Pros Great picture, colors pop, blacks are deep and dark
3D is awesome IMHO
Gesture control is at best fair
Good sound, no "buzzing"
Cons Slight buzzing
Summary I have had many plasma TV's over the years. Plasma TV's have come a long way in terms of reliability and maintenance IMHO. I have owned and still do own two 50" Panasonic Plasmas and a 58" Samsung Plasma. Now with the addition of this 60" for my "man room" I am very happy.Edit:
Out of the box the picture is great I currently have it in MOVIE mode and I am quite happy with the results. You can have this TV or any TV professionally calibrated. Be aware with any Plasma TV you have to wait a minimum of 150-200 hours (recommended by industry) to have it calibrated. I have yet to self calibrate it myself and I have yet to play any of PS3 on it. I currently have (TV is on now as I write this) about 40 hours on this set. There are a bunch of web site that can give you calibrated settings for this TV, but be aware that everyone's room conditions (ambient light for instance) is very different. Just be aware that settings online may not fit your situation.
I posted a few pictures of my room setup. This TV does and will reflect light from windows or even a table lamp while you are viewing. The only plasma sets I have ever seen that really combats the reflectivity was the Pioneer Elite and the "V" Series Panasonic's. Having said that I am very happy with this TV in regards to the light reflectivity that this screen has.
As far as color is concerned, this TV reproduced black levels extremely well. Again outside of a "V" series Panasonic that I also was able to view, I am very happy with it. Skin tones, white and grey reproduction is on point for me. I am watching the World Baseball Classic on MLBHD and the picture pops out. If I may suggest before purchasing any TV you purchase, is to see it in person first (if possible of course). Go to the big blue and yellow store as I did first to compare the two TV's I had in mind, then look for the best price.
Now lets get down to the SMART features of this TV. The gesture control is at best fair. It does take some practice to get used to, but in reality I don't use it. This TV is part of a home theater set up and I use a receiver for video and sound anyway. Voice navigation is again at best fair. If the room is at all noisy the TV will not recognize your voice. There is an additional remote that comes with this TV and it has a built in speaker that you can talk into and it does a fair job. Again I use the remote more to do anything over the voice navigation. I cannot speak of how the video camera works (I don't use any social networking site or apps either) so I can't elaborate on those features.
3D is awesome IMHO! I do not see any cross talk as others have stated with this set. I have watched Wreck It Ralph and Finding Nemo in 3D and it is mind blowing. Colors and picture depth are on point and then some! The glasses that are included are comfortable to wear through an entire movie. They are powered by one CR2025 battery. Pairing them to the TV was painless and easy. The only downfall to these glasses are that they are open on the sides. If you have any light source to the sides of the open areas of your glasses, I can see it being as distracting. Until I find another set, these will do just fine and are really priced right.
Overall this TV was a killer buy! It has plenty of options to tweak the picture to your liking. It has a very attractive frame and it small so your eyes focus on the picture rather than the frame of the TV itself. Oh there is no "buzzing" effect as some have stated on this set that is audible. Unless you are specifically looking for it, this should not be a concern. I don't know if I have left anything out, but if you have any questions, please fell free to ask and I will do my best to address them.
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This is not my first go around with Plasmas and by far this has been my best.
Updated on Dec 25, 2013
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Pros 3D (Must direct )
blacks are dark
2D TO 3D Amazing
Video processor is good
Depth amazing picture
Cons 1. Strait lot of heat, no noise from the screen.
2. Internet / camera / hand movements excellent working
but who needs this crap?
People buy TV for picture
3.Missing Shades of Color ( It's time to 32 - 36 BIT COLOERS )
Summary Fantastic Plasma
But if you had 36 BIT color, it was the world's best plasma
Pros Great contrast, when not displaying an image with a lot of white at least...
More "smart" features than I know what to do with!
Cons The ABL is super annoying, especially if you use a PC or surf the web on it. I don't understand how no reviewer talks about the terrible effects of the ABL!!!
Buzzes constantly, possibly capacitor buzz?
Uses 3x the power of a local dimming LED LCD.
Summary I received this unit on Friday 02/14/14 but it constantly makes a buzzing sound, has HDMI sync issues (displays as flickering white noise after switching between inputs on my receiver), and the auto brightness limiter turns any content with more than approx 50% white on screen gray and dim.
This dimming of white screens is extremely annoying and makes the picture completely inconsistent. For example as I scroll down CNET.com the screen brightness fluctuates based upon how much of the white background is on screen. To note, all ECO settings are disabled so the screen brightness issue is NOT an ECO setting. I have tried the settings recommended here on CNET as well as those on DigitalTrends. IMHO the fluctuating white level is far more annoying than the fluctuating black levels on local dimming LED LCD sets!
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