There are more choices, more features and more bargains in big screens than ever before. At the top end, the big push this fall is toward Ultra HD TVs (or 4K TVs). These monsters of resolution boast roughly four times the amount of detail seen in regular HD sets. However, Ultra HD displays are expensive, and there’s very little ultra-high-definition content available yet.
Meanwhile, LCD sets (sometimes referred to as LED sets because they use LEDs to light the screen) are smarter and smoother, and have lots of connected services — like Netflix, Amazon, Hulu Plus and Pandora — at lower prices. And there are still a handful of plasma sets that offer excellent picture quality. Here are the 9 best TVs for the holiday season.
The 50-inch Vizio M-Series M1d-A2R is an excellent value with a seductive design and a very pleasing picture. More important, it includes most of the features you'll find in sets costing three times as much: built-in Wi-Fi, a full array of smart-TV services through Vizio Internet Apps Plus (Hulu Plus, Crackle, Facebook and more), a backlit remote control and smart dimming for better contrast.