Automotive Holiday Deals Books Holiday Gift Guide Shop Men's Cyber Monday Deals Week Learn more nav_sap_SWP_6M_fly_beacon Train egg_2015 Fire TV Stick Beauty Deals Gifts for Her Amazon Gift Card Offer mithc mithc mithc  Amazon Echo Starting at $49.99 Kindle Voyage R6 Siege Outdoor Deals on bgg
Customer Review

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Tremendous value, February 21, 2012
This review is from: Panasonic VIERA TC-P60S30 60-Inch 1080p Plasma HDTV (2011 Model) (Electronics)
I bought the Panasonic Viera TC-P60S30 60" Plasma HDTV about a month ago and could not be more pleased with my purchase. I did quite a bit of research and visited many user forums before deciding on this model. Simply put, the image quality is exquisite. Image details are superbly rendered; colors are natural and lifelike (you'll need to do some initial tweaking but that's to be expected of any new HDTV...more on this later). Exceptional clarity!

Set up was a breeze, the remote is well laid out, the TV's menu system is easily understandable, and the owner's manual is comprehensible.

(I cannot comment on the TV's DLNA features, SD card reader, or its internet TV capabilities, as these are not important to me; maybe someday I'll check `em out.)

The TC-P60S30 allows adjustment of Picture Mode, Brightness, Contrast, Color, Tint, Sharpness, Color Temperature, Video NR, as well as several other advanced parameters. However, it does not have as many picture controls as some other plasma TVs. At first I was a bit disappointed that these adjustments were not available. However, as I continued to work with the Panny, I was able to adjust the picture beautifully. I highly recommend the use of a calibration disk to assist you with setting the `Brightness' (Black Level) and `Contrast' (White Level). I used "Digital Video Essentials: High Definition" to do some basic calibration. You will particularly need to work with the `Brightness' control on this TV because blacks can render so extremely black that some of the black detail can be lost if your Brightness setting is too low (mine is now set to +64, in `Custom' mode, and has that gorgeous ink-y black without detail loss).

The only issue I've had with this TV (which has been resolved) had to do with "fluctuating brightness" which is apparently common to many 2011 Panasonic plasmas; you can read about this if you Google: "panasonic 2011 fluctuating brightness". Basically what happened is about a half of a second after a scene change there was often an abrupt change in the overall brightness of the screen; in my case this was only noticeable when watching basketball or hockey games, where there was a wide expanse of light imagery (the court, the rink). My understanding is that this has to do with the TV's APL (Average Picture Level) circuitry and that Panasonic is aware of this behavior and has addressed it via a firmware update. In my case, I noticed the brightness fluctuation during the first couple of weeks of watching the TC-P60S30, but as the set got broken in, after a 200 hour break-in period (more on this below), the fluctuations completely ceased. Evidently the break-in period somehow stabilized the APL circuitry such that it's now a brightness fluctuations whatsoever. (Make sure your TV has the latest firmware updates!).

On another note, I've noticed many reviewers have complained about the sound quality. This hasn't been a concern for me since I have the TV connected to my stereo receiver/speaker system (via the S30's digital audio out). When I'm just watching to catch some news or a sports update, the sound is fine. Beware that the S30 does not have analog audio outs, only digital audio out; so if you're planning on connecting it to your receiver or home theatre system make sure it has a digital audio in.

Although it does not specify it in the owner's manual, Panasonic tech support recommended performing a 100 hour `break-in' period in order to age and harden the plasma phosphors against possible image retention (the dreaded screen `burn-in'). Just to be safe, I actually broke my unit in for 200 hours, easily done with a plasma break-in DVD, available for free at eaprogramming dotcom.

Speaking of tech support, I spoke with them numerous times during the 1st few weeks, just to clarify a few points, and I found them to be helpful & fairly knowledgeable.

In conclusion, I am delighted with my purchase of the TC-P60S30. I didn't think I'd find a 60" Plasma set that would rival my beloved Samsung PN50B550, but this unit is a winner. Rich blacks, exceptionally natural colors and magnificent image clarity. If you're interested in a great value 60" plasma TV without a lot of bells and whistles, I'd highly recommend you check out the TC-P60S30!
Help other customers find the most helpful reviews 
Was this review helpful to you? Yes No

Be the first person to comment on this review.

[Add comment]
Post a comment
To insert a product link use the format: [[ASIN:ASIN product-title]] (What's this?)
Amazon will display this name with all your submissions, including reviews and discussion posts. (Learn more)
This badge will be assigned to you and will appear along with your name.
There was an error. Please try again.
Please see the full guidelines here.

Official Comment

As a representative of this product you can post one Official Comment on this review. It will appear immediately below the review wherever it is displayed.   Learn more
The following name and badge will be shown with this comment:
 (edit name)
After clicking the Post button you will be asked to create your public name, which will be shown with all your contributions.

Is this your product?

If you are the author, artist, manufacturer or an official representative of this product, you can post an Official Comment on this review. It will appear immediately below the review wherever it is displayed.  Learn more
Otherwise, you can still post a regular comment on this review.

Is this your product?

If you are the author, artist, manufacturer or an official representative of this product, you can post an Official Comment on this review. It will appear immediately below the review wherever it is displayed.   Learn more
System timed out

We were unable to verify whether you represent the product. Please try again later, or retry now. Otherwise you can post a regular comment.

Since you previously posted an Official Comment, this comment will appear in the comment section below. You also have the option to edit your Official Comment.   Learn more
The maximum number of Official Comments have been posted. This comment will appear in the comment section below.   Learn more
Prompts for sign-in