This is my chance to chime in. I received my Panasonic TC-P55VT60 Friday. I have had a few days with it and would like to offer my thoughts.Background/Intro
Previously I have owned a Samsung A650, an LG Le8500, and a Samsung F8000. They were all very nice LCD/LED TVs but I was always upgrading for one reason or another. The VT60 is my first plasma. Having owned a small assortment of TVs I am happy to report the Panasonic VT60 trumps anything I have owned and frankly, anything I have ever seen up until this point. This TV produces the most amazing picture I have ever seen! My initial thrill has not worn off. This thing continues to impress me. The pq is absolutely phenomenal, even out of the box! My attached photos do not do it justice and I highly recommend you check out the TV in person if you get the chance.My Non-professional Review
TV came well packed and assembly of the stand was straightforward and incredibly simple. I do recommend you have a second person to help you. The VT60 is heavy.
Initial setup is a breeze and pretty standard. Panasonic walks you through and shows you the included features, emphasizing their different home screen options. Fun fact: there is a silly narrator that sounds like a robot. I weirdly enjoyed it, a bit of 80s/90s nostalgia. I setup mine to go straight to the last source (HDMI) as opposed to my home screen. Also, there is a goofy advertisement that pops up at times. You can however turn it off in the settings.
I am not a fan of the smaller remote. I find the touch track pad on it to be cumbersome. My girlfriend however likes the track pad. To each their own. I'm sure it takes a little getting used to. Not an issue for me though as Panasonic includes two remotes, the standard and the smaller touch remote. I continue to use the standard remote.
The apps work as you would expect. I haven't had a chance to check all of them out, but my time with Youtube and Netflix worked without a hitch.
The TV itself looks wonderful. The stand and full glass panel make the TV look like a piece of art both on or off. The glass itself does pickup glare and reflects light. I have a 7 foot picture window that lets in a ton of light directly opposite of the VT60 and it is not unbearable. I can see the reflection of the window but it is not any worse than previous TVs I have owned. I would argue it is better than my old LE8500 which also had a full piece of glass. All this doesn't matter to me though as I do most of my watching at night.
As I previously mentioned, the pq on the VT60 is absolutely stunning! The hype for this set is true. The VT60 delivers on all cylinders. Inky blacks, clean whites, incredibly rich colors, jaw-dropping detail. Hell, I've been watching in the included THX bright and dark modes and haven't felt the need to make any adjustments. I am no professional calibrator but I would like to make it clear this is the best picture I have ever seen. You can certainly adjust the picture to your personal preference and their is no shortage of access for professional calibration if you wish to do so.
As my first plasma, I am thoroughly impressed with the off angle viewing as well. Excellent blacks from any angle and the picture never seems to wash out or lose its integrity. There is certainly no clouding, ghosting, spotlighting, etc. to worry about. If I get unrealistically close to the screen I can however see tiny specs moving around. I believe this is part of the plasma technology but I'm not sure. It's hard to describe it but it seems like tiny dots buzzing around, a bit like static. Can anyone chime in on what this might be? Keep in mind this is my first plasma screen. Pretty sure its a function of the technology. It is not distracting and I only see it when my eye nearly touches the screen. From far away I do not see it at all.
I can't comment on 3D quite yet as I haven't had a chance view any 3D content. I've spent most of my time with blu-rays and streaming HD.
Below are a few pictures from the Samsara blu-ray. I apologize for any glare. I had to take pictures in the early morning as I had a hard time getting my camera to take quality photos in a completely dark room. Pictures were taken at 1/13 F20. This closely represented what I was seeing on screen, but I argue this still doesn't do the TV justice. It is way better in person