|Vizio VM60P 60-inch Plasma HDTV|
|Home Theater Flat Panel HDTVs Plasma HDTVs|
|Written by Andrew Robinson|
|Sunday, 01 July 2007|
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The VM60P is a large display and I must insist that you be honest with yourself when it comes to deciding if it’s right for you and your room. Proper viewing distances must be adhered to with any display, be it small or large, but this is more the case with the VM60P. Sit too close, especially with standard-definition material, and you’ll quickly see image compression and video noise.
The VM60P’s image responds best when presented with the best, so unless you own some sort of high-definition source. you’re not going to get all that the VM60P has to offer. Then again, with the VM60P’s price being what it is, you can take the money you saved and finally invest in an HD DVD or Blu-ray player.
There is a lot of talk about1080p these days, with good reason. 1080p is the best video currently available today, especially when it comes to displays as large as the VM60P. This said, the VM60P is not a full 1080p display, so you’ll have to weigh the cost-to-ultimate performance ratio when deciding if the VM60P is best for your current and future needs. If you want a higher-resolution 60-inch plasma, expect to pay a lot more. It will get you an even better picture and make you more ready for HD DVD and Blu-ray. It is important to note, however, that just because this set isn’t 1080p doesn’t mean that it doesn’t make one hell of a fine picture for 1080p sources.
With a retail price just shy of $2,500, the VM60P represents another monumental achievement in both image quality and value for both the consumer and Vizio. Nowhere else are you going to be able to enjoy, and afford, the sort of big-screen bliss you get from the VM60P without spending some serious cash. Not to mention the fact that the VM60P features not one but four HDMI inputs, which actually work when you need them to, a feat even its costlier competition can’t claim without some fine print. While the VM60P may not be the best with older, more standard-definition content, its high-definition capabilities, especially with formats such as HD DVD and Blu-ray, are simply stunning. Invest in a bit of calibration and a decent source or two, and you’ll find the VM60P to be not just a good plasma display for the money, but a very good plasma at any price. And since content is king, you might just consider taking the money you saved from a different 60-inch plasma and getting both HD DVD and Blu-ray players, so that you have high-octane sources to run into your new set.