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Best budget 40in TV

Last year the Samsung UE40D5520 won the "Best budget 40-42in TV" at the 2011 What Hi-Fi Awards.  Sadly that model is no longer widely available, so I'd planned to buy whichever set won the award this year.  Unfortunately it now seems like that award has been abolished!

So in the absence of an official recommendation from What Hi-Fi, I thought I'd asked for opinions on here.  I'm looking for a 37-40 inch smart TV for about £500-£600, and I'm not bothered about 3D.  I've considered the replacement to the UE40D5520 (the UE40ES5500), but I've seen a few sets in stores and the colour balance (especially the blacks) doesn't look quite right.  As so many Sonys seem to have won the 2012 Awards, would something like the Sony Bravia KDL40EX653BU be a good bet?