Biggest, brightest, and best HDTVs at CES 2013

The big HDTV names at CES 2013 are busy showcasing their newest HDTV upgrades and releases. Here are the highlights.

HDTVs take center stage at CES 2013

The stars this year at CES 2013 are big, beautiful HDTVs. All the big names have gotten into the mix, displaying updates to their current lines as well as showing drool-worthy prototypes featuring hot technology not yet released to consumers.

The sets range from B&O Play’s sexy looking—and sounding—BeoVision 11 HDTV, to numerous 4K Ultra-HD offerings that feature four times the pixels of standard HD sets. Here are some of our favorites from the show.

New Sony 4K Bravia HDTVs

Sony has been all about 4K at this year’s CES, promoting a number of new ultra-high resolution HDTVs. While Sony’s current OLED 4K offering, a massive 84-inch beast, will run you around $25,000, the newly announced 65-inch 4K Bravia XBR-65X900A and 55-inch Bravia XBR-55X900A should offer (slightly) lower price tags.

But what good is a 4K TV if you can’t get 4K content for it? Sony seems to have caught on to this sentiment, teasing a 4K World UltraHD video-distribution service that promises to give viewers access to 4K content from Sony Pictures and other studios.

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B&O Play - BeoVision 11

Products from B&O Play are known for being attractive and great sounding—as well as expensive—and the new BeoVision 11 HDTV does not stray from that mold.

The BeoVision 11’s 240Hz LED-based LCD screen can handle both 2D and 3D content. A nifty 360-degree Automatic Picture Control feature detects ambient light in the room to adjust the TV’s brightness and contrast.

Media streamers can delight too, as the BeoVision 11 supports DLNA media streaming and the new Send to TV feature from YouTube. There’s even a dedicated cupboard behind the set for storing an Apple TV box. To top it all off, you’ll be able to enjoy all that content on dual 3-way speakers, powered by six amplifiers.

The BeoVision 11 is available now in 40, 46, and 55-inch sizes.

More info | $5995 to $9995

Samsung LED F8000

Samsung’s latest flagship HDTV is the LED F8000, a quad-core processor-equipped smart TV that aims to simplify how you access all your media.

On the outside, the LED F8000 features a super-thin bezel that’s less than a quarter inch thick. Inside, you’ll find a completely redesigned interface to make navigating easier than ever and, thanks to the new quad-core chip, Samsung says the TV can switch among online streaming services, apps , and live television three times faster than before.

The LED F8000 is available in sizes up to 75 inches.

More info | Price not available

New Panasonic Viera HDTVs

Panasonic announced a bevy of new Viera HDTVs at CES 2013 (32 of them to be exact), all featuring the company’s new Smart TV personalization features.

Specifically, My Home Screen is a function that lets each family member create a custom home screen on the TV for quick access to their own content. Sets with cameras built in can actually identify who’s watching TV and display the right start page.

Panasonic said the 32 new sets will be split evenly between plasma and LED, with screen sizes available up to 65 inches.

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Samsung S9000

Are 55- and 65-inch 4K HDTVs still not big enough for you? Then check out the oversized S9000 from Samsung.

The biggest S9000 measures in at a crazy 110 inches, and it can convert standard HD content to ultra-high-def 4K format. Top it all off with an array of speakers built into the TV’s frame for what Samsung calls an immersive audio experience.

No word on price for this monster yet, but it’s safe to assume it’ll be about as much as a new car.

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Cisco Videoscape Unity

Fans of the science fiction movie Minority Report will think Cisco’s Videoscape Unity setup looks awfully familiar.

The technology is a template that integrates DVR, on-demand, Web, and social network content with traditional cable TV services onto one interface. The real kicker here is the sci-fi-esque video wall that the setup can be viewed on, as demonstrated by Cisco at this year’s CES.

While we can’t expect the technology to be available to consumers in the near future, Videoscape Unity is an interesting look at Cisco’s vision for the future of TV.

More info | Price not available

Vizio's 4K XVT Line

Not to be outdone by the other big-name HDTV manufacturers, Vizio announced a new line of Ultra High-def 3D LED TVs at CES.

Available in 55-, 65- and 70-inch models, the Vizio XVT TVs feature 4K displays. The company says they can upscale standard HD movies and games to the ultra-high resolution format while we wait for content providers to supply 4K content.

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Sharp Quattron 8-Series 3D LED TVs

Sharp skimped a bit on the 4K front at CES 2013 (the company did have prototypes on display but nothing available for consumers) but did showcase some impressive 1080p sets in its high-end Aquos Quattron 8 3D LED line.

Available in 60-, 70- and 80-inch sizes, the HDTVs in the new Quattron 8 series feature 240Hz refresh rates, built-in Wi-Fi and browsers that support Flash and HTML5. Sharp also managed to shrink the bezels on these huge TVs and said it enhanced the displays' contrast and brightness.

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Sharp's 8K Prototype

We didn’t get a lot of details from Sharp about its upcoming 4K TVs, but we did get teased by an 8K prototype TV on display at this year’s CES 2013. Sharp said this beast has 16 times the pixels of a standard HDTV.

With most consumers still trying to wrap their heads around the idea of 4K TVs, an 8K television is more proof-of-concept than anything else at this point. While it would be nice to see some 4K TVs from Sharp available for consumers, the company still deserves some credit for giving us a little glimpse of the future.

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