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Panasonic TX-P50GT60 - 3D, Audio and Conclusions

John Archer

By John Archer



  • Recommended by TR
Panasonic P50GT60


Our Score:


Panasonic TX-P50GT60: 3D Picture Quality

The Panasonic P50GT60’s 3D images retain noticeably more brightness than those of Panasonic plasmas of old (though donning Panasonic’s glasses still knocks out a bit more brightness than we’d ideally like). Also, the familiar plasma benefit of pretty much zero crosstalk ghosting noise holds blissfully true. This makes it much easier to become immersed in the lovely full HD 3D images the active shutter system was designed to deliver.

The need for the P50GT60 to drive its panel very hard for 3D viewing can lead to the occasional trace during dark scenes of the fizzing noise discussed earlier, and there’s a little more judder and colour striping with 3D images than we’d ideally like. But overall again – so long at any rate as you’re watching in a dark room to counter the reduction in image brightness and some flickering from the active shutter glasses – the P50GT60 is an extremely accomplished 3D performer.

Panasonic TX-P50GT60

Panasonic TX-P50GT60: Sound Quality

The P50GT60’s audio is solid enough, but certainly isn’t in the same league as its pictures. It has a reasonable stab at underpinning the soundstage with a rumble of bass – more than you’d hear from your typical super-slim LCD-based TV chassis, at any rate. Vocals generally sound quite rich and clean too. The problem is that the speakers just don’t have enough power or breathing room to expand the soundstage as much as we’d like when action scenes or rich orchestral scores kick in, leaving such moments sounding a bit lifeless and ‘thick’.

Other things to consider

The P50GT60’s contrast and motion clarity make it a potentially excellent gaming monitor. So it’s great to find this potential backed up by a measured input lag of just 34ms. This figure – obtained with every bit of image processing we could find turned off - is low enough to ensure that the screen should have minimal negative impact on your gaming abilities.

Panasonic P50GT60

Should I buy a Panasonic TX-P50GT60?

If you take picture quality seriously – especially film picture quality – then the Panasonic P50GT60 simply has to be on your radar. Its contrast is spectacular, its colours are exceptionally natural but also more vivid than we’re used to seeing with plasma TVs, its sharpness levels are outstanding, and its 3D pictures are crisp, clean and detailed.

A couple of issues – namely some double imaging and fizzing noise with 50Hz sources unless you use the IFC motion processing and some grey/green fizzing over shadow details in dark scenes if you’re trying to watch with the brightness set too high – have persuaded us to give the P50GT60 a final score of 9 rather than 10. But it’s still very much another top-line Panasonic plasma overall.

With its £1,200 price tag and strong performance standards in mind, good potential rivals for around the same money would be the Samsung UE55F6800, (an excellent LCD model with 5 inches more picture size and a superior smart engine but less rich black levels) and the Sony 46W905A (four inches smaller, but an excellent LCD performer with Triluminos colours and four pairs of 3D glasses included free).


Although Panasonic’s attempt with the P50GT60 to combine more brightness and punch with the brand’s familiar contrast prowess isn’t wholly without its issues, it’s still a very superior 50in TV. Especially if you’re a serious film fan.

Overall Score


Scores In Detail

  • 2D Quality 9
  • 3D Quality 9
  • Design 7
  • Smart TV 8
  • Sound Quality 7
  • Value 8


February 15, 2013, 3:06 am

Looks like the GT60 is going to win alot of value awards


September 26, 2013, 10:27 am

Thanks for the review. Can you explain why the problems have arisen with the GT60 but not the VT65? I haven't seen the issues mentioned in any other review.


September 26, 2013, 11:55 am

Hi - did you see the negatives regarding the fizzing and double imaging when you reviewed the P42GT60 (10/10)? Has the 50" been marked down because it has the issues whereas the 42" did not, or is it that quality standards have moved on since the 42" review in April?


September 26, 2013, 12:09 pm

"Daniel 7 months ago" -- how can the comment be 7 months old when the review has just been posted today?

Geoff Richards

September 26, 2013, 4:13 pm

The comment was from John's preview of this model posted earlier in the year. Now that the full production model is available we have published the full review here, and the original Preview is accessible from the tab at the top.


September 27, 2013, 6:24 am

I see. That makes sense :)

Martin Gillespie

September 27, 2013, 8:05 pm

Love plasma. Still have my ass kicking kuro 60 inch


September 28, 2013, 8:06 pm

How noisy are the fans inside the television? I've seen a complaint elsewhere that they're very noisy and ruin the sound and music.


October 29, 2013, 3:00 pm

The difference in screen size can have an impact on image quality, which is why we try and review difference sizes where we can.


November 13, 2013, 12:30 am

I agree i am so worried about fan noise i am put off until someone can say that in their sitting room with sound off they are not annoyed with the sound- i sent my first plasma back after this fault ruined my viewing pleasure 15 yr go when i bought my first plasma !!
i will not tolerate noisy fans in living room !


February 4, 2016, 2:15 pm

bought one of these, but have had a terminal problem, so have been offered a like for like replacement? what could i expect to get? and what would be the retail value if i decide to take the cash or an upgrade?

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