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The Best 58 Inch Plasma TV

written by: Craig Patel•edited by: Jean Scheid•updated: 2/3/2011

Looking for a new plasma to add to your home theater. Don't go small -- go big! A 58-inch TV is an ideal size for a home theater plasma TV. Here, we offer up 5 of the best 58 inch plasma TVs.

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    For many years, plasma TVs have been the pioneers of HDTVs. Ever since the first plasma screen display was created in 1983 the technology has become more and more popular. As plasmas evolve, they are becoming better and better. If you want to invest in a plasma TV, then consider it a good choice. Plasmas are well known TVs and they offer up a lot of enjoyment. This article will help jump start your search for plasma TVs by pointing you in the direction of some of the best 58-inch plasma TVs available right now - let's begin!

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    Samsung Model PN58C7000

    Samsung 58 Plasma TV The Samsung PN58C7000 is an excellent plasma TV. This plasma TV boasts some great features including 1080p resolution, 3D ready technology, and Samsung Smart TV Apps. 1080p resolution is a great feature for any TV to have, especially a plasma. Having 1080p allows for the highest quality image possible. 3D technology is also nice to have on a plasma TV. As 3D TVs become more and more popular, its nice to have the feature available when you decide you want to experience 3D. Probably our favorite feature of the Samsung PN58C7000 is its Samsung exclusive Smart TV Apps. These apps essentially allow you to access sites like Hulu, Netlfix, Facebook, Youtube, etc., all from the push of some buttons on your remote. The Samsung PN58C7000 can be connected to your home's Internet connection and from that connection it is able to use these apps.

    In general the Samsung PN58C7000 is one of the best plasmas available. Its image quality was stunning. This plasma TV boasted some of the nicest pictures we've seen of a 58-inch TV.

    Available at Amazon for $1600.

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    Panasonic Viera Model TH-58PZ750U

    Panasonic Plasma The Panasonic Viera TH-58PZ750U is another excellent 58-inch plasma TV. This plasma TV boasted the best image quality of all 58-inch plasma TVs we've seen. Every color from the dark blacks, to the bright colors of the rainbow looked great. The Panasonic Viera TH-58PZ750U is 1080p and has a 16:9 aspect ratio. These two specifications are ideal for movie viewing. Aside from picture quality the Panasonic Viera TH-58PZ750U has other good features. It has a built in SD card slot for quick access to pictures and videos from cell phones, digital cameras, etc. It also has other ports in abundance for good connectivity. This plasma TV has three HDMI inputs and a VGA input. The VGA input is great for connecting a laptop to the TV for a larger display.

    In general the picture quality along with the connectivity options make this 58-inch plasma TV one of the best.

    Available at Amazon for $3499.

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    Panasonic Viera Model TH-58PZ800U

    Panasonic The Panasonic Viera TH-58PZ800U is like the younger brother of the Panasonic Viera TH-58PZ750U. But who says younger means worse? The Panasonic Viera TH-58PZ800U can do practically everything its counterpart can do. It has a whopping 1,000,000:1 Dynamic Contrast ratio, a feature that gives this plasma TV the ability to achieve deep black levels. Another feature to love about the Panasonic Viera TH-58PZ800U is its 480GHz response time. A response time this quick means less motion blur in videos like sports and action movies.

    In general the Panasonic Viera TH-58PZ800U is almost identical to the TH-58PZ750U. The primary difference between the two is that the TH-58PZ800U has a lower response time and a lower price.

    Available at Amazon for $1499.

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    Panasonic Model TC-P58S2

    Panasonic TC-P58S2 

    Also on our list of the best 58-inch plasma TVs comes another from Panasonic – Model TC-P58S2. This plasma TV offers 1080p and NeoPDP technology for a great balance of blacks and whites and it’s energy efficient!

    Some of the features include 1080 moving picture resolution, which means high-speed drive performance, and display time per frame is cut for clearer TV viewing on sports and your favorite action/adventure movies. It also has a 600Hz sub-field drive allowing full-HD motion with great clarity.

    Along with the Viera Image Viewer, this plasma TV also comes with a game mode featuring quicker image response and anti-image retention which means less screen wobbling.

    Find this 58-inch plasma TV at Amazon for around $1700.

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    Samsung Model PN58C680

    Samsung Model PN58C680 

    Last, but not least on our list of the top 5 best 58-inch plasma TVs comes another entry from Samsung—Model PN58C680 that features 3D viewing so you can watch your favorites jump from the screen. Customers who bought this TV say the 3D is great with no ghosting and the buzz (noise) is very low.

    Samsung includes a 600Hz subfield motion and this plasma TV exceeds Energy Star standards. It also features Samsung’s Mega Dynamic Contrast Ratio for clear TV viewing in rich color.

    Find this on Amazon for around $2,000 from various sellers.

    Product Screenshots by author courtesy of Amazon.