCA 32LB45RQ $230

Good rating:


Sceptre X322BV-HD $200

TCL LE32HDE5300 $240

Westinghouse EW32S3PW $200

Haier LE32F2220 $300

Coby LEDTV3226 $270
 

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Did they provide a list of all the TV's tested? Models that don't appear on the lists above may have not been tested.
 

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I'd have to say they are ranked by price also..a best buy sort of thing
 

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Originally Posted by esoxlee  /t/1461857/consumerreports-lcd-ratings#post_23045998


Did they provide a list of all the TV's tested? Models that don't appear on the lists above may have not been tested.

CR also tested Plasma TVs mixed in with the LCD, but I omitted them for this list. Overall, they tested 137 LCD and Plasmas in March issue.
 

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This listing to me, is irrelevant.
 

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^^^+1^^^ to that. No way they test sets with the correct settings
 

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Originally Posted by Browninggold  /t/1461857/consumerreports-lcd-ratings#post_23051080


No way they test sets with the correct settings

CR probably setup a TV like most consumers do which is unpack the TV and using user menu to get picture settings as good as it get. I don't think they professionally calibrate each TV since most consumers don't when buying a new TV.


One time they showed a picture of their TV lab where TVs are tested, and they had several TVs in a semi circle so each TV is same distance from the eyes of judging panel. And each TV was evaluated against a reference monitor.
 

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Consumer Reports and 7 On Your Side test TVs

http://abclocal.go.com/kgo/video?id=8955198&pid=8955195


Snipped from http://displaydaily.com/2009/03/11/how-does-consumer-reports-test-hdtvs/


How Does Consumer Reports Test HDTVs?

CR takes the attitude that they will make adjustments that ordinary consumers can make to the TV, and they will measure and rate the most common items that consumers care about. This seems perfectly appropriate, although it does put them a bit behind the curve in terms of evaluating new features and capabilities.


The basic set up and measurement process consists of first setting the white point to D65 at IRE level 40. Then, using a series of low IRE black squares, the brightness level is set to just see separation in the darkest black levels. Then, the contrast is adjusted to allow the brightest white gray shades to just be discerned. Note, that the "brightness" and "contrast" adjustment terms are used here as these are hold-overs from the CRT era. Getting better terms for these adjustments is way overdue.


The sharpness of the TV is adjusted using a sine wave burst pattern to avoid dark bands in the burst patterns. Color bar patterns are then used to adjust the saturation and hue. Only the user accessible menu controls are used in this phase.
 

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I don't put alot of weight into CR because I made a purchase solely based off of their advice and what I experienced was very contrary to their recommendation. What I learned is to put more weight into industry specific publications reviews rather than a general consumer product review publication.
 

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Originally Posted by mike1127  /t/1461857/consumerreports-lcd-ratings#post_23312330


I don't put alot of weight into CR because I made a purchase solely based off of their advice and what I experienced was very contrary to their recommendation. What I learned is to put more weight into industry specific publications reviews rather than a general consumer product review publication.

You might try moving away from anyone who is paid to shill for manufacturers, as are most industry specific publications. You'll get usually better information in this forum for example (altho you have to filter for the anal).
 
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