Before You Splurge On The Latest Tech Gear...

We sifted through this year's crop of flat-panel TVs, game systems, wireless music, and more to find the category killers

The mantra for the consumer electronics industry sounds a lot like Hollywood's lingo for movie franchises: Bigger, better, more explosive than ever before. This year is no exception, as manufacturers whet consumers' appetite for all things digital with giant new flat-panel TVs and everything else that goes into your dream home entertainment room.

Deciding what to buy can be daunting. That's where our technology buyer's guide comes in. Over the past few months, we've dived into the world of high-definition sets and furniture that shows off--or hides--that big, big screen. Naturally, you'll want a high-definition DVD player, too. We got our hands on new game consoles and worked up a sweat with Nintendo's Wii, Sony's PlayStation 3, and Microsoft's Xbox 360.

For music, we checked out wireless systems that can soothe the soul in one room, while letting you rock to the beat in another. So sit back and relax as we showcase our picks for must-have home entertainment gear.

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