Super TVs for Super Bowl Sunday
Thinking about purchasing a new TV for the Super Bowl? Here are some displays that might steal the spotlight at your party.
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January 25, 2008 by Dennis P. Barker

Panasonic TH-50PZ77U - 50-in. 1080p Plasma HDTV with Anti-Glare Filter
Panasonic is the leading plasma TV brand in the U.S. with a slew of models in screen sizes up to103-in.  Panasonic’s TH-50PZ77U is a good representative sample of the extensive line.  This model includes a G10 Progressive 1080p HD Plasma Display Panel that features a 10,000:1 contrast ratio, Motion Adaptive 3D-Y/C digital comb filter, 20-watts audio, EZ Sync, and 2 HDMI inputs.  This spiffy plasma TV also includes Panasonic’s proprietary GalleryPlayer technology that utilizes an SD memory card slot so that your digital camera photos can be shown on a 50-in. HDTV.  This model measures 29.7’-in. high x 52.1-in. wide x 3.92-in. deep, and weighs in at 94.8 lbs. Price: $2,799. View slideshow

LG’s Opus - LCD HDTVs in 42, 47 and 52-in. Screen Sizes
The Opus series blends superior performance with an elegant design to meet consumers’ demand for the latest in HDTV technology. With its sleek, high-glossy black finish and Full HD 1080p resolution, the Opus series is a perfect combination of technology and design for today’s high-end, custom home theater environments.  In addition to Full HD 1080p resolution, the Opus series features several applications designed to enhance the consumer viewing experience.  TruMotion Drive, with 120Hz LCD panel technology, improves moving picture response time for clearer picture images, particularly with scrolling text and fast action.  TruColor expands the color gamut to 92 percent of the NTSC spectrum for striking picture quality.  This top-of-the-line Opus series includes three screen sizes, 42-in. (42LBX), 47-in. (47LBX) and 52-in. (52LBX). Prices: $2,299 (42-in.), $2,999 (47-in.) and $3,999 (52-in.). View slideshow

Mitsubishi’s WD-73833 - 73-in. 1080p DLP
While the majority of the TVs profiled here are either LCD or Plasma, there are just some folks who want the really big picture.  And, flat-panels at this screen size are astronomically-priced!  The stunning 73-inch 833 Diamond 1080p DLP HDTV features Mitsubishi’s 6-Color Light Engine processes and produces images with six different colors instead of the traditional three to display a wider range of colors, brighter colors and whiter whites. The WD-73833 also features a unique TurboLight180 lamp system, x.v.Color, and Plush1080p processing for both unsurpassed detail in over two million pixels and for bright, vibrant images with more color. Mitsubishi’s Smooth120Hz minimizes motion blur especially in fast moving action scenes. Other key features include: DarkDetailer, Tru1080p Processing, and Color 4D Noise Reduction. It is 3D-ready.  This set includes 3 rear and 1 front HDMI v.1.3 inputs, and has a thin frame and reduced depth cabinet.  Price: $4,699. View slideshow

Toshiba Super Narrow Bezel 46RF350 - 46-in. Regza LCD TV
Housed in a high gloss black cabinet with chrome trim, the Toshiba Regza 46RF350 features a super narrow bezel and the SoundStrip 2 hidden speaker system (20-watts) with SRS WOW and Dolby Digital sound.  This 1080p 10-bit panel features xvYCC color, PixelPure 3G 14-bit internal Digital Video Processing, DynaBright Backlight Control, ColorBurst Wide Color Gamut CCFL backlighting, and CineSpeed 120Hz.  This 1080p display supports both 60p and 24p frame rates.  Connections include 3 HDMI v.1.3 inputs with CE-Link. Price: $2,399.99. View slideshow

Philips 42PFL7432D/37 - 42-in. Flat LCD HDTV with AmbiLight
Philips provides the ultimate viewing experience of this 42-in. LCD Flat TV with Perfect Pixel HD Engine, Ambilight 2-Channel and Full HD 1080p display. And, to enjoy multimedia content, this model features a built-in USB port.  . With a brightness of 500 cd/m2 and a dynamic contrast ratio of 8000:1, this illuminating set offers a response time of 5 milli-seconds.  Unlike other LCD TVs currently on the market, this model also features Philips proprietary 2-channel AmbiLight that automatically adapts the lighting around the frame to whatever action is on the screen to set the proper mood.  Audio is rated at 2x8-watts per channel and includes Virtual Dolby Digital with DSP.  Connections include 3 HDMI inputs. Price: $1,599. View slideshow

JVC LT-37X688 - 37-in. 1080p LCD HDTV
Designed to fit perfectly in existing A/V cabinetry, the JVC LT-37X688 is a 37-in. full HD 1920x1080 LCD display that includes JVC’s proprietary 32-bit GENESSA image processing with D.I.S.T. 1080p 5-point Color Management, Motion Adaptive Dynamic Gamma, and a 3D-Y/C digital comb filter with digital noise reduction.  This model offers a 1300:1 contrast ratio, 500 cd/m2 and a 176 Degree Viewing angle.  Audio is rated at 20-watts total power, and utilizes twin oblique cone speakers.  Connectivity includes dual 1080p HDMI/HDCP Inputs, a USB Photo Viewer and 2 Component Video Inputs. Price: $1,599. View slideshow

Samsung HL-T5689S - 56-in. Slim LED DLP HDTV
Samsung is one of the few manufacturers that continues to promote rear projection TVs using TI’s DLP technology.  This model features a slim depth cabinet along with Luminus Devices’ PhlatLight technology that uses LED illumination instead of the standard lamp and color wheel.  It offers a stunning picture!  The HL-T5689S includes a 1080p DLP High-Output Light Engine featuring Luminus Devices’ PhlatLight technology and a 10,000:1 Contrast Ratio.  It is Bluetooth-enabled, and 3D-Ready (Optional equipment required), Other key features include: 10-watt audio with SRS TruSurround XT, a game mode, and its energy-star rated.  Connections include:  2 RF inputs, 3 HDMI v.1.3 with CEC (called WiseLink by Samsung), 1 PC DVI-Input, 1 Digital Optical output, RS-232C, and a Front IEEE 1394 input with DV Decoder.  The set is only 14.inches deep, and weighs just 69 lbs.  Price: $2,099. View slideshow

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Dennis P. Barker - Contributing Writer
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.

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