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post #1 of 58 Old 10-21-2013, 10:31 PM - Thread Starter
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AVS Forum is planning a series of buying guides for the holiday shopping season, and we need your help. Each guide will include the top picks of AVS members based on reviews, threads, and—most importantly—your response to queries such as this one.

 

So, what are your favorite plasma TVs? Since this is for an upcoming buying guide, we're only looking for currently available models. Simply post a comment with the make(s) and model number(s) and any elaboration you care to add; we might even use your comments in the final buying guide. Perhaps you love the one(s) you own or those you've seen at friends' places. Either way, feel free to include more than one, but please limit your response to the best you've seen among currently available models. You can also consider price and value in your choices—a particular product might not be the absolute best performer, but if it's very good and its price is relatively low, that makes it an outstanding value and worthy of inclusion.

 

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I love the value you get from the Panasonic ST60 plasma. It really looks great for that price bracket. In the past it took a higher bracket to get that kind of picture.
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My FAVORITE display to date has to be the Panasonic VT60. It's a calibrators dream. Every control you want is there, and it performs like new Lambo. Plasma displays like this one make watching TV or a movie a real enjoyable experience. You can finally lose yourself in the image.
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1. ST60 for all around image quality and value
2. VT60/ZT60
3. F8500
4. S60

The F5300 is unimpressive and I haven't seen an F5500. Haven't seen any LGs this year but they've pretty much given up.

I'll reiterate "currently available" before half of the posts in this thread recommend a Kuro.

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Panasonic GT50
Most of Panny line has been impressive within the last 3-4 years..........sad they are jumping ship,but business is business.
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Scott you are a busy guy and thanks for putting this thread together, I think it's a good idea along with the LCD guide. Since I just ordered the Panasonic TCP60ST60 and did demo it at BB (although it was not the right place to see a plasma panel) I think it very well may be the best value out there this year. I saw the UHD panels at hh Gregg a couple of weeks ago and although they had a stunning picture I did not want another LCD panel and just could not justify the price. The great reviews and fellow AVS members enthusiasm for this panel made my choice a no brainer.
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For the PQ/price ratio last years Panny U50/54 is very hard to beat.
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Best overall: VT/ZT
Best bang for the buck: ST
Best for bright rooms (and very close to the best performers): F8500
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Best picture quality: Panasonic ZT60
Best buy: Panasonic ST60
Best non-3D: Panasonic S60
Best for bright room: Samsung F8500

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First choice TH-103PF12U


Distant second: Panasonic ZT60.


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My Pioneer Kuro Pro 111FD. It's what I got and I ain't changing until some of the new technology becomes affordable!
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My Pioneer Kuro Pro 111FD. It's what I got and I ain't changing until some of the new technology becomes affordable!
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Since this is for an upcoming buying guide, we're only looking for currently available models.
P.S. The Kuro was affordable?

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VT60. Duh.

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If I were to get one it would be the Samsung F8500.
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Best overall: VT/ZT
Best bang for the buck: ST
Best for bright rooms (and very close to the best performers): F8500

My thoughts exactly.

I have a ST60 in the bedroom and VT60 in the media room.
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We have oled available, and the price can only go down on these ultimate displays. Why have a guide for high end plasma or lcd, unless your job is to push the sales of TVs this xmas, before the axe drops on the manufactures who do not have oled technology and thus they have no future in anything but low end Walmart specials. If you care about your readers, tell them to wait, save their cash for oled displays.
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Best picture quality: Panasonic ZT60
Best buy: Panasonic ST60
Best non-3D: Panasonic S60
Best for bright room: Samsung F8500

I agree also.

I purchased the ZT60 and best picture by a wide margin of any TV ever in my home.

Came close to purchasing the ST60 as it actually looked that good when I first saw it under non-optimal conditions at Best Buy.

The 3D/non-3D is irrelevant to my way of thinking other than the units with 3D typically have better performance.

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We have oled available, and the price will can only go down on these ultimate displays. Why have a guide for high end plasma or lcd, unless your job is to push the sales of TVs this xmas, before the axe drops on the manufactures who do not have oled technology and thus they have no future in anything but low end Walmart specials. If you care about your readers, tell them to wait, save their cash for oled displays.
OLED has a lot of potential but it won't be the assumed heir apparent to plasma until it's been demonstrated that the technology has overcome well-known issues with longevity. Besides, there are only a small number of models available, and those that are available still bear the early adopter price tag. So, from a consumer's perspective, a well-meaning site like AVS serves its readers better by suggesting reasonably priced existing technology over that which is newly available and/or untested.

Besides, AVS still covers the development of new tech like OLED and 4k, so it's not like this stuff is being ignored. I imagine Scott, et al will ask for OLED recommendations if not later in the year, perhaps after the market for the technology expands and the prices lower a bit.
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I like the panasonic GT30 very much. "It's a pleasure to look at." has been a comment of more than one house guest.
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Why can't people follow a simple guideline without questioning everything or changing the thread subject? This is obviously a buying guide for plasma TV's for the holidays, not OLED and not Kuro's, especially since the latter has not been sold in years. It's appropriate isn't it? Since it is Panasonic's last year manufacturing them, and maybe the last year or two we will see any plasma panels. Cut the thread starter and the rest of us a break please smile.gif
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My GT60 gets a lot of great comments. After watching any LCD for a while, this tv wows me everytime. Great blacks and natural feel. Got it at bargain basement price after VT/ZT release.
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My GT60 gets a lot of great comments. After watching any LCD for a while, this tv wows me everytime. Great blacks and natural feel. Got it at bargain basement price after VT/ZT release.



You would never know the Panny plasma is on the endangered species list around AVS land, many happy plasma owners.
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All around best: F8500
Best for a Dark room only: VT60/ZT60
Best value: ST60
Best for gaming: VT60

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I love both of my (51" and 64") Samsung F8500. Best TV my eyes have ever seen.
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1. ST60 for all around image quality and value
2. VT60/ZT60
3. F8500
4. S60

The F5300 is unimpressive and I haven't seen an F5500. Haven't seen any LGs this year but they've pretty much given up.

I'll reiterate "currently available" before half of the posts in this thread recommend a Kuro.

VT60 - todays price is much more resonable. I got mine at Bestbuy with an additional two glasses for "about" what the ST60 was going for six months ago.

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Best overall: VT/ZT
Best bang for the buck: ST
Best for bright rooms (and very close to the best performers): F8500

This right here.
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MY gt55 would be the greatest TV I ever owned if it didn't buzz so loud and show every channel logo I ever watched!!
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I love my ST50, however the ST60 makes it look pretty drab. I would say best Value ST60. That said I am upgrading to a VT in a couple months. biggrin.gif

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I just bought a Samsung PN60F8500 Plasma.
I have had a Pioneer Kuro 5020 for a few years.
Both great.
The Samsung is pretty amazing to be honest.
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