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Interesting that Panasonic is forcing you to pay for 3D capability now if you want a large plasma at a decent price, ie a 65" TV. The P65S2, the 2010 65" model without 3D can be had at about $1,600 on sale these days, whereas the 85" costs over $25,000. I was hoping that they would come out with a 70 or 75" plasma to fill the gap between the 65" and the 85".
This would also make sense now since, with the 2011 lineup, all Panasonic plasmas increase in size by 5" above 50" (ie no 54" anymore), except for the 103" one (but who can afford it for $50,000, or $100,000 for the 3D version).
Hopefully the least expensive 65", the P65ST30, now with 3D standard, won't have a list price greater than last years least expensive 65", the P65S2, without 3D. The real only extra features you are getting on the P65ST30, other than maybe the picture (quality, 24p and 3d) is the USB port, wireless Viera Connect (adapter included) and possibly a lighter unit and lower power consumption. But, with the SD card slot on the P65S2, which allowed you to load data, and the Viera Connect on Panasonic Blu-Ray players, this is no real advantage, just slightly more convenient. I wonder if the 3D glasses are extra (which increases the cost of this model even more).