Save or spend: SaveThese days, LCD and plasma flat-panel TVs offer similar picture quality for similar prices. The X-factor now is resolution, or pixels making up the screen.
On both you can get the highest available, 1080p, which has about 2 million pixels. But these TVs run up to $1,000 more than 720p sets (which have 1 million pixels) with the same screen size.
And 1080p content is still scarce, warns Ross Rubin, analyst at the NPD Group. Besides, from a normal viewing distance, "the difference is difficult to detect in a TV 50 inches or smaller." (Most rooms don't call for bigger sets.)
Save on pixels; 720p will give you a clear image. Enhance the sharpness with this Panasonic 720p plasma, which has been praised for its contrast.