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, May 2, 2012
This review is from: Panasonic VIERA TC-P60ST50 60-Inch 1080p 600Hz Full HD 3D Plasma TV (Electronics)
I'll keep this review short and sweet, unlike some of my other reviews. I have only had this TV for a few weeks now and I must say the picture quality (PQ) blows away every other display I have ever seen. I have read other reviews mentioning the old Pioneer Plasmas and some brought up the Samsung line but I never really got caught up in the plasma world when those manufacturers reigned supreme. As far as modern-day HD is concerned, I believe the best technology is plasma and Panasonic has the best models available-period. I'm not saying plasma displays are without quirks and issues. There is always a concern about image retention (IR) and screen burn-in if you are not careful. And I recommend following the advice of experts when it comes to breaking in a new plasma display. Yes, that means setting up your brand-spanking new TV and watching a seemingly never ending slide show of colors for 100 hours. Yes, that's 4 days of semi-torture that you must endure if you want the best PQ and the most consistently beautiful display for years to come. Plus, during the prep you can observe the display for defects.
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As for the ST50s menus and such, you might find navigating through everything a bit daunting at first. The quick start guide was infinitely more help than the "manual" supplied. The on screen help is readily available from a single button on the remote. The network setup is very straightforward and the Viera connect works well with windows computers for media sharing. It will connect to your wireless network on the 5MHz (N) band, so this will ease your traffic on the crowded 2.4 GHz band. At least you won't have to share bandwidth with the microwave ovens and alarm clocks in your house.
I didn't say much about the PQ, but suffice it to say you need to see a Panny Plasma for yourself before you go and spend your money on an LCD or LED or OLED unit. The extremely wide viewing angle of Plasmas cannot be beat. The 3D on this TV is simply mind-boggling. One thing you must consider is your room lighting. Plasmas work best in darkened rooms. Invest in shades or curtains if you have to-don't let that be a show stopper (literally). I forgot to mention, after the 100 hour prep for the panel you either should get it professionally calibrated or get the Disney WOW disc and do it yourself. You will not be disappointed.
In conclusion, I must say I realize Plasma displays are not for everyone. They require some setup and prep time and if you have screaming kids ready to watch a Tele-Tubbies marathon, how can you let it run a slide show for 4 solid days non-stop? And if you are a retro junkie and you break out the old pong game during a party with your former college roommates you risk burning an image into your display that will last far longer than your hangover. So yes, there are a few concerns you must consider. If you can get past the initial prep time you will be rewarded with a fantastic picture that will satisfy for years to come (panel loses 1/2 brightness after 100,000 hours according to Panny). So far I am extremely happy with this unit. I hope my rambling review (RR) will help you make an informed decision on whether or not a plasma tv is right for you.
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