HDTV Buying Guide: Top Flat-Screen HDTVs

With so many HD televisions available today, let’s sort through the options for the best home theater experience. See the top flat screen HDTVs.

Sometimes the problem with too many options is the fear that you will make the wrong choice and then suffer from buyer’s remorse. . An example of this is flat screen televisions, which come in an array of sizes, technologies and features. But that really should not be a barrier. With a bit of legwork, measuring the size of the space that will host the television looking at what features you want and which do not serve your needs a buyer can make an informed decision that will make them happy for years to come. Which ones are truly good deals for you? Here's a roundup of top sets in each price point.

If you have general questions on what should you look for when buying a Flat Screen HDTV then Read our HDTV buying guide.

Flat screen HDTVs are so prevalent these days that they are now popping up in grocery stores and bar windows. This is good news for consumers because it helps to drive down the overall cost of the technology. Now when you see an old CRT-based television you have to think for a moment about what it is, that is unless it is in the electronics pile at your local recycler. The advantages that the HDTVs bring to the party are pretty obvious, greatly improved color, clarity and picture resolution along with wide viewing angles so everybody is not sitting in each other’s lap when watching as a group.. Flat screen HDTVs come in such an amazing array of screen sizes, features and capabilities that it is increasingly hard to just list them in any one way without missing an important category. But we will try.

Adorama's Flat Panel Television Department offers a comprehensive selection of all major brand models. Here's a sample of some top models that we sell

TV/DVD Combos

At one time it looked like this was the wave of the future, and they are still popular in some market segments, particularly for small rooms and college dorms or as a second TV in a back room that also serves as an office or study room.

The $164.95 Adorama-priced RCA 13.3” AC/DC LED Backlit TV/DVD Combo is a good example of this category of products. It does not hog a great deal of real estate on a desk and provides solid picture image with its 1368 x 768 resolution and includes a built in ATSC tuner for cable, satellite, or over the air broadcasts, perfect for any environment. Looking for a bigger screen? Then try the $179.99 RCA 18.5” 720p LED HDTV.

Entry Level HDTVs

We are placing the systems in order of screen size rather than any other capability, so when it says entry –level, what it means is that it is a smaller screen, not that it is feature deficient; many of the small screens give their bigger cousins a run for the money. It should be noted that cost is usually a function of size as well so that the larger the screen, the more it will cost. The displays now often have the ability to function both as a HDTV and a computer display as well so they can pull double duty.

A case in point is this Adorama-priced $129.99 Naxa NTD-1554 16” Widescreen HD LED TV, a 60Hz, 16-inch system that comes with 1366 x 768, has built-in USB input as well as supporting HDMI input. The small form factor does not prevent it from supporting HD video.

Another in the small screen size, with a small price to match is the Coby LEDTV2326 23” ATSC Digital LED TV/Monitor. (Adorama price: $149.99). The HDTV delivers 1080p-quality images and has a PC VGA connection so that it can double as a PC monitor if needed. OterOther offerings in this field include the $118.00 Pyle PTC157LC 15.6” Hi-Definition Flat Panel LCD TV and the $169.00 LG 22LN4510 22” 1080P LED TV.

Mid Level HDTVs

Mid-level can be anywhere you want it these days, at least it seems so but we will peg it in the 40-inch to 50-inch range. Some might go a bit bigger or smaller but you have to start somewhere! Also this is where we really start to see a host of features moving onto HDTVs that were once only available on the highest end offerings such as the ability to connect to the Internet.

The Samsung 46" Class 1080p LED HDTV is an Adorama-priced $677.99 46-inch screen size beauty. The HDTV features 1080p HDTV resolution. It comes with built-in Wi-Fi and has a full web browser and its own set of apps that were specifically made for TV. It has three HDMI that will enable you to connect HD peripherals as well. The system comes with Samsung’s ConnectShare Movie that enables a user to watch videos, play music or view photos from a USB drive.

The $699.00 Panasonic Smart VIERA TC-L47E50 47” Class E50 is another great example of a feature-rich HDTV that does not have a giant display. The 47-inch screen supports 1920 x 1080 resolution and has a technology called IPS (In Plane Switching) Panel which provides optimal quality even when viewed 178 degrees off axis. The HDTV has the ability to serve as a media or entertainment hub with four HDMI ports, two USB 2.0 pots and an SD media card slot.
Other options in the mid-sized space include the $257.99 Samsung UN32EH4003 32” Series 4 LED Flat Panel HDTV or the $529.00 LG 39LN5700 39” Full HD 1989p LED Smart TV

The Big HDTVs

When you have a lot of space and want to provide a top-level entertainment experience to big groups of friends, big is the way to go. With prices dropping and options growing looking at a 50-inch to 60-inch or greater display is no longer an effort in avoiding sticker shock. You need a large viewing area to own some of these unless you like the feel of being in the front row at a movie theater. However if you are designing a home theater many of these will fit quite nicely as the centerpiece of the room!

The Sharp AQUOS LC-70LE650U 70” Full HD 1080p Smart LED TV at the Adorama price of $1,997.99 is designed to meet the needs of a large viewing audience. The plasma HDTV provides1920 x 1080 Full HD resolution display features dual 10W speakers and can accept digital media via its USB Media Player as well as by using its four HDMI ports.

If you are looking for even more features then the $2,698.00 Sony KDL-70R550A LED Internet TV could be the way to go. Aside from its 1920 x 1980 Full HD resolution this 70-inch display also comes with built in Wi-Fi so that users can access the Internet. It comes with a USB Media player so that you can mirror your digital media on the display and really pushes sound quality with its support for Dolby Digital Plus, Dolby Digital Pulse and Simulated Surround.

Have a huge room to fill? Try the 90” Sharp AQUOS 1080p Smart LED HDTV for $7,999.99!

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