Best Big Screens for Less

If you're planning a fabulous super bowl party and you're thinking about a big screen, you might want to consider a micro display set.

Consumer Reports tested out this type of projection T.V. that's a hot seller.

While most ads for electronic products go off the air after the holiday season, commercials for T.V. sets are still flooding the airwaves.

With the Super Bowl right around the corner, everyone wants a big screen. Rear projection sets are one option. They have good picture quality, but take up lots of room.

In stores, you'll see the second option, plasma sets so thin you can hang them on the wall.

But you'll pay a lot. Plasma T.V. sets can cost upwards of $5,000.

Consumer Reports just tested a new kind of projection T.V. that offers a compromise on both size and price.

The Microdisplay sets actually give you a third option. These are cheaper than comparably-sized plasma screens.

And compared to regular projection sets that can be up to 2 feet deep, Microdisplays are thinner. That means they can take up half as much floor space.

T.V. makes use new technologies to trim down these Microdisplay sets. Some use digital light processing or DLP screens, while others use LCD screens.

Testers found picture quality varied widely.

In the end, Consumer Reports top rated the Samsung hlp-5085-w. It costs $4,000 and has very good picture quality. Another plus is that it is HD ready.

If you're throwing a Super Bowl bash, consumer reports suggests going to its Web site.

Just go to and click on super Sunday guide.

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