Great TVs For Game Time

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WASHINGTON, DC (WUSA) -- You can live large when you watch an Optoma front projector television.  The picture is much bigger compared to an 52-inch set.

"You can only get a picture that big with a front projector and a separate screen.  And, the biggest news is that prices have fallen dramatically.  In fact, the Optoma that we're watching here costs about a thousand dollars," says Jim Wilcox. 

But, you need to watch a projection TV in a dark room.  If not, the video washes out and it's hard to see.

If a plasma or LCD is a better fit for your home, Consumer Reports just evaluated more than 90. 

They both give a great picture.  But plasmas usually do a better job with dark scenes, while LCDs look better in a bright room.  Here's why says Chris Andrade.

"In bright light LCDs actually absorb the light so you hold your contrast, whereas plasmas reflect all the ambient light so you lose the contrast and your black levels become much brighter," he says.

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But LCD TVs generally don't look as good when viewed from the side.  Tests show LCDs can have difficulty with fast-moving images.   The image becomes blurred.

Jim Wilcox says, "That can be a problem if you're watching programming with fast-paced action like a football game.  But, some LCD TVs now have technology that speeds up the television's frame rate which can help reduce blurring.

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One of the them is the 52-inch Toshiba Regza.   It has excellent picture quality, and at around $1,400 it costs less than a similar set a year ago.

Plasma televisions have also come way down in price.  You can get a 50-inch Insignia plasma, model number NS-P501Q-10A, set for under $700. 

And that, says Consumer Reports, is a best buy. 

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