Best 46" HDTVs for 2013 (47" included for good measure)

The few weeks before the Super Bowl have been cited by market analysts as the best time of the year to buy an HDTV, along with Black Friday and Cyber Monday. It's the first important electronics sale of the year, following the winter shopping season, and a great opportunity to boost TV sales specifically, since a lot of people want the best available picture quality when watching the Super Bowl.

While very large TVs are seeing increased sales, most people still prefer to buy 46-47-inch TVs, which are large enough to provide crisp, full HD picture quality, but will not overwhelm an average room. Amazon opens the Super Bowl TV sale season with a series of discounts for top selling plasma and LED Panasonic HDTVs, and their offer covers various TV sizes, including several 47 inch LCD & LED models. The Panasonic VIERA TC-L47E50 47-Inch 1080p 120Hz Full HD IPS LED-LCD TV sells for $649.99 and features an IPS full LED panel with 360 backlight scanning, 120 Hz refresh rate and thin LED design. Amazon buyers typically praise its picture quality and motion picture settings.

The 47-inch LED 240 Hz Smart 3D Vizio M3D470KDE sells for only $865.30 on Amazon, but if you plan to make a purchase, note that there are currently only 3 more in stock. A 120 Hz version of the same TV sells on Amazon for $866.19, with 5 units currently left in stock. Advantages of this TV include deep black (with 1 million to 1 dynamic contrast ratio), clear audio thanks to its SRS Studio Sound HD system, 4 lightweight 3D glasses, and smart remote with keyboard.

The 46 inch Philips PFL5907 has been hailed as a real bargain for its outstanding picture quality, deep black and shadow details, 240 Hz performance, and natural color palette. The TV also has numerous interesting features, including wireless Media Connect. Amazon currently holds only 12 such models in stock, selling at $823.78 a piece.

The Samsung LN46D630 46-Inch 1080p LCD HDTV can be bought for $970.25 on Amazon, with 16 units currently in stock. The TV's main features include Auto Motion Plus with Clear Motion Rate 120, full HD resolution, low energy consumption, deep black levels and crisp colors, and a matte screen that ensures a wonderful viewing experience even in bright lighting. The model loses a few points due to low shadow detail and poor feature selections, according to some reviewers, but provides an LED-worthy picture performance overall.

Sony's KDL46EX645 46-Inch 1080p 120 Hz Internet Slim 46 inch LED HDTV boasts lifelike movement thanks to Motionflow technology, but also crisp detail and contrast through its clear resolution enhancer. Selling for only $849.99, this LED HDTV is cheap enough to feel like a bargain, especially since it comes with an attractive design and friendly user interface to complement its technical specs. Shadow detail isn't very high compared to other more expensive models, but it's still one of the best deals you can find for this price.

The 47-inch LG Cinema Screen 47LM76003D 1080p 240 Hz LED-LCD HDTV with Smart TV timidly jumps under the $1000 threshold, selling for prices ranging from $909.25 to $1,499, depending on the seller. The TV comes with 6 pairs of 3D glasses, built-in Wi-Fi and Magic Remote. Its semimatte screen makes it a perfect choice for bright rooms, and its beautiful design fits well into any home. This model's main downsides include potential visual artifacts and poor 3D uniformity.

Toshiba's 46L5200U 46-inch 1080p 120 Hz LED is one of the more affordable HDTVs for Super Bowl fans on a budget. The TV has been lauded for its great performance at a relatively low price, but has also been criticized for lacking 3D and Smart TV. The Toshiba HDTV is optimized to render high speed video, making it an excellent choice for watching fast paced sports. It also features dynamic backlight control and full HD resolution, and sells for only $648.99 on Amazon. There is only one more unit in stock at the moment, but there's a good chance that Amazon will restock soon, considering how fast this TV model is selling.

Our final entry for the 2013 Super Bowl HDTV rundown is another more affordable model, this time the 46-inch Samsung UN46EH6000 full HD 120 Hz LED. Selling for only $742.38, this model boasts some interesting features, although it is slightly heavier than Samsung's ultra-thin models, and comes with only 2 HDMI inputs. On the upside, this TV features Wide Color Enhancer Plus and has a low power consumption. Buyers have praised its vivid colors and powerful sound, but also its friendly user interface.

2013 marks the 47th edition of the Super Bowl. The big game is scheduled on February 3rd, in New Orleans, Louisiana, at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. CBS will be broadcasting in HD with plans to charge a whopping $4 million for a thirty-second ad. Consequently, several companies, including General Motors, will not be advertising on the game. In Canada, the 2013 Super Bowl will be simulcast by CTV. Beyonce will be the lead performer for the Super Bowl halftime show, and she may have possible collaborations with husband Jay-Z and her former colleagues from Destiny's Child.