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Best LED LCD TVs

Updated April 16, 2014 6:42 AM PDT

Major TV makers have eliminated the last of the standard "LCD TVs" from product lineups, going exclusively with "LED TVs." Their dirty little secret is that an LED TV is just an LCD TV with an LED backlight. At CNET we're officially calling these TVs "LED LCD TVs" not just to confuse you, but in fact to capture the whole messy story as well as possible. No matter what they're called, these are by far the most popular kinds of television, especially now that Panasonic has stopped making plasmas. Here are the best LED LCDs we've reviewed recently.

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Vizio M1d-A2R

The Vizio M-Series offers a potent combination of excellent design, decent picture quality, and a pocket-friendly price.

Price: $999.99 - $1,152.95 Check prices

4 stars Excellent

Sony KDL-55W900A

The Sony W900A is a fine high-end LED LCD television, with excellent color performance and deep black levels.

Price: $1,505.00 - $1,799.99 Check prices

4 stars Excellent

Samsung UNF8000

The excellent yet expensive Samsung UNF8000 is a tour de force of LED LCD TV design, features, and picture quality.

Price: $1,419.00 - $2,497.99 Check prices

4 stars Excellent

Vizio E320i-A0

For people seeking integrated Smart features, the Vizio E320i-A0 is the strongest value we've seen yet among 32-inch TVs.

Price: $249.99 - $255.36 Check prices

3.5 stars Very good

Sharp LE650

The Sharp LE650 series sets the big-screen LCD TV value bar high with very good picture quality for the price.

Price: $2,799.00 - $3,296.95 Check prices

3.5 stars Very good

Vizio E0i-A1

The Vizio E series offers picture quality nearing the more expensive M series and is a very good choice if you value its Smarts and styling.

Price: $368.00 - $500.00 Check prices

3.5 stars Very good

Vizio M1d-A3R

The 60-inch Vizio M1d-A3R doesn't quite offer the very best value for money in the company's range, but nevertheless features fine picture quality in a large size.

Price: $1,398.00 - $1,449.99 Check prices

3.5 stars Very good

Samsung UNF6300

Although its picture quality falls short of the competition, the Samsung UNF6300's high-end features and design for a midrange price will win plenty of converts.

Price: $881.99 - $1,699.87 Check prices

3.5 stars Very good

Vizio E1i-A3

The Vizio E701i-A3 is the best value yet among 70-inch LED TVs.

Price: $1,359.99 - $3,231.05 Check prices

3.5 stars Very good
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