Published On: October 10, 2008

Panasonic TH-58PZ750U Plasma HDTV Reviewed

Published On: October 10, 2008
Last Updated on: October 31, 2020
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Panasonic TH-58PZ750U Plasma HDTV Reviewed

While this top of the line 2007 model retails for $4,499.95, you should now be able to find it for a lot less in most stores. Adrienne Maxwell's review indicates that this model "has more advanced picture controls than you generally find in a Panasonic plasma"...

Panasonic TH-58PZ750U Plasma HDTV Reviewed

  • Adrienne Maxwell is the former Managing Editor of, Home Theater Magazine, and Adrienne has also written for Wirecutter, Home Entertainment Magazine,,, and other top specialty audio/video publications. She is an ISF Level II-certified video calibrator who specializes in reviews of flat-panel HDTVs, front video projectors, video screens, video servers, and video source devices, both disc- and streaming-based.

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.

Additional Resources
• Read more plasma HDTV reviews from the staff.
• Find a Blu-ray player to get the most out of the TH-58PZ750U.

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.

Read about the high points and low points of the TH-58PZ750U on Page 2.panasonic_th58pz750u.jpgHigh Points
HD images look very rich in both a dark and
bright viewing environment, and the panel has solid light output for
viewing content in a moderately lit room.
HD images have great detail and rich colors.

This model offers a Studio Reference picture mode and more advanced
picture controls than you'll find in step-down Panasonic models, so you
can fine-tune the image to look even better.
Plasmas do not suffer from motion blur or viewing-angle issues.

Low Points
The TH-58PZ750U does not accept 1080p/24 signals, which is disappointing for a top-shelf display.
The upconverison of standard-def signals is solid but not exceptional.

While the TV's anti-reflective screen does a solid job reducing light
reflections, plasmas are generally not as bright as LCD and therefore
not the best choice for a really bright viewing environment.

TH-58PZ750U produces a very attractive HD image and has a solid amount
of connections; and, because it is part of the older 2007 line, you can
now get a great deal on this 58-inch panel. Since the TH-58PZ750U does
not accept a 1080p/24 signal, you'll want to mate it with a Blu-ray
player that has very good video processing of its own.

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