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CNET editors' review
price range: $1,349.99 - $1,899.99
- Reviewed by: David Katzmaier
- Reviewed on: 04/12/2013
- Updated on:11/15/2013
- Released on: 04/01/2013
The good: The Panasonic TC-PST60 series has a reasonable price, incredibly good picture quality with exceedingly deep black levels, great shadow detail, accurate colors, solid bright-room performance, and superb off-angle and uniformity characteristics; it also features sleek styling with metal accents, offers plenty of Smart TV content, and includes two pairs of 3D glasses.
The bad: Worse 3D quality than many competing TVs; not as suited to extremely bright rooms as some LCD models; consumes more power than LCD TVs; introduces significant input lag.
The bottom line: The midlevel price and outstanding quality of the Panasonic TC-PST60 series make it our strongest TV recommendation ever.
Awesome picture...after break-in
by CampbellRD on July 3, 2013
Pros: User interface is impressive and easy to navigate
Great wide viewing angle
Superb colors and black level
Free 2 pair of 3D glasses included
Cons: Sound is average
Remote is average
Summary: I have researched Panasonic TV's for over 5 months. Switching from GT50, to VT50, to eventually landing the ST60. I'm glad I did.
If i were to rate ...
Summary: I have researched Panasonic TV's for over 5 months. Switching from GT50, to VT50, to eventually landing the ST60. I'm glad I did.Edit:
If i were to rate this TV right out of the box, i would have given it 2 or 3 stars. I was a little dissapointed with the picture, but keep in mind, this is right out of the box. I watched it on standard, vivid, cinema and I really wasn't getting a good picture. So for the first 12 hours i watched HD programming (no static images, no black side bars). I then turned to D-Nice.
For those of you who don't know who D-nice is, he is supposedly a professional calibrater who is nice enough to post break-in instructions and calibration settings for HD TV's. It just so happened he had one for the ST60. So if i figured at this point I have nothing to lose. He recommended using Break-in (panel prep) slides for 100 hours. He provides a download for the slides. So i saved the slides to my external hard drive and plugged them in my TV and ran them for 100 hours straight.
I didnt know whether i could watch TV in between running the slides, or had to run the slides for 100 hours straight. I couldn't find a clear answer, so just to be safe I ran them for 100 hours straight with no interruption.
Now there is a lot of debate of whether break-in slides are even necessary or not. I cant tell you they are or aren't but I used them and had good results. Some people say that you will be fine just watching HD. For me it makes sense to use them because I think it does break the phosphors in evenly. Thats just my opinion.
So after the 100 hours I calibrated the TV using D-Nice's settings and WOW. What a difference! The picture is superb and I am very very happy with this TV. I have the 55 inch ST60 and the picture is awesome after I did the slides and calibration.
I havent used 3D yet so I can not comment on that. The one default of this TV from what I here is the input lag, and this is significant if you are a gamer. I stopped playing video games after Super Nintendo so its a non-issue for me.
Now since these things are mass produced, what might work for 1 person may not work for another.
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I am just sharing my experience and what I did about it.
Updated on Dec 1, 2013
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11 out of 11 users found this user opinion helpful.
Extremely Impressive Plasma
by jrt-thx on April 14, 2013
Pros: Terrific picture quality, attractive design, great feature set, and oh, did I mention the picture.
Cons: Absolutely none so far.
Summary: I bought the 65" version of set last weekend just in time for the NCAA tournament final four. It was barely in stock anywhere...I didn't quite realize how ...
Summary: I bought the 65" version of set last weekend just in time for the NCAA tournament final four. It was barely in stock anywhere...I didn't quite realize how new the set was, I just knew that last years version was highly rated and I'm a plasma fan. This is my third Panasonic plasma and the previous two have been solid sets with no problems at all...so no hesitancy with plasma or Pana. I was replacing the 7 year old 58" unit in my family room...an unnecessary upgrade according to my wife, and I'll admit feeling a little guilty about the indulgence until I plugged it in.
Wow, immediately the difference in picture jumped out at me. Seriously, 15 seconds and I was hooked. Greater contrast and depth of field, much deeper blacks, great brightness, better fast motion handling. Just terrific.
The default picture settings are pretty solid, but seem set for a dark room. My family room is quite bright so I used the custom picture mode and brought up the brightness and lowered the sharpening a bit and that was it. Good to go.
Speaking of a bright room, the other improvement is that this screen is better at handling room glare than the old one. It certainly doesn't eliminate the plasma-glare problem, but It's notably better than before.
The set comes with 2 sets of 3D glasses. Additional ones from Pana are almost $70. I bought 4 more compatible but slightly less ergonomic ones from Samsung (SSG-4100GB) for $18 each. All work very well. I really didn't (don't) expect to spend a lot of time with 3D content but of course had to try it out. I'm pretty impressed though. I'm wishing I had ESPN3D on my satellite package. I still probably wont use this feature a ton and the 2D-3D conversion feature is hit or miss depending on the composition of any given scene being viewed.
I'm not a huge fan either of all the smart TV functions the manufacturers are pushing out. I have good streaming and apps for other devices in my home theater setup... I didn't need more. I wish they would offer a version of the set that's Just a TV and save us all a few bucks.
So in summary, tell your wife it's a real upgrade and worth every penny and then go buy it.
8 out of 8 users found this user opinion helpful.
An Outstanding TV for the 99%
by Roland-Arnold on April 20, 2013
Pros: + Superb colors and black level
+ Extensive pro-level calibration settings
+ User interface is impressive and easy to navigate
+ 2 free pair of 3D glasses included
+ Great price
Cons: - TV inputs are in a weird position close to the left edge of the TV and could cause certain stiff HDMI/etc cables to be noticeable
Summary: I am definitely not a videophile but am a techie. So when searching for a TV to replace our twenty year old Sony tube (which is still great) I was ...
Summary: I am definitely not a videophile but am a techie. So when searching for a TV to replace our twenty year old Sony tube (which is still great) I was able to catch on pretty quickly to new features. Our list was fairly simple: light TV viewing, medium movie viewing, light video game usage, light web and apps usage, $1500 or less and 50+ inches.
As my daughter and I drove to Costco she poured over the March 2013 Consumer Reports and had concluded that we should get a Panasonic plasma. I like Panasonic but has reservations about plasma based on vague anecdotes about short life spans and energy use. We arrived at Costco and were lucky enough to quickly find their electronics guru. I described our criteria and he firmly recommended the Panasonic ST and VT plasma's but said Costco did not carry them.
We looked around Costco's impressive selection and asked for guidance. Features aside, our eyes easily picked out the sharpest pictures and they were the Samsung Smart TVs in the $1550 - $2800 range (we didn't bother to look at the more expensive sets). The $1550 Samsung did not have 3D, had a plain plastic bezel and was at the high end of our price range so we were at an impasse. The friendly guru reminded us that in his estimation, the Panasonic ST50 (exactly the one Consumer Reports raved about) or the 2013 version, ST60, was his first choice by far in our price range. We left empty-handed.
That evening we researched the Panasonic and found that it really was in a class by itself for the price, underscored by CNET's 5-star rave review. So we headed to a local video store the next night and checked out their selection and came to the same conclusion: Samsung Smart TVs and a couple others had outstanding pictures. But the Panasonic Viera 55" ST60, at nearly half the price, stood fearlessly among the best. The decision was easy. Not surprisingly, the store was fully stocked on Friday but by Monday night had only one left in the region so we had to drive further to selfishly snag it.
We've barely scratched the surface but setup was easy and the remote is fine though not universal. The picture is jaw-dropping and is plenty bright in our fairly sunny living room. The user interface is impressive and easy to navigate (Netflix, YouTube, web, etc.). On a humorous note, my daughter downloaded the Panasonic app for her iPhone and commandeered the TV, rendering my remote useless. Then, with a flick of her fingers, swiped a picture from her iPhone onto the TV screen. We will send in the rebate to order a touch pen that allows drawing on-screen and, apparently, is free.
Worth noting: because the TV's processing power is so robust, it is prone to something called the "Soap Opera Effect" (Google it). This is not unique to Panasonic. The TV interpolates frames to make the picture as smooth as possible. In most contexts this is probably desirable. But watching a movie I immediately sensed something bothersome. The movie lost a certain richness and didn't look like film, but more a nicely produced PBS British serial. Fortunately, a quick Googling provided guidance: simply turn down / off motion smoothing. In the ST60's case, it's a menu option called "Motion Smooth." Upon turning it off, we were instantly dropped into the front row of a grand cinema.
For great place to buy this TV, I suggest at: Amazon.com/dp/B00AVRJK76/?tag=cnetamz-offers-20
I hope this review is helpful.
11 out of 20 users found this user opinion helpful.
This is the TV you've been waiting for
by ECpackers on May 10, 2013
Pros: Insane Picture quality
...3d is WAY better than they'd lead you to believe
Cons: input lag, i don't have enough time to watch this tv enough!
Summary: I temporarily had a Panasonic tcp65gt50 last year, and i couldn't wait to hand over money to keep it....what an amazing set, after watching 2 minutes of avatar ...
Summary: I temporarily had a Panasonic tcp65gt50 last year, and i couldn't wait to hand over money to keep it....what an amazing set, after watching 2 minutes of avatar i was hooked, after watching avatar in 3d for the 10th time i was excited...at the last second i backed out.
and im SO GLAD I DID. Because going with this set, i have a tv that IMO has an even better picture than the GT 50 series did, and it saved me a bunch of money.
also, worth noting, if you read enough reviews on this TV you'll notice some say "3d is not great"...*** does that mean? the 3d is eye popping and amazing. i've only seen 3d on maybe 5 or 6 different sets, but this is as good as the gt50 i had last year, so thats good enough for me.
gamers beware....there's a 66ms input lag. there will be no epic combos in SF... sorry
3 out of 3 users found this user opinion helpful.
Amazing picture quality, even better price
by monkmojo22 on May 9, 2013
Pros: -Deep black levels
-Plenty of customization
-Filtered screen to help with reflections and glare
-Very wide viewing angle
-Fairly thin overall
Cons: -Some input lag for gamers
-3D is not great
-Sound is poor
Summary: I'm very, very happy with this TV. The size and the images I've seen from it are ridiculous, and I'm pinching myself over the price. The display ...
Summary: I'm very, very happy with this TV. The size and the images I've seen from it are ridiculous, and I'm pinching myself over the price. The display did take a little adjusting out of the box (I prefer Home Theater mode, with a few tweaks), but once those were set, I was good to go. The picture settings can be changed between input sources, which could be a very nice feature for those using gaming consoles, Apple TV/Roku's, and Blu-ray players. I personally turned off the motion features to avoid the soap opera effect, and I would recommend doing so as well. The sound also needed to be adjusted as it offers a fairly feeble attempt at surround sound, but you can turn that feature off if you don't have a sound system like me.
Addressing my other cons, the input lag is fairly noticeable for gamers. After I plugged in the Xbox and fired it up, I definitely had to turn on Game Mode in the Advanced Settings (under "Picture" in the TV menu). That helped, but there's still a slight lag. If you are a hardcore gamer, you will probably care about this one a lot and might want to look for a different TV. Regarding 3D, I had low expectations after reading user and expert reviews when I fired up "Prometheus" in 3D. I was not wowed by the images, but I was not terribly disappointed either. To me, 3D is gimmicky and something I will use occasionally (if at all). To that extent, the 3D is adequate. If you're looking for an amazing 3D experience, again, another TV might be better for you.
Overall, I'm in love with this display, and I've been fairly giddy regarding this TV (kind of makes me sad that I'm this excited over a TV, but that's another matter). I would highly recommend this for someone who's looking for a great display from a huge TV that won't break the bank.
3 out of 3 users found this user opinion helpful.
BURN IN SO BAD, IT MAY AS WELL HAVE CAUGHT FIRE!
by sickofcorporatelies on July 11, 2013
Pros: pic quality
Cons: PERMANENT BURN IN!!!!!!
Summary: PANASONIC REFUSED TO POST THIS, THOUGH IT MET THEIR REVIEW CRITERIA! THEY ARE LIARS! THEY WON'T POST ANY REVIEWS THAT ARE NEGATIVE ON THEIR SITE. If they want to ...
Summary: PANASONIC REFUSED TO POST THIS, THOUGH IT MET THEIR REVIEW CRITERIA! THEY ARE LIARS! THEY WON'T POST ANY REVIEWS THAT ARE NEGATIVE ON THEIR SITE. If they want to do that, it's their prerogative, but they ought not LIE and say that they'll post anything that meets listed criteria.
Anyway, without further ado:
There was ONE good thing, so to be fair, I'll mention it. Phenomenal picture quality for the price, no arguing there. Actually, phenomenal picture quality for ANY price. The bad: 3D quality was pathetic. I don't care about 3D at home OR in the theater, so it didn't bother me, but if you are really into 3D, DO NOT buy this television. Now, the hum-dinger! PERMANENT BURN IN!!!!!!! We had the TV for about 18 DAYS. My wife played a PS game for, at the MOST, 4 hours straight (and serious gamers would consider 4 hrs a short period of time). NO pausing at all, just a static HUD in 3 of the 4 corners. Next time TV was turned on was 2 hours later. ALL 3 corners had those HUDs burned in. I ran full screen HBO for 24 hrs, and then "screen wipe" for about 12 hours right after. 36 HRS and ZERO IMPROVEMENT! Pixel orbiter AND 4 hour auto shut off were on the ENTIRE 18 days we had the TV. NO break in period was done because Panasonic NEVER tells you that it's necessary. People I talked to told me "you must have gotten a lemon", but Panasonic explicitly states on the inside cover of the owner's manual, image retention is NOT covered under warranty, so how could I tell if I'd gotten a lemon or this was just normal expected operation? Even if I did get a lemon, Panasonic is not going to do anything to help me out anyway. They've done all the CYA they need in that owner's manual statement. Fortunately, we bought it from a retailer within whose return period we still were at 18 days. They took it back and issued a refund. THANK GOD! 18 days old. Only FOUR hours of static display. PERMANENT BURN IN! You've GOT to be kidding me. Picture quality definitely rules over LED, but I am unlikely to EVER buy a plasma again (much less a Panasonic) after this, or if I do, I'll have to go through BB and get the ridiculously priced protection plan so I can have the panel replaced when that TV inevitably burns in. Don't listen to the hype about "burn in is a thing of the past", or "you have to leave an image on for DAYS in order to get burn in". I definitely experienced this burn in in the PRESENT and after only 1/6 of 1 day! If Panasonic reads this and can promise me that I got a lemon and that if it happens on another plasma Panny, they'll refund every penny, I would consider another ST60. Short of that (which is a pipe dream, of course), Panasonic has lost my business for a VERY long time!
By the way: I called Panasonic after receiving the refund and asked them about this issue. I asked whether this was a "lemon" or was expected with only 4 hours of static display. I got no answer. Just silence, then I realized I was HUNG UP ON! I called back 3 times and suddenly kept getting disconnected before a real person ever picked up. COINCIDENCE?? I think not! I called Samsung and asked about their plasmas. The girl was super knowledgeable and said 4 hours is DEFINITELY long enough to cause permanent burn in from a video game, on ANY brand plasma. Too bad! I really loved that picture quality.
3 out of 4 users found this user opinion helpful.
Insane!! Cannot stop watching this TV!!
by Jahchef on May 16, 2013
Pros: Picture is unbeatable for the price
Features are great given this is a mid tier TV in Panasonic's 2013 lineup
Cons: uses more power than an LED
Amount of input lag is unusual given this is a Plasma
Summary: No TV in the market currently can compare to the Quality of this TV given the price. You cannot beat it period! I only ask one thing "Panasonic, given OLED ...
Summary: No TV in the market currently can compare to the Quality of this TV given the price. You cannot beat it period! I only ask one thing "Panasonic, given OLED doesn't look like it is going to be mainstream any time soon, please do not stop making Plasmas, pretty please!"
2 out of 2 users found this user opinion helpful.
Great tv for a solid price
by rkrause63 on December 29, 2013
Pros: Excellent blacks
Tons of custom options for the money
Cons: Turning off the internal speakers if you use a sound bar is a royal pain
Summary: Love the tv and the picture It is the best I have ever seen for this price. It is to bad that plasma is going away. They look so much ...
Summary: Love the tv and the picture It is the best I have ever seen for this price. It is to bad that plasma is going away. They look so much better, especially when watching sports.
My only beef is turning off the speakers if you are using a soundbar or a system that does not have arc hdmi throuput. They did not include a setting to turn off the speakers. You need to go into internal settings and use hotel mode to turn the speakers to 0. What a weird over site
Anyway it is a minor annoyance compared to how great the picture is. Blu-Rays pop off the screen. DirecTV looks outstanding. After a week or so, use the tv setting published here and your picture will look outstanding.
1 out of 1 users found this user opinion helpful.
CNet is right--an almost perfect TV
by DELeeOH on November 6, 2013
Pros: Picture quality
Sound quality better than expected
Attractive, minimalist appearance
Some useful apps
Fantastic price/performance ratio
Cons: Remote control could be more user friendly
Some functions hard to locate in menus
Internet search function is difficult to use
Summary: My wife and I are not gamers and I'm blind in one eye, so 3D is a useless capability for me. (And my wife doesn't care about it!) ...
Summary: My wife and I are not gamers and I'm blind in one eye, so 3D is a useless capability for me. (And my wife doesn't care about it!) That pretty much eliminates all the reported "cons" for this TV as far as we are concerned. As long as the device displays content from the DirecTV box and the Blu-ray player we're happy. And boy are we happy with the 50-inch member of this Panasonic series.
A few years ago in a cNet review of the Sony XBR3 I said the picture was like looking out a window. With this TV Panasonic has opened the window. I'm not sure there's much more to say about the picture that hasn't already been covered by the cNet review and other owner reviews. It's about a millimeter short of perfect. Maybe $4K+ 4K sets can produce a technically sharper picture, but I'm watching from the bed nine feet away, and I doubt the difference would be apparent.
Another thing I like about this TV is the appearance. It's simple and stylish, and it's about as thin as plasmas get. By comparison the afore-mentioned Sony in the next room looks bulky and outdated next to the sleek Panasonic panel.
The one quibble I have is that entering search terms is a laborious process--at least when searching for You Tube content. Both our Internet-connected disk players have more user-friendly search functions. But I usually watch You Tube content on my iPad anyhow.
Outstanding picture but I have a quality problem
by nkornfeld on June 20, 2013
Pros: Awesome picture. Great that it connects directly to Wifi. Good assortment of services on television but Pandora seems to be missing. Audio quality is pretty good given constraints.
Cons: It came with a 9 1/2 inch line running from the left edge toward the middle. Panasonic (India) is not making it simple to get the problem resolved. It took a month to get set and now I wonder how long to get either replacement or fix.
Summary: I would have absolutely loved to give this a 5 star rating but product defect slows me down and uncertainty over Panasonic ability/willingness to fix problem concerns me.
Summary: I would have absolutely loved to give this a 5 star rating but product defect slows me down and uncertainty over Panasonic ability/willingness to fix problem concerns me.
- Manufacturer: Panasonic
- Part number: TC-P55ST60
- Description: With swipe and share 2.0, it's easier than ever to transfer your favorite content from your smartphone or tablet to your big screen TV to enjoy with family and friends. Just a simple swipe of a finger and your photos, videos or music are transmitted wirelessly from your mobile device to your Smart VIERA HDTV. You can also swipe content 'back' to your mobile device, making it quick and easy to add content and take it with you wherever you go. Enjoy remarkable contrast with incredibly deep black levels, even in bright rooms. Now you can experience movies the way the director intended, right in your own home. Enjoy crisp, clear images, even during hi-speed action scenes, thanks to a combination of enhanced phosphors and original Panasonic technologies specifically engineered for motion image performance. Not only will you enjoy the ultimate 2D picture quality with Full 1080p HD resolution, but unlike many other 3D capable TVs, you'll also get full 1080p resolution in 3D mode. The 3D effect is created when the display works in concert with special 3D eyewear to send separate and slightly different images to each eye. This generally means that each eye is seeing an image with only half the normal picture resolution.
- TV type Plasma
- Screen size 55 in
- 3D Active 3D
- 3D glasses & accessories 3D glasses (2pcs) included
- Connectivity Wi-Fi
- Smart TV Yes
- Internet streaming services Viera Connect
- TV features My Home Screen,
Swipe & Share 2.0,
- Plasma panel technology NeoPDP
- Native resolution 1920 x 1080
- Resolution 1080p
- Motion Enhancement Technology 2500 Hz Focused Field Drive
- Aspect ratio 16:9
- 24p technology 3D 24p Cinema Smoother,
24p Smooth Film
- Contrast ratio 5500000:1
- HDCP compatible Yes
- TV tuner presence Yes
- HDTV Tuner Yes
- Digital TV tuner ATSC
- Analog TV tuner NTSC
- Speaker(s) 2 x Main channel speaker - Built-in - 5 Watt,
1 x Subwoofer - Built-in - 10 Watt
- Analog video input signals NTSC
- Surround mode Yes
- Sound effects VR-Audio Pro Surround 2.1
- Total output power 20 Watt
- HDMI ports qty 3
- Input/Output connections 3 x HDMI input (19 pin HDMI Type A) - Side,
2 x USB 2.0 (4 pin USB Type A) - Side,
1 x Composite video / component video / audio input (RCA phono x 5) - Bottom,
1 x Network (RJ-45) - Bottom,
1 x Digital audio output (optical) (TOSLINK) - Side
- Video interface HDMI,
- Type Standard remote control
- Component type None
- Service & support 1 year warranty
- Service & support details Limited warranty - Parts and labor - 1 year - On-site
Stands & Mounts
- Stand included Included
- Stand design Tabletop
- Power device Power supply
- Power device nominal voltage AC 120 V
- Power consumption operational 382 Watt
Dimensions & Weight
- Dimensions (WxDxH) 50.6 in x 13.1 in x 32.1 in - With stand
- Weight 68.3 lbs
Dimensions & Weight (Shipping)
- Width 59.8 in
- Depth 11.2 in
- Height 34 in
- Weight 83.8 lbs
- Greenpeace policy rating (Nov 2011) 3.6
- Greenpeace policy rating (Nov 2012) 3.6