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Rated by our independent expert viewing panel when watching standard definition material (DVD and broadcast TV) via both RGB (Scart) and RF (aerial) inputs.
Overall picture quality
An overall picture quality rating by our independent expert viewing panel across all the video clips they use for testing TVs.
Rated by our independent expert viewing panel when watching 1080i (satellite) and 1080p (Blu-ray) HDTV pictures via the HDMI input.
A rating of the picture quality of a TV when it is viewed on an angle.
Rated by our independent listening panel's verdict. Older TV ratings (2008 launches) are based on a combination of our panel score and technical tests and may appear slightly higher.
Internet TV picture quality
A rating of the performance of catch up TV services, such as BBC iPlayer.
Overall ease of use
Overall rating for ease of setting up the TV, everyday ease of use, using the instruction manual and EPG, operation without the remote control and accessing the more complex functions.
Based on the TV's power consumption while switched on across a range of settings (including an 'Eco mode' where available), as well as in standby and switched off.
Overall rating for number, functionality and versatility of features.
LED TVs are actually LCD TVs but with one crucial difference - the screen is illuminated by hundreds of tiny LED lights rather than a handful of traditional lamps. This allows them to be slimmer and display brighter, sharper pictures than LCD TVs. Plasma TVs use different technology to LCD and LED, and they can display more detail in the black areas on screen. However, they're also hungrier on the power.
The type of digital tuner(s) that the TV has, plus whether they're standard-definition or high-definition. Some TVs have both Freeview HD and Freesat HD tuners, giving plenty of options for watching content without a subscription.
The TV is capable of displaying 3D TV from Sky, as well as 3D Blu-ray movies.
This is the size of the screen in inches, measured diagonally across.
Allows you to access a selection of internet 'apps' and web content, such as catch-up TV and movie download services like BBC iPlayer and Netflix. Some smart TVs allow full web browsing.
Headphone volume control
The most versatile headphone outputs allow you to control headphone volume independently from the main speakers, but listen to both. Useful if you're hard of hearing.
This means the TV can decode an audio description signal. AD is an additional narration for visually-impaired people that describes significant visual information, such as body language and scenery.
If you have problems distinguishing human voices from background noise (such as music) on your TV, voice-enhancement software could help. Many brands have developed software to boost or emphasis the human voice.
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