Smart to look at and thoroughly clever to live with, this is by a long way the best of Sony's 2012 sets.
Exceptional picture performance and a strong spec combined with a large 50in panel make the GT50 a brilliant plasma
With seven specs and bags of content, this superb passive 3D TV is worth every penny
The HX753 gives you bags of Smart features, stunning picture and a nice price for a 32in screen
With all the credentials of a flagship TV, this Toshiba telly is a performance powerhouse
A stylish, well-equipped and capable TV at an appealing price, the 42LM660T is a cracking buy
This quality 40in Toshiba set is cheap, well-specified and largely very capable
The Toshiba costs a fortune, but it's uberhigh resolution and specs-free 3D are awesome. TV just changed for good.
Viera Connect is excellent, and Freeview/Freesat HD deliver stunning 3D – if only everything else about this set was as flawless
WHAT TO LOOK FOR
1. LCD or plasma? LCD is edging closer to victory simply because it’s so much cheaper to implement. Plasma-based TVs are pricier but technically superior, though you won’t find Full HD ones under 40 inches.
2. Full HD Screens described as ‘full HD’ support a 1080p signal, the highest resolution video currently commercially available. They also come with an HDMI port, allowing you to pipe full HD content from a Blu-ray player or games console. Aim for HDMI 1.4a, which supports auto switching to 3D modes.
3. 3D There are two types: active shutter and passive (or polarising). Both require glasses; for now, the former offers superior quality.
4. Extras The scrabble for remote controls can be resolved with a classy universal wand, and don’t skimp on cables, especially that analogue ones. A decent HDMI is a necessity at over 2m.