2010 Top Picks of the Year
To be eligible, all of the winners have made the grade as a Home Theater Top Pick, and the editorial staff and reviewers made the tough choices. So each of these components received a standout review, and our Test Bench measurements supported the nod. Our standards are the most rigorous in the industry, and these winners are truly deserving of applause. And a place in your home theater.—Editor, Shane Buettner
This Panasonic 3D HDTV offers all the strengths of plasma design, including flawless off-axis viewing and the best black level and shadow detail we’ve seen on a plasma set since Pioneer departed the display business. Add in great color and resolution, and you have a real value for the money.
Sony BRAVIA XBR-52HX909 LCD 3D HDTV, $3,600
The ultimate expression of Jim Thiel’s decades in speaker design, the CS3.7 is one of the few truly great speakers on the market today. Loaded with proprietary technology from top to bottom, the sensational CS3.7 is both an instant classic and a lasting legacy for a legendary brand.
Bowers & Wilkins 805 Diamond Speaker System, $14,500
Definitive Technology Mythos XTR-50 On-Wall Speaker System, $3,912
Best A/V Receiver
For sheer performance, Arcam’s A/V receivers are second to none. This one is the slightly less powerful sibling of the AVR600 ($4,999). Note that the HDMI version is 1.3, so you’ll have to give up 3D compatibility in favor of oceans of warm, clean power.
Onkyo TX-SR608 A/V Receiver, $599
In the past few years, JVC has offered a string of video projector winners, and the DLA-HD950 is no exception. The competition this year was fierce, but with its outstanding color adjustments, fine resolution, the best black level and contrast ratio in the business, and genuine value, the JVC is a clear winner.
Epson PowerLite Home Cinema 6500 UB LCD Projector, $2,999
(replaced with PowerLite Home Cinema 8500 UB, $2,099)