Panasonic TX-L55ET60B 3D LED Television Review

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Reviewed by Mark Hodgkinson, 27th February 2013. The sideways move in panel technology hasn’t proved a painful one for the Panasonic ET60, in fact in a number of key factors it’s an improvement over the outgoing series. It’s a beautiful, smart and very capable performer that positively merits an AVForums Recommended Award.
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Conroy

Novice Member
Excellent review, thanks Mark.

So pleased to see that the change of panel and active to passive hasnt been a clanger!

Now hurry up and get the DT65 - thats the one I'm intersted in :D
 

hodg100

Ex Reviewer & News Writer
We might well cover the 42-inch later in the year but it wont be a priority for now.

Yes, Steve has the 50E6 right now so expect that review soon.

You can subscribe for notification of when it's published here, to the right hand side.
 

Nevaborn

Well-known Member
Hey Mark,


Good review.

I see the menus now have a numbered system like the US models did on the 50 series.

Are you able to tell me if: a) advanced setting per input now or still universal across all viewing modes. B) are settings on say True Cinema now lockable ?

Thanks
 

oledtv

Active Member
hi is the 3d on this model better than lg tv.s both company's which are passive now in their led range which produce's better 3d picture overall :thumbsup:
 

hodg100

Ex Reviewer & News Writer
Hey Mark,


Good review.

I see the menus now have a numbered system like the US models did on the 50 series.

Are you able to tell me if: a) advanced setting per input now or still universal across all viewing modes. B) are settings on say True Cinema now lockable ?

Thanks
Hey Nev

a) They can be saved independently now for True Cinema and Custom and also copied to whichever input you like so now it's perfectly possible to have a 'Day Mode' without compromises. I probably should have mentioned that in the review, thanks for bringing it up.

b) They're not lockable unfortunately, that will be reserved for the models with isf Modes.
 

hodg100

Ex Reviewer & News Writer
hi is the 3d on this model better than lg tv.s both company's which are passive now in their led range which produce's better 3d picture overall :thumbsup:
About the same as I remember LG's being from last year but haven't seen a 2013 LG yet.

WT60 ETA = ASAP:)
 

tausifs

Well-known Member
As a 3D refusenik, I still lament Panasonic's decision to drop active 3D for passive :thumbsdow

Reason is I can see horizontal line structure of the polarising panel in passive sets which I find distracting -while watching 2D material.

The outgoing active WT50 is a fine looking set esp with its thin black bezel, sadly there won't be an active replacement.
 

oledtv

Active Member
I think panasonic has done it this year with the led range passive 3d tech i can,t stand the active give me a flippin headache i take passive over active anyday samsung and sony still to follow just waiting on wt60 should be much better can;t wait:facepalm:
 

byron_hinson

Well-known Member
Gaming lag? Usually mentioned isn't it!
 

byron_hinson

Well-known Member
Whoops - forgot about the other pages, forgive me I only got up 30 mins ago!
 

Sebastian84

Standard Member
Nice Review as always Mark. :smashin:

Ive got a few questions

1. How is the Screen Uniformity?
2. Do you see any DSE or vertical Banding on the Panel?

THX
 

hodg100

Ex Reviewer & News Writer
1. Very good as I said review
2. No DSE spotted on this unit, the only time I could see VB was with an all black pattern so not worth mentioning
 

Nevaborn

Well-known Member
Mark Hodgkinson said:
Hey Nev

a) They can be saved independently now for True Cinema and Custom and also copied to whichever input you like so now it's perfectly possible to have a 'Day Mode' without compromises. I probably should have mentioned that in the review, thanks for bringing it up.

b) They're not lockable unfortunately, that will be reserved for the models with isf Modes.
Thanks =)

Lockable settings and per input advanced menu is what the ST50 really lacks.

Now they've done it with the new gui, you see any chance of an update for the 50 series ?

( not holding my breath on it ).
 

Insanity202

Distinguished Member
Nevaborn said:
Thanks =)

Lockable settings and per input advanced menu is what the ST50 really lacks.

Now they've done it with the new gui, you see any chance of an update for the 50 series ?

( not holding my breath on it ).
At a huge guess no.
No point spending cash on updating an ok gui when they can show you a new 'improved' version available for the small fee of upgrading your tv ;) lol
 

Nevaborn

Well-known Member
Insanity202 said:
At a huge guess no.
No point spending cash on updating an ok gui when they can show you a new 'improved' version available for the small fee of upgrading your tv ;) lol
Your prob right.

Guess too much to hope for product support after the year of release.

If they had solved some of plasmas inherent faults I may have gone wow sign me up but its a small improvement for extra layout.
 

Insanity202

Distinguished Member
Mark any idea when the WT60 and DT60 reviews will land?
 

suvytis

Standard Member
Does the TX-L47ET60 have the same features as the item reviewed?
I mean the same specs, except screen size?
 

Wip3out

Novice Member
Hi Mark,

I must say I love reading your reviews. You focus on the things that really matter to the consumer!

You delve into the inner workings, you pick up on nearly all a tvs shortcomings, you test all scenaros formpossible bugs etc that are previlent on OTHER tvs and manufactures! Therefore you put your readers mind at rest regarding issues with panels or inherant faults with certain technology!


You pick out as much information as you can, and nform your readers of this, which aloows us to make an informed decision on the products we buy :thumbsup:

I hope you never loose that way of reviewing. You really grill a product, and by doing so you gain the upmost respect possible from your readers who listen to (and trust you) as it means there are no nasty surprises for us upon delivery :smashin:

If I'm honest, your reviews are the only ones I really trust.

There is nothing worse than buying a new tv, reading these reviews, getting it home and finding a niggle you can't live with, with your reviews you point out all niggles, no matter how small and for this... Well for this i thank you dearly!

You have steered me in the direction of the best products for me over the years :thumbsup:

I love how you really put a product through its paces, check for faults, bugs and issues (and report them) and you also check users feedback and issues too! This is the sign of a fantastic journalist. The reason I come here, is solely for your reviews.

I do have a quick question re: the Panasonic range.
I know you haven't had a dt65 or a wt65 yet, but when you do get them, could you check to see if the local dimming is the same on each model. The reason I ask is this..
Products - Compare Products - Panasonic UK & Ireland

It says the wt65 has BLS 16 zones + local dimming and the the dt65 has BLS 6 zones with local dimming.

I can't decide if that means the local dimming is reduced or affected by the zones of only the BLS to allow the increase in back light flicker.

From my research, it would appear that the 1600 BLS means every 4th (or so) LED will "Blink" and n the 3600 BLS every 2nd led will blink. But that this shouldn't effect ny local dimming etc.

Meaning that the local dimming is the same, they both have the clear panel pro filter etc and only the amount of blinking backlights are affected.

If so, this means I can forgo the inbuilt camera, and the 3600 BLS (as I usually disable all that anyway) and grab the DT65.

Anyway, really looking forward to your reviews of these models, I hope to see them soon.

Keep up the good work!
 

squarejawhero

Active Member
Hey Mark, I wanted to know if you've seen or are going to see any of the other 42" TV's from Panasonic. I know the lowest model is still pretty high-end in price, which brings it above the ST60 plasma, but I'm curious as to the FT and the DT, which appears to have local dimming (whilst the FT has a higher hz).

I should note 3D is important to me as I enjoy it but recent had to send back an HX835 due to crosstalk problems. I wanted to check if the passive filter is noticeable too?

I'm edging towards the ST60. But I hear lag is pretty bad for gaming. Screen uniformity and motion handling are important to me - deep blacks less so, as long as the screen isn't grey/blue!

Thanks in advance for any advice...
 

loz

Well-known Member
One problem with these super slim Panasonics is that when you wall mount them, the input sockets are so far recessed into the side that it makes them very difficult to access unless you artificially mount the display further away from the wall than it need be.

I have a ET5B on a slim wall mount, which looks great, but is a b to swap any inputs such as inserting an SD card, or temporarily adding some HDMI or USB device like a camera.

The ET60 doesn't look any different in that respect.

I am looking to replace my 50" plasma with one of these. I know the PQ may not be as good in some respects, but I want passive 3D.

However, now I have to figure out how best I can embed it in my variation on a floating wall, as there are no longer any front mounted sockets I can make occasional use of, and my floating wall design makes access to rear or side sockets difficult. Fine for stuff that is permanent, but not temporary connections. Time for a redesign perhaps!
 

dazwaldo

Active Member
Good review. This set is in my possible purchase list but wondered if the chassis design is the same as the lower E6. They look very similar in the photos but I've seen the E6 in the flesh and it looks a bit plasticky. Can anyone confirm?
 

chelhydra

Standard Member
Good review. This set is in my possible purchase list but wondered if the chassis design is the same as the lower E6. They look very similar in the photos but I've seen the E6 in the flesh and it looks a bit plasticky. Can anyone confirm?
No, the ET60 has better build quality.
 

grzelabe

Standard Member
I'm thinking about upgrade on my old tv this two are under my consideration:
Sony KDL55DX853 or Panasonic TX-55ET60B. Which one is better? Thanks
 

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