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CNET Top 5: Big screen TVs under $1,000

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CNET Top 5: Big screen TVs under $1,000

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CNET's picks for the best five TVs under $1,000 and over 50-inches.

You�re shopping for a new TV and this time you�re not screwing around. You want the biggest TV you can afford and you want something good. But in the Venn diagram of TVs, big, good, and affordable don�t cross over that often. Fortunately, CNET�s own David Katzmaier has been keeping track of the best deals in TVs this year priced under $1,000 -- but measuring 50-inches and up. Here are the top five options. Starting things off at #5, the LG 60PA6500. This is a 60-inch plasma that takes us right up to $999. It has great style and runs at full 1080p. The black levels aren�t great, but you get a whole lotta TV for the money. At #4, the Sharp LC-52LE640U. This guy�s a 52-inch edge-lit LED-LCD. Good 1080p picture quality with accurate color and a matte screen that really helps cut down on glare. Built-in Wi-Fi, aaaaand... the remote control has a big red Netflix button. Sweet. But #3 gets even sweeter. It�s the Vizio E601-A3, a 60-inch edge-lit LED-LCD. There are only a handful of LED TVs this size for under a grand, but only the Vizio includes Smart TV apps and plenty of them. You also get a remote control with a QWERTY keyboard. And you know that Netflix button I was freaking out over on the Sharp? This guys has dedicated buttons for Netflix and Amazon. [mind blown] Alright, at #2, the Samsung PN51E550. This is a 51-inch plasma and it has the lowest price on this list at around $850. Very good 1080p picture quality with solid black levels and accurate color. Best of all you get Samsung�s Smart TV platform, which is the best in the industry right now and includes exclusive access to HBO Go. And finally, the #1 value in TVs over 50 inches and under a grand, is the Panasonic TC-P60U50. It�s the only TV on this list with a 4-star rating, and David Katzmaier says the picture quality is superb -- a word he does not toss out casually. It�s a 60-inch plasma, and here�s the catch -- it�s dumb. There are no apps, no Wi-Fi, no Netflix button -- they didn�t even throw in 3D. Instead, Panasonic went old school and put all their money into a big, stunning screen. You want apps? Go buy a Roku. So there you go, five solid TVs for under a grand. Be sure to check out CNET.com for more TV recommendations from David Katzmaier, including the best matte-screen TVs for bright rooms, and the Best 5 TVs for picture quality. I�m Donald Bell, thanks for watching.
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