I recently picked up 65" P65S60 for $1263 shipped, no tax.
S60 has better black levels than last year's acclaimed flagship P65VT50 ($3,700 MSRP) LINK
almost perfect color accuracy and nigh Kuro-grade black levels
The P60S60 tested with deeper blacks than Samsung's flagship plasma from 2012 (our best of year, the E8000), Panasonic's own flagship plasma (the VT50) from last year, and Sony's 2012 flagship LCD (the HX950). Needless to say, this is very impressive, especially when you consider that those televisions cost between two and four times as much as the 60-inch S60.
The S60's total, natural contrast ratio is over 9000:1, which is absolutely huge for a lower-end TV with no extra processing or dynamic settings active.
This TV is dark, sporting black levels comparable to the Batman bathing in an ink-filled tub inside of a black hole. On top of that, its color gamut was basically a carbon copy of the rec. 709 ideal.
cnet saying S60 has better black levels than last year's ST50 as well. LINK
I've always loved TVs. I've owned Sony Trinitron in the 90's, Samsung DLP in 2005-2006, Samsung LCD since 2008, etc. This is my first Plasma and the picture is STUNNING. I don't think I can ever go back to LCD.
65ST60 received the first 5* on cnet and has better PQ. but is it $1000+ better?