Pros + Picture quality on the VT60 is absolutely stunning
+ No clouding, ghosting, spotlighting, etc. to worry about
+ Easy to set up
Cons - Only 3 HDMI Ports
Previously I have owned a Samsung UN55F8000 55-Inch 1080p 240Hz 3D Ultra Slim Smart LED HDTV, LG INFINIA 47LE8500 47-Inch 1080p 240 Hz Full LED Slim LCD HDTV with Internet Applications, and Samsung LN46A650 46-Inch 1080p 120 Hz LCD HDTV with Red Touch of Color. They were all very nice LCD/LED TVs but I was always upgrading for one reason or another. The VT60 is my first plasma. Having owned a small assortment of TVs I am happy to report the Panasonic VT60 trumps anything I have owned and frankly, anything I have ever seen up until this point. This TV produces the most amazing picture I have ever seen! My initial thrill has not worn off. This thing continues to impress me. The pq is absolutely phenomenal, even right out of the box!
TV came well packed and assembly of the stand was straightforward and incredibly simple. I do recommend you have a second person to help you. The VT60 is heavy.
Initial setup is a breeze and pretty standard. Panasonic walks you through and shows you the included features, emphasizing their different home screen options. Fun fact: there is a silly narrator that sounds like a robot. I weirdly enjoyed it, a bit of 80s/90s nostalgia. I setup mine to go straight to the last source (HDMI) as opposed to my home screen. Also, there is a goofy advertisement that pops up at times. You can however turn it off in the settings.
Panasonic includes two remotes. I am not a fan of the smaller remote. I find the touch track pad on it to be cumbersome. Not an issue for me though as I use the included standard size remote. My girlfriend however likes the track pad. To each their own. I'm sure it takes a little getting used to.
The apps work as you would expect. I haven't had a chance to check all of them out, but my time with Youtube and Netflix worked without a hitch.
The TV itself looks wonderful. The stand and full glass panel make the TV a true piece of art. The glass itself does pickup glare and reflects light. I have a 7 foot picture window that lets in a ton of light directly opposite of the VT60 but it is not unbearable. I can see the reflection of the window but it is not any worse than previous TVs I have owned. I would argue it is better than my old LG LE8500 which also had a full piece of glass. All this doesn't matter though as I do most of my watching at night.
As I previously mentioned, the picture quality on the VT60 is absolutely stunning! The hype for this set is true. The VT60 delivers on all cylinders. Inky blacks, clean whites, incredibly rich colors, jaw-dropping detail. I've been watching in the included THX Cinema modes and haven't felt the need to make any adjustments. I am no professional calibrator but I would like to make it clear this is the best picture I have ever seen. You can certainly adjust the picture to your personal preference and their is no shortage of access for professional calibration if you wish to do so.
As my first plasma, I am thoroughly impressed with the off angle viewing as well. Excellent blacks from any angle and the picture never seems to wash out or lose its integrity. There is certainly no clouding, ghosting, spotlighting, etc. to worry about. If I get unrealistically close to the screen, with my eyeball nearly touching, I can see a bit of dithering which is a function of the plasma technology. It is used to prevent color banding and create a smooth gradient. It is not distracting and I only see it when my eye nearly touches the screen. From far away I do not see it at all. It is not an issue but worth mentioning.
I can't comment on 3D quite yet as I haven't had a chance view any 3D content. I've spent most of my time with blu-rays and streaming HD. I will update my review when I get a chance to sit down with a 3D movie.
Overall, the Panasonic VT60 is absolutely astounding! I highly recommend the TV and am incredibly satisfied with my purchase.
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The Panasonic TC-P55VT60 is worth every penny.
Updated on Dec 5, 2013
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Pros Outstanding Picture. Changed out of a Pioneer 55" Plasma. This picture is far superior.
Cons No ability to turn off Internal Speakers. Whats up with that? Difficulty hooking up Home theater surround sound. Conflicting Sounds with internal speakers, even when trying to mute. remotes cause conflict. I hope PANASONIC is listening!
Summary Great Picture quality, and easy to navigate. All of the Settings are very easy to get to, and use. Great internet internals for connections to Netflix, Amazon, and many others. Only Negative is the Sound issue. Seems foolish as to why they forgot to put in the Speaker shut off setting. I hope they fix this. A Television of this quality, would almost always be hooked up to an external sound source.
Pros Looks nice, still a great picture, love all the fancy smart stuff! good value!
Cons You can feel the Heat! Picture does not beat the Kuro!
Summary Ok, after spending a week researching and reading all the reviews, I really thought I was going to be impressed with the Panasonic Plasma VT-60. Obviously all the people on here aren't replacing a Pioneer Elite Kuro. Luckily the Kuro is still my flagship on my living room wall. I decided to upgrade by bedroom TV with the 55 inch VT60, but it is still not in the same league with the Kuro! Sorry CNET, you have been good, but the deep blacks still cant measure up to my 7 year old Elite! Unless this VT-60 needs some tuning that I dont know about? Abes of Main was great, got TV in less than a week to CA for a great price! Pinoneer Make a comback......!
Pros 1.Fantastic picture, 2.Fantastic picture, 3.Fantastic picture.
Cons Panasonic's customer service is a joke.
Summary The VT60 and ZT60 are not going to be available soon and dealers are doubling there prices. It will take a long time for the TV manufactures to produce a affordable TV that has a picture that comes close to the VT60 or ZT60 I am so happy I purchased the VT60 before Christmas. I got it for half of what there selling it for now.
Pros All of my friends now think their tv sucks. Really amazing picture.
Cons None, yet. You do have to do some picture calibrating, though. Has about 7 picture modes- why can't manufacturers have at least one of them properly calibrated????
Summary If you can find one, buy it.