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Panasonic TC-P60U50 (60-inch plasma)

Did you know you can get a 60-inch Smart LED TV for less than a grand? Or for the same price, a 60-inch plasma with even better picture quality? You most definitely can, and we'll show you how. These are our favorite big-screen bargains of the year.

The U50 is simply a phenomenal value considering its excellent picture quality, which blows away anything on this list.

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Vizio E60i-A3 (60-inch LED)

There are only a couple of 60-inch LED TVs on the market for less than a grand, and none of them has Smart TV except for this Vizio.

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Samsung PN51E550 (51-inch plasma)

The Samsung E550 is a great choice if you want something with extras like Smart TV and 3D for a price less than $1,000.

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Sharp LC-52LE640U (52-inch LED)

With picture quality a notch better than the Vizio E60i-A3's, the smaller Sharp LC-52LE640U still makes a strong case for mainstream TV shoppers.

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LG 60PA6500 (60-inch plasma)

Aside from arguably nicer styling, this otherwise lackluster TV's main advantage over the U50 is its better performance under bright lights. In such situations, the Vizio is even better, however.

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