The Current Industry Standard In Picture Quality
In overall performance it handily beats the very best LED backlit LCDs I've seen, including the current Ultra HD 4K sets (except in resolution) I've seen (since all of them use LED backlighting). At this point, you may be wondering why I would compare a 1080P HDTV to a 2160P (4K) set. Based on the demos of 4K sets that I've seen on 60 to 65-inch screens, the difference (really just resolution) between 1080P and 2160P is only visible when you are standing several inches in front of the screen.
Simply the best picture quality available
At this point, I've said a lot about this TV; however, the only thing that needs to be said is that it's the best. Is it leagues and leagues better than anything else you could buy? No - but neither is it leagues more expensive. Sure, the 65-inch model is demanding four thousand of your hard-earned greenbacks, but any home theater enthusiast would be lucky to own this grade-A plasma.
The bottom of the line is that the ZT60's price-to-performance ratio is higher than average.
Exceptional Black Levels, Superb Shadow detail
Finally, let's address the question of which is better: ZT60 or VT60? To answer, let's look at the three key differences between the two. The ZT60 does better in rooms affected by sunlight, while the VT60 has superior sound and comes with a camera for Skype and facial recognition. Which is better for you will depend on your priorities, but for us, the ZT60 is worth the extra $500 or so.
Top Pick for Best HDTV
No other 2013 HDTV to date is capable of producing blacks this deep. There are no announced 2013 LED LCD HDTVs with full backlights and local dimming, so there is no competition on the horizon for this year. If OLED (the only technology capable of deeper black levels) ever reaches dealer shelves in the US this year (it is looking doubtful as LG and Samsung keep pushing back the introduction dates), the first generation models will be limited to 55 and are expected to sell for north of...
Best Price performer right now
It is a fantastic product, built in wifi, applications that actually work (amazon Prime Video is a great example).
Like others, I want to break the screen in properly so I am using some patterns to age the screen. But we are also using the TV for some of the time and the picture is outstanding as well as everything else about it.
Good solid black levels and color with HD content
The TC-P50ST60 is one of the best value TVs for this year. At $1100 it will be a great seller and the price may get a bit better before the year is over. It's got good 3D, great blacks, a simple but effective remote control, ample Smart TV features, and pretty good looks. Samsung PN51F5500 is one competitor, though I prefer the ST60. The Samsung UN50F6400 is an LED competitor.
Latest Smart apps, streaming services, Skype video
The icing on the cake of this HDTV's performance is its remarkable value. While we do not consider price in our final rating, the TC-P65ST60 is simply a steal. Let's compare it to an LED LCD HDTVs with local dimming, the only types of LCDs that offer performance in the same ballpark. There are only two local dimming LED LCDs remaining and they are both 2012 leftovers. The 60-inch Elite Pro60X5FD (review) is $5,500 at Magnolia/Best Buy.
The Ultra Filter works wonders with bright room light
Here is where quality and price converge and man, these top end plasmas are up there this year in price. The TC-P65VT60 is around $3399 - no bargain basement TV and $1000 more than the 55 inch version. Yes, it has best in the market black levels that rival the best ever. In a dark home theater type environment the picture quality is astounding.
Offers plenty of apps to deliver content, news, and games
The TC-L50E60 fits nicely into the E60 series. This 50 inch 1080p TV is a good candidate for those not interested in 3D playback. It's got a native 120Hz panel, so sports and fast action aren't going to be a problem. The Viera Connect suite is present with built in wifi. This solves any problems when it come to getting content on your TV. This TV gives a lot of bang for the buck.
Picture quality looks very attractive
Not everyone can afford a company's top-of-the-line flagship model, so it's nice that Panasonic offers the E60 series, with its wide array of big displays. If you have giant TVs on the brain, but your billfold needs a break, the 50-inch E60 (MSRP $1149.99) can be found online for $1,000. Picture quality like this doesn't exactly make my heart skip a beat, but on a 50-inch display with ample streaming options and a tame going-rate, this is a solid value.
Viera Connect provides good selection of internet streaming options
I must say, that I enjoyed my time with the Panasonic TC-L42E60. It not only provides a very good viewing experience for TV programs and Blu-ray/DVD content, but its abundant internet and network streaming capabilities opens up a lot more entertainment possibilities that can be accessed via the very easy to use customizable menu system.
Sleek and minimalist in design
The Panasonic TC-P60S60 (MSRP $1299) is one of the first (if not the first) 2013 series available on the consumer market. While Sharp is shipping a few of its new models, Panasonic's S60 series became available for pre-order first: The higher-end ST60 series won't hit our labs until next month. In a way, our pent-up excitement for the new tech expected this year became channeled into this first real taste of 2013. Our first impression? The S60 is going to be a tough act to follow.
Stunning colors, smooth motion, and excellent smart features
The DT60 series is packed full of features, and its picture is great. The fanatical picture purist will want to keep shopping; as with most LEDs, these TVs just can't dip far enough into the dark end of the greyscale to bring you the haunting blacks you want. But if you just want a stylish, beautifully designed TV that also offers amazing color, ample connectivity, smooth motion, and a fancy feature or two, the DT60 series will satisfy your needs.
In spite of my minor grousing, the Panasonic is a terrific Smart TV, especially for its current list price. I realize that not everyone is as picky as I am about certain features and honestly, the TC-L55ET 60 delivers outstanding audio and video performance. In all honesty, I prefer my other set a bit more but it lists for quite a bit more money than the TC-L55ET 60. If this is your price range and you're on the fence, my advice is an unqualified "go for it."
After calibrating the TV, picture quality with HD content is great
The TC-L55ET60 may be slightly overpriced at nearly $1250 when compared to some other 3rd tier models, but the strong picture quality nearly justifies it. The strong 3D performance helps its case too. Those in search of a good TV for 3D content may be in luck. The similar Samsung UN50F6400 sells for a bit less with the same features. The LG 50LA6200 is the passive 3D competition for the ET60.
Sets the new high bar for home television
I took a star off my review due to the lack of included glasses at this price. It's like buying a pick-up truck and being told that the lever/toggle switch for your included 4-wheel drive is an extra. Bad marketing Panasonic, bad. Other than that, and the odd Android functionality, I cannot recommend this Plasma any more than if I were to post a picture of me hugging it. The P65VT50 is truly fantastic.
Produces highly accurate color
Panasonic's best plasma for 2012 gets a few extra features over the less-expensive GT50 series. There's an Infinite Black Ultra Panel with a new predischarge spark intended to help achieve even deeper black levels, and an improved louvre filter for keeping black areas of the picture darker under bright overhead lighting. Panasonic also reserves its 96Hz refresh rate, designed to better handle 1080p/24 sources, for the VT50 alone.
Great contrast ratio and accurate color
The 65-inch VT50 series plasma HDTV is Panasonic's best in show, top-of-the-line flagship for this year. It'll cost you just a little under four grand (at MSRP $3699), and it's served hot with all the toppings: full HD 3D, dual 8-train speakers with an integrated subwoofer, Panasonic's Viera Connect smart platform, 2500Hz Focused Field Drive motion, the new Touch Pad controller, and a gorgeous glass and metal design. Mama mia, that's a spicy meatball.
Black levels are excellent and deeply saturated
At around $3300 after discounts the TC-P65VT50 is an expensive little play toy. This superb picture quality TV has lots of competition even in this large size. It has a full, but not overloaded feature set. The Samsung PN64E8000 is a close competitor and Samsung and Sharp have some LED competition in this size and price range as well.
Offers very good performance in the 3D realm
The VT50 Series is the most expensive in Panasonic's plasma line. The street price of a 65-inch ST50 is currently more than $1,000 less than that of the TC-P65VT50. The question many of you might be asking is, does the VT50's performance merit the price increase? In my book, absolutely. I certainly haven't reviewed a TV this year--or any recent year, for that matter--that rivals the performance of the TC-P65VT50.
Finally, a plasma that looks good with the lights on
This tv still looks amazing and even more so after updating the settings in Custom. We still use the THX bright room settings when it's really bright outside and the shades are all the way up (windows are now directly across from the tv). There is still glare but no worse than on other tvs and not as bad as on some. Blacks still look good even with all that light shining directly on the set. I have seen no image retention while watching tv and I do not hunt for it.
3D Performance - Excellent
The TC-P50GT50 has the Infinite Black Pro panel that is Panasonic's best for 2012, but without the Ultra filter on the VT50 series which is even better. This is a big step up from lower end plasmas from Panasonic due to the much better signal processing. Black levels are about 20% better than lesser models with the extra fine processing of the sub pixel controller which controls the sub pixels red, green, blue inside each individual pixel cell.
Built in Web Browser, Built in Wifi, Social Networking Feature
Value-wise the TCP65ST50 is an exceptional deal on a per square inch basis with competition from the Samsung PN64E6500 and large LED TVs from Sharp such as the 70" LC-70LE847. At $2700 the 65ST50 offers great picture quality, lots of premium features (Wifi, Web Browser, Viera Connect Apps, Active 3D) and decent aesthetics. The sound system quality was not what we thought it would be, but with a TV this large you will likely want to use a home theater surround system anyway.
Outstanding black level and contrast performance, Great brightness
If we didn't already know that the TC-P55ST50 wasn't Panasonic's top-of-the-line plasma, we'd swear that it was. Based on picture performance alone, this could just as well be Panasonic's flagship model. That it isn't comes down to a few bells and whistles and a slightly trimmer form factor. For the majority of shoppers interested in plasma, the $,1500 (roughly) TC-P55ST50 is the ticket to top-tier performance at a totally accessible price.
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