Manufacturer: Panasonic Part number: TC-P55VT60
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as of 04/17/2014
CNET editors' review
price range: $2,250.00
- Reviewed by: Ty Pendlebury
- Edited by: David Katzmaier
- Reviewed on: 05/06/2013
- Updated on:05/20/2013
The good: The Panasonic VT60 produces the second-best picture quality of any TV we've ever reviewed, equal to or better than our in-house Pioneer Kuro reference and surpassed only by the ZT60; exceedingly deep black levels and excellent shadow detail; well-saturated colors and excellent skin tones; industry-leading sound quality; extensive features including touch-pad remote, voice control, and onboard camera.
The bad: Extremely expensive; worse bright-room picture than that of the Samsung F8500; somewhat humdrum design; camera is limited, and facial recognition is a gimmick.
The bottom line: The Panasonic VT60 has one of the best pictures of any TV we've ever reviewed, and matches the best-ever in dark rooms.
Great TV, Excellent Picture Quality!
by Jesus-Green on April 22, 2013
Pros: TV is very thin, very sleak and the bezel isn't to big
TV looks great, especially the black levels
Super wide viewing angle
Apps work great. Pandora, netflix, amazon, etc
Cons: I wish the picture didn't have to be calibrated at all
Summary: Let me start off by explaining what type of customer I am. I watch tv, but I don't own any fancy home entertainment center, I don't change my ...
Summary: Let me start off by explaining what type of customer I am. I watch tv, but I don't own any fancy home entertainment center, I don't change my hdmi cored every time a better one comes out and I don't have an insanely expensive top of the line DVD player. I am what I would define as a normal tv watcher that watches mostly sports and some blu-rays through my PS3. I had an old tv which was a 1080i flat screen that I bought back in 2003. It was fine and I probably could have went another year without an upgrade, but I thought that between the new video quality, smart tv features, and 3d that I could use an upgrade. I am not a techy, I am not going to spend $500 for a professional calibration, and I am not going to be super picky about comparing 18 tv's and spending hours trying to find a single flaw. With that said, here is my review of the tv:Edit:
Out of the box I wasn't expecting miracles but I have to say that I was a little disapointed with the picture compared to my old tv. However, I live in an apartment with a ton of sun light so I needed to adjust the settings. The THX bright room definately made a big difference, and I gave in. This made a big difference and increased the picture quality very noticeably. So I was a little dissapointed with the pre-sets right out of the box, you will have to spend time adjusting them.
The TV itself is very thin. It looks almost as thin as the LED tv's I see in the store that I'm always amazed at. It is very sleak and the bezel isn't to big. As far as the stand goes, it really isn't bad at all. Alot of people bad mouth it, but honestly it is just a stand and it will not ruin the look of your room. It looks black if your 10 ft away, so no big deal. The glass does have some reflections especially in a well lit room. I think this is going to force me to put the TV on the wall to cut back on the glare. Not a huge deal, I always wanted a tv on the wall, but after paying for the TV I would have liked to have put it on the wall at my leisure instead of having to pay almost immediately to cut back on the glare.
Picture Quality: Honestly I kept reading that you need to break in the TV's for 150 hours. I don't know why, and I think that is rediculous, but I have noticed that the picture on the TV is getting much better the more I use it. So you have to give it time. After having the tv for two weeks I can honestly say that the picture on football and other live sports is pretty impressive. Better than my old tv, but not so spectacular that your going to be blown away if you came from a high def tv already. However, and this is a huge however, if you watch something that allows the tv to show off its black levels you will be blown away. I was watching Harry Potter, and I don't even like harry potter, but it looked so amazing on the tv it was mesmerizing. Another good example was when the camera's were doing a live panning over NYC during the Jets game the other night, the city looked incredible. All in all I would say that the TV looks great, especially the black levels and blu-rays are mind blowing.
3D- The 2d to 3d conversion isn't anything special, you probably wont' use it. I only have one 3d channel which is ESPN 3D and it is good. Depends on the sport and I guess the camera they shoot it in. HOnestly I don't think anyone will sit there and watch a whole game in 3D. However, when you play an actual blu-ray 3D DVD it is very very very very good. Just as good as the theatres. Honestly, you probably won't use the 3D much except for the 3d Blu Rays and I use my PS3, it is supposed to look even better with a full 3d blu ray player. So if you have one of those, and the picture gets better, which I can't imagine, than you should be blown away.
Smart Features- they are limited. There is an app store but there really isn't much to download. However, the apps that they have do work great. Pandora, netflix, amazon, etc. They all load up super fast and the video streams perfectly. The wireless was easy to set up. Only complaint is that when you turn the tv off it takes about 3 minutes from when you turn back on the tv till the internet is hooked up again. Same as when your restarting a laptop, it takes time for the device to find the signal.
All in all- The tv is great. Really my only complaint is that I wish the picture didn't have to be calibrated at all. The 3d is movie theatre quality when playing a blu-ray, and if you watch something with allows the tv to show off the black levels, it is mind blowing. Letting the tv break in actually makes a difference, the smart features are nice and work well, video streams without any lag, and the design is nice (not as nice as say the new LG LED, but it is very close). I give the TV a 5 star rating, I'm very happy with it and I bet if you have the patients to really mess around with the settings and adjust it than you probably will have a much nicer picture than I currently do.
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Updated on Jan 7, 2014
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by RFHoey on October 4, 2013
Pros: Blu Ray is stunning.
Blacks meet or beat my previous Kuro.
Lots of picture configurations
Cons: Sound quality is not the best.
low definition content doesn't look as good as Kuro.
Not as bright.
Summary: I was VERY disappionted when my little guy decided to launch his matchbox car through my 50 inch Kuro. Alas, all good things must come to an end. Fortunately, I ...
Summary: I was VERY disappionted when my little guy decided to launch his matchbox car through my 50 inch Kuro. Alas, all good things must come to an end. Fortunately, I noticed that this(and the ZT) were the first TV's to match or beat the reference Kuro in terms of picture quality. I was able to get my hands on a 55 inch VT60, and I do not regret ponying up the extra dough from the ST60. Picture quality on this TV is astounding. Low def picture is not as good as the Kuro, but who watches that anymore? Also, I noticed that the picture was not as bright as the Kuro. You can get around this with the Bright Room setting, though. There are more options as far as customization for picture, sound, and just about everything. The Pioneer did have forward facing speakers(almost like a soundbar)that attached to the bottom of the TV so the sound quality was much better, but if you are not acustomed to that, I'm sure you would be fine with what it has. Anyway, back to what is most important, picture. It's unbelievable. It really is. Put in a blu ray and just sit back and smile. When I watched Star Trek Into the Darkness, I realized how amazing this picture was. If you are on the fence, then get off and go buy this TV. I promise that you will be happy. I am, and I had a damn Kuro!
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