Best TVs for your family media room

May 1, 2011 at 10:00 a.m. ET

There are so many TVs to choose from that it can be hard to know which one to purchase for your family media room. When it’s time to bite the bullet and make your purchase, use these guidelines to choose the right model for you and your family.

1Best 3D Experience

Best 3D Experience

When you want to feel like you're "there" in the movie, a 3D TV screen will help you create the illusion. While this technology is relatively new, the Panasonic Viera TC-P50VT25 received top ratings from CNET's editors and users. The TV's quality is stellar in both the 2D and 3D modes, making it perfect for everyday use. It is important to note that it only comes with a single pair of 3D glasses, so you'll have to purchase additional glasses for family and friends. Prices on this model start at just over $2,000.00 for a 50 inch screen.

2Best Mega-Screen TV

Best Mega-Screen TV

There are large screen TVs, then there are really large screen TVs. If you want a TV with a screen larger than 55 inches, your best bet is the Pioneer Elite Kuro PRO-151FD TV with a 60 inch screen. This plasma TV has superior black levels and accurate color quality, as well as extensive user controls for overall picture experience. If you're a die-hard movie fan, this TV will deliver one of the best pictures you've ever seen. Unfortunately, that high-quality picture is delivered, along with an extremely high price tag starting at $6,500.00.

3Best TV for the Eco-Conscious

Best TV for the Eco-Conscious

The latest fad in home theater televisions is the LED TV. Essentially, the LED TV is an upgraded version of the LCD TV, offering backlit displays with the use of LED lights. LED TVs are extremely thin, sometimes measuring only an inch wide, making them easy to hang without looking bulky. They're also extremely lightweight and are the most energy efficient flat screens available today. You won't necessarily save a lot of money on your electric bill by purchasing an LED screen, but you can still feel good about the overall energy savings. The best LED TV ranked by CNET is the 42 inch Vizio XV1423SV TV starting at $900.00.

4Best discount TV

Best discount TV

When it comes to TVs, name brands are king, but that doesn't mean that you can't find a TV with a great picture for less. When you're outfitting your family movie room on a budget, look to Vizio as your go-to brand. In an effort to break into the name-brand big-leagues, Vizio offers great products at a lower-than-average price point. While not every Vizio TV is a winner, if you shop in-store and have the opportunity to compare the Vizio picture with other name-brand displays, you'll notice that most Vizio models have a comparable picture quality. For a 47 inch TV starting at just over $700.00, pick up the Vizio E470VL.

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