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Best LCD TVs and LED/LCD TVs 40-Inches and Larger

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Flat panel televisions are now the norm on store shelves and in consumers' homes. Although both LCD and Plasma TVs are available, LCD TV are actually the most popular selling TVs. For a list of some of my LCD TV favorites in the 40-Inch and larger screen size, check out the following selections. Also, be sure to check out my suggestions for LCD flat panel televisions in the 32 to 39-Inch, 26 to 29-inch, and 24-Inch and Smaller screen sizes.

Also, if 3D is an important option for you, even though there are some 3D TVs on this listing, I have additional 3D TV suggestions in my 3D LCD and Plasma TV list.

NOTE: The product entries for LCD and LED/LCD TVs are updated periodically with new units and reviews to keep them current.

1. Sharp Aquos Q+ Series LED/LCD TVs

Sharp Aquos Q+ LED/LCD TV
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Trying to decide between a 1080p and 4K TV? Sharp gives you a little of both with their Q+ series LCD/LCD TVs.

To start, the Aquos Q+ Series incorporate 4-Color Quattron technology, which produces vibrant color, but what make these new sets stand out even more is that they are the only 1080p TVs that can accept and display 4K content.

However, even though these sets only incorporate 1080p LCD panels, Sharp's engineers have developed firmware that effectively splits all of the panel's subpixels vertically in half, thus enabling a Q+ set to display images in "higher-than-1080p resolution". Technically, the Q+ process adds up to 2.5 times number of pixels above 1080p (true 4K is about 4 times the number of pixels as 1080p).

The advantages of Q+ are two fold: They bring more detail out in 1080p source signals than a standard 1080p panel, and, more importantly, Q+ processing can approximate the detail that an incoming native 4K image contains, without the expense of making a true 4K Ultra HD TV.

For more details (including a side-by-side 1080p/Q+ Plus comparison), check out my previous eyes-on report from the 2014 CES.

The Aquos Q+ Series comes in two lines: SQ and UQ. Both lines feature edge lit LED/LCD panels, 240Hz screen refresh rate, 4 HDMI inputs, 2 USB inputs, 3D viewing, and Smart TV (Smart Central 3.0) features.

The SQ models are:

LC-60SQ15U (60-inch): Official Product Page - Compare Prices

LC-70SQ15U (70-inch): Official Product Page - Compare Prices.

The UQ line adds more features (and price) with the addition of THX certification, Active 3D with Bluetooth glasses included, 240Hz refresh rate augmented by Sharp's Aquamotion 960 backlight scanning, and Superbright technology.

The UQ models come in 60, 70, and 80-inch screen sizes:

LC-60UQ17U (60-inch): Official Product Page - Buy Direct

LC-70UQ17U (70-inch): Official Product Page - Buy Direct

LC-80UQ17U (80-inch): Official Product Page - Buy Direct.

2. Sharp Aquos LC-90LE657U 90-inch LED/LCD TV

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If you are looking for a REALLY BIG TV, check out the 90-inch Sharp Aquos LC-90LE657U.

In addition to its large size, this set provides some great features, including full array LED backlighting, 1080p native resolution, 120 Hz refresh rate (with 240 Hz backlight scanning), and very good contrast ratio. 2D and 3D viewing is also provided (two pairs of glasses are included).

Also, the LC-90LE657U, via its built-in (ethernet or wifi) provides access to internet streaming content, a full web browser, and even direct online tech support. Skype video phone calls (camera required) can also be made using this TV..

The LC-90LE657U provides four HDMI inputs (inlcuding one MHL-enabled and one Audio Return Channel-enabled, USB ports for access to compatible media files stored on compatible USB divices, such as Flash Drives, or a compatible USB windows keyboard to make internet browsing easier. Wireless Bluetooth is also provided for wireless connection of the 3D glasses, or connecting a compatible keyboard or mouse.

If you are looking for the biggest TV screen possible, check out the Sharp LC-90LE657U.
Official Product Page - Compare Prices

3. Sharp LC-80LE857U 80-inch Quattron LED/LCD TV

If you are looking for a big screen LCD TV, you have to check out the Sharp LC-80LE857U. This sets boasts an 80-inch screen size that has double the surface area of a 55-inch TV.

Besides having a huge screen, the LC-80LE857U packs in a lot of features including: 2d and 3D (active shutter) viewing capability supported by 1080p native resolution, 240Hz screen refresh rate, LED Edge lightings and Quattron four color technology.

The LC-80LE857U also features network connectivity via Ethernet or WiFi connection. This provides access to internet content from providers, such as CinemaNow, Netflix, and Vudu. The LC-80LE857U can also access media content stored on flash drives (accessible by USB port) or your PC via DLNA functionality.
Official Product Page - Compare Prices

Also available in two smaller (but still large) screen sizes - the 70-inch LC-70LE857U (Official Product Page - Compare Prices), and the 60-inch LC-60LE857U (Official Product Page - Compare Prices).

4. Sony BRAVIA KDL-55W950B 3D Network LCD TV

Sony Bravia KDL-55W950B LED/LCD TV
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The Sony KDL-55W950B offers stylish thin profile design as well as cutting edge features and technology that bring an exciting TV viewing experience to your home. Core features of the KDL-55W900A include: 55-inch class screen (actually 54.6-inches), 3D capability (passive - two pairs of glasses included), 1920x1080 (1080p) resolution, and an almost unlimited contrast ratio bolstered by LED Dynamic Edge Lighting with both local dimming and X-tended Dynamic Range for exceptional brightness. To further improve display performance this set also incorporates Sony's Triluminos technology and X-Reality Pro video upscaling and processing engine.

This set also includes MHL and Audio Return Channel compatible HDMI connections, 120Hz screen refresh rate combined with additional processing (Motion Flow XR480), ATSC/QAM tuners, which allow reception of over-the-air HDTV signals and Digital/HD-cable (non-premium channels), and USB port for playing audio/video/still images from digital devices or flash drives.

Another bonus is the inclusion of WiFi connectivity with internet streaming from content sources, such as Netflix, YouTube, and Panodra. This set displays exceptional detail, color consistency, and contrast. The KDL-55W950B is also video Skype-enabled with the addition of an optional compatible webcam. Check out the Sony Bravia KDL-55W950B .
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Also available in a larger 65-inch screen size: Compare Prices for the KDL-65W950B

5. Panasonic AS530U Life+Screen Series LED/LCD TVs

Panasonic AS530U Life+Screen LED/LCD Smart TV
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Panasonic has dumped Plasma, but that doesn't mean the end of Panasonic TV, as they are definitely expanding their their LED/LCD TV offerings. If you are shopping for a new TV, the Panasonic AS530U Life+Screen line is definitely worth checking out.

Some of the features of the Panasonic AS530U Life+Screen series sets include:

1080p native display resolution

120Hz refresh rate with additional 240Hz blacklight scanning support.

Built-in WiFi for convenient network and internet connectivity (wired ethernet also provided is desired).

Internet Apps for access to a host of streaming content services. Also, full web browsing is supported.

My Home Screen Interface for customization of the TV's onscreen menu system by each member of the household.

Remote Sharing for sharing video memos, messages, and other information remotely on compatible smartphones and tablets.

Voice Guidance that allows the TV to verbalize text content that appears on your screen.

Swipe and Share that allows viewers to send content from a compatible portable device wirelessly to the TV, or vice versa.

Also, the AS530U series sets provide 2 HDMI inputs and one shared composite/component AV input, and two USB inputs (for access to audio, still image, and video content stored on flash drives). A digital optical output is also provided for connection to an external audio system (highly suggested for the best home theater viewing experience).

NOTE: The Panasonic A530U Series Sets are not 4K or 3D compatible.

The AS530U Series comes four screen sizes:

TC-39AS530U (39-inches) - Buy Direct

TC-50AS530U (50-inches) - Buy Direct

TC-55AS530U (55-inches) - Buy Direct

TC-60AS530U (60-inches) - Buy Direct

6. Samsung UN46F8000 46-inch 3D Network LED/LCD TV

Samsung UN46F8000 LED/LCD Smart TV - Photo - Front View - Wide Fountain Image
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The Samsung UN46F8000 has just about everything you could want in a TV. First up, it features both 2D and 3D viewing (both native and 2D-to-3D conversion), supported by Samsung's Clear Motion Rate 1200 which combines a 240Hz screen refresh rate, image processing, and LED edge lighting with micro-dimming technology to produce detailed smooth motion images.

However, that isn't the whole story. The UN46F8000 is also a fully functional Smart TV which includes a full web browser, supported by Quad Core Processing (just like a PC) and built-in WiFi, that provides you with access with an abundance internet and home network-based content via Samsung's Smart Hub and Apps features. In addition, the built-in camera allows you to make Skype video phone calls. Samsung even provides a Smart Touch Remote as well as control by voice and physical gestures. This TV is definitely worth checking out.
Review - Photos - Video Performance Tests - Compare Prices

Also available in following additional screen sizes: (55-inches - Compare Prices, (60-inches - Compare Prices), (65-inches - Compare Prices), and (75-inches Compare Prices).

7. Sony KDL-47W802A 3D/Network LED/LCD TV

The Sony KDL-47W802A is a 47-inch 16x9 LCD television that incorporates LED Edge Lighting and a native pixel resolution of 1920x1080 (1080p). This set includes some of the latest technology, such as both 2D and 3D viewing (4 pairs of 3D glasses included), four HDMI 1.4a inputs, 240Hz screen refresh rate, supplemented by 480Hz processing, and both ATSC and QAM tuners. The ATSC tuner allows reception of the over-the-air HDTV signals and the QAM tuner allows Digital/HD-cable (non-premium channels) reception.

In addition, the KDL-47W802A also has built-in WiFi capability and internet widgets that provide access to internet-based content, such as Netflix, YouTube, and more. However, getting down to the basics, the KDL-47W802A delivers excellent detail, color consistency, and contrast, and LED Edge Lighting is very energy efficient.
Compare Prices

Also available in a larger 55-inch screen size (KDL-55W802A - compare prices).

8. Samsung UN55H6350 55-inch Smart LED/LCD TV

Samsung UN55H6350 LED/LCD Smart TV - Photo - Front View - Garden
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The Samsung UN55H6350 is a 55-inch LCD TV that features an LED-edge lit panel with a stylish edge-to-edge screen design, 1080p native display resolution, and 120Hz refresh rate, enhanced by 240Hz ClearMotion processing. The set delivers a very good image for the price (read my review linked below for more details) and provides all the connectivity you need to plug in your Blu-ray Disc player, cable, and/or satellite box.

Also using either a wired Ethernet connection or convenient WiFi, the UN55H6350 provides access Netflix and other internet streaming services provided by the Samsung Apps platform, as well as content stored on your PC or compatible media server. You can even make video phone calls via Skype (optional camera required), or browse the web using either the provided remote or by plugging in a standard USB Windows Keyboard.

Review - Photo Profile - Video Performance Tests - Compare Prices

NOTE: This set is available in several additional screen sizes with the same features and performance.

UN50H6350: (50-inches - Compare Prices)
UN48H6350: (48-inches - Compare Prices)
UN40H6350: (40-inches - Compare Prices)
UN32H6350: (32-inches - Compare Prices)

UN60H6350: (60-inches - Compare Prices)
UN65H6350: (65-inches - Buy Direct)
UN75H6350: (75-inches - Compare Prices)

9. Vizio M602i-B3 60-inch Smart TV

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Image provided by Vizio

If you are looking for a TV in the 60-to-65 inch screen size, but are finding you just don't quite have enough cash - then you haven't seen the Vizio M602i-B3 LED/LCD TV. With a selling price of about $1,200.00 this one may be hard to pass up.

The M602i-B3 incorporates 1080p native display resolution, which is supported by 240Hz motion processing and LED Full Array backlighting with 32 Active LED Zones for more precise control of both image brightness and darkness.

Connections provided on the M602i-B3 include 4 HDMI inputs, a shared composite/component video input, and a USB ports (for accessing content stored on flash drives).

In addition, this set includes Vizio's Smart TV platform which provides easy access to lots of movie, TV, and music content from internet streaming services, including Netflix, Amazon Instant Video, M-GO, Pandora, and more that you can add.

The remote control even features a keypad on one side and QWERTY keyboard on the other, making it perfect for navigating the Smart TV features.

If you are looking for a large screen LED/LCD TV, for a not-so-large price, the Vizio M602i-B3 is definitely worth consideration.
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10. Panasonic TC-L42E60 Smart Viera LED/LCD TV

Panasonic TC-L42E60 Smart Viera LED/LCD TV - Photo - Front View
Photo © Robert Silva - Licensed to About.com

The TC-L42E60 is one of the growing number of LCD TVs coming from Pansonic. This set features 42-inch LED-edge LCD screen and a stylish edge-to-edge screen design.

There are three HDMI inputs, a shared component/composite video input, as well as a built-in NTSC/ATSC tuner for receiving over-the-air SD and HDTV TV. There are also two USB ports provided for accessing compatible media files stored on flash drives, or for plugging a USB keyboard for web browsing, or a compatible webcam for making Skype video calls.

Also, you have the option of using either A wired Ethernet connection or convenient WiFi, to access Netflix and other internet streaming services, as well as content stored on your PC or compatible media server.

There are also some additional features that you may be familiar with: Swipe and Share (which allows you to wirelessly view content from a compatible portable device on your TV), and as well as Voice Guidance (which provides a female voice to guide your through the TV's basic features).

Of course, the core function of a TV is to provide viewers with great picture quality, and the TC-L42E60 does a pretty good job there as well with fairly even black levels and good color and detail. Review - Photo Profile - Video Performance Tests - Official Product Page

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