The HD GURU has chosen the best HDTVs to purchase based upon performance and features. The choices have been broken down by technology: LCD flat panel and Plasma panels. All products have earned a 5 Heart HD Guru rating. The HD Guru Rating System
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HD Guru Rated Four Hearts  Rated Product is good, The HD Guru recommends it

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In the past LCD flat panels have suffered from “image blur” seen during fast motion when viewing sports and movies. The first three picks have new technologies that virtually eliminate blurry images.

JVC LT-37X987 37-Inch HDTV
HD Guru Rated ♥♥♥♥

The LT-37X987 has a 1366 x 768 resolution panel. To conquer image blur it uses 120 –hertz illumination, which is twice the rate (60 hertz) of most other LCD panels. JVC rates the response time of this display as 6ms (milliseconds) The LT-37X987 features a black cabinet with a thin frame covering all four sides of the screen. The speakers are hidden behind the bottom of the display. (MSRP $2,700)

Hitachi UltraVision Director’s Series 37HLX99 37-Inch HDTV
HD Guru Rated ♥♥♥♥

Also all black, Hitachi includes remote-controlled power-swivel stand. The 37HLX99 has 1366 x 768 resolution. To reduce motion lag it also incorporates 120-hertz refresh rate (like the JVC). Other features include Advanced Super In-Plane Switching, which provides a wider angle of view than many competitors; a CableCARD slot, TV Guide On-Screen program guide, IEEE 1394 and a roll-and-click illuminated remote control. This LCD properly deinterlaces 1080i signals (MSRP $3,000)

Philips 42PF9831D/37 42-Inch HDTV
HD Guru Rated ♥♥♥

This attractive, integrated HDTV has 1366 x 768 (720P) resolution and has a very fast 4ms response time, which virtually eliminates motion lag. It also has Philips’ unique Ambilight panel background lighting. The new Ambilight 4 produces a surrounding glow of light behind the TV that complements the image and creates a “floating display” effect. (MSRP $3,499)

Samsung LN-S4696D 46-Inch HDTV
HD Guru Rated ♥♥♥
The LNS-4696D has full 1080P resolution. It also features Samsung’s S-PVA technology, which offers wider viewing angles than many LCD panels. The Super-Patterned Vertical Alignment system has wide 178-degree horizontal and vertical viewing angles. It 8ms response time helps reduce blur with fast-moving video. The all-black LCD TV comes with its own swivel stand, has a CableCARD slot and IEEE-1394 two-way interface so you can connect a next generation high def disc recorders. (MSRP $4,399)

Plasma TVs

Hitachi Director’s Series 42HDX99 42-Inch HDTV
HD Guru Rated ♥♥♥♥

This HDTV plasma is loaded with features and sits within an all-black cabinet on a power swivel stand. This HDTV has 1024 x 1080 resolution—the best in the 42-inch plasma size. An anti-reflective system called a Deep Black Natural Color Filter effectively absorbs ambient room light. It has TV Guide On Screen, IEEE-1394 HDTV recordable interface and many inputs including 3 HDMI inputs. (MSRP $3,499)

Panasonic TH-50PX600U 50-Inch HDTV
HD Guru Rated ♥♥♥♥

It’s an integrated HDTV with 1366 x 768 resolution. Like all Panasonic plasmas it has the deepest blacks of any brand of plasma. The TH-50PX600U has a built-in high-def tuner, a CableCARD slot and the TV Guide On Screen program guide. It also has an SD Memory Card for viewing photos. This Panasonic properly deinterlaces 1080i content (MSRP $3,600)

Pioneer Elite PRO-FHD1 50-Inch PureVision HD Monitor
HD Guru Rated ♥♥♥♥

The PRO-FHD1 is High Definition monitor, it has no built-tuner. It has full 1920x1080P resolution. This all-black plasma is under than four inches thick. It has Includes CableCARD and TV Guide on Screen interactive guide and Pioneer’s exclusive Media Home Gallery to control music, movies and photo through a connected home network PC. This Pioneer properly deinterlaces 1080i content (MSRP $8,000)

Panasonic TH-58PX600U 58-Inch HDTV
HD Guru Rated ♥♥♥♥

The TH-58PX600U is an integrated HDTV with 1366 x 768 (720P) resolution. Like all latest Panasonic plasmas, it features very deep. Like other members of the Panasonic 600 series, it has a built-in HDTV tuner, a CableCARD slot, TV Guide On Screen and an SD memory card slot. It properly deinterlaces 1080i content. (MSRP $5,500)

Panasonic TH-65PX600U 65-Inch HDTV
HD Guru Rated ♥♥♥♥

For very large plasma HDTV, look at this Panasonic 65” integrated HDTV with 1920 x 1080 resolution, the highest resolution of any plasma size above 50”. Features deep blacks, CableCARD, TV Guide On Screen and an SD memory card reader. This 65-inch plasma HDTV is only 5.7 inches deep yet weighs more than 175 pounds. This Panasonic Plasma properly deinterlaces 1080i content (MSRP $9,999, Note Unlike the other Panasonic plasma models listed, the TH-65PX600U, is sold without a table stand and speakers. They are listed as extra cost options.)

Pioneer Pro-1540 60-inch HDTV
HD Guru Rated ♥♥♥♥
This Pioneer plasma features 1365 x 768 resolution, accepts native 1080p/24 signals (from Blu-ray player), can be set to a 72 hertz display rate for smooth motion with film based content, produces a stunning image, great color and has full ISF controls for tweaking. Includes CableCARD and TV Guide on Screen interactive guide and Pioneer exclusive media Home Gallery to control music movies and photo through a home network. This display, like all Pioneer plasmas, properly deinterlaces 1080i signals (MSRP $7,500)