Originally Posted by andy sullivan
Looking at these three 720p big plasmas. The 63" Phillips, 60" Vizio, and the 58" Panasonic. Reputation says Panasonic, size for the $$$ says Phillips, and bang for the buck says Vizio. How do the internal components compare, like deinterlacers and video processors? How does the glass compare? How about reliability and customer support? What do you think about Phillips long term plasma future in the the US? Viewing distance will be 12 to 16 ft.
Okay here is my .02 and my buyers view as if I was going into a showroom demo...
1. Panasonic 58PX60U. First of all, I am biased b/c I am owner of the 42PX60U. Although I have seen a Blu-ray demo of Kill Bill and it looked absolutely amazing. The colors were vibarant and natural and I believe it rivals PDP6070 very well. This is the most inexpensive unit here at around $2500-$2600 shipped. My Fav and Best Buy!!! If this unit was over $3k then I wouldn't be as head over heals, but the price is pretty staggering.
2. Philips 63PF9631D. The Ambilight is a nice feature and gives your source material a nice visual experience. Although the overall picture quality is good, however, as you move closer to screen you begin to see video noise/mosquito noise. Blacks are not as deep as the Pioneer or Panasonic. Keep in mind, the cheapest price is around $3300 online. So this makes it the most expensive unit here.
3. Vizio VM60P. This was the best valued unit about 2 months ago before its release because we as consumers thought that the Panny and Pioneer units would remain over $3k. Now that the prices have fallen the Vizio 60 has become a good value plasma, but lacks in picture quality over the Panasonic and Pioneer. Although it has more HDMI inputs than all of the flat panels, but it still resembles the picture of the P50HDTV (now which will most likely be replaced by the VP50HDTV). Overall picture is good, but not great. I noticed video noise upon closer inspection. Again $2599 + sales tax this unit is the second highest price of the bunch.
Overall, these are based on what I saw at first sight. My impression will not change about the Panasonic. This unit is hands down the winner. Yes, you will need to turn off the vivid picture setting and adjust the picture settings, but once they are dialed in you will find that the $2600 Panny will make you smile and leave money in your pocket.