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I just got a press release from Panasonic letting us know that they are replacing their PZ700 line with a new series of PZ800 displays. They come in a 42-inch, TH-42PZ800, the 46-inch TH-46PZ800, the 50-inch TH-50PZ800 and the 58-inch class TH-58PZ800. All displays will be available during the spring. All of the screens are full-HD (you better stay away from low-resolution screens from now on, cause they are out) and have a THX display certification, a contrast ratio of 30,000:1, four HDMI connections and an all-new-one-sheet- of-glass design concept.

They will also release a collection of displays in the series PZ850 which will let you access YouTube and Picasa without nothing but an Internet connection. Full press release after the jump.

Full press release from Panasonic

PANASONIC INCORPORATES THX® CERTIFICATION IN ITS 2008 PZ800 VIERA® HD PLASMA TELEVISION SERIES

Panasonic to Launch THX Certified Display Plasma HDTVs in Spring

Las Vegas, NV (January 6, 2008) Panasonic Consumer Electronics Company unveiled its first THX Certified* Display series of 1080p full HD VIERA Plasma televisions today at the Consumer Electronics Show. The PZ800 series, consisting of the 42-inch class TH-42PZ800, the 46-inch class TH-46PZ800, the 50-inch class TH-50PZ800 and the 58-inch class TH-58PZ800, meets the THX Certified Display specifications, signifying the highest standards of performance and quality. The PZ800 series will be available in the Spring of 2008.

Leveraging its expertise in the cinema, post-production and consumer electronics markets, THX ensures that certified televisions will perform to rigorous standards outlined by the THX Certified Display program. THX certification ensures that high definition (HD) and standard definition content are presented with the correct color, luminance levels and video processing capabilities, regardless of the display technology. In addition, each THX Certified display will feature a proprietary video setting, THX Movie Mode, to recreate the cinema experience of movies on DVD, Blu-ray, HD-DVD and broadcast television in the home. THX Movie mode sets the displays gamma, luminance, color temperature and other settings to match the levels found in the professional post-production studio where movies are produced.

The THX Certified Display program provides manufacturers a means to differentiate products from competitive offerings and Panasonic is extremely proud that the quality of our Plasma HDTVs meets the rigorous standards necessary for THX Certification and that Panasonic is among the first major consumer electronics companies to achieve certification in the Plasma TV category, said Dennis Eppel, Vice President, Panasonic Display Products Company. THX is the gold standard in audio and video and its very satisfying to have our televisions quality certified by THX. Panasonic and THX share a dedication to creating and providing superior performance, resulting in superior entertainment.

THX works closely with display manufacturers from early design concepts to product rollout. Displays are sent to THX laboratories from the prototype stage, where they run through a series of THX performance tests, including front-of-screen testing and video signal processing analysis. These tests ensure that each display can present all HD and standard definition content to the maximum resolution with correct color and luminance levels.

In addition to the THX Certification, the 2008 PZ800 VIERA series of HD 1080p Plasmas features an improved native contrast ratio of 30,000:1; Game Mode; VIERA Link; a PC Input, four HDMI connections and an all-new-one-sheet- of-glass design concept.

We are excited to be working with such an industry innovator as Panasonic, with whom we share the common goal of providing the best picture quality possible to the consumer, said Patrick Dunn, director of display technology at THX Ltd. THX display certification challenges HDTV makers to push the limits of product design and performance. Our work with Panasonic has resulted in a series of Plasma displays that will be welcome additions to any home theater.

*THX certification is pending final testing and approval by THX, Ltd.
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#1
As this is a brand new set not even out yet, hows anyone going to know if this is a hot deal or not ?
#2
So is this TV significantly better than other high end branded 42" 1080p TV's, that are available for about half the price ??
#3
So is this TV significantly better than other high end branded 42" 1080p TV's, that are available for about half the price ??

which ones do u have in mind (im not bring mean or anything malicious/hatefilled) [honest question]
#4
miserablemiser
So is this TV significantly better than other high end branded 42" 1080p TV's, that are available for about half the price ??

which ones do u have in mind (im not bring mean or anything malicious/hatefilled) [honest question]


sony bravias, or the kuro?
#5
skinrush
So is this TV significantly better than other high end branded 42" 1080p TV's, that are available for about half the price ??


I am not aware of any other "high end branded 42" 1080p" that go for half this price. Could you clarify which set you had in mind?

However, the main difference between the 42PZ800 and the 42PZ80 is that the 800 series has a good sound system built in while the 80 series sounds a bit tiny. The picture quality will be the same. There might be a few extras too like PIP or an additional input but nothing major. (I once saw a spreadsheet of the differences between the models but can't locate it just now). If you are going to use mostly the TV speakers, then the price premium on the 800 might be worth it however if you have a separate surround sound system that you use a lot of the time, consider the pz80 instead which should be significantly cheaper (just above £1K IIRC).

Yan
#6
I was referring to 1080p Sony Bravias, Samsungs, LGs, Hitachi etc. Perhaps claiming that they were half the price of this deal was a bit strong, but you get the idea.

I'm sure that if you're after a TV with built in surround sound, this one would probably be a good one.

It just seems a touch pricey to me, when you can buy a Bravia and surround system for a lot less.
#7
well im not about the pz800/pz80 px800/px80 but the 700/70 variety were much better then the ones you've mentioned Samsungs, LGs, Hitachi and perhaps even the Sony Bravias and in many a review the only panel that would beat it would be the Kuros and for good reason!
but then again beuty is in the eye of the beholder etc etc and im not trying to have a go at you skinrush or anything every one is entitled to their opinion and i respect yours and problable your last point seems to be 100% right theres no real need to spend extra money on things that you might not notice or need (such as PIP for me) and probably the extraness that comes with 1080p over 720p when you could use the extra cash for a good surround system/dvd etc!
peace out!
#8
skinrush
I was referring to 1080p Sony Bravias, Samsungs, LGs, Hitachi etc. Perhaps claiming that they were half the price of this deal was a bit strong, but you get the idea.

I'm sure that if you're after a TV with built in surround sound, this one would probably be a good one.

It just seems a touch pricey to me, when you can buy a Bravia and surround system for a lot less.


Not a good (real :-) Bravia, you can't.

LGs, Hitachi, Samsungs are not "high end". They are mid-markets (or even low range). Cheap Sony's D,P,U series are not "high end" either, they are also mid-range. Just Sony mudding the water and selling very average screens under the Bravia name. The only Bravia's that are worth comparing with this screen are the V/W/X series and they are also very expensive.

That said, it is certainly arguable if the price premium on "high-end" screens is worth it. I can certainly see a difference. Weather one is willing to pay the price for it is a different matter.
#9
Just ask yourself how good is your eyesight?
If like mine its not 100% dont spend lots on a super definition telly.
#10
yant
Not a good (real :-) Bravia, you can't.

LGs, Hitachi, Samsungs are not "high end". They are mid-markets (or even low range). Cheap Sony's D,P,U series are not "high end" either, they are also mid-range. Just Sony mudding the water and selling very average screens under the Bravia name. The only Bravia's that are worth comparing with this screen are the V/W/X series and they are also very expensive.

That said, it is certainly arguable if the price premium on "high-end" screens is worth it. I can certainly see a difference. Weather one is willing to pay the price for it is a different matter.



I agree, I can certainly see a difference too, especially on SD content

PZ800 will be offering top of the range specs

* 1920 x 1080 plasma panel
* Integrated digital tuner
* 1080p 24 playback
* 100hz Double Scan
* 4 x HDMI 1.3 inputs
* Viera Link (HDMI CEC)
* 10 bit deep colour processing
* Intelligent frame creation
* Real Cinema processing

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