It’s also striking to see that the 65PX600’s pictures benefit from Panasonic’s familiar freedom from those still common plasma woes of dithering over horizontal motion, striping of colour blends and grey dot noise in dark areas. In fact, with HD material noise of pretty much all sorts is superbly suppressed – provided, at least, you avoid the stupidly OTT Dynamic picture preset option.
The 65PX600’s colours are also exemplary, combining rich saturations with the sort of tonal range and naturalism that’s seldom seen on any flat TV, never mind one as big as this. The true extent of this colour talent is especially evident in the tricky fleshtones of the Mines of Moria sequence of The Fellowship of the Ring.
The TV’s other strengths all have a connection, it seems to us, with its native full HD pixel count. Whenever we’ve got a 1,920 x 1,080 TV there are essentially three critical elements where we expect HD material to look better than it would on a 1,366 x 768 or 1,024 x 768 plasma. First, there should be more fine detail. Second, there should be more subtlety in colour blends thanks to the extra pixel density. And third, there should be more ‘snap’ and clarity to the picture on account of there being less – or even no – rescaling of an HD source to fit the screen’s pixels. And we’re happy to say the 65PX600 clearly delivers all three of these full HD benefits in quite spectacular fashion. In fact, we’d argue that its sheer enormity helps it give the finest demonstration yet of the ‘full HD’ advantage in action.
We’re not talking absolute perfection, mind. For instance, the picture isn’t especially bright, meaning you’ll only get the best out of it in a fairly darkened room. Also, despite the best efforts of the V-Real processing, standard definition sources sometimes look slightly grubby. But this is arguably inevitable when blowing standard def up to 65in.
The final, most surprising weakness concerns the speakers, which aren’t nearly as powerful and expansive as those of Panasonic’s smaller PX600 models. But then surely anyone spending north of £6k on such a monster TV will have some sort of surround sound speaker system to accompany it.
Provided you do the sensible thing and feed the 65PX600 a diet of high definition as often as you can, it’s a simply imperious performer – without doubt the finest screen above 50in we’ve ever seen. In fact, if we were really crap writers we might even conclude that it’s a real ‘Christmas cracker’. Good job our journalistic standards are rather higher than that…