For the price of ZT60, I can buy a more than decent projector! Of course, a projector won't suit everyone's requirements, but something to bear in mind.
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It seems a bit redundant to still be comparing against the Kuro!
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Dig the gold plated plaque on the back too.
Actually, it's not. Panasonic is being very smart here. ZT60 is an expensive TV, and only true videophiles will be interested in it. Which TV do a lot of the videophiles currently have? The Kuro. They will be looking to upgrade their Kuro after owning it for 4-5 years, which is about time now. Panasonic wants that market.
That is true.
Have added some pictures to the GT60 and ZT60 stories, including some vs. the Pioneer Kuro (highly unscientific). Apologies for poor quality... http://whf.cm/11BNFpm
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Panasonic needs to get the ZT60 right. For a 4K TV (that's pounds, not resolution), videophiles won't stand for problems that have plagued previous Panasonic plasma televisions. At that price, many videophiles will likely wait and see what appears on forum threads rather than trusting reviews, which have often failed to flag up issues owners have experienced.
For the ZT60 to justify its price, Panasonic needs to have eliminated the 50Hz bug, overcome all screen uniformity issues, minimised inherent plasma problems like dynamic false conturing, while offering the best picture quality in the most adjustable picture mode. The ZT60 will also need to trounce the Kuro's black level and deliver very accurate images out of the box (no obvious green tint, even if that is corrected as the panel ages). Oh, and autocal would be nice, too.
I'm watching with interest.
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Definitely looks brighter to me. That is one thing I love about my GT50 is that it is brighter than my Pioneer 5090.
It looked good. You never know how they're set-up but in terms of black levels and colour reproduction the ZT60 looked very strong.
Ah nice one.
This clip is okay, sounds like there is more to come though
On the news page you guys are reporting the Panasonic VT60 is available from 55 inches and above, but on AVForums they are saying 50 inches and above on a YouTube clip, which one is right?
Think you guys might have to correct your front page!
If you read a few of the posts under the HD TV site news on the ZT they feel the 600a display didn't look right and its commented that it also was showing red tints in the black I.e a TV not performing optimally at all. Therefore not a fair test really but the photos are interesting.
The ZT should be much better but is it going to be £4k better only the buyer knows that answer - £3k would have got me very interested £4k seems very steep.
Panasonic are being a bit crafty by making the ZT limited edition to try and get people to buy it straight away @ it's top dollar price - fair play to them however we all know within 3-6 months all new av tech price plummets as competition gets stiffer. Will be interesting to see what happens to the price / sales over the year and how easy it is to go and demo.
To Gel reading reviews on the new Panny plasmas over the years against the Kuro 5090 I am sure the luminance of all the pannys is nowhere near that of the Kuro so I wonder how you have yours setup - I.e what contrast you are running so that the 5090 is not as bright? Luminance / brightness is one of the main criticism of the vt50 I am sure that's what I read
just looked at the pocket lint images - that looks like the difference between calibrated on the right , non calibrated on the left with the brightness up too much - similar to what others have posted lol
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