LCD Lovelies (Real Groove September 2009)

Tele-shopo-phobia.

It’s that feeling of extreme anxiety you get when you start the process of shopping for a flat screen TV. The options can appear overwhelming. Let us ease your fear with a quick guide to LCD televisions. We’ve chosen a selection of TV’s from the various price ranges so you can see what features your dollars might bring you.

Under $1000

Teac AXIA 22″ LCD TV (Model LCD2230)

These 22″ sets are often advertised as great for smaller rooms like the bedroom. This Teac set is HD Ready, not full HD but it includes useful features such as Nicam stereo and Teletext. RRP: $849.99

Under $2000

LG 42″ HD LCD TV (Model 42LH20D)

Sticking with HD Ready (you may want to Google “HD Ready versus Full HD”), this LG TV sports a large screen size and an inbuilt Freeview HD tuner. It has a wide (170 degree) viewing angle and gives you two 2 HDMI inputs, allowing easy viewing of more than one high definition source. RRP: $1,999.00

Under $3000

Panasonic Viera S-Series 37″ LCD TV (Model TH-L37S10Z) As we step up in price we move into the full High Definition league. This is where you get the best picture from HD sources like Blu-ray players or the Playstation 3. This Viera has an inbuilt Freeview receiver and three HDMI inputs. It even has a slot for SD cards so you can view your digital photos on screen. RRP: $2,299

Under $4000

Sony 40 INCH WE5 BRAVIA (Model KDL40WE5) The Sony WE5 not only delivers excellent HD performance, it also waves the flag for environmentally friendly LCD TV’s. Its backlighting technology uses an estimated 40% less power than other LCD TV’s. Its futuristic Presence Sensor can also detect motion in front of the TV, optionally turning off when you leave the room and turning on again when you re-enter. RRP: $3799.95

Over $5,000

Samsung Series 7, 46″ Full HD E – LED Television (Model UA46B7000) When you spend this much you can expect a fantastic large HD picture, innovative LED edge lighting technology and a range of advanced internet and home networking features. The Samsung Series 7 range has all that, and with a unique slim crystal design, it looks beautiful even when switched off. Stunning. RRP: $6,499.00