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Best Rated Plasma TVs – Reviews and Comparison 2013

September 12, 2013 by  
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Best Rated Plasma TVs – This page contains a roundup of the best top-rated Plasmas TVs currently on the market. These TVs are presented here for a comparison of price, features, and reviews. Plasma TVs differ from traditional LCD TVs primarily because each pixel illuminates without a backlight. Plasma TVs use more energy than LCD TVs. Plasma Tvs have higher contrast and are well suited for fast action movies and sports. New for 2013 are the introduction of many more Plasma TVs with Dual Core Processors. Almost all of the high end Plasma TVs are 3D Ready in 2013. Panasonic has discontinued manufacturing Plasma TVs, so the 2013 models will be their final year (while supplies last). More Plasma TVs are now Internet Ready to provide Netflix and other popular web content providers.

Best Rated 60-inch and larger Plasma TVs

Samsung PN60F5500 Panasonic Viera TC-P60ZT60 Panasonic Viera TC-P65VT60 Samsung PN60F8500
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1080p Plasma 3D TV
60-inch TV
contrast n/a
600Hz Subfield
10 watt speakers
Internet Ready
3D Ready TV
DLNA
Energy Star®
4 HDMI (v1.4)
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Dual Core Processor
2013 Model
1080p Plasma 3D TV
60-inch TV
6,000,000:1 contrast
600Hz Subfield
10 watt speakers
Internet Ready
3D Ready TV
DLNA
Energy Star®
3 HDMI (v1.4)
THX® 3D Certified
Dual Core Processor
2013 Model
1080p Plasma 3D TV
65-inch TV
6,000,000:1 contrast
600Hz Subfield
10 watt speakers
Internet Ready
3D Ready TV
DLNA
Energy Star®
3 HDMI (v1.4)
THX® 3D Certified
Dual Core Processor
2013 Model
1080p 3D Plasma TV
60-inch TV
contrast n/a
600Hz Subfield
10 watt speakers
Internet Ready
3D Ready TV
DLNA
Energy Star®
4 HDMI (v1.4)
- – -
Quad Core Processor
2013 Model


Best Rated 55-inch to 65-inch Plasma TVs

Panasonic Viera TC-P55VT60 Panasonic TC-P55ST60 Panasonic Viera TC-P60ZT60 Panasonic Viera TC-P65ZT60
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1080p Plasma 3D TV
55-inch TV
5,500,000:1 contrast
600Hz Subfield
10 watt speakers
Internet Ready
3D Ready TV
Energy Star®
3 HDMI (v1.4)
SD Card Slot
THX® 3D Certified
Dual Core Processor
2013 Model
1080p Plasma 3D TV
55-inch TV
5,000,000:1 contrast
600Hz Subfield
10 watt speakers
Internet Ready
3D Ready TV
Energy Star®
3 HDMI (v1.4)
SD Card Slot
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2013 Model
1080p Plasma 3D TV
60-inch TV
6,000,000:1 contrast
600Hz Subfield
10 watt speakers
Internet Ready
3D Ready TV
Energy Star®
3 HDMI (v1.4)
SD Card Slot
THX® 3D Certified
Dual Core Processor
2013 Model
Studio Master Panel
1080p Plasma 3D TV
65-inch TV
6,000,000:1 contrast
600Hz Subfield
10 watt speakers
Internet Ready
3D Ready TV
Energy Star®
3 HDMI (v1.4)
SD Card Slot
THX® 3D Certified
Dual Core Processor
2013 Model
Studio Master Panel

Best Rated 50-inch and 51-inch Plasma TVs

Samsung PN51F8500 Panasonic TC-P50ST60 Samsung PN51F5500 Samsung PN51E7000
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1080p 3D Plasma TV
51-inch TV
contrast n/a
600Hz Subfield
10 watt speakers
Internet Ready
DLNA
Energy Star®
3D Ready TV
4 HDMI (v1.4)
Quad Core Processor
2013 Model
1080p Plasma 3D TV
55-inch TV
5,000,000:1 contrast
600Hz Subfield
10 watt speakers
Internet Ready
DLNA
Energy Star®
3 HDMI (v1.3)
3D Ready TV
SD Card Slot
2013 Model
1080p Plasma TV
51-inch TV
contrast: n/a
600Hz Subfield
10 watt speakers
Internet Ready
DLNA
Energy Star®
3 HDMI (v1.4)
3D Ready TV
Dual Core Processor
2013 Model
1080p Plasma 3D TV
51-inch TV
contrast n/a
600Hz Subfield
10 watt speakers
Internet Ready
DLNA
Energy Star®
3 HDMI (v1.3)
3D Ready TV
- – -
2012 Model

Best Rated 42-inch and 43-inch Plasma TVs

LG 42PM4700 Samsung PN43E450 LG 42PM4500 Panasonic Viera TC-P42S60
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720p Plasma TV
42-inch TV
3,000,000:1 contrast
600Hz Subfield
10 watt speakers
Internet Ready
DLNA
Energy Star®
3 HDMI (v1.3)
3D Ready TV
2012 Model
720p Plasma TV
43-inch TV
2,000,000:1 contrast
600Hz Subfield
10 watt speakers
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Energy Star®
2 HDMI (v1.3)
- – -
2012 Model
720p Plasma TV
42-inch TV
3,000,000:1 contrast
600Hz Subfield
10 watt speakers
- – -
- – -
Energy Star®
2 HDMI (v1.3)
- – -
2012 Model
1080p Plasma TV
42-inch TV
4,000,000:1 contrast
600Hz Subfield
10 watt speakers
Internet Ready
DLNA
Energy Star®
2 HDMI (v1.4)
- – -
2013 Model



Glossary of Terms
600Hz Subfield = Plasma TVs utilize a 600Hz refresh rate which can virtually eliminate motion blur for viewing action sports, movies, and video games.
1080p = (1920×1080) with about 2 million pixels resolution (Maximum Blu-ray quality). This is the most popular type of TV.
720p = (1366×768) with about 1 million pixels resolution. This is lower resolution than 1080p (about half the pixels). Usually seen on smaller HDTVs.
Energy Star® 4.0 = Earning the ENERGY STAR means a product meets strict energy efficiency guidelines set by the US Environmental Protection Agency and the Department of Energy. For TVs, it means they save energy both in standby and active (when they’re on) modes. ENERGY STAR qualified TVs use about 30 percent less energy than standard units. Energy Star 4 is the latest guidline.
Contrast = refers to dynamic contrast. Higher is better. More contrast allows more shadow details in the picture. If the contrast says n/a, then the manufacturer has not published the contrast ratio.
Internet Ready = This means that this TV can give you content from the internet. Content varies with the manufacturer. This TV will provide an ethernet port to connect an ethernet cable. Or you can buy an optional Wifi USB plugin device to send the internet wirelessly to your TV. Popular content includes Netflix, Youtube, Skype, News, Weather, and more…
3D and 3D Ready = This means that this TV is capable of displaying 3D content from broadcast and 3D capable Blu-ray players. This TV has a built in emitter can communicate with 3D glasses to synchronize with the picture displayed on the TV.
DLNA = DLNA lets you remotely access your PC’s personal media so that you can download music, video, and photos and enjoy them anywhere in the home your TV is. DLNA stands for Digital Living Network Alliance and is a collaboration of the leading consumer electronics, PC and mobile companies that has created design guidelines for a new generation of products that can work together – no matter what the brand.
THX 3D Certified = THX certification means that this TV will let you experience a motion picture with the same colors, black levels and other factors that were created for the theater. This is for 2D and 3D viewing.
SD Card Slot = This TV has an SD/SDHC card slot to put in memory cards from your camera or camcorder to view pictures and video on your TV.
HDMI = HDMI inputs allow you to connect devices to your HDTV such as DVD and Blu-ray players and game consoles.


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