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Panasonic TX-P60ZT65 review

The greatest plasma TV ever made, this TV will go down in history

Usability

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For the most part the Panasonic TX-P60ZT65 is laudably easy to use, considering what an exceptionally feature-heavy and sophisticated TV it is. Its My Home Screen smart TV interface is inspired, delivering the easiest to follow on-screen menus and simplest personalisation system we've seen from a TV to date.

The presentation is clear, the set-up system is comprehensive, and there's enough on-screen direction and help to ensure that not even the most technophobic user should ever feel confused.

The sheer volume of picture calibration tools could overwhelm the unprepared. But the technical stuff is sensibly tucked away out of sight of casual eyes, and even if you do seek the in-depth calibration tools out they're presented in quite a straightforward manner.

Panasonic TX P60ZT65 review

The way you can use the calibration menus via your iOS or Android device rather than on the TV screen is superb, too.

Actually, the Viera Remote 2 app that contains the calibration features is generally excellent, enabling as it does screen sharing of what's on your TV with your smart device's screen, and 'casting' of what's stored on your smart device to the TV screen. The app interface for all these features is brilliantly intuitive, too.

The only bum note in the Panasonic TX-P60ZT65's interface, really, is the touchpad remote that Panasonic supplies alongside a more normal handset. The touchpad on this device is too small, too quirky in its responses and too circular to harmonise effectively with a rectangular screen.

Sound

Panasonic TX P60ZT65 review

Pictures as big and brilliant as those delivered by the Panasonic TX-P60ZT65 clearly deserve to be partnered by some first-rate audio.

And while the Panasonic TX-P60ZT65 doesn't scale quite the same audio heights as the Sony KD-65X9005A, its front-firing speakers supported by a rear-mounted bass speaker combine handsomely to deliver much more power, clarity and soundstage size than the vast majority of flat TV speaker systems.

Value

Panasonic TX P60ZT65 review

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This is a tricky one. It's a plain and simple fact that the vast majority of people won't be able to even think about coughing up the £4,000 (around US$5,990 / AU$6,540) necessary to secure a Panasonic TX-P60ZT65. But that in itself doesn't make the TV bad value.

We guess you could also point to the outstanding qualities of Panasonic's VT65 series and ask if the Panasonic TX-P60ZT65 is really so good that it warrants spending considerably more money on.

But in the end, for us the Panasonic TX-P60ZT65's value situation simply boils down to this: it produces the absolute finest, most cinematic picture quality we've ever seen from a Full HD TV. And so far as we're concerned, this fact alone will make it worth every last penny of its £4k price to any serious AV fan who can afford it.

Tech Specs

Product TypePlasma TV
Scan Format1080p
Digital TunerDVB-T (MPEG4), DVB-S2
Analog TunerPAL
Video Signal StandardHDTV 1080p
Number of HDMI Ports3
Number of SCART Interfaces1
Product FamilyViera
3D Type3D
Brand NamePanasonic
Screen Size152.4 cm (60")
Aspect Ratio16:9
Green CompliantYes
Green Compliance Certificate/AuthorityREACH
Memory Card ReaderYes
BluetoothYes
EthernetYes
Wireless LANYes
Ethernet TechnologyEthernet
USBYes
HDMIYes
Weight with Stand (Approximate)44 kg
Operating Power Consumption530 W
Standby Power Consumption300 mW
RMS Output Power20 W
Electronic Program GuideYes
DLNA CertifiedYes
HeadphoneYes
Digital Audio OutputYes
Height with Stand921 mm
Width with Stand1404 mm
Depth with Stand308 mm
Number of Common Interface1
CI+Yes
Composite VideoYes
Component VideoYes
SCARTYes
Teletext Memory2000
Network (RJ-45)Yes
Number of USB Ports1
3D TechnologyShutter
3D ConversionYes
Energy Consumption per Year397 kWh
3D Glasses RequiredYes
Motion Interpolation Technology3000Hz Focused Field Drive
Memory Card SupportedSecure Digital Extended Capacity (SDXC), Secure Digital (SD)
Height828 mm
Width1404 mm
Depth47 mm
ColourBlack
Sound SystemSurround Sound
Maximum Resolution1920 x 1080
FeaturesWeb Content Access, Web Browser, Media Player, Hotel Mode, Ambient Lighting, Teletext
ManufacturerPanasonic
Product ModelTX-P60ZT65B
Product NameTX-P60ZT65B 60" Smart Viera Plasma TV
Product LineViera
Manufacturer Part NumberTX-P60ZT65B
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.panasonic.co.uk
Marketing Information

60" Smart VIERA Plasma TV - Beyond-Reference Picture Quality and Ultimate Style (Energy Efficiency Class C)

A combination of original phosphors and drive technologies enable high motion-image performance. Sub-field drive control with a short light emission of 1/3,000th of a second produces crisp, clear moving pictures with minimal afterimages. Great for dynamic sports scenes and breathtaking fast-action shots.

The Studio Master Panel featured in the top-of-the-line ZT60 Series offers a high-level optical performance with superb bright-field contrast and sharp, crisp images. By eliminating the conventional air layer between the panel unit and the front glass, the Studio Master Panel minimises interfacial eflections from external light, and directly, efficiently transmits the display light. This produces excellent, unprecedented image quality.

Package Contents
  • TX-P60ZT65B 60" Smart Viera Plasma TV
  • 2 x 3D Glasses
SpeakersYes
Limited Warranty5 Year
Weight (Approximate)36.50 kg