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Best TVs of 2014: 50 - 51 inches

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TVs in this narrow size range are more common than ever, and with good reason. They combine a large, living-room-friendly screen with still-affordable prices. These are the kinds of televisions that a room full of viewers can enjoy, yet won't overwhelm your space.

Vizio E0i-B series

With picture quality that outdoes that of numerous more-expensive TVs, Vizio's E series likely represents the best value of 2014.

Price: $471.99 - $580.99 Check prices

4 stars Excellent

Vizio M2i-B series

Excellent picture quality, well thought-out features and distinctive design make the Vizio M-Series seem like a much more expensive TV than it really is.

Price: $461.69 - $594.99 Check prices

4 stars Excellent

Samsung PNF8500

Samsung's best-performing TV ever, the PNF8500 series pushes the plasma picture quality envelope, especially in bright rooms.

Price: $2,339.00 - $3,997.99 Check prices

4 stars Excellent

Samsung UNHU8550

The Samsung HU8550 offers our favorite combination of picture quality and features in a 4K TV this year, making it a good value despite the high price.

Price: $1,297.99 - $1,597.99 Check prices

4 stars Excellent

Vizio P2ui-B

Despite great contrast and a market-busting price, the Vizio P series has too many picture quality flaws to claim the Holy Grail of 4K TV value.

Price: $2,199.99 Check prices

3.5 stars Very good

Sony KDL-W800B

The Sony KDL-W800B series is a classy television with excellent color and shadow detail, but in pure bang-for-buck terms, its black level can be bettered for much less.

Price: $1,087.90 - $1,299.99 Check prices

3.5 stars Very good

Samsung UNH6350

Despite picture quality that's just average, the Samsung UNH6350's high-end features and design for a midrange price will win plenty of converts.

Price: $497.99 - $599.99 Check prices

3 stars Good

Samsung UNH6400 series

Although it offers pedestrian picture quality for the price, the Samsung UNH6400 has a wonderful remote, a full feature set, and very sleek design.

Price: $899.99 - $1,097.99 Check prices

3 stars Good
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