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					                  LED TV Buyers Guide for 2012
Years ago, when you wanted to buy a flat panel HDTV, there was really
just one basic choice to make: LCD or plasma. Both technologies had their
share of fans, their advantages and challenges. Sometimes, it just came
down to what was most affordable, with the larger TVs in both technologies
carrying enormous price tags. Oh, how times (and the technologies) have
changed.



Of course, LCD and plasma are still alive and well -- and the fans are still
there, too. However, LED TV (a variation of LCD TV, using an LED
backlight) has been gaining momentum for the past few years, and is
becoming one of the more popular choices for HDTV shoppers today.



Born out of LCD, LED TV is a relatively new TV technology. While both
LCD and LED TV use LCD panels to create the image, LCD TVs use
fluorescent tubes to light up that image while LED TVs use LED lights
positioned along the sides or back of the TV to make that bright picture
possible. And yes, that picture is bright. LED TVs generally boast better
brightness and contrast over LCD TV, which means brighter whites (and
other colors) and deeper blacks.



Besides the on-screen image, there is a noticeable difference in the outer
appearance of LED TVs. LED TV is a lot thinner than its LCD predecessor.
However, it's important to note that despite having a slimmer appearance,
a brighter image and better picture quality, LED TVs are actually more
energy-efficient so you can feel good about your carbon footprint while
kicking back to watch your favorite shows.
       Figure 1Samsung's ES8000 Series has Micro Dimming Ultimate technology and a built-in TV camera.


LED TV Types



Now that you know that you want an LED TV, it's probably a good idea to
know what kind of LED TV. Here comes the monkey wrench: There are two
types of LED TVs to choose from.

Edge-lit LED TVs have a row of LEDs that wrap around one or more edges
of the panel. These lights shine into a multi-layered diffusor panel,
providing a uniform light source behind the LCD panel. This type of LED
allows for a very slim bezel and the greatest energy efficiency.



Full-matrix LED TVs use a full array of LEDs across the back of the display.
In order to make the backlight more uniform, they also use a diffuser panel.
Some also offer "local dimming," which allows different areas of the screen
to be shut off or diffused. The end result is a better perceived contrast and
better overall black levels. These days, even some edge-lit TVs use a form
of local dimming technology to improve the overall image quality.
Just know that not all LED TVs offer local dimming. The ones that do may
go by another name, as dictated by the manufacturer. VIZIO calls it "Smart
Dimming" and Samsung calls it "Precision Dimming." To see what each
manufacturer may call it, as well as what other features are being offered
on this year's LED TVs, let's take a peek at what manufacturers are offering
in the category in our LED TV Buyers Guide for 2012.

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                        LG
Above, we covered two types of LED
technology. However, LG is throwing a
wrench into things, by classifying its 2012
TVs under three LED groups. There is the
standard edge-lit stuff, LED Plus (edge-
lighting with local dimming) and NANO
LED, a unique approach to LED back
lighting that features a large number of tiny Figure 2The LM9600 is LG's only NANO LED HDTV
LED elements, combined with over 200                            for 2012.
zones of local dimming in order to create
superior lighting uniformity and contrast while minimizing cabinet depth.

The LM9600 is the company's lone NANO LED series. Available in 47-, 55-
and 60-inch sizes, these top of the line 1080p HDTVs have a full backlit
array. They are also part of LG's Cinema 3D line, which uses Film
Patterned Retarder (FPR) technology to boast a 3D viewing experience
without the flicker and additional expense of active shutter glasses. These
passive 3D TVs use inexpensive 3D glasses (similar to what you find in
theaters) to create a bright 3D image, though it does that at the expense of
half the resolution. Of course, you can watch these sets in regular 2D
mode as well, with full 1080p resolution and with no glasses required.



Other features in the LM9600 series include TruMotion 480Hz technology,
built-in WiFi and four HDMI inputs. This is also one of the many 2012 LG
HDTVs to include the company's Smart TV platform, which provides on-
screen access to thousands of movies, apps, videos and more, as well as a
full web browser.



Not to get confusing, but there is an 84-inch LM9600 model coming soon --
and that one features LED Plus technology (edge-lighting, with local
dimming). But it will also be packing a whopping 4K resolution (3840 x
2160 pixels) which means it has four times the detail of a 1080p set. This
is particularly helpful for 3D viewing as it maintains 1080p+ resolution even
in 3D mode.



LM9600 Series:

     47LM9600 47-Inch 1080p Cinema 3D LED HDTV (MSRP: $2899.99)
      - Buy it on Vanns.com
     55LM9600 55-Inch 1080p Cinema 3D LED HDTV (MSRP: $3599.99)
      - Buy it on Vanns.com
     60LM9600 60-Inch 1080p Cinema 3D LED HDTV (MSRP: $4199.99)
      - Buy it on Vanns.com
     84LM9600 84-Inch 4K Cinema 3D LED HDTV (MSRP TBA) - Coming
      Soon

The LM8600, LM7600 and LM6700 models also have LED Plus. Available
in 47- and 55-inch sizes, each of these Cinema 3D TVs has a 1080p image
and Smart TV features.

Setting the LM8600 apart is LG's Dual Core chipset, which is good for
multitasking and handy for interacting with the company's new 4-mode
Magic Remote. Other features include built-in WiFi and Mobile HD Link, for
connecting portable devices to the TV. Oh, and each of these models
comes packing six pairs of 3D glasses, so you can start up the tradition of
family 3D movie nights without any additional purchase required.



LM8600 Series:
      47LM8600 47-Inch 1080p 240Hz Cinema 3D LED HDTV (MSRP:
       $2299.99) - Buy it on Amazon
      55LM8600 55-Inch 1080p 240Hz Cinema 3D LED HDTV (MSRP:
       $2899.99) - Buy it on Amazon

All of the models in the LM7600 and LM6700 Series come with the six pairs
of 3D glasses and a 3-mode Magic Remote. Other common features
include built-in WiFi, four HDMI inputs and three USB ports.



LM6700 and LM7600 Series:

      47LM6700 47-Inch    1080p 120Hz LED HDTV (MSRP: $1749.99) -
       Buy it on Amazon
      55LM6700 55-Inch    1080p 120Hz LED HDTV (MSRP: $2299.99) -
       Buy it on Amazon
      47LM7600 47-Inch    1080p 240Hz LED HDTV (MSRP: $1949.99) -
       Buy it on Amazon
      55LM7600 55-Inch    1080p 240Hz LED HDTV (MSRP: $2549.99) -
       Buy it on Amazon

The LM6200 Series is being marketed as a value version of LG's LED TV
line. Basically though, it has everything mentioned above in sizes ranging
from 32 to 65 inches Of course, there's one exception -- the Magic Remote.
Sure, it works with it, but it's more of an option. In other words, if you want
one, you're going to have to pay extra.



LM6200 Series:

      32LM6200 32-Inch 1080p 120Hz        Cinema 3D LED HDTV (MSRP:
       $649.99) - Buy it on Amazon
      42LM6200 42-Inch 1080p 120Hz        Cinema 3D LED HDTV (MSRP:
       $1299.99) - Buy it on Amazon
      47LM6200 47-Inch 1080p 120Hz        Cinema 3D LED HDTV (MSRP:
       $1499.99) - Buy it on Amazon
      55LM6200 55-Inch 1080p 120Hz        Cinema 3D LED HDTV (MSRP:
       $2099.99) - Buy it on Amazon
     65LM6200 65-Inch 1080p 120Hz Cinema 3D LED HDTV (MSRP:
      $3599.99) - Buy it on Amazon

The G2 Series, which was previously known as the LMG620, is LG's only
line to include Google TV for 2012. Available in 47- and 55-inch sizes,
these 1080p models come packing a remote with a QWERTY keyboard, so
users can easily tap into on-demand content, TV shows, movies, sports,
news, social networking, and everything else that the web has to offer.



Each of these TVs also fall under the Cinema 3D umbrella, and come with
six pairs of 3D glasses. Other features include 120Hz TruMotion
technology, built-in WiFi, four HDMI inputs and three USB ports.



G2 Series, Featuring Google TV:

     47G2 47-Inch 1080p 120Hz Cinema 3D LED HDTV with Google TV
      (MSRP: $1699.99) - Buy it on Amazon
     55G2 55-Inch 1080p 120Hz Cinema 3D LED HDTV with Google TV
      (MSRP: $2299.99) - Buy it on Amazon

The LM5800 doesn't have Smart TV features. It's for people who want a
good bargain on a good 3D TV. The four sizes in this series each have a
full 1080p HD image, 120Hz TruMotion technology, DLNA support, three
HDMI ports, and one USB port. As of the time of publication, these sets
are not yet available.



LM5800 Series:

     32LM5800 32-Inch 1080p Cinema 3D LED HDTV (MSRP TBA) -
      Coming Soon
     42LM5800 42-Inch 1080p Cinema 3D LED HDTV (MSRP TBA) -
      Coming Soon
     47LM5800 47-Inch 1080p Cinema 3D LED HDTV (MSRP TBA) -
      Coming Soon
     55LM5800 55-Inch 1080p Cinema 3D LED HDTV (MSRP TBA) -
      Coming Soon

On the flipside, the LS5700 Series features all of the Smart TV features,
without the 3D effects. All four sizes include a 1080p resolution, TruMotion
120Hz technology and virtually everything the web has to offer. To tap into
that web content, these TVs do have built-in WiFi, as well as four HDMI
inputs and three USB ports for other AV components.



LM5700 Series:

     42LS5700 42-Inch 1080p LED          HDTV with Smart TV (MSRP:
      $1099.99) - Buy it on Amazon
     47LS5700 47-Inch 1080p LED          HDTV with Smart TV (MSRP:
      $1299.99) - Buy it on Amazon
     55LS5700 55-Inch 1080p LED          HDTV with Smart TV (MSRP:
      $1879.99) - Buy it on Amazon
     60LS5700 60-Inch 1080p LED          HDTV with Smart TV (MSRP:
      $2599.99) - Buy it on Amazon

LG also has a few no-frills models available this year. Available in 22-, 26-
and 32-inch sizes, the LS3500 Series has a 720p image, a 60Hz refresh
rate, and two HDMI inputs. The LS4600 Series bumps the sizes up to 47
and 55 inches, with a 1080p resolution, a 120Hz refresh rate, and three
HDMI inputs on each.



LM3500/LM4600 Series:

     22LS3500 22-Inch 720p 60Hz LED HDTV (MSRP: $299.99) - Buy it
      on Amazon
     26LS3500 26-Inch 720p 60Hz LED HDTV (MSRP: $329.99) - Buy it
      on Amazon
     32LS3500 32-Inch 720p 60Hz LED HDTV (MSRP: $459.99) - Buy it
      on Amazon
     47LS4600 47-Inch 1080p 120Hz LED HDTV (MSRP: $1099.99) - Buy
      it on Amazon
     55LS4600 55-Inch 1080p 120Hz LED HDTV (MSRP: $1649.99) - Buy
      it on Amazon

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                               Panasonic
This year, Panasonic introduced 47- and 55-inch screen sizes into the LED
category. Also, the company upped its LED offering from the seven models
in 2011 to 16 for this year.



At the top of the heap is the WT50 Series. Promising a full 1080p image in
2D and 3D, this model uses new Bluetooth 3D glasses and has
Panasonic's new advanced LED IPS (In Plane Switching) panels, which
promise to improve black levels and off-axis viewing as while reducing on-
mode power consumption by about 25 percent when compared to last
year's similar models. It also has 2D-to-3D conversion, 3D real sound with
eight train speakers, and Panasonic's own VIERA Connect web platform,
which now has its own web browser. Other features include built-in WiFi,
the new VIERA Touch Pad Controller, four HDMI inputs and three USB
ports.



WT50 Series:

     TC-L47WT50 47-Inch 1080p 3D IPS LED HDTV (MSRP: $2299.99) -
      Buy it on Amazon
     TC-L55WT50 55-Inch 1080p 3D IPS LED HDTV (MSRP: $2999.99) -
      Buy it on Amazon

Like the above models, the DT50 Series has the full 1080p HD in 2D and
3D, as well as the IPS panel, the built-in WiFi, and the VIERA Connect
features. The only real difference between this model and what you're
seeing above is that the DT50 doesn't come packing the Touch Pad
Controller.
DT50 Series:

     TC-L47DT50 47-Inch 1080p 3D IPS LED HDTV (MSRP: $1899.99) -
      Buy it on Amazon
     TC-L55DT50 55-Inch 1080p 3D IPS LED HDTV (MSRP: $2499.99) -
      Buy it on Amazon

This year will mark Panasonic's first entry into the polarized 3D arena, with
the ET5 Series. Available in three sizes, these models have the IPS LED
panel, 360 backlight scanning for a smooth image, built-in WiFi and VIERA
Connect with the web browser. Also, if you're looking to check out
Panasonic's version of passive 3D, each of the ET5s comes packing four
pairs of 3D glasses.



ET5 Series:

     TC-L42ET5 42-Inch 1080p 3D IPS LED HDTV (MSRP: $1099.99) -
      Buy it on Amazon
     TC-L47ET5 47-Inch 1080p 3D IPS LED HDTV (MSRP: $1299.99) -
      Buy it on Amazon
     TC-L55ET5 55-Inch 1080p 3D IPS LED HDTV (MSRP: $1899.99) -
      Buy it on Amazon

The E50 Series is very similar to the models above, but without the 3D
features. All three models have that IPS LED LCD panel, a 1080p picture,
the 360 backlight scanning, DLNA support and VIERA Connect. It also has
four HDMI inputs and two USB ports. You may want to save one of the
USBs to add WiFi into the setup, since this line offers that as an optional
feature.



E50 Series:

     TC-L42E50 42-Inch 1080p IPS LED HDTV (MSRP: $899.99) - Buy it
      on Amazon
     TC-L47E50 47-Inch 1080p IPS LED HDTV (MSRP: $1099.99) - Buy it
      on Amazon
     TC-L55E50 55-Inch 1080p IPS LED HDTV (MSRP: $1699.99) - Buy it
      on Amazon

All four HDTVs on the E5 Series have a 1080p image and the IPS LED
panel, as well as the option to add in WiFi via an add-on dongle. It also has
four HDMI inputs, two USB ports and a PC input. The big difference
between this line and what you see above is that the E5 series doesn't
have 3D support or VIERA Connect. Instead, you can stream DLNA
components and an Online Movies feature, which directs you to a variety of
VOD services at the touch of a button.



E5 Series:

     TC-L32E5 32-Inch 1080p IPS LED HDTV (MSRP: $499.99) - Buy it
      on Amazon
     TC-L37E5 37-Inch 1080p IPS LED HDTV (MSRP: $599.99) - Buy it
      on Amazon
     TC-L42E5 42-Inch 1080p IPS LED HDTV (MSRP: $679.99) - Buy it
      on Amazon
     TC-L47E5 47-Inch 1080p IPS LED HDTV (MSRP: $849.99) - Coming
      Soon

Last in Panasonic's 2012 line is the X5 Series, which puts the IPS LED
panel into two 720p models. Other features include three HDMI inputs, one
USB port, and an SD card slot.



X5 Series:

     TC-L24X5 24-Inch 720p IPS LED HDTV (MSRP: $249.99) - Buy it on
      JR.com
     TC-L32X5 32-Inch 720p IPS LED HDTV (MSRP: $399.99) - Buy it on
      Amazon
                              Samsung
Back in March, Samsung unleashed a total of 42 LED TV models, with
many including Smart TV features, Samsung's new Signature Services, a
web browser, and even voice and gesture controls.



At the top of the 2012 line is the ES8000 Series. These models feature
everything you could want, including a full 1080p HD image and a dual-
core processor. What puts this one at the top of the heap is Samsung's
Micro Dimming Ultimate technology, which analyzes the picture in
hundreds of segments to produce the best LED backlight and video signal
in real time.



The ES8000 also has active 3D technology, and throws in four pairs of
glasses with each purchase. Samsung believes that the active 3D viewing
experience, with its full resolution picture in 3D mode, is so superior to
passive 3D as to justify the additional expense of active 3D glasses, but
they've also dropped the price of their own active 3D glasses to under
$20/pair. This makes family 3D movie nights more reasonable even when
you choose to invite over a few friends.



Other features on the ES8000 line include built-in WiFi, access to Samsung
Apps and Signature Services, a web browser, and the Smart Touch
Remote. There are also plenty of "smart interaction" features, such as
gesture control and voice navigation, for TV operation beyond the typical
remote. Also new for 2012 is face recognition, which allows users to log
into their own personalized version of Samsung Apps using a video camera
that's built right into the TV.



ES8000 Series:

     UN46ES8000 46-Inch 1080p 240Hz 3D LED HDTV (MSRP:
      $2999.99) - Buy it on Amazon
     UN55ES8000 55-Inch 1080p 240Hz 3D LED HDTV (MSRP:
      $3799.99) - Buy it on Amazon
     UN60ES8000 60-Inch 1080p 240Hz 3D LED HDTV (MSRP:
      $4399.99) - Buy it on Amazon
     UN65ES8000 65-Inch 1080p 240Hz 3D LED HDTV (MSRP:
      $5099.99) - Buy it on Vanns.com

All four models in the UNES7500 Series have the same features as what's
listed above -- all the way down to the Smart Touch Remote and the four
pairs of 3D glasses. The big difference here is that these sets use Micro
Dimming Pro technology, which promises excellent black levels and
contrast, although not quite up to the level of the ES8500 series' Micro
Dimming Ultimate technology. So in the good/better/best department,
these would be considered "better."



ES7500 Series:

     UN46ES7500 46-Inch 1080p 240Hz          3D LED HDTV (MSRP:
      $2599.99) - Buy it on Amazon
     UN50ES7500 50-Inch 1080p 240Hz          3D LED HDTV (MSRP:
      $2929.99) - Buy it on OneCall.com
     UN55ES7500 55-Inch 1080p 240Hz          3D LED HDTV (MSRP:
      $3379.99) - Buy it on Amazon
     UN60ES7500 60-Inch 1080p 240Hz          3D LED HDTV (MSRP:
      $3999.99) - Buy it on Amazon

Under the ES7100 Series, there are four models. Like the two lines listed
above, these sets have a 1080p image in both 2D and 3D and come with
the four pairs of 3D glasses. There are a few differences, however. The
ES7100 has what's called "standard" micro dimming. Also, none of these
models have the Smart Touch Remote, the built-in camera, or any of the
smart interaction features (voice and gesture control).



ES7100 Series:

     UN46ES7100 46-Inch 1080p 240Hz 3D LED HDTV (MSRP:
      $2399.99) - Buy it on Amazon
     UN50ES7100 50-Inch 1080p 240Hz 3D LED HDTV (MSRP:
      $2729.99) - Buy it on Vanns.com
     UN55ES7100 55-Inch 1080p 240Hz 3D LED HDTV (MSRP:
      $3149.99) - Buy it on Vanns.com
     UN60ES7100 60-Inch 1080p 240Hz 3D LED HDTV (MSRP:
      $3799.99) - Buy it on Vanns.com

The ES6600 Series has three models, each with a 1080p image and active
3D technology. This series drops the number of included 3D glasses down
to two pairs. It also has Samsung's Smart TV platform and Signature
Services, which you can access through the set's built-in WiFi. Other
features include three HDMI inputs and three USB ports.



ES6600 Series:

     UN46ES6600 46-Inch 1080p 120Hz 3D LED HDTV (MSRP:
      $1929.99) - Buy it on Amazon
     UN55ES6600 55-Inch 1080p 120Hz 3D LED HDTV (MSRP:
      $2719.99) - Buy it on Amazon
     UN60ES6600 60-Inch 1080p 120Hz 3D LED HDTV (MSRP:
      $3379.99) - Coming Soon

With a whopping seven models, the ES6500 Series is the largest line in
Samsung's 2012 LED lot. All of the models have a 1080p image, active 3D
technology and LED edge backlight. This model also comes packing two
pairs of 3D glasses in the box, as well as access to Samsung's Smart TV
and Signature Services. Other features include built-in WiFi, a web
browser, three HDMI inputs and three USB ports.



ES6500 Series:

     UN32ES6500 32-Inch 1080p 120Hz 3D LED HDTV (MSRP: $999.99)
      - Buy it on Vanns.com
     UN40ES6500 40-Inch 1080p 120Hz 3D LED HDTV (MSRP:
      $1499.99) - Buy it on Amazon
     UN46ES6500 46-Inch 1080p 120Hz 3D LED HDTV (MSRP:
      $1729.99) - Buy it on Amazon
     UN50ES6500 50-Inch 1080p          120Hz 3D LED HDTV (MSRP:
      $2079.99) - Buy it on Vanns
     UN55ES6500 55-Inch 1080p          120Hz 3D LED HDTV (MSRP:
      $2519.99) - Buy it on Amazon
     UN60ES6500 60-Inch 1080p          120Hz 3D LED HDTV (MSRP:
      $3179.99) - Buy it on Amazon
     UN65ES6500 65-Inch 1080p          120Hz 3D LED HDTV (MSRP:
      $3899.99) - Buy it on Vanns.com

The ES6100 Series is where Samsung drops the 3D effects for 2012.
There's no 3D, but each of the five models in this series has a 1080p
image, built-in WiFi, and access to Smart TV features and Signature
Services.



ES6100 Series:

     UN40ES6100 40-Inch    1080p 120Hz LED HDTV (MSRP: $1199.99) -
      Buy it on Amazon
     UN46ES6100 46-Inch    1080p 120Hz LED HDTV (MSRP: $1399.99) -
      Buy it on Amazon
     UN50ES6100 50-Inch    1080p 120Hz LED HDTV (MSRP: $1729.99) -
      Buy it on Vanns.com
     UN55ES6100 55-Inch    1080p 120Hz LED HDTV (MSRP: $2199.99) -
      Buy it on Amazon
     UN60ES6100 60-Inch    1080p 120Hz LED HDTV (MSRP: $2899.99) -
      Buy it on Amazon

The six models in the EH6000 Series don't have the web-enabled bells and
whistles listed above. However, each one does have a full 1080p HD image
and the ConnectShare Movie feature for playback of a USB memory drive
or other external hard drive through one of the set's three USB ports. Each
of these TVs also has three HDMI inputs for adding in a Blu-ray player, a
streaming set-top box or another AV component.



EH6000 Series:
     UN40EH6000 40-Inch 1080p 120Hz LED HDTV (MSRP: $849.99)           -
      Buy it on Amazon
     UN46EH6000 46-Inch 1080p 120Hz LED HDTV (MSRP: $1079.99)          -
      Buy it on Amazon
     UN50EH6000 50-Inch 1080p 120Hz LED HDTV (MSRP: $1249.99)          -
      Buy it on Vanns.com
     UN55EH6000 55-Inch 1080p 120Hz LED HDTV (MSRP: $1549.99)          -
      Buy it on Amazon
     UN60EH6000 60-Inch 1080p 120Hz LED HDTV (MSRP: $2099.99)          -
      Buy it on Amazon
     UN65EH6000 65-Inch 1080p 120Hz LED HDTV (MSRP: $2649.99)          -
      Buy it on Amazon

The four models in the EH5300 Series all have a 1080p image, but drop
the refresh rate down to 60Hz. The tradeoff is that all of these sets add
back in Smart TV features and Signature Services, all via WiFi or a
hardwired Ethernet connection. Each of these sets also has three HDMI
inputs and two USB ports.



EH5300 Series:

     UN32EH5300 32-Inch    1080p 60Hz LED HDTV (MSRP: $579.99) -
      Buy it on Amazon
     UN40EH5300 40-Inch    1080p 60Hz LED HDTV (MSRP: $799.99) -
      Buy it on Amazon
     UN46EH5300 46-Inch    1080p 60Hz LED HDTV (MSRP: $1019.99) -
      Buy it on Amazon
     UN50EH5300 50-Inch    1080p 60Hz LED HDTV (MSRP: $1199.99) -
      Buy it on Vanns.com

The five models in the EH5000 Series are exactly the same as what's in
the EH5300 Series, except without the Smart TV features. What you do
get, however, is a 1080p HDTV with a 60Hz refresh rate, two HDMI inputs
and one USB port.



EH5000 Series:
     UN32EH5000 32-Inch    1080p 60Hz LED HDTV (MSRP: $549.99) -
      Buy it on Amazon
     UN37EH5000 37-Inch    1080p 60Hz LED HDTV (MSRP: $649.99) -
      Buy it on Vanns.com
     UN40EH5000 40-Inch    1080p 60Hz LED HDTV (MSRP: $749.99) -
      Buy it on Amazon
     UN46EH5000 46-Inch    1080p 60Hz LED HDTV (MSRP: $979.99) -
      Buy it on Amazon
     UN50EH5000 50-Inch    1080p 60Hz LED HDTV (MSRP: $1149.99) -
      Buy it on Vanns.com

Last, but certainly not least, Samsung has two EH4000 models. Designed
for smaller spaces, both of these models have a 720p image, the
ConnectShare Movie feature, two HDMI inputs and two USB ports.



EH4000 Series:

     UN26EH4000 26-Inch 720p 60Hz LED HDTV (MSRP: $329.99) - Buy
      it on Amazon
     UN32EH4000 32-Inch 720p 60Hz LED HDTV (MSRP: $419.99) - Buy
      it on Amazon
                                  Sharp
Earlier this year, Sharp announced some big LED plans -- literally. Out of
the four TV lines that the company is releasing this year, the smallest
model is 42 inches. If that just seems too tiny for you, there's also an eye-
popping 80-incher available.



That big boy is part of the AQUOS Quattron 8 Series 3D LED TVs. All
three models have a 1080p image, Quattron Quad Pixel Plus II technology,
active 3D, a 240Hz refresh rate, four HDMI inputs and built-in WiFi. That
connectivity is helpful when it comes to accessing Sharp's SmartCentral, a
web-based platform that provides on-screen access to Netflix, Hulu Plus,
Facebook, CinemaNow, YouTube, and more. It's important to note that the
80-incher features full array LED and the 60- and 70-inch models are edge-
lit LED.



Quattron 8 Series:

     LC-60LE847U 60-Inch 1080p 240Hz 3D LED HDTV (MSRP:
      $3199.99) - Buy it on Amazon
     LC-70LE847U 70-Inch 1080p 240Hz 3D LED HDTV (MSRP:
      $4199.99) - Buy it on Amazon
     LC-80LE844U 80-Inch 1080p 240Hz 3D LED HDTV (MSRP:
      $6499.99) - Buy it on Amazon

The two AQUOS 7 Series 3D LED TVs are active 3D, edge-lit LED TVs
with a full 1080p HD image and a 120Hz refresh rate. Both also have built-
in WiFi, Sharp's SmartCentral platform, and four HDMI inputs.



AQUOS 7 Series:

     LC-60LE745U 60-Inch 1080p 120Hz 3D LED HDTV (MSRP:
      $2699.99) - Buy it on Amazon
     LC-70LE745U 70-Inch 1080p 120Hz 3D LED HDTV (MSRP:
      $3599.99) - Buy it on Amazon
The aforementioned "tiny" set -- you know, the 42-incher -- is part of the
AQUOS 6/5 Series. None of these TV models have 3D features. However,
all three have a 1080p image, edge-lit backlighting, a 120Hz refresh rate,
built-in WiFi, and access to the SmartCentral hub.



The difference between the 6 Series and the 5 Series is that the 5s are the
only models that don't have access to AQUOS Advantage Live, which
provides live, on-screen customer support.



AQUOS 5 Series and 6 Series:

     LC-42LE540U 42-Inch 1080p 120Hz LED HDTV (MSRP: $699.99)            -
      Buy it on Amazon
     LC-46LE540U 46-Inch 1080p 120Hz LED HDTV (MSRP: $999.99)            -
      Buy it on Amazon
     LC-52LE640U 52-Inch 1080p 120Hz LED HDTV (MSRP: $1399.99)           -
      Buy it on Amazon
     LC-60LE640U 60-Inch 1080p 120Hz LED HDTV (MSRP: $1799.99)           -
      Buy it on Amazon
     LC-70LE640U 70-Inch 1080p 120Hz LED HDTV (MSRP: $2799.99)           -
      Buy it on Amazon
                                  Sony

Sony is adding to its BRAVIA offering this year, adding a total of three new
LED lines. All of them include the BRAVIA Internet Video platform, which
features Sony's Video On Demand and Music Unlimited powered by
Qriocity service, as well as Netflix, Pandora, Hulu Plus, Amazon Instant
Video, YouTube, and more.


At the top is the BRAVIA HX850 Series, which features 46- and 55-inch
sizes. Each one has a full 1080p HD image, active 3D technology, and
dynamic edge LED backlight with local dimming. Other features include the
X-Reality PRO engine with 3D Super Resolution, Motionflow XR 960
technology, a frameless Monolithic design, and built-in WiFi.



HX850 Series:

     KDL-46HX850 46-Inch 1080p 240Hz 3D LED HDTV (MSRP:
      $2099.99) - Buy it on Amazon
     KDL-55HX850 55-Inch 1080p 240Hz 3D LED HDTV (MSRP:
      $2599.99) - Buy it on Amazon

Right under that is the BRAVIA HX750 Series. Like the above models,
these sets have the 1080p image, active 3D, and built-in WiFi. However,
they also have dynamic edge LED backlight with frame dimming, the X-
Reality engine, and Motionflow XR 480 technology.



HX750 Series:

     KDL-46HX750 46-Inch 1080p 240Hz 3D LED HDTV (MSRP:
      $1599.99) - Buy it on Amazon
     KDL-55HX750 55-Inch 1080p 240Hz 3D LED HDTV (MSRP:
      $2099.99) - Buy it on Amazon

Sony had such success with the XBR-HX929 Series last year, they
decided to carry the line over for 2012. All three HX929 models feature
1080p in 2D and 3D, Sony's Intelligent Peak LED backlight, and the
Monolithic Design. It also has MotionFlow XR 960, which has backlight
control that is synchronized with the liquid crystal movement from frame to
frame, for better, sharper images. Other features include the X-Reality PRO
Engine video processor, built-in Wi-Fi, Skype support, a rear IR-input and a
two-way RS232c connection.



HX929 Series:

     XBR-46HX929 46-inch 1080p 3D XR 960 LED HDTV (MSRP:
      $2999.99) - Buy it on Amazon
     XBR-55HX929 55-inch 1080p 3D XR 960 LED HDTV (MSRP:
      $3499.99) - Buy it on Amazon
     XBR-65HX929 65-inch 1080p 3D XR 960 LED HDTV (MSRP:
      $5499.99) - Buy it on Amazon

The last of Sony's 2012 LED line is the BRAVIA EX640 Series. The three
models in this line do not support 3D. However, each one has a full 1080p
HD picture with Edge LED backlight, Motionflow XR 240 technology, and
the Clear Resolution Enhancer feature. Oh, and unlike the above models,
the EX640 sets don't have built-in WiFi. However, that's simple to remedy,
since each one comes with a WiFi adapter in the box.



EX640 Series:

     KDL-40EX640 40-Inch 1080p 120Hz LED HDTV (MSRP: $899.99) -
      Buy it on Amazon
     KDL-46EX640 46-Inch 1080p 120Hz LED HDTV (MSRP: $1199.99) -
      Buy it on Amazon
     KDL-55EX640 55-Inch 1080p 120Hz LED HDTV (MSRP: $1699.99) -
      Buy it on Amazon
                               Toshiba

Toshiba announced a slew of new features for its two 3D-enabled LED
HDTV lines. Both include Toshiba's ePortal and MediaGuide, which has
Rovi data and programming metadata. There's also a new SearchAll
feature that allows users to search for content across TV channels,
streaming services and the home network, via any keyword. Open Browser
provides access to almost any website, as well as bookmark features.
Other common features include built-in WiFi, MediaShare, and Tablet
Remote App Capability (TRAC).


The L7200 Cinema Series LED Smart 3D TV kicks off this year's offering,
with two sizes. Both have passive 3D technology, a 1080p 2D image, and
ClearScan 240Hz technology. Other new features include two-way ported
speakers with the Audyssey Premium Suite, a bezel-less design, four
HDMI inputs, two USB ports, and an HD PC input. This model also comes
packing a wireless keyboard so you can navigate all of those options a lot
easier.



L7200 Series:

     47L7200U 47-Inch 1080p 240Hz 3D LED HDTV (MSRP: $1899.99) -
      Buy it on Amazon
     55L7200U 55-Inch 1080p 240Hz 3D LED HDTV (MSRP: $2399.99) -
      Buy it on Amazon

All three models in the L6200 Series also have the passive 3D technology,
the 1080p 2D image, Smart TV features, built-in WiFi, the Audyssey sound,
and that bezel-less design. Whew! However, the two major differences is
that this 3D-capable model drops the ClearScan to 120Hz and doesn't
come with the keyboard.
LX6200 Series:

     42L6200U 42-Inch 1080p 120Hz 3D LED HDTV (MSRP: $1399.99) -
      Buy it on Amazon
     47L6200U 47-Inch 1080p 120Hz 3D LED HDTV (MSRP: $1599.99) -
      Buy it on Amazon
     55L6200U 55-Inch 1080p 120Hz 3D LED HDTV (MSRP: $2099.99) -
      Buy it on Amazon

As far as the non-3D models are concerned, Toshiba revamped its entire
LED lineup for 2012. The end result is a new Aero Family Design, with
Audyssey EQ and Audyssey ABX sound, and the addition of 50-inch class
size models. Also, all of the new LEDs will include multiple picture mode
options, including the new Dynamic Mode, which is designed to maximize
picture contrast, color and sharpness.

The three screen sizes in the L5200 Series all have a full 1080p image,
edge LED backlighting, ClearFrame 120Hz technology, three HDMI inputs,
one USB port, and a PC input.



L5200 Series:

     40L5200U 40-Inch 1080p 120Hz LED HDTV (MSRP: $669.99) - Buy
      it on Amazon
     46L5200U 46-Inch 1080p 120Hz LED HDTV (MSRP: $899.99) - Buy
      it on Amazon
     50L5200U 50-Inch 1080p 120Hz LED HDTV (MSRP: $1099.99) - Buy
      it on Amazon

The L4200 Series drops screen sizes to 19, 24 and 32 inches. Designed to
go in some of the smaller areas of the home, all three of these feature two
HDMI inputs, one USB port, and an HD PC input. The 24-incher is the only
one in this lot to deliver a full 1080p HD image, with the other two cranking
out a 720p picture.

L4200 Series:

     19L4200U 19-Inch 720p 60Hz LED HDTV (MSRP: $179.99) - Buy it
      on Amazon
     24L4200U 24-Inch 1080p 60Hz LED HDTV (MSRP: $249.99) - Buy it
      on Amazon
     32L4200U 32-Inch 720p 60Hz LED HDTV (MSRP: $399.99) - Buy it
      on Amazon

The last in Toshiba's 2012 line is the V4210 1080p Full HD LED/DVD
Combo TV. Perfect for the bedroom, kitchen, playroom or other small area,
this model packs a 24-inch 1080p HDTV and DVD player into one unit.
Other features include two HDMI inputs, a USB port and an HD PC input.

V4210 Series:

     24V4210U 24-Inch 1080p 60Hz LED HDTV/DVD Combo (MSRP:
      $299.99) - Buy it on Amazon
                                  VIZIO

We've come to expect a hearty selection of LED HDTVs from VIZIO and
this year will be no different. Kicking off the 2012 line is a trio of
CinemaWide HDTVs, which have passive 3D technology and an ultrawide
21:9 aspect ratio, which is very close to a movie theater's 2.35:1 aspect
ratio at 2.33:1. The latter allows viewers to ditch the black bars, without
sacrificing any of the image while watching a Cinemascope movie.

Also, because this is a CinemaWide, users can enjoy an enhanced version
of VIZIO Internet Apps (V.I.A.). V.I.A. is the company's web-enabled
platform, with content from Netflix, Hulu Plus, Amazon Instant Video,
Facebook, Twitter, VUDU, Pandora, and more. With CinemaWide, V.I.A.
users can enjoy a better view, as well as the option for apps side-by-side
next to a full 16:9 HD image.



The 50- and 58-inch sets have VIZIO's Edge Lit Razor LED backlight LCD
with Smart Dimming technology, with the 71-incher coming with VIZIO's
Full Array TruLED backlighting with Smart Dimming. Other CinemaWide
features across the board include built-in WiFi, a Bluetooth remote with a
QWERTY keypad, and four pairs of 3D glasses in the box.



CinemaWide XVT CM Series:

     XVT3D500CM 50-Inch 1080p 120Hz LED HDTV (MSRP TBA) -
      Coming Soon
     XVT3D580CM 58-Inch 1080p 120Hz LED HDTV (MSRP TBA) -
      Coming Soon
     XVT3D710CM 71-Inch 1080p 240Hz LED HDTV (MSRP TBA) -
      Coming Soon

If you're willing to give up the 21:9 dream, there are plenty of premium
features to be had in the R Series. The 47- and 55-inch models have 240
SPS technology and TrueLED. The 65-inch model has Razor LED and a
120Hz refresh rate. All three models have a 1080p 2D image, smart
dimming, built-in WiFi, and access to V.I.A. Plus services. Each one is also
a passive 3D TV, which you can test out immediately, since each of these
sets comes packing four pairs of 3D glasses. If you're worried about how
you're going to control everything, the 47- and 65-inch models come with
the 2-sided remote with a QWERTY keyboard. The 55-inch TV has
Bluetooth remote with the QWERTY keyboard and a touchpad.



R Series:

     R3D470VS 47-Inch 1080p 240Hz LED HDTV (MSRP TBA) - Coming
      Soon
     R3D550VS 55-Inch 1080p 240Hz LED HDTV (MSRP TBA) - Coming
      Soon
     R3D650VS 65-Inch 1080p 240Hz LED HDTV (MSRP TBA) - Coming
      Soon

All three models in the M Series have a 1080p 2D image, Razer LED
technology, built-in WiFi and V.I.A. access. Each one also has passive 3D,
which you can test out with the included glasses. The 47-incher comes with
two pairs, with the two larger models adding in another two pairs. The 47-
and 55-inch models have the 240 SPS technology and the 65-incher has a
120Hz refresh rate. Other common features across all of the models
include smart dimming, built-in WiFi, and V.I.A. access. If you're partial to
the type of controller, you have some decisions to make. The 47-incher
comes with the 2-sided remote with the QWERTY keyboard, while the 55-
incher has Bluetooth and the 2-sided remote with the QWERTY keyboard.
Just to throw a wrench into things, the 65-inch model has an IR remote,
with a QWERTY keyboard.



M Series:

     M3D470KD 47-Inch 1080p 240Hz LED HDTV (MSRP: $949.99) - Buy
      it on Amazon
     M3D550KD 55-Inch 1080p 240Hz LED HDTV (MSRP: $1499.99) -
      Buy it on Amazon
     M3D650SV 65-Inch 1080p 240Hz LED HDTV (MSRP: $2389.99) -
      Buy it on Amazon
The E Series offers three different sizes with passive 3D and two pairs of
3D glasses in the box. The 32-incher has a 60Hz refresh rate, with the
other two clocking in at 120Hz. They don't have smart dimming, but all
three also have built-in WiFi and V.I.A. access, as well as the 2-sided
QWERTY keyboard.



E Series:

     E3D320VX 32-inch 1080p 60Hz 3D LED HDTV (MSRP: $499.99) -
      Buy it on Amazon
     E3D420VX 42-inch 1080p 120Hz 3D LED HDTV (MSRP: $749.99) -
      Buy it on Amazon
     E3D470VX 47-inch 1080p 120Hz 3D LED HDTV (MSRP: $899.99) -
      Buy it on Amazon

				
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