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).
In the future, every TV will be like the X850B – a 4K TV, with four times the resolution of the majority of today's HD displays. So consider this 64.5-in. Sony model a sneak peek of just how impossibly crisp and vibrant home theater will be, as well as a future-proofed set that will properly display all of the higher-resolution content to come (including streaming 4K video already available from Netflix). It's also packed with forward-looking features, like the ability to play PlayStation 3 games without the console – all you need is a Wifi connection, and a game controller. [$4000; store.sony.com]