January 25, 2008
| by Dennis P. Barker
According to a recent survey by the National Retail Federation (NRF), shoppers plan to purchase 3.9 million TVs for Super Bowl Sunday, which will be held on Feb. 3. This is up more than 50 percent over last year, according to a new consumer survey by the NRF. The survey also suggests that young adults, ages 18 to 24, will be the best customers with nearly one in 10 (or 9.8 percent) planning to buy a new TV before the “Big Game.”
Furthermore, it predicts that 158 million people will watch the big game this year and spend $59.90 on average for Super Bowl-related goodies. So, just in time for Super Bowl 42 – New England Patriots vs. New York Giants, here’s a list of TVs that would fit perfectly in any family/living room. The only accessories required for these Super Bowl beauties are snacks and beverages. Here are our picks in no particular order.
Samsung LN-T4081F - 40-in. 1080p LCD HDTV with LED Backlighting
If you are ready for the clearest, brightest LCD picture on the market today, here’s a possibility. The Samsung LN-T4081F is a 40-in. LCD HDTV that offers full 1080p resolution and reduced motion blur due to Samsung’s proprietary LED Motion Plus feature. Samsung’s SmartLighting technology allows for an amazing 500,000:1 dynamic contrast ratio and ultra-sharp blacks. The LED backlight also provides more natural color representation. The designer-friendly LN-T4081F has 2 side built-in hidden speakers (10 watts x 2) with rear cabinet “hidden woofers” which enhance acoustic performance and SRS TruSurround XT. Connections include 3 HDMI v.1.3 inputs (2 rear and 1 side). Price: $2,799 (40-in.), $3,799 (46-in.) View slideshow
Sharp Aquos D64 Series - 32-in – 65-in. Slim LCD HDTVs
Sharp has expanded its widescreen, full-HD 1080p line of AQUOS LCD TVs with the stylish D64U series. Featuring a thin, lightweight “slim-line” design that provides a significantly smaller footprint than previous models, the new line of AQUOS LCD TVs gives consumers the ability to put a bigger picture in a smaller space. These models provide a superior Full HD 1080p picture with unmatched performance, utilizing Sharp’s proprietary Advanced Super View (ASV) / Black TFT Panel with multi-pixel technology. All models include HDMI 1.3 inputs and are also energy-star rated. The series is available in 65-in. (LC-65D64U), 52-in. (LC-52D64U), 46-in. (LC-46D64U), 42-in. (LC-42D64U), 37in. (LC-37D64U), and 32-in. (LC-37D64U) screen sizes, and also reinforces Sharp’s mastery of LCD engineering and technology. Prices range from $1,299.99 (32-in.) to $8,999.99 (65-in.). View slideshow
Pioneer Elite PRO-110FD - 50-in. 1080p ELITE KURO Plasma HDTV
Last year Pioneer completely re-designed their plasma line from the ground up, which gave rise to its new Project Kuro line of displays with some of the deepest blacks and in the industry. In fact, Project Kuro plasmas are simply stunning! This 50-in. 1080p plasma HDTV features deep and intense blacks for unmatched contrast utilizing a new cell structure and a crystal emissive layer. This display has the ability to accept 480i/480p/720p/1080i and TRUE 1080p 24fps signals from both Blu-ray Disc and HD DVD players. It features filter enhanced contrast, new ASIC video processing and scaling circuitry, room light sensor, and advanced PureCinema with 3:3 pull-down. Key features include: 4 HDMI 1.3 inputs, TV Guide On-Screen, and ISF calibration-ready. Price: $6,000. View slideshow
Sony BRAVIA KDL-46W3000 - W series 46-in. LCD Flat Panel HDTV
Sony’s BRAVIA W series Full HD 1080p televisions take performance to the next level with advanced HDMI v1.3 features such as x.v.Color which greatly broadens the color space input capabilities to include 1.8 times as many natural colors as existing HDTV signals. In addition, Deep Color input capability works with the 10-bit processor and panel to deliver 64 times the level of color expression versus current 8-bit systems. Wrap all of this up with an elegant a new brushed metal picture frame design and there’s nothing like W-Series HDTVs. Key features include: Live Color Creation System featuring WCG-CCFL backlighting, Advanced Contrast Enhancer, x.v.Color Technology, 24p input capability, and TheaterSync technology. This set is Digital Media Extender ready, features Sony’s proprietary Xross Media Bar (XMR) on-screen menu system, and includes 3 HDMI inputs. Price: $2,499. View slideshow
Dennis has been involved with Consumer Electronics forever it seems. His 25+-year career includes a 12-year tour of duty at Consumer Reports magazine, as well as stints as a product reviewer, market analyst, technical editor, and consultant for the electronics industry. He lives in Ossining, NY with his two children, one demanding cat and piles of A/V equipment.