In a recent TV shoot-out only Samsung's latest flagship Plasma TV beat the Panasonic ZT60 in overall image quality, but just barely - which means that although the Panasonic ZT60 series may not be able to stake claim as the undisputed "Best TV" for 2013, the race is so close that it may just come down to subjective nit-picking.
Why all the fuss about the ZT60? In terms of image quality it comes down to one foundational factor - Black Level performance. The ability to display deep blacks evenly across the entire screen affects the ability to add depth and character to all other displayed colors, making images realistic. Panasonic accomplishes this with the incorporation of its "Studio Master Panel", which is not only facilitates improved black levels, but also serves to reduce glare from ambient light and provide a better viewing experience in brightly lit rooms, which is an admitted drawback on many Plasma TVs.
Also, just as with most Plasma TVs, the ZT60 can render a smooth natural motion response without all the tricks that LED/LCD TVs have to employ, it provides a great viewing experience for sports and action movies.
Of course, the ZT60 series provides more that just great image quality, it comes equipped with Panasonic's Viera Connect Smart TV features which provides access to streaming content from both the internet and DLNA network connected device, the ability for users to create a customizable menu (My Home Screen), push content between the TV and compatible wireless portable devices (Swipe and Share), and users can also employ Voice Recognition and Guidance to operate the TV and read back text-based content. The ZT60 series is also compatible with Panasonic's Electronic Touch Pen, which can be purchased separately.
The Panasonic ZT60 series sets are now available exclusively through Best Buy's Magnolia locations from May 20th through July 31st, 2013 - with more dealers to follow after that date, as more inventory is produced.
The ZT60 series comes in two screen sizes:
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