If you’ve been wanting a decently-rated plasma HDTV at a great price, look no further. The Panasonic Viera TC-P46S1 46-inch class 1080p HDTV is on sale now at J&R Computer/Music World for only $749, a savings of $550 (42%) off the retail price. That’s like getting it at cost.
The Panasonic Viera TC-P46S1, while not uniformly rated in the stellar range, has still garnered only positive and, at times, excellent reviews for its combination of performance, price, and features. Consumer Reports rated its TC-P42S1 42-inch sibling at the top of its class in this size range for plasma TVs (which I reported on in my post on best-buy HDTVs). CNET rated it “good,” expressing some concerns about a diminution in black-level performance during the life of the set, and summarized their report by saying: “With deep black levels and generally excellent picture quality, the more eco-friendly Panasonic TC-PS1 series of plasma TVs strikes an appealing price/performance balance.” (The “eco-friendly” part refers to Panasonic’s new Neo PDP plasma display panel, which uses less energy than many other plasma models. The TC-PS1 series is the least expensive series that Panasonic offers that includes the new panel.)
If you go to ZDNET, you’ll see a summary of a number of reviews rating this model anywhere from 6+ out of 10 to 10 out of 10 (you’ll also note that the price I’m linking to here at J&R is well below what you can find at any other reputable dealer). One review even noted that the black levels of Panasonic’s TC-PS1 series were probably the best after Pioneer’s Kuro models, which is saying something. And customer reviews across a number of retailers have been generally favorable. So, this set at this price is an excellent deal, and it’s a size that will fit many people’s room requirements.
J&R Computer/Music World has become legendary in New York City as a destination for shoppers searching for all things electronic and musical. As with all the vendors mentioned here at Best Stuff for Men, I have vetted them as a high-quality retailer. The price they’re offering this TV for is an example of the power of online selling. And by the way, if you’re in the New York area, this HDTV is eligible for in-store pickup.