Originally Posted by Jonesky
Just got the current issue of Consumer Reports. Yes it is true, 58/600 owners have the finest plasma tested.
The Pioneer 5071 series got beat out by LG and Maxent.
So does that mean that the LG and Maxent televisions are better than the Pioneer? Hardly.
Consumer Reports reviews are useful to some degree, but you have to remember that they are looking for best value. An expensive item will not win any Consumer Reports test, no matter how good it is. Similarly, Consumer Reports will not critically evaluate the aesthetics of a product - the Panasonics therefore do not suffer for their horrible silver plasticky appearance. What I would look at is the individual categories - and the 58\\600 gets a "5" for HD PQ - the best mark possible. The 50\\600, which is the same panel, gets only a "4". Seems strange. But in the explanation of the ratings, it says that there may be no noticeable difference between a 4 and a 5. The Panasonic 58" bested the television I own, the Hitachi 55HDX99, by 3 points. In a 100 point scale, that is a negligible difference. Same applies to the difference between the HDX99 and the Panasonic 50\\600. Consumer Reports gives the Hitachi low marks for its menu system, and I think it is the easiest, most intuitive menu I've ever used for an AV component. There are many subjective elements in a Consumer Reports review, and Panasonic's combination of excellent PQ and bargain basement pricing carries the day. However, it is not really accurate to say that it is the "finest" plasma they tested. That implies differences that do not exist to a sufficient degree, and it does not take into account any of the subjective elements involved in the purchase decision.