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Best LED LCD TVs of 2014

Updated

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.

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: $648.00 - $779.00 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: $1,299.99 - $1,629.99 Check prices

4 stars Excellent

TCL FS4610R (Roku TV)

The best smart-TV suite combined with extremely aggressive pricing makes the TCL Roku TV a phenomenal value despite its so-so picture quality.

Price: $349.00 - $349.99 Check prices

4 stars Excellent

Sharp LE650

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

Price: $2,887.99 - $2,999.00 Check prices

3.5 stars Very good

Samsung UNHU9000

The Samsung HU9000 has straight-up great picture quality, design and features, but the gratuitous curved screen adds very little to the viewing experience and way too much to the price.

Price: $2,809.00 - $3,499.99 Check prices

3.5 stars Very good

Sony XBR-X900B

If you can stand its speakers, Sony's XBR-X900B will reward you with the best combination of audio and video quality you've ever seen (or heard).

Price: $3,798.00 - $3,799.99 Check prices

3.5 stars Very good

Sony KDL-W850B

Sony's wedge-shaped KDL-W850B TV offers better picture quality, albeit for a higher price, than many big-screen LCDs.

Price: $1,699.00 - $2,599.99 Check prices

3.5 stars Very good

Panasonic TC-AS530

The Panasonic AS530 series LCD ain't no plasma, but it offers attractive design and decent image quality for a budget price.

Price: $799.99 - $1,299.95 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: $880.90 - $1,199.99 Check prices

3.5 stars Very good
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