Panasonic Viera Z1 gets hefty price tag

Sharp's new DH77 LCD might have struck you as being on the pricey side. But the Panasonic Viera Z1 makes it look cheaper than a Vegas buffet meal by c

The flagship slimline plasma, first spotted back in January at CES, has been given a US price tag of $6,000, according to That translates to a stonking £4,200. But before we start getting irate at astronomically priced gadgets, let's just set back and take a look at what we'll be getting for that colossal cost.

Measuring just 1in thick, the 54in TV crams in 1080p,, 40,000:1 contrast ratio, Viera Link connectivity for watching shows from the web, as well as 600Hz Sub-field Drive to improve HD motion tracking.

On top of all that you'll be able to use Panny's wireless HD box to ensure things don't get all spaghetti like round the back of your box. Still, you're going to need to be on a serious crust to even consider laying out for one.

Perhaps you should satisfy your HD urge with something smaller. Our Top 10 32in TVs should help you sate that hi–def hunger.


Panasonic Viera Z1

Price: £4,200

On sale: June

Contact: Panasonic