With its top-notch image quality and its ability to handle fast-action motion, the Samsung LN40B650 is our favorite all-around HDTV.
This 40-inch LCD set produced the best image quality of any TV we've recently evaluated, delivering crisp, sharp images with good color in our tests. It comes with Internet access to Flickr, Yahoo Widgets, YouTube, and a variety of games--all with an easy-to-use interface.
It has some flaws: The picture-in-picture feature is less than satisfactory, and the set didn't do a great job upconverting 480p DVDs to 1080p. But both limitations are easy to overlook given the LN40B650's reasonable price tag and its outstanding performance in every other respect.
Full review | $1200
Sony Bravia KDL-40W5100
The 40-inch Sony Bravia KDL-40W5100 LCD HDTV can handle any type of program with ease: From sports to panoramic views, it consistently delivers high image quality no matter what is displayed.
The KDL-40W5100 includes Sony's own Bravia Internet Widgets (based on Yahoo Widgets), which can display weather reports, news updates, finances, and more. You can also play music and videos, or view photos from any PC on your home network that has DLNA server software (such as Windows Media Player 11 or 12) installed.
Full review | $1100
The 47-inch Vizio VL470M LCD performed well in our demanding motion benchmarks and panning tests, making it a great choice for watching the Super Bowl and other fast-action programming. It also earned high marks for its handling of color and skin tones.
The VL470M has appealing extra features, too. For instance, you can view slideshows of photos stored on a USB drive, complete with background music and a selection of slide transitions.
Full review | $1300
The Samsung LN46B750 is a 240Hz HDTV that excels at handling fast motion, making it perfect for viewing sports and other high-action programs. It also scored well for its brightness and contrast. Though the sound quality can't quite compare with that of a surround-sound system, the TV's impressive speakers pull you into the action.
Full review | $1700
Paired with superb surround-sound-emulation speakers, the Vizio VT420M excels with terrific brightness and contrast, and it handles motion well. The high image quality makes this 42-inch LCD HDTV a standout set, and it's available at an attractive price.
It lacks some features found on other HDTVs, but we really like its Pause Live TV function, which allows you to pause the show you're watching by initiating recording for up to 30 minutes--a great feature for sports fans who don't want to miss the action when they need to step out of the room.
Full review | $800
LG Electronics 42LH55
If you're looking for a no-frills HDTV that focuses on image and sound quality, we recommend the LG Electronics 42LH55.
This 42-inch LCD HDTV features pleasing images that have only slight problems with brightness and contrast, and the set's easy-to-navigate wizard can help correct those image issues. Though its motion handling was somewhat problematic in our tests, its overall image quality and good price make it worth considering.
Full review | $1100
Sony Bravia KDL-52XBR9
The Sony Bravia KDL-52XBR9 HDTV's 52-inch LCD screen, which features a 240Hz refresh rate, exhibits some barely noticeable motion problems. Even so, it handles horizontal and diagonal pans like a pro, which makes it suitable for watching sports or action movies.
One shortcoming is the set's limited color adjustments: You'll never be able to make the color look absolutely perfect, and you might notice a slight green tint. However, the KDL-52XBR9's sharp contrast, great brightness, and good-looking images make it well worth the price.
Full review | $2000
Leah Yamshon contributed to this story.
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