Customer Reviews for Panasonic Viera® 60" Class 3D 1080p Plasma HDTV

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Panasonic Viera® 60" Class 3D 1080p Plasma HDTV

Full HD 3D Infinite Black 2 Panel VIERA® Connect WiFi Ready VIERA® Image Viewer
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5 of 6(83%)customers would recommend this product to a friend.
Customer Reviews for Panasonic Viera® 60" Class 3D 1080p Plasma HDTV
Review 1 for Panasonic Viera® 60" Class 3D 1080p Plasma HDTV
Rating
5 out of 5
5 out of 5
Location:San Jose, CA
Date:February 11, 2012

Very good image quality

Pros: beautiful picture, inky blacks levels, 60" is the perfect size, quick set up, 2d to 3d conversion
Cons: no pc imput, some media files would't play
Model Number: TC-P60ST30
"This TV shines most when viewing a blu-ray disc. I just rented "Rango" and every aspect of the image was top notch, it's a jaw dropping image! The 600 Hz sub-field displays all of the fastest movements flawlessly without any judder, the blacks are super inky black, the colors are rich and beautiful. The 2D to 3D conversion works surprisingly well. I bought a pair of Blink 3D active universal glasses but for some reason they lost it's 3D mode every few minutes so it's being returned and I'll probably just get the Panasonic 3D glasses instead. The media player wouldn't play most of my mpeg-2 PS files whereas they played fine on my Samsung. This TV has the Skype app, which wasn't offered on the Samsung I just returned. Set-up took under 10 minutes and most of that was spent on screwing in the pedestal stand. I just wish the TV had a PC imput. I like the remote design but I wish the color adjustments were setup slightly differently on the TV screen. 96 out of 100 is my rating."
Review 2 for Panasonic Viera® 60" Class 3D 1080p Plasma HDTV
Rating
3 out of 5
3 out of 5
Location:SE MI
Date:February 21, 2012

VG basic PQ, spoiled by Green/Pink Tinting

Pros: vg basic pq, nice feature set (for $$), remote is backlit
Cons: green and/or pink tinting, more prone to ir than past panasonics, so-so speakers, louvered filter restricts vertical viewing angle
Model Number: TCP60ST30
"Basic PQ on the 60" ST30 is quite good, however these panels share the Green / Pink (Magenta) Tinting that is common to 2011 Panasonic plasma sets.
Our current panel - the 4th 60" 2011 we've had in house - is the "best" to date, and seldom shows Green Faces; but the tinting still exists, & does pop through during certain scenes.
(Usually scenes with lower brightness, which contain mid-grays &/or earth tones. Smoke, water mist, medium bright clouds & B&W movies also tend to show off the tinting, as do solid gray slides. Some owners add Hockey games to the list.)
We've checked about 20 panels thus far, in 50 & 60" sizes - many with a store rep in tow! - and ALL have had Green and/or Pink tinting.
The trick of using Custom/Mid or Game settings usually helps, even though the best overall PQ (color problems aside) is with Cinema mode.
Random reports of other PQ issues are now starting to crop up from owners who purchased earlier in the year - specifically "blotchy" screens, uneven lighting, and long-term image retention.
However, IF you do NOT notice the Green and/or Pink (or are simply not bothered by them) this is a very nice set for the $$, and Costco seems like the best place to buy."
1 of 1 people found this review helpful.
Review 3 for Panasonic Viera® 60" Class 3D 1080p Plasma HDTV
Rating
5 out of 5
5 out of 5
Location:Chico, CA
Date:February 12, 2012

Amazing picture

Model Number: P60ST30
"I upgraded from my Panasonic 50LC14 to the Panasonic 60ST30 and man what a difference. This TV turns on and off within 2-3 seconds. The colors are just fantastic when viewing blu ray movies. I never figured the blacks would make such a difference in image quality. Make sure to switch your TV to Cinema mode as the standard mode it comes preset to is super dark and nearly unwatchable.
One of the reasons I went with this plasma is that the panasonic website stated that it used 139 watts on average. That is quite an understatement. I monitored it using a power meter for various usages. The power usage is not what I was expecting. I put it on cinema mode, watched a movie and played an hour of Call of Duty and it averaged about 235 watts an hour. In certain scenarios such as watching the movie avatar it used an average of 190 watts an hour. The power supply is 447 watts and it will jump that high when viewing a very bright image. Watching a cartoon such as family guy will make it sit in the 350+ watt range. Thankfully not all commercials/shows/movies are all extremelly bright in every scene so the power usage will fluctuate quite a bit. One bright scene will be 400 watts where as the next might be 170 watts. Its not quite the 139 watts the website said, but the average is not too bad. I would have returned it for that reason alone but I think the picture quality is worth the extra power.
The next thing I would like everyone to know is that these tv's do buzz. Plasma's buzz in general, but i wasn't expecting it to be that loud. My first one buzzed a lot when displaying a bright image. It could be heard from 15 feet away with the volume under 10. I returned it and got another only to find out that it buzzes almost as loud. The second one is not as loud but it is still audible from 12 feet away. My wife says she cannot hear it as much, but I guess I have sensitive ears. I plan on putting some acoustic foam behind it to help absorb some of the sound.
Another thing is that 1080i video seems to have a small amount of flicker. I do not notice this when watching 1080p blu ray, but I can definitely tell it when watching dishnetwork HD feeds. It is not super annoying, but it is noticable.
The last thing I will comment on is the speakers. They aren't great. They feel like they have no bass. They work but don't plan on getting a good movie experience with them.
I am a gamer and this TV looks amazing when gaming. Screen tearing seems to be a none issue and the input lag is unnoticable. This TV is excellent for gaming. I do not recommend the Game mode as everything looks too bright. I play games using Cinema mode with the motion smoother off and it looks fantastic.
I highly recommend this TV especially at the current low price of 1199.
I have yet to watch anything 3d due to the glasses being too expensive. Once they drop in price I might check it out."
1 of 1 people found this review helpful.
Review 4 for Panasonic Viera® 60" Class 3D 1080p Plasma HDTV
Rating
5 out of 5
5 out of 5
Location:Tucson, AZ
Date:February 13, 2012

Great Value for the Money

Model Number: TC-P60ST30
"This is for the TC-P60ST30, last of the 2011 60" Plasma models, definitely worth the close-out price. Just as good as a GT30 if properly calibrated. Plasmas for 2011 had their share of problems and this is no exception, but if you get one with a serial number of xx1215xxxx or later (or August or later build date) you will have the fluctuating brightness fix and not need to worry about that (though you can get a tech to upgrade it for free on warranty if older). The reported pink and green blobs or tinting is something to watch for but on mine I don't have it. I also hear no buzzing at all unless I stick my ear behind the set.
I suggest aging the phosphors for the first 100 hours using a USB drive with colored slides as discussed in the AVS Forums. Afterwards, I was able to adjust the Custom settings for a fairly bright image with excellent fleshtones using Mid-panel Brightness and HDMI "Graphics" setting. Great contrast and colors. Very happy with the picture.
Don't compare this TV next to LCD flat panels in the store. Once you take it home it looks much better. Just don't expect to see a great picture in sunlight. It helps to use a wall where you have some light control. The glass will reflect somewhat so best not to have lights behind your viewing position.
The built in speakers are not too bad and I can get used to the glossy black frame. Note that the WiFi adaptor must be plugged into the side USB port to use Viera Connect. You will see it sticking out unless you buy a USB swivel adaptor. I was able to mount the TV on a very shallow 1.5" wall mount, but had to remove the AC plug snap adaptor and used right-angle HDMI port savers. Looks great on the wall. Still quite thin if not as thin as the GT30 or VT30 models. Definitely gives off some heat and uses a bit of wattage compared to LCD but unless yo want to pay upwards of $4K on a local dimming model, I'd stick with plasma for the best picture.
The 3D also works fine though only got to test it for a short period. Use the 3rd generation (3D3) Panasonic glasses.
I should also mention the delivery from costco.com (Bronze service) was excellent. No damage whatsoever! Overall, a great deal for a 60" TV."
4 of 4 people found this review helpful.
Review 5 for Panasonic Viera® 60" Class 3D 1080p Plasma HDTV
Rating
5 out of 5
5 out of 5
Date:February 4, 2012

Nice Picture

"We have had this tv for a few days now and have fallen in love with the picture quality. Why doesn't everyone buy plasma?? It's the best picture and so far sports look fantastic. Remote is easy to use also - thanks. :)"
5 of 5 people found this review helpful.
Review 6 for Panasonic Viera® 60" Class 3D 1080p Plasma HDTV
Rating
4 out of 5
4 out of 5
Location:orange county, CA
Date:January 29, 2012

Update Your TV Firmware!

Pros: great picture
Cons: old firmware
Model Number: TC-P60ST30
"Just picked this up model up today at the Costco warehouse, so only had it a few hours. Haven't tried all the features yet, but noticed that the picture brightness varied, and I had difficulty connecting my wifi. I don't know where costco sourced these TVs but the manufacture date was Aug 2011. Updated the firmware from 2060 to the latest version 2200, and it took care of it. UPDATE YOUR FIRMWARE!"
16 of 16 people found this review helpful.