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Reflections of 2014 TVs: Matte and Glossy

Updated May 02, 2014 By Cedric Demers

If your television is in your living room, reflections can really become a curse during day time. Which television has the least amount of reflections and glare? Is a matte screen better than a glossy one?

For reference, here are pictures of the reflections and glare on the 2014 TVs that we tested so far, in a room with a few lights and another in a very bright room with windows, as well as whether it has a matte or glossy screen.

Average Room

Our average room setup simulates a typical room with a few lights on at night or without windows. We set the luminosity of the TV to a white of 100 cd/m2.

The reflection number that we measured is the ratio of the luminance of the light reflected compared to the original light. For example, a 2% reflection means the amount of light reflected is 2% of its original strength.

2014 LED TVs

9.5
Samsung HU8550 Average Room
Reflection: 0.7 %
Surface Type: Glossy
9.5
Samsung H8000 Average Room
Reflection: 0.9 %
Surface Type: Glossy
9.5
Samsung H7150 Average Room
Reflection: 0.7 %
Surface Type: Glossy
9.0
Toshiba L1400U Average Room
Reflection: 1.7 %
Surface Type: Semi-gloss
9.0
Sony W800B Average Room
Reflection: 1.7 %
Surface Type: Semi-gloss
9.0
Toshiba L3400U Average Room
Reflection: 1.7 %
Surface Type: Semi-gloss
9.0
Sony W850B Average Room
Reflection: 1.7 %
Surface Type: Semi-gloss
9.0
Vizio E Series Average Room
Reflection: 1.8 %
Surface Type: Semi-gloss
9.0
Vizio M Series Average Room
Reflection: 1.8 %
Surface Type: Semi-gloss
8.5
Sony W950B Average Room
Reflection: 1.8 %
Surface Type: Glossy
8.5
Sony W600B Average Room
Reflection: 1.8 %
Surface Type: Semi-gloss
8.5
Samsung H6350 Average Room
Reflection: 1.8 %
Surface Type: Semi-gloss
8.5
Samsung H6400 Average Room
Reflection: 1.8 %
Surface Type: Semi-gloss
7.5
Sony R420B Average Room
Reflection: 1.9 %
Surface Type: Semi-gloss
7.0
LG LB6300 Average Room
Reflection: 2.6 %
Surface Type: Semi-gloss
7.0
LG LB5800 Average Room
Reflection: 2.5 %
Surface Type: Semi-gloss

Bright Room

Our bright room test is equivalent to a room with windows during the day. For this test, we set the luminosity of the TV to the maximum possible, and we measure the resulting white color brightness.

2014 LED TVs

9.5
Samsung H8000 Bright Room
Max white: 345.5 cd/m2
9.0
Samsung H7150 Bright Room
Max white: 299.2 cd/m2
9.0
Vizio M Series Bright Room
Max white: 352.5 cd/m2
9.0
Vizio E Series Bright Room
Max white: 282.9 cd/m2
9.0
Samsung H6400 Bright Room
Max white: 304.7 cd/m2
9.0
Samsung H6350 Bright Room
Max white: 329.1 cd/m2
9.0
Sony W850B Bright Room
Max white: 305.7 cd/m2
9.0
Sony W950B Bright Room
Max white: 362.1 cd/m2
9.0
Samsung HU8550 Bright Room
Max white: 340.4 cd/m2
8.5
Toshiba L3400U Bright Room
Max white: 244.2 cd/m2
8.5
Sony W600B Bright Room
Max white: 233.1 cd/m2
8.5
Sony W800B Bright Room
Max white: 256.2 cd/m2
8.0
Toshiba L1400U Bright Room
Max white: 156 cd/m2
7.0
LG LB6300 Bright Room
Max white: 267.1 cd/m2
7.0
Sony R420B Bright Room
Max white: 138 cd/m2
7.0
LG LB5800 Bright Room
Max white: 328 cd/m2

2013 TVs Reflections

See our results for 2013 TVs.

Why are there very few matte screen TV nowadays?

A pure matte screen has a very big disadvantage compared to a glossy screen: it considerably reduce the picture quality and clearness. To reduce the amount of reflection, a matte screen diffuses the light coming into the screen to all directions. The problem is that it also diffuse the light coming out of the screen, which creates a little blurriness to the picture.

It is hard to classify a TV as matte or glossy. Most TVs nowadays are more semi-matte.

For this reason, manufacturers only put matte screen on their lower end models, where the buyers do not expect the best picture quality anyway. Also, higher end buyers usually have a darker viewing environment.

Does a plasma TV with a matte screen exist?

No. Plasma TVs need a glass panel to contain the gas cell. To compensate for this, higher end plasma models have an anti-glare filter applied on top of the glass.

You can find more information about anti glare filters here.