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- Panasonic Viera ET60
- This mid-tier LED delivers some of the best color accuracy we've seen.
Panasonic Viera TC-L55ET60 LED TV Review$1,699.99
This mid-tier LED delivers some of the best color accuracy we've seen.
Panasonic is cruising through 2013 with one goal in mind: television domination. We’ve reviewed a fair amount of the company’s new lineup—and the results are largely favorable. Aside from its noteworthy plasma TVs—which are fantastic—Panasonic has shown that its LED displays are no joke.
We’ll tell you right away that the ET60 is a rock-solid TV, but how does it differ from the similar-yet-cheaper E60? Aside from a “T” and $300 (the 50-inch ET60 retails for $1,299 versus $999 for the E60), Panasonic adds some design touches to this mid-range set and an IPS (in-plane switching) panel. And while they tested with similar results, the color accuracy on this particular model is among the best we’ve ever seen.
Another fine example of Panasonic's sleek design ethos
It may not have the stunning good looks that the flagship WT60 has, but the ET60 is still sleek and stylish. Want a slim profile? The ET60 has you covered. How about a grey color scheme that evokes brushed-metal, but without the added heft? The ET60 has that as well. If our only complaint about this TV’s design is that it doesn’t look as good as the WT60, then you know you’re dealing with a looker.
Not the most feature-packed smart platform, but at least it covers the basics
Panasonic’s current crop of smart TVs are a vast improvement over last year’s, although they still aren’t quite that smart. At least Viera Connect—Panasonic’s current smart platform—is a smooth operator in terms of navigation. The customizable Home Screen, which is your base of operations, offers a glimpse at current TV content and access to apps.
If you want to learn more about Panasonic’s latest smart offering, check out our Viera Connect guide here.
Contrast aside, the ET60 is a performance powerhouse.
Wow. We rarely test TVs with color accuracy this good—seeing it on a mid-tier model is unheard of. And by good, we mean near perfect. Whether you’re watching cable or a Blu-ray, content looks fantastic on the ET60—and that’s with a completely average contrast ratio, too.
Another difference between the ET60 and E60 is audio quality. The ET60 has a built-in subwoofer, which makes a huge difference quality-wise. Gone are the tinny sound effects heard on lesser TVs; in the same way that accurate color helps content look the way it should, having some bass makes content sound the way it should.
Great design, great picture quality—what’s not to love?
The Panasonic ET60 is a great performer. While its contrast disappointed us, almost everything else is top-notch. The ET60's strongest area of performance may be its accurate color, but that's not its only strength; superb audio and great motion help this Panasonic excel.
So is a 50-inch Panasonic ET60 better than a 50-inch E60? Is it worth the extra $300? Yes! While the E60 produces a wider contrast ratio, the ET60 is the winner everywhere else. That $300 gets you some of the best color accuracy around, plus a more striking design, satisfying audio, and slightly better motion. We'd shell out the extra $300 for that.