Panasonic Viera TC-P60ST60 3D Plasma HDTV Settings

Settings

Settings- Panasonic TC-P60ST60 Plasma 3D HDTV Unit-to-unit sample variations, the viewing environment, and the source might render these recommendations less than optimum. They are provided only as a potentially useful starting place.

The settings here that are most likely to translate reliably from one sample to another are those involving specific features with only a few selections, such as Gamma and Noise Reduction. The ones most likely to be subject to sample variations are video controls offering a wide range of adjustment, such as white balance (gray scale) and color management (where available). Even relatively small differences in the common control settings, such as Contrast, Brightness, and Gamma, can shift the white balance, though the resulting visible change may be minor. Production tolerances can do the same.

We strongly recommend that you find the optimum basic video settings for your sample by using one of the many available display setup discs, such as Spears & Munsil High Definition Benchmark or Digital Video Basics HD Blu-ray discs. These will help you to set the basic controls, Brightness, Contrast, Sharpness, and sometimes Color and Tint, correctly. Experimenting with the more complex color calibration and other controls in the user menus will do no harm; the changes may be easily reset. But adjusting these by eye is unlikely to produce an accurate result and is no substitute for a full calibration. The latter is best left to a trained and properly equipped technician such as those certified by the Imaging Science Foundation (ISF) or THX.

2D 3D
Picture Mode Cinema Custom
Contrast: 82 100
Brightness 2 -2
Color 55 50
Tint 0 0
Color Temperature Warm 2 Warm 2
Sharpness 35 50
Video Noise Reduction Off Off
MPEG Noise Reduction Off Off
Motion Smoother Off Strong
Pro Settings
Panel Brightness Mid High
AGC 0 0
Black Extension 0 0
Color Gamut Normal Normal
W/B Detail
W/B High Red: -5 -9
W/B High Green: 0 0
W/B High Blue: -4 -12
W/B Low Red: 1 1
W/B Low Green: 0 0
W/B Low Blue: -1 -2
More W/B Detail Menu (red, green, blue, respectively)
100 IRE: 4, 4, -5 0, 0, 6
90 IRE: -6, 0, 9 0, 0, 0
80 IRE: 2, 0, 4 0, 0, 0
70 IRE: 5, 0, -3 0, 0, 0
60 IRE: 4, 0, -5 0, 0, 0
50 IRE: 4, -3, -2 0, 0, 0
40 IRE: 4, 0, 0 0, 0, 0
30 IRE: 13, 0, -3 18, 0, 0
20 IRE: 5, -3, 25 11, 0, -7
10 IRE: -48, 0, 24 34, -41, -50
Color Gamut Normal Normal
Color detail adjustment menu
Red hue: 0 0
Red Saturation: -5 -48
Red luminance: -3 -22
Green hue: 0 0
Green Saturation: -11 34
Green luminance: 10 -13
Blue hue: -8 2
Blue Saturation: 4 -3
Blue luminance: -3 -50
Gamma: 2.4 1.8
Gamma detail adjustment menu
100 IRE: 3 0
90 IRE: 0 0
80 IRE: -1 0
70 IRE: -7 0
60 IRE: -9 0
50 IRE: -15 0
40 IRE: -26 0
30 IRE: -34 0
20 IRE: -46 0
10 IRE: -50 0
Advanced Settings
Game mode: OffOff
24p Direct in: 60Hz (gray)
(sometimes gray) (gray)
3:2 pulldown: Auto
(sometimes gray)
1080p pixel direct: Off Off
(sometimes gray)
HDMI content type: Off Off
HDMI/DVI RGB range: Non-standard Non-standard
Black level: Light Light
Screen Settings
Overscan Off Off
HSize: Size 1 (gray)
Zoom Adjustments (gray)
Screen Display On On
4:3 side bars: High High
Pixel Orbiter On On
3D Settings
Auto Detect 3D Auto 1 Auto 1
3D Signal Notification On On
3D Refresh Rate (gray) 120 Hz
2D-3D depth Low (gray)
3D Effect (gray) sssss
Left/Righ Swap (gray) Normal
Diagonal Line Filter (gray) Off

Gamma detail adjustment menu
Gamma: 2.4

More detail adjustment menu
100 IRE: 3
90 IRE: 0
80 IRE: -1
70 IRE: -7
60 IRE: -9
50 IRE: -15
40 IRE: -26
30 IRE: -34
20 IRE: -46
10 IRE: -50

Advanced picture submenu
Game mode: Off
24p Direct in: 60Hz (sometimes gray)
3:2 pulldown: Auto [often grayed out depending on source]
1080p pixel direct: Off [often grayed out depending on source]
HDMI content type: [Off]
HDMI/DVI RGB range: [Standard (16-235) is default, set to non-standard 0-255]
Black level: Light

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micho09's picture

Hi!

Great review!, the black levels of the ST60 will be similar to the blacks of the VT60 series?

Rob Sabin's picture
No, the 2013 VT60 and ZT60 have deeper blacks, and the ZT60, in particular, will do a better job of rejecting ambient light in brighter viewing conditions than the VT60. However, the blacks of this year's ST60 series are essentially equivalent to the blacks delivered by last year's top of the line VT50 models.
Nathan McDonald's picture

Any plans to review the lower level s60 model?

Rob Sabin's picture
We hope to get to it eventually but have both the VT60 and ZT60 to get through first.
literarymayhem's picture

I have had this TV now for about three weeks and really love it. A definite step up from my 56" JVC HD-ILA set that was getting a little old.

I didn't know how great this TV could look until I applied the settings you give at the end of the review. Now it looks really awesome.

Not too interested in 3D, though I am going to try it once I can find a 3d Blu-Ray to borrow since it came with a pair of glasses.

Hockey looks amazing on this set and since it is the playoffs and I live in NH and am a Bruins fan...!!

Rob Sabin's picture
Great purchase, and glad settings worked for you. There's enough variation from set-to-set that you really cannot count on the fine color/gamma adjustments being the same among samples, but it's always worth a try to see if you prefer. We always recommend that readers make note of their existing settings so they can restore them later if the adjustments don't lend superior results or if things somehow look odd. Enjoy your new HDTV!
todd95008's picture

What kind of patterns did you use for grayscale & gamma calibration ?
Were they window patterns or windows with APL (average picture level) ?
See this thread & post # 138 (by me) on the AVS web site:
http://www.avsforum.com/t/1446386/abl-effects-measured-for-comparison/12...

Great review
Todd

yahtzeejimbob's picture

Thanks for the great review, and special thanks for pointing out the quirky interface issues the set puts the user through. Dumb inclusions, really dumb.

Doesn't a company division such as Panasonic USA have marketing folks that can provide input to the Motherland on things like this, or do you think the USA staff actually asked for these unnecessary inclusions? Surely, these things can be modified for different international markets.

Anyway, thanks again for the fine review.

JB

mdanderson's picture

I really enjoyed your review of this set in the latest issue of your magazine. I just ordered the 65" ST60 and this will be my first plasma and first 3D tv. I currently have a Sony LCD that looks great but I never had it calibrated. I used Spears and Munsil's disc and it worked very well for the settings. I am planning on having the ST60 professionally calibrated. Your review has me excited about the picture quality of plasma. Thanks again for the review.

ScaryFatKidGT's picture

So glad I got my ST50 no ugly crome, no start up menu, better input lag and only slightly less picture quality. Id love the extra light rejection of the ZT if it wasn't over 3 grand

chitoac's picture

love your review its complete and simple. my question is related to optical audio out. You say the optical audio converts any dts o dolby to stereo. but theres press article from DTS that says they do decode dts. does im reading it wrong.? ty for any ansewer i cant find a concrete ansewer anywere. Sorry my english. Here is the article related to DTS. http://www.dts.com/news/articles/2013/02/panasonic-and-dts-deliver-high-...

yhadi's picture

Hello: so I ran across the whole not getting DD 5.1 through other hdmi outputs thru the TV. Does this happen with their vt60 series? I have the sonos playbar, sub, two play 1's and only get dd 5.1 if I manually plug the optical into the devices. I was wondering if the 55 inch vt60 series is the same way or if it will pass through. thanks.

greyjoy76's picture

I have tried averything........but my viera st60 will only read some files.. the majority of them come up as "not supported" but these are files that play from USB....wHY why why why????

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