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First Plasma and wish I did a plasma earlier Edit
by herushan Combined Rating: 4.6
The 60ZT60 is my first Plasma TV and I went big with my purchase and it was well worth it. Coming from a Sharp LCD TV from 2005 I can say the Plasma does everything better even reflection...
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  • Great Colors, Easy setup, Great 3D, Great light filter for simi bright rooms, Apps, and Black Levels
  • 3D glasses (came with it), heat, pen ability, and built in speakers
The 60ZT60 is my first Plasma TV and I went big with my purchase and it was well worth it. Coming from a Sharp LCD TV from 2005 I can say the Plasma does everything better even reflection management is better than the matte LCD I had on the Sharp. The TV is super thin and is amazing with its color accuracy and black levels. Have watched a few 3D movies on it and they looked great, but having only seem 3D on this TV and no where else hard to really judge, but I do wish that the TV came with the rechargeable glasses instead of the battery ones. I wish that they would have left the light pen ability out of the ZT60 as it seems to be pointless on such a high end set. (I did not buy the pen and have not used it so it is my opinion)

The main reason to buy a TV though is the color and black accuracies and that is where the ZT60 really shines. The blacks are just amazing especially at night where they blend in with the dark room and really let the colors and movie come to life. Color accuracy is also top notch with great natural looking colors in scenes and detail even in the dark scenes (which goes with black details). With the great colors the big surprise coming from an LCD was that the ZT60 produces some heat and can make a room quite warm in the summer time. Even with the heat that it generates it is well worth it over an LCD screen at this time for its ability to make the scenes come to life.

One disappointment with such flat screens is that speakers suffer from the design, but if you buy a ZT60 you most likely have a full speaker system already so it becomes a mute issue. The built in speakers are decent when I did listen too them but do not give you the depth in sound as a proper surround system will give you especially in the lows. If you need to use the built in speakers you could do worse but it does not give the image justice.

Over all I would highly recommend the ZT60 to anyone wanting a great picture that has blacks that just disappear into the dark room and colors that are natural and bring the picture to life. Some of the new movies like OZ, Oblivion, etc. just look amazing and make watching movies a joy on the ZT60. I hope TVs will just get better as I would be hard pressed to buy anything less in quality then ZT60 plasma, but it is sad that plasma looks to be going down and hopefully something can take its place without more compromise.
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Cigarjohn47 08-24-2013, 10:02 AM

I wanted the ZT60 but ended-up with the ZT50 since it was a flagship monitor when I purchased it in September of 2012. When I purchased it, I was going to use it in my theater build. But after finding out that one of my walls was a false wall and needed to be torn down, widen and rebuilt the project ended up taking 8 months to complete with the schedule of the construction company I dealt with. So my dang TV sat unopened in my living room for 8 months until I got to use it. I was very close to sale it outright and take a loss on it to get the ZT60 instead. I now regret not doing that but after a professional calibrator; Jeff Meyer, calibrated it for my room, it looks pretty awesome. And it's very similar in features with the ZT60 with the exception that the ZT60 having a little more darker blacks and a few added options. Nice review.

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