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  • Introduction

  • Front

  • Back

  • Sides

  • Stand/Mount

  • Aesthetics

  • Display Size & Technology

  • Formats & Resolution

  • Brightness, Blacks and Contrast Ratio

  • Color

  • Motion & Refresh Rate

  • Viewing Angle

  • 3D Glasses

  • 3D Effect

  • 3D Motion

  • Audio & Video Ports

  • Internet & Other Media

  • Placement

  • Remote

  • Controls

  • Menu

  • Conclusion

  • Specs

Introduction

Front

The TH-152UX1 has a 152-inch plasma screen.

Back

Sides

Stand/Mount

The TH-152UX1 has an optional mount and wall-hanging bracket, but if you choose to mount the TV make sure you have walls strong enough to support its 1300-pound frame. Yeah, you read that right. The TH-152UX1 weights 1300 pounds, which is more than 1/2 a ton, or the same weight as roughly a dozen 50-inch HDTVs.

To give you a better idea of the TV's size, check out the picture below of an average-sized male standing next to the TH-152UX1.

To give you a better idea of the size of the TH-152UX1, look how the TV compares to this man standing next to it.

Aesthetics

The TH-152UX1 is a monster of a television, so it is difficult to judge aesthetically. Since the TV is so big, it really depends on the environment where you set it up as to how well it will blend in with the room. Put the TH-152UX1 in a regular living room and it will look awful, but place it in a large meeting room or small theater and it will probably look great.

Display Size & Technology

The TH-152UX1 has a 152-inch plasma screen that supports a 3D capability. The aspect ratio for the screen is 17:9, which is a tad different than 16:9 and it stems from the fact that the TV offers a 4K resolution rather than traditional 1920 x 1080.

The TH-152UX1 has a 152-inch plasma screen.

Formats & Resolution

The TH-152UX1 isn't just an HDTV... it's a 4K HDTV. That means it has a resolution of 4096 x 2160, which is double the resolution of standard Full HD (1920 x 1080, also called 2K or 1080p). Now, you might think this 4K resolution on the TH-152UX1 is fantastic, but keep in mind you need to have 4K content in order to get the full benefit of the TV's extra pixels. Since nobody broadcasts in 4K the only way to get such content is to make it yourself (which is why the TH-152UX1 is really meant for professional use).

Brightness, Blacks and Contrast Ratio

A contrast ratio of 5,000,000 to 1 is what Panasonic lists the TH-152UX1 as having, but this number doesn't reflect real-live viewing situations. In our testing, we usually get much lower contrast ratios (around 5,000 to 1 for a good HDTV) because we have a specific set of calibration settings we use to measure the contrast. It is unknown what settings Panasonic—or any other manufacturer—uses, as they often result in inflated contrast ratios. Still, it should be safe to say that the TH-152UX1 is a very high-end HDTV and its contrast ratio performance should be similar to other plasma TVs from Panasonic.

Color

We didn't notice anything special about the color performance on the TH-152UX1, but its colors looked similar to the smaller Panasonic HDTVs we've seen at the CEDIA convention.

Motion & Refresh Rate

Motion looked very good on the TH-152UX1, especially with 4K content. Panasonic doesn't list the refresh rate of the television, though, so we can't give you the specs on that at this time.

Viewing Angle

The viewing angle on the TH-152UX1 seemed very good when we looked at the TV on the show floor at the CEDIA convention in Atlanta. This is likely to due with the fact that the TV has a plasma screen, which usually do well with viewing angle, and because the TV is so large you can always see something.

3D Glasses

The TH-152UX1 uses the same 3D glasses as Panasonic's other large format HDTVs (like the TH-103VX200U). According to representatives from Panasonic, the TH-152UX1 should come with a couple of 3D glasses for free, but that couldn't be confirmed 100%. We hope Panasonic is able to toss in a couple of glasses for free, considering you're already shelling out half a million bucks for the TV itself.

The TV does come with external emitters for the active shutter technology (which makes the 3D effect work), so you don't have to worry about paying extra for them. The emitters are small boxes that connect to the bottom of the TV and you can see an example of one in the photo below.

The TH-152UX1 uses the same 3D glasses as Panasonic's other 3D HDTVs.

The external 3D emitters come with the TH-152UX1.

3D Effect

Panasonic wasn't displaying 3D content on the TH-152UX1 at the CEDIA convention, but it should be safe to assume the TV's 3D capability works similarly to the Panasonic TH-103VX200U (which was impressive).

3D Motion

Again, we didn't actually see the TH-152UX1 display 3D content when we looked at the TV, so we can't really pass judgment here.

Audio & Video Ports

Since the TH-152UX1 was mounted to a wall on the show floor, we couldn't get a good look at the ports and connectivity options (hence no photo here). But, the TV's specs tell us it has 4 HD-SDI inputs (for 4K), 4 DVI inputs, 2 HDMI terminals, and a SLOT 2.0 function port (for adding various controllers and additional terminals).

Internet & Other Media

Panasonic didn't talk about any internet or media features with the TH-152UX1, and that's not really surprising. The TV is meant for professional use, which means you're not very likely to need access to things like Netflix or YouTube on the TH-152UX1.

Placement

We couldn't see the ports on the TH-152UX1, so we can't tell you whether they are placed well or not. We imagine the ports aren't the easiest to reach—mainly because the TV is really difficult to move once you mount or hang it.

Remote

We didn't see a remote for the TH-152UX1, but since the controls on the side of the TV are limited, you'll probably need to use the remote for doing most calibration or adjustment of settings on the TV.

Controls

The controls are on the right side of the TV, just around the back. The power switch is large and looks like something you'd find on a large appliance (which is what the TH-152UX1 is), while the other buttons are smaller and aren't labeled very well.

The controls are on the right side of the TV (around the back).

We didn't get to see any of the menus on the TH-152UX1, so we can't report on them at this time.

Conclusion

The TH-152UX1 is a big, impressive, 152-inch monster of a plasmatelevision that is more suited for professional use than as a home appliance. Maybe if you have a large home theater you could consider installing the TH-152UX1, but remember it carries a price tag of $500,000. You could get a top-of-the-line 50-inch HDTV in every room of your mansion and still have close to $400,000 left over instead. But, that's the cost of size these days, and we must say, the TH-152UX1 looks pretty unbelievable when mounted to a wall.

The TH-152UX1 offers a 4K resolution, which is twice the resolution as traditional 1080p HD, but you have to keep in mind that nobody broadcasts in 4K at this time (you have to make or acquire your own content). The 3D features on the TV are all top notch as well.

Specs

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Jeremy Stamas

Jeremy Stamas

Managing Editor, Video

@nematode9

Jeremy is the video expert of our imaging team and Reviewed.com's head of video production. Originally from Pennsylvania and upstate NY, he graduated from Bard college with a degree in film and electronic media. He has been living and working in New England since 2005.

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