Updated: May 9, 2015
Best 50-Inch LCD TV:Now that LCD televisions have come down in price and HD programming is becoming more prevalent on cable and dish networks, buying a new 50" LCD TV makes sense. Just which model and make are the top sellers? We follow the market closely and keep up with the top rated LCD tvs based on Consumer Reports articles and those that are popular on sites like Amazon.com, CNET.com and Bestbuy. The consumer electronics market has been flooded with LCD and plasma tv sets over the last few years and with so much to choose from it can become a little intimidating for a buyer. We frequently go into BestBuy to see what LED TV's they are "pushing" on their customers. A few years back we would have bought a 50 inch Panasonic plasma tv that was 720p resolution. Now, you are probably better off buying the 1080p LCD televisions because they are superior to the 720p's and prices have fallen enough you should be able to get a good deal no matter where you shop. Samsung has the top 2 LCD tvs per leading review magazines and those who buy flat panel LCD's on Amazon rate the Samsung tvs just as high.
Although this article was initially focused on the 50 inch screen size, we found more quality LCD tv's with screen sizes (diagonally measured) that were 52 inches. The top brands in this category include LG, Samsung, Sony, Toshiba, Philips, and Sharp. Panasonic does not show up as a top seller in this size category of LCD flat panel Tv's, although they do very well in the 37 inch and 32 inch ratings. Sony is holding on with their Bravia W Series but we found that even the LG 55LK520 model received higher scores in several surveys. Sony may be slipping a bit but they do have a popular model (listed below) worth looking at. LCD tvs have a reputation for delivering brighter screens than plasmas and they have no reflections which can be a problem associated with plasmas in rooms with too much light. LCDs use less energy than plasmas and they are lighter so mounting on a wall is easier. The downside to LCD tvs is that they may have slightly limited viewing angles when compared to their plasma screen counterparts and their "deepest blacks" can't compare. All that being said, LCD televisions are a great buy now that they have come down in price and if you have a room large enough to hold a 52 inch or larger LCD, this could be the time to buy. We have yet to see how much retailers will discount pricing this Christmas, but if trends continue we should see some unbelievable deals. If you want to read reviews on all the latest 50" or larger LCD TVs, go to websites like CNET.com, Epinions.com, Amazon.com, or read the latest tech articles in magazines like Consumer Reports. There are lots of audio/visual forums online for those that are interested in seeing what others have to share in the message board areas. Post a comment and get answers from experts and consumers alike. We expect that the new 60 inch lcd tvs will peak out the screen size that is acceptible in most homes. 52 inch LCDs are a great size that won't overwhelm most family rooms. Other models worth considering are the Philips 52PFL3603D/27 and the Sharp Aquos LC52SE94U which rate just below the top picks in some studies but they are the best offered by their respective companies. How much are 50 and 52 inch LCD tvs? The majority of the 1080p models are all priced below $1200 now and some are getting closer to the magical $1000 mark. Shop around and check online stores before you buy anything. You can browse the best selling 50 inch and larger LCD Tvs here.