Class-leading quality from off-angle can't excuse the expensive Panasonic TC-LWT50's disappointing picture when seen from the sweet spot.
Although Panasonic's TX-P55VT65 and TX-P42ST60 each garnered five-star reviews as two of the best TVs we've seen all year, they mark the end of plasma.
Among the two remaining TV makers that produce plasma TVs, LG and Samsung, only LG is announcing any plasmas at CES 2014.
LCD televisions saw shipments decline for the first time in 2012, down 1 percent compared to the prior year.
In a brief press conference, Panasonic is short on TV details, but it does serve up a hair dryer, along with "Bone Conduction" headphones.
As the third and most expensive Panasonic LED TV CNET has reviewed this year, the WT50 came with high expectations.
An artifact known as "brightness pops" exists on Samsung's PND7000 and PND8000 plasma TVs, and reports of peeling abound, but neither is a big enough deal to spoil our recommendation.
Pioneer announces new technology to increase contrast ratio on its plasmas, while also making the screen thinner, but it won't be available in 2008.
Panasonic's CES 2013 press conferences was light on the details, but showed off its latest plasma and LED TVs, new wireless speakers, and bone-conducting headphones.
CNET compares the 2012 lineups of major TV makers based on their CES announcements.