How often do you get to have your cake and eat it too? Well, hopefully at your birthday party. And there’s usually ice cream too. And gifts. Also at weddings, not so much with the ice cream, but usually the cake, eating it, and gifts. The more I think about it, there aren’t many instances at all where you can’t have your cake and eat it too.
OK, worst analogy ever. How about this instead ... now you can have your cake and a great deal on a 46-inch plasma + Blu-ray player—you get to have your high-def movies and watch them on an HDTV, too. Except you’ll have to bring your own cake.
Amazon is currently knocking $200 off the price of eligible Panasonic Plasma displays with the purchase of an eligible Panasonic Blu-ray player. The best part of this deal? Amazon’s current price for the Panasonic BD60 Blu-ray Player is $194, making it a net - $5 addendum to your Panasonic Plasma purchase. That’s the “cake.”
And what would make this even better? An already great price on a qualifying plasma display? How about $951 for the well-regarded 46” 1080p TC-P46S1 ... $8 less than the next lowest authorized price, minus another $5, add in a Blu-ray player. And there’s the “eat it too.” The discount shows up during checkout at the last step before payment and is good through September 12, 2009.
This whole having one thing as well as another theme carries over to the Panasonic BD60 Blu-ray player as well. It’s not only a competent Blu-ray player, with decent load times and great BD picture quality, but also an Internet video streamer with YouTube and Amazon On Demand video playback. Some blemishes on an otherwise commendable report card are average DVD image quality a lack of built-in memory for BD-Live content (though its SD card support means you don’t need a USB thumb-drive sticking out the front).
The Panasonic TC-PS1 is a bit of a cake and eat it proposition as well. It offers the deep, near-Kuro level, blacks of a 40,000:1 Native (aka Real) contrast ratio along with substantial energy savings compared to most plasma displays. Sore spots are slightly less accurate out-of-the-box colors and somewhat skimpy picture controls for in-depth tweakers and calibrators. Even with a couple of nit-picks, it’s one of the best displays you can get your hands on for under $1K, and a free Blu-ray player really sweetens the deal.
Follow Electronic House
Stephen Hopkins is chief technology editor for EH Publishing. He writes product reviews, features, and focuses heavily on 3D TV, iPhone and iPad apps, and digital content.