29 of 31 people found the following review helpful
on September 4, 2007
We wanted a high def big screen TV at a reasonable price. We'd heard about the lamp life and color problems on other projection TVs. I didn't want to deal with the expense and hassle of changing lamps. This lamp has a 5 year guarantee, and that's good for us. The colors are great - reds are really strong, and the picture is crisp and bright. The sleek design fits well in our contemporary home. I was also pleased with how lightweight it is, so we can move it when we want to. Hookup to DVD and cable with HDMI was no problem. The SD card slot lets us view family photos on the big screen.
19 of 19 people found the following review helpful
on November 28, 2007
I just recently purchased my Panasonic (PT-56LCZ70) and I absolutely love it. At first when I started shopping for HDTVs I was looking at the LCDs and the plasmas but for the price point at the size that I wanted, it was just way over my budget. I started to look at the rear projection televisions and when I saw that this LIFI technology was never to go out AND that Panasonic warranties the bulb for 5 years just in case..I was sold. The picture quality is the same as the LCDs/plasmas and you get more screen size for your dollar. I can sit at an angle and still see all the beautiful colors and detail in the screen. Having a slide show with my SD card on the huge 56" screen is awesome as well. I will recommend this product to anyone who asks, great for first time buyers (as I was one myself).
13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
on January 8, 2008
I ended up price matching this TV at HH Gregg and got it for right at $1000 (tax included), although I don't think you can find this TV at that price any longer.
I purchased this TV on 1/1/08, and I am so glad I did. I was debating between this TV and the 56" Samsung with the LED light engine. While I was at the store, this TV and the Samsung were sitting right next to each other. The Samsung was about $700 more than this Panasonic, but the picture wasn't $700 better - that's for sure. I was concerned by the initial brightness setting of the Panasonic in that I felt it was a little on the dark side, but after I got into the settings and fixed them to my preferences, I was able to get it to look just as good as the Samsung.
As is with any DLP that I've seen, the colors are very bright and tend to be a little on the exaggerated side, but with some adjusting, you can get them looking pretty realistic. My litmus test is usually watching a game in HD to see how the TV handles quick movements, and this TV does a really good job. There are certain networks that do a better job with their games in HD (CBS, Fox, and TNT), and others that make you a little nervous (i.e. ABC and ESPN), and this TV is really accurate on most all of them. While watching the Michigan-Florida game on 1/1 on ABC HD (overcast skies, kind of dark), I thought that I was going to be disappointed with the TV's HD performance. However, watching the Georgia-Hawaii blowout on Fox really stunned me when my expections where kind of low as the game was played in the dark, cavernous SuperDome. While getting a good broadcast from Fox, Georgia's black jerseys with contrasting white numbers and red trim were very precise and there was very little bleeding over while in motion. The black levels and the overall color accuracy seems to be solid so far.
Watching any other non-game HD programming is crystal clear regardless of the network on either DirecTV HD or over the air.
One of my biggest concerns with this TV or any other HDTV is the quality of the SD picture as my 5-year old watches a lot of PBS and PBS Kids Sprout which is all in SD. I have this TV set to stretch, and it does it nearly perfectly. There is only so much you can ask out of SD quality, but this TV does a much better job than my Mitsubishi RPTV. I think you will be pleasantly surprised by the quality of the SD.
I also have an Xbox 360 that plays some games in 1080i and some in 720p, and all I can say is "wow." The picture is perfect. I don't know what else to say other than you cannot ask for more. I've played Halo 3, Guitar Hero III, and NCAA Football 08, and all of them are perfect pictures.
Sadly, the only thing that I have not been able to test is the performance of 1080p through an HD-DVD player. That will hopefully be coming soon, but if it is supposed to be twice the resolution of the 720p, there is no question that it will be shockingly good.
By the way, I have my DirecTV HD-DVR connected with HDMI cables and my Xbox 360 connected via component cables. I have not seen any marked differences.
If I have any complaints its that there are no controls for the picture on the front of the TV, and the remote is somewhat cumbersome to use. You also need to aim the remote precisely in the lower-left corner of the TV. I know RF may be a bit of a stretch for a request, but I would like to be able to aim in the vicinity of the TV to get it to work instead of having to be so precise. Also, some of the controls inside the settings are a little awkward, but that may be that this is my maiden voyage with Panasonic as I have only had Mitsubishi in the past, and my parents own a Samsung.
I hope that this is helpful to anyone that is looking for a solid deal on a DLP.
11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
on December 15, 2007
After reviewing the TV side by side with the Sony & Samsung best sellers, I choose this Panasonic and put the $600 difference to better use. (I am writing this after using the TV for 2 weeks.)
The picture required a bit of tweaking to render my cable company's blacks & greys best. Using an up-converting DVD player allows the TV to shine. The Lifi bulb pushes out a bright, clear picture -- the picture for HD sports can make a fan out of anyone. Sound is more than capable, but hooked up to a home stereo gives the best bang.
Overall I am very happy with this purchase. Though not the best of the best, it is the best of its exceptional price range. It's worthy of 4.5 stars.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on March 13, 2011
PROS: pretty good picture quality. decent sound. lightweight. good design-cant
even tell its not a wall mount, unless you look around the bacc.easy to use.
multiple inputs, including pc. great for gaming.
CONS: slow remote control response time. remember its a rear projection, so viewing
angles are a problem sometimes especially in a well lit room. LAMP LIFE..
When these first came out, they were billed to have extra long life lamp bulbs that would "virtually" never have to be replaced. Apparently "virtually" never to Panasonic is approx. 3-4 years. The set does have a 5 yr warranty on the bulb, but not on labor. My set is a little over 3 yrs old and got the good ole malfunction #9-red light blinks twice by lamp when i tried to turn it on yesterday. After a little research, I see this is a common problem with these LIFI sets, with an estimated repair cost of $830. I also have the extra 4 yr Best Buy warranty, so everything should be covered under warranty. I'll make sure to update to let you know how well that goes. Will contact them in the A.M. I wouldnt recommend this set, even if i don't incur any out of pocket expenses. Don't want to be doing this every 3 years. I know people that have been having the same tv for 10-20 years. Why can't we get the same quality and longevity out of these new sets? I guess they can't make money that way. Think I'll be staying away from Panasonic in the future. Theres a reason why they sell Panasonic batteries in dollar store- they aren't worth a @#%!
6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on January 2, 2008
I too bought this t.v. on sale for 996 dollars at Best Buy. The sound is great, the picture quality is decent with analog or digital signal. The HD looks amazing. How anybody, I mean anybody, could dog this t.v. for it's picture quality in HD must have their t.v. hooked up wrong or be senile because this t.v. can compete on an even level with t.v.'s that are over twice it's price! I compared it side by side with the new Samsung HLT models and I thought the Panasonic looked a little better, although the Samsung did look nice also. Unless you are buying a top of the line plasma, the HD on this set can't be beaten. Don't get me wrong, this is not the very top of the line t.v., but even at it's msrp of 1699 this is a great set. I absolutely love mine, the HD blows me away every time I watch it. For the price, this t.v. cannot be beaten.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on September 23, 2013
We bought this LiFi TV five and a half years ago(just past warranty) and we were watching one night when the bulb exploded in a brilliant blue flash. Although before that, the TV had a great picture and I would not complain about the functions or input capabilities of the TV. I called around and found out that a certified Panasonic TV repair shop is the only place Panasonic will ship parts, in order to keep only certified techs working on the TVs. Being that my warranty had just expired six months ago I called Panasonic and they informed me of the buy out program. Basically I send in a release form that I will not take further legal action towards Panasonic(there must be a class action law suit I am not aware of) with the two original stickers including model and serial numbers to Panasonic and I will be compensated $323.00 US in a check via U.S. mail or towards a new purchase at Panasonic.com. Plus they offered 15% off and free shipping if I used it towards a Panasonic.com order. I am undecided about the out come of the whole thing but I was happily surprised to find out there was a buy back option available even though my warranty was up. So, I wanted you all to know this is possible by calling Panasonic customer support. Good luck.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on February 29, 2012
I bought my Panasonic in 2008. It was a great TV, quality of picture and sounds were great. Then in 2009, the bulb died. I had the bulb replaced, then the following November, it died again. Again it was replaced and it worked fine again until about a year later. To date, i've had 4 bulbs burn out on me, this time for the last time. All in all, it's a great TV, but the bulb lasts 11-14 months and costs roughly $215 dollars to replace. At least for me, this is unacceptable considering, I do not wish to pay what equates to an annual fee of $215 dollars per year to have a TV. Yes, yes, they say the bulb lasts for 2 years, but that's BS. My TV is in free open space (nothing to prevent good air circulation) and is watched perhaps 4 hours a day...IF that. If you do a bit of research, you'll find that this is a widespread problem and panasonic has done nothing to fix the issue. I will be buying a different brand of TV next time.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on January 21, 2008
Picked up TV from Best Buy for $996. Wanted to use TV for some time before writing review. Wanted to get TV before New Years, but Best Buy was out of stock. Received rain check that was good for two weeks. Tuesday after sale ended we checked and our local store was able to order us one. Come to find out that the TV was in the Best Buy ad last Sunday on clearance for the same sale prince 2 weeks ago. Now tonight not even available from Best Buy.
I'm still not sure why Best Buy is selling for such a low price. I researched this TV quite a bit before purchasing. Most of the reviews from users were great. Consumer Reports gave it a good review with minor picture errors. From what I could tell, this is the only line of LIFI TV's that Panasonic has. I'm hoping they were on clearance because Panasonic is coming out with a new line of LIFI TV's. At the end of the day I have a grand invested in a 56" 1080 HD TV that has a 5-year warranty on the bulbs. Not a bad deal so far.
I put this TV through its paces this last week. One of my main concerns with projection TVs is viewing angle. This TV has limitations, but the over all viewing angle is good. I have been very happy with the picture quality. One of the first things I had to do was to turn down some of the picture settings (such as changing the picture mode from vivid to standard and turning down the lamp setting) The brightness, color, tint, sharpness I turned up a bit. Other picture settings were set to fine tune it. The SD signal looks good, however our local HD channels look amazing. Color reproduction is about as true and real as I have seen in a projection TV. One reviewer stated that he was disappointed with the black color. I have been pleasantly surprised at how this TV reproduces black. In some very dark scenes I have noticed them looking a bit gray or light. There has been a tiny amount of pixilation. I doubt that you would notice it just in casual viewing. You have to remember that reproducing black is a tough task for Plasma and LCD TVs also.
Aspect ratio is excellent on this TV. No matter which mode you have it in, the picture looks good with very little distortion. I really like the "Just" mode where it keeps the middle of the screen in the correct aspect ratio and will stretch the sides. Works great for HD that is broadcast in 4:3 and you want to watch in 16:9. Standard DVDs look good with a component connection. The one main downfall of this TV is the limited range of the remote. It can become frustrating at times.
Time will tell if this TV was a good buy. If it continues to work like it has in the first week, it may be on of the best deals I have got on a piece of electronic equipment. Can't wait for Superbowl and Daytona 500 in HD!
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on December 17, 2012
Bought this from best buy and had to have the lamp changed 4 times in five years. After the last time it was under warranty from Panasonic I tried to buy a lamp myself to fix it since I am now a expert after watching a there tech guy change it 4 times. The cost is a joke you can't find one under $500 so I went out and bought a new TV for that price. P.S. These TV's claim to fame were that the lamps would last a life time NOT!!! I call that false advertising and there should have been something done about it.