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Top 5 Best HDTVs To Watch Sports On

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Here's my peanut butter and chocolate moment. I love watching sports on my HDTV; I love writing about HDTVs. Why not create an article about watching sports on the best HDTVs to watch sports on. I could call it the "best HDTVs to watch sports on."

1. Pioneer KURO PDP-6020FD - 60" Plasma

The PDP-6020FD is a 60” plasma flat panel HDTV capable of displaying images up to 1080p. It has four HDMI 1.3 inputs including one on the side, a new Optimum video mode and Energy Star 3.0 rating. It has a detachable 18w x 18w speaker. I reviewed this HDTV for a few weeks earlier in the 2008 NFL season. I was very impressed with the overall picture. What's the main difference between this model and a Pioneer Elite? This KURO doesn't have advanced color calibration settings - not a big deal for the average sports fan. Pioneer also sells a 50” equivalent, model PDP-5020FD (compare prices).

2. Sony KDL-46XBR6 - 46" 120hz LCD

Sony claims sports shot in HD should be watching in HD. I don't know about that but I do know that 120hz LCDs are better for sports than 60hz LCDs. Case and point is the Sony KDL-46XBR6, a 46” 120hz 1080p LCD HDTV. It has four HDMI 1.3 inputs including one on the side and deeper blacks due to the Advanced Contrast Enhancer circuit (ACE). Also, it uses Sony's Motionflow technology, which essentially erases blurriness from moving images. Think about this - 120hz LCDs will likely be overshadowed in 2009 by their new 240hz cousins, but don't let 240hz discount the value of 120hz. Sony also sells 40” and 52” equivalents - models KDL-40XBR6 and KDL-52XBR6 respectively.
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3. Mitsubishi WD-57833 - 57" DLP Projection

Mitsubishi makes an appropriate product considering they're the official HDTV of the PGA Tour. In the case of the WD-57833, you get a a 57” 120hz HDTV capable of displaying images up to 1080p. The actual unit looks classy, like a grand piano. Details are brilliant on this HDTV - great contrast and video processing. It has four HDMI 1.3 inputs including one in the front. Mitsubishi’s 6-Color Light Engine produces a beautiful picture. It's also 3-D ready, which might be a nice feature to have considering the NFL started tinkering with 3-D. (read article) The only downside to this HDTV is that its not Energy Star certified.
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4. NEC NP4001 DLP Video Projector

The NEC NP4001 is About.com Home Theater Guide Robert Silva's favorite front projection system of 2008. Here is the opening to Robert's product review: "At an MSRP of $5,999 (not including the lens), the NEC NP4001 is not for the bargain hunter, but is a great value for the high-end home theater enthusiast. With a native pixel resolution of 1280x768 (720p), and dual lamp output of 3,600 to 4,500 lumens this projector provides excellent image brightness and resolution, especially in large room settings."

5. Samsung LN52A850 52" LCD TV

Samsung didn't get on this list because I love football and they are the official HDTV of the National Football League (NFL). The LN52A850 did it all on its own. This HDTV has some sizzle - 1080p, 120hz refresh/frame rate, 50,000:1 dynamic contrast ratio, 4ms response time. Did I mention that its only like 2" thick? Actually, its 1.9" thick. It also has Picture-in-Picture capabilities but only with the PC input as one of the sources.
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