2014 – LCD TV Reviews
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Purchasing an LCD TV can be a tremendous financial outlay, so make sure you use our customer satisfaction ratings first to compare some of the best brands available.
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Canstar Blue research finalised in October 2014, published in October 2014.
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LG secures back to back TV awards
In our latest survey of TV owners across the country, we found that those who purchased an LCD TV from LG were most satisfied overall. For the second year in a row, this brand has taken out a Canstar Blue award for televisions.
LG was rated alongside both Sony and Samsung in this survey. While each brand certainly has its strengths, LG was the only brand rated 5 stars in Overall Customer Satisfaction for its LCD TVs, winning the Canstar Blue award in 2014.
You should check out the entire results in the table above. If you have a few questions about whether or not an LCD TV is right for you, we’ve endeavoured to answer them here. If we missed something important, feel free to leave a comment at the end of the article.
What’s the difference between LCD and plasma TVs?
LCDs are ‘liquid crystal displays’ backlight by a light source, while plasma TVs utilise gas cells to light up individual pixels.
…Okay, but that doesn’t really answer my question.
We know, we just wanted to sound smart. What you really want to know is how the difference affects your viewing experience. Well, both plasma and LCD TVs can be great – but some have advantages over the other.
- Plasmas display truer colour contrast. So, if you’re watching Nightmare Before Christmas, the black tones will be truer, and the movie will ultimately be that much more terrifying/awesome because of it. This isn’t to say LCD models cannot display contrast properly, but rather their capacity to do so isn’t quite on par with plasma TVs (although LED models are closer). It’s also worth mentioning LCD TVs are easier to watch than plasmas In very bright rooms.
- LCD TVs (typically) draw less power than plasma TVs. Why? Plasma models need to light each cell to operate, while an LCD TV only needs to charge the backlight. While LED TVs do require hundreds of diodes to be lit, they require less power to charge. Plasma TV manufacturers are developing ways to make their newer models more energy efficient. Will this be at parity with LCD models? Doubtful, but the difference may be negligible in the long run depending on how often you use your TV.
- Displaying smooth, fluid motion on TV is important. If you’re buying an LCD TV, you’ll find that a model with a higher screen refresh rate (measured in Hz) will be better suited for sports and action-geared content. Comparatively, plasmas are inherently good at displaying motion.
- Price-wise, both types of TVs are fairly competitive. You can find a reasonably priced LCD or plasma model – no matter what the size – especially if you shop at the right time of the year (e.g. Boxing Day sales, End of Financial Year Clearance sales). You should consider researching models and price online beforehand, and then heading into stores to talk to an expert.
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 LCD 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.