We knew this was coming, especially when reports started going around of a Taiwanese company supplying 4K panels, but it’s finally official—Panasonic is offering a 65-inch Ultra HD TV, and it’s not a plasma.
The VIERA WT600 Ultra HD TV is the first in the world designed for 4K 60p video signals and includes the brand new HDMI 2.0 specification and DisplayPort 1.2. This should make for an impressive display in your media room or home theater.
The WT600 LED, LCD TVs comes with THX certification like Panasonic’s other top TVs (the ZT60 and VT60 lines). It features a 2,400 Back Light Scanning (BLS) technology with local dimming which should create good black levels.
The set includes an onboard 4K H.264 (MPEG4) decoder, which can playback 4K video from a USB drive, SD card or from the internet. Panasonic’s Swipe & Share feature, which lets users wirelessly send photos from a smartphone or tablet, also works at 4K resolution.
Other video features include 4K Intelligent Frame Creation for smooth panning of up to 120 frames per second. A 4K Fine Remaster Engine upscales non-4K material to the TV’s native resolution. The set also includes an ISFccc Calibration Mode and works with CalMAN calibration software. An available app, offers Smart Calibration, which enables the viewer to set detailed correction curves for gamma, white point, and color saturation on the TV via their Android or iOS Smartphone or tablet.
Like other 2013 Panasonic TVs, this model includes the My Home Screen feature and a second remote with voice control and a touchpad.
See our review of Panasonic’s VT60 and ZT60 plasma TVs.
The WT600 includes built-in Wi-Fi, DLNA and Panasonic’s Smart VIERA platform which includes social apps like Facebook, Twitter and Skype. A Bluetooth keyboard is also available to make web browsing easier.
How much? Panasonic lists the TV for pre-order at $5,999.99. See here how that compares with the rest of the 4K TV market.
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Grant Clauser has been covering home electronics for more than 10 years with editorial roles in several consumer and trade magazines. He's done ISF-level damage to hundreds of reviewed products and has had training from THX, the Home Acoustics Alliance, Control4 and Sencore. He's also the author of the book The Trouble with Rivers
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