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Panasonic TH-58PZ750U Plasma HDTV Reviewed

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panasonic_th58pz750u.jpgThis 58-inch, 1080p plasma HDTV is part of Panasonic's top-shelf 2007 series. The company has since released several new 2008 lines, but the TH-58PZ750U remains available. Its MSRP is listed at $4,499.95, but you can now find this TV for a lot less. The connection panel includes three HDMI, two component video, and one PC input, plus an RF input to access the internal ATSC, NTSC, and Clear-QAM tuners. The HDMI inputs accept 1080p/60 but not 1080p/24 (the newer 2008 models do accept 1080p/24), and one HDMI input is located on the side panel for easy access. Split-screen viewing options are available. On the front panel, you'll find an SD card slot through which you can view digital photos and movies but not listen to MP3s. The SD card reader is compatible with the GalleryPlayer system that lets you download professional artwork and photographs to an SD card for display on the screen.

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As part of the highest-end 2007 line, the TH-58PZ750U has more advanced picture controls than you generally find on a Panasonic plasma. The video menu sports four picture modes, including a Studio Reference mode that Panasonic claims is configured to offer color reproduction that's similar to the reference monitors in editing studios. In addition to three preset color-temperature options, the Pro sub-menu provides access to more precise white-balance adjustments. In the Pro menu, you can also adjust panel brightness, contour emphasis, and gamma. Panasonic includes video, block, and mosquito noise reduction, but there are no features to help prevent or counteract image retention, a common plasma concern. There are five aspect-ratio options, including a mode to display a 1080i/1080p image with no overscan.

On the audio side, the TV sports side-panel speakers. Basic bass, treble, and balance controls are available, as is BBE ViVA HD3D sound processing. The AI sound feature is designed to equalize the volume level across all channels and inputs, while the Audio leveler deal is specifically with reducing level variations for content displayed through the external inputs.

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