Recent lab-based Which? TV testing has suggested that slim TVs often offer inferior sound quality to their larger rivals.
It would seem that in an attempt to fulfill the consumer demand for waif-like sets, the quality of the speakers is being compromised, and while the use of a decent surround sound home cinema kit will usually rectify this issue, most consumers still rely upon their TV’s integrated speakers.
Best Buy TVs
The latest batch of TVs on test at the Which? lab yielded three Best Buys from the eight models on test – yet some TVs fell short of a Best Buy after producing poor-quality audio, but which otherwise scored impressively in picture quality and usability tests.
Michael Briggs, Which? TV expert, said: ‘Chronic distortion caused by a vibrating back panel means that we can’t recommend this model. We bought a second set to make sure the problem wasn’t just a one-off faulty sample, and while the problem wasn’t as bad this time, it was still evident and still serious.’
Slimmer panels mean worse sound quality
Michael Briggs believes that the sound quality on this example is indicative of many other slimline TVs. ‘In general,’ said Briggs, ‘the slimmer the panels get, the worse the speakers and sound become.’
Internet on TV
Michael Briggs said: ‘While we’ve seen internet-capable TVs from Panasonic, Sony and Samsung, and the internet capabilities of the Philips model on test are the best we’ve seen. It has six pre-loaded internet applications (widgets) and also offers a full internet browser.’
Michael Briggs said: ‘Both Samsung models on the test continue to push the energy efficiency envelope and deliver some exceptional standard definition Freeview picture quality.’
Plasma, LCD and LED TV reviews
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