The DT60 affords a placing design, most likely one of many firm’s greatest ever, and nifty options akin to voice search. Its image high quality is simply mediocre although, for whereas colour is healthier than final 12 months, black ranges are equally poor — and I merely anticipate way more at this value.
The DT60 is a case of “higher, however not almost adequate,” and till confirmed in any other case, we’ll proceed to strongly suggest Panasonic’s plasmas and simply as strongly let you know to keep away from its LED LCDs.
Sequence info: I carried out a hands-on analysis of the 55-inch TC-P55DT60, however this evaluate additionally applies to the 60-inch measurement within the collection. Each sizes have similar specs, and in line with the producer ought to present very related image high quality.
The DT60 is a fine-looking tv, with a really skinny chrome bezel and the identical sort of floating glass/plastic backside edge that first appeared on Sony’s TVs. It comes comes connected to a swiveling silver stand by way of the now-familiar V-shaped plinth. Whereas final 12 months’s LG G2, for instance, shared the same colour scheme, it did not look anyplace close to as stylish as this.
The TV ships with two silver remotes — one standard-issue Panasonic and a touch-pad distant. The usual distant is roofed with a plethora of buttons however is straightforward to make use of, if solely the Menu button was a bit extra apparent. The touch-pad distant is just like that which ships with the VT60 and incorporates an onboard microphone, however lacks a few of the buttons you may want for the brand new Residence interface akin to apps and the coloured buttons.
|Show know-how||LCD||LED backlight||Edge-lit|
|Display screen end||Shiny||Distant||Customary and Touchpad|
|Good TV||Sure||Web connection||Constructed-in Wi-Fi|
|3D know-how||Passive||3D glasses included||4 pairs|
|Refresh price(s)||120Hz||Dejudder (easy) processing||Sure|
Voice interplay might be the “greatest” function of the DT60, with a microphone built-in into the touch-pad distant, however that is all very tied to the Internet-browser (see under).
The TV is a passive 3D mannequin, and thus Panasonic is ready to embody 4 pairs of glasses within the field — they’re low cost to make in comparison with lively glasses. Should you ever saved the 3D glasses from the cinema, you should use these as effectively.
Like many LED LCD TV makers, Panasonic is inflating the quantity related to its refresh-rate specification; within the DT60’s case the declare reads “1200 backlight scanning.” Not less than the corporate is trustworthy sufficient to incorporate the “120Hz” spec too, which is the one one that actually issues.
When you have a smartphone, Panasonic’s improved Viera Distant app allows some features like primary management in case you misplace the distant and “swipe and share” to show images on the massive display screen. It additionally permits direct entry to comparatively superior calibration features, though I did not check this function.
Good TV: Panasonic customizable “welcome screens” lack the pizzazz of competing Good TV techniques and with their analog clocks and calendars look extra like a ’90s model of Microsoft Workplace than a contemporary leisure suite.
The a number of “pages” present the at the moment taking part in enter in an inset window together with the grid of apps. You may place any app anyplace you need on the grid, a welcome change from interfaces from makers like Samsung that provide solely partial customization. Panasonic ups the customized ante additional by providing three totally different templates for brand spanking new pages you’ll be able to create, customized backgrounds (together with your personal photos), and the power to call pages — for instance, every member of a very tech-savvy household may arrange his or her personal web page.
The collection of latest residence screens are an fascinating concept, however I am not too sure folks will customise multiple display screen — even giant households. You may simply toggle between every one in case you like, although.
The app choice is excellent and similar to final 12 months’s with Netflix, Amazon Instantaneous, and Hulu Plus all current. If you wish to dive into the non-pre-installed choice within the Viera Market, there’s additionally Vudu, Pandora, TuneIn Radio, Rhapsody, and full episodes and images from a Panasonic-sponsored collection on Nationwide Geographic TV about World Heritage websites. There are additionally a smattering of children apps and some forgettable video games.
With the touch-pad distant comes voice search, however it’s way more restricted than Samsung’s system — it would not combine together with your cable field or any many Good functions, however principally enables you to search the Internet. Sure, the TV features a Internet browser, however with higher browsers on cell gadgets, who actually wants one on their TV? Navigation is a bit higher with the contact pad, however generally pages do not render correctly, and utilizing voice search leads to a two-step course of that’s irritating at greatest — particularly when it mishears your search phrases! Whereas you may as well browse related USB disks or networked servers, it is most likely one thing most individuals will use solely as soon as.
The DT60 affords a full complement of image controls, starting from a 10-point grayscale to configurable gamma settings to 2 devoted ISF (Imaging Science Basis) modes.
There are two potential issues with activating Recreation mode. First it is exhausting to search out, lurking within the Superior image menu, and secondly, as soon as it’s enabled it’s activated in the entire image presets. Whereas the final half is nice if you need minimal image processing, it is dangerous in case you neglect to show it off and need to benefit from the improved image high quality different modes provide. I would prefer to see an onscreen reminder right here, like Sony used to have, telling you recreation mode was activated.
The TV features a fairly stingy three HDMI ports, which does not even embody the now-fashionable MHL port. There are a whole lot of USB ports although, three to be actual, and you may join USB disks, Skype cameras, and even keyboards. Different connections embody a composite/part enter, digital audio and Ethernet. Like many Panasonic TVs, you additionally get an SD card slot, though there is no PC enter.
Click on the picture on the proper to see the image settings used within the evaluate and to learn extra about how this TV’s image controls labored throughout calibration.
Image high quality
Black degree is the only most necessary image part and the one we give essentially the most credence to when assigning our image high quality rating. Whereas the Panasonic DT60 does fairly effectively in different elements — colour, 3D, vivid lighting — it is the sunshine black ranges and poor uniformity that deliver the TV’s rating method down. In a theater surroundings, the TV lacks the punchiness of the opposite televisions on check, and its respectable colour would not make up the distinction.
Of our six-strong lineup the DT60 had the poorest black ranges of the group, evincing gray-blue shadows in darkish scenes. At first of Chapter 12 in “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Half II,” the TV wasn’t capable of make any sense of the small military on the hilltop scene — it seemed like an goth cupcake with cranium sprinkles…shot by means of a wall. Because the digicam spun across the group the element improved and the hazy skulls grew to become wizards, however the too-light blacks meant impression was quashed. On each different TV within the lineup, from the W802 to the ST60, you might inform from the opening moments what the scene was about, however with the Panasonic you simply could not.
Switching to a much less demanding scene, the distinctive New York skyline of “Watchmen” Chapter 3 (12:24), did not assist. With the DT60, I used to be greeted with the least dynamic image deadened by crushed clouds and a really flat, cardboard cutout look to the residence buildings within the foreground. Whereas the Sony positioned second-to-last, there was nonetheless a big bounce within the efficiency over the DT60, with the W802 capable of present some gentle and shade in even essentially the most troublesome scenes. The subsequent worst was the Samsung E8000 which had overly inexperienced shadows and lightweight blacks, however it nonetheless trounced the DT60.
Whereas final 12 months’s DT50 had an issue with diluted colours, the DT60’s palette is way keener this time round. From the opening photographs of “The Tree of Life” Chapter 5, I may see that the Panasonic was able to speaking pure colours — from the cyan of the mom’s gown to the plush inexperienced grass, the DT60 had notably higher colour than the equally priced Sony W802.
Whereas colours throughout the group had been pretty constant, as you’d anticipate from a set of calibrated items, and the DT60 sat in concerning the center by way of saturation. The W900 and ST60 had been superior however the Sony is way more costly resulting from its proprietary quantum dot know-how and the plasma’s colour is likewise very good. The one “difficulty” I noticed with the DT60’s colour was that brown might be a bit extra pink than on the opposite TVs, however not a giant deal.
The Panasonic encompasses a “hex-core processor”, however I am not sure what impact this has on picture processing because it was solely simply satisfactory. The TV handed the oscillating check sample in our artificial checks, for instance, however it displayed some moire within the subsequent pan of the sports activities stands. On the 24p check of the air service fly-by, the TV was capable of accurately reproduce the cadence of movie.
In our gaming check, the TV was capable of obtain a lag time of 34.37ms in recreation which implies it achieves a “good” ranking. This places it on a par with the less expensive Panasonic S60 although.
Should you select to not use the AI dimming mode, then uniformity is an issue with this TV, with lighter corners and yellow spotlights showing over the underside and high of the display screen. With out frame-dimming, the set’s uniformity issues seemed similar to the Sony W802A’s, with yellow spotlights alongside the highest and lightweight leakage out of the corners. Should you do use AI dimming — and it’s best to because it offers you a a lot better image — then the yellow spotlights disappear, however the corners are nonetheless discolored.
The DT60 does have excellent off-axis efficiency. There may be little or no tailing off of picture high quality till you get to an excessive angle, and this lack of candy spot means it is fairly usable in a big residing area.
The DT60 served up a principally good efficiency within the gentle with softer reflections than a few of the different TVs within the lineup, however a few of the blacks had been nonetheless blue-tinted. For no matter purpose, there have been a few apparent “projector iris-like” results beneath lights because the body dimming activated, although. When in comparison with the opposite TVs, the DT60 dimmed down or up much more clearly.
Sound high quality:
The sound high quality of the DT60 was really acceptable with an all-rounder efficiency from the 2 entrance audio system and devoted 75mm woofer. Whereas dialogue may sound a bit distant many of the sound spectrum might be heard: from the growth of an exploding rocket to the smashing of glass.
Music was solely simply OK, with a definite separation between the bass and the vocal line on “Pink Proper Hand” and solely the faintest distortion of the bass itself — a few of these audio system actually shake themselves aside on this music!
Through the use of a passive system, the TV carried out equally to the Sony W802 in 3D with no crosstalk and a solidity to movement that the lively TVs within the lineup lacked. The Panasonic carried out barely higher although because the default depth for the W802 was a bit too robust. Moreover, the Sony W900 has an odd anti-ghosting system that may make some objects look see-through and the Panasonic ST60 is unable to trace objects very effectively in any respect. Shade and shadow element within the default 3D modes was nearly similar on each TVs. The draw back to passive know-how is that it divides the decision in two, and the inevitable interlacing might be distracting to some viewers used to lively HD.
|GEEK BOX: Take a look at||End result||Rating|
|Black luminance (0%)||0.04||Poor|
|Avg. gamma (10-100%)||2.19||Good|
|Avg. grayscale error (10-100%)||1.2||Good|
|Close to-black error (5%)||2.159||Good|
|Darkish grey error (20%)||0.48||Good|
|Brilliant grey error (70%)||1.346||Good|
|Avg. colour error||1.176||Good|
|1080p/24 Cadence (IAL)||Move||Good|
|1080i De-interlacing (movie)||Move||Good|
|Movement decision (max)||850||Common|
|Movement decision (dejudder off)||330||Poor|
|Enter lag (Recreation mode)||34.37||Good|
Panasonic TC L55DT60 calibration report