This year the gap between the picture quality of the best LED/LCD TVs and the best plasma TVs has grown wider than ever. Unless you're interested in
overspending for buying a Sharp Elite, there's no 2012 that can come close to the picture quality of even midlevel plasmas like the Panasonic TC-PST50 and Samsung PNE6500.
But maybe you're simply not interested in plasma. If that's the case, then check out the following list of 2012 TVs that (A) employ an LCD panel illuminated by LEDs and (B) perform better than most such TVs. The list doesn't include the Elite and the Sony XBR-HX929 simply because they debuted in 2011; both are excellent performers, still current and exceedingly expensive. It also considers picture quality only, so if you're interested in seeing the best LED TVs overall, including some that scored well according to our other TV reviews criteria, here ya go.
The list appears in descending order of picture quality.
For a walk-through on our favorite, check out the First Look video.
Sony KDL-55HX850 is a classy performer
Looking for specs and pricing? Compare these TVs head-to-head. Click through to the reviews for additional screen sizes.