HDGuru just caught wind that the 1-inch-thick 54" Z1 plasma from Panasonic (TC-P54Z1) will cost a hefty $6000 when it arrives this June.

The guru himself, Gary, is calling this baby the "most advanced HDTV" from Panasonic, with a native contrast ratio of 40,000:1, THX certification, a crazy color gamut, 24Hz movie playback and a separate box containing a wireless HDMI receiver, to keep the thinness thin.

At a time when plasma seems to be dying—see Pioneer and Vizio—this is one last gasp that might be worth paying for.

There's more leaked info on the Z1 and all the lesser Panasonic plasmas, over there. [HDGuru]