I voted, but I guess I can throw in some thoughts here. I would like to preface this by saying I am not a picture snob, and I realize this. This is by no means a scientific dig into the TV, just a few observations I have made over a couple of weeks.
Pioneer VSX1021 being used for audio and HDMI
PS3(40GB) (r.i.p. as of a week ago
) bought a 24$ refurb panasonic bluray as a replacement till PS4 or Xbox one
Polk monitor 60's and CS2, with custom sub and wireless rear speakers.
I would say I use 60/40 split between Netflix and Bluray Movies on XBMC. Not much cable watching right now except Game of Thrones.
Still need to get a wire cover for the two TV wires.
It is kind of hard to get a size reference, but it somehow makes the CS2 look like a normal sized center, and it is pretty large. The entertainment stand is 60" wide and the tower speakers are like 38" tall.
Pro:Pretty much everything.
- $1399 is a great price for a 65" plasma with excellent picture quality. I just graduated college a few weeks ago, so this was about the most I wanted to spend.
- The black levels are excellent to me, but the only comparison I have is my old LG plasma and a Samsung plasma in my bedroom. The fade to black screens, 21:9 movie bars, etc all look really nice and dark.
- Colors and skin tones are great with a limited amount of tweaking on my panel, but like I said, someone with a better eye would probably find many things wrong.
- The AR filter works excellent. For me, I see the benefit as keeping the blacks and such from washing out with any light on, as my other plasmas do. If I have a few lights on or windows open, the Tv still looks excellent, and not hazy with no contrast. It also helps with reflections, but I do not really have any issues with them.
- Apps work pretty well, I have started using the built in Netflix to watch shows instead of starting my PC or xbox up. It passes 5.1 back to my receiver over ARC, and even pulls down 1080, or says it does in the info popup. Few issues stated below.
- Watching 24p I just have everything set for 3:2 60Hz. It works great for me, but I guess if you really wanted that 24p "feel" the S60 would not be the best choice.
- Except for full white screen, ABL is not an issue. Panasonic has done a nice job tweaking it because I have yet to see it in actual content.
- Mine does have a slight buzz when doing full white screen like on my computer or xbox starting up. This doesn't bother me and it is no worse than any other plasmas I have seen.
- This doesn't really affect me, but the built in speakers are terrible, so I feel a soundbar or something would be required.
- Apps can be sluggish. I experience pauses and freezing when starting a HD netflix show, not really buffering, but like the system is overloaded. It also switches my receiver in and out of Dolby mode a few times while its doing this. Once it starts, it works great though.
- I guess I am one of the people who can see flicker, because 48HZ was terrible for me.
- Brightness is not the best. I will admit I do like a little bit of extra punch in my picture, and am able to get it, but I could see some people having issues with max brightness.
It was between the 65" S64 and 60" ST60, and for my use, I think I made the right choice. I honestly can't see how the 65" ST60 is worth a $1000 premium over the S64, but to each his own.