Summary: For $2099, 95 on Amazon you get the Panasonic Viera TC-P60ST50 and its good performance for such an affordable price. There’s still room for improvement, but the most important things are already there for you to enjoy.
Conclusion: If we didn’t already know that the TC-P60ST50 wasn’t Panasonic’s top-of-the-line plasma, we’d swear that it was. Based on picture performance alone, this could just as well be Panasonic’s flagship model. That it isn’t comes down to a few bells and whistles and a slightly trimmer form factor. For the majority of shoppers interested in plasma, the $,1500 (roughly) TC-P60ST50 is the ticket to top-tier performance at a totally accessible price.
Pros: Outstanding black level and contrast performance, Great brightness, Nearly perfect color, Naturally smooth motion, Excellent Internet portal (Viera Connect)
Cons: Black levels suffer in bright rooms, Limited HDMI connections, no PC input, High power consumption, high heat output, Calibration takes a while
Conclusion: With the Panasonic TC-PST50 series you get accurate colors and solid black level performance in a nicely styled plasma HDTV, but the panel doesn?t get very bright, and 3D glasses are not part of the deal.
Pros: Excellent color accuracy. Good black levels. Robust audio output. Sleek design.
Cons: Not very bright. Uses lots of power. Only three HDMI ports. 3D glasses not included.