Manufacturer: Panasonic Part number: TC-P60ST50
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CNET editors' review
price range: $1,817.95 - $3,226.74
- Reviewed by: David Katzmaier
- Reviewed on: 03/28/2012
- Updated on:06/05/2012
The good: The affordable Panasonic TC-PST50 series exhibited outstanding overall picture quality, characterized by exceedingly deep black levels with great shadow detail, accurate colors, and solid bright-room performance. Unlike LCDs, as a plasma it has superb off-angle and uniformity characteristics. The styling is attractive and the feature set well-chosen, including excellent onscreen help options.
The bad: The ST50 uses more power than competing LCD TVs, and doesn't perform as well in bright rooms as those with matte screens. It doesn't come with 3D glasses, and it showed more crosstalk in 3D than some competing TVs. The ST50 is only available in 50-inch and larger sizes. Three HDMI inputs is one fewer than most midrange TVs offer.
The bottom line: With flagship-level picture quality for a midlevel price, the Panasonic ST50 series sets the value standard among videophile-grade TVs.
Amazing 3D/Depth of Field
by LLTingle on June 14, 2012
Pros: Picture quality is Amazing, Black is Black, deep with great contrast,
HD quality is perfect,
Sound is very good for a television,
Really thin bezel,
Whole TV design is very nice,
Set up was easy.
Cons: No audio/headphone jack,
Only one hybrid composite/coomponent input,
Remote is pretty basic.
Summary: Here is what will happen:
You will receive your TV, open it immediately--admire its beauty momentarily, inspect it for physical defects, realize that it is indeed factory mint, plug it ...
Summary: Here is what will happen:
You will receive your TV, open it immediately--admire its beauty momentarily, inspect it for physical defects, realize that it is indeed factory mint, plug it in, turn it on, mind blown. Well something like that. I have heard professional reviewers say there is no such thing as a perfect TV. But, this has to be the closest thing.
I spent 30-45 days doing research on what TV to buy for the basement of my new home--I went from looking at only LCDs (a mentality that is really 3-years old now), to debating between Samsung and Panasonic Plasmas. The research on reviews/pricing was clear--Panasonic's mid-range model edged Samsung's in terms of Quality/Capabilities. Still--this TV sits in the primary entertaining room in my new home, and the 2011 Panasonics just looked dated. Even though I could have save $200-300 by going with last years model, the glass trim and slim profile are just sooo Hot, particularly on a wall mount. Not too mention--the TV shed 24 pounds (or 28%) from last year's model. It differs slightly from the comparable Samsung's as the bottom two corners of the glass trim are cut at a 45 degree angle rather than rounded like Samsung.
I have had this TV for a little over 2 weeks now. I use my TV for PS3, TV (Dish), Bluerays (some 3D).
For Video Games: Truly stunning--I play a lot of FIFA 12 (soccer video game), it is fascinating to watch an airborne soccer-ball spin with complete lifelike detail. Zero Blur. Zero Ghosting. I use either the 'Vivid' or 'Game' picture presets for videogames. Colors are more rich, and the screen is a little brighter--good for Cartoons and Video games-- but a little to blue and bright for lifelike pictures.
For HDTV/BlueRay: HD quality is perfect--you can see the goosebumps on human skin clearly, colors are just so real, and motion is perfect. There are no distractions pixelation/blurring/motion--the picture is seemless, and you can just enjoy the programming.
For 3D: Maybe, I have not experienced enough Active 3D to compare, as reviews have said this may be a hang up for this TV. But in my experience, the 3D is just mind-blowing. The image loses none of its real life quality. Their are ZERO headaches--I've watched Avatar 3D twice, once with my wife, and neither of us experienced any crossover, ghosting, or any of the other problems that make us loathe going to 3D in theaters. 3D viewing is just stunning. Even the 2D-->3D feature--although it lacks the depth of the true 3D content--has no problems.
The Web Content:
I found Viera Connect's interface to be extremely easy to use, and liked how I could still see what I was watching as I explored the Online apps. Set up took two seconds when I first turned on the TV, and I usually acheive 1080p quality even when streaming previews from Hulu or Vudu, and the picture is as good as my Dish HD Channels. I have not bought any movies this way yet.
The only hangup: It really does need a separate sound system for a true media experience. There is just no bass or lows from the built in speakers, and the sound is a little hollow. I also noticed the TV's speakers do start buzzing (distorting) when I would raise the volume above 70 (of 100). I did get a sound system--and it almost brings tears to my eyes how great my in-home entertainment system is for all under $2000. I jest about the tears.
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Bottom Line: Unbelievable TV--Unbelievable Value for Top of the Line Picture/features.
4 out of 4 users found this user opinion helpful.
Our last Panasonic purchase ever!
by Su73 on December 17, 2012
Pros: Price was affordable since we bought it on sale.
Cons: USB overload issues. Can't read more than 32GB.
Summary: Within two months of purchase we had a pink horizontal line on the TV and USB overload issues. The repair person told us that Panasonic have had plasma screens issues ...
Summary: Within two months of purchase we had a pink horizontal line on the TV and USB overload issues. The repair person told us that Panasonic have had plasma screens issues with this model. I called customer service to complain about the USB issues but they did not care. They told me that the TV can only handle up to 32GB. Who has an hard drive that is only 32GB. In the end they did nothing for me and told me to return the item to the store. It is past three months so I have no other option but to keep this TV. I wasted so much time talking to customer service. They are unhelpful and constantly repeat themselves like a broken record. I spoke with a supervisor Alison and she was a brick wall. She was worse than the customer representative. My external hard drive works on my Samsung TV without any issues. I should have bought another Samsung and not have been influenced by this CNET review. Trust me if CNET had received our TV they would have given it a horrible review.
by CincyDoggy on August 15, 2012
Pros: Big screen. Great picture. Built in, quick, wi-fi. I also have a full-array LCD that has a great picture, but this Panny plasma beats it pretty easily IMO. And the price is nice.
Cons: None really. I didn't like the ambient light sensor so I turned it off - which is actually a pro that they gave you the option. :)
Summary: This is my third HDTV and the best picture by far. I find the apps intuitive and easier to use than some other devices I own. Setup was a breeze. ...
Summary: This is my third HDTV and the best picture by far. I find the apps intuitive and easier to use than some other devices I own. Setup was a breeze. Wi fi is fast on my dual-band router... maybe 2-3 seconds of buffer for Netflix. Have it wall mounted and hooked up to surround sound. It's as close to a theater experience as I can get. Love this thing.
Fantastic picture...has a little buzz
by greenep8 on April 20, 2012
Pros: Amazing picture clarity
Amazing picture color
Awesome sound (even decent bass)
Cons: a crazy little thing called: buzz
Summary: After around 20 or so hours it has started the ever so popular buzz. It's not so distracting that you can't hear the TV...but I could see ...
Summary: After around 20 or so hours it has started the ever so popular buzz. It's not so distracting that you can't hear the TV...but I could see myself watching a movie and during some intense quiet parts it being annoying.
I guess the biggest question is would I have bought it knowing about the buzz. I'd have to say yes. It's not ear numbing. White screens bring the worst of it out..so it's not constant.
That being said...I do hope for some idea from Panasonic on what could/should be done to fix it.
BEST TV NO DOUBT
by mssea123 on April 23, 2012
Pros: Black Levels, motion, contrast, apps
Cons: Is too good to be true
Summary: recently purchased this tv from my local Video Only store in Tukwila Wa. First of all I owned the tcp58v10 and enjoyed every moment of it,however I wanted 3D ...
Summary: recently purchased this tv from my local Video Only store in Tukwila Wa. First of all I owned the tcp58v10 and enjoyed every moment of it,however I wanted 3D and internet options, so after doing the research I decided on the Tcp60st50. I was determined to purchase it on Amazon, but I wanted to see it in person first so I went into my local store as mentioned earlier. I was amazed at how amazing the picture looked. The not only improved upon black levels but the cabinet design is a big step up in the reight direction as well. It is significantly thinner than the previous models,and is loaded with built in wi-fi and internet apps. I did end up purchasing it at Video Only the day I walked in because I encountered a very friendly, knowledgable sales person named James Tobin. He explained the new technology to me, showed me some comparable models, and was quick to point out that Video Only was already more than a $100 cheaper than any internet sight including Amazon. He also pointed out that Video Only answers the phone with people, and not just anybody but the actual sales associates who sell the product. This made me realize that I would be able to get free tech support if I ever have any questions for the life of my television. I decided on the tv and he then took me to the sound area where I was able to get a new sub and receiver, that was HDMI 1.4 compatable for 3d pass through and ARC which he explained to me the benefit, and I was eager to upgrade. After all was said and done not only was the prices on the products that I was looking at significantly cheaper in the store than I could buy on line, he worked me a package and I ended up saving hundreds of dollars on everything.
0 out of 1 users found this user opinion helpful.
- Manufacturer: Panasonic
- Part number: TC-P60ST50
- Description: The display alternately shows images for the left and right eyes. The left and right lenses of the eyewear open and close in sync with this display timing to show separate images to the left and right eyes. By repeating this action at high speed, the brain perceives 3D images. And because this method displays Full HD 3D images just as they are, both eyes receive 3D images in high, Full-HD quality. This original Panasonic technology detects image movements like the human eye, and optimizes the drive accordingly. By achieving instantaneously powerful light emission rather than finely divided emission, it reduces the afterimages that cause blurring. As a result, fast movement is reproduced with excellent clarity. Enhancements to the panel and cells help reproduce images with smooth, natural gradation and deep, rich blacks - even when viewed in bright surroundings. In movies, the true, deep blacks faithfully convey the intent of the filmmakers, adding power and realism to the viewing experience.
- TV type Plasma
- Screen size 60 in
- 3D Yes
- 3D glasses & accessories 3D glasses sold separately
- Connectivity Ethernet,
- Internet streaming services Skype,
- Skype details Skype ready,
Web camera sold separately - Panasonic TY-CC20W
- TV features 2D to 3D conversion,
Infinite Black Pro Panel,
Faster-switching phosphor panel,
- Technology 3D
- Plasma panel technology Panasonic 15th Generation Plasma Panel
- Native resolution 1920 x 1080
- Resolution 1080p
- Refresh rate 600 Hz
- Aspect ratio 16:9
- 24p technology 24p Cinematic Playback,
3D 24p Cinema Smoother
- Progressive Scan Progressive scanning (line doubling)
- Widescreen Widescreen
- Widescreen modes Full,
- Backlight life 100,000 hour(s)
- HDCP compatible Yes
- Supported DTV resolutions 720p,
- TV tuner presence Yes
- HDTV Tuner Yes
- Digital TV tuner ATSC,
- Analog TV tuner NTSC
- TV tuner reception system NTSC
- Speaker(s) 2 x Main channel speaker - Built-in - 4 Watt,
1 x Subwoofer - Built-in - 10 Watt
- Analog video input signals NTSC
- Surround mode Yes
- Sound effects 3D Sound
- Total output power 18 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),
1 x Composite video / component video input (RCA phono x 3) - On supplied adapter,
1 x Audio line-in (RCA phono x 2) - On supplied adapter,
1 x Audio line-in (Mini-phone stereo 3.5 mm),
1 x Network (RJ-45),
1 x Digital audio output (optical) (TOSLINK)
- Video interface HDMI,
- Type Standard remote control
- Component type None
Stands & Mounts
- Stand included Included
- Stand design Tabletop
- Power device Power supply - Internal
- Power device nominal voltage AC 120 V
Dimensions & Weight
- Dimensions (WxDxH) 55.5 in x 15.2 in x 34.8 in - With stand
- Weight 83.8 lbs
Dimensions & Weight (Shipping)
- Width 63.4 in
- Depth 11.2 in
- Height 37.8 in
- Weight 103.6 lbs
- Greenpeace policy rating (Nov 2011) 3.6
- Greenpeace policy rating (Nov 2012) 3.6