Yardena ArarMacworld

Contributing Editor Yardena (Denny) Arar is a San Francisco-based freelance writer, avid online shopper, media junkie, consummate foodie, and proud possessor of a private pilot's license.

Samsung Series 8 UN55C8000

The Samsung UN55C8000 delivers excellent video and audio, plus a ton of well-designed Internet and media player features--for a hefty fee.

Hitachi UltraVision LE42S704

The Hitachi UltraVision LE42S704 delivers decent picture quality and great audio at a good price if you're not set on Internet or robust multimedia support.

LG Infinia 47LE8500

The LG Infinia 47LE8500 looks good and delivers a slew of customization options, plus great Internet content--but image quality isn't great, and this HDTV is expensive.

Sharp LC-52LE820UN

The Sharp Aquos LC-52LE820UN offers good image quality, above-average audio, and energy efficiency, but it has serious shortcomings, and it's pricey for its screen-size class.

Vizio XVT553SV

The Vizio XVT553SV delivers solid image quality and a good collection of Internet features at an outstanding price.

10 things you need to know before buying an HDTV

From the sneaky salespeople to the misleading movie demos, buying a new HDTV can be tough. Here's how to see through the in-store demo tricks and save money on the set that's right for you.

How we test HDTVs

As HDTVs have become more sophisticated, so has the labs's test methodology. But we still rely heavily on actual people evaluating actual content.

Samsung LN46C650 HDTV

The Samsung LN46C650 is a dream come true for budget minded buyers who seek solid image quality in a connected HDTV with advanced features.

Seagate FreeAgent GoFlex TV HD Media Player

Seagate delivers a full-featured media streamer at an affordable price, but it's not quite as polished as the WD TV Live Plus.