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Panasonic plasma TV claims world’s blackest black

2009 HDTV range has high-contrast 65-inch plasma

Panasonic 150 inch Plasma TV

Panasonic has announced two new 1080p full high-definition plasma TVs aimed at home cinema enthusiasts. 

The 65-inch TH-65VX100 and 50-inch TH-50VX100 HDTV screens follow in the footsteps of Panasonic’s ‘World’s Largest’ 103-inch plasma display, launched in 2006.

Which? has reviews of the latest Panasonic 2008 LCD and plasma models from 26-inch to 50-inch including many Best Buys. 

The 65-inch TH-65VX100 will have a 60,000:1 contrast ratio – the world’s highest according to Panasonic – whereas the 50-inch TH-50VX100 will be a relatively modest 30,000:1. The company explains that these latest plasma screens boast ‘a new structure in which a recently-developed “Dynamic Black Layer” is positioned at the front end of the panel … leading to exceptionally deeper, richer blacks’.

Subtle qualities separate great LCD and plasma TVs from the mediocre

But contrast ratios and black levels, whilst important, aren’t the only considerations for picture quality. Which? TV expert Mike Briggs says: ‘even budget branded TVs can boast the major features like full HD and impressive sounding contrast ratios. Unfortunately they often lack the subtle qualities that separate a great LCD or plasma TV from a mediocre one.

‘As with all high-definition LCD and plasma screens, an HD signal is required to actually watch in glorious HD. For HD pictures this currently means blu-ray discs, Freesat from Sky, Freesat or games consoles such as the X-Box, Wii, or PS3. Which? has , plus reviews of blu-ray players, the , and Freeview and Freesat set-top boxes (STBs).’

Other claims for the picture on Panasonic’s newest high-definition plasma TVs include 18-bit digital signal processing and ‘Digital Colour Reality’ technologies to ‘achieve a detailed gradation from light to dark and faithfully express subtle colour differences … delivering breathtaking images which give a realistic movie experience’. 

The new models are billed as being highly-customisable to appeal to high-end home cinema connoisseurs. Panasonic says that 16 adjustment menus cover items such as six gamma curve options and white balance adjustment and an advanced memory function will make it possible to name and save the used or calibrator adjusted data.

The TH-65VX100 will be available in January 2009 and the TH-50VX100 in February 2009.

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