|AVRev.com's HDTV Draft: The Best HDTVs For The 2007 Football Season|
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|Written by Adrienne Maxwell|
|Wednesday, 01 August 2007|
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It might be easier to pick a top-performing fantasy football running back than it is to choose the right HDTV to watch him on every Sunday. At AVRev.com, we have made it easy for you this year with an HDTV cheat sheet that gives you the inside track on the best, brightest and most resolute HDTVs on the market for this football season. Note: prices are subject to change, based on market conditions.
HP SL4278N 42-Inch MediaSmart LCD HDTV
Last year, HP introduced the MediaSmart LCD TV, with a built-in digital media receiver to which you can stream music, photos, and even HD video from your computer, over a wired or wireless network. The media function was a nice perk in an otherwise good-performing HDTV. The second-gen MediaSmart TVs have just arrived, and the specs look promising. The SL4278N ups the TV resolution to 1080p, offers three HDMI inputs, and adds 802.11n wireless functionality for better HD video streaming. The broadband Internet connection also provides access to online music, movies, radio, news, and, of course, sports updates.
Vizio VM60P 60-Inch Plasma HDTV
The best deal in town for a large-screen flat panel, Vizio’s VM60P is a strong performer to boot, especially with high-definition TV and film content. In exchange for the low $2,500 asking price, you must forfeit a 1080p resolution; otherwise, this 1366 x 768 plasma has a nice complement of features, including four HDMI inputs, Faroudja video processing, and SRS TruSurround XT audio processing. The TV will accept a 1080p signal from a high-definition disc player and downconvert it to its native resolution. It sports a sleek design, with two 20-watt speakers incorporated discreetly within the attractive, brushed-aluminum frame.
Samsung HL-T5689S 56-Inch Rear-Projection HDTV
This 1080p rear-projection DLP TV uses an LED light engine, designed to address two common DLP issues: bulb replacement and rainbow effect. Great color, detail and contrast produce a beautiful HD image, and the super-thin bezel design emphasizes the 56-inch screen while keeping overall cabinet depth to just 14 inches. This TV is also loaded with features: three HDMI 1.3 inputs, a USB port for photo/MP3 playback, SRS TruSurround XT audio processing, and even built-in Bluetooth to connect with Bluetooth-enabled wireless headphones or a photo printer.
Sony Bravia KDL-46XBR2 46-Inch LCD HDTV
In the rapidly changing world of flat-panel HDTV, this well-received Sony model could already be considered a veteran. The 46-inch, 1080p KDL-46XBR2, part of last year’s high-end XBR line, boasts accurate colors, great detail and an excellent contrast ratio, which combine to produce a gorgeous image with high-definition sources. The XBR LCD line has a stylish aesthetic with a faux-glass frame, and this TV features a nice array of connections and picture controls to fine-tune image quality. Sony recently introduced new XBR LCD models, which is why the price of the KDL-46XBR2 continues to fall. Get it while you can.
Sharp AQUOS LC-46D92U 46-Inch LCD HDTV
Sharp’s D92 Series is their top-shelf 2007 LCD line, offering the best combination of performance, features and connections. This includes a 1080p resolution and a 120-Hz frame rate, which reduces the motion blurring that often hinders LCD performance with fast-moving sports programming. The new line also offers improved blacks, colors and overall contrast ratio to create a beautiful HD image, and it has a higher-end look than other AQUOS designs, with a piano-black frame and detachable speaker bar. The 46-inch LC-46D92U is our pick of the line, as it strikes a good balance between screen size and price.