Although LCD TVs get most of the attention these days, plasma TVs often give you a better picture for the money. Like most plasma sets, the 50-inch Viera delivers deep, dark blacks, superb contrast and excellent shadow detail. At $1,000, the TC-P50X1 has to cut corners somewhere, so it offers only 720p resolution, not the 1080p resolution of most sets this size, but unless you're watching from five feet away, you probably won't notice the difference. It also lacks advanced color controls, although the deep black levels more than make up for that omission. Even with those small compromises, few TVs offer such a competent picture at such a reasonable price.