Wondering how the new 2013 TVs are going to shape up? We recently evaluated 17 new models and found that while the majority of the models were commendable sets capable of delivering satisfying high-definition picture quality, there were also a few clear winners and losers.
Many of the TVs released early this year were from secondary brands, including Coby, Hitachi, Insignia, RCA, and Sanyo. But we also had new models from bigger brands, including Panasonic, Samsung, and Sony, and sets from JVC, Philips, and Vizio. It was no surprise that many of the best-performing TVs we tested were from those better-known brands.
Heading our list of winners are two models from the new Panasonic S60 plasma series. These plasma sets deliver excellent high-definition picture quality and earned the highest overall scores of any newly tested models. They also have a decent number of features, including built-in Wi-Fi and access to several popular streaming-video services.
Two LCD TVs closely followed the Panasonic plasma sets: a 55-inch JVC and a 42-inch Panasonic. The JVC has very good high-definition picture quality and a lot of features, including 3D capability, built-in Wi-Fi, and access to the Netflix and Vudu streaming services. Panasonic’s LCD TV—a step-up model with more features than the S60 plasmas—offers excellent picture quality and better sound than the 2012 model it replaced. Other higher-scoring sets include a full-featured 42-inch LCD TV from Vizio, and a more basic 40-inch LCD TV from Sony.