We admit it. We've got a real soft spot for plasma TVs. It isn't the most popular technology in the world, and there's now only a handful of companies actually making the panels, but all those companies are heavily invested in making the technology as viable as possible.
This means that the days of poor picture quality and stupid resolutions are behind us. Now, these TVs are 'Full HD', 1080p models. They will last for around 100,000 hours of sensible use, and can really blow your socks off with their beautiful pictures.
We think that plasma TVs are much better than LCD sets at handling Freeview pictures -- the low-quality, standard-definition images are often more detailed and also less affected by MPEG noise. The traditional plasma disadvantage of having less sharp pictures has all but disappeared too, with Panasonic and Samsung sets both providing some seriously crisp images.
We've included the discontinued Pioneer Kuro PDP-LX5090 model in this round-up for one reason: it's amazing. If you can find one, buy it. You'll have to pay a fair amount of cash, but we've not yet seen anything that comes close to it in terms of quality. We're using it as our reference set, and we promise you that it'll blow your mind if you let it.
There are virtually no reasons not to buy this TV. We have a feeling the price might be a little high for some people once it hits the market, but this TV is a true class act offering a staggeringly good picture. Samsung has improved its plasma TV range this year and that's an achievement considering how good the previous range was Read more
Reviewed on 10 October 2008
If you want high-quality pictures, the Panasonic Viera TX-P42S10 won't disappoint. We really like everything about this TV -- Blu-ray movies look stunning, Freeview is handled well and the configuration options are simple but still cover the important areas. The only thing we don't like is what isn't on the TV -- media playback support for popular Internet formats would be a good addition, and we'd love to see Viera Cast on these mid-range screens Read more
Reviewed on 29 April 2009
If you've got the money, don't think twice -- this TV is as good as it gets and you won't regret buying one for even a second. The only problem is that it'll cost you another fortune in Blu-ray discs and HD TV subscriptions Read more
Reviewed on 12 September 2008
If you're looking for cutting-edge picture quality, the LG 50PS6000 probably isn't for you. But, if you want a huge, good-quality, sensibly priced 1080p TV, it might very well be the perfect choice Read more
Reviewed on 10 July 2009