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What Is the Best HDTV?
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Q. I am going to buy a new TV and money is no object. What is the best HDTV on the market, bar none? -- Eddie, Reno, Nevada.

Eddie, this is a very exciting time for you. You can choose from literally hundreds of TVs, from LEDs to Plasmas to LCDs. And if money is no object, you will get an awesome TV if you follow the advice below.

Personally, I believe the Plasma TV offers the best picture on the market, particularly if it will be situated in a room that's not extremely bright. If you are going to put your set in a room with lots of windows, you might want to consider a LED TV.

But with all things equal, the Plasma TV is the winner.

So, what is the best Plasma TV? On this, I will defer to two TV display experts -- and PC Magazine. They both recently chose one set as offering the best picture and value on the market. And, not surprisingly, they are both Plasmas.

PC Magazine picked a Samsung 60-inch Plasma set, model
PN60F8500, which the publication rated "excellent" and said it's a "top-shelf Plasma HDTV that delivers outstanding color quality, solid 2D and 3D imagery, and very dark blacks." The manufacturer's suggested list price is nearly $3,800, but Amazon is now selling it for $2,797. Click Here for more information on Amazon's sale.

Now CNET picks a different Plasma set as number one: The Panasonic 55-inch Smart Plasma TV, model TC-PST60, which is available today for $1,349. at CNET says in a review that the TV delivers an "incredibly good picture quality with exceedingly deep black levels, great shadow detail, accurate colors, solid bright-room performance and superb off-angle and uniformity characteristics." For more information on the Amazon sale, click:

So there are two recommendations for you, Eddie. Best of luck in your search.

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