Originally Posted by seabrook
Hello! An interesting item appeared in our local Craigslist: a brand-new factory-sealed TC-P60VT60! The seller's asking $5,550 for it but he says the price is negotiable. I'm guessing that a price of $1K or less (as there's no warranty) would be in order. I've never owned one before but it would be a final plasma upgrade from my 2010 Samsung 58" plasma (which is still working but how often is one going to find a brand new TC-P60VT60?). As I understand it this model is only second to the TC-P60ZT60 for PQ, correct? Or is it better to save the funds for a new OLED down the road as their prices continue to inch down? Thanks!
In a dark room, I doubt you could tell the difference between the VT60 and ZT60. The only real differences between the two sets in terms of things that might affect the image are that the ZT60 had a better anti glare filter, which is a nice to have in rooms where ambient light cannot be controlled, and no air gap between the front glass and the panel. The front glass was fused directly to the panel on the ZT60, which reduced or eliminated reflections. I believe the primary benefit of that might manifest during extreme off angle viewing. Otherwise, the displays are essentially identical. The VT60 had better built in speakers and came with a pop up webcam that could be used with Skype.
I have two VT60s, a 65" and a 55". They produce a very good viewing experience, imo. Most of my viewing is done during evening hours when it's dark and for the most part I can control the amount of light entering my room during the day.
You should be aware that the last generation Panasonic plasmas are very prone to image retention and burn in. As long as you are aware of it, it can be managed, but I feel it's something that should be considered.
Having said all that, I believe the chances of the seller getting $5,550 are slim to none. If it were a 65", he might be able to find someone willing to pay 2K considering that it's new in box. If I desperately needed a tv, I might even be willing to pay that, but I don't believe I would ever consider paying 2K for a 60". It would need to be quite a bit less to pique my interest.