Discover the Right HDTV for You
NEW & EMERGING:
You can now buy a 65-inch HDTV set for under $2000 or go all the way to an 80-inch set for a few dollars more.
 
MAINSTREAM:
You can get a good quality 1080p 46 – 55–inch HDTV for under $1000. You might even find a 3DTV in this range.
 
GOOD VALUES:
There are some great values for up to 46–inch HDTVs including many from leading brands like Vizio, Sony and Panasonic.
   
  • 65" Class ( 64.5" ...
  • 1920 x 1080
  • 47" Class ( 46.9" ...
  • 1920 x 1080
  • 3D Capable
  • 40" Class ( 38.5" ...
  • 1920 x 1080
Getting more out of your HDTV
The Must-Haves

HDMI Cables provide the best quality picture. Avoid cheap HDMI cables but don't pay for the premium variety cables either. Get a HDTV Mount with articulating arms, to optimize the viewing angle.

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OLEDOrganic Light-Emitting Diode LED-LCDLED backlighting allows the LCD TV to be slimmer, offers brighter displays and saves energy. Plasma (Except for 3D)Plasma TVs are making a resurgence, and offer rich, warm colors and deep blacks. RPTVRear projection TVs (RPTV) used to offer the most screen area for the money, but the image quality doesn't come close to LCD or Plasma, and they are typically bigger and bulkier.
  LED BacklightThe newer LED HDTVs use backlighting housed along the edges of the TV (egde-lit) or behind the TV (direct backlight). CCFL BacklightOlder LCD TVs use fluorescent-type backlights CRTWe recommend recycling your old CRT TV and save energy and the environment.
480Hz+ refreshSome new TVs are offering faster refresh rates than ever which can further reduce blurring and offer better 3D performance. 120/240Hz refreshApplicable to LCD and LCD-LED TVs. Get at least 120Hz if you watch a lot of sports. Plasma TV refresh rates are 600 Hz.    
  1080pThe best resolution for commonly-sold TVs is 1080p, which does not interlace scan lines. The resolution number and letter indicates the number of scan lines and whether or not they are "interlaced." Interlaced resolutions have the "i" after the number and may not look as smooth as progressive displays because they require two "passes" to fill the screen. Progressive displays have a "p" after the number and scan the whole screen on one pass. 720pFor TVs smaller than 37-inches, you can probably get away with 720/1080i. Most programming still comes in at 720p or 1080i. 480iYou won't be able to enjoy HD content with only a screen resolution of 480i. It's time to upgrade to a HDTV with a minimum resolution of 720p.
  3DTV3DTVs will have high refresh rates, more processing power, HDMI 1.4 and typically need special glasses.    
  Internet ConnectivityAllows you to stream Netflix, Pandora etc. to your TV. If you don't get the connectivity in your Blu-ray player or set-top box, then try and get networking (Wi-Fi would be best) built into the TV.    
  HDMI 1.4/1.4(a-c)An HDMI connection carries high definition video and audio in the same cable. The newest standard is 1.4 that will be included on 3DTVs. Look for at least 3 HDMI ports on your TV to connect to cable boxes, receivers, game consoles, etc. The latest 1.4 standard also allows for resolutions up to 4K. HDMI 1.3An HDMI connection carries high definition video and audio in the same cable. HDMI 1.3 on HDTVS is good enough for most 3D but 1.4 is better.