CNET's favorite big-screen TVs of 2011 (so far)

Think 42 or 50 inches is big? Forget it. "Big" now means 60 inches minimum. To that end, here are our favorite jumbo-screen TVs of 2011.

David Katzmaier Editorial Director -- Personal Tech
David reviews TVs and leads the Personal Tech team at CNET, covering mobile, software, computing, streaming and home entertainment. We provide helpful, expert reviews, advice and videos on what gadget or service to buy and how to get the most out of it.
Expertise A 20-year CNET veteran, David has been reviewing TVs since the days of CRT, rear-projection and plasma. Prior to CNET he worked at Sound & Vision magazine and eTown.com. He is known to two people on Twitter as the Cormac McCarthy of consumer electronics. Credentials
  • Although still awaiting his Oscar for Best Picture Reviewer, David does hold certifications from the Imaging Science Foundation and the National Institutes of Standards and Technology on display calibration and evaluation.
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Senior Editor Scott Stein poses in front of 92-inch Mitsubishi 840 Series TV. Sarah Tew/CNET

Just about every HDTV looks great displaying sports, movies, and TV shows in high def, but there's one key ingredient that separates "great" HDTVs from those that make you say "Boom!" No, we're not talking about 3D, motion resolution, 1080p, or even black levels this time; we're talking about sheer size.

In previous years, LCD has taken a back seat to plasma in the ultrabig flat-screen category (60-inch and up), but these days, 65- and even 70-inch LCDs are becoming available. (Yes, that's smaller than the superjumbo 92-inch Mitsubishi TV pictured above, but that's a rear-projection model, not a flat-panel.) As competition between the two heats up, prices come down, choices widen, and the market as a whole gets more confusing than ever.

To clear the confusion, we've assembled a list of our six favorite big-screen TVs of 2011. None is smaller than 60 inches (and none costs less than $2,000), although if you don't want to go quite this big, you can click through the review to see smaller (and cheaper) alternatives. (Continued)

See CNET's favorite big-screen TVs of 2011.