As a jumping off point for an assessment of the 50PX600’s other features, let’s go over the things that make the PX600 range Panasonic’s current flagship ahead of the its PX60 models. One we’ve actually already covered; the SD card slot. Another is the provision on the PX600s of full picture in picture facilities. And the last one is a beefed up audio system that replaces the standard speakers of the PX60s with units equipped with twin passive radiator woofers to boost bass output and deliver more clarity and raw power.
Naturally the 50PX600 is HD Ready, with a native resolution of 1,366 x 768, while other specs of interest include a really remarkably high 10000:1 claimed contrast ratio, and a purported 29 billion colour count achieved via some fancy 11.5-bit video processing.
As revealed by the CI slot mentioned earlier, the 50PX600 has a built-in digital tuner. And this is backed up by 7-day electronic programme guide support.
On hand to boost picture quality, meanwhile, is a new Panasonic picture processing engine called V-Real. The main focuses of this are: processing of 720p/1080i sources in their native form; enhanced gamma processing to increase the subtlety of the colour gradation steps; sub-pixel control to make lines sharper by processing individually the red, green and blue elements of each pixel; and circuitry for adding extra detail to standard definition images.
As if all this wasn’t enough, there’s a new Deep Black Filter in the plasma panel to reduce onscreen reflections, new, preventative (as opposed to reactive) noise reduction systems, and a colour management routine that separates video signals’ colour and luminosity components before processing them to improve colour toning.
While this all sounds deeply impressive on paper, though, it still scarcely prepares you for just how stunning the 50PX600’s pictures usually are in practice.