The Good The Panasonic TC-PZT60 series plasma TV can produce the best all-around picture quality available; deepest black levels in its class; highly accurate color; excellent video processing, off-angle viewing and screen uniformity; best-in-class preservation of contrast and reduction of reflections under bright lights; very good 3D picture; classic styling; plenty of Smart TV content; includes two pair of 3D glasses.
The Bad Exceedingly expensive; not as suited to extremely bright rooms as the Samsung F8500 plasma or LED LCD TVs; identical picture quality to the Panasonic VT60 in a dark room; consumes more power than LED LCD TVs.
The Bottom Line For those who can afford it, the Panasonic TC-PZT60 comes closer than any TV yet to picture-quality perfection.
Closer than ever to perfect picture quality
Let me get this out of the way first: Panasonic's TC-PZT60 is now the best-performing TV we've ever reviewed. Perhaps a few of the old, supertweaked Pioneer Kuros out there might deliver slightly superior black levels, but I've never had any of those in the lab. This one beats my in-house Kuro, and every other TV in my lab..
Thealso beat our in-house Kuro, so the most important question for videophiles with money to burn becomes: Why did you like the picture quality of the ZT60 better than the VT60's? The sole reason is that the ZT60 looks better in a bright room. If you watch TV swathed in dimness, as any dedicated videophile does whenever possible, the VT60 and ZT60 have basically identical pictures -- starting with their virtually indistinguishable, and truly inky, black levels. Meanwhile the plasma and of course some of the better, brighter LED TVs look even better than the ZT60 in a bright room -- although they can't touch it in the dark.
That's why an extra $500 or so for the ZT60 over the also-superb VT60 and PNF8500 is only worth spending if you absolutely must have the very best. The narrowness of its performance advantage over those TVs hurts its value proposition, so if money is an object, that extra cash is tough to justify. At least the big spenders who pony up for the ZT60 can console themselves that compared with 4K models like the, or even OLEDs (if they ever come out), their TV is a bargain.
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