According to a recent feature in Forbes magazine, the current economic downturn is resulting in some great deals on HDTVs left over from Christmas 2008. Many models with high end features not found on discount brands and entry level televisions are now available at deeply discounted prices because the big box store overstocked them for Christmas. Since now is the time those same stores make room for new 2009 models, the savings can be substantial. For example, the Sharp Aquos LC42D85U has an impressive set of specs that include 1080p high-def resolution, five HDMI inputs, and a much-discussed 120Hz refresh rate which provides more realistic images than many comparable HDTV models.
While comparable televisions typically cost around $2,000, smart consumers can find the Sharp LC42D85U online and at big box close-out for just over $1,000. It might feel a bit decadent to buy a $1000 HDTV in this economy, but if you remind yourself you are saving the same amount, the guilt vanishes.