LED HDTV Buying Guide

Samsung UN40B7000LED TVs are a type of LCD HDTV—they are also referred to as LED-backlit HDTV. The Light Emitting Diodes (LED) are used to light the liquid crystal display (LCD), providing stunningly crisp images and colors. Why should you get an LED HDTV? For a couple of reasons—they’re more energy efficient, the LED backlighting enhances LCD performance and improves image clarity and coloring, and they’re super slim, perfect for mounting on a wall.  We’ve already listed our top ten favorite LED HDTVs so here are just a few other recommendations for HDTV buying this holiday season.

Here are some basic specs you should be looking for an LED HDTV:

  • Screen type: LCD w/ LED-backlit
  • HDTV Native Resolution:  1080p
  • Refresh Frequency: 120Hz
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9
  • Resolution 1920 x 1080
  • Remote Control Included
  • Tuner QAM, NTSC, ATSC
  • Wall Mountable Yes

Here are the top recommended LED HDTVs:

Samsung’s Luxia UNB5000 series are considered their “eco-friendly” televisions, with the LED HDTVs being 40% more energy efficient than other LCDs.

Samsung UN55B5000

  • Product Type: LED Flat-PanelSamsung-UN55B6000
  • Diagonal Size: 55”
  • Resolution: 1920 x 1080
  • Vertical Resolution: 1080p
  • Screen Refresh Rate: 120Hz
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9

Price $3,600+


  • Display Type: LCD w/LED Backlight
  • Diagonal Screen Size: 45.5 in
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9Sony-Bravia-KDL-46X-L-184161-3
  • Resolution: 1920 x 1080
  • Contrast Ratio: 1,000,000:1
  • Static Contrast Ratio: 3,000:1
  • Display Refresh Rate: 120Hz
  • Broadcast Format Displayed: 1080p (HDTV)

Price $2,000+

Check out our HDTV buying guide and our LED HDTV Buying Tips.