Looking for a brand new flat panel TV to kick off your Super Bowl experience? We've rounded up our favorite new flat panels from CES 2011 -- all available for purchase as we speak!
At this year's annual Consumer Electronics Show, a.k.a. CES 2011
, we (and thousands of other electronics-lovers) got the opportunity to see and experience 2011's hottest home electronics, and the technologies that are poised to revolutionize our lives in the year -- even the decade! -- to come. Pretty exciting stuff.
Brand new 3D HDTVs on display at CES 2011. Photo: Getty Images
One of the primary themes we noticed this year was the advancement of HDTV
televisions that are compatible with 3D programming; many of these TVs are already on the market. Our first thought? Holy 3D Super Bowl party!
Sports have, in fact, played a big role in the demand for increased quality HDTVs. Watching a game on a high-quality 1080p television is almost like being there live; now imagine that level of definition in 3D.
Granted, there isn't very much content yet that takes advantage of 3D technology, but that's the case with most technologies while they're in their infancy. In the meantime, 3D televisions do display HD content as well, if not better, than many non-3D HD counterparts. And when 3D hits the mainstream, you can count yourself as an early adopter!
So, if you're looking to amp up your Super Bowl 2011 experience, there's still time to pick up one of these cutting-edge sets. We picked out six of our favorite new HDTVs from this year's CES -- some 3D, some not -- that will provide you with a 50-yard line view from the comfort of your couch. (Looking for a stylish new stand for your flat screen? Check out ShelterPop's TV stand roundup
Samsung 8000 Series 3D 1080p LED HDTV65"
Samsung 8000 Series 3D 1080p LED 65" HDTV. Photo: Samsung.com
Samsung has gained a reputation for manufacturing highly advanced pieces of technology that typically perform among the best in class while looking great. Their 8000 Series features a backlight, 3D-capability and an app feature that includes Facebook and Skype. $5,999.99
Sony Bravia LX900 3D HDTV53" LCD
Sony Bravia LX900 3D 53" LCD HDTV. Photo: SonyStyle.com
The Bravia line from Sony continues to receive high marks. And like the Samsung, its design is very catching. This LCD has built-in 3D and also displays non-3D programming in full HD 1080p quality. A tech feature we like is the built-in Wi-Fi that allows you to connect directly to the internet, where you can access your favorite viewing application. The active 3D glasses are stylish and deliver a great picture. $3,655
LG Infinia 60PK950 THXCertified 1080p Plasma HDTV 60"
LG Infinia 60PK950 THX Certified 1080p 60" Plasma HDTV. Photo: LG.com
What the LG lacks in 3D it makes up for in THX
-certified sound. It doesn't get any better than that for audiophiles. This HDTV
may have the best pure picture of the bunch and it's anti-clare TruBlack filter almost guarantees you won't have the typical ghosting that LCDs can have when viewing black screens and dark images. $2,999
Panasonic Viera TC-P65VT25 3D HDTV1080p Plasma 65"
Panasonic Viera TC-P65TV25 3D 65" HDTV 1080p. Photo: Panasonic.com
This award winning TV would definitely keep you in the game and even the commercials would be stunning. It is ENERGY STAR-rated and offers their black screen technology called Infinite Black Panel. The TV is internet-ready via Wi-Fi, supports various online apps and has VideoPhone capabilities. $3,499
Sharp LC-60LE925UN AQUOS 3D HDTV 60"
Sharp LC-60LE92UN Aquos 3D 60" LCD HDTV. Photo: Sharp.com
Sharp is all about LCD TVs and although their display area at CES wasn't the most polished or high-tech, their new lineup of AQUOS-powered HDTVs
really shone. The AQUOS Quattron technology behind this top of the line model promises to eliminate blur and provide a brighter 3D experience (3D tends to be a little dark). This set can connect directly to the internet, where you can view Netflix and Vudu content (if you have an account). There is also a built-in media player so you can simply plug in your USB
drive and share video, photos and music. Sharp has also thrown in two sets of 3D glasses -- a nice touch. $2,899
Vizio XVT3D650SV LCD HDTV Theater 3D 65"
Vizio XVT3D650SV 65" LCD HDTV Theater 3D. Photo: Vizio.com
Vizio won a few best in show awards for their 2011 HDTV
s. This one is 65" and boasts SRS
TruSurround and Theater 3D. This set is also internet-ready and you can show content from a variety of online sources including on-demand movies, TV, music and photos. $3,861
So how do you choose? Well, that's for you to decide. You can't really go wrong with any of these HDTV
s, as they all offer outstanding viewing performance. Beware, after watching sports on these impressive displays, you may never want to see a live game again or even leave the house.