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Panasonic TC-P60ST30 Specs

Size: 60-Inch

  • VIERA Connect Wi-Fi Ready
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  • VIERA Image Viewer H.264 with 3D Playback
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Panasonic TC-P60ST30 HDTV Reviews

Panasonic TC-P60ST30 HDTV ReviewsMy previous tv (which I sold off already, regrettably) was a Panasonic th-42pz80u. This was my first step into the wonderful world of plasma tv's & I have nothing but praise for Panasonic TC-P60ST30. I recently decided that I wanted to squeeze the largest tv I could fit into my entertainment armoire & considering how much I loved my old tv I figured Panasonic TC-P60ST30 was a safe bet to stick with the Panasonic brand.

Immediately after turning the st30 on & popping in Planet Earth on Blu Ray for a test run I was extremely happy with both the new size of screen in front of me & the fantastic picture quality. I played around some more, tweaking the picture & features on my new set & decided to start watching some of my select Blu Rays that don't have letterboxing. I read somewhere that Panasonic TC-P60ST30 best to watch movies that take up the whole screen for the first 100 hours or so of a new plasma. I'm no tech head so I just do what I'm told. :p

Not long into watching "Starship Troopers" I noticed my first flicker, or fluctuation. Every time the film made a cut there was an adjustment in brightness that came a half second later. I began rewinding it over & over & couldn't believe my eyes. After the awful flickering in the beginning I continued to watch & noticed it happening throughout, though not as bad as the start of the film. I've watched a few movies since then, such as - Sin City (noticeable but not terrible), LotR Fellowship of the Ring (noticeable but not terrible), & OH MY GOD Final Fantasy: Advent Children. Final Fantasy was just unwatchable with flickering all over the place. For those who don't know, Final Fantasy is entirely computer animated which might have something to do with it being so noticeable. I would expect the Pixar films to behave just as poorly but I can't say for certain.

I started researching & discovered that the fluctuating brightness (or "FBr") is not an unusual phenomenon. Just google "panasonic fluctuating brightness" & read up on it. The forum "high def junkies" is a good place to start as they have been discussing it in depth for a while.

I haven't lost all hope yet! There has been talk of Panasonic sending out a firmware upgrade to their Spanish customers on a case-by-case basis that actually FIXES this problem! Or at least adjusts it so the fluctuation isn't visible to the naked eye. I'm keeping my fingers crossed that this firmware makes it stateside so I can begin enjoying my tv. If that happens I will definitely change my rating of 1 to a 5 star. I'll be keeping my eye on that 30-day return date in the meantime, however.

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After emailing Panasonic & starting a case with them I waited patiently for an email or a phone call, but after a month none came. I kept up with the community on high def junkies & eventually discovered that Panasonic had started sending local repair guys out with a new A-Board, or if you're one of the lucky few a much simpler fix was available if a Panasonic employee could come to your house. I called Panasonic to see what the status on my case was, only to find out they had closed my case without any kind of notification. Jerks. The person I spoke with on the phone was apologetic & knew exactly what I was talking about when I brought up fluctuating brightness. I was FINALLY getting somewhere. Within a week of that phone call they sent the replacement A-Board to my local repair shop & I had an "FBr" free tv!

For those curious, they did have to take apart my tv. After watching that terrifying ordeal it was just a simple unplug-this plug-in-that & they were done. VERY happy overall.

After the fix this is easily a 5-star tv in my book. I'm a little conflicted on showering it with nothing but praise, however. I didn't exactly buy this tv day-1 of Panasonic TC-P60ST30 release & it took them this long to even acknowledge there was a terrible defect in a large number of their sets.

For those few who complain about picture quality I will agree that right out of the box the picture quality doesn't really jump out at you, but after buying a calibration disc & tweaking the custom settings it really looks amazing. Easily the best in its price range.

In short - if you're on the fence about this set, don't be. If you're unlucky & get one that was built before they had this fix installed, Panasonic will handle it!


Panasonic TC-P60ST30 Reviews

Panasonic TC-P60ST30 ReviewsAs with most guys buying a new expensive electronic toy I did weeks worth of research on TV's. My previous TV was a 2007 Samsung plasma (720p) and I really loved TC-P60ST30 for the time that I had TC-P60ST30 but I was intrigued by the new LED line of TV's. Before doing research I thought that this was the future and that plasmas were going to be phased out but I soon found out this is not the case. In fact LED TV's are no more than LCD TV's with LED backlighting while true LED's (OLED) being thousands of dollars for 42" models and scarce availability.

Regardless I went out and bought what I felt was a bargain, a 60" Sharp Aquos Quattron 60LE832U from BJ's for $1,799. It was thin, had wireless connectivity built in, 60", and cheap for what you got. The picture was good but I soon noticed a lot of artifacts in the picture. The color from the factory was overly bright and oversaturated. I am usually one who likes a slightly less realistic picture in favor of slightly more saturated and vivid images too but this was over the top. No matter what I could not get the picture quality right and there were definitely motion issues even with the claimed 240Hz aquamotion. Turns out it isn't truly 240Hz and it suffers from the same motion issues that all LCD's are plagued with. Frustrated I looked over to the plasma side but was apprehensive because in the store plasmas always look horrible. Their pictures are dull and over-brightened to where the blacks look gray and they are always next to shiny LED/LCD's that look so good. I had enough in my account to grab a second TV thankfully to see what it looked like next to the Sharp and figured I would take back the one that looked worse. In this case I was losing 5" in picture and was worried that the ambient light in my living room would drown out the plasma picture because this had always been a problem with plasma.

The second I hooked up this TV I was blown away! The color even out of the box was breathtaking and the blacks were spot on. There was a golf tournament on and I felt like I was there looking through a window. The Sharp had good resolution but it felt fake since the picture was so bright (even when turned down) and the motion unrealistic. I immediately packed up the Sharp and took it back. I am telling you if you are thinking of LED/LCD don't do it, plasma is where TC-P60ST30 at and you cannot beat the picture on this TV for the price, it is unbelievable!!! LED/LCD just hasn't been perfected enough which is why there are so many different types such as edge-lit, full array, etc.

I do want to mention for those of you looking to get this TV that I highly recommend you break the TV in for the first 100 hours by not displaying any static images such as logos or game HUD's. I also recommend running the slides that can be found here:[...] for the first 100 hours of the TV to age the phosphors in the TV evenly. The best way to do this is to put these slides on an SD card and run them through media player making sure to run the slideshow on loop mode and continuously. This allows each pixel to age at the exact same rate so that after the 100 hours each pixel has the same color saturation. Early on phosphors are soft and get hotter than normal, making them more susceptible to burn in and image retention but as they age they harden and their colors become more normalized. After this time burn in is less of an issue and your TV will calibrate much better as each pixel has a normalized color to the one next to it. The best settings for the TV can be found here: [...]Issues-Thread but must not be used until AFTER the 100 hour break in time! Remember not to use vivid mode for the first 100 hours either as this can increase chance of image retention although on newer TV's it isn't as much of an issue anymore.

Now on to the actual review:

Pros:
1) Picture quality - Absolutely stunning, the picture is as realistic as it comes with good saturation and the brightness is perfect. I have put this TV next to everything out there include the GT30 and VT30 and there is absolutely no different from what my eyes can see. All you get is THX mode and 1 HDMI and USB port on the other models and anyone who tells you the PQ is better on those is just being overly critical and properly a complete calibration nut because I just can't see it nor can most people.

2) Black levels - Any deeper of a black and it would look fake, even when the brightness is turned up they stay completely black, it isn't not a stupid balancing act like it is with LED/LCD where you have to tradeoff black levels for other things like brightness.

3) Internet apps/connectivity/networking - Comes with a wireless dongle to allow connection to your network and it is much more useful than I thought. DLNA works 1000x better than the Sharp which was clunky, slow, and didn't play all media types. The ST30 even previews your video files on your network as you are scrolling through them, it is a very cool feature and is very responsive. The apps are great too with pretty much everything you would be looking for such as Pandora and Youtube.

4) Price - As I mentioned before you cannot beat this PQ for the price. $1499 at most places and it can even be found a tad cheaper. The Vizio 4SV 55" model is almost $2000 and is large, ugly, and has a myriad of problems such as randomly turning off. This is a documented problem that you can search for and Vizio is apprehensive to fix it for anyone.

5) 3D - I'll admit I wasn't really big on this and the Sharp I bought didn't even have it because I could care less about it but this one did (and was cheaper, go figure). I am really glad now that it does have it as the 3D is simply breathtaking and there is little to no crosstalk at all! All the other makers (except maybe Sony) had a lot of crosstalk, especially Samsung. The Sony I viewed had great 3D but it was also running on a demo in the store hooked to a bluray which is a bit deceiving compared to watching it on DirecTV or something. Also be aware that Vizio TV's are not listed (right now) as a supported 3DTV with DirecTV!

Cons:
1) Only con I can think of is that the 60" model is almost $600 more, which is a bit ridiculous. I was hoping it was more like $300 more as I probably would have jumped on it if so.

2) Nothing else, this TV absolutely rocks!

Bottom line:
If you are on the fence with which TV to get or you are debating plasma vs. LED/LCD please take this review seriously and try the plasma, I am almost going to guarantee that for this price that you are going to like it more. The new Samsung 55" LED/LCD is $2650, while this amazing 2011 plasma is $1499, no need to spend $1200 more!


TC-P60ST30 Reviews

TC-P60ST30 ReviewsI purchased this TV to replace a 46" Vizio LCD that, after only 3 years, started having backlight issues. Prior to the purchase I agonized over my choices. I work with technology and felt very comfortable with LCD/LED screens; I also knew that my peers were choosing the latest & greatest LCD/LED technology for their new TVs. I had never thought much of plasma because of its initial reputation: expensive, fragile, burn-in, etc. I had not really kept up with the advances in the technology. Being on a budget, I wanted to get the most for my money, so decided to look back into plasma technology. I mean, if Panasonic TC-P60ST30's so unpopular, why is Panasonic TC-P60ST30 still around?

After doing some research, I began to understand why there was still a market for plasma: it is preferred by those who really care about their TV technology. The fact that prices for the systems were now lower than comparable LCD televisions was only an added bonus. Once the decision to go plasma was made, I had to then choose a set. Since I wanted to take advantage of Amazon's 24 month no interest financing offer, I had to choose between the LG and the Panasonic. That choice was a little easier: after reading literally every single review for both TVs on Amazon, as well as countless 3rd party professional reviews, I went with the Panasonic. The history and reputation of quality, as well as customer satisfaction, had me sold.

I have had the set for about 4 weeks now, and will share with you my experience so far.

SHIPPING: I used the super-saver shipping, which used the Home Direct USA company to ship from Amazon to a local company, then local company to my house. Despite finding some negative reviews with Home Direct, I can tell you that I made two phone calls to them to confirm location and timing (their tracking site doesn't update regularly, it only tells you when they picked it up from amazon and when Panasonic TC-P60ST30 delivered to the local company) and that both times they were extremely courteous and helpful. The TV arrived at the local carrier exactly when it was supposed to. The local carrier first set a day for delivery which was 1 day later than the Amazon "delivered by" date, but that wasn't really a big deal. They did, however try to call the day before delivery to have the date pushed back further because of driver issues; I insisted on keeping my original date (as I had already requested the time-off from work) and they were able to accommodate. The delivery men were professional and courteous, and my only minor gripe about them is that one of them tried to get me to sign the "I received the package free of damage" form prior to actually opening the TV to test for damage. I politely refused to sign it until we did so, and it was a non-issue. There was no damage to the set from transport.

BREAK-IN PERIOD: I had planned on running the break-in slides and doing the whole dnice process (see highdefjunkies for more info), but the room I was placing this TV in had exactly 27 hours before my daughter's sleepover birthday party would be held in that room, and I knew that 7 pre-teen girls would not take kindly to 1) no TV or 2) watching color slides as entertainment. Therefore, I set aside my plans for the 100-150 hour break-in and began researching its necessity. I discovered there are just as many people who feel this is totally unnecessary as there are who feel Panasonic TC-P60ST30 completely necessary; however the argument against it is that, basically, if the manufacturer was at all concerned about quality reputation, and felt this was needed, they would include it in the manual. Since it is not included, then it's likely not necessary. If you want to do it, and have the luxury of doing so, go for it. Honestly had I not needed the set within a short timeframe, I would have probably done it myself just to say I did it. UNDERSTAND that the break-in is NOT tied to image retention (more on that later); it is simply meant to evenly age the phosphors so that when calibration is performed later on, the calibrator can be assured they are working off the same baseline. I did keep the brightness and contrast down and I zoomed in when watching anything with bars for the first few hours of use (maybe 20). I've since turned the brightness and contrast up and have watched LOTR: Fellowship along with a few other movies.

CALIBRATION SETTINGS: In order to set the TV to settings I liked, I started with dnice's post-break-in calibration settings. Purists will surely say that this is blasphemy and that I should be stripped of my television set immediately and forced to an amish internment camp. No, no, slow down. I do not, will not, claim that those calibration settings, minus the break-in period, will give me absolutely the best image possible since I didn't follow his procedure. He's a professional calibrator, and I understand why he disclaims to do the other settings first, because he doesn't want someone using his settings w/o doing it then claiming he's wrong. I simply wanted to use his as a starting point. Once I get it set, and watched for a little bit, I began tweaking here and there. Sometimes I prefer warm1 over warm2. I've turned the contrast and brightness up just a little bit. Etc Etc. It just depends. Keep in mind something that is stated by many on those forums: what most of us are used to watching is over-saturated, over-brightened images that are not true to real-life. The calibration settings get as close to real-life as possible; if you want your image over-saturated, more vibrant, etc., then you'll have to tweak it yourself. YMMV.

PICTURE QUALITY: Wow. I mean... wow. Again, coming from LCD, I didn't know clarity existed on this level. To me, going from a mid-range LCD TV to a high quality plasma was like re-discovering HDTV. I'm not sure I can really quantify the experience, to be quite honest. I'm not sure I can write too much on PQ because it's simply difficult to describe. The image is crisp and sharp on a level previously unseen by me, and it looks... natural. Once I've seen it, I feel like LCD images are having to overcompensate to get close to this level of clarity. It'd be as if all you've ever had is artificial sweetener, then tasted real sugar for the first time in your life. It's just... authentic.
- Glare: Some people are concerned about glare from plasma. This TV glares no more than new LCDs do. Don't let that stop you.
- Viewing Angle: My viewing room is pretty square, so the viewers are never more than probably 25-30 degrees left or right of the middle of the TV; however, just to test, I've stood 75-80 degrees to the side, and the image quality does not drop off in the slightest. Additionally, there is no difference vertically - a big problem I had with past LCDs. Whether the TV is slightly above, below, or directly in front of your viewing angle will make no difference to your perceived picture quality.

SOUND QUALITY: I have the TV hooked up to a receiver w/ 6.1 surround sound, but I did briefly test the speakers on the TV prior to connecting it to the sound system. If I were using the TV for casual television viewing, the built-in speakers would be plenty adequate. I can't go in more detail because I only listened long enough to take a "thumbs up/down" measurement, and decided thumbs up based on about 30-60 seconds of listening.

IMAGE RETENTION: Ok, meat and potatoes time. Does the TV suffer from image retention? Again, I've only had it about 3-4 weeks, and probably only about 40-50 hours of use so far. I can tell you that the first day I had it, I used the heck out of it, primarily with my PS3 (for watching blu-rays, .mp4/.avi movies, and playing some games). There were a few times when I walked away from the TV with the PS3's primary menu up (the XMB), and I had a picture of my kids on the background. That night, when I turned off the TV and the room was totally dark, I could *faintly* see a residual image of my kids' outlines on the TV. I went downstairs for about 30 minutes, came back up, and it was gone. It was never noticeable when watching or playing anything. Since then, I've played Madden 12, Uncharted 3, aforementioned LOTR:FOTR, and other movies/tv shows, and have not once experienced any IR at all. I also changed the XMB background on the PS3 from my kids to the default one, which a more pastel color with moving glittery specks. Bottom line: I believe because the TV was new, and the phosphors soft, the image retention was most likely to occur, and even then it was a non-issue. As the phosphors have aged, even after 40-50 hours, it's no longer an issue.
- Gaming: many people are concerned about gaming on plasmas in regards to IR. Don't be. From what I can tell, all the recent games I've played have breaks in the action when any static images are removed and the entire screen is used for something. Example: Madden 12 may have a score box up, but it frequently cuts to instant replays, quarter/half endings, and other cutscenes that remove the static image every couple of minutes. The same with Uncharted 3. There is never more than a few minutes at a time when a static image is left on the screen. And the older your TV gets, the more aged the phosphors get, the less likely IR is to occur or be a concern.

BRIGHTNESS FLUCTUATION: I haven't checked the back to see when my TV was manufactured, but I can say with certainty that I'm not experiencing the problems that others are describing. This leads me to believe that the models being shipped out (at least from Amazon directly) are newer and have the patch applied.

ADDITIONAL FEATURES:
- 3D: Sorry, I'm no help here. I bought a 3D TV so I'd have that option to invest in later. I have no glasses or 3D movies to watch.
- VierraCast: I no longer subscribe to NetFlix, so I can't tell you about its player (other than the fact that it's there.) Pandora lets you manage multiple accounts from one screen, so that's pretty awesome. There is an Amazon Video player, the first I've seen one in a device such as this (why isn't it available on the PS3 yet?!?) but I don't use them either. Overall, the online options are plenty in quantity, the menu is easy to navigate and responsive to the remote (compared to some I've used, like Samsung), and getting to the menu takes 1 button, which is nice.
- VierraLink: This lets you link devices like your PS3 and the TV via HDMI. I haven't tried using the TV remote for stopping/starting video or for navigating the screen, but I do LOVE the fact that turning on one device turns on the other, so long as the TV was last used on that input. If I turn on the TV, the PS3 automatically comes on. The PS3 tells you when enabling this feature that if it's actively in use (i.e. playing a game or watching a movie) it disables the shut-off feature, so if you want to leave your game paused to grab some food but want to shut down the TV, you can.
- DLNA/Media player: the DLNA player works, but Panasonic obviously didn't want to pay for a DIVX license or something because it won't play .AVI files. As an Apple user, I typically handbrake everything to .mp4 (H.264 codec) anyway, and those play fine. I use the PS3 for most of my media playback needs, but there are times that it's not the best option, and the TV's DLNA server is used. The media player is separate, and is used when you want to plug in a USB or SD device. My biggest complaint about both is that the browsing of files has a "feature" where it will start playing the video in a preview window as you're trying to browse. In a large list of files, this can be a problem. The interface bogs down and becomes difficult to get through, almost as though the memory buffer gets full from trying to play the previews. On a USB stick this isn't a problem; on a DLNA server with 85 files in 1 folder, it's a problem.

Aesthetics: The bezel is nice, the base is nice. The TV is sturdy on the base - I had to pull the cabinet out last night to get behind it for some cabling (unrelated to the TV) and the LCD used to teeter a little bit when I did it - never in danger of falling, but never giving me a fully secure feeling, either - but the Panasonic didn't budge. I might mount it on the wall one day, but for now it works sitting on the cabinet.

Summary:

Pros:
- Image quality is the best I've ever seen, blows away every LCD I've seen. Calibrate for best results (don't just take default settings)
- Glare is reduced and on-par with new LCDs
- Heat is no worse, and in fact better, than the LCD I replaced it with from 2008
- Viewing angle - view it from anywhere you can see the screen without quality drop-off
- Tedious break-in period is recommended by some but not considered necessary by plenty others. I didn't and am happy.
- Image retention is mostly a non-issue; early in its life-cycle there might be a minor case of it, but it's not visible during viewing and will stop as phosphors age.
- Sound is slightly above average, although an external sound system is always recommended.
- Added features such as VierraLink, VierraCast, DLNA and media player are nice and work as expected. They're easy to get to and navigate.
- Aesthetically pleasing; the bezel is not too large or distracting, and the base is solid and sturdy.

Cons:
- Coming from LCD, it's hard to get use to "true black." If watching a compressed video, blacks may not translate correctly, resulting in black blobbed mass on the screen. I've had to turn up the brightness on a couple of videos to be able to see. This was *only on compressed videos* though, and probably not very well done. DVDs, Blu-Rays, TV, and higher quality digital files were fine.
- Ports. Some will say "yeah but this is the lower end of their line-up." I don't care. It's competing against other TVs at the same price point, and it fails on this aspect. 3 HDMI vs 4 on others, and no VGA port. This alone made the choice between the LG and Panasonic difficult. Fortunately I cared about quality of image and brand reputation more than 2 extra ports, but I shouldn't have to make that choice. I don't foresee it being an issue with me as I don't have a lot of things to plug into this TV, but for others it could be a frustration.

BOTTOM LINE:
I recommend this set and this brand to everyone who will listen, and to many who don't care. I liked it so much that I decided this week to take advantage of the 24 months no interest deal a bit more and upgrade our crappy little LCD in the bedroom to the 42" Panasonic S30 TV (the price difference made me go with the S instead of the ST.) I look forward to getting it in sometime next week. If you're trying to decide between LCD and plasma, and you want the best picture quality at the best price, get the plasma--and get the Panasonic.


TC-P60ST30 HDTV

TC-P60ST30 HDTVLike everyone else interested in making the big screen purchase, I spent hours every night reading reviews, shopping around, comparing specs and prices, and trying to decide whether I should go lcd or plasma. Ultimately, I ended up just going to the local BB and seeing which one looked and felt right to me. I purchased this beautiful 55in plasma and I couldn't be happier about TC-P60ST30. I've had TC-P60ST30 for over two weeks now and I don't have a single complaint. The picture is great and the sound is just fine for my living space(apartment). The 2D-3D conversion is alright but you should not expect much from any television's conversion. The 3D Blu-Ray is a different story - The Ultimate Wave Tahiti is AMAZING (I had to watch it twice because I didn't follow a word because I was so blown away by the picture) and Resident Evil Afterlife was fun to watch (the 3D at least).
I realized that all the hours I spent reading super detailed reviews was somewhat a waste of time because when it comes down to it, I don't really care about or even notice the subtle differences that so many people compare. I just wanted a solid tv with great picture at an affordable price and this was it.
The setup was beyond easy. The remote and on-screen menus are very user-friendly.
The widgets all work just fine. Watching youtube videos on a 55in can be entertaining.
My roommate and I are traveling surfers and licensed skydivers so we have plenty of GoPro HD videos that we watch on this tv using the SD card slot(we also watch them through the youtube widget)and they look phenomenal.

BOTTOM LINE: If you want a solid big screen with great picture at the right price then this is it. Highly recommend. If you have any questions then just leave a comment.


Panasonic TC-P60ST30 HDTV

Panasonic TC-P60ST30 HDTVFluctuating Brightness:
Most will agree that the picture on this set is fantastic except for the fluctuating brightness problem. Panasonic North America has created a patch for this issue. If you own a set that has this problem, contact Panasonic and let them know that you see "fluctuating brightness" on various content. They make sure you have the latest firmware updates, and that CATS is off, and then will document your settings. Once you let them know that you still see fluctuating brightness they will schedule a technician visit to replace your A-Board or flash your TV with an SD Card (new A-Board is the most likely). The new A-Board/SD Card flash will fix the fluctuating brightness. I received Panasonic TC-P60ST30 this weekend and all scenes that exhibited the problem before are now working as they should. Bravo to Panasonic NA for addressing the issue.

Image Quality:
The picture quality on this panel is amazing. Black levels are deep, colors are lifelike/realistic and still vibrant at the same time, whites are white, movement is fluid for sports and video games (no input lag at all for video games). Keep in mind, the TV can only produce an amazing picture as long as you provide Panasonic TC-P60ST30 great content (blu-ray, and HD cable/satellite to a lesser degree), so don't feed it junk (SD content).

3D:
The 3D quality is exceptional. The depth you will experience makes for some exciting experiences. I initially wrote 3D off as a gimmick, but you realize the fun you can have once you pick up some high quality 3D content. While watching 3D movies occasional crosstalk/ghosting is noticeable in some scenes when a bright image is in front of dark backgrounds; this is usually sporadic and many other sets will show the same ghosting...just the nature of the 3D beast right now. Overall the 3D is fantastic. Out of the 3D movies I own, here is the order I rank them: Avatar, Tangled, Rio, Tron Legacy, Ice Age 3. Many more 3D movies are coming out so Panasonic TC-P60ST30 a great time to give 3D a try. I have only played a few 3D games such as Wipeout, Stardust, Black Ops, and Uncharted 3 Beta. So far Wipeout wins, Uncharted 3 and Stardust were pretty good, but Black Ops was lame in my opinion. As time goes on I would imagine the quality of 3D gaming increases.

Settings:
First of all, hire a professional calibrator (not Best Buy) to get the most accurate settings. However, since many individuals don't want to spend extra money for a calibration, search for D-Nice's settings in Google for some great/accurate Custom settings that don't involve extensive work (I won't publish his settings here). I've also found that Cinema provides a very nice picture, and here are the settings I use (note that each set will vary):

Picture Settings:
Picture Mode: Cinema
Contrast: 92
Brightness: 55
Color: 56
Tint: -1
Sharpness: 0
Color Temp: Warm 2
C.A.T.S.: Off
Video NR: Off

Aspect Adjustments Settings:
Screen Format: Full
HD Size: Size 2 (occasionally Size 1 depending on what I'm watching)

HDMI Settings:
Leave on default

Advanced Picture:
Block NR: Off
Mosquito NR: Off
Motion Smoother: Off
Black Level: Light
3:2 Pulldown: On
24p Direct in: 60Hz

For 3D, I use the same settings above, but increase Contrast to 100, and sharpness to 50.

I gathered these settings with the Disney WOW blu-ray optimizer. If you haven't heard of that disc, I highly recommend you research it and think about purchasing it because it comes with some great tips/explanations, a pixel flipper (I'll talk about that in a second), and a visual reference disc that has videos of some great scenery.

Issues:
As with all plasmas, you will notice some line-bleed in various content. The line-bleed will seem enhanced because of the large size of the TV, but there is nothing you can do about it. Ultimately, it will not negatively affect your TV viewing. One issue many people freak out about is image retention and/or burn in. As you will find in many knowledgeable discussions of plasma TVs, burn in is extremely unlikely in this day and age. Sure, it is possible to ruin your TV if you never vary your content, but it takes some effort. To be extra cautious, make sure to take it easy in the first 100 hours. I personally don't lower my contrast and brightness settings, but many people do. I just make sure to switch content up once in a while, try to watch fullscreen content without logos, and limit time playing video games. Once the TV has aged a bit, you can use it as normal. Be careful not to ONLY watch stations 24/7 with a fixed logo, or scoreboard (ESPN), and don't ONLY play the same video game for numerous days in a row without switching up the content. This doesn't mean you can't play video games for a long time, or watch ESPN for a while, it just means be cautious and smart. Sure, after some long game sessions you may see the HUD, or the scoreboard after watching some sports, but it will go away after some time. One thing I mentioned earlier was a pixel flipper on the Disney WOW disc. It provides a constantly moving static signal that exercises each pixel on your screen to specifically combat image retention; Panasonic TC-P60ST30 a pretty cool feature that I highly recommend. Overall, as time goes on and your TV gets older it will more or less build up an immunity to image retention. So far, I watch movies and play video games heavily on the 65ST30 and have not noticed any image retention at all.

If you want to research more about this TV, or any TVs, check out [...]. I learned a lot from this forum.


Panasonic VIERA TC-P60ST30 3D Plasma HDTV Reviews

Wow! My first review... OK, the set arrived Friday, 5/27/2011, delivered from Best Buy, obviously in a huge box... Its 65 inches after all... And after the Spanish speaking delivery guys mounted TC-P60ST30 on the stand, plugged TC-P60ST30 in and left me to hook it up myself at my request, I began setting up the TV.

This set comes with every possible connection that you will need to view and listen to anything that you want, it includes a WiFi adapter for your Internet applications which plugs into one of the two USB ports available and obviously, an SD card slot for viewing pictures, listening to mp3's,3D movies etc.There is also a pc connection if you decide to go that route,but i use one of the HDMI connections for my laptop which does an exceptional job.

There are four HDMI input jacks, an optical digital audio output jack, and all the other standard inputs that you would need including a PC and a wired LAN connection.

Setting up this beast took approximately 15 minutes, after which I began looking at the digital as well as analog channels that came in on my cable system.
After setting the picture function to vivid, and backing off some of the adjustments, the thing looked superb... I also own a Panasonic vierra 50in plasma set that works like a champ, which is the reason that I went for this one, and the picture here exceeds the images I would see with the 50 inch.

I fooled around a little bit with the Internet applications, it has all the usual ones, netflix - twitter -face book etc.
It also has some games that you can play and if you want to,and you can download more apps... Some are free and some cost around 3 to 4 dollars to install in the TV. Looks nice and works as well as you might expect... My DSL connection is only 700 mbit so the quality isn't as topnotch as it would be on a faster connection... Say FIOS or something.

I then throw in the avatar 2D bluray DVD, and that's where this thing really shines! The set has a function in it that allows you to smooth the image. This is very useful for removing the jerkyness that you see on most televisions when things move from side to side or up and down and it gives the appearance of a very smooth and flowing image... I love this and you have the option of turning this on and off. You can see this effect on some sharp and Samsung LCD TVs... Now TC-P60ST30 available on plasma.. Very nice. The thing is maybe about an inch thick front to back so when you view it from the side you can barely even see it... And then as you step outwards from the side of it, you start to see all of the picture with no color degradation or reduction in brightness that you get with LCD TVs, so viewing angles aren't a problem.
This is one of the clear reasons for me buying a plasma TV. And the black levels, as promised, are infinitely black! I viewed it in a completely darkened room and contrast levels are amazing... when the screen goes black, you couldn't see anything in the room except for the red light on the television.

The set is 3D ready but you'll need to buy 3D bluray player and the special Panasonic active shutter 3D glasses that you have to purchase separately... Another $400 or so for those additions... So for now I can't comment on the 3D functionality of this set.. But I am sure that it is beautiful because everything else looks great on this titanic screen.

My son has seen it and is bugging me about getting the 3D glasses so that he can see how avatar looks in 3D so maybe there will be an addition to this long review coming soon. Kudos to Panasonic.. I love it!

5/29/11-I forgot to mention the one BIG negative that i have with this set,that is the speaker system within the tv,they SUCK!They sound like something you would find in say a 19"television,thin and tiny...its kinda weird that my 50"speakers seem to sound better than these but i guess that the thinking is with a screen this big,you will be using an external surround system anyway, as i do,so there's that.It also comes with a very well-lit,when the light button is pressed,remote control.There are many more things this set can do,you'll have to get one and play with it to check them out,

LB


Panasonic TC-P60ST30 HDTV Reviews

RESEARCH:
After doing research for months, I ended up buying the 65ST30 from Amazon for $2050 last month. I'm a first time Plasma buyer, so researched QUITE a bit into this technology. I was surprised how far Plasmas have come along. I used to think they don't have a long life, or are an outdated technology. I couldn't have been more wrong. I also looked at the GT and the VT series, but VT was out of the question due to ridiculous pricing, and the picture quality of GT didn't look any different than ST30 at the local best-buy. GT does have a smaller bezel though, and is more attractive looking.

Also, after reading several reviews and talking to people on AVS forum - I found out GT has bigger issues with floating blacks and brightness fluctuations, so decision was rather easy. ST30 was the one to get.

CALIBRATION:
After I got the set, I used the D-Nice's settings/slides to prep the set for his calibration (available online). You don't have to do this, even using his calibrated settings looked pretty good out of the box - but I went through his recommended process, to get the best possible image. If you have the patience, I'll recommend using his entire process. Panasonic TC-P60ST30's worth Panasonic TC-P60ST30.

PICTURE QUALITY:
After inputting the settings provided by D-Nice (and some of my tweaks) the picture quality was simply breathtaking. I was just amazed how natural the image looked. I was told this is the biggest advantage of going Plasma over LED, and at first I wasn't sure if I'll see much difference - but now I'm sold.

I bought a 2011 LG LED TV just few months ago, and this Plasma is much better. I compared them next to each other, and Panasonic TC-P60ST30 not close. Not only you get true natural colors with Plasma, you get very deep blacks and no motion blur. Can't wait to watch some football on this beautiful set. I was somewhat worried about floating blacks - but no issues with this set. Watched a few Blu-Ray movies on it - and was blown away by the size of the TV and the fine picture quality. The TV speakers aren't great, but aren't bad either. I plan to buy a sound-bar at some point though.

FEATURES:
a) 3D - I'm not a big fan of 3D (not yet at least) but 3D is pretty damn good on this tv. Better than any other set I've come across. But, 3D image has always given me a head-ache, so I avoid using 3D.
b) Online services - Basic applications are there, such as Netflix, Amazon videos, Youtube. User-Interface is very simple to use and is intuitive. I mostly use these services through the Blu-Ray player anyway. You can play videos or view pictures through SD slot or USB drive or DNLA server (connecting to your PC through wireless).
c) Viera Connect - I love this feature. After I bought this TV, I also purchased a Panasonic Blu-Ray player and with Viera Connect, you can easily sync up the device with your TV and use the TV remote to control the player. Simple idea which makes a LOT of sense.
d) Remote Control - I've not said this in a while, but I absolutely love the remote control that comes with this TV. It is also back-lit, which is helpful at night. Again, very simple and intuitive.

CONS:
I have yet to find anything wrong with this set. But, I must say - no TV is perfect. LEDs have their issues and Plasmas have their issues. I was aware of basic issues with Plasma's - so nothing caught me off-guard. I'll advise everyone to research these issues beforehand, or ask me if you have questions. These are small issues to deal with, nothing major but one must be aware of them.

FINAL THOUGHTS:
Another thing I'll advise everyone interested in buying a Plasma - don't go by what you see at your local store. If you have to compare at the store, compare Plasma TV with Plasma TV - not with LEDs. Plasma TVs need to be set-up according to your room and lighting. If not set correctly, Plasmas are likely to look pale and dull. To get the picture to pop-out and look accurate at the same time (something LEDs struggle with), you really need to mess with the settings. As mentioned before, google for D-Nice's settings - he is a professional calibrator who has shared his settings. Of course, you still have to tweak your settings - but it gives you a great starting point. Also head over to AVS forum where you can find more setting options and figure out what works best for you.

I've had this TV for a month, and so far, it has been one of the best TVs I've ever purchased. Since then, I've purchased a 50ST30 as well for my bed-room and am just as pleased with that set. When you factor in the price (for 65ST30 or 50ST30), I doubt you can find a better deal out there. I looked at the Samsung Plasmas (which are skinnier) and look great as well. In the end, Panasonic is a more renowned brand when it comes to Plasmas and are still a step or two ahead when it comes to black levels and over-all quality. Also, Samsung has very poor customer service - which made the decision for me.


Panasonic TC-P60ST30 Reviews

******* See my latest Update/Edit at this bottom of this original review *******

I have owned this TC-P50ST30 for a just over 2 months now. Bought from Amazon, TC-P60ST30 arrived quickly and in perfect condition and the delivery driver helped me bring TC-P60ST30 inside and helped me open it to make sure it was ok before signing for it. The TV is used for typical family content (movies, TV, & sports) from DirecTV HD-DVR and blu-ray playter, and has ~500hours on it.

While the finish of the bezel is not anywhere near as elegant as my TC-P65VT30 it is more than adequate, if a bit understated. The TV is thin and looks great mounted on the wall. Again, at this price point, for a plasma with great picture quality that supports 3D... this set is a bargain, and the looks are just fine. I would have preferred a metal bezel, but there is nothing that sticks out as bad with the looks of this thing.

I had no problem adjusting this TV to get a great resulting picture. I couldn't believe how great the picture quality was on this TV from day one, especially considering it came at such a great price point. With tuned in settings the colors are deep and rich but not over saturated, the blacks and shadow detail were tremendous, and the 3D looked amazing. My family and I enjoyed this TV with none of the problems that others have complained about (green "blobs", buzzing, IR/Burn-in, fluctuating brightness) for the first 450 or so hours. Then, as if someone flipped a switch... smack, here comes the fluctuating brightness. I started to notice it on several older movies, and thought that it was just because the content was older. As the days went it on it got worse and starting presenting itself on more and more content, including movies that we had watched before with no problems. At this point it is now hard to watch a movie or TV show that has any kind of quick scene change from a dark scene to a brighter scene because of these fluctuations. If they happened gradually it would be fine and would not be noticed, or if they happened immediately at the scene change it would be fine as well. As it is, when the scene changes as described above, there is a brightness shift approximately half a second afterwards.

I've watched the same content on an LCD that I have in my bedroom, from the same source and do not see these fluctuations. I have also watched this same content, from the same source, on my TC-P65VT30 and do not see these fluctuations. There is clearly something wrong this set, however from reading others experiences.. Panasonic is claiming that this is normal and within spec, and is a design "feature". Really? I have a call in to Panasonic now, and am waiting to hear back. It is a shame because this TV was such a great deal and looked so great at the start, in fact it still looks great.. but it is hard to watch and enjoy it with these problems.

Unfortunately if Panasonic cannot get this taken care of with a software update, this TV will be relegated to a gaming set for the kids to use with the Xbox. I'm not pleased.

EDIT/UPDATE: Since posting my original review, Panasonic has come forward and really stepped up to the plate. Engineer's took on all reports regarding the fluctuating brightness problems, worked with calibration experts in the field, and have developed a fix. There are two options available for fixing the fluctuating brightness: #1. A Panasonic representative can come to your house and install a software fix (this is a flash to the core software on the TV) using an SD card. #2. Panasonic can send an authorized service center to replace the A-board of the TV with a new one that already contains the updated/fixed software. It is at Panasonic's discretion (mostly dependent to availability of Panasonic field reps). In my case I got the software fix, but I know many others who have had the A board replacement and have seen the same results as I have.

When the Panasonic rep came to my house, we watched content to show the problem, the rep then followed his procedure and flashed the firmware on both TV's. After the software upgrades we watched the exact same content we watched just 10 minutes earlier, and the fluctuations were gone. It has now been 4 days since the update and I have yet to see any remaining fluctuations/problems.

Panasonic has stated that they are incorporating this fix into all newly produced 2011 sets starting with August builds, and will fix any TV's that have already been purchased of produced prior to that. If you have already have a set with this problem, contact Panasonic Viera Concierge immediately and they will get you taken care of.

Panasonic should be very much applauded for taking care of this problem, I am extremely pleased with not on the the TV's, but with this resolution. This update to my original review is a reflection of such.


TC-P60ST30 Reviews

If you're looking for that great plasma picture quality (deep blacks, true colors), truly smooth motion that no LED can replicate (600hz refresh), and 3D technology (plasmas do 3D better than any other technology available), this is the best bang for your buck, bar none. To get a TV equivalent to this in an LED, you'd spend $2000. At $1100, this is a great deal. The screen has a relatively good anti-reflective screen, making Panasonic TC-P60ST30 better in natural light settings than most of the high end LEDs that have all moved to reflective screens to increase contrast ratios. I highly recommend this TV.


TC-P60ST30 HDTV

Let me start off by saying 4 things first:
1) I LOVE Panasonic products. I have had their phones/shavers/Digital Cameras/and now a Blu-ray player and I love them ALL.
2) I even absolutely love the PQ on this TV as well (barring fluctuating brightness of course).
3) I'm giving TC-P60ST30 a 1-star rating with a heavy heart but with a firm observant mind.
4) I wish I never had to write this review.

The deal breaker??? - Fluctuating brightness!!!

I have read rave reviews for this TV here/other places and I agree with them PQ-wise. But IF and only IF your set has this and you've noticed this you're done. I hope this is not the case with you but TC-P60ST30 IS the case with me and few others. Not sure how many "few" people it takes to get the attention of a major manufacturer but here is my viewing experience so far. I've had this TV for 3.5 weeks now.

This TV tries to adjust its brightness A LOT. Majority of the time a scene changes between a dark scene to a (much) lighter scene/area - you can see the changing brightness - especially on the face, it'll go wayyyy brighter, then back to normal. Eventually the light will be perfect/even great hue but the "switching" drives me nuts. While dark scenes themselves look great overall - I also noticed some dark/darkness adjustment even in a night scene where the light in the scene/room was off. It happens much less often but it does. The adjustment in dark scenes are not that distracting as they are less frequent/apparent. Daylight/bright scenes - another story.

I even tried to "ignore" this by telling myself - oh well no TV is perfect and let me just "live" with it but I just couldn't. Besides - for a $2K TV to do what my $250 seven year old Sharp (CRT) TV does NOT do is simply unacceptable.

I have tried Blue ray/SD content/HD contect/netflix/regular DVDs and they all display fluctuating brightness. I grant TC-P60ST30 not there ALL the time but boy when it rears its ugly head (which is often) - that is ALL I watch and well that is ALL I'm watching right now - not willingly I must add. I've gotten the latest firmware as well.

So why just a 1-star when the PQ/blacks are great. The brightness problem is so glaring that it handily undoes the MANY good/great/outstanding qualities of this TV. Speaking of outstanding - another great thing about the TV is skin tones - oh so natural. When I was TV hunting/doing "eye test" in stores - LED always seemed to have an edge. But man - this colors/skin tones are so realistic in this TV. I do not want to take away the great PQ of this TV - in all fairness, yet at the same time I do not want to take away the undeniably distracting viewing this TV presents to me. In fact I feel like I've been relegated to "watching" the fluctuating brightness instead of actually enjoying the experience of this otherwise great TV. I even tried telling myself - maybe I'm "looking" for this brightness fluctuation issue but no no no - TC-P60ST30 THERE.

I'm at a loss to explain why Panasonic did not/does not notice this - that is - if they don't. They need to fix it and fix it now. I BELIEVE Panasonic can and should make it right. And I still maintain it's a great TV. I do not know if others have had the same issue or to this degree but this has been my experience. I don't know the technical details but they *should* be able to fix this with a firmware fix. I have NOT given up on them and hence have requested Amazon for another ST30. It is a great TV otherwise but you buy a TV to enjoy the programming content, NOT distractions. Panasonic - you are the top plasma maker in the market. You guys even have the entire (former) Pioneer/Kuro team working for you. Will you please make it right!!!

When I get the new TV - I will re-evaluate and post my findings. Oh by the way Amazon was 100% helpful/quick in sending a replacement. Thanks Amazon!!!

****Update 3/29/12****
I know I know - LONG overdue update.
Ok first of all - it IS a five star TV ... and then some.
For this price - this picture - forget about it. I know D7000 is good as well but a tad more expensive.

I had to go through 3 TVs before they figured out the A-board replacement. And boy does it fix the issue. I deliberately delayed my update a 'bit' 'cos I didn't want to just believe it 'cos others were saying it. I REALLY tried to 'find' the fluctuating brightness issue after the A-board replacement but I'm happy to say I just can't find it. This TV more than rocks. The prices are probably lower now... so what're you waiting for? .. then again they have ST50 out now *wink wink*

Someone asked earlier why so many ppl are giving 5 stars to this TV when others are (were) reporting fbr issues. Well - some of us had older versions where problem was prevalent. The new TVs post-august 2011 I think shouldn't have this issue and for the older ones the A-board replacement fixes the issue. Read my first review above - other than the fbr - the TV had NO fault at all. I can't comment on others' TVs but my issue went away right after the A-board fix. I'm happy that Panasonic acknowledged and then fixed the issue with their product.

I can't thank Amazon enough. They've been 100% supportive during the 2 times I had to replace the TV. Am glad it all worked out well in the end. I'm happy to say I don't regret buying this TV one bit .. even after all the trouble of replacing and waiting. I'd do it all over again in a heartbeat. Why? All is well than ends well :-) It will for you too.... buy it and thank me later .... I mean thank Panasonic later.


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