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The Big Screen at Home

These models aren't thin, but they're large size may attract home-theater enthusiasts.

If you've got a large room and want an immersive home-theater experience, you may want to cast your eyes toward a rear-projection TV. These sets, typically less than 20 inches deep, aren't exactly thin, but they're far less bulky than a conventional tube TV and fit nicely in a living room corner.

"People often want thin-panel TVs, but their DVD, cable box and other components are 15 inches deep, so they need a cabinet anyway," says Marty Zanfino, director of product development for Mitsubishi, which offers several projection models in addition to plasma and LCD sets.

And prices of rear-projection models -- which, though not thin, have the biggest screens -- are in free fall. Projection TVs that were $2,000 to $3,000 just five years ago now average $800 to $1,000. One drawback: Rear-projection images tend to wash out when viewed from extreme angles.

If you want a really big screen, the Mitsubishi WD-62827, a 62-inch projection TV, is a great choice for home-theater enthusiasts. Priced at about $4,000, the WD-62827 delivers crisp, lifelike images, and its 1080p resolution means it's ready for the next generation of high-definition content.

You can't hang this TV like a painting, and its behemoth size may not be trendy. But with its manageable 20-inch depth, the WD-62827 is slimmer that the largest tube TVs, and it stands nicely against a living-room wall. We could watch it all day long.

--Jeff Bertolucci