Ever wished your TV's speakers could be heard but not seen? Well your wish comes true with this nicely-priced LCD set from LG, the 42LG5000, featuring an invisible speaker system that integrates the drivers into the bezel rather than tacking them on the sides
Simply put, we've never seen a ﬂat screen that handles motion as ably as this 47-incher. Thanks to clever use of advanced processing technology, eliminating LCD's traditional judder and motion, this TV is so smooth that you'd expect it to order a vodka Martini and steal your girlfriend from right under your nose.
Bearing a gloss black bezel sunk with a blood red hue, Samsung's latest 46in LCD TV emits an unusual aura when set-up – and a not particularly striking one. But while this 'crystal design' is hardly revolutionary, the LE46A656A1F does start a riot of colour where it really counts.
Philips' Ambilight-gone-wild Aurea HDTV may be getting the lion's share of attention right now, but it's worth sparing a thought for the other models in the company's range, like the 52PFL9632D – a largely wonderful 52-incher, that actually works out about £1,000 cheaper than the Aurea.
The flatscreen gospel according to Hitachi has always been dominated by one idea: plasma. But the news that the manufacturer has finally abandoned gas technology at the key flatscreen size of 42in is indicative of how the market is going. And on the strength of the Hitachi L42VP01, we're not sure just how much the brand believes in LCD technology.
Plasma TVs with built-in hard disk drives for making recordings are a rare breed. To our mind there are only a few other flatscreens TVs in existence that offer the same capabilities – LG's Freeview Playback LT75 LCD TVs and Loewe's rather expensive Individual Compose 40.
With those colourful Bravia TV advertisements splashed all over the nation's consciousness, we tend to expect great things from Sony's latest bigscreen – the Bravia KDL-46W3000. Unfortunately, we're disappointed – and a little surprised – to discover that this time the manufacturer has painted itself into a corner...
Despite being the only UK brand still making 37in plasma TVs, Panasonic isn't adverse to using LCD technology to make 37in TVs too. Particularly as its latest flagship model, the TX-37LZD800, effortlessly demonstrates the picture prowess that LCD tech is capable of.
As Greavsie said to Saint, "it's a funny old game". Pioneer's epic Kuro range of plasma TVs are arguably the best in the business, but the manufacturer has recently confessed to experiencing sluggish sales, and is switching to LCD. The reason for this change of direction can be concisely summarised – price.