Being in the market for a new TV is mixed blessing. On the one hand, the screen sizes of new models probably dwarf your aging or defunct set, and features like built-in internet connectivity and 4K resolution can change the way you watch video. Then again, there are far too many total options, features and technologies to quickly process, and asking advice from a big box salesperson is practically begging to be swindled.
Here, then, are the best televisions available right now. We tried to cover everything, from low-end models that perform surprisingly well, to a luxury choice suitable only for early adopters. And even as these choices become less current, their prices are bound to drop, making them just as viable (for at least another year).
Sharp Aquos Q+ LC-60UQ17U 60-inch LED
Sharp's Quattron Plus (Q+ for short) TVs are a hedge, but a smart one, offering a step up in resolution from the standard 1080p HD image, without committing to the head-first leap into 4K viewing, which offers quadruple the resolution. Sharp's Q+ trick doesn't add pixels, but it does involve greater numbers and more precise control of the display's sub-pixels. It effectively slices up existing pixels, boosting the overall image detail to levels that top any regular high-def TV. There's a price premium, but it's nowhere near that of upgrading all the way to 4K. [$2100; sharpusa.com]