Panasonic TC-P50ST60 Review

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Reviewers can't stop raving about this 50-inch TV's 2D picture quality. Many experts say it's the best they've ever seen. Ironically, though, those same reviewers lament that the 3D picture is simply not very good. If you want a great 2D TV and only occasionally watch 3D content, this TV will impress you. Just be sure to get your hands on one before Panasonic stops selling plasmas in March 2014.

Panasonic TC-P50ST60 reviews declare that the 2D picture quality so good on this TV, you may want to consider buying it even if you're not interested in 3D. A CNET reviewer is effusive in his praise of the 55-inch model in the Panasonic ST60 series and notes that his evaluation applies to the other sizes, as well. He gives the TV 5 out of 5 stars -- a first for the site -- and recommends it more highly than any other TV. That's a pretty impressive statement given how many TVs he's reviewed since joining CNET in 2002. The reviewer raves that the plasma screen's overall picture quality and uniformity are excellent and the colors accurate. The black levels are very deep, yet the shadow detail shows through in abundance. One of the TV's only faults, according to this review: its 3D performance, which showed crosstalk and some stuttering.

Other experts also are mighty impressed with the Panasonic ST60 series. For example, HD Guru measured the native contrast ratio of the 65-inch model at an amazing 22,750:1. The site's testers also declare the TV's color accuracy spot-on and its shadow detail admirable. They don't find as much fault with the 3D effect as the CNET reviewer does; they didn't see any crosstalk, for example, where other TVs have displayed a double image. The report concludes that the reviewed model produces a better image overall than any other HDTV the site has tested.

The Panasonic ST60 series is available in 50-, 55-, 60-, and 65-inch sizes. Only the first two can be had for less than $1,500. The 50-inch Panasonic TC-P50ST60 (starting at $1,000, Amazon) is an active 3D TV that includes two pairs of glasses. This 1080p TV has three HDMI ports, a composite/component port, and two USB ports. This is a smart TV with built-in Wi-Fi, an Ethernet port, and several popular streaming features including Netflix. Panasonic has stopped producing plasma TVs, and CNET recommends snapping one up before the company stops selling them in March 2014.

If this model handled 3D as well as 2D, we suspect that Panasonic TC-P50ST60 reviews would tell consumers not to bother looking at any other TV, given the competitive price on this one. As it is, if you do want to watch a lot of 3D TV, this probably isn't the set for you. Nevertheless, this is an outstanding 2D TV that may be worth a couple hundred dollars extra, even if you're not sure you need a 3D TV.

Michael Sweet

Michael Sweet writes about consumer electronics. If something runs on electricity or ones and zeroes, he's interested in it. Sweet has written about PC technology and consumer electronics for 14 years.

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