Organic light-emitting diode (OLED) TVs are cool, but it'll be a while before you see them in the sizes we're used to today. In the meantime, here's a list of HDTVs you should be able to find in stores this year. Most have LCD screens, but all of them are drool-worthy.
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Sony XEL-1 OLED
While it's true that $2,500 will buy you only 11 inches of OLED on this Sony model, drooling over it won't cost you a dime. At just 3 millimeters wide at its thinnest point (and 5 millimeters at its thickest, we hear), it has a 1 million:1 contrast ratio and is the only mass-produced OLED television available on the market.
These days, a 19-inch LCD HDTV isn't much to write home about. But Westinghouse's PT line delivers 1080p in a portable package. That makes it perfect as a multipurpose device. Drool-worthy monitor, anyone? Look for it in March 2009.
This 32-inch S-series is the latest in Sony's Bravia line, and it inherits the high-definition technology of its higher-end brothers. It supports full 1080p and has a quick 120-hertz frame--pretty darn fast for an entry-level model.
Price: NA (42-inches, $TBD)
Westinghouse announced several new LCD TVs at January's Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, but the 42-inch TX-42F450S is not to be overlooked. It has a 120 Hz refresh rate, 1080p resolution and a 5000:1 contrast ratio. Look for it in June or July 2009.
JVC announced a new high-definition LCD TV monitor that targets professional photographers and other digital enthusiasts using high-end digital SLR cameras. The 42-inch LT-42WX70 offers all kinds of obscure color modes, supporting sRGB, and the deeper reds and bluish greens of Adobe RGB. JVC says the TV is capable of reproducing subtle colors, details and textures that appear in pictures but are lost by other devices.
The Sharp LC-46BD80U (shown here in the 52-inch version) touts the first Blu-ray player built into an LCD HDTV. It also has all the niceties of other devices, like 1080p and a 120-Hz frame rate. Look for it in February. It's the one donning a blue-accented frame.