Manufacturer: Panasonic Part number: TC-P60U50
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CNET editors' review
price range: $985.99 - $1,191.95
- Reviewed by: David Katzmaier
- Reviewed on: 08/24/2012
- Released on: 02/15/2012
The good: The inexpensive Panasonic TC-PU50 series in its superb picture quality surpasses many TVs costing hundreds more. Its black levels can get as deep as any but those of the very best plasma TVs. Color is accurate, off-angle viewing and uniformity are perfect, and its Cinema picture setting requires very little tweaking for optimal quality. There's a rare SD card slot for photo viewing.
The bad: The TC-PU50 washes out in bright room lighting, and it can't get as bright in its most accurate picture mode as some plasmas this size. It has just two HDMI inputs. It also uses significantly more power than a like-sized LCD or LED TV.
The bottom line: A low price, excellent picture quality, and bare-bones features make the Panasonic TC-PU50 series a superb entry-level plasma TV value.
by BenjaminCG on November 13, 2012
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Summary: I shopped around locally & on the internet and could not beat the price for this. I liked that it is a name brand and also it offered free shipping ...
Summary: I shopped around locally & on the internet and could not beat the price for this. I liked that it is a name brand and also it offered free shipping with my Prime membership. I was concerned that the description did not list it as "wall mountable." None of the reviews mentioned anything about this so I hope my experience will help any future buyers who want to wall mount their set.
After some research I found that it is wall mountable but that it does not conform to the Vesa standards. Vesa makes it easy to buy a wall mount for your television. If the television lists the Vesa bolt pattern you can then easily pick out the correct wall mount.
I went to the panasonic site and it lists the wall mount model as
TY_WK5P1RW. Great, but I could not find a place to buy that model! A Google search for it brought up the "Cheetah Mounts APTMM2B Flat Screen TV Wall Mount Bracket for 32-65-Inch Plasma LED LCD TV" on Amazon. Its description states it is a universal type mount that will fit most bolt patterns. I ordered this wall mount.
There are bolt patterns on the mount that did line up with the bolt holes on the TV. The catch is that none of the bolts that came with the wall mount fit into the holes on the TV itself! I had to go to the hardware store for them. So be prepared and buy these first. You need M8 screws, 4 of them. "minimum depth of 0.67" (17.00 mm) maximum depth of 1.46" (37.0 mm) I consider this more the fault of the television manufacture than the wall mount manufacture. The VESA standard is common these days and if they can't use that they should have at least included bolts that fit into the television. However, that may be the reason they did not advertise this set as wall mountable.
As to the actual performance, I was very pleased with the sound on this set! Some of them these days have such horrible sound you then have to spend a hundred more dollars on a sound bar. Our living room is not large but I think if you are using this in a large entertainment room you would probably also be hooking it up to a sound system anyway. For use in a living room the sound of the television on its own is great! Picture is great too.
There is a VIVID setting that makes the picture much brighter than the other settings or of course you can go in and manually adjust the settings on brightness & contrast. My father is visually impaired and needs the most vivid picture possible. This set is a great improvement over the old rear projection TV we had before.
There are only 2 HDMI inputs but on another television set I own, I bought a simple adapter that provides more connections if needed. For my fathers needs, 2 are just fine.
If you just want to use the stand that came with the set, it is easy to put together and seemed to hold the televison sturdy. However, we did not have it on long before we went to the wall mount.
*Note: for low price of this tv, check this: fullhd-plasmatvs.blogspot.com/p/panasonic-tc-p60u50.html
Very happy with the set and would recommend it highly, just be aware of the wall mount issues!
4 out of 4 users found this user opinion helpful.
Low priced entry model
by RebelTele on October 20, 2012
Pros: Took a while to dial in the settings for a good picture and at first I wasn't too thrilled with what I was seeing but patience and experimenting paid off and now the display looks like a Panasonic should.
Cons: Very limited settings available to tweak. It's obvious that Panasonic limited both features and controls to keep the cost down so this really isn't a con. If I wanted more setting controls I could have paid more for the next model up.
Summary: In reference to the unfortunate buyer with the early failure if he had done a little more research he would have found that blinking red LEDs can happen on ALL ...
Summary: In reference to the unfortunate buyer with the early failure if he had done a little more research he would have found that blinking red LEDs can happen on ALL panel TVs including all the big players in this market. It's not CNET responsibility to report an issue that can happen on any display at any time and this 60" model hasn't even been on the market for 4 months yet. It would be irresponsible to report any believed reliability issues with such a short history available. If history can be counted on Panasonic is at the top of most reliability ratings for all electronic manufacturers. Unfortunately they are at the mercy - as are all manufacturers - of their component suppliers and at times in their efforts to control costs this will lead to bad components with short lives before failure. Electrolytic capacitors are one of the top component failures on not just TVs but computers, audio amplifiers and other electronic devices. My profession involves maintaining computer controlled mechanical equipment and I have seen many high $ machines break down due to a $1.69 component failure.
I feel this guys pain about his experience but don't think that buying any other brand will insulate you from this type of problem. If this had happened to me I would have called Panasonic's concierge service and see how they would have handled first before going through the hassle of repacking it for a return. As part of Amazon's delivery service this display was unpacked and plugged in before the truck left so it was working then. I left mine for a few hours connected to a network channel to make sure it wasn't going to fail before I wrestled it onto the stand and final viewing location.
This display is a good value @ $900 delivered.
1 out of 1 users found this user opinion helpful.
Best Bang for your Buck!
by blondekitty1972 on October 29, 2012
Pros: 1080p,60" screen,gorgeous picture,600hz
Cons: Only 2 hdmi connections.
Summary: Got this at my local Walmart for $898 plus tax.Television was not on display,although they carry it in stock.I had to ask a saleperson if it was ...
Summary: Got this at my local Walmart for $898 plus tax.Television was not on display,although they carry it in stock.I had to ask a saleperson if it was available.I bought this to replace a dead Mitsubishi 55" projection tv.Excellent picture quality,perfect size for the living room,very clear at all viewing angles.Very happy with my purchase,lowest price I was able to find for a brand name 60" tv.I have this hooked up to a surround sound system,so speakers are a non issue with my setup.Only 2 hdmi connections,and one component connection for hd,so keep in mind if you have more than 3 hd components.I have had a Panasonic 50" 720p plasma in my bedroom for 2 plus years with no issues(knock on wood).Best $900 I have ever spent.Highly recommended!
Went through 4 TVs and none worked!
by ryboii on December 31, 2012
Pros: It looked nice and sexy when i opened the box... until i looked a little closer to see that there were tons of cracks...
Cons: Read Summary...
Summary: I went through 4 of these giant pieces of ****.... First I drove 2 hours to Walmart to pick my first one of these up 2 months ago and the whole ...
Summary: I went through 4 of these giant pieces of ****.... First I drove 2 hours to Walmart to pick my first one of these up 2 months ago and the whole time of transportation i acted like i was transporting a 60" piece of glass... after an hour of setting it up, I found that were were 6 cracks underneath the first screen because there are two screens so i ended up having to undo everything so i wasted 6 hours... I thought Walmart was just being neglectful so I ordered the TV from Panasonic directly just to see when it arrives that there are 4 cracks on the second screen again! So I send it back angrily... so I wait 3 weeks for the refund... o and they said on the website it would take 1-3 days buy it took three ****** weeks to arrive at my door!!!! I reorder the TV again for the third time and what do you know.... its cracked.. so i figure screw it i'll just plug it in to see if i notice them while on.. right when i plug it in and turn it on the second screen ****** shatters inside!! atleast 15 cracks along the screen now... jesus christ and it was loud as ****!!!! ok I say this is my last time, so i sent it back.... wait for the refund and rerereorder that piece of **** of a tv again... it comes and it doesnt look cracked!! yeah!!!! but when i turn it on the second day it cracks in two places and turns black!!! ***!!! It turns out that there were tiny hairline cracks underneath the frame and the tiny vibrations of the tv cracked the whole second layer screen!!!! I'm done with plasmas... well.... panasonics at least....
0 out of 1 users found this user opinion helpful.
by techiepapi on October 15, 2012
Pros: Low cost, great picture (for 2 mins)
Cons: It was DOA.
Summary: OK..so I purchased the 60" version of this Panasonic plasma from Amazon on 10/3/12...spent an entire day running wiring behind my wall and putting up a ...
Summary: OK..so I purchased the 60" version of this Panasonic plasma from Amazon on 10/3/12...spent an entire day running wiring behind my wall and putting up a wall mount...turn it on and the picture is BEAUTIFUL...then 2nmins later the screen goes completely BLACK and I get the "blinking red light of death"!!! Do yourself a favor and Google it BEFORE you buy...it is very real. I also bought a matching home theater at the same time and will be returning it as well....Panasonic has lost my business. I went with the Panny plasma after reading all the 5 star reviews (including an "excellent buy" rating from CNET ) and I own a commercial grade Panasonic plasma which still shows a great picture after 7 yrs, albeit 720p. I wanted a "no frills" set since it will be connected to my htpc. Thought I had a winner with this one and felt great about the buy since I got it when the price was $899. You truly get what you pay for. My understanding after reading countless blog posts on this blinking red light epidemic is that there is a serious issue with the Panasonic power supplies...one that the company is not acknowledging. And even worse is the fact that it can happy at ANY TIME to any Panasonic regardless of model or price range. So, you could be one of the lucky ones who never experience this problem or you could end up like me, with a 100 lb paperweight in your living room. Thank God it happened early so Amazon is refunding my money. I can imagine the horror of something like this happening in the middle of the Superbowl or NBA Finals etc AND after the warranty has expired. It's a $1000 gamble...choose wisely.
AUGUST 2012 Manufacture date
Ser No. MJ22290747
It is, at minimum, irresponsible for CNET to make no mention of this issue and rate this TV so highly, and at its worse, incompetent.
1 out of 7 users found this user opinion helpful.
by PKDCCA on October 5, 2012
Pros: This was not a positive experience.
Cons: Within 5 days of plugging TV in a horizontal line appeared across the top center of the picture. Panasonic would not replace the TV, were rude when we called customer service and only offered for a tech to come out and try and repair the TV.
0 out of 5 users found this user opinion helpful.
- Manufacturer: Panasonic
- Part number: TC-P60U50
- Description: Panasonic uses its own unique image-analysis technology. This technology converts the motion in each scene into data, and each frame is virtually displayed in a shorter length of time, to create crisp images.
- TV type Plasma
- Screen size 60 in
- TV features Faster-switching phosphor panel,
- Plasma panel technology Panasonic 15th Generation Plasma Panel
- Native resolution 1920 x 1080
- Resolution 1080p
- Refresh rate 600 Hz
- Motion Enhancement Technology 600Hz sub-field driving
- Aspect ratio 16:9
- 24p technology 24p Cinematic Playback
- Widescreen modes Full,
- HDCP compatible Yes
- Supported DTV resolutions 720p,
- TV tuner presence Yes
- HDTV Tuner Yes
- Digital TV tuner ATSC,
- Analog TV tuner NTSC
- Speaker(s) 2 x Main channel speaker - Built-in - 10 Watt
- Analog video input signals NTSC
- Surround mode Yes
- Total output power 20 Watt
- HDMI ports qty 2
- Input/Output connections 2 x HDMI (19 pin HDMI Type A) - Rear,
1 x USB 2.0 (4 pin USB Type A),
1 x Audio line-in (Mini-phone stereo 3.5 mm),
1 x Composite video / component video input (RCA phono x 3),
1 x Audio line-in (RCA phono x 2),
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
- Flat panel mount interface Yes
- Power device Power supply
- Power device nominal voltage AC 120 V
- Power consumption operational 162 Watt
Dimensions & Weight
- Dimensions (WxDxH) 55.2 in x 15.2 in x 34.8 in - With stand
- Weight 81.6 lbs
Dimensions & Weight (Shipping)
- Width 63.5 in
- Depth 11.2 in
- Height 37.8 in
- Weight 101.4 lbs
- Greenpeace policy rating (Nov 2011) 3.6
- Greenpeace policy rating (Nov 2012) 3.6