Best HDTV for Watching the Super Bowl

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Retrevo recommends the best LCD TVs and Plasma TVs for watching this year's Super Bowl and other fast action HDTV programs.

Retrevo picked the Plasma TVs and LCD TVs that have the best features to handle fast action sports like football or basketball.

For the price football fans would have to pay for one premium seat at the Super Bowl they can buy a big screen LCD or Plasma HDTV they can watch all year long. Retrevo analyzed Plasma TV and LCD TV user reviews, expert reviews, HDTV features, and the latest prices to come up with a list of recommended features and HDTV sets. Retrevo's analysis included Sony LCD TV reviews, Panasonic plasma TV reviews, Pioneer plasma TV reviews, Olevia TV reviews, and Samsung LCD TV reviews.

Andrew Eisner, director of content at Retrevo says, "Fast action sports can place extra demands on a TV set. The last thing you want to see is streaks and blurs showing up on the screen." Eisner added, "Retrevo picked the Plasma TVs and LCD TVs that have the best features to handle fast action sports like football or basketball."

Rear Projection TVs still offer the best bang for the buck and Front Projection TVs come closest to a real movie theater experience but for this year's Super Bowl, Retrevo recommending either an LCD TV or a Plasma TV.

Best TV Sets for Watching Sports

Plasma TVs have had a slight advantage for viewing sports programming because plasma can be turned on and off faster than a liquid crystal pixel. The gap is narrowing as more LCD TVs come out with faster (120 Hz) refresh or frame rates, faster pixels response times of 8 ms, and new MEMC (motion estimation motion compensation) chips to help minimize blurring. That difference should vanish and even favor LCD TVs when LCD TVs start using LED backlights that can be switched on and off and virtually eliminate blurring.


Retrevo recommends any consumer willing to pay a premium for the Sony brand and wants one of the highest rated LCD TVs, to consider the Sony BRAVIA KDL-46XBR4 for around $2500 or the Sony BRAVIA KDL-40XBR4 for around $2200. Both sets run 120 Hz refresh and 8 ms pixel response.

Users say the Samsung LNT 4071F 40 inch LCD TV holds its own against Sony's new XBR4 and XBR5 LCD TVs. It can be purchased for less than $2000 and offers 120 Hz refresh, 8 ms. pixel response, and 3 HDMI inputs.

Syntax Olevia has a reputation for delivering a quality LCD TVs at reasonable prices. The best values can be found in their 720p sets like the 37 inch Olevia 537H that can be purchased for under $700. For $800, you can get a 42 inch Olevia 242T. Both offer 8 ms response times but neither offers 120 Hz refresh.

What about Sharp LCD TVs? Sports fans living in Japan can buy one of the new AQUOS R series LCD TVs that Sharp claims are optimized with 120 Hz refreshfor high-speed scenes. Otherwise consumers are going have to wait or buy one of the current AQUOS LCD TVs like the $2,000 52 inch AQUOS LC-52D62U

Plasma TVs

Plasma TVs continue to provide high quality images with deep blacks and warm natural colors. The large glass screens are still susceptible to glare and the sets use a lot of power. These larger Plasma TVs can draw over 500 watts of power and use over $100 worth of electricity a year.

Pioneer dominates the Plasma TV market. The Pioneer PDP-5010 is part of their new KURO line that features 1080p resolution, 4 HDMI ports, and anti-glare treatment. The Pioneer PDP-5010 will cost you over $4,000 but received high marks from reviewers for great black levels and colors reproduction.

The 50 inch Panasonic TH-50PZ700U is another highly rated Plasma TV that will costs around $2500. This is the Plasma TV that Consumer Reports said was the "best flat screen ever tested."

Really Big TVs

For consumers who want to have the biggest LCD screen on the block or perhaps the city they should check out the 70-inch BRAVIA KDL-70XBR3. It sells for a mere $30,000. It offers all the latest features including 120 Hz refresh and LED backlighting.

LG makes a 71 inch Plasma TV, the LG 71PYM TV, that will only cost you around $12,000, It gets mixed reviews and will most likely bump up your utility bill a notch.

For the ultimate TV consumers should look at the $69,000 Panasonic TH-103PF9UK Installers will need heavy equipment to get this 500 lb. beast in the door along with a hefty power line to run it but it is big and beautiful.

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