Kevin Hunt: A guide to the best HDTVs of 2013

Merson: "This top-of-the-line series has every function Samsung offers, with HD camera for gesture control, face recognition, Skype video calls, voice-control track pad remote, Web browser and 1.9-inch depth. … Best performance of any Samsung HDTV, with deep, inky blacks and advanced filter. … Also has infrared blaster for cable/satellite box control. … Earns top HD Guru HDTV rating."

Samsung LED LCD

Series: UN(screen size)F8000

Models: UN46F8000 ($2,200), UN55F8000 ($2,700), UN60F8000 ($3,000), UN65F8000 ($3,500), UN75F8000 ($8,000).

Merson: "The top-of-the-line Samsung LED LCD. … Quasi-local dimming for deeper blacks, Smart TV Internet streaming with Web browser, smart touchpad remote with voice control, 240-hertz refresh rate for best LED motion clarity, HD video camera, 3-D, gesture control, face recognition, program recommendation for each registered viewer, IR blaster cable box control. … Just 1.2 inches deep."

Series: UN(screen size)F7500

Models: UN 46F7500 ($1,900), UN 55F7500 ($2,400), UN 60F7500 ($2,700).

Merson: This series "retains the same features as the 8000 series but no quasi-local dimming."

Series: UN(screen size)F7100

Models: UN46F7100 ($1,600), UN55F7100 ($2,100), UN60F7100 ($2,400), UN65F7100 ($2,900), UN75F7100 ($6,000).

Merson: This series has "240-hertz refresh rates but no local dimming and no built-in HD video camera. … Includes other high-end features such as voice remote, program recommendations, infrared blaster for cable/satellite box control, 3-D."

Series: UN(screen size)F6400

Models: UN40F6400 ($1,150), UN44F6400 ($1,200), UN46F6400 ($1,200).

Merson: Highlights: "120-hertz refresh rate, voice remote, 3-D Smart TV."

Series: UN(screen size)F6300

Models: UN32F6300 ($700), UN40F6300 ($850), UN46F6300 ($1,100), UN50F6300 ($1,300), UN55F6300 ($1,600), UN65F6300 ($2,300).

Merson: "Basic model with Smart Internet streaming. … For those who are not interested in 3-D or voice control. … 120-hertz refresh rate."

LG LED LCD

Series: (screen size)LA7400

Models: 47LA7400 ($1,800), 55LA7400 ($2,100), 60LA7400 ($2,900).

Merson: "This series has LG's in-plane-switching (IPS) LCD panel for widest LED viewing angle. … Features 120-hertz refresh rate, motion and voice remote, passive 3-D glasses and Smart TV functions for cable/satellite."

khunt@tribune.com

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