Giant high-definition televisions are as American as extended-cab pickup trucks and The Big Game.
Incidentally, they display The Big Game nicely and may require that pickup truck to get them home from the store.
If you have the room for one, consider these picks and revel in their sheer size.
CNET rating: 5 stars out of 5. This plasma TV’s midlevel price and outstanding quality make it our strongest recommendation ever. It’s got poorer 3D quality than many competing TVs, and this one is not as suited to extremely bright rooms as some LCD models. It consumes more power than LCD TVs; introduces significant input lag. $1,499.99 to $1,946.05
CNET rating: 4 stars out of 5. It’s an excellent plasma TV that offers classy looks, outstanding picture quality and a great price. It’s an excellent value for money, particularly the 51-inch model. The Smart TV interface is quick and easy to use, and the apps suite is usable. Despite the deep blacks, the E6500 isn’t able to get as bright as other TVs, and so contrast suffers ever so slightly. The TV is merciless with noisy sources and presents them as is. $1,581.68 to $2,799.
CNET rating: 4 stars out of 5. The picture is among of the best we’ve reviewed and matches our Pioneer Kuro reference TV in dark rooms. This plasma TV also has industry-leading sound quality, a touch-pad remote and voice control. It’s expensive; its bright-room picture is worse than the Samsung F8500’s; the design is somewhat humdrum; the camera is limited and facial recognition is a gimmick. $1,915 to $2,999.99
CNET rating: 4 stars out of 5. This plasma TV’s relatively low price, high-end picture quality and bare-bones smart TV features make it among the best values. Basic, easy-to-use streaming services include Netflix, Amazon and YouTube. Picture quality in bright rooms isn’t as good as many others; only two HDMI inputs; limited streaming content; consumes more power than LCD TVs. $1,095 to $1,499.95
CNET contributors to this story are senior editor David Katzmaier, senior associate editor Ty Pendlebury and senior editor Laura K. Cucullu.
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