Best Budget TVs for 2017

Posted Sat May 6, 2017 at 06:18 PM PDT by
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With so many awesome home theater gear options out there, figuring out exactly which model to buy, or what features you need, can be daunting. Thankfully, High-Def Digest has you covered. Welcome to Home Theater 101 where we'll be explaining emerging technologies while also recommending the very best possible A/V gadgets n' gear you can buy at your particular budget level. 

TVs are the central component of any home theater setup. But while fancy flagship display models are very enticing, most buyers don't have an extra $7,000 sitting around to shell out for a 65-inch OLED Ultra HD set. With that in mind, we're going to list a few great budget-friendly TV options available now, proving that solid quality can still be found without having to break the bank 

From an inexpensive HDTV to great bang-for-your-buck Ultra HD displays, these are our picks for the year's best budget TVs. So, without further ado, here are HDD's 

BEST BUDGET TVS FOR 2017

Note: All listed prices reflect current Amazon discounts at press time and do not include taxes.

49" TCL 49S305 1080p Roku HDTV ($390) - For those still not ready to dip into the world of Ultra HD, this 1080p direct-lit LED HDTV from TCL is a very basic yet solid performer for its price range. Though it lacks advanced features like local dimming, the display does include robust smart TV functionality thanks to its integrated Roku TV platform, offering access to over 4,000 streaming channels with more than 450,000 movies and TV episodes. 

55" VIZIO E-Series SmartCast Ultra HD HDR Display ($550) - Stepping things up to Ultra HD, this budget 4K model from VIZIO actually offers a few advanced picture quality features usually reserved for more expensive models, including full-array local dimming with 12 active zones and HDR10 support (though not Dolby Vision). Likewise, the set uses the company's SmartCast platform, allowing users to control the display and stream content from the SmartCast mobile app for iOS and Android devices.

55" VIZIO M-Series Ultra HD HDR XLED Plus Display ($1,000) - This new wallet-friendly 2017 Ultra HD display from VIZIO is now one of the year's best bang-for-your-buck budget models on the market. Key features include Dolby Vision and HDR10 support with 350 nits fullscreen output and 600 nits peak output, along with full-array local dimming with 32 zones and wide color gamut support (a new addition to the 2017 models). And like the E-Series above, the set uses the SmartCast platform. With that said, the display does not include a TV tuner. 

55" Sony XBR55X900E LED Ultra HD TV ($1,498) - At its current sale price, this is one of the best performing 4K sets in its price range, offering a full-array local dimming backlight, wide color gamut support with Triluminos tech, HDR10 support, and a firmware update planned for HLG playback (but sadly not Dolby Vision). Finally, the set uses the Android TV platform for smart TV apps and streaming. 

65" VIZIO P-Series Ultra HD HDR Home Theater Display ($1,600) - The reigning king of affordable high-performance Ultra HD displays, this 2016 model from VIZIO includes Dolby Vision and HDR10 support with 600 nits, along with full-array local dimming with 128 zones, and wide color gamut support. In addition, the set uses the SmartCast platform and comes with a tablet remote. With that said, the display does not include a TV tuner. A 2017 version just launched as well, but since both panels are actually identical, the 2016 model presents a better value (while supplies last). 


So, there you have it. Those are current top choices for the best budget TVs on the market. What do you think about our selection? Do you have any other affordable TV suggestions? Let us know in the forums! 

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