If you’re in the market for a new HDTV, you’ve got to know your options. This year, there is no shortage of great HDTVs, so here’s a starting point for your own research. Find the perfect TV that’s the right size, price, and format for your ideal entertainment center by considering these products.
1. Samsung Plasma F8500
This top-of-the-line plasma screen TV is a great option for TV hunters on a budget. It comes in several models, all at the lower end of the price range for plasma TVs. The 51 inch model goes for $2,200 retail, while the 60 and 64 inch models top out at $3,700. The street price ranges from $1,600 to $2,900. You get a lot of functionality out of such an affordable package. It comes with an HD camera for gesture control, face recognition and Skype calls, a voice-control track pad remote and a modern Web browser.
2. Samsung LED LCD F8000
This is a more high-end option in the Samsung brand. It starts at $1,700 for a 46 inch model but it goes all the way up to a 75 inch big screen for $6,000. It has all the functionality of the Samsung Plasma plus special features like 3D capability, program recommendations for each user, and a very nice local light dimming feature that eliminates screen glare and deepens black in picture quality. It’s also wafer-thin at 1.2 inches in-depth.
3. Panasonic Plasma ST60
You won’t find a better quality-to-price ratio on the market this year. The ST60 plasma series by Panasonic will only set you back $999 for a 50 inch screen and goes up to 65 inches at $2,200. It doesn’t come with all the bells and whistles of a lot of other HD sets out there, but it’s still formatted for streaming, Web browsing and 3D viewing. It also comes in a little thicker than other new TVs at 2 inches deep.
4. Panasonic Viera ZT60
This is Panasonic’s pack leader. It runs at a retail average of $3,000 for the 60″ to $3,800 for the 65″ model. It has absolutely unparalleled picture with 3D support and HD camera functionality. The Viera ZT60 is also excellent for Internet functions, with full Web browsing and app support, as well as WiFi connectivity. The picture and Internet components make it an ideal fit for FiOS, so check the Verizon FiOS TV availability map to make sure you’re covered.
5. Bose VideoWave II
For viewers who aren’t as interested in Internet functionality, the sound masters at Bose specialize in creating entertainment systems for a more theatrical experience. The VideoWave II is a pricey but powerful combination of sound and picture. $5,500 gets you LCD image and a unique 16-speaker sound system with Bose’s best audio processing technology.
The heavy up-front cost doesn’t look so daunting once you consider that the onboard sound system negates the need for a separate home theater surround sound peripheral. In short, this is your best bet for high-quality picture and top-notch sound, minus Internet functions.
Whether you’re looking for versatile functionality, high performance or the most device for your dollar, these five HDTVs are among the best of 2013.
This post was written by Peyton Spencer, a Journalism graduate who loves everything technology, especially HDTVs and home theater entertainment systems. You can keep up with her, and all of her writing, on Twitter @PeytonSpencer8