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Best Rated 50-inch TVs Reviews and Comparison

February 19, 2013 by  
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Best Rated 50-inch TVs – This page contains a roundup of all of the top-rated 50-inch LCD, LED, Plasma and 3D Ready TVs, presented here for a comparison of price, features, and reviews. This size is good for medium sized living rooms. You can check what size you need by consulting our HDTV Sizing Guide. Most 50-inch LED TVs have 120Hz or 240Hz anti blur technology, and most now have LED backlighting. Most of the midrange and high end TVs are now 3D Ready, as this is now becoming a standard feature. Click on the reviews link underneath each TV to see owner reviews and ratings for each model for easy comparison.

Best Rated 50-inch LED HDTVs

LG Cinema 50LA6200 Samsung UN50F6300 Samsung UN50F6400 Sony KDL-50R550A
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1080p LED 3D TV
50-inch TV
120Hz
not published
3 HDMI (1.4)
DLNA
Internet Ready
3D Ready TV
3D Glasses Included
Dual Core Processor
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2013 Model
1080p LED TV
50-inch TV
120Hz
not published
4 HDMI (1.4)
DLNA
Internet Ready
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Dual Core Processor
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2013 Model
1080p LED 3D TV
50-inch TV
120Hz
not published
4 HDMI (1.4)
DLNA
Internet Ready
3D Ready TV
3D Glasses Included
Dual Core Processor
Edge local dimming
2013 Model
1080p LED TV
50-inch TV
120Hz
not published
4 HDMI (1.4)
DLNA
Internet Ready
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Best Rated 50-inch and 51-inch Plasma TVs

Panasonic Viera TC-P50ST60 Panasonic Viera TC-P50S60 Samsung PN51F8500 Samsung PN51F5300
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1080p 3D Plasma TV
50-inch TV
5,500,000:1 contrast
600Hz Subfield
10 watt speakers
Internet Ready TV
3D Ready TV
DLNA
Energy Star®
3 HDMI (v1.4)
SD Card Slot
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2013 Model
1080p Plasma TV
50-inch TV
4,000,000:1 contrast
600Hz Subfield
10 watt speakers
Internet Ready TV
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DLNA
Energy Star®
2 HDMI
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2013 Model
1080p 3D Plasma TV
51-inch TV
contrast: n/a
600Hz Subfield
10 watt speakers
Internet Ready TV
3D Ready TV
DLNA
Energy Star®
4 HDMI (v1.4)
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Quad Core Processor
2013 Model
1080p Plasma TV
51-inch TV
contrast: n/a
600Hz Subfield
10 watt speakers
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Energy Star®
2 HDMI (v1.4)
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Glossary of Terms
LED HDTV = Instead of a conventional fluorescent backlight, the LED TV uses a series of LEDs to illuminate the TV. LED backlighting dramatically improves picture contrast, colors, and overall picture. They also use about 40% less electricity. LED TVs are either side lit, local dimming (lit from behind), or precision dimming (samsung TVs).
Plasma TV = Plasma displays have no backlight, as their screen phosphers self illuminate, giving better picture uniformity and deeper blacks. They have high contrast, wide viewing angles and display fast action (sports, action movies) better without blurring. They are less energy efficient than LED TVs.
THX® 3D Certified = THX certification means that this TV will let you experience a motion picture with the same colors, black levels and other factors that were created for the theater. This applies to both 3D and regular HD viewing. This certification is for Plasma TVs.
720p = (1366×768) with 1 million pixels resolution (Standard broadcast HD)
1080p = (1920×1080) with 2 million pixels resolution (Maximum Blu-ray quality)
600Hz Subfield = Plasma TVs utilize a 600Hz refresh rate which can virtually eliminate motion blur for viewing action sports, movies, and video games.
Contrast = refers to dynamic contras ratio. Higher is better. More contrast allows more shadow details in the picture. Some manufacturers do not publish their contrast radios, so you will see contrast n/a where contrast is listed.
240Hz = 240 hertz anti blur technology. Eliminates blur on LCD TVs during high action sports and movies. The latest technology.
120Hz = 120 hertz anti blur technology. Eliminates blur on LCD TVs during high action sports and movies.
60Hz = 60 hertz normal TV without anti blur technology
Internet Ready = This means that this TV can give you content from the internet. Content varies with the manufacturer. This TV will provide an ethernet port to connect an ethernet cable. Or you can buy an optional Wifi USB plugin device to send the internet wirelessly to your TV. Some provide Netflix and youtube content.
DLNA = DLNA lets you remotely access your PC’s personal media so that you can download music, video, and photos and enjoy them anywhere in the home your Television is. DLNA stands for Digital Living Network Alliance and is a collaboration of the leading consumer electronics, PC and mobile companies that has created design guidelines for a new generation of products that can work together – no matter what the brand.
3D Ready = This means that this Television is capable of displaying 3D content from broadcast and 3D capable Blu-ray players. This TV has a built in emitter which communicates with 3D glasses to synchronize with the picture displayed on the TV.
HDMI = HDMI inputs allow you to connect devices to your HDTV such as DVD and Blu-ray players and game consoles.
Dual Core Processor = This TV has two processors instead of one, which will speed up TV operations, especially the Smart TV internet functions.
Gorilla Glass™ = The Sony HX850 and HX950 uses Gorilla Glass from Corning Glass to both give a better picture, and make the TV more impact resistant (tempered glass) either when shipping, or at home.
Full Array LED = This type of TV has a superior backlight composed of banks of LED lights directly in the back of the screen for best contrast and picture. This reduces or eliminates backlight bleeding or clouding. Most other TVs are Edge or Side Lit.
Edge Local Dimming = A TV with local dimming has the ability to shut off the backlight in certain parts of the screen, which will improve the picture quality, contrast, and give you blacker blacks than if the TV did not have the ability to dim.


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