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Plasma Flat panel tvs come in sizes of 42 inches and above, are the most expensive of the lot but also offer one of the best dark room performances.

Plasma HDTVs technology differs from LCD and LED HDTVs in that they don't require a back lighting on the display. The phosphors that make up the screen on the Plasma HDTVs themselves emit the light required for display.

Plasma TVs score over others if you're into fast-action movies and sports. This is due to the ultra high refresh rates that plasmas are blessed with. Very simply put, this refresh rate, measured in Hertz, is the number of frames per second that the TV display; and the more number of frames every second the smoother your action packed videos could be. As opposed to the typical 120Hz of LED TVs, plasma TVs have a whooping 600Hz refresh rate. However, on the downside, most plasma screens offer less brightness than LED TVs, and are not a great idea for brightly lit rooms.

The best Plasma HDTVs of 2013 are a great option compared to traditional LCD and LED HDTVs. Even though they are priced higher than LCD HDTVs their dark/bright image quality is far superior and rivals some of the most expensive LED HDTVs. Plasma gets a bad reputation for its much higher power consumption which can be almost twice or thrice that of comparable LED TVs. However, in sheer monetary terms this is a moot point as it translates to only an extra few dollars a year on your electricity bill. Consequently, even with the higher power consumption Plasma HDTVs still turn out a lot cheaper than comparable LED TVs.

The best plasma TVs of 2013 are some of the best plasma HDTVs manufactured by brands like Panasonic the top plasma TV manufacturer of the day. They have great options at the 40 inch, 50 inch and 60 inch screen sizes.

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Panasonic VIERA TC-P ZT60

Panasonic VIERA TC-P60ZT60 60-In 1080p 3D Smart Plasma TV


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Panasonic VIERA TC-P ZT60
Samsung PN F8500
Panasonic TC-P ST60
Panasonic TC-P VT60
Samsung PN F5500
Panasonic VIERA TC-P60ZT60 60-In 1080p 3D Smart Plasma TV
Samsung PN51F8500 51-In 1080p 3D Smart Plasma HDTV
Panasonic TC-P50ST60 50-Inch 1080p 600Hz 3D Smart Plasma HDTV
Panasonic TC-P65VT60 65-Inch 1080p 3D Smart Plasma HDTV
Samsung PN51F5500 51-In 1080p 3D Smart Plasma HDTV
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Release Date
Aug 2013
Mar 2013
Jan 2013
Apr 2013
Mar 2013
Flat Panel Type
Plasma TV
Plasma TV
Plasma TV
Plasma TV
Plasma TV
Contrast Ratio
1 : 6, 000, 000
1:5, 500, 000
1 : 6000000
Digital TV Standard
HDTV Television
HDTV Television
HDTV Television
HDTV Television
HDTV Television
Screen Size
60.0 inch
51.0 inch
50.0 inch
65.0 inch
51.0 inch
Aspect Ratio
16:9
16:9
Widescreen (16:9)
16:9
DLNA Certified
DLNA Certified
DLNA Certified
DLNA Certified
3D-ready
3D-ready
3D-ready
3D-ready
3D-ready
3D-ready

  • For those who can afford it, the Panasonic TC-PZT60 comes closer than any TV yet to picture-quality perfection.


  • At this point, I've said a lot about this TV; however, the only thing that needs to be said is that it's the best. Is it leagues and leagues better than anything else you could buy? No - but neither is it leagues more expensive. Sure, the 65-inch model is demanding four thousand of your hard-earned greenbacks, but any home theater enthusiast would be lucky to own this grade-A plasma.

    The bottom of the line is that the ZT60's price-to-performance ratio is higher than average.


  • Finally, let's address the question of which is better: ZT60 or VT60? To answer, let's look at the three key differences between the two. The ZT60 does better in rooms affected by sunlight, while the VT60 has superior sound and comes with a camera for Skype and facial recognition. Which is better for you will depend on your priorities, but for us, the ZT60 is worth the extra $500 or so.


  • Samsung's best-performing TV ever, the PNF8500 series pushes the plasma picture quality envelope, especially in bright rooms.


  • While we can't claim that the F8500 is the new reference TV in picture quality, it looks to be one of the best 1080p televisions ever. Each screen size in this series is fairly expensive, and they should be: There is only quality here. The F8500 has royally surpassed one of the biggest drawbacks of plasma tech-their dimness when compared to LCDs-giving those with the funds to pursue it every reason to do so.


  • The Samsung PNF8500 series is a top-shelf plasma HDTV line that delivers outstanding color quality, solid 2D and 3D imagery, and very dark blacks. You'll shell out some big bucks for this model though, and you may want to pick up a universal remote while you're at it.


  • The midlevel price and outstanding quality of the Panasonic TC-PST60 series make it our strongest TV recommendation ever.


  • The TC-P50ST60 is one of the best value TVs for this year. At $1100 it will be a great seller and the price may get a bit better before the year is over. It's got good 3D, great blacks, a simple but effective remote control, ample Smart TV features, and pretty good looks. Samsung PN51F5500 is one competitor, though I prefer the ST60. The Samsung UN50F6400 is an LED competitor.


  • All in all, I found the new look to strike a good balance, offering more options on the screen (so less navigation is required), but presenting everything a clean, logical way.


  • The Panasonic VT60 has one of the best pictures of any TV we've ever reviewed, but it's soon to face some tough competition.


  • Here is where quality and price converge and man, these top end plasmas are up there this year in price. The TC-P65VT60 is around $3399 - no bargain basement TV and $1000 more than the 55 inch version. Yes, it has best in the market black levels that rival the best ever. In a dark home theater type environment the picture quality is astounding.


  • The Samsung F5500 plasma offers great features and very good picture quality, but its performance suffers significantly under the lights.

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    The PN51F5500 is the smallest size in the mid tier plasma series from Samsung. Picture quality is strong here but it lacks a bit when compared to the top tier F8500 plasma. This is to be expected, but the feature set is still quite good. The F5500 uses Active 3D to create 3D images, Samsung's new Smart Hub is offered with all the apps and online content you would ever need. It loses the built in front-facing camera, but voice interaction is present a lot more useful than we initially thought it would be.