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 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.
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 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.
"Magnificent HDTV"on by CincyDoggy
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. 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.
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 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"on by mssea123
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 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.