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This is a price that I’m more used to seeing for a plasma screen than an LCD, but Best Buy is currently offering a 50″ LCD HDTV for $500. Now, I’ll grant you that it is an Insignia model, which is their house brand. And it is not a top-of-the-line set in terms of features; it’s a standard 60Hz set with three HDMI inputs but nothing fancy such as Internet connectivity or 3DTV support.

All the same, at $10 a diagonal inch, this is a pretty impressive price point. I have not tested this specific model, but I have seen some good quality Insignia models on the showroom shelves. If you’re in the market for a new set, this could be a bargain that is hard to pass up. (And keep in mind that you can make it a “Smart TV” by adding a network media player for $100 or less, such as one of the Roku boxes or the new Vizio Google TV box.)

It looks like this summer, as predicted, could be an excellent time to find some bargains on big HDTVs, so keep an eye out for deals.

Posted by Alfred Poor, July 2, 2012 6:00 AM

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Alfred Poor is a well-known display industry expert, who writes the daily HDTV Almanac. He wrote for PC Magazine for more than 20 years, and now is focusing on the home entertainment and home networking markets.