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TV's Answer Man
Looking For a Great TV? Here Are 15
By Swanni

Washington, D.C. (December 25, 2012) -- Editor's Note: TV's Answer Man, aka Swanni, takes your questions regarding how to best use the latest products and services in TV technology. If you have a question about TV technology, ask TV's Answer Man by sending an e-mail to swann@tvpredictions.com

I'm in the hunt for a new TV. Any suggestions? -- Roger of Santa Monica, California

There are few things in life that offer more excitement -- and trepidation -- than shopping for a new TV. Even people who are well versed with the latest TV technologies get a little panicky when looking for a new set.


Well, unlike a car, or even a house in some cases, many people buy a TV thinking it will be theirs for as long as a decade. So you don't want to make a bad choice because you want that TV to be reliable and an outstanding performer for years to come.

With that in mind, I thought it would be helpful to list the five top-rated HDTV selections from two trusted editorial sources: CNET and PC Magazine. And then I have compiled the five TVs that are top rated by actual consumers at Amazon.com.

Their picks are somewhat different so our compilation will give you a good number of options to choose from. (If you want to read more about each site's reviews, click on the site link. And if you are interested in buying the set, click on the Amazon link below each listing. Also, don't forget: prices are subject to change.)

1. Panasonic 55-Inch Plasma (Model: TC-PVT50 Series)
Price at Amazon: $2,300

2. Sharp 60-Inch LED/LCD Elite (Model: PRO-X5FD)
Price at Amazon: Starting at $4,300

3. Panasonic 55-Inch Plasma (Model: TC-PST50)
Price at Amazon: $1,200

4. Panasonic 55-inch Plasma (Model: TC-PGT50)
Not available at Amazon.

5. Samsung 60-Inch Plasma (Model: PNE6500)
Price at Amazon: $1597

PC Magazine
Samsung 51-inch Plasma (Model: PN51E490)
Price at Amazon: not available.

Sharp Elite 60-inch LED (Model: Pro-60X5FD)
Price at Amazon: Starting at $4,300

Vizio 55-inch LED (Model: M3D550KD)
Price at Amazon: $1,224

LG 55-Inch LED (Model: 55LM6700)
Price at Amazon: $1,269

Panasonic 55-Inch Plasma (Model: TC-P55ST50)
Price at Amazon: $1,200

1. Panasonic 50-inch Plasma (Model: TC-P50U50)
Price at Amazon: Roughly $600

2. Panasonic 60-inch Plasma (TC-P60U50)
Price at Amazon: Starting at $1,100

3. Samsung 32-inch LED (Model: UN32EH4000)
Price at Amazon: Starting at $298

4. Samsung 26-inch LED (Model: UN26EH4000)
Price at Amazon: $277

5. Vizio 65-inch LED (Model: M3D651SV)
Price at Amazon: $1,999

It's interesting to note that CNET has a Plasma-heavy list (four in the top five) while PC Magazine and Amazon include a mix of Plasma, LED and LCD. Also noteworthy: PC Magazine and CNET tend to choose larger-screen sets while Amazon's customers have given top ratings to two relatively small TVs, Samsung 26-inch and 32-inch models. Just goes to show there are plenty of great TVs to choose from.


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