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Hello...fairly new here...

Last week an electric storm fried my Samsung PN58B860. Even had a surge protector on it, but went right through it (planning to file a claim, but unable to thus far locate the receipt for it...that's another story)

So, I'm looking to replace it. I'm pretty sure I want another plasma TV and I want the same picture quality...I've researched a few and I'd appreciate opinions so here are my questions:

1) Of these models, which one is closest to my former TV: (Hopefully, they are better, but please let me know)
Panasonic TC P60S60
Panasonic TC P60ST60
Samsung PN60F5300
Samsung PN60F5500


2) If these TVs are not close to what I had, what would be a match? (I'll listen to LCD recc's , too)

My concern is approximation to the picture quality I had before....I'm not as concerned with apps, netflix (get it on my blu-ray) and other bells and whistles.


Thanks in advance!
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I'll chime in since I also have a 58B860 (now in the bedroom). I also own a Samsung D8000 plasma, and now a Panasonic VT60 plasma.
All of the sets that you listed will give arguably better picture quality than the B860 in terms of black level and contrast. The B860 is still a fantastic set, but plasmas have gotten incrementally better year after year. My D8000 plasma is quite a step up from the B860 in terms of picture quality, and now my VT60 has taken it to a whole new level. The Samsungs you listed (F5300/F5500) will probably be closest to the B860 in terms of the overall 'look' of the image, but should be substantially better (black level, colors, contrast, etc.). However, the Panasonic ST60 is the current price-performance king, and has received great reviews. I would probably stay away from the S60 since it does not have an anti-reflective filter, and you might find it to be more reflective than your B860. I'd suggest checking out the ST60 and the Samsung models at your local video store, and go from there.

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Another option is to look at last years Samsungs (E7000, E8000). Last time I looked, Amazon was having some killer deals on those sets, and they will also give you a noticeable upgrade in PQ.

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