Cheer yourself up after that devastating Red Sox loss last night with a big ol' TV. The largest LED LCD TV to date, the Sharp Aquos LC-80LE632U TV ($5,500) gives you 80-inches of viewing area (to watch anything other than the playoffs), a full HD 1080p X-Gen LCD panel, built-in Wi-Fi, and access to apps like Netflix, CinemaNow and VUDU. It's also got a full array LED backlighting system that produces a crazy dynamic contrast ratio of 6,000,000:1, along with a blur-killing 120Hz Fine Motion Enhanced engine, all packed up into a 4-inch deep casing.
Lately we've heard a lot of people refer to their new TVs as "future-proofed" since they offered 3D features that aren't really used right now — but if you really want to future proof your setup, pick up this Sony 4K Home Theater Projector ($25,000). If you're unaware, 4K is a next-generation video standard that will see astoundingly detailed 4096 x 2160 images pushed across the airwaves. This new projector handles them with aplomb thanks to a new SXRD panel and lamp that supports images up to 200 inches in the diagonal and a 4K "upscaler" for measly 1080p content, and also offers installation options like dual triggers, a 2.1 motorized zoom, expanded throw distances, an RS232 interface, control over IP, and compatibility with most home automation systems.
Recording two shows at once? That's so 2008. The TiVo Premiere Elite ($TBA) blows past this limitation by integrating multiple digital tuners and a two terabyte hard drive, letting you record up to four shows at once and save up to 300 hours of HD programming — for those that weren't counting, that's nearly two weeks of eyeball-rotting goodness. Other features include THX certification for optimal sound and video quality, TiVo's legendarily elegant interface, and integrated Internet entertainment like Netflix, Pandora, Hulu Plus, Amazon Instant Video, and YouTube. You'll be able to pick it up this fall, so to avoid confrontation, you might want to break the news to your current cable box now.
Remember back in the '80s, when pundits predicted that in the future, we'd enjoy our entertainment via holographic 3D displays that we wore like sunglasses? You do? Good, because that damn near explains the Sony 3D Head Mounted Display ($TBA). It uses twin HD OLED displays to provide you with an immersive visual experience, while the integrated virtual 5.1 surround sound does the same for your ears, and since it connects via HDMI, you can hook up anything from a PS3 to an iPad, sit back, and enjoy.
Don't miss out on the early games just because you're partying it up in the parking lot before the 4:00 kickoff. The Dish Network Tailgater ($350) is a 10 pound portable satellite TV antenna that your can take nearly anywhere — including the stadium, camping trips, or just to your poor, cable-less cousin's — and enjoy HD programming in a hurry thanks to its automatic satellite locating technology and month-to-month plans. All it's missing is the receiver, a TV, and a power source. [Scouted by Alex]