No. 10: Panasonic Viera TH-50PZ800U

CNET rating: 7.9

The Bottom Line: With the accuracy of its THX mode and great black-level performance, the Panasonic TH-50PZ800U is one of the best-performing HDTVs available.

Release date: 5/1/2008

Review date: 5/23/2008, Updated 4/6/2009

2009 replacement model: Panasonic TC-PG10 series

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No. 9: Samsung LN32A450

CNET rating: 7.3

The Bottom Line: Solid picture quality propels the Samsung LN32A450 LCD TV to the front of small-screen class.

Release date: 3/15/2008

Review date: 4/22/2008, Updated 4/6/2009

2009 replacement model: Samsung LNB360 series

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No. 8: Samsung PN50B650

CNET rating: 8.0

The Bottom Line: Samsung's PNB650 series can't quite match the best plasmas on the market, but it comes close enough to offer a viable alternative.

Release date: 4/1/2009

Review date: 6/12/2009

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No. 7: Samsung LN46A550

CNET rating: 7.3

The Bottom Line: The midlevel Samsung LN46A550 LCD TV strikes an excellent balance between price and performance.

Release date: 4/1/2008

Review date: 8/8/2008, Updated 4/6/2009

2009 replacement model: Samsung LNB550 series

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No. 6: Samsung LN52B750

CNET rating: 8.0

The Bottom Line: The Samsung LNB750 series can't beat the picture quality of the best plasmas and LED-based LCDs, but for a conventional LCD, it's one of the best we've tested.

Release date: 4/1/2009

Review date: 5/14/2009

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No. 5: Samsung UN46B7000

CNET rating: 7.9

The Bottom Line: Although its picture quality can't quite live up to the high price, the Samsung UNB7000 series is a technological and design tour de force.

Release date: 4/1/2009

Review date: 4/10/2009, Updated 12/8/2009

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No. 4: Pioneer 'Kuro' PRO-111FD

CNET rating: 9.1

The Bottom Line: The Pioneer Elite PRO-111FD represents the pinnacle of flat-panel HDTV picture quality.

Release date: 8/1/2008

Review date: 9/30/2008, Updated 11/5/2008

2009 replacement model: None

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No. 3: Samsung LN52A650

CNET rating: 7.4

The Bottom Line: If you don't mind its red frame, the Samsung LN52A650 LCD TV will reward you with a massive feature set and excellent picture quality.

Release date: 4/1/2008

Review date: 4/29/2008

2009 replacement model: Samsung LNB650 series

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No. 2: Panasonic TC-P50V10

CNET rating: 8.7

The Bottom Line: The high-end Panasonic TC-PV10 series of plasmas delivers the overall best picture quality of any flat-panel HDTV we've tested so far this year.

Release date: 5/15/2009

Review date: 6/8/2009

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No. 1: Panasonic TC-P50G10

CNET rating: 8.0

The Bottom Line: With excellent picture quality marred by only a couple of flaws, the Panasonic TC-PG10 series sits near the head of the class of 2009.

Release date: 3/15/2009

Review date: 4/03/2009, Updated 8/11/2009

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