The Samsung UNJU7100 delivers the same high level of picture quality as some more expensive models, and beats most competitors for style and features.
The Vizio M series sits at this year's sweet spot of price and picture, and just happens to be 4K too.
If you're looking to maximize your TV dollar and don't care about 4K, it's tough to go wrong with the Vizio E series.
TCL 48FS4610R ( 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.
With picture quality that outdoes that of numerous more-expensive TVs, Vizio's E series likely represents the best value of 2014.
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.
The Samsung E550 series LCD is a decent performer with excellent shadow detail and good colors but image softness hampers a hearty recommendation.
Sony has upgraded its EX645 series TV with onboard wireless providing even better value given its predecessor's already solid picture quality.
Epson Home Cinema 1040
The Epson Home Cinema 1040 offers a relatively high brightness for an entry-level, full HD projector and includes two HDMI ports.
Epson Home Cinema 2040
Epson has announced three affordable home theater projectors including the entry-level Home Cinema 740HD and the enthusiast-level 2040.