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Panasonic VIERA TC-L55E50 55-Inch 1080p 120Hz Full HD IPS LED-LCD TV (2012 Model)

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  • IPS Full LED Panel
  • 360 Backlight Scanning
  • Vera CONNECT Wi-Fi Ready
  • Thin LED Design: TV without stand (Width x Height x Depth): 50.5-Inch x 30.2-Inch x 1.6-Inch, TV with stand (Width x Height x Depth): 50.5-Inch x 32-Inch x 11.2-Inch
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Technical Details
Brand NamePanasonic
Item Weight55.2 pounds
Product Dimensions50.2 x 1.6 x 30.2 inches
Item model numberTC-L55E50
Batteries:2 AA batteries required. (included)
Color NameOne Color
Specification MetEnergy Star
Technical Specification
Additional Information
Best Sellers Rank #42,628 in Electronics (See top 100)
Shipping Weight73 pounds
ShippingThis item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
Date First AvailableMarch 25, 2012
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Technical Details

  • Brand Name: Panasonic
  • Model: TC-L55E50
  • Display Technology: LED-lit
  • Display Size: 55 inches
  • Image Aspect Ratio: 16:09
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Product Description

The E50 series features the IPS LED panel, a slim design, and a brilliant picture. It is also Wi-Fi ready and Energy Star certified.

VIERA Connect IPTV - More Fun Comes Via a Cloud Service

VIERA Connect is a cloud service that provides apps in categories like video and music, social networking, games, news and lifestyle, sports, health and fitness. Learn more about the world of Smart VIERA and VIERA Connect here.

Enhance your TV Experience with Popular Apps
Popular apps on VIERA Connect include Netflix, Amazon Instant Video, Facebook, Twitter, Wall Street Journal, and huluplus, all optimized for the best user experience. You can have an unlimited number of apps installed because those apps are stored in the cloud, rather than in the TV memory itself.

Learn more about "smart" TVs, how they work, what services are offered by different manufacturers, and exactly what you'll need to get started at Amazon's Smart TV Center.

Clicker - Video on Demand Cross Searching
Find your favorite movies and video content easily with one-step searching, which allows you to cross search from multiple VOD services. For ease-of-use, use the quick keyword input on VIERA Connect to help retrieve your desired content faster. Customize your screen by grouping commonly used apps and displaying them on the screen for easier use.

VIERA Remote App Support
The VIERA remote app lets you use a smartphone or tablet device as a remote control. Tap and flick-based commands are intuitive. Use your smartphone as a gamepad for VIERA Connect game applications or your tablet as a touch pad to control what you do on the TV screen. Display the same web pages on both your VIERA screen and your smartphone with a simple flick. Simply "swipe" and share your favorite photos, music, and movies from your smartphone to your VIERA TV anytime.


Communicate with Family and Friends
The social networking TV app allows you to access social network sites and communicate with your loved ones while watching TV. Watch live sports games while upping the excitement by chatting with your friends as the game unfolds. Record an original message and set it as your answering voice message. Callers can record messages onto an SD Card (min. 512MB required), while you are away. *Skype camera not included with TV purchase

Beautiful Images from Anywhere - Wide Viewing Angle

The IPS LED Panel panel delivers a wide 178° viewing angle, you see clear, vibrant images from every seat in the room. The backlight features a wide transmission aperture that enhances contrast between light and dark and improves response to provide smoother motion images.

Expressive, Lifelike Colors and Beautifully Reproduced Crisp Lines

Diagonal lines and edges are detected with high precision for all types of images, and optimal correction is applied to achieve beautiful, noise-free lines. People's faces are detected and skin tones are corrected to ensure soft, natural complexions.

The Perfect Smart TV Experience: A Suite of Technologies

DLNA/Built-in Wi-Fi
The E50 series has DLNA compatibility and is Wi-Fi ready. It requires a separate wireless LAN adaptor which is not included with purchase.

360 Backlight Scanning
By increasing the panel refresh to 120Hz with a 3-phase backlight system, crystals are more active and responsive than 120Hz standard systems to minimize image softening under motion. 360 backlight scanning allows for smooth images, without flicker, even in fast-moving scenes. Afterimages are thoroughly reduced by finer blinking.

 4x HDMI Audio/Video In (Side), 1x RCA Composite Video In (Bottom), 1x RCA Component Video In (Bottom), 3x RCA Stereo (L/R) Audio In (Bottom), 1x VGA Video In (Bottom), 2x USB 2.0 Audio/Video In and  1x Ethernet LAN In (Bottom). 

Operate Multiple Systems with Just One Remote Control through VIERA Link

The E50 features VIERA Link, a technology that allows a consumer to operate all VIERA Link compatible AV components using only the TV’S remote control. Just point the VIERA remote at your TV, and the signal will travel over the HDMI wires to the right piece of equipment, like your Panasonic Blu-ray or DVD player or Home Cinema Surround System.
This is both NTSC and Pal compatible.

Environmentally Friendly

The new and improved high efficient LED/LCD panels reduce targeted power consumption up to 25% over the 2011 models. The E50 series is Energy Star certified and has a long-life panel.

2012 Panasonic VIERA LCD-LED HDTV Comparison Chart

Models: 47", 55" 32"
HD Resolution
1080p Full HD 3D
1080p Full HD 3D
1080p Full HD 3D
3/1; 1/1
PC Input
1 SD Slot/1 PC
1 SD Slot/1 PC
1 SD Slot/1 PC
1 SD Slot/1 PC
1 SD Slot/1 PC
1 SD Slot/1 PC
1 PC
1 PC
Clear Panel Pro
Clear Panel Pro
Clear Panel
Clear Panel
Clear Panel
LCD Panel
LCD Panel
LCD Panel
178 Degree Viewing Angle
32" Only


HDMI 1.4 w/ Audio Return Channel
32" Only

Media Player (SD, USB, DLNA)
32" Only

DLNA Capability (via LAN)

Wi-Fi Capability
Built-in Wi-Fi
Built-in Wi-Fi
Built-in Wi-Fi
Wi-Fi Ready
Wi-Fi Ready

Smartphone Remote Function*

VIERA Connect

Social Networking TV


Skype Communication*

3D Real Sound

2D-3D Conversion
w/ Face Detection

Web Contents Smoother

1920 Backlight Scanning

24p Cinematic Playback


Pro Settings

VIERA Touch Pad Controller

Local Dimming

Multitask Function

360 Backlight Scanning

USB Player

Customer Questions & Answers

Customer Reviews

I upgraded the firmware recently and found out the picture quality are significantly worse then previous version. especially when you play lower resolution media files. Read more ›
Purchase a extended warranty for it, just in case. Picture is very sharp. Read more ›
I watch 3-5…Even though my TV has 720p resolution much of the time rather than the 1080p as it is supposed to have, the picture is very sharp even with fast-moving sports. Read more ›
This has all the adjustments needed to have nice sharp blacks and grays and not overpowering whites. Picture clarity is great and no motion or blur problems. Another nice… Read more ›
I bought this TV on sale after the holidays. Very easy set up and the picture is amazing. The Wi-Fi adapter is extra, but I connected it to a Wi-Fi enabled DVD player and… Read more ›
Great TV so far (have had for 6 months now with no problems), love the built in apps... Pandora and Netflix (among…The picture is great without a whole lot of tweaking. S… Read more ›
The sound is not bad. My Vizios sound was terrible, this one is much better. Read more ›
Great t.v for a great price the only thing bad i would say about it is the speaker level isn't the best Read more ›
The picture is very clear and crisp and it functions very well. The sound is good, and all in all, I am very happy with theTV. Read more ›
Sounds is not great, picture is great. I was surprised at the number of high end features are provided by this TV. Read more ›
Very pleased with TV. Internal sound is not great & I haven't figured out yet how to route TV sound through external sound (non-HDMI). May just need to upgrade to a newer… Read more ›
The sound is decent for a thin panel but nothing special. If you are looking to add a soundbar, be aware that the IR receiver is located at the center bottom of the TV set. Read more ›
Unfortunately, the cons far outweigh the pros. The internet / Netflix feature is not functional. You can't connect to the internet even with strong cable & wireless signals. Read more ›
TV is awesome and all the apps and features are fantastic. Like any LED tv, it has problems with sunlight, but that can be fixed...get blinds that work well. Read more ›
The TV can do so much more than we are actually using, because we are not…But, even without using all those extra features, it is perfect for your HD watching pleasure. Read more ›
I highly recommend…The features are intuitive to change inputs, use media mode for USB attachments, and it streams from NetFlix and Amazon Video flawlessly with HD quality. Read more ›
I gave this smart television only 5 stars cause I cannot add more stars! First of all, the price I got was fantastic and the features are great. One of my best buys ever! Read more ›
I've never paid over $500 for a TV, and for that price, this absolutely blows away all the…The design is sharp, the picture is crisp, and the connection options are great. Read more ›
I was not in the market for all the bells and whistles nor a large TV, as my living room…The picture is great, as well as the sound, and I thought the price was reasonable. Read more ›
This TV was a great buy, picture quality is beautiful and the price was wonderful. Blue-rays look amazing, should of got this before the Samsung I bought. Read more ›
I paid a lot of money on these TVs. The price is good if they were 120Hz but for 60Hz TVs I feel cheated and soured like I got LEMONS. Read more ›
This is a good TV for…However, one shouldn't expect it to be amazing as it is only 120 hertz - you get what you pay for and for the price it is great value at 1080p 120hz. Read more ›
The Amazon price was the lowest I found plus they refunded the difference when they the price was lowered just before Christmas. We didn't want 3D but needed a larger… Read more ›
Set up was extremely easy as they provided an hdmi connection which was very helpful. Read more ›
I'm not a very high tech person, but setup was very easy and the picture is fantastic. Speakers are not all that great, but I knew that going in when I purchased a flat… Read more ›
Since I am not that into electronics and…Setup was easy, and although it is an extra expense to have to order the wifi capability separately, everything is working well. Read more ›
It's in a room that gets a lot of sunlight but the picture looks great overall. I connected it to the internet using the ethernet port and it setup was very easy. Read more ›
The set up was easy and the picture is beautiful. I would recommend this TV set. Read more ›
Picture quality is great, bright where needed, dark where…Setup was quick and easy, but trying to access the setup menu for skipped steps later on was a bit confusing. A… Read more ›
black levels are so so some light leakage Read more ›
Tv is everything I was looking colors are great as for gaming the picture it just a new experience. And the price was just right and you get led-lcd so you get the best of… Read more ›
I read several reviews of different brands & kept coming back to Panasonic…The color is amazing & I feel as if I could almost reach through the screen and touch the actors. Read more ›
I always had Vizio and this one got in amazon lightning deals, I wont regret it, its good so far, needs to play with picture settings but other than that the display and… Read more ›
I don't really know why it is so cheap. The colors are wonderfully rich, it being an IPS panel, and the design is unobtrusive. The display is very bright, and while the… Read more ›
-One I fiddled with the settings, I agree with the Amazon folks. Bright and colorful things look bright, colorful, and sharp. -You can have multiple picture presets. Read more ›
The picture quality is amazing, and the sound is adequate. The Netflix app is great, if just a little laggy when going from one episode to the next. BluRays look… Read more ›
This TV is super light, super slim, and the picture is phenomenal. The apps are decent with a pretty good selection. I only use 2 apps: Youtube is pretty robust and I can… Read more ›
YouTube app via VIERA connect works smoothly and the picture quality is excellent even on videos that I…The 1080p YouTube videos are crisp, sharp and as they should be. B… Read more ›
Thanks guys for posting the game mode option.... the…Picture is clear, youtube app is good... I haven't tried DLNA yet; the NIC is fast ethernet, not gigabit ethernet. Read more ›
The applications look exactly the same on all panasonic VERIA models. I am using a hardwired connections and software update was quick. I don't like the amazon app because… Read more ›
The apps are so bad that I have no trouble imagining the Viera department in Panasonic's R&D wing to be filled with employees doing things like finger painting and lighting… Read more ›
This TV the resolution is amazing, very clear quality, is a nice tv and very light weight and the price is a steal. Read more ›
I bought the same model, but the 47" inch for my bed room and…The picture is great, the refresh rate is great, and it's a full IPS panel so I was sold on the specs. Read more ›
Noticed the picture had "refresh" lines the scrolled up to top of…I thought the TV was damaged but switched input to PS3 and Xbox 360 and the screen was clear and crisp. Read more ›
But, I think they were a bit generous with the accolades for picture quality. Even though it is 120 Hz, I don't feel the refresh rate is very good. Lots of pixelization… Read more ›
Everything is…The resolution is so good that you get the "soap opera" effect where the prime time shows & movies look like soap opera sets or someone's home video. Read more ›
I will say, the screen is beautiful, to my eyes. Everything they say it will be. Read more ›
Small issue,…-Note for Android Users, the free Viera remote app is pretty flawed since it relies on auto detection rather than an option to input IP addresses manually. S… Read more ›
- The screen is very thin, the set attractive…- The VIERA HDMI connect is smart enough to enable control of my Sony Blu-Ray player using the TV's remote, which is way cool Read more ›
Picture, internet feature, and remote are great. The sound from the rear facing speakers is not clear and rich. Read more ›
Its really hard to tell if you're holding it right side up without looking at it - which is bad for lazy laying on the couch tv…The overall button layout is terrible. A… Read more ›
You can see a great quality image even at a severe angle. The set up and the menus are easy to use. Viera Link works great to stream movies online from Netflix and Amazon. Read more ›
The "Viera Connect" software functions - allowing you to use Hulu, Netflix, Amazon,…The interface is lacking, including an annoying chime for every action and general lag. Read more ›
In short I can say the protective packaging Panasonic used did seem a bit…This TV is easy to navigate as well as the Panasonic Blu-Ray player I purchased at the same time. Read more ›
The picture is bright and clear with vivid colors. The remote is easy to use and the TV has lots of functionality. The wide viewing angle makes it perfect for use in the… Read more ›
NetFlix in particular which we use heavily is quite quick and UI interface is good, feature of automatically playing next…Panasonic TV App for NetFlix is very easy to use. Read more ›
We have been using this TV…Both the Netflix and Amazon Instant Apps that come with the TV are used alot in my house and they are easy to navigate, stable and look great. Read more ›
WiFi requires…I do wish the Amazon app had some better control of fast forward and reverse, as when you try these, the timeline moves way too quickly to effectively use it. Read more ›
This flat screen is the perfect size, color is good and remote easy to use. We're very pleased with it. Read more ›
The best investment I ever made. The picture is so clear and the size is perfect, 55 inches. Read more ›
I watched the price on this TV and purchased when I saw it drop. It is the perfect size for the application I have it in. Read more ›
It has 4 HD inputs…I think this is a great set at the $500-$550 price range...but if you have a decent size living room you'll probably be better off buying a larger set. Read more ›
I bought this for $800 and received a $100 credit for anything at amazon. I love this t.v., great size, perfect HD and has all the bells and whistles to keep any techie busy. Read more ›
I had to turn off the super High-Def 120hz thang to get back to a more filmic…Also - they make set-up with all your devices super easy, and it arrived in terrific shape. Read more ›
Other TVs for this size were twice as much. It shipped on time and came through the process in good shape. I ordered a cable and it was faulty. Read more ›
I actually prefer the smooth motions, but if you don't then you…The viewing angles are great - the colors looks true at ANY angle (which is what an IPS panel advertises). Read more ›
this tv is not as good as my 37'' panny . the viewing angle is pretty bad and the sound from the small speakers is very tinny.i''m dissapointed in the quality of Read more ›
ISP panels certainly have an advantage over the technologies used by other LCD brands. Viewing angles are superb. For an edge-lit LED/LCD, this is as uniform backlighting… Read more ›
Very sharp and with lots of options for tweaking the picture. The viewing angle is as good as advertised. Both from at the TV from the sides or below seems to have minimal… Read more ›
Now having said that: The TV meets every other promise and expectation - I love the picture, contrast, color and viewing angles are all great. The light bleed is only… Read more ›
But dark scenes don't come out so great. I had no issues with viewing angle. My guess is that other more expensive TVs look nicer, but for a budget TV its pretty good. Read more ›

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

863 of 896 people found the following review helpful By Btbluesky on April 22, 2012
Size Name: 47-inch
As a programmer and a gamer, I have my share of expensive monitors (just ask my wife!). And the regular LCD TV never satisfy my quality standard; colors are either too cartonish, black is not black, and white is tinted blue. So I have only used plasma as TV. It's warm, have rich real color, it's perfect for movie night, there is no argument there.

So for my second TV, which in my study and music room, I want to try something else, since I keep hearing the LED LCD are the bomb nowaday (even most of them still do not look as life like as good plasma to me), the energy usage is low, thin and light. So I try my first LED LCD with this model after researching the latest 2012 models within my "2nd tv" price range.

Sales person kept pushing LG (got magic wand, apps, thin bezel.....), but for me, IPS is the magic word. For people who do not know what it is just google "IPS panel", if no time, just know this, IPS is supposedly the best panel you can get as LCD panel (I believe all big Apple monitors are IPS, no exception), color is more vivid and the view angle should be a perfect 178.

Got the baby home, set it up, hook up to my 15TB home server w/ HDMI, play some 1080p clips. Wow, it's so clear and real looking, this is some great monitor/TV I told myself. Flipped to the movies folder, open Avatar, wow, so this is 120hz, looking real smooth, real clear.

IN FACT, it's so real and clear, I double check my refresh rate (at 60hz from source) all the codecs. The images looks like a pre-rendered animation, totally flawless. But after the first 5 minutes, it feels kind of weird to me as the movie somehow look much smoother, but "cheaper" at the same time. Then I remember the stuff I heard....soap opera effect.
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246 of 261 people found the following review helpful By StacyK on May 30, 2012
Size Name: 42-inch
I bought this from a big box retailer, but have always found the Amazon community to offer great non-pro reviews of mid-level products often skipped by online review sites. Panasonic has picked up the mantle of plasma king since the demise of Pioneer and I hoped the TC-l42E50 would have close to the same impact on LED/LCD market. I have tried LED displays from other major brand names with a 3rd the performance quality of the Panasonic. Let's get this out of the way right now if you are expecting plasma level PQ (picture quality) namely black level performance out of this TV then pack it up and ship it back, because it is not happening. Panasonic has taken the Samsung/Sony approach to this television and offer a screen that pops with intensity, one of the sacrifices being black level performance. You gain a plethora of features that with the right adjustments can make this display outshine it's competitor's. Panasonic has taken great measures to ensure great motion performance with the addition of the 360 backlight scanning feature. This feature breaks the screen into 3 section in which a smart dimming function on the LED's switch them on/off very quickly (120hz frequency) to improve pixel response time and alleviate motion artifacts such as judder, trailing and ghosting/streaking. The math breaks down like this 3 sections x 120hz = 360hz (simulated) for the 360 backlight scanning. They offer an additional motion smoothing technology when set to weak offers no artifacting or Soap Opera Effect (SOE) often seen with this technology, but if gaming on this TV recommend turning off or set to weak due to potential controller lag. Speaking of gaming if you are a gamer than I cannot recommend this TV enough from racing games too first person shooters(FPS)this set can handle anything you can throw at it.Read more ›
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991 of 1,074 people found the following review helpful By Kevin Farrell on July 12, 2012
Size Name: 47-inch Verified Purchase
This is my first HDTV purchase. I waited a long time for them to come down in price, and am very happy with this TV so far. I've had it for about 3 weeks now and it is working great. I've watched various movies, the Euro Cup games, MLB All-star game, etc. As many have pointed out, it has a great picture, but may need some tweeking to get it how you want. This isn't hard to do if you have basic technology skills (i.e. finding the "Menu" button on remote and going to "Picture," then playing around with settings). Again, as others have noted, sound is okay. I'm not an audiophile or anything, but like good audio. I'll probably get a sound bar at some point, but it's just fine for now. I would not let others criticism of the sound deter you from buying this TV. I have not used the internet ready features, but will once I get a wifi blue ray player hooked up so can't comment there.

The biggest issue with the TV is what others have noted - Panasonic's shoddy packaging. This really surprises me considering the quality of TV. Spend a few more pennies to get an extra layer of card board in there! My box had several holes punched right through it (thanks Fed Ex), fortunately they were all in the back which had more room for error (extra inch or two of depth) than if it were in front where the screen was. If the holes were in the front, whatever punched through the box probably would've damaged the screen.

To summarize - excellent TV that I'm very happy about. Great price, especially with no tax and free shipping. I got the TV, the Mediabridge HDMI cable, and a 3 year warranty for less than what I would have paid for just the TV at a local big box store before tax! Not sure how Amazon does it, but I'm happy to benefit from their methods.
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