Pros + Picture quality is awesome, great black levels, contrast and color
+ Very easy to set up, great features
+ Sound quality is amazing
+ User interface extremely easy to use and navigate
Cons - Only two HDMI
- There is some reflection if you have a lamp on behind you or it's bright in the room
Summary After exhaustive research and subsequent comparison shopping, I decided on this TV in its 65" form factor. I am extremely pleased with the purchase (and subsequent Amazon delivery), and can recommend it heartily, especially considering its price point.Edit:
Another reviewer echoed an important sentiment in these reviews to note if you're upgrading from an older TV: the performance of this set will almost undoubtedly trounce your older TV for a fraction of its original cost. In my case, a 2006 Panasonic 42" plasma that cost about $2,300 at the time; its picture quality and black levels don't hold a candle to this one.
Also, going from 42" to 65" is like having a hallelujah chorus sing every time you turn it on. It's pretty glorious.
Since picture quality is highly subjective, I will leave you to the professionals for their specific opinions and testing results (CNET has an informative review up). As for my personal opinion, the picture is stunning with Blu-ray and HD streaming content (Netflix, Amazon, and Vudu via the PS3). Gaming, specifically related to input lag and fluid motion, is an absolute joy to behld. The ST60 series was on my short list, but after the definitive input lag tests on those sets, I passed them up in favor of what I found to be a better deal in this S60 series.
In terms of the visual aesthetic, this TV looks like a much more expensive model, with a particularly slim black bezel (it's about an inch) and understated stand. To quote one of my more eloquent friends, her first reaction to seeing the set when turned off was, "Whoa...fancy."
Prior to purchasing, I spent some time trying to figure out if this TV would be too big for the space I wanted to put it in, and ended up addressing that question with about $4 worth of poster board stapled to the measured dimensions of the TV (for each size in this series you can easily find its specific measurements). I simply took the measured, combined pieces of poster board and held them up over my existing stand, and judged accordingly. And then grinned for about five minutes. To those of you debating a larger vs. smaller model, I'll relate one of the forum threads I found in which one of the early S60 owners simply said, "How often have you ever heard someone say they wish they'd bought a smaller TV?"
The one serious knock (and honestly, the only legitimate knock I've heard against this TV) is that it is highly reflective in well-lit conditions. That point cannot be over stressed; this TV is not for you if you can't control your viewing room's lighting conditions. I hung blackout curtains in my home theater room (which I'd recommend doing regardless of your TV choice), and in those low-light conditions, the picture really shines. This TV becomes a mirror (a good-looking one at that) in bright conditions, so keep that in mind.
All in all, I cannot recommend this TV enough, especially for the price point. I would suggest you go for a larger size if within your price range, and do what you can to control the lighting conditions in your viewing area. That's one particularly minor stipulation for an otherwise outstanding TV.
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Updated on Dec 1, 2013
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