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.

Best 55 Inch LCD Tv:

RECOMMENDED - The Samsung LN55C650 55-Inch 1080p 120 Hz LCD HDTV is the #1 pick by many sources and we think they are absolutely right. Amazon.com has this particular LCD tv listed at less than $1000 w/ free shipping as of Summer 2013. That means you can get a 1080p resolution full HD television for around $1000. The LN55C650 offers 4 HDMI slots and it's even Energy Star qualified which means it will be cheaper to operate every month versus the energy sucking plasma screens. It features 150,000:1 dynamic contrast ratio, ultra-fast response time, sports and game modes, side mounted USB 2.0 port, 178 degree viewing angle, and a 1 year warranty on parts and labor. Experts recommend that with a tv this size you should be sitting back about 10 feet minimum to get the best viewing experience. With some 1080p LCD's you can get closer since the resolution is so fine that you won't notice the pixels. Comments left by consumers are "fabulous tv" and "best price for a great tv". The 1080p is the highest resolution available and much better than the 720p models. Experts rate this set excellent for picture quality on DVD's, high definition tv, and even on standard definition. The remote control that comes with the unit is one of the easier ones to manipulate. The Samsung LN52B750 is also a top pick and sells on Amazon.com. Either one of these 52 inch LCD's should keep you and your family very happy while watching television or movies at home.


Top Rated Sony LCD Tv:

The Sony BRAVIA XBR Series KDL-52XBR9 ($1100) is priced to sell on several online websites including Amazon.com. In recent tests this 52-Inch 1080p 120Hz LCD HDTV scored well in picture quality when viewing HD programming and DVD's. Sound quality is above average and the onscreen menu is only average when compared to others in this field. Sony has lost some of it's reputation in this crowded LCD TV category. Panasonic has blown away the competition with their plasma screens and Samsung and LG are competing very well against companies like Sony in the LCD market. The KDL-52W4100 holds its own by giving you superior picture at a solid price. See top rated Sony 50 inch and larger LCDs.


Budget 50" LCD Flat Panel Televsion:

The LG 55LK520 55-Inch 1080p 120 Hz LCD HDTV (around $900) is considered a "good value" for a 55 inch 1080p 120Hz LCD HDTV. You get full HD 1080p resolution and 150,000:1 dynamic contrast ratio, and an invisible speaker system which rates excellent for sound quality. The viewing angle is slightly less than the Samsung and Sony we listed above, but if you put it in a room where the angle doesn't matter, no one will feel left out when watching movies, sports, or regular Tv. We expect the price to come down even further as the holiday season approaches and LG tries to compete with Sony and Samsung for market share. You can check out the latest LG LCD flat panels online on Amazon.