From article -
We stayed there for some time, just watching. When the others left, we stayed. Here is what we saw in Panasonic’s dark-room comparison:
•Panasonic ZT60 matched the Kuro in black depth reproduction
•Fast motion reproduction was better on Panasonic ZT60 compared to Pioneer’s Kuro. We especially noticed how ZT60 exhibited less phosphor trailing during panoramic motion demos
•Panasonic ZT60 had a bit more details in the dark areas (but the Kuro was not calibrated)
•Colors were a bit more intense on the ZT60 at times but we have no prior experience with the image material used in the demo so we do not know if that is necessarily a good thing
•Both TVs still suffered from too much “pixel noise” when viewed from a short distance
From the article author in comments section -
And just to elaborate on my view on the historical trend for Panasonic:
- Some started chatter about VT20 matching the Kuro back in 2010. I found these claims quite disturbing and wrong (VT20 is one of the TVs I personally own, so I have lots of love for it but it is not in the same league as the Kuro. Full stop).
- A few went on record in 2011 to call VT30 (last year's flagship) the new reference after Kuro. I did not agree. It came much closer than VT20 but to me this was still an irrational conclusion.
- More went on record in 2012 and called VT50 (no VT40 has existed, as Panasonic jumped from 30 to 50 numbers) the new reference. I agree that VT50 surpassed Kuro on some picture parameters but when you evaluate picture quality you have to look at it holistically. These different picture parameters are important; but not as separate issues. Only when all the picture parameters are great, truly great, you can achieve truly great picture quality. Picture quality is not a 1+1=2 equation. If all the separate picture parameters are truly great on a TV, it is more like 1+1=3. From a holistic point of view, VT50 was not the new king. I understand that some might give more weight to certain picture parameters than I do, but I still think it was wrong from an objective perspective.
- 2013: We have VT60 and we have ZT60. From what I saw ZT60 is the first real candidate that I would consider. Let's see what happens when we get a review sample. This is exciting.
My comment - I would guess the Kuro was in Pure and the ZT in THX based on my experience owning Kuros and a VT. Could be wrong though.