Conclusion: The Panasonic ZT60 family of plasma HDTVs offer the outstanding performance you would expect from a flagship line, but you can get the same performance from the VT60 series for a lot less money.
Pros: Excellent black level. Brilliant colors. Feature-rich.
Cons: Very expensive. Power hog. Only three HDMI ports.
Excerpt: The Panasonic ZT60 family of plasma HDTVs offer the outstanding performance you would expect from a flagship line, but you can get the same performance from the VT60 series for a lot less money.
Summary: Others say that the step-down Panasonic TC-PVT60 is every bit as good except in rooms with bright lighting, but costs a little less; available sets include the 55-inch Panasonic Viera TC-P55VT60 (Est. $2,000) , 60-inch Panasonic Viera TC-P60VT60 (Est. $2,300) and 65-inch Panasonic Viera TC-P65VT60 (Est. $2,300) . Other plasma TVs, such as the Panasonic TC-PST60, can deliver pictures that are only a little bit behind but sell for substantially less.
Pros: Legendary black levels, Excellent color performance, Good feature lineup
Cons: Expensive for a plasma TV, Some user complaints about fan noise
Conclusion: We’re going to reserve our final opinion on which is the best TV of the year for a separate post that more closely examines the differences between the Samsung F8500 and the Panasonic ZT60. But we will say that while you can do different, you can’t do better this year. The ZT60 is a marvel in TV engineering, and Panasonic deserves a huge pat on the back for producing such a quality product.
Pros: Exceptional Black Levels, Superb Shadow detail, Very bright, Excellent Color, Customizable homescreens, Suitable for bright rooms, Backlit remote