There was a time when plasma screens reigned supreme in the 46-inch TV market. But in much the same way as a meteor strike killed off the dinosaurs, the second coming of the LCD TV is the invasive species that has done for plasma.
We're still huge advocates of plasma on TechRadar, don't get us wrong, but the tech is dying out at this size. Old-school CCFL tech has been replaced by LED backlight scanning and technical wizardry to make LCD tech viable in large sizes.
So the majority of TVs in this size bracket are now from the LED side of the wall, and that's not necessarily a bad thing. LED TVs these days are brighter than plasmas, they're thinner and there's a lot more variety on show.
So here's our selection of the best 46-inch and 47-inch TVs for your perusal.
Is there a better budget smart 3D TV?
£850: The headline-grabber is the Smart Touch remote control, which has a touch trackpad to navigate the TV screens as well as a built-in microphone. The latter's voice control is a disappointment, as is gesture control, but that applies to all Samsung smart TVs. The Wi-Fi-powered Smart Hub sports the finest collection of apps around - including the BBC iPlayer, ITV Player (exclusively), 4OD and Demand 5 - and looks better than ever with its new five-screen treatment.
Picture quality on the Samsung UE46F6400 46-inch TV - delivered by Samsung's 3D HyperReal Engine - sport black levels that are a step down from Samsung's higher-end TVs, with less shadow detailing on show, but we were impressed by the TV's ballistic colours, decent contrast and fine HD detailing. A 200Hz panel and MotionPlus processing ensures smooth motion sequences, and helps the active shutter 3D system work, too - though only two pairs of 3D specs are provided.
Read: Samsung UE40F6400 review
Great-looking 3D mid-ranger
£900: Two pairs of 3D specs ship with the Panasonic TX-L47ET60B 47-inch TV, though here that's bordering on rude since this TV uses the 99p glasses-compatible 'easy 3D' polarised flavour. Panasonic's luscious new My Home Screen pages are home to apps, browser shortcuts and other widgets, and customisable to multiple users - it's all a huge advance on previous incarnations. We'd judge it about as impressive as Samsung's, though perhaps more polished. Swipe & Share 2.0, an app-based feature that sees two-way file exchanges between the TV and your smart devices, works a treat too.
The True Cinema picture preset lends the Panasonic TX-L47ET60B an immediate dose of accurate colour, detail, smoothness and awesome upscaling right out of the box, though black levels and contrast are average - those polarised 3D pictures are easiest on the eye.
NFC niceties on this great gaming TV
£1,100: The Sony KDL-47W805 47-inch TV is an acquired taste. We've included it here because of its totally refreshed user interface, which is as clean and well rendered as anything else we've seen in 2013. Bright content looks great and the Sony Entertainment Network (SEN) smart TV platform, though not exactly stuffed with apps, contains the essentials. 3D works well and as a gaming TV there's few better, though native contrast is average and audio is uninspiring.
However, we're not convinced it's worth the slight premium over the the Samsung UE46F6400 and Panasonic TX-L47ET60B, which pile on apps and awesome usability while offering picture quality at least as good as this slightly overpriced offering from Sony's W8 Series. Those with NFC in their Android smartphone can begin a life of touch 'n' go streaming; a killer feature for sure, and possibly decisive.