Panasonic Professional Display Company came to CEDIA Expo in Atlanta this year primarily to show off a single new product, but it was a big one: 85 inches diagonal, to be precise. The TH-85PF12U 85-inch Plasma monitor may lack a built-in tuner or fancy IPTV features, but what it lacks in features it more than makes up for in picture quality and, well, enormous size!
It isn't the largest plasma panel Panasonic has ever produced - that honor would go to the 150-inch behemoth shown at CES in 2008. It's not even the largest model currently in production - that would be the 103-inch TH-103PF10UK, but the new 85-inch model seems more refined than its bigger brethren, with its narrow black bezel and 99 mm (3.9 inch) panel depth. And as for its picture? In a word: breathtaking. In fact, I think the TH-85PF12U merits its own new word in the English language: "enorgeous" (enormous + gorgeous).
The viewing angle issues we mentioned in the LED/LCD vs. plasma comparison become even more of an issue at this screen size, and so the benefits of plasma become even more apparent. Amazement such as this comes at a price though, $29,995 to be precise. You can bring this gentle giant to your home theater or office (with sufficient credit or cash) starting next month from Panasonic professional line dealers such as B&H Photo Video in New York.
Some additional details on the TH-85PF12U from Panasonic:
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