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HolidayBuyer's Guide

Panasonic TC-P50ST60

Panasonic TC-PS60 series

Vizio M series

Panasonic TC-LE60 series

Vizio E series

Sharp LC-LE650 series

Sony KDL-R550/R520A series

Samsung PNF5500 series

Samsung UNF5000 series

Samsung UNF6300 series

The ST60 starts at just under a grand for the 50-inch version. It delivers amazing picture quality for that price. So yeah, it's our favorite bang-for-the-buck TV ever. And maybe forever.

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$1,149.99 MSRP

It can't match the picture quality of the ST60 in brighter rooms, but the S60 is an equally good value thanks to its rock-bottom price. You simply can't get a better TV for the money.

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Vizio has always been the value leader among LED LCD TVs, and its M series reaches new heights of style and solid picture quality. Note that this recommendation only applies directly to the 50- and 55-inch members; we haven't reviewed the other sizes yet, so we can't vouch for their picture quality.

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$1,199.99 MSRP

Over the last couple of years Panasonic TVs have followed a pattern so simple, a caveman could remember it: Plasma good, LCD bad. The excellent E60 series bucks that trend, offering impressive picture quality especially at this price point.

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$1,149.99 MSRP

On the other hand we have reviewed a bunch of E series TVs, and we've liked them all from a value perspective. The mid-sized E0i models linked below (from 39- to 55-inches) are great examples, with very good picture quality helped by solid local dimming. Meanwhile the 32-inch, 60-inch and 70-inch sizes lack that dimming, but they're still good performers and still current models (as of late October 2013) despite their 2012 review dates.

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They're big at 60- and 70-inches, and they also happen to be deliver big value and an exceedingly decent picture. What's not to like?

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$1,499.99 MSRP
With mainstream-friendly pricing, a good picture, premium styling and that famous nameplate, the R520A hits all the right notes.
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Samsung's mid-level plasma still includes a very good picture and the company's excellent Smart TV suite. No, it doesn't perform as well as the Panasonic S60, but it's still a very good deal.

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$1,349.99 MSRP

Samsung makes mostly "Smart TVs" these days, but if you don't want to pay extra for apps you don't need -- or that another device already provides -- the F5000 series is a great value.

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On the other hand, if you happen to love Samsung's Smart TV suite, the F6300 is also very competitively priced, and available in a larger range of sizes too. LIke the F5000, it also delivers good picture quality for a mid-priced LED LCD. Ho ho ho!

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