Father's Day Gift Guide: Great ideas for the couch potato

We select our top TVs to bring a smile to your dad’s dial as he kicks back to relax this Father’s Day.

So your dad’s a crack shot with a remote control? Is he the only one in the house with the precious know-how to get your set-top box to record correctly? If he’s memorised the times and channels of all the footy, soccer and racing in the TV guide, perhaps you should consider splurging on a television for Father’s Day. Here’s a list of our favourite TVs.

Best small-screen TV: 22in Sony Bravia KDL22S5700, RRP: $899. Sure, he’s your dad, but that doesn’t mean you have cash to burn when it comes to upgrading his TV, right? Well, you don’t have to. If your living room isn’t the roomiest, or you think he’d like a second TV for elsewhere in the house — say the pool-table room for viewing away from the noisy teenagers — consider a small screen option like the 22in Sony Bravia KDL22S5700 LCD TV. It comes in a range of colours if your dad is particularly fashion-conscious (or it’ll keep mum happy if it matches her colour scheme) and includes a stand so it can be used on a range of surfaces.

Best budget big-screen TV: 37in Kogan KEVIN37 LCD TV, RRP: $950. If you want a big-screen TV that doesn’t break the bank, but still offers decent picture quality and the usual range of inputs, have a look at the 37in Kogan KEVIN37 LCD TV. For a bargain price, you get a lot of screen real estate. While the picture quality isn’t as good as TVs from other brands such as Samsung or Panasonic, it’s a good choice at this price.

Best mid-range TV: 42in Panasonic TH-P42S10A, RRP: $2199, Panasonic TH-P50G10A, RRP: $3299. If you’ve secretly been planning a bit of an upgrade to your home entertainment kit for a while, then Father’s Day may be a great shopping excuse. We recommend having a look at the models from Panasonic’s 2009 plasma TV range. A good choice is the 42in Panasonic TH-P42S10A which has great image quality. If you’re prepared to shop around you can find it for under $2000. If you’re prepared to shell out a little more or want to upgrade to a larger screen, check out the $3299 50in Panasonic TH-P50G10A.

The sky’s the limit: 65in Pioneer KURO PDP-LX609A, RRP: $12,499. So, perhaps you love your dad enough to buy him something really special for Father’s Day — or maybe you have to fess up that you broke his stereo back in 1995. Either way, if you want to give your dad a truly memorable TV viewing experience for years to come then consider getting him a $12,499 Pioneer KURO PDP-LX609A. Sure, it’s expensive — but what price can you put on the future access to power tools, his favourite car and other great favours down the track? This is the best 65in plasma television money can buy. It’s sure to make even the most grumpy dad happy. And think — you’ll never have to buy him socks or undies again!

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