For a long time now the centerpiece of home entertainment and home technology has been the television. While the TV has undergone massive design changes over the past few decades, it remains a versatile piece of entertainment. Today’s high definition televisions connect to the Internet to stream movies, serve as a medium to deliver the latest video games, and of course still deliver our favorite shows from a huge channel line up. So no matter if you are cuing up the latest edition of Halo, checking out the new episode of “Warehouse 13”, laughing out loud with “The Big Bang Theory”, or spinning a DVD or Blu-Ray disc, having the right television can make the experience all the more enjoyable. Here is a look at five great high definition televisions that will not break the budget and still deliver top of the line performance:
Samsung 42″ Class 720p 600Hz Plasma TV
While plasma technology has been shifted by the wayside recently, some great bargains can be found like this 42″ Samsung Model Number PN42C450B1D, which is available at Best Buy for $599.99. It delivers the image quality everyone has come to expect from Samsung, and while 720p may not be cutting edge, the 600Hz subfield technology (that means its really fast) makes everything look better than it probably should. The three HDMI inputs means no problem hooking up a variety of devices, and a single PC input means it can pull double duty as media center for streaming any content desired from the Internet. Plus, 42″ is a respectable size in any display.
Philips 47″ Class 1080p LCD HDTV
At Wal-Mart or walmart.com, the Philips 47″ Class 1080p LCD HDTV, which is model number 47PFL3704D/F7, can be found for $748.00. This television boasts true HD at 1080p resolution and at 47″ can still fit in most living rooms. It delivers a great crisp picture and even has some pretty great sound, which is important for homes without surround sound systems. The 178-degree viewing angle means the picture is visible from even the most extreme locations in the room, and with four HDMI inputs (three in the back and one on the side) there is plenty of room to hook up all the electronics in the house. Philips really made a nice television with this unit, and it remains extremely cost effective.
Vizio 42″ Class 1080p 60Hz LCD HDTV
Vizio has become the go to brand for a great picture and a favorable price, and Target or target.com brings the Vizio 42″ Class 1080p 60Hz LCD HDTV, model number E420VA, to the market for $599.99. The 42″ picture looks brilliant in great 1080p clarity, and four HDMI ports keeps everything hooked up and tidy. This unit also features a PC input, which makes keeping up with streaming media a simple task, plus looking a pictures of the kids or pets becomes a family event. Vizio has a solid track record for some great technology, and this television is just another example.
Panasonic Viera 42″ 1080p LED Backlit LCD HDTV
Costco or Costco.com features a Panasonic Viera 42″ 1080p LED Backlit LCD HDTV for $899.99. The energy star rating this television earns as a result of taking advantage of LED technology is pretty impressive, considering the picture stays amazingly vivid and vibrant in stunning 1080p clarity. The three HDMI ports are a great bonus in keeping all the components of the home theater attached to the unit, and the 42″ size is big but not overly huge. One of the HDMI ports is even on the side, which makes connecting the Droid X or HD digital camera a snap. Panasonic has clearly made a great unit here, and the price is reasonable for a cutting edge picture.
Sharp Aquos 40″ Class 1080p 60Hz LCD HDTV
This 40″ Sharp Aquos Class 1080p 60Hz LCD HDTV is model number LC-40D68UT, and is available from Best Buy or bestbuy.com for $699.99. The image clarity that Sharp Aquos is famous for is clearly evident the moment this television comes into view. The stunning clarity of 1080p, even at 60Hz, is very impressive on this model. While a little more expensive than other 40″ televisions, the impressive array of connection options and great picture and sound, help make this a great unit at a favorable price. Four viewing modes assure anyone looking for a custom experience will have no trouble finding a selection that works for them. This is one television that requires a second glance before making a selection.
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