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1080p LCD TV Shootout: The Winner

by Vincent Teoh
8 March 2007

Final Score

category
Sony 40W2000
Sharp 42XD1E
Samsung 40F71

pq Contrast Ratio
3
2
1
Black & Shadow Detail
2
3
1
Colour
3
2
1
Detail & Sharpness
3
1
2
Motion Handling
2
2
2
Viewing Angle
2.5
1
2.5
Video Processing
3
1
2
Backlight Uniformity
1
2
3
Total Points
19.5
14
14.5

audio Audio
3
2
1
Background Noise
2
1
3
Total Points
5
3
4

design Styling
1
2.5
2.5
Screen Size
1.5
3
1.5
Connectivity
2
1
3
Total Points
4.5
6.5
7

operation Remote Control
1
2
3
On-Screen Menu
3
1
2
EPG
2
3
1
Total Points
6
6
6

Grand Total
35
29.5
31.5

Sony's decision to pull out from the plasma market (due in no small part to dwindling sales) to concentrate fully on LCD TV production might have raised a few eyebrows back in August 2006, but the end result is here for all to see. By delivering best-in-class performances in both picture and sound departments, the Sony KDL40W2000 is the undoubted winner of this round's 1080p LCD TV shootout.

Even if price was factored into the final score (LC42XD1E £1100 = 3 points; LE40F71BX £1200 = 2 points; KDL40W2000 £1400 = 1 point), the Sony would still have been crowned champion. Sure, 'clouding' remains a significant problem, but if you're hell-bent on getting a sub-£1500 LCD TV that does the most right with decent futureproofing, you'll find a way to get your hands on a set with minimal clouds.

The Sharp LC42XD1E ran the Sony close in terms of picture quality, but was sadly let down by digital noise, poor viewing angle and buzzing/humming. As for the LE40F71BX, we just wished that Samsung had given us the option of turning DNIe off as it "destroyed natural images entirely"; otherwise its connectivity was first-rate making it the most HTPC-and- game-console-friendly LCD TV.

Please bear in mind that the result of this shootout – especially when it comes to picture quality – reflects our videophile philosophy in pursuing the D65 standard so that we can watch movies in accordance with the directors' vision. By seeing all three 1080p LCD TVs in their post-calibration state at their fullest potential, we were able to rank all three in as objective a fashion as possible... but ultimately you should make your own buying decision based on your budget and interpretation of our rankings (i.e. what factors are important to you). Good luck.

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