The LG LA8600 series of HDTVs offers beautiful aesthetics, sharp 2D and 3D imagery, and rich color reproduction at a premium price. You get lots of features with this series, some of which are of questionable value.
Plasma panels are becoming rarer, and the ones that remain are moving upmarket to appeal to well-heeled home theater enthusiasts. This 60-inch LG 60PN5300 TV can be found for $799.99, and while it offers few features and middling picture quality, its price is right and it's functional enough to be useful.
Joining the ET60 and E60 series of recently announced Panasonic LED-backlit Viera HDTVs, the DT60 series offers good performance, stylish looks, and lots of features, including four sets of 3D glasses, Wi-Fi, and a 120Hz refresh rate. The TC-L55DT60 features a 55-inch IPS panel that delivers good color quality and dark blacks along with great viewing angles.
The Panasonic TC-LET60 series is a moderately priced LED HDTV line that delivers a high contrast ratio, inky blacks, and outstanding image detail. You also get a nice selection of Web apps, built-in Wi-Fi, and passive 3D with two sets of glasses.
Samsung's BD-F7500 Blu-ray player has a lot going for it. It's full of features, it looks good, and it has just the right connections for a high-end home theater. On paper, it should be the cream of the consumer Blu-ray player crop. However, at $279.99, it's pricey compared with nearly every Blu-ray player.
A sound bar and subwoofer system is always a good buy for owners of an HDTV looking to add to their home entertainment system. For around $300, the Sony HT-CT260 performs very well with good sound quality, a wireless subwoofer and Bluetooth connectivity.
The Sony SRS-BTX500 is a Bluetooth wireless speaker that sports an impressive, sleek design and high-quality audio output. It can be used while on-the-go thanks to a rechargeable battery and can be used to charge smart phones via the built-in USB port.
The Sharp LC-70LE650 is a huge 70-inch LCD HDTV with very good overall image quality as it has good black levels and color-accuracy. The sound could be better and the price is high compared to other large TVs, but it is an impressive set.
The well-designed Bose SoundLink Bluetooth Mobile Speaker II is a modest evolution of the first version that sounds even better than the original model. It contains just enough improvements to keep it at the top of the heap for portable wireless Bluetooth speakers.
Roku is a pioneer in video-streaming media hubs, but as Apple TV became popular, and HDTVs and Blu-ray players began supporting Netflix and other online services, Roku boxes started to look less unique and less useful. The latest box, the Roku 3 changes that. What's new? More power, a streamlined interface, an invaluable cross-service search feature, and a remote-mounted headphone jack.