The Weekly TV Roundup: July 19

Another action-packed week for TVs big and small!

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What an exciting week it's been! Along with the usual parade of TV reviews, we looked at Samsung's Evolution Kit and revealed which 2013 flagship TV was the ruler of them all. If $3,000 is out of your price range, we put together a deals roundup that'll complete your home theater on the cheap.


The LG 50LA6200 Review

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Here's a TV that just misses the mark. The LA6200 has middling picture quality: great viewing angle and strong color performance versus poor black levels. LG insults its own smart platform by choosing not to include its Magic Remote, making navigation a herculean task. "Do yourself a favor and take a look at the Google-powered TVs from LG this year instead."


The Panasonic Viera TC-P50X60 Review

Shame on you, TC-P50X60, for spoiling Panasonic's run of excellent displays. This 720p plasma TV has poor color, poor contrast, and imbalanced dynamics. With an MSRP of $549.99, you're better off waiting for a summer sale. "It has very little to redeem it; neither appearance, nor performance, nor software are commendable in any way."


2013 Flagship TV Shootout

If you want the best of the best, look no further than our flagship roundup. With heavy-hitters from Samsung, Sony, and Panasonic, there's bound to be sparks flying. We scientifically determine which TV has the best performance in terms of contrast, color accuracy, and smart features. The video above is a great summary, but if you want the nitty-gritty check out the full article.


Changing How We Rate TVs

We want to give our readers the most accurate representation of a television's overall quality, which is why you may notice a few of our TV scores changing values. That's because we're updating our scoring criteria to better reflect the advances and trends in modern TVs. For the exact details, check out the article in full.


Samsung's Evolution Kit: Novelty or Necessity?

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The Evolution Kit enables owners of select Samsung smart TVs from 2012 to upgrade to Samsung's 2013 smart hub, for a big price. The $299.99 price tag also includes a quad-core processor and the Smart Touch Remote. This is another case of "not enough bang, too much buck". "At its core, this is just an external smart TV device like an Apple TV or Roku box with the added benefit of smoother navigation."


This Week's Deals: Build Yourself a Home Theater System

TV Tech, Assemble! We all know home theaters are more than big TVs and a new Blu-ray player. That's why we've found great deals on sound systems, TiVos, TV stands, and digital projectors. If you're starting from square one, we also have deals on select LG smart TVs. These deals are the perfect starting point for your home theater, or perhaps they can fill in the missing hole in your den.

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