Panasonic TC-P65ST60 Plasma HDTV Review

Panasonic TC-P65ST60 Plasma HDTV Review

Panasonic ST60 models fall in the middle of their line of plasma 2013. Here are the entry level models, and it offers the VT60 lines and ZT60 with a new transmission system and all Panasonic Intelligent functions. The ST60 Series is the latest smart applications, video streaming Skype (camera accessories sold separately) services, a new "home screen" 3D GUI, and oh, the best overall picture of each HDTV packed I've ever seen.

Read on for all the details.

General Features

Panasonic TC-P65ST60 Plasma HDTV smart tv Review

The TC-P65ST60 Plasma HDTV is a 65-inch diagonal. The series includes a 50-inch (TC-P50ST60) 55 inch (TC-P55ST60) and 60 inch (TC-P60ST60). Everyone has a glass and metal design with a depth of 2 cm. The ST60 features "Infinite Black Pro" panel plasma Panasonic, 2500 Focused Field Drive (each pulse lasts subfield 1/2500th of a second) HD 1080p in 2D and 3D, 2D to 3D conversion, electronic pen touch (an optional accessory ), built in WiFi, VIERA Connect cloud-access Internet content for video-on-demand movies and TV shows on educational content, a rudimentary web browser, and a variety of other applications.

The ST60 has an anti-reflective coating bonded to the glass plate. This seems slightly more efficient than previous models.

The ST60 has an anti-reflective coating bonded to the glass plate. This seems slightly more efficient than previous models
The remote control has changed since last year. It is not lit, but contains special key Netflix, and re-positioned for the menu and home keys, it took a little time to get used to after years of similar controls.


The ST60 has three HDMI inputs (one with Audio Return Channel), two USB ports, one component / composite port (no dongle required), SD card slot and an Ethernet port. The ST60 supports AVCHD, MPEG-4, Motion JPEG, MKV, MOV and other video files, JPEG photos with AAC, FLAC and MP3.

Image Control

That's where Panasonic really stepped up to the plate this year. Today, added five modes of the image and we have a gamma control 10 points. They also have a copy function which, to be transferred there for each entry (a real time saver) to adjust the picture. There are many other ways to reduce noise, smoothing motion (with accompanying soap opera effect) and 48 and 96 Hz refresh rate of 24 frames per second based content (film and a couple of movies on video-based).

In addition, there is an application for Android and iOS phones and tablets, allowing you to change the configuration of the image, including 60 built-in color management system.

Intelligent functions

There is to select current websites. Some contain a small screen content / cable TV, surround applications. Panasonic includes several templates that can be customized with your favorite applications with the climate, weather and other information. We check the quality of play Amazon Instant streaming, and select the movie The Lincoln Lawyer HD (one of our recent favorites). We have very good HD quality: Blu-ray DVD player and the best thing I've seen on Amazon. We do not know whether the image is the result of better transmission quality and workmanship Panasonic or Amazon, but we can not complain.

Power consumption

With the test we measure power consumption of 260 watts IEC. While this is significantly higher than the LED LCDs, the price difference of a more efficient model will never come to meet the energy savings over the life of a television.

Image quality

We left on the panel for 200 hours before the test. We did it by you. Logos with cable TV content and full of light frame only (no black bars) Use the "Custom" mode, set the contrast to "83" produces 29.1 foot Lamberts Brightness, a window configuration IRE 100 After the collapse of the period used patterns full screen on different levels for uneven wear (burn-in) or image retention (IR) guidance. None observed. We revise our initial configuration of the image.

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It should be noted that all brightness plasmas controlled by a circuit called "ABL". This is due to the physical limitations of the power of the television, as well as considerations of energy. Therefore, the use of a model window brightness is more on how the TV will most television programs and movies. The entire program of the white screen is the exception and not the rule (especially considering that the ice hockey and ski championships).

So we had the TV for maximum brightness contrast for day vision, creating a white level of 45.5 foot Lamberts on a 100% white. 0.0020 ft Lamberts of light measured with a full black screen as a minimum. This equality measure with top of the line VT50 black level in the last year. The overall result is a native contrast ratio of 22,750:1 circulation. This remarkable contrast ratio really makes the image pop with quality content like 3D in 2D mode.

We conducted our tests with the HDV DVD upconversion and Blu-ray Panasonic ST60 aced all. Motion resolution of 1080 lines per picture height total.

The color accuracy is very good out of the box with a red measuring 0.654 x = y = 0.322; Green x = 0.289 and y = 0.601 x = 0.150 y = 0.055 Blue. The color management system allows almost perfect primary parameters.

Adjust the color temperature was near two warm color temperature of 6500K with a reading of the box 6447K and 6314K at 20 IRE to 80 IRE. Of the built very close to the ideal setting controls D6500 White Balance spectroradiometer measurements enabled.

We update our calibration software and plan to charts readings publish our results in the near future.

We ran through the source parameters 24Hz. As output 48 Hz flicker like crazy in previous Panasonic models and was not acceptable. The setting of 60 Hz dedicated 03:02 ET has passed all tests. The 96 Hz worked well, except for some scenes. Specific horizontal pan seemed to have some stuttering. We believe that this set is a function of cinema collection rate is too slow to blur the image, but not fast enough to cause stuttering. There seems to be a function of the TV, as we have seen on other monitors that are 96 Hz I Am Legend, which the camera then moves Will Smith hits balls on the USS Intrepid, stuttering can be seen in the tail of the plane with him .

Audio quality

The TC-P65ST60 uses two tweeters and midrange woofer in retrospect. We do not want the sound to the back if the TV stand on a table without a wall up close. Fortunately, many people opt for a sound bar or surround sound system. Panasonic claims that this model (and series) now also Audio Return Channel (ARC), the Dolby 5.1 sound (eg enables DVR and a Blu-ray player) from the HDMI source to the other two HDMI inputs.

3D features

We started shortly interference 3D performance with the church venue Monsters vs. Aliens. There was no double image, a result already found evidence for LG 84 inch UHD. We found the new glasses easier than its predecessor, active shutter, but a little tight when you. Them in our glasses Two pairs of glasses included with the TV.

Viewing evaluations

This is the TC-P65ST60 really impressed us. The Blu-ray Disc recent favorite, showed Skyfall many attributes of the HDTV. Start with the low-level details. While maintaining the lowest black level, you could still have the outlines of the stones in the background at 16:12 clock. Light and colors of the building Shanghai at night and dark and deep water with waves visible on the horizon of night starts 41:36 and continues night shots Macau. Obligations of the boat to the dock with red and yellow lanterns is truly an amazing vivid picture. We love the red and accuracy I realized Severine red dress Macau casino. Skyfall was shot on video, not a movie at 24fps, which makes all the night shots from the grain. This is a must for any disc you want to see high quality images of high-definition television is capable of.

We saw other content, including flat cable has always been and always very impressed with its great performance.


The icing on the cake on the performance of this HDTV is its remarkable value. Although we do not believe that the prices in our last note that the TC-P65ST60 just good business. We are an LED-LCD TV with local dimming, which offer the same stadium only to compare types of LCD screens that performance. There are only two other local dimming LED LCD, and both are still in 2012. Elite Pro60X5FD 60 inches (revision) is $ 5,500 Magnolia / Best Buy. Sony XBR65HX950 65 inch (review) sold for $ 5.198 direct Amazon (click link for more details.) Compare directly with $ 2,498 for this TV from Amazon. Panasonic ST60 the small size of the screen is much cheaper with the 55-inch TC-P55ST60 direct Amazon is currently offering $ 1350 with free shipping.

While a new Panasonic VT60 future and ZT60 with the promise even better pictures of the TC-P65ST60 defines a standard for high-definition performance with excellent quality signal processing / upconversion, black ink stained high color resolution and depth of detailed movement. HD Guru awards the TC-P65ST60 (five cores) our highest rating.

Disclosure: The TC-P65ST60 has asked the production sample for review by the manufacturer.