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HDTVs

Flat-Panel

JVC LT-46FN97 46-inch 1080p LCD HDTV $3,500 ($3,799 list, December 2006) Reviewer David Katzmaier observed that this new JVC delivered more than just "all the detail I expected from a 1080p display." It also stood out with its "unusually good rendition of colors" and "highly accurate" TheaterPro mode, which required "almost no changes to achieve an ideal picture." jvc.com</<br> Pioneer Elite PRO-1130HD 50-inch plasma $6,500 (street price), February/March 2006 Pricey, but its truly outstanding picture makes it the best 50-inch plasma TV we've laid eyes on. www.pioneerelectronics.com Pioneer Elite PRO-1130HD 50-inch plasma $6,500 (street price), February/March 2006 Pricey, but its truly outstanding picture makes it the best 50-inch plasma TV we've laid eyes on. www.pioneerelectronics.com Pioneer Elite PRO-FHD1 1080p 50-inch Plasma $8,500, October 2006 www.pioneerelectronics.com Sony KDL-40XBR2 40-inch LCD $3,500, November 2006 It's pricey for its class, but LCD picture quality doesn't get much better. sonystyle.com Vizio P50HDTV 50-inch Plasma $1,900, December 2006 (Web only) Vizio continues to deliver huge bang for the buck in this "miracle of price erosion." vizioce.com Vizio P42HDTV 42-inch Plasma $1,800, May 2006 With its crisp picture, natural color, and a street price closer to $1,500, this plasma bargain is hard to beat. vizioce.com Westinghouse Digital LVM-42w2 42-inch LCD $2,300, June 2006 This high-value LCD panel delivers a sharp 1080p picture and accepts native 1080p HDTV signals, making it a match for future high-def disc players. westinghousedigital.com

Rear-Projectors

JVC HD-70FH96 70-inch HD-ILA $6,000 (street price), February/March 2006 A gargantuan 1080p picture with oodles of detail and the deepest black we've seen on an RPTV. www.jvc.com HP Pavilion MD6580n 65-in DLP HP Pavilion MD5880n 58-in DLP $5,500 (65 in), October 2005 $3,500 (58 in), April 2006 Superb color and detail, and a future-proof 1080p input, place these among the best bargains in HDTV. hp.com Sony KDS-R60XBR1 60-inch SXRD Sony KDS-R50XBR1 50-inch SXRD $4,500 (60 in), April 2006 $3,500 (50 in), November 2005 Sony delivers stunning picture quality in these 1080p, LCoS-based HDTVs. sony.com

Front Projectors

Sony Cineza VPL-HS51 LCD $3,500, April 2005 There's terrific value in this LCD projector that delivers great HDTV and progressive-scan DVD images. sonystyle.com Sim2 HT3000 1080p DLP $15,995, October 2006 sim2usa.com Samsung SP-H710AE DLP Front Projector $4,000, May 2006 Designed in association with Joe Kane, this HDTV front pro costs a little more than its "budget" competition, but delivers super-accurate color. samsung.com InFocus Play Big IN76 DLP Front Projector $3,000, May 2006 This HD projector boasts powerful light output, excellent grayscale and color reproduction, sharp detail, and a slick, sci-fi design. www.infocus.com Optoma HD72 DLP Front Projector $2,000, May 2006 Its low price and great performance make the Optoma HD72 one of the great bargains in HDTV front projectors. www.optomausa.com Panasonic AE900U LCD Front Projector $1,800, May 2006 The ability to deliver deep blacks and great shadow detail make this high-def LCD projector a tremendous value. panasonic.com
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