September 23, 2022


Panasonic sells extra of its plasma TVs than anyone else, so it stands to motive that the corporate has extra plasma display screen sizes than its many rivals. The 58-inch dimension, which no different plasma maker affords, is new for the corporate as of final yr, and the TH-58PX600U is its highest-end 58-inch set. As a member of the step-up 600U line, this tv affords a couple of extra options and totally different styling in contrast with the fundamental 60U line, represented within the 58-inch dimension by the TH-58PX60U, and in case you are questioning, no, Panasonic does not presently make a 58-inch “skilled” mannequin like this. The TH-58PX600U grew to become obtainable in June 2006 and, based on Panasonic’s CES 2007 announcement, will likely be changed by the TH-58PX75U this spring and the 1080p TH-58PZ700U someday this summer season. Within the meantime, nonetheless, it is obtainable for a great deal lower than its authentic $5,300 MSRP. Positive that is nonetheless a heck of much more than a equally sized rear-projection HDTV, however in case you have the room, the finances, and the necessity to go flat, it is a wonderful alternative amongst large-screen plasmas.

Panasonic TH-58PX600U

Design
The smart-looking Panasonic TH-58PX600U is mainly a 58-inch diagonal pane of glass surrounded by a black body that is edged by silver. The silver strips of cupboard to the correct and the left of the body really home ultrathin audio system, and the silver alongside the underside conceals a pair of flip-up doorways. One reveals an SD card slot and the opposite a set of management buttons and an A/V enter. Panasonic’s matching silver stand comes included within the worth of the set.

The whole tv together with stand measures a formidable 57.3×38.9×16.6 inches (WHD) and weighs a hefty 174.2 kilos. Indifferent from the stand, the Panasonic TH-58PX600U’s panel measures 57.3×36.2×5.7 inches and can put 136.7 kilos of stress in your wall studs. Panasonic sells suitable wall mounts, together with the tilting EZLCDP-02 mount.

Panasonic’s distant is a primary wand that lacks backlighting for any of the keys, though we discovered the button association comfy sufficient. It may function three different items of drugs. The menu system is much more rudimentary-looking than the distant, with fewer choices than many HDTVs we have seen. We ultimately discovered the controls we wished, however it generally required scrolling via a number of menu pages.

Options
Panasonic bequeathed this 58-inch plasma with a local decision of 1,366×768, which grants it the flexibility to resolve each element of 720p HDTV materials. With such a big display screen dimension, the next decision of 1080p would possibly make a distinction at seating distances nearer than eight toes or so, however the TH-58PX600U’s image actually does not appear delicate (see under). As with all different fixed-pixel shows, all incoming sources–whether HDTV, DVD, or standard-definition–are scaled to suit the pixels.

As member of Panasonic’s step-up 600U line, this 58-inch behemoth enjoys a couple of additional options. Along with the required ATSC tuner, there is a
CableCard slot so the set can show scrambled digital cable programming when you get your organization’s card put in. To enhance CableCard is the TV Information EPG, which permits the tv to browse the cable firm’s listings (we did not check the CableCard or the TV Information EPG for this evaluation). The TH-58PX600U affords a strong collection of 5 side ratio decisions for each standard- and high-definition sources. The set’s side-by-side PIP operate is a bit restricted (it will not work with HDMI or PC as a supply) however no less than you may watch two sources without delay.

Extra importantly, image controls on the TH-58PX600U are additionally pretty restricted for a high-end HDTV. There are solely three image modes–Vivid, Commonplace, and Customized–and whilst you can modify every of them, there isn’t any true impartial image reminiscence by enter. In different phrases you may’t tweak the image in a different way for every supply; you solely get three whole image reminiscences. Worse, mistakenly deleting your hard-adjusted settings is all too straightforward; a management labeled “Regular,” when chosen, returns image settings to the default place. We discovered the onerous means that writing down image settings for a Panasonic plasma TV can save quite a lot of problem.

We’d have favored to see a couple of extra superior image controls on this set. Whereas we favored the three color-temperature presets, we missed the flexibility to fine-tune coloration temperature manually, a characteristic the TH-50PH9UK, for instance, affords. Along with the usual image controls, Panasonic throws in a pair extras. The colour-management management is alleged to “improve” the colours of inexperienced and blue, however we could not see any impact so we left it off. We’re undecided what the lovable “C.A.T.S.” acronym stands for–the management supposedly adjusts mechanically to “optimize distinction”–but it additionally made the image too darkish for our liking so we left it off. Within the Different Regulate menu, there is a pair of noise-reduction controls and a black-level setting that we set to Mild to protect particulars in shadows.

Round again, the Panasonic TH-58PX600U has loads of inputs for many customers. There are a pair of HDMI inputs; two component-video inputs; two A/V inputs with composite and S-Video; one RF antenna connector; an A/V output with composite video; an optical digital-audio output; and a VGA-style PC enter for pc connections (1,366×768 really useful decision, however see under). The TH-58PX600U additionally features a SD card slot on the entrance panel, enabling it to show digital photographs however not play music recordsdata on the massive display screen.

Efficiency
The Panasonic TH-58PX600U’s image high quality is among the many greatest we have seen on any dimension plasma TV, and it actually outperforms any of the larger-than-50-inch plasmas we have examined. It reproduces the deep shade of black we have come to anticipate from Panasonic plasma TVs, delivers correct coloration, and even performs admirably with standard-definition sources. Our complaints, together with some color-accuracy gripes and PC enter points, do not spoil its wonderful image.

The preliminary levels of analysis concerned utilizing the image menu to coax the most effective picture doable from the TH-58PX600U in our darkened theater. We began by adjusting mild output to about 35 FTL, which was considerably larger than the Cinema preset measured. The consumer menu supplied no effective management over coloration temperature, however the Heat setting did strategy comparatively near the 6,500K commonplace (see the Geek field on the finish of this evaluation). After a service-menu calibration, it was even nearer.Click on right here for our full user-menu settings or try the Ideas & Methods part above.

After setup, we in contrast the image high quality of the TH-58PX600U instantly to a couple different large-screen flat-panel TVs we had readily available: the Vizio GV47LF HDTV 47-inch LCD mannequin; Panasonic’s personal TH-50PH9UK 50-inch plasma TV, and our reference Pioneer Professional-FHD1 50-inch plasma TV. We selected to look at the HD DVD model of V for Vendetta, performed over a Toshiba HD-A1’s HDMI output at 1080i decision.

As common the primary observations needed to do with the Panasonic’s means to ship the darkness. In nighttime scenes, its black degree efficiency was wonderful; the black of its letterbox bars and different darkish components of the movie, such because the dim hallway Man Fox traverses within the intro, was nearly imperceptibly lighter than the 50-inch Panasonic, a bit darker than the Pioneer, and noticeably darker than the Vizio. These darkish blacks lent punch and affect to quite a few scenes, akin to when Evie (Natalie Portman) meets V for the primary time within the alleyway. In addition they improved saturation in all scenes.

Like some earlier Panasonic panels we have examined, the TH-58PX600U floated black. In very darkish check patterns, we observed that after a couple of seconds the black areas of the image would really get darker, obscuring shadow element. It occurred solely throughout patterns with a really low APL (common image degree), which means they have been nearly fully black with no brilliant areas, and as quickly because the picture grew to become brighter the shade of black corrected to its authentic degree. On account of this problem, the TH-58PX600U did fail the black-level retention Geek field check, however we’re not docking it considerably in any other case. That is primarily as a result of we could not replicate the problem with regular viewing materials, even in V‘s quite a few nighttime scenes.

We saved a eager eye out for any additional noise or false contouring however the TH-58PX600U didn’t evince both of those two issues to any main diploma. We did see nearly imperceptible contouring round a cop’s flashlight throughout V’s ultimate showdown–contouring that didn’t seem on the Pioneer and was noticeably worse on each the Vizio and the 50-inch Panasonic–but that was it. Darkish scenes have been additionally cleaner on the TH-58PX600U than on any of the others apart from the Pioneer.

Colour on the Panasonic TH-58PX600U was fairly correct, though once more not fairly as much as the requirements of our reference Pioneer. Due to wonderful coloration decoding and comparatively linear grayscale, the Panasonic’s rendition of Evie’s pores and skin tone was very pure and healthy-looking, with out an excessive amount of crimson or paleness. The colours weren’t fairly as saturated as with the Pioneer, nonetheless, so gadgets in V’s home for instance, like the intense crimson rug, the warm-brown piano, and the work within the background, appeared barely much less wealthy and plush than on the Pioneer–but the distinction was delicate. The TH-58PX600U additionally had a comparatively yellowish coloration of inexperienced, which made the shrubs exterior Deitrich’s home and the leaves on the ever-present “Scarlet Carson” roses, for instance, seem barely much less pure.

We performed our testing from a seating distance of about 9 toes, the place it was unattainable to make out particular person pixels on the massive 58-inch display screen. Not till we moved to about six toes from the display screen did we see pixels, and we doubt most people wish to sit that near such an enormous display screen. Wanting intently between the TH-58PX600U and the Pioneer (which was positioned about seven toes from our seat), we could not discern any distinction in detail–both appeared very sharp with the superb V HD DVD. As we talked about above there may be some profit if the TH-58PX600U had 1080p decision, however you’d in all probability have to sit down nearer than 9 toes from the display screen to see it.

Though we did not evaluate the TH-58PX600U on to any equally sized rear-projection HDTVs, it is value noting the final benefits and drawbacks of plasma TVs in contrast with RPTVs. When it comes to benefits, the Panasonic delivers higher uniformity, each in brightness and coloration throughout the display screen, and its picture stays more true no matter your viewing angle. On the flip aspect, its huge pane of glass will mirror extra ambient mild, so in case you have an incurably brilliant room you might wish to go together with a microdisplay at this dimension. Black ranges differ per show, however in contrast with our measurements of the Mitsubishi WD-65831 and the Samsung HL-S5687W–which each delivered the most effective black ranges amongst RPTVs we examined recently–the Panasonic delivered considerably deeper blacks.

Subsequent we checked out the Panasonic’s means to take care of standard-definition sources, and it turned in a commendable efficiency based on the HQV check DVD. It smoothed out jagged edges in diagonal traces nicely; engaged 2:3 pull-down and not using a hitch; and delivered all the element of the disc. Its noise-reduction features, labeled “Video NR” and “MPEG NR,” every took half in squelching the snowy video noise on HQV’s tough pictures of skies and flowers, and mixed they actually cleaned up the picture nicely.

In contrast to the step-down 60U collection, the 600U Panasonics supply a PC enter, so we put it via its paces. In contrast with most flat-panel LCD HDTVs we have examined as displays, the TH-58PX600U did not carry out all that nicely. First off, neither of the 2 computer systems we tried connecting have been capable of ship the panel a sign equal to its native decision (1,366×768) except we used a third-party resolution, specifically PowerStrip. With the usual video drivers we have been solely capable of obtain 1,280×768 decision, which appeared fairly delicate with textual content and, based on DisplayMate, was not totally resolved by the Panasonic (that is to be anticipated when utilizing a non-native decision). The purpose is that, relying in your video card, you might have issues getting probably the most out of the TH-58PX600U’s PC enter.

TEST RESULT SCORE
Earlier than coloration temp (20/80) 6965/6762K Good
After coloration temp 6425/6581K Good
Earlier than grayscale variation +/- 281K Good
After grayscale variation +/- 97K Good
Colour of crimson (x/y) 0.662/0.328 Common
Colour of inexperienced 0.265/0.644 Poor
Colour of blue 0.150/0.061 Good
Overscan 2.5 % Good
Black-level retention No steady sample Poor
2:3 pull-down, 24fps Y Good
Defeatable edge enhancement Y Good



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