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HDTV Buyer's Guide 2008

A roundup of the most popular high-definition televisions from Sharp, Samsung, Sony, Hitachi, and more, along with a guide to HDTV technology basics.
How much will it cost?

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Just about whatever you want to spend. You can get a 19-inch starter set for $500, and there are even decent 26-inch units for as little as $700. Stepping up a notch, 40- to 46-inch HDTVs range as widely as from $1,200 to $3,000. If that's too pedestrian, the sky's the limit. For example, Sony has a 70-inch Bravia XBR that'll set you back a cool $33,000.

Who makes HTDV sets?

For starters, there's Mitsubishi, Panasonic, Philips, Samsung, Sharp, Sony, and Toshiba.

What are the best deals?

This is a constantly shifting landscape. There are several places to turn for information, and for hard pricing information. As to the former, Consumer Reports operates an HDTV blog, which stays abreast of both tech trends and buyer-oriented information. (Consumer Reports' actual ratings are behind a paid-subscriber firewall.) discusses some of the pitfalls of the HDTV purchasing process.

Both CNET and have posted reviews of their top-rated sets.

Prices can be scouted out at the comparison-shopping sites Nextag and its competitor Pricegrabber. The two are often better used to get a feel for the market than for actual purchases; while many of the retailers they link to are reputable, a few have a distinctly fly by night aura.


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Samsung fields a full line of LCD and plasma models.

View the entire HTDV directory

Better to stick to major retailers, such as:

  • Circuit City;

  • Best Buy;

  • Crutchfield; and

  • Target (yes, Target).

    Vendor Sites

  • Sony Bravia

  • Sharp AQUOS

  • Panasonic plasma, LCD, and projection HDTVs

  • Samsung's HDTV Guide

  • Editor's Choice
    Sara Peters, Editor-in-Chief, InformationWeek / Network Computing
    Pam Baker, Contributing Writer
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    Sara Peters, Editor-in-Chief, InformationWeek / Network Computing
    Greg Douglass, Global Lead for Technology Strategy & Advisory, Accenture
    Carrie Pallardy, Contributing Reporter