If you've already bought in to the B&O lifestyle, you might as well complete your descent into insanity system with the Bang & Olufsen Beo6 Remote ($TBA). This crazy-looking wireless remote automatically knows what B&O gear you own, and presents the relevant menus and controls on its glass screen, leaving your TV free to play whatever's already on, while you control the action via a rounded tactile button pod that gives the remote a sturdy base and comfortable feel while also giving you the impression that it could simply roll away at any time.
Got a high-end 3D TV on your shopping list? Take a peek at the Sharp Aquos Quattron 3D LE925 3D TV ($4,200-$5,300). The LE925 employs Quattron quad pixel technology, which adds the color yellow to the standard red, green, and blue found on other TVs, allowing for more accurate color reproduction and brighter 3D images. Other features include a 3D/2D conversion mode on the included glasses that lets one person watch in 2D while the other watches in 3D, Spacious Sound 3D audio processing, dual USB ports and an included USB Wi-Fi adapter, and a dynamic contrast ratio of 8,000,000:1, or way more than you'll ever be able to discern.
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So, you want to try out Google TV, you need a Blu-ray player, but you aren't interested in Sony's Internet TV. If all of these statements apply to you, check out the Sony Internet TV Blu-ray Player ($400). This all-in-one box sports all the things you need — HDMI in/out, an Intel processor, built-in Wi-Fi, a handheld keypad remote, and automatic updating — for a great Google TV experience, while adding in a 1080p-capable Blu-ray player for those times when the content you want isn't available from either your cable provider or online.
Like Google TV but don't want to hook up yet another box? Why not replace your current set with a Sony Internet TV ($600-$1,400). Available in sizes ranging from 24 to 46 inches, these Wi-Fi packing, LED side-lit sets feature Google TV built right in, Dual View, which lets you watch television while surfing, the upcoming ability to download apps form the Android Market, and a svelte design with slimline stand. Oh, and it also comes with a fear-inducing RF QWERTY keypad remote with integrated optical mouse, which sports roughly as many buttons as a missile control console.
Remember all those times we've been told about the inevitable merging of the web with TV, where finding shows would be as easy as finding porn pizza places online and we'd be able to simply click during an ad to purchase the product? Well, the Logitech Revue with Google TV ($300) gets us awfully close. Google TV works with your current paid TV subscription as well as the vast majority of video online, channeling Google's search mojo to make it all easy to find and seamless to switch between. The Revue sits between your cable/satellite box and your TV, hijacking the HDMI connection to bring you goodness like Netflix, Pandora, Twitter, and a new feature called Fling that lets you take what you're checking out on your phone and instantly put it on your TV. You can control the setup with the included controller that packs a keyboard, remote control, and touchpad, or simply use your phone, but one thing's for sure: your standard TV remote is going bye-bye.