The goal of any big-screen TV shopper is to get the best picture quality and features, without spending a bundle. The clear winner of that particular value equation right now is the PST50 plasma series from Panasonic, available in screen sizes from 50 to 65 inches. With deep black levels that don't obscure detail in shadows, and extra-wide viewing angles (one area where plasma still beats LCD), this is a videophile-level television that costs about the same as you'd expect to pay for a mid-level set. [from $1,000; panasonic.com]
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