As the only TV CNET has ever given five stars, the ST60 series is an amazing value for the quality of picture it delivers. The smallest size, 50 inches, starts just under the magic $1000 number. Buy it while you can.
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. The only downside it the 60-inch version costs slightly more than a grand, so we're listing the 50-incher here.
At press time Sharp's cheapest 60-inch LED LCD cost a few bucks more than our $1000 limit, but it's a good enough value to include anyway. We think it's destined for a price reduction this year to take it under the barrier, and even if that doesn't happen it still has better picture quality than the 60-inch Vizio on the next slide.
Yes, at 50 inches it's smaller than either the Sharp or the Vizio, and it doesn't beat either of those two in picture quality, but it does offer sleeker style and the industry's best Smart TV platform.
Panasonic is best known for its value-first plasmas, but the E60 LED LCD, now under a grand for the 58-inch size, is an excellent alternative.
You say you want a TV larger than 55 inches, but you want to pay less than $800? We don't know of any that qualify aside from this TCL. Think of its "good enough" picture quality as icing on the delicious big-for-the-buck cake.
Falling somewhere between the Panasonic plasmas on the price scale, this 51-inch Samsung's not-too-shabby picture isn't enough to recommend it over those two. For that, you'd need to turn to its excellent Smart TV suite.