We’ve all envied neighbors and friends who invite us over to show off their shiny new big screen TV. Most of us, upon returning to our living room and flipping on the old 19-incher, never feel quite the same, even when we’re watching our long-awaited Mad Men episode on DVR. Now especially, with the college football season underway, the desire for a larger than life television becomes even harder to control. So, while a purchase is probably impossible for most of us, it’s still worth knowing that there are some TVs out there that stand tall above anything you’ve likely seen before, at your neighbor’s house or the local electronics store. Let’s just say that your uncle with the Walmart plasma might not be so smug after seeing you bring home one of these bad boys.
There can be no greater testament to the power and fury of Sunday football than the monstrous, high-definition experience that is the Panasonic 150″ plasma. This baby boasts a breath-taking 2160×4096 pixel resolution at 11 feet wide which, according to Wired Magazine, unequivocally makes it the world’s largest plasma television. Panasonic’s HD monster also features 1080p support, giving it 1080 lines of progressive scan vertical resolution. Even if you don’t know what that technically means, you get the point by translating it to “insanely detailed picture quality.”
What could be cooler than 55 inches of high definition? How about 55 inches of 3D high definition! The Sony BRAVIA HX800 features unparalleled 3D technology that, when combined with a pair of Active Shutter glasses, transforms any game, movie, or TV show into a 3D experience. This entertainment juggernaut comes loaded with Sony’s latest motion processing technology, which ensures a smoother picture during fast action shots and allows you to follow those quick blitzes and Hail Mary passes with impossible precision. Combine all that with 1080p progressive scanning for top-quality color and detail, and you’ll have to glue the nachos down as your friends jump off the couch to catch the ball as it comes soaring out of the screen.
Maybe an 11 foot screen is just too much TV for you—after all, not too many apartments have that kind of wall space. May we then suggest the Sharp 108″ LCD flat panel TV, the screen Gizmodo calls the sharpest TV picture they’ve ever seen?
Though it isn’t the largest television ever built, it is the biggest LCD screen in production and supports 1080p for superb high definition quality. Progressive scanning technology makes the game come alive in your living room and a 16:9 aspect ratio ensures that you get the most complete view of the field possible. And, at prices ranging between $100,000 and $150,000, what more could you ask for?
If you’re willing to sacrifice 30 inches off of the Sharp featured above, the Pioneer 60″ Plasma offers an incredible viewing experience for under $10,000. Featuring support for 24 frames-per-second imaging at 1080p, this titanic television delivers color and definition so crisp, you’ll be able to count the blades of grass on the field during halftime.
Cool feature alert: The Elite KURO does away with distracting glare through the use of an ambient light sensor that automatically optimizes brightness and contrast to the lighting conditions of the room. If that wasn’t enough to sell you, the KURO features a myriad of picture adjustment settings including color temperature, black levels, noise reduction, gamma, and more, allowing you to create the perfect viewing experience for your own elite audience.
The Samsung UN55C8000 comes equipped with 3D High Definition technology that can actively convert regular television and movies into 3D experiences that literally jump out of the screen. The UN55 is also much more affordable than its slightly larger brother, the UN65, but contains all of the same technology that makes this line the king of Samsung TV products.
For under $4,000, the UN55 features Samsung’s 6,000,000:1 Mega Dynamic Contrast Ratio, which produces pictures cleaner and sharper than any TV the company has previously produced. Though the screen is a mere 1″ thick, it is comprised of some of the brightest LEDs on the market, ensuring optimal color balance and accuracy. Additionally, if you’re bored during commercials or halftime breaks, the UN55 can stream your favorite Internet content including Twitter, YouTube, Pandora Music, NetFlix, and more.
The Sharp 60″ AQUOS is the definition of world-class television and is available for a price lower than TVs ten inches smaller. In fact, for under $3,000, you can rock your living room parties with its 1920×1080 resolution and 1080p progressive scan imaging. This entertainment machine comes equipped with Sharp’s UltraBrilliant LED system for bold color and intense detail. Sports games move fast, which makes the Sharp’s proprietary Fine Motion Enhanced Technology a must-have. This feature smooths out fast camera motions at a whopping 120Hz frame rate conversion. Never miss a play again, and see it all on AQUOS’ towering 60″ display.
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