Panasonic 65VX100U Premiere Plasma Is a Kuro Killer?

Tonight in Denver, Panasonic revealed its newest plasma technology, the 65" custom-install-only VX100 monitor, whose specs meet or beat Pioneer's hallowed Kuro. That means 60,000:1 contrast ratio with 7,160 shades of gradation for visible detail in the darker shadows. At 65 inches, you will pay $10,000 a panel, but not to worry: Panasonic will roll out a 50 incher soon, which is sure to be (a teeny tiny tad) cheaper. We sat in a dark room and got to compare the VX100 with its predecessor, the 65PF. Though the results in the room were startlingly vivid, you can get a sense of what's going on here in our still shots:

Panasonic 65VX100U Premiere Plasma Is a Kuro Killer?

Panasonic 65VX100U Premiere Plasma Is a Kuro Killer?

Panasonic 65VX100U Premiere Plasma Is a Kuro Killer?

Panasonic 65VX100U Premiere Plasma Is a Kuro Killer?

Panasonic 65VX100U Premiere Plasma Is a Kuro Killer?

If you're really crazy about TV technology, jump for a second gallery of slides from the presentation-but, as they say on MythBusters, there's some "science content" ahead, so put the drink down and focus...

Panasonic 65VX100U Premiere Plasma Is a Kuro Killer?

Panasonic 65VX100U Premiere Plasma Is a Kuro Killer?

Panasonic 65VX100U Premiere Plasma Is a Kuro Killer?

Panasonic 65VX100U Premiere Plasma Is a Kuro Killer?

Panasonic 65VX100U Premiere Plasma Is a Kuro Killer?

Panasonic 65VX100U Premiere Plasma Is a Kuro Killer?

Panasonic 65VX100U Premiere Plasma Is a Kuro Killer?

Panasonic 65VX100U Premiere Plasma Is a Kuro Killer?

Panasonic 65VX100U Premiere Plasma Is a Kuro Killer?

Though the first buyers will likely be rich dudes, the movie business is also going to be interested in it as a monitor, since it can handle 120% of the HDTV color gamut, enough to maybe get a good looking movie on a TV for one damn time. And let's not forget that Pioneer has shut down its own panel production lines and plans to go with Panasonic's. I asked if Pioneer would get a shot at the sweet new one-though there wasn't a straight answer, the sense I got was "probably not, at least not at first." Go Panasonic, kicking some TV ass!