Put those two principles together and you get the five TVs below, arranged in order of which ones we like best. None scored lower than a 7 in performance. Screen size also plays a factor in the rankings, so bigger TVs that limbo under that price bar get extra credit.
Panasonic TC-P50ST30 (50-inch plasma)
If you can live with its homely design, the excellent picture quality and feature set of the Panasonic TC-PST30 series combine to make it one of the best plasma TV values available. Read the full review.
LG 47LW5600 (47-inch LED)
While passive 3D has its flaws, the LG LW5600's 2D picture quality is very good for an edge-lit LED-based LCD TV, especially in bright rooms. (This one's right on the brink of $1,000 depending on where and when you look, but it deserves a spot here nonetheless.). Read the full review.
Samsung UN40D6400 (40-inch LED)
Solid overall 2D and 3D picture quality, as well as a wealth of features and beautiful looks, mark the Samsung UND6400 as one of the better edge-lit LED-based LCD TVs we've tested. Read the full review.
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