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 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.
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 doesn't look like it is going to be mainstream any time soon, please do not stop making Plasmas, pretty please!"
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 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.
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!) 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.
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.