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Best 52" LCD HDTV
The Best 52-Inch High Definition LCD TVs
How to buy the best, new 52" HDTV for your needs
March 2009 Consumer Reports Cover

  Best   Best Selling HDTV Sets   Best 

Start with "Consumer Reports" magazine:  Page 30 of the March 2009 issue of  "Consumer Reports" magazine  ranks 15 LCD HDTV sets for many things that include, price, picture quality, sound quality, ease of use, number of HDMI inputs (for connecting other HDMI  equipped devices like a Blu-Ray DVD or an Xbox game player)  The table also lists if the sets are 120 Hz (compared to the older, 60 Hz technology). 
Next check the most popular models:  Often there is  "wisdom in the masses" so you should check a list of the Best Selling HDTV Sets to see what others decided to buy. You may not always agree with all conclusions from "the masses" or "Consumer Reports", but at least we know neither is influenced by the need to sell advertising.

Final Step to selecting your new TV:  Do your own research in the store as your tastes will probably be somewhat different from "the masses" or "Consumer Reports."

For example, the LG 52LG50 is the only Consumer Reports "recommended" 52" LCD HDTV set that uses 60 Hz hence the great savings compared to the others. The 120 Hz option currently adds about $500 to the price of the set, depending on where you buy it. You can get great savings on many other top rated sets if you find 60Hz is good enough for your eyes and what you watch.

GREAT VALUE Not rated by Consumer Reports Magazine
I own a Samsung LNT5265F 52-Inch 1080p LCD HDTV which is the same version of top rated set but with 60Hz.  My side-by-side comparison in the store between 60 Hz and 120 Hz for the two HDTVs did not justify for what I watch the higher price for 120 Hz.  I decided to apply my budget dollars towards a larger 52" 60 Hz HDTV rather than a smaller set with 120 Hz. This shows that "Consumer Reports" magazine is a good place to start your research, but you still have to do the footwork to see what total features matter to you with the type of content you view.

Five 52" LCD HDTV sets we like:
Top Digital LCD HDTV Sets
 Samsung LN52A650 and Samsung LNT5265F
Sony Bravia KDL-52XBR6
Toshiba Regaza 52XV545U
Sony Bravia KDL-52XBR6

The 60 Hz sets have a bit of pixilation or blurry motion compared to plasme which is mostly made up for by going to 120 Hz.  The newest sets are starting to use 240 Hz for ultimate performance in very large screen sizes for those with fat wallets. To better understand how the technology works, scroll down to "Auto Motion plus 120 Hz" here.

LCD vs Plasma: LCD HDTVs use much less power for a given screen size compared to Plasma TVs. They could be cheaper to own over the long term. LCD HDTVs are usually easier to view in a bright room compared to plasma HDTVs.

LCD Definition:  Liquid Crystal Display
If you have picture troubles, make sure you have a good HDTV Antenna before returning your set.

DB2 Multi Directional HDTV Antenna DB2 Multi Directional HDTV Antenna 
  • Named "The Highest Performing Indoor Antennas" from HDTV Primer.
  • Receive uncompressed, over-the-airHDTV signals from local affiliates.
  • Better HDTV picture than cable or satellite.
  • Range: 1-30 Miles
  • Great for indoor, outdoor and attic use.

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