Not everybody wants a 3D TV. In fact, some people simply don’t want to buy a TV that’s 3D-ready. So at the suggestion of a few readers, here’s a list of the best-performing TVs I’ve reviewed that can’t handle 3D sources.
Before we go any further, a couple of caveats:
None of these sets is “new”; 2011 models just started shipping, and we haven’t reviewed any yet. On the other hand, you can get great deals now on 2010 TVs, and we don’t expect any major picture quality improvements this year among 2D-only TVs.
Many 3D-compatible 2010 models deliver better picture quality (in fact only one TV below, the LK PK950 series, made our Best 5 TVs list). That’s the nature of the beast: TV makers build 3D into their higher-end TVs, and higher-end TVs usually have better picture quality.
Also, if you are considering waiting for a “2D-only” 2011 TV, it’ll probably be a worse performer than 2010 versions below (for example, no 2D-only full-array local-dimming LEDs will ship in 2011). With the addition of 3D to even lower price/features points in manufacturers’ lineups, non-3D TVs electronic gadgets will be pushed down further toward the entry-level.
That’s not a big deal if you just want a lower-end TV, but if you’re willing to pay a bit more for a better 2D picture in 2011, it’s likely you’ll be getting 3D, too–along with the video streaming, a nonmatte screen, etc. For better or for worse, TV makers don’t put their best picture quality into stripped-down tech gadgets.
So without further ado, here are the six best-performing 2D-only electronic gadgets reviewed last year, in order of overall picture quality from left to right. If you’re boycotting 3D and want a premium picture, you won’t do much better. Right? What do you want to have? 2D TVs or 3D TVs?
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