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Everything You Need To Know Before You Buy an HDTV

Remember the first time you saw a plasma HDTV? It was love at first sight, right? And you had to have one. A decade plus later, plasmas are gone but so are the super-high prices. Today can get a big, bright, thin Ultra-HDTV that can make a 4K picture that can be the cornerstone of an entire high performance AV system at a price that mainstream consumers can dream of affording.

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Panasonic TC-P50S1 Plasma HDTV Reviewed

Panasonic TC-P50S1 Plasma HDTV Reviewed

By Jerry Del Colliano

Overall Rating
4.5 Stars
 

This mid-line, Energy Star certified set ranges in size from 42-54 inches and uses Panasonic's new and more efficient Neo PDP to deliver better blacks and higher light output. The connection panel features three HDMI, two component video and one PC input... Read More

 
Samsung LN46A950 LCD HDTV Reviewed

Samsung LN46A950 LCD HDTV Reviewed

By Adrienne Maxwell

Overall Rating
4 Stars
 

LED backlight systems with local dimming are the greatest thing to happen to LCDs, well, ever. The 46-inch LN46A950 from Samsung has that, plus 120Hz technology, four HDMI inputs, DLNA certification, a high-contrast screen, and more. Adrienne Maxwell breaks it all down in this overview Read More

 
Samsung LN52A850 LCD HDTV Reviewed

Samsung LN52A850 LCD HDTV Reviewed

By Adrienne Maxwell

Overall Rating
4 Stars
 

Thin is really in with the 52-inch LN52A850 from Samsung. This TV is less than two inches thick, and it sports Auto Motion Plus 120Hz technology and the stylish Touch of Color design. Is it worth your money? Read on to find out Read More

 
Vizio SV470XVT LCD HDTV Reviewed

Vizio SV470XVT LCD HDTV Reviewed

By Adrienne Maxwell

Overall Rating
4 Stars
 

Vizio's SV470XVT is a 47-inch LCD that's part of their top-of-the-line series. It sports 120Hz at a low price, plus a variety of inputs and a matte screen that makes it ideal for bright rooms. How does it hold up compared to Sony, Samsung and LG? Read More

 
Sony KDL-40XBR7 LCD HDTV Reviewed

Sony KDL-40XBR7 LCD HDTV Reviewed

By Adrienne Maxwell

Overall Rating
4.5 Stars
 

The 40-inch KDL-40XBR7 wears Sony's premium XBR badge with pride. "Floating" side speakers, a 120Hz refresh rate, RS-232, and the Bravia Engine 2 EX processor are all included in this top-line model. Adrienne Maxwell takes a look for HTR. Read More

 
Sony KDL-46XBR8 LCD HDTV Reviewed

Sony KDL-46XBR8 LCD HDTV Reviewed

By Adrienne Maxwell

Overall Rating
5 Stars
 

It might be expensive, but the 46-inch KDL-46XBR8 from Sony has all the bells and whistles you'd expect from a high-end TV. A local-dimming LED backlight system, 120Hz technology, and that Sony style make for one excellent TV, if you can afford it. Read More

 
Toshiba Regza Cinema Series HD 42XV545U LCD HDTV Reviewed

Toshiba Regza Cinema Series HD 42XV545U LCD HDTV Reviewed

By Andrew Robinson

Overall Rating
4 Stars
 

As part of Toshiba's top-shelf Cinema Series line, the new 42-inch 42XV545U is loaded with advanced features and technologies--including a 120Hz refresh rate, Super Resolution Technology, and a sleek form. It's also an excellent value for a higher-end LCD Read More

 
Pioneer Elite KURO PRO-141FD Plasma HD Monitor Reviewed

Pioneer Elite KURO PRO-141FD Plasma HD Monitor Reviewed

By Adrienne Maxwell

Overall Rating
4.5 Stars
 

Adrienne Maxwell raved about the Signature Series panels which "utilize an advanced IP control platform that gives the installer an unmatched level of access and customization." Available in 50 inch or 60 inch models, this series has eight picture modes including Optimum that automatically adjusts the picture quality to suit your viewing conditions... Read More

 
Panasonic TH-50PZ800U Plasma HDTV Reviewed

Panasonic TH-50PZ800U Plasma HDTV Reviewed

By Brian Kahn

Overall Rating
4 Stars
 

This is the only Panasonic large plasma model to earn THX certification for video quality. It includes four HDMI, two component video and one PC input and allows you to view digital photos via an SD card reader that is compatible with the Gallery Player System... Read More

 
Runco PlasmaWall XP-103DHD 103-Inch Plasma Reviewed

Runco PlasmaWall XP-103DHD 103-Inch Plasma Reviewed

By Jerry Del Colliano

Overall Rating
4 Stars
 

Jerry Del Colliano raves that "for wealthy people who truly want the best of the best, Runco caters to their every video need." He also describes the customer service you get from the company as "top notch" and these sets last "years and years longer" than most typical HDTVs... Read More