Growing up to 65-inches wide, the Samsung D8000 LED TV ($TBA) apparently doesn't leave much room for a bezel (which is a very good thing). The barely-there brushed metal bezel is a slim 0.2-inches wide, and frames an HD LED screen that displays beautiful 2D and 3D video with a 240Hz refresh rate. The D8000 series also sports Micro Dimming Plus technologies for deep blacks and pure whites, built-in Wi-Fi, an improved Quad Stand, and comes with Samsung's Touch Control, which can stream TV shows to its built-in 3-inch LCD screen.
If you've already bought in to the B&O lifestyle, you might as well complete your
descent into insanity system with the Bang & Olufsen Beo6 Remote ($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.
Looking to add some 3D action to your home theater but don't want to deal with the heavy, expensive, dorky-looking active shutter glasses most sets require? Feast your eyes — literally — on the Vizio 65 Theater 3D Edge Lit Razor LED LCD HDTV ($3,500). This 65-inch, 1080p, 120hz set features Vizio's new 3D technology which lets you rock battery-free, lightweight 3D glasses, which the company claims offer a flicker-free experience and brighter images. Other features include smart dimming technology, built-in Dual-Band 802.11n Wi-Fi, Vizio Internet Apps, a Bluetooth Universal Remote with slide-out keyboard, and SRS TruSurround HD audio processing. Ask for it by name — just try to get it out before the sales associate loses interest.
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.
All ready to hook up your new Logitech Revue? Well if you want to add video chat to the stew of entertainment it offers, you're going to need a Logitech TV Cam ($150). This high-end webcam is designed to sit atop your HDTV, and features a wide-angle Carl Zeiss lens, dual digital, directional microphones to help reduce noise and echoes, HD 720p video resolution, and all the motivation you need to make sure your living room looks spotless every day of the week.
As one Uncrate editor is finding out, wall-mounting your TV is easy, but figuring out what to do about a sound system once it's up there isn't. Some engineers at Bose obviously had the same problem, and came up with the Bose VideoWave ($5,400). This ridiculously-priced 46-inch screen packs an entire array of speakers directly into its body, and needs only a single connection to its console, which you control with a simplified click pad remote. Just make sure you mount it well — if it falls, both your TV and your home theater system will suffer.
Dropping the price by a third and cutting the size by even more, the new Apple TV ($99) should be in everyone's living room before long. (And no, it's still not an actual TV. Just an add-on.) They're ditching movie and TV show purchasing altogether, instead going with a streaming rental model — $5 for HD movies and 99-cents for TV shows. The all-black-everything Apple TV also streams Netflix, YouTube, and Flickr, in addition to your music, photos and videos from your computer. It's got built-in HDMI, Wi-Fi, Ethernet and an internal power supply.
Just in case you were confused about who made the world's largest 3D LED TV, Samsung will be more than happy to fill you in. The Samsung UN65C8000 65-Inch HD 3D LED TV ($6,000) is the new king of 3D LEDs, with a built-in 3D processor, 1080p resolution, 240Hz refresh rate, an 8,000,000:1 dynamic contrast ratio, precision dimming technology, and Samsung Apps for moving beyond your cable or satellite box for things like Skype, ESPN Next Level, and Hulu Plus, none of which are actually in 3D.
Prepare yourself for a summer full of ESPN 3D with a Sony Bravia XBR-LX900 Series 3D HDTV ($4,000-$5,000). Available in 52- and 60-inch varieties, these top of the line Sony sets sport integrated 3D, including a built-in sync transmitter and two pairs of included active shutter glasses, a monolithic design, edge LED backlighting, built-in 802.11n Wi-Fi, Sony's BRAVIA Internet Video and Internet Widgets, and, of course, Full HD 1080p resolution. Unfortunately, it's missing the key ingredient for a truly immersive experience: Smell-O-Vision.