Which? tests reveal Best 3D TV Which? lab tests reveal the best and worst 3D TVs

27 August 2010

3D TVs work as regular 2D TVs but have an additional 3D feature. We expect even the biggest 3D TV fans to watch more regular 2D content than 3D, so while we've tested the 3D performance of these models, we still think you should focus on the 2D results when making your purchasing decision.

Panasonic Viera TX-P50VT20

Panasonic's flagship 3D TV - the Viera TX-P50VT20

Panasonic 3D TV wins out

Panasonic came top in our 3D test, purely for its 3D picture - just nosing ahead of the LG LD920 and Sony HX803. Its 3D effect is stunning, though it’s not as effective in a well-lit room and the 3D glasses are hardly what you’d call comfortable.

Find out more about our 3D TV testing in our 3D TV reviews

LG 3D TV wins on experience

Picture quality aside, the LG LD920 is our choice for best overall 3D experience. It doesn’t have the same wow factor as the Panasonic, but the easy-to-wear passive 3D glasses and naturally soft picture make the whole experience seem less like hard work.

Take into account the lower cost of the glasses (a pound a pair compared with around £100 for active shutter types) and LG’s passive 3D TV looks like an appealing proposition.

The LD920 is made for ‘pub viewing’, according to LG, and is not available for consumers to buy. However the model is very similar to the LG LD950, from which we expect very similar results when we come round to fully lab-testing.

3D TVs head to head

3D TVs on test
3DTV ModelPriceScreen-size3DTV picture3D glassesextra glasses
Panasonic Viera TX-P50VT20£230050 inchesgoodpoor£100
LG 47LD920£200047 inchesgoodgood£1
Sony Bravia KDL40HX803£180040 inchesgoodsatisfactory£100
Samsung UE55C8000£300055 inchessatisfactorygood£60
Samsung UE40C7000£180040 inchessatisfactorygood£60
LG Infinia 55LX9500£350055 inchespoorsatisfactory£100

For full 2D test results of the Panasonic and Samsung TVs visit the Which? LCD, plasma and LED TV review pages. Full Sony and LG reviews due online soon.

Links to more TV reports

Best 3D TV

3D TV essential guide

Buying a new TV

LCD and plasma TV reviews

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