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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 TH-50PZ850U Plasma HDTV Reviewed

Panasonic TH-50PZ850U Plasma HDTV Reviewed

By Adrienne Maxwell

Overall Rating
4 Stars
 

This series includes Viera Cast Web technology which allows you to connect your TV to a modem or router and access Web video from You Tube, stock information from Bloomberg, weather forecasts and photos via Picasa Web Album. It offers a more extensive assortment of picture controls than any of Panasonic's step-down 2008 models... Read More

 
Sony KDL-46Z4100 LCD HDTV Reviewed

Sony KDL-46Z4100 LCD HDTV Reviewed

By Adrienne Maxwell

Overall Rating
4 Stars
 

Sony has decided to add its popular Motionflow 120Hz technology to lower-priced models in its LCD line. This 46-inch member of the Z Series uses a traditional CCFL backlight, but it offers a well-rounded connection panel with lots of digital-media-friendly connections Read More

 
JVC LT-42P789 LCD HDTV Reviewed

JVC LT-42P789 LCD HDTV Reviewed

By Adrienne Maxwell

Overall Rating
3.5 Stars
 

Trying to find an intuitive way to enjoy all of your iPod's digital media files on your big-screen TV? JVC has cut out the middleman by incorporating a dock into its new line of TeleDock LCDs. What you don't get in this 42-inch, 1080p LCD is LED backlighting and a 120Hz refresh rate Read More

 
Runco PlasmaWall XP-65DHD 65-Inch Plasma HDTV Reviewed

Runco PlasmaWall XP-65DHD 65-Inch Plasma HDTV Reviewed

By Jerry Del Colliano

Overall Rating
4 Stars
 

For those of you looking for performance and service that is better than a set from other companies, look no further than this model from Runco. The picture is better than most other large plasma sets. It has THX certification and is even available in a model specifically designed for high altitude locations... Read More

 
Mitsubishi LT-46149 LCD HDTV Reviewed

Mitsubishi LT-46149 LCD HDTV Reviewed

By Adrienne Maxwell

Overall Rating
4 Stars
 

As flat-panel TVs grow increasingly thinner, so too does the quality of the internal speakers. To distinguish its new higher-end LCD lineup, Mitsubishi incorporates a soundbar that offers a complete multichannel experience and fuller-sounding audio Read More

 
Hitachi UT42X902 UltraThin 1.5 LCD HD Monitor Reviewed

Hitachi UT42X902 UltraThin 1.5 LCD HD Monitor Reviewed

By Adrienne Maxwell

Overall Rating
4 Stars
 

As the name suggests, this 42-inch LCD is one of the thinnest panels on the market today, with a depth of just 1.5 inches. The UT42X902 is also part of Hitachi's Director's Series, with higher-end options like 120Hz, a de-judder mode, and an IPS panel for an improved viewing angle Read More

 
Olevia 747i LCD HDTV Reviewed

Olevia 747i LCD HDTV Reviewed

By Adrienne Maxwell

Overall Rating
3 Stars
 

The Olevia brand may not be long for this world, which is why we have yet to see a follow-up to this 47-inch, 1080p LCD. Still, the 747i has received positive reviews for its video performance, and you can now find it for a good price Read More

 
Westinghouse TX-52F480S LCD HDTV Reviewed

Westinghouse TX-52F480S LCD HDTV Reviewed

By Adrienne Maxwell

Overall Rating
3 Stars
 

For the shopper who wants a larger screen size for a solid value, Westinghouse presents the TX-52F480S. This 52-inch, 1080p LCD doesn't offer things like LED backlighting or 120Hz technology, but it does boast four HDMI inputs and an internal subwoofer Read More

 
Vizio JV50P

Vizio JV50P "Jive" Plasma HDTV Reviewed

By Adrienne Maxwell

Overall Rating
3.5 Stars
 

If you are looking for good quality HDTVs and a reasonable price, Vizio is always a good company to turn to. For audiophiles, this is the only model in Vizio's lineup that offers a true surround sound add-on package. This set also offers numerous picture-in-picture options... Read More

 
Samsung PN50A550 Plasma HDTV Reviewed

Samsung PN50A550 Plasma HDTV Reviewed

By Adrienne Maxwell

Overall Rating
4 Stars
 

This model "offers many on the advanced features found in the higher-end A650 Series, but at a more reasonable price," explains Adrienne Maxwell. The side panel features a USB port for JPEG and MP3 playback and has picture-in-picture functionality... Read More