LCD (liquid crystal diode) televisions gained popularity in the early 2000s as an offshoot of the computer monitor industry. LCD technology allowed us to abandon big, boxy, heavy televisions with poor resolution in favor of the lightweight LCD TVs that lent themselves nicely to having pictures with much higher resolution and sharper colors.
LCDs use thousands of compact fluorescent tubes to illuminate the picture, using less energy and running cooler. LCD technology also permits much larger screens and viewing areas.
As with any technology product, as demand has increased, prices have come down and you can regularly find large screen sets on sale for as much as 30-40% off their original market price.
Examples of this can be found in the category of 60 inch (diagonal) picture sets from some of the world’s largest manufacturers.
Best 60-Inch LCD TV for the Money
Sony’s Bravia KDL-60EX500 is a 60″ LCD TV, ideally suited for HD broadcasts with its 1080p picture, meaning it has a true 1920 pixel wide and 1080 pixel high picture.
Sony’s exclusive Ambient Room Sensor detects the amount of available light in the viewing room, and decreases or increases the color and brightness of the set to maximize the viewing experience. Eleven inputs, HDMI, composite, optical, component and USB assure your set can receive video signals from nearly every kind of source or device.
Sony’s Motionflow 120khz technology refers to the speed of the refresh rate between changing images, providing for not only a smooth viewing experience, but also an ideal appliance for game players. The included remote control not only runs your TV, but is capable of controlling adjunct Sony devices. 5.1 Dolby Digital audio gives you a “theater like” experience. An included stand gives you the option of using the set as a table top or wall mounted set.
Best LED 3D Big Screen TV
From Sharp, check out the Aquos LC60LE 60″ 3D set, an LCD set which incorporates newer LED technology, which provides a back lit picture. With 20 percent more viewing area than 55″ TVs, the Aquos incorporates “Active 3D,” for twice the resolution of passive 3D sets.
The set includes built-in WiFi and the SmartCentral interface, allowing for access to streaming video platforms as well as the web. One major difference with Sharp’s browser is support of both HTML5 and flash apps, so your web experience is complete. The set’s built-in software updates itself over the internet as needed.
The 60 pound set is sleek enough to be mounted nearly everywhere, or you can use it with the included stand. Exterior dimensions are 55″ X 33″ X 2.9″ without the stand.
Digital surround-sound audio is handled by a 10w + 10w + 15w subwoofer system, and audio outlets are included if you desire to hook up the set to an external system. 3D technology is active, but works with both passive and active glasses (optional). Eleven inputs allow you to hook up video from any live source (cable, DSL, satellite, exterior antenna) with devices (Blu-Ray, DVD, USB, Roku) simultaneously.
Best 65 Inch LCD TV to Buy
Toshiba has opted to provide extra viewing surface in its 60″ class, actually providing nearly a 65″ diagonal picture, with their Toshiba 65HT2U LCD TV. Maximum resolution is comparable to other sets in the segment with 1920 X 1080 pixels for a true HD experience.
Viewers will enjoy a theater like experience with Toshiba’s incorporated technologies, like ClearFrame Antiblur, and selectable modes designed to give you the viewing experience you demand, cinema, sports, gaming and more.
The different modes include pre-sets for color, brightness and refresh rate for the maximum viewing experience, whether you’re watching the latest movie or playing your favorite video game.
Eight different inputs give you versatile options in connectivity, from different sources, all of which can be run off the included universal remote. Should you desire to wall-mount the set, it employs the Vesa 400 mm X 400 mm system. Exterior dimensions are 67″ X 34″.
Audyssey Audio Technology steers your listening experience and a 14w output gives you the option of an exterior sound experience, whether you choose to merely hook up speakers or a complete surround system.
A one year limited warranty is standard; included in the box is a stand, remote, batteries, and operation manual.