Best Plasma TVs

Plasma TVs are an affordable alternative to those bulky tube and projection sets of yesteryear. It may be that the idea hanging the TV on the wall and regaining all that wasted floor space definitely offers more pleasing aesthetics over staring at a "box". Check out some of my Plasma TV favorites.

NOTE: The product entries for Plasma TVs are updated on a continuous basis - However, since Plasma TVs have been discontinued (see the following updates), availability is now sporadic, and the remaining units may only be available used.

UPDATE: As of December 31, 2013 Panasonic discontinued the production of its Plasma TV product line, with the supply line to retailers expected to have ended by March 2014. This leaves LG and Samsung as the remaining sources for new Plasma TVs, until otherwise indicated. Panasonic Plasma TVs will continue to be included on this list as long as they are available via online retailers and major secondary market sources.

UPDATE: On July 1st 2014 Samsung Announced That It Will End Plasma TV Production By End of 2014.

UPDATE: On October 28, 2014 LG Becomes The Last Major TV Maker to Announce the End of Plasma TV Production.

NOTE: If 3D is an important option for you, even though there are some 3D TVs on this listing, I have additional 3D TV suggestions in my 3D LCD and OLED TV list.

The PN64F8500 is a very stylish, thin bezel, top-of-the-line 64-inch Plasma TV from Samsung. The PN64F8500 displays high contrast, full 1080p resolution images, in 2D or 3D (4 pairs of 3D glasses are included). This set incorporates Quad Core Processing (just like a PC), 600Hz subfield drive for smooth motion response, ATSC/QAM tuners for reception of over-the-air and non-scrambled HD cable signals, 4 HDMI inputs (one of which is also MHL compatible), and 3 USB ports for still image and video playback.

This set also incorporates a full web browser and both internet and network streaming capability (via built-in WiFi or wired Ethernet connection), in conjunction with Samsung's Smart Hub, including access to Netflix, HuluPlus, Pandora and hundreds of apps.

A built-in pop-up camera allows you to make Skype video phone calls. The camera also provides facial recognition which allows the TV to be controlled by physical gestures. Also included is a Smart Touch remote the allows for voice control.

If you are looking for a flat panel TV with lots of flexibility and great performance (Since this is a Plasma set, it has better black levels and is priced less than many equivalent-sized high-end LCD TVs - it is also less expensive that Panasonic's ZT60 series Plasma sets), consider the Samsung PN64F8500.

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Although Samsung is carrying over its 2013 Plasma TV line into 2014, there is one new entry, 64-inch PN64H5000.

The PN64H5000 features a stylish, thin bezel screen design. Behind the screen, this set features a 1080p native screen resolution, 600Hz subfield drive, and Samsung's "Wide Color Enhancer Plus" and Cinema Smooth technology for more accurate color and better motion response.

For receiving over-the-air and non-scrambled HD cable signals ATSC/QAM tuners are provided, and the input connection complement includes 2 HDMI, a combined component/composite video input (you cannot connect both component and composite video sources to the TV at the same time, and a USB port for accessing still images, video, and music files stored on USB flash drives.

Although for best audio experience, you should connect the TV to an external audio system, the PN64H5000 does both DTS Premium Sound 5.1 audio processing, as well as DTS 2.0+ Digital out.

If you are looking for a large screen than can offer better color and black level performance (and also less expensive) than most similarly-sized/similarly featured LED/LCD TVS, consider the Samsung PN64H5000 as a possible choice.

NOTE: The PN64H5000 is not 4K or 3D compatible, and it does not have Smart TV features.
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If you desire a high-end TV that is designed to provide the best possible image quality and cutting-edge features, the Panasonic ZT60 series Plasma TVs might have what you are looking for.

First off, the ZT60 series can be purchased in either the 60 and 65-inch screen size. They are THX Certified for both 2D and 3D performance. In addition, to make it easier and more precise to get the best video performance possible, this series also incorporates ISFccc calibration modes.

The ZT60 series also compatible with all major 3D content sources, including 3D Blu-ray Discs, cable/satellite, broadcast, and internet streaming (when available). These sets also perform a 2D-to-3D conversion, if desired. However, even if you don't partake in 3D, these sets display top-end quality 1080p 2D images with the excellent motion and black level response that Plasma technology provides.

Access to internet content, such as Netflix and Vudu, as well as media content stored on your PC or network connected device (DLNA certified), is also provided. You can also push content back-and-forth between the TV and compatible wireless portable devices via the Swipe and Share feature. Voice and touchpad control for both TV menu settings and internet access and navigation is also provided. The sets even include Touch Pen compatibility, which allows you to write directly on the screen with a special pen-like stylus (optional purchase).

For more details on the Panasonic ZT60 Series sets, read my previous report that goes into more detail on features and performance.

The ZT60 Series is offered in 60 and 65-inch Screen Sizes -

If you are looking for really inexpensive Plasma TV and don't need 3D capability or internet connectivity, the 51-inch Samsung PN51F5300  is worth checking out. This set has a native 1080p resolution ATSC and QAM tuners, 2 HDMI inputs, a shared component/composite video input, and a USB port for accessing music or photo files stored on flash drives. Also, this set displays an exceptionally bright image, features an almost unlimited contrast ratio, and very fast motion response, supported by a 600Hz Subfield Drive. In addition, if you don't have a separate home theater audio system, the PN51F5300AF also packs in a built-in a 10 watts x 2 stereo amplifier with DTS Studio Sound processing.

Panasonic VT60 Series Plasma TVs. First up, the VT60 is THX Certified for both 2D and 3D performance, as well as providing ISFccc calibration modes.

In addition to great image quality for both 2D and 3D viewing, the VT60 series also provides both ethernet and Wifi options for easy access to internet content, such as Netflix and Vudu, as well as media content stored on your PC or DLNA certified network connected device.

Added bonuses include a customizable home screen, Swipe and Share (allows back-and-forth content display between the TV and compatible portable devices, voice interaction via included touchpad remote, and a built-in camera for both Skype video phone calling and facial recognition - the VT60 will recognize your face and call up your personally designated home screen. You can even operate the TV on your iOS or Android device via Panasonic's free downloadable Viera Remote 2 App.

If you are looking a Plasma TV that has great performance, but you aren't interested in 3D, but desire the capability to stream content from the internet (such as Netflix) without having to plug in the additional box, then consider the 60PN6500 60-inch Plasma TV. This set features 1920x1080 (1080p) pixel resolution and wide contrast ratio for very good image quality, as well as 600Hz Sub-Field Drive for natural motion response.

On the connectivity site, the LG 60PN6500 features ATSC/QAM tuners for receiving HDTV broadcast and unscrambled cable programs, 2 HDMI inputs, and a USB port for playback of digital photos stored on USB flash drives.
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