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Our Score

9/10

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As the lovely Hélène Mahieu once said, size matters. Of course she was talking about a Renault Clio, but the statement is even more true when it comes to TVs. You may be happy with a 32 or even a 37in screen in your living room, but once you see a truly big TV, you'll instantly want it and find it hard to settle for less. Bizarrely though, this massive 58in plasma screen from Panasonic isn't that large compared to other models in the range - you need to remember that Panasonic has a 103in TV sitting at the top of its range.

Despite the fact that the TH-58PZ700 is relatively small compared to the gargantuan 103in TH-103PF9 TV, make no mistake, this is a large screen. You're going to need a decent size living room for this 58in TV not to dominate everything around it. Unlike many manufacturers, Panasonic doesn't offer a 60in TV, instead opting for 58 and 65in models. I can only assume that the company gets better yield from the glass at these sizes. That said, it was only a couple of weeks ago that we looked at a 63in plasma from Samsung, so it seems that there are any number of size options up at the large end of the scale.

There's always a chance that a very large TV will find itself aesthetically challenged, but the TH-58PZ700 hasn't fallen foul of that problem. This TV may be large, but it looks as sleek and stylish as its smaller siblings. There's a glossy black bezel surrounding the screen, which makes the whole TV look good even when switched off. If you go for the matching stand, that glossy black finish extends to the front of the cabinet, finishing off the effect perfectly.

Unsurprisingly this is a full HD panel, with a native resolution of 1,920 x 1,080, so you'll have no problem outputting a high definition signal at the top 1080p standard. However, the TH-58PZ700 won't accept a 1080p signal over component, only HDMI - this means that if you've got a component equipped Xbox 360, you won't be able to set the output to the top 1080p setting.

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