CNET has awarded the new TC-PST60 plasma series from Panasonic the highest recommendation it has ever given to an HDTV. Adding a sliver of a sixth star to their five-star rating, the new plasma series was lauded by CNET for its amazing image quality, especially for the price. The new ST60 series from Panasonic, which is part of the 2013 Viera line, is already available in stores.
As you would expect, the new plasma was granted an "Editor's Choice" award. CNET reviewed the 55" model but stated that the review and recommendation applied to all screen sizes in the ST60 line.
There is no doubt that the plasma sector of the flat-panel market is in trouble, with a market share of only 11% and going down. Panasonic responded to the predicament with a TV so good, CNET decided to declare it the best value for an HDTV—ever. Is that enough to turn the tide for plasma? Last week, Panasonic was optimistic that the market for plasma panels would remain flat for 2013. Last month, at Samsung's line show, that company was actually enthusiastic about the future of plasma HDTV. Has the time come for plasma to make a comeback, or is this truly the last hurrah?
Beyond five-star rating from CNET