Updated on 2 August 2013 by

LCD HDTV is an older technology, comes in sizes from 19 inches to 65 inches, is the cheapest of the lot, but also has relatively low picture quality.

Traditional LCD (or just LCD) uses Cold Cathode Fluorescent Light (CCFL) to backlit the liquid crystal display. The new generation LCD's are based on an LED (Light Emitting Diode) backlit technology and are also known as LED-LCD HDTV or more simply LED HDTV. The latest LED HDTVs vastly outperform the traditional LCD HDTVs on almost all parameters including darkness/brightness levels, energy efficiency and screen sizes. LED HDTVs are however a lot more expensive than traditional LCD HDTVs.

LCD HDTVs also lose out in the image quality, and screen thickness as compared to Plasma HDTVs, though Plasma HDTVs are considerably more power hungry than LCD HDTVs.

Traditional LCD HDTVs lose out on most of the parameters as compared to Plasma and LED, so the only reason to choose LCD is if you are looking for a budget option and don't want to spend as much.

The best LCD HDTV options come in the sub-$400 and sub-$600 bracket and from companies like LG, Samsung and Sharp.


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Westinghouse CW T2RW
Proscan PLCDV3213A
Vizio E502AR
Sony KDL-EX645
Westinghouse CW40T2RW 40-Inch 1080p 60Hz LCD TV
Proscan PLCDV3213A 32-Inch LCD HDTV with Built-In DVD Player
Vizio E502AR 50" HDTV LCD TV/HD Combo
Sony KDL-46EX645 LCD TV
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Release Date
Feb 2013
Jan 2013
Nov 2012
Aug 2012
Contrast Ratio
4, 000:1
3000:1
100, 000:1
Digital TV Standard
HDTV Television
HDTV Television
HDTV Television
HDTV Television
Flat Panel Type
LCD TV
LCD TV
LCD TV
LCD TV
Screen Size
40.0 inch
32.0 inch
50.0 inch
46.0 inch
Aspect Ratio
16:9
16:9
Widescreen (16:9)
Widescreen (16:9)
3D-ready
Not 3D-ready
Not 3D-ready
Not 3D-ready
Not 3D-ready
Average Rating
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