Panasonic TH-58PZ800 review

A good big-screen plasma, and well worth an audition – although we'd be sure to try out its key rival too Tested at £4000.00

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Our Verdict

A good big-screen plasma, and well worth an audition – although we'd be sure to try out its key rival too

For

  • Big, punchy and exciting pictures with most discs
  • excellent tuner
  • well equipped

Against

  • Only that the similarly priced Pioneer is even better

Panasonic's track record record with plasmas has been enviable, but this is the company's most modern and complete product yet.

Part of the premium PZ800 series, it's loaded up with all manner of performance-enhancing features, from Full HD resolution to 'Intelligent Frame Creation' picture processing, which aims to achieve ultra-high resolution.

An enhanced version of Panasonic's 'Real Black Drive' black-level booster is said to deliver some dramatic results in contrast terms, too – the company claims a 1,000,000:1 ratio.

Unlike some sets this big, it's sold as a complete TV, so it's got a fine digital tuner and comes with built-in speakers.

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They sound fine, but we'd suggest you buy something bigger and better for optimum results, because otherwise the image will appear unbalanced by the relatively meagre sonics.

With a punchy Blu-ray like Horton Hears A Who! you'll have few complaints: the image is vivid and involving, its edges crisply stable. However, and despite the superb spec sheet, the black levels and overall drama don't quite rival the best efforts of the similarly priced Pioneer PDP-LX6090.

Watch a dark movie, such as Blade Runner, and you'll find that while the Pana' reaches into the murk with some aplomb, it's the Pioneer that really uncovers every last drop of detail.

That's not to suggest this is in any way a bad TV: far from it. It's terrific, and if you can get a good deal, it's well worth consideration.

Specifications

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General Information

Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.panasonic.co.uk
Brand NamePanasonic
Product SeriesPZ800
Product TypePlasma TV
ManufacturerPanasonic
Product LineViera
Manufacturer Part NumberTH-58PZ800B
Product NamePanasonic TH-58PZ800
Product ModelTH-58PZ800

Physical Characteristics

Height with Stand94.9 cm
Depth with Stand40.9 cm
Width144.5 cm
Weight with Stand Approximate63.50 kg
Depth10.9 cm
Weight Approximate59 kg
Width with Stand144.5 cm
Height89.8 cm
Dimensions89.8 cm (H): 144.5 cm (W): 10.9 cm (D)

Interfaces-Ports

HDMIYes
Total Number of HDMI Ports4

Technical Information

FeaturesTeletext, Picture and Picture (PAP), Picture and Text (PAT), Picture in Picture, Child Lock
Aspect Ratio16:9
Screen Size147.3 cm (58")

Energy and Performance

Maximum Resolution1920 x 1080
Standby Power Consumption400 mW
Operating Power Consumption635 W

Audio

RMS Output Power31 W
Sound SystemSurround Sound, Dolby Digital Plus

Video

Digital TunerDVB-T
Standard Refresh Rate50 Hz
Video Signal StandardHDTV
Scan Format1080p
Analog TunerNTSC, PAL, SECAM
Enhanced Refresh Rate100 Hz

Warranty

Limited Warranty1 Year