The Top 5 3DTVs

The five best 3DTVs, decided by the staff of 3DTV Buying Guide

Panasonic Viera TC-P50VT25

Panasonic

Below are the best 3D TVs as recommended by our editors at CEAG. We have reviewed the picture quality, features offerings, and value to price comparison and come up with this list. This list does not take into account best sellers in the marketplace but instead is made up of our top-reviewed models, taking as many variable qualities into account as possible. We even consider how well the accompanying 3D glasses work, how much they cost, and whether they come with the TV. This list changes frequently, so check back regularly!

Panasonic's new flagship line of Viera Plasmas is the VT25 series. These new full HD 3D plasmas feature the new 1080p Infinite Black Pro panel with a stated 5,000,000:1 native contrast ratio. The VT25 series meet the THX certification and include THX Movie Mode which sets the TV up for optimum movie viewing right out of the box. The VT25's Full HD 3D sends a full 1080p image to each eye for the complete HD 3D experience. One pair of 3D eyewear is included with each plasma.

We were more impressed with the Panasonic plasma HD 3D experience than almost any other at CES 2010. Upon first view we noticed that the 3D presentation is smoother and does not wear on the eye as much as some of the LCD 3D models. During a lengthy discussion with Panasonic technology experts at the show, we learned that this is partly due to the 600hz sub field drive allowing for full 1080p-resolution to each eye. This differs greatly with even a 240Hz frame rate LCD which will allow for a max of around 800 lines of reslution in 3D. It showed.

Samsung's 7000 series LED TVs for 2010 feature a new contemporary design thanks to the LED edge lighting. In fact, the depth of the unit looked to us to be around the same 1.2 inches in depth from the 2009 model. The big difference that we noticed at CES 2010 in aesthetics was the much smaller bezel/frame which was only about 1 inch on top and sides of the TV screen. On the 7000 series LED TV line the Touch of Color is called "Mystic Earth".

Samsung's proprietary 3D enabled system allows compatibility with multiple 3D formats to provide access to 3D content from many sources. As we note often, the TV will obviously perform regular two dimensional duties, but is enabled for 3D should you introduce some 3D content. We viewed DirecTV 3D enabled content on this series, and noticed some eye straining when the picture changed scenes or programming. We believe this was due more to the content than the TV.

Samsung's new line up of plasmas was on display at CES 2010 and the C8000 series is the top of the line. The 1080p panel uses Samsung's Real Black Filter for a rich image. The C8000 series is 3D ready and features a slim design with a brushed titanium Touch of Color for a stylish, modern look.

Samsung's proprietary 3D enabled system allows compatibility with multiple 3D formats to provide access to 3D content from many sources. As we note often, the TV will obviously perform regular two dimensional duties, but is enabled for 3D should you introduce some 3D content.

Samsung isn't only producing LED backlit LCDs for 2010; the C750 line of CFL backlit LCDs contains many of the features of the more expensive LED TVs at a more affordable price. The C750 uses Samsung's 1080p, 240Hz "Ultra Clear" panel. While we found the motion blur reduction of the AutoMotion Plus 240Hz and 120Hz impressive during sports programming, we didn't like the effect it had on picture depth in film programming.

Like the entire LED line up, Samsung's proprietary 3D enabled system allows compatibility with multiple 3D formats to provide access to 3D content from many sources.

Panasonic's new flagship line of Viera Plasmas is the VT25 series. These new full HD 3D plasmas feature the new 1080p Infinite Black Pro panel with a stated 5,000,000:1 native contrast ratio. The VT25 series meet the THX certification and include THX Movie Mode which sets the TV up for optimum movie viewing right out of the box. The VT25's Full HD 3D sends a full 1080p image to each eye for the complete HD 3D experience. One pair of 3D eyewear is included with each plasma.

We were more impressed with the Panasonic plasma HD 3D experience than almost any other at CES 2010. Upon first view we noticed that the 3D presentation is smoother and does not wear on the eye as much as some of the LCD 3D models. During a lengthy discussion with Panasonic technology experts at the show, we learned that this is partly due to the 600hz sub field drive allowing for full 1080p-resolution to each eye. This differs greatly with even a 240Hz frame rate LCD which will allow for a max of around 800 lines of reslution in 3D. It showed.

This article was cross-posted from the 3D TV Buying Guide.