Panasonic TC-P65ZT60 65-Inch 1080p 600Hz 3D Smart Plasma TV

Panasonic TC-P65ZT60 65-Inch 1080p 600Hz 3D Smart Plasma TV

List Price: $ 4,099.99
Price: $ 4,099.99
Price update: 2013-08-31 07:56

  • studio panel Master, the ultimate color experience sharper images, contrast and sharpness of black
  • One Sheet of Glass Design: eliminate disparities between the optimized image with elegant aesthetic form 30,720 steps of gradation: Superior shadow definition allows a richer visual experience

    DCI 98% Color Space: Enjoy theater picture quality and color reproduction

    3000 Focused field Drive: Experience of fast moving images with sharper clarity.

    Panasonic ZT60 Series Plasma HDTV (60 and 65 inches)
    quantum leap in image quality performance
    The top-of- ZT60 the-line series has a panel of master studio with technology without air gap, the optical performance of the baseline provides an excellent contrast with a clear-field and sharp images. By eliminating the conventional layer of air between the plate and the front glass panel minimizes glare of studio masters from the panel of external light and better light transmission, the quality of the ultimate cinematic image.
    This TV has a sleek, minimalist design with glass and narrow metal structure. In addition, each family member has their own personal screen. Choose a default standard, or create your own fully customized screen for your taste.

    Crisp, Moving Pictures
    allows great motion picture perfo

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    3 Responses to Panasonic TC-P65ZT60 65-Inch 1080p 600Hz 3D Smart Plasma TV

    1. LW says:
      46 of 47 people found the following review helpful
      5.0 out of 5 stars
      The Current Industry Standard In Picture Quality, August 5, 2013
      By 
      LW

      As a consumer who actually bought the ZT60, I think I can put a few things into perspective. Back in ’09 I saw a demo of a 50″ Pioneer Kuro plasma (the industry reference for black level quality until now) at a store with the lights switched off. Yes, I was impressed. Blacks looked visibly black. A couple of months ago I went to a Magnolia (Best Buy) store to see if the ZT60 could live up to its hype. The ZT60 was not in a controlled demo room but was placed on a wall directly under a VT60 with a lot of ambient store lighting. Under such lighting conditions, I honestly couldn’t see the difference in black level between the VT60 and the ZT60. The main advantage of the ZT60 under bright lighting was somewhat less reflectivity/screen glare. I asked for a demo in the dark demo room but only a VT60 was in the room. I checked out the blacks using night scenes off my own “Taxi Driver” and “American Werewolf in London” BluRay discs. Blacks were inky black. Since I couldn’t do an A-B comparison between a VT60, ZT60, or the Pioneer Kuro TV for black level using the same material the best I can do was base my comparisons of black level on memory. Given the Kuro’s already impressive performance, can anything else “blow it out of the water”, as some posters on CNET put it? I’ll just say that the Kuro has finally been laid to rest. But let me say that when a black screen appears on the VT60 it looks extremely dark already.

      When looking at a black screen on my ZT60 at home at night with the lights off, it appears that the unit is practically turned off (really). At that level, it’s just an exercise in futility to compare it to a Kuro and split hairs. It’s plenty good enough for me.

      In overall performance it handily beats the very best LED backlit LCDs I’ve seen, including the current Ultra HD 4K sets (except in resolution) I’ve seen (since all of them use LED backlighting). At this point, you may be wondering why I would compare a 1080P HDTV to a 2160P (4K) set. Based on the demos of 4K sets that I’ve seen on 60 to 65-inch screens, the difference (really just resolution) between 1080P and 2160P is only visible when you are standing several inches in front of the screen. Most people would rather view from several feet away in a living room setting. Also, the 4K demo material is video-based. I can’t imagine seeing any more detail even from a transfer of a 70mm film print when seated at a normal viewing distance in a living room. In terms of 4K sources, the Blu-Ray format does not support that resolution, leaving Sony to offer a $600 4K media box that only works with their own brand of 4K TVs. There’s another alternative in the form of an even more expensive source component. But all this points to a shaky start for yet another format that provides little benefit to consumers. In fact, 4K is just a transitional format for the 2nd tier of the Ultra HD standard, 8K. So why buy 4K at all? Anyway, I digress.

      Back to the subject of overall picture quality. With all the statements about black level, you’d think that that was the only important picture parameter. I’ll say that one of the first things I noticed about both the VT60 and ZT60 were the great reproduction of different shades of gray (maybe better than the Kuro set which had a tendency to crush dark shades of gray to black). On the ZT60 there seems to be, if anything, also a noticeable advantage in the reproduction of red. Reds are reproduced with a natural purity I’ve never seen before. I can’t comment on the 3D performance of the ZT60 because I don’t have a 3D BluRay player but I briefly converted a 2D Blu-Ray to 3D. The motion seemed to appear with the “soap opera” (video) effect. That said, 3D performance is not important to me so I consider the feature to be a “throw in” anyway.

      My only pet peeve about all the professional reviews I’ve read about the ZT60 is the statement that SD sources look great. While it’s true that DVDs appear extremely good on the ZT60 when using an HDMI connection, the aforementioned statement is obviously based on the reproduction of DVDs (which occasionally look like HD sources) and broadcasts. I say this because there is no support for legacy sources that use the S-Video connection. I’ve seen so many professional reviewers trash this connection by saying that making an S-Video connection was awkward (well, you don’t do it often, do you?). Yet, there is no criticism of the old composite video connection’s quality. I don’t think a professional reviewer would mind putting up with the minor inconvenience, given the composite connection’s dot crawl from inherent crosstalk between the luminance (black & white) and chrominance (color) signals. As expensive as the ZT60 is, you’d think that an S-Video input would be included. How much can such an input cost? I make a big deal about this because I have a lot of S-VHS recordings of material I simply can’t buy or don’t care to buy again in…

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    2. Peter DeMars "repete66211" says:
      26 of 27 people found the following review helpful
      5.0 out of 5 stars
      One of the best TVs ever made, July 8, 2013
      By 
      Peter DeMars “repete66211″ (Leawood, Kansas) –
      (REAL NAME)
        

      This review is from: Panasonic TC-P65ZT60 65-Inch 1080p 600Hz 3D Smart Plasma TV (Electronics)

      My primary concern with a TV is first and foremost picture quality (PQ). For my intended use, apps, peripherals, features, etc. are all secondary to PQ. The ZT60 has the best PQ of any TV I’ve ever seen. All the key features of PQ–color accuracy, saturation, contrast, shadow detail–are fantastic and the blacks…well, all I can say is if I were asked how much blacker the TV could get I’d have to say, “None more black.” :) Unlike many (most?) TVs, the ZT has two picture modes (THX Cinema and THX Bright Room) that look great right out of the box.

      In my house 3D won’t see much use but I did watch a movie with the supplied glasses and, again, no complaints. Most of the apps are gimmicky. I have no interest in watching YouTube on my computer. The ZT includes the usual suite of streaming options (i.e. Netflix)but due to the interface (keyboard not included) navigation isn’t very efficient. Additionally, since Audio Return Channel (ARC) is so buggy, if you have a surround sound system, as you should with virtually all TVs these days given their weak speakers, all of the streaming apps are better accessed via an external Blu-ray player.

      How does the ZT fare versus the competition? It compares well to the less expensive VT60 if 100% of your TV watching is in a very dark room but the filter on the ZT does a better job blocking ambient light. The VT does have beefier speakers and a pop up camera for Skype, two features which don’t benefit me personally.

      Shortcomings and limitations: ARC is finnicky. Sometimes it works and sometimes it doesn’t. In online a/v forums some have complained of excessive noise from the cooling fans. Mine compare to the noise level you get out of a PS3 (slim) or a desktop PC. (As of early August Panasonic has a fix in the works.) As with all plasmas, the screen is glass so if you’re in a very bright room or if there are windows opposite your TV you may want a TV with a matte screen. Burn in really isn’t a concern for plasmas anymore but some do still have image retention (IR), which is the short-term retention of a given image, usually a static TV channel logo or the ticker that runs along the bottom of ESPN. I have 200+ hours on this unit, in which I’ve watched letterbox, pillarbox, ESPN, static logos & gaming and have yet to see IR of any kind.

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    3. Simon says:
      18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
      5.0 out of 5 stars
      Panasonic’s Flagship Reference TV, August 16, 2013
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      Simon (MN, USA) –

      This review is from: Panasonic TC-P65ZT60 65-Inch 1080p 600Hz 3D Smart Plasma TV (Electronics)

      I got my ZT60 in May, so I guess I am one of the grandfathers. I wanted to get a good TV last year, but VT50 wasn’t quite there yet. This year was very exciting for all AV enthusiasts with Samsung F8500, VT60, and ZT60. Samsung was released earlier, and it was quite promising, but I hold up until the release of ZT60 when I could compare them side-by-side. Although VT60 is very close to ZT, it was never on my list; to explain, one critical decision point for me was the air-free panel, and VT has the air gap between the glass and plasma screen which may produce unwanted shadows. Samsung is a very good TV, and let’s face it, it’s a fantastic TV, but I chose ZT because of a few personal reasons. In my opinion, ZT has better pedestal, it has better black levels and shadow details, and it is THX certified. Some may disagree, but I wanted the closest to the reference picture that I could get, and that was the ZT. Samsung has the advantages of being super sharp, super bright, and having no “Fan Noise” issue.

      The only problem I had with my ZTs was the “Fan Noise,” and I exchanged my sets a few times. Thankfully, Panasonic has a “Foam Fix” now. Fan Noise is something different than the well-known Plasma buzz, and not too many people will experience this; however, if you are one of the unlucky ones, this will eat you to the bone. Fan noise first identified by the European AV website on the VT series, and they found out if the back panel is removed, there is no noise. So, the noise is not coming from the fans per se, but from the airflow they create in relation to the back panel. The noise is like pulsation and whirling that some people have described as having an old fridge running in the room. It has been reported that Panasonic has a fix now that reduces the noise, and it contains a set of foams that will be installed underneath the fans. A service call to Panasonic will send you a technician to install the foams.

      Picture quality of ZT is fantastic. If you have a bright room though, you may also consider F8500, since it can go much brighter than ZT. As a matter of fact, according to the shootout, ZT is the dimmest of all, and even VT has better brightness compared to ZT. However compared to VT, ZT has a superior antireflective filter that should help with ambient lights. I also like the slimmer form factor of ZT without the side speakers.

      I came from LCD, so I was a complete stranger to Plasma technology. It seems that Plasma phosphors age exponentially in relation to time, so the first 100 hours is extremely crucial to a steady picture quality. It is advised that you run the slides–like D-Nice’s–for at least 100 hours so the red, green, and blue phosphors age evenly. After this period, you should be fine with any contents. I have tested this myself, and it really makes a difference to run the premade slides. You can search for D-Nice’s 2013 Panasonic settings, and download the slides. If you are really serious about PQ, you should also consider a professional calibration to get every last bit of the reference picture out of your set. The slides will also help you prepare your panel for the required initial 300 hours for a professional calibration. If you ever need to check the panel hours, you need to go to the service menu, which also can ruin your TV if you are not careful and voids your warranty. However, if you need to access the panel hours anyway:

      *** WARNING: use it at your own risk. Changing settings can void the warranty ***
      * Press and hold the {VOL -} key on the side of the set, and without releasing, press the {INFO} button on the remote 3 times.
      * After a few seconds you are in the service menu.
      * Press {2} key on the remote to select “SRV-TOOL,” then press {OK} key.
      * Go down to “PTCT: 00.00.00.00.00″ and move right using remote’s cursor keys.
      * Press and hold {MUTE} button on the remote for 3 seconds.
      * Time and number of power cycles will be shown in red.
      * To exit, just hold down the power button on the set (not the remote).

      The apps on the TV are pretty basic, but all the important ones are there: Netflix, Amazon Instant Video, Hulu, Vimeo, YouTube, and etc. The DLNA Server app can only play x264 files from my NAS, and it doesn’t support DivX or Xvid. Web browser app is pretty basic, but it works. I used my Bluetooth keyboard and it connected without any problems. Overall, this TV is nicely packed with apps, and there are a few extra ones that you can download within the TV. One annoying thing for me was the Viera Connect Banner which is a fancy name for unauthorized advertisement on your TV. You can turn it off from: {Menu}->”Setup”->”Display Customization”->”Viera Connect Banner”->”off.” Just make sure you are on the full screen home page on a normal HDMI input, since the option does not appear in every apps/inputs.

      I’ve never owned a 3D TV before, so this is my first. I immediately…

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