Thanks guys. The contrast looks a touch over-cooked in those shots but that's mainly the iPhone camera showing its limitations in a dark room. Still think there's more to be had out the screen in terms of getting the right balance between contrast, luminescence and colour, but that's hopefully what calibration will bring, but in the interim it's still a great screen to watch.
Mind you, 'Kill Bill' is such a well produced BluRay it would make my granny's 'Alba' CRT look great!
Gel, if I get time to dig out some Pixar over the weekend I'll post some shots.
Ah cheers! It will be good to test the dynamic range and contrast with the Disney ones. The black is perfect for sure, but does give great brightness too?
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These things are obviously subjective but to my eyes its fine on the brightness front - am currently watching 'Just a minute' in BBC2 HD, with curtains open and plenty of light in the room, and colours are bright & punchy, good contrast and bright whites. Contrast is only set to 49 and brightness at 50 so there's nothing in the settings being 'forced' to deliver that image.
Dont doubt other panels like the new Samsung will go brighter, and LED LCD panels will always edge a plasma panel on that front (though at the expense of blacks and shadow detail), but as Strapped says of his VT, its as bright as I need and that's bright enough.
Haven't tried 3D yet so can't comment on whether its bright enough to deliver a vibrant 3D image, though I guess the fact I've had the screen for 3 weeks and not tried 3D is a sign of how important that is relative to 2D PQ.
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Yep, I can tell from what you have posted already the settings and pictures are seriously good! I can tell also the Disney ones are going to be good.
Just watching Madagascar 3 on Sky HD movies, this is quite punchy.
My subscription copy of the Home Cinema Choice magazine, issue 223, August 2013, thudded on my carpet today. It contains a five-page review of the ZT65. It is awarded Reference Status. HCC seems more enthusiastic about the set that did the What Hi-Fi review of the same set, which has been linked to by the moderators right at the start of this thread. The HCC review mentions that Panasonic simply can't take plasma technology further in any way that makes econonic sense. I personally would have liked to see in the review an explicit comparison to the VT65 series, however, as to whether the ZT65 justifes the price premium over the VT65 series.
Two points from the generally rave HCC review "the ZT65 delivers unquestionably, unreservedly, undeniably the best 1080p picture in town" will slightly concern and intrigue forumites. The slightly concerning point mentions fan noise, of which I had not been aware on this set. Yes, I have heard of fan noise on the 65VT65, but the 60ZT65 was generally thought to be much quieter. (Perhaps Mr Malarky will respond to this with experience of his own ZT65?). The HCC review says "The fan noise it generates is omnipresent and has a tone which is often distracting." The intriguing point is that explicit comparison is made with a 60inch 9th generation Kuro panel (without saying whether that was a LX6090 or KRP 600A) and the result is a rated a tie! Pioneer executives will be pleased that more than four years after their last televisions were made, Pioneer screens have still not been decisively surpassed, for picture quality alone. (Of course, Pioneer screens don't have modern stuff like 3D and smart internet, before someone reminds me!)
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Wow! Thanks for the feedback. I think I will have to buy this edition, I am intrigued to read this!
This new issue 223 of HCC magazine may not be at newsagents (WH Smith is good) for another two or three days, though.
The level of fan noise seems to vary between individual units, on mine its about the level of an older PS3, so audible but not really an issue (and at the moment we're pretty close to the screen at only 8 feet away, if we move house as planned next yer we'll be aiming for a larger lounge so will likely be sat further away), oldboy visited a dealer that had the VT and ZT running side by side and says the ZT was virtually silent, while HCC are saying its loud enough to be a distraction while viewing.
Just read this review:
I read the review today, they seemed to really like it. Didn't buy it though. A lot of pictures rather than words!
See what Debenhams are selling:
Bit surprised by that. Wonder if Panasonic are having trouble shifting them?
It's only a one-year warranty that Debenhams are offering though .....
Don't know. They are now selling the entire plasma range though! Hopefully they will come down in price. More options the better.
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