Christmas is coming. Now is the time to um... buy stuff. For other people and (sometimes) yourself. How about a big new snazzy TV? TVs aren't typically given away as presents but you could possibly get it past your frugal husband/wife/other half by saying it's a "joint present darling, it's for the both of us!"
Here are some of my suggestions...
What's up everyone! I'm rich and I don't give a...
Sony 65" LED-LCD 4k (KD65X9004A) Price: $6499 Personally I'm not really ready to invest in 4k yet. Sure it looks great in the demos in-store, but it's a little too expensive and there's no content running at that resolution, not enough to justify spending over six grand on a TV at least...
But if money is no object then please, be my guest. I actually really like Sony's LCD TVs at the minute. We have a new one running in our office space and I was surprised at just how dark the black levels go. For a second it almost had me questioning my allegiance to Plasma. So yeah, I like Sony's TVs. Also — Samsung's LCD range is good. It's neck and neck between these dudes for LCD.
Happy to spend, but not too much!
Panasonic 60" Plasma (TH-P60ST60A) Price: $1998 (currently $1788 at JB Hi-fi) As a big fat Plasma fan-boy I consider Panasonic's decision to abandon its stellar range of plasma TVs as the greatest injustice to television progress since Pioneer stopped making the Kuros.
This is probably your last chance to buy the end result of years upon years of great Plasma research and development. So if you were to buy any TV on this list, pound for pound you should probably buy this one. In my house right now I have a relatively old Panasonic G10 model, a 46" inch number. I'm working from home today and it's taking all my resolve to not just walk up right now and buy one.
Something a little cheaper?
Panasonic 42" LED-LCD (TH-L42ET60) Price: $1099 (currently $896 at JB Hi-fi) My opinion is that if you have to go super cheap for a TV, go small rather than buy one of those bad no-name brands to get a bigger TV. Just my advice. Plus, 42 inches is hardly small!
This TV is solid. Not as good as Panasonic's Plasma range, but still worthwhile. Just be prepared for some slight motion blurring and the like.
Thoughts? Did we get it wrong? Anyone got any other TV buying advice? Let us know in the comments below.