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).
The best description of the W850B 69.5-inch LED display is Sony's: it's a "premium" TV. Everything about it is a notch above similarly sized HD displays, from its standout picture quality (with notably deep blacks for a non-plasma) to its high-quality audio, due to speakers embedded in the base of its wedge design. For better audio, Sony offers a unique choice: You can buy a $299 subwoofer (the SWF-BR100) that syncs up with the TV wirelessly. Also, like most mid-to-top-tier displays, it's a 3D TV. But don't hold that against it. [$2,300; store.sony.com]