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TVs for Super Bowl 1/20/13

Catching the big game at your local sports bar or restaurant is one way to see the Super Bowl. This owner is planning for a busy night! John DelliCarpini "A full crowd, with 15 televisions all playing the same game." But if you want to pick up a new TV before your Super Bowl party, Consumer Reports can help. Testers size up hundreds of TVs every year to find ones to recommend. "One of the tests we perform on our TVs is a motion blur test. This test is designed to expose how well a TV can reproduce fast movement, such as you might find in sports or action movies." Some LCDs tend to have trouble, like this one. Then there's the black-level test. "So on better performing sets like this one, you have a nice deep black level that give a nice dynamic contrast in bright scenes as well as in dark scenes. Whereas worse performing sets like this one you have a brighter black level that doesn't give you that deep contrast, so images will look flatter, especially in dark scenes." Testers also evaluate how well each television displays color. This device takes a color temperature measurement from a solid grey screen to see how balanced the tones are. "A high price tag doesn't guarantee you a great TV. We found plenty of TVs that were higher-priced but actually came in lower in the ratings than many less-expensive sets." But testers did find several TVs to recommend, including this 55-inch plasma Panasonic Viera for 12-hundred dollars. It has an excellent picture and nice extras like 3D and Internet access. ."

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