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The best flat panel tvs around 40 inch screen size includes some of the more advanced LED hdtvs. Even though you can get some of the best LCD hdtvs in the market at this size, LED hdtvs will typically outperform them in terms of display performance. However the best LED hdtvs around the 40 inch screen size are much more expensive ( around $1000-$1200)

Coming to the brand issue, LED and Plasma sets are available from several leading brands today and while the best Samsung 40-inch TVs of 2013 are the top LED models competing with Toshiba; the best 40-inch plasma HDTVs are definitely the Panasonic models perfect for smaller rooms which have dim lighting.

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Panasonic TC-P ST60

Panasonic TC-P50ST60 50-Inch 1080p 600Hz 3D Smart Plasma HDTV


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Panasonic TC-P ST60
LG LA7400
VIZIO M 1i-A2
Panasonic TC-L E60
Samsung UN F7100
Panasonic TC-P50ST60 50-Inch 1080p 600Hz 3D Smart Plasma HDTV
LG 47LA7400 47-In Cinema 3D 1080p LED-LCD HDTV
VIZIO M471i-A2 47-Inch 1080p 120Hz Smart LED HDTV
Panasonic TC-L42E60 42-Inch 1080p 120Hz Smart LED HDTV
Samsung UN46F7100 46-Inch 1080p 240Hz 3D Ultra Slim Smart LED HDTV
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Release Date
Jan 2013
Mar 2013
May 2013
Apr 2013
Mar 2013
Screen Size
50.0 inch
47.0 inch
47.0 inch
42.0 inch
46.0 inch
Contrast Ratio
1:5, 500, 000
200, 000:1
Digital TV Standard
HDTV Television
HDTV Television
HDTV Television
HDTV Television
HDTV Television
Flat Panel Type
Plasma TV
LED TV
LED TV
LED TV
LED TV
Aspect Ratio
Widescreen (16:9)
16:9
Widescreen (16:9)
16:9
DLNA Certified
DLNA Certified
DLNA Certified
DLNA Certified
3D-ready
3D-ready
3D-ready
Not 3D-ready
Not 3D-ready
3D-ready

  • The midlevel price and outstanding quality of the Panasonic TC-PST60 series make it our strongest TV recommendation ever.


  • The TC-P50ST60 is one of the best value TVs for this year. At $1100 it will be a great seller and the price may get a bit better before the year is over. It's got good 3D, great blacks, a simple but effective remote control, ample Smart TV features, and pretty good looks. Samsung PN51F5500 is one competitor, though I prefer the ST60. The Samsung UN50F6400 is an LED competitor.


  • All in all, I found the new look to strike a good balance, offering more options on the screen (so less navigation is required), but presenting everything a clean, logical way.


  • The LG 55LA7400 promises to be a pretty good seller for LG with the excellent Magic Remote, 3D, and faster 240Hz processing speed, and superior sound quality. Competition is from the Samsung UN55F7500 and UN55F7100, as well as many plasma TVs such as the Panasonic TC-P55VT60. Overall the TV has lots to offer though as of this writing may not be the best value on the market at around $2000.


  • Picture quality like this on a TV half the price would be one thing, but a price just shy of two grand is another story; the 47-inch LA7400 carries an MSRP of $1799.99. Definitely look for this on sale - we found it online for about $1200. Sure, much of what you're paying for is features - but that's exactly the point. If you're looking for top-dog picture quality, move on.


  • If you are after an LED set, the LA7400 performs well compared to other LEDs in its price range. The 55-incher reviewed here is $1,600 at Amazon, and the 60-inches comes in at $1,900. The pre-calibration image was OK, but the calibrated image was often beautiful, with great color saturation and a nice, natural look. The black level/contrast ratio is similar to other edge-lit LED LCD models (as in, only OK), but it offers some of the best 3D IĆ¢?? ve watched at home.


  • The 32 inch M321d sells for a modest $398 and is very attractively priced for this size and feature set. The LG 32LN5700 has the same set of features and sells for a bit more. This TV should be a great seller.


  • Charging the right price for a very good picture, Panasonic's E60 LED LCD is one of the best values available among midrange TVs.

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    The TC-L50E60 fits nicely into the E60 series. This 50 inch 1080p TV is a good candidate for those not interested in 3D playback. It's got a native 120Hz panel, so sports and fast action aren't going to be a problem. The Viera Connect suite is present with built in wifi. This solves any problems when it come to getting content on your TV. This TV gives a lot of bang for the buck.


  • Not everyone can afford a company's top-of-the-line flagship model, so it's nice that Panasonic offers the E60 series, with its wide array of big displays. If you have giant TVs on the brain, but your billfold needs a break, the 50-inch E60 (MSRP $1149.99) can be found online for $1,000. Picture quality like this doesn't exactly make my heart skip a beat, but on a 50-inch display with ample streaming options and a tame going-rate, this is a solid value.

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    In my opinion this TV looks as good or better than the ES8000 design-wise. A good chunk of dough has also been wiped from the price, so consider this one of my top value pics for 2013/2014. The only thing it gives up from the top model are the micro dimming ultimate, though it still has micro dimming, and it has a dual core processor rather than the quad-core, and no front facing camera.


  • The 55-inch F7100 is not worth $2,499 (though it's available right now for $1,699). While Samsung's Smart Hub (and the cable connectivity therein) is probably the best smart platform on the market, it's still only a smart platform. On one hand, this TV looks great, and is fitted with all of the modern accoutrement you might want with an investment in a new display. Be warned, though: It has a few drawbacks that make me hesitate to praise it further.


Top 5 40 inch tv:

  1. Panasonic TC-P50ST60 50-Inch 1080p 600Hz 3D Smart Plasma HDTV
  2. LG 47LA7400 47-In Cinema 3D 1080p LED-LCD HDTV
  3. VIZIO M471i-A2 47-Inch 1080p 120Hz Smart LED HDTV
  4. Panasonic TC-L42E60 42-Inch 1080p 120Hz Smart LED HDTV
  5. Samsung UN46F7100 46-Inch 1080p 240Hz 3D Ultra Slim Smart LED HDTV