2014 LED TV Reviews
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What are the differences between LED and LCD TVs? And which brands are worth investing in? We answer those questions in this article.
* Overall satisfaction is an individual rating and not a combined total of all ratings. Brands with equal overall satisfaction ratings are listed in alphabetical order.
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Canstar Blue research finalised in October 2014, published in October 2014.
See our Ratings Methodology.
Which LED TV brand tops our awards?
We looked at three big brands in our search for the leading LED TVs manufacturer in the market, asking customers from across the country what they thought of their recent purchase.
Sony was rated 5 stars in Overall Customer Satisfaction, winning the Canstar Blue award for its LED TVs in 2014. Close behind were other rated brands Samsung and LG.
Sony delivered in a number of areas; receiving five stars for overall satisfaction, performance (e.g. picture and sound quality), ease of use, warranty and service, and other functions (e.g. internet access, voice and gesture control, etc.).
Also receiving five stars were:
- Samsung for value for money and other functions, and
- LG for value for money.
The full results are detailed in the above table. If you have some questions or concerns about buying an LED TV, we’ve tried to answer some common queries in the section below.
Isn’t an LED TV just an LCD TV?
It sure is.
So, what’s the difference between the two?
The backlight inside LCD TVs pass light through liquid crystals and a filter to light up the screen. On stock-standard LCD models, this backlight is a single florescent lamp. On LED models, it’s hundreds of light-emitting diodes that are much more dynamic.
…And how do plasma TVs work?
Plasma models use gas-filled cells to light its display. These cells are arranged in groups of three (red, blue, and green) to change the colours of on-screen pixels.
What’s the picture quality like on an LED TV?
It depends on which brand and model you buy – as is true of any TV purchase. When comparing LED and LCD technologies though, LED models display a truer representation of colour (especially black levels), are easier to watch at an angle, and have better contrast.
Do LED TVs cost the same as an LCD model?
Apparently not. According to GoodGearGuide.com.au, “LED televisions generally command a price 20 per cent above that of an LCD television featuring an identical screen size and similar specifications.”
Can I get 3D functionality on an LED TV?
You sure can. 3D functionality can be found on both LCD and plasma models. However, it is likely to cost you a premium.
Frequently asked questions
Canstar Blue commissions Colmar Brunton to regularly survey 2,500 Australian consumers across a range of categories to measure and track customer satisfaction. The outcomes reported are the results from customers within the survey group who have purchased a new LED TV in the last two years – in this case, 319 customers.
Brands must have received at least 30 responses to be included. Results are comparative and it should be noted that brands receiving three stars have still achieved a satisfaction measure of at least six out of 10. The ratings table is first sorted by star ratings and then alphabetically. A rated brand may receive a ‘N/A’ (Not Applicable) rating if it does not receive the minimum number of responses for that criteria.