141 of 151 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best TV currently on the market.
I had researched for about a year or so before placing a pre-order for this set. In 2010 I purchased a 55 inch Samsung C8000 LED set, and had bad luck with two units which were unrepairable, and needed to be replaced. Finally I got one without a problem, and it looked pretty great with bright content, but in blacked out scenes, or letterbox content there was a...
Published on July 12, 2011 by Jigsore
40 of 49 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointed - the VT30 should come with a warning...
Be aware that the VT30 series has an anti-glare coating on the outer screen. While that may seem like a good idea, understand that this coating can easily be scratched, and there is no remedy. Per Panasonic, there is no way to repair visible scratches without further damage to the coating.
Let this be a warning to previous owners of Panasonic plasma TVs. Our...
Published on November 19, 2011 by CDM
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141 of 151 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best TV currently on the market.,
This review is from: Panasonic VIERA TC-P65VT30 65-inch 1080p 3D Plasma HDTV, Black (2011 Model) (Electronics)I had researched for about a year or so before placing a pre-order for this set. In 2010 I purchased a 55 inch Samsung C8000 LED set, and had bad luck with two units which were unrepairable, and needed to be replaced. Finally I got one without a problem, and it looked pretty great with bright content, but in blacked out scenes, or letterbox content there was a "flashlight" and cloud effect that was just too distracting. This is in a completely dark room by the way. It was at this point that I decided I was going to buy the best TV on the market with little regard to cost, and almost everything I read led to the upcoming VT30. So I placed my order in April, and the set was delivered on May 13th. Immediately I was blown away by the picture quality of this set, but also noticed a "flicker" effect, almost like the picture was fluttering on the high contrast scenes. For about the first month of owning the set I can't tell you how much reading and research I did to see if there was a way to fix this flicker problem, and although there is a lot of info on the web about this set, it seems like nobody was addressing the flicker issue. So I thought it must just be me, but then I found an article that talked about the greyscale of PDP technology, and that it can cause flicker which only some people see. I know that my vision is good, but could this be a problem with Plasma? Is it just me? Is it the settings of the set? Well, it couldn't be the latter, because I had tried just about every settings combination possible, and nothing had worked. When the contrast was turned down low it did reduce the flicker effect, but never went away and made the picture too dim to really enjoy. The picture quality on this was so good that I was heartbroken to think that it would go back because of this issue, after all, for this kind of money I expect near perfect results as I don't make this kind of purchase every day. So before returning the set I bit the bullet, and forked out the money to have a professional calibrator come out and adjust the settings in the TV's Service Menu. This is a menu that you can access with the proper codes, and is intended only for professionals to tweak the color, greyscale, light output, etc. on the set. Turns out that the set needed the calibration badly. I have never had a professional calibration on a TV before this, and although I figured that it would be a good idea, I never realized just how much difference it could make! The picture quality was already the best I had ever seen, but after professional calibration it is absolutely mind blowingly good! The flicker is gone, the picture is bright, but subtle, and tons of detail in the shadows. Black areas of a scene are pitch black, and colors are incredibly accurate. I almost want to miss work just to stay home and watch TV now. I have Comcast HD, and although it is pretty good in my neighborhood, you just can't beat a Blu-Ray on this thing. In fact, the calibrator that dialed in my TV has a Pioneer Kuro, and has calibrated up to an 11 Million dollar home theater, and his opinion is that there are a lot of great sets to choose from with Panasonic, Samsung, LG, etc, but he agrees that the VT30 is the best you can get right now. If you can afford it, I highly suggest that you take a good look at this TV before you make the leap. By the way, the Samsung LED that I referenced above is now in a bright room, and looks phenomenal. The Samsung D8000 is a pretty awesome set for 2011, and until the calibration I thought I was going to end up that direction, but it also has the flicker effect, and I have had bad luck with two Samsung TV's, and two of their Blu-Ray players in the past. Not sure how reliable they are this year, but I'm pretty sure that the Panasonic was the right choice.
Update: The fluctuating brightness issue on these sets that some people are talking about was on a small number of the initial units released. It has been addressed, and fixed. You will not have a problem with fluctuating brightness from this point forward. Also, I saw the new Elite sets from Sharp and the VT30 is still definitely the king of the mountain. Go see for yourself and I'm sure you'll agree.
55 of 58 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Final review -- success.,
This review is from: Panasonic VIERA TC-P65VT30 65-inch 1080p 3D Plasma HDTV, Black (2011 Model) (Electronics)I was reluctant to purchase this tv as are/were many secondary to the fluctuating brightness.
My amazon TV is an August 2011 build. A previous amazon customer who wrote a review here mentioned his recently acquired (sept 2011) tv was a July build. amazon, on the phone, could not guarantee me any build date, I guess I got luck of the draw on August, which apparently all August and beyond tv's have a replaced A board from the factory -- there is changing information on this on the 'net forums.
I was also a bit reluctant to purchase from Amazon, as I've never purchased something this expensive online before, but I've purchased from Amazon for years and have ZERO negative to say about Amazon reliability and service -- it's always been impecable.
I received this this tv only 2 days after I purchased it from Amazon, it arrived in great condition, my wife was home and she didn't know to ask the gentlemen who delivered it to put it on the stand, but they did not offer to do this for us. They turned it on, made sure it worked, and left (they just removed the top part of the box, pulled the styrofoam wrap down a bit, and plugged it in).
I got home, plugged in the wifi, updated firmware from 2.060 to 2.070 witout any problems.
I must admit -- for the purpose of this review -- so far I have not done any major testing. I currently own a Panny TC-P65S2 (2010) and came from a Panny TC-P65S1, and have only owned panasonic plasmas. I have dealt with fluctuating black levels (and am annoyed by them) on the S2, and the VT30 was a great prospect when I heard about the great black levels, apparently stable (thus far in reports from professional testing, i.e. cnet).
I'll report back as I start playing around with this thing. I gave it 5 stars because I did not want to lower the average rating.
I can already tell the black levels are much better than the S2, the one sheet of glass is very cool, it's 1/2 or 1/3 the depth of my s2 -- very thin for a 65" plasma. The brushed aluminum trim is also a nice touch.
Oh, and no buzz compared to my S2 .. my S2 can get rather loud, but this thing has no significant buzz - you can hear a little when you're a few feet away from it.
My EEPROM number is 84.46 .. this is an August build, Serial MJ1214XXXXX. This has the updated a board/firmware, because I see NO FBr (fluct. brightness)
Performance -- stellar (compared to my previous panasonic plasmas).
This is clearly, without the 9G Kuro on the market, the king of plasmas. I hope all purchasing from Amazon get the August build or beyond. When I called Amazon, they could not guarantee me that, but they would guarantee that they'd return it no charge if I was not satisfied in 30 days. Nothing touches Amazon's no tax price right now.
Colors, black levels, "pop" .. all amazing.
Sure, it's not a Kuro, but it's 90% there, and that says something. I thought my S2 black levels were terrible once I got the tv and started using it. For someone who will be doing dark room watching and CARES about black levels, fluctuating brightness, fluctuating black levels -- here's your tv.
Thanks for reading.
Update (all good) 11/28/11:
This TV continues to impress me -- rock stable black levels and on brightness fluctuation issues (see my report above). Will definitely continue to stay with panny for plasma as currently their plasma is the best on the market. Time to get an oppo blu-ray player.
27 of 27 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Plasma For Life - VT30 is a Winner,
This review is from: Panasonic VIERA TC-P55VT30 55-inch 1080p 3D Plasma HDTV, Black (2011 Model) (Electronics)This is my first plasma tv and I am pleasantly surprised. I did plenty of research before buying this tv and everything I read about this Panasonic VT30 series was correct. It has wonderful blacks and can get plenty bright in certain modes. I was somewhat concerned about the brightness issue given that my past flat panels have all been LCD. I admit I was a fan of the overblown brightness modes that LCD's allow but it is far from the most accurate picture and affects black levels. I had previously purchased a Samsung D8000 edge lit LED LCD but sent it back to Amazon because of the uneven back-lighting. This TV shows no uniformity issues (as expected with plasma technology). Watching sports on the Panny is great and 3D looks awesome also. Black levels are amazing - there is no black crush that I can discern and I have barely adjusted any settings on the TV.
The styling of the VT30 series is a definite plus. I was considering the cheaper ST series but after I seeing the huge ugly bezel I couldn't settle for old school looks. The VT one sheet of glass look is very well executed. The panel is also slimmer than I was expecting considering this is a plasma. Also I have to note that there is no fan noise and no plasma buzzing which other plasmas brands are known for (Samsung).
The Panasonic VT30 is a keeper.
21 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I wanted the best of the best, and I got it.,
This review is from: Panasonic VIERA TC-P65VT30 65-inch 1080p 3D Plasma HDTV, Black (2011 Model) (Electronics)I just purchased my Panasonic Viera Plasma HDTV, model TC-P65VT30. Purchased in January of 2012, manufactured in October 2011. As of this review, I have had the TV for 2 days. If you are looking for the best quality picture you can get on High Definition as of January 2012, the Panasonic Viera VT30 65" is the way to go. This is without a doubt, Panasonic's flagship television and an immaculate example of how amazing an HD picture truly is.
Many of you who are reading these reviews care about the TV and technology you are getting. Looking for every good and bad feature HDTVs have to offer. Safe to say as well if you are reading this, money is no object. Make no mistake, this is an expensive piece of hardware. I will try and incorporate what I was looking for in reviews when I was narrowing down my selection.
Before the VT30 65", I was watching off a Vizio 32" LCD/CCFL backlit-about 4 years old. The picture on it was fantastic, and I never had any kind of problem with it. That in mind, Vizio was my first thought in Brand. Personally, I don't care how good a review there is, Brands in electronics mean something to me. Sony, Samsung, Panasonic and Vizio were the only brands I would truly consider. First thing was first though; features. What was I looking for that I knew about and what features did I find out about during research that I wanted? In no order: 55" or bigger/LED backlit full-array LCD/240hz or greater/WIreless capability/Apps/Social Networking where I can post right from the TV/Multiple HDMI ports/USB functionality/Industrial Design/User Interface/3D. (The 3D option for me was NOT a major deciding factor. If any models in my selection process had it however, the quality and ratings mattered.)
Turns out, there are not too many HDTV LED full-array 55"+ out there that had everything I was looking for and for a 'reasonable' price. Most 55"+ LEDs were edge-lit, which I did not want due to unbalanced light distribution. The best TV I found after narrowing it down was the Vizio 55" XVT3D554SV. That was going to be it. Everything I was reading online was great, only one problem: turned out I couldn't find a new model of it anywhere. They were not making them anymore is what I gathered. I did however see that this model was sold at Costco, so I went to take a physical look; maybe they had it. They didn't, but after looking at the other TVs there, I saw a 60" Samsung, model no. specific only with Costco. Thing was, it was Plasma.
I wasn't totally sold off Plasma from the beginning, I was just mildly afraid of 'burn in.' My Dad has had a Panasonic 50" Plasma for 6 years now, and that picture is still outstanding. I was always jealous of it. Yes, every now and then some images got burned in, like if we fell asleep to the Netflix screen on, etc. It was never an issue though. All we had to do was turn on the TV without any picture, and the screen 'fixes itself.' (Plasmas have come a long way too since my Dads, and have many new redundancies and settings to help prevent burn in.)
After researching my new direction into Plasmas, I became very pleasantly surprised. The way I look at it (after research), is Plasma is bar none the better picture; the LCD market is trying to catch up and compare. They are getting close but every review from customers, CNet, CustomerReports, -everywhere- prove Plasma is the best. Plasmas had a much higher refresh rate (600hz), practically unlimited viewing angle, the deepest blacks/brightest whites, just as thin as the LED LCDs, and 3D ratings were completely incomparable to LED TVs; they blew them out of the water. Once I made the crossover to Plasmas, I narrowed it down to 2 models: the Panasonic Viera TC-P55VT30 or the Panasonic Viera TC-P65VT30. The VT series is Panasonic's top models, offering many more features the lesser models lack, such as THX certification/settings, pixel orbiting, etc.
I would like to point out, as pretty much everyone knows, if you want the best picture, Samsung HDTVs seem the way to go. I kept that in mind, and wanted to go that route, looking at the Samsung PN59D6500DF. In my research however, many customers were complaining about 'brightness pops', or FBR issues with their 55"+ TVs; Samsung and Panasonic alike. (If you are unaware of what this is, just Google it) Turns out, Samsung has not corrected this problem, and from what I read, does not fix these kind of problems historical. Panasonic however, responded and fixed it with a software update/repair of the 'A board'. (The repair would have been covered under warranty) If your TV was made after Sept 2011, then it was already fixed. So when all was said and done, I was back to either the Panasonic 55 or 65VT30. I decided on the 55". After side by side comparison of specs, I noticed the two TVs had the same Native Resolution of 2,073,600 pixels (1,920 x 1,080). I did not want a distorted/blown up picture, and from what I read and was told, 55" is the largest you can go until your pixels start to stretch. Knowing that, I decided on the 55VT30.
I went to my Best Buy to take a physical look, and to purchase it. Breathtaking. (Cool too, Tron Legacy was on) Best Buy was sold out of the 55" and needed to be ordered. So really ready to buy a TV, I asked the salesman to show me the 65VT30 and clear any questions I had. He demoed the HD picture from both a Blu-ray disc and Cable, as well as the SD pictures from cable and a DVD. I was blown away. The image was absolutely gorgeous, with NO notice of a blown up picture or anything less than amazing HD. They had one 65" in stock, so I took it.
People, this TV is a thing of beauty. As a design standpoint, the TV has one single sheet of glass making for a beautiful, no-interruption experience. Installation couldn't of been easier, both for the physical set up as well as the on screen setup. It's a bit heavy, around the 140lb mark; my girlfriend was having difficulty helping me place it on the stand. The picture is even sharper than I expected. There is absolutely no distortion of pixels. Panasonic's online 'HUB' called VieraLink is great too, however I cannot post Facebook statues' as I thought, I can only access it. (as of now, anyway)
Here is my only 'flaw' for this TV, which could be a considerable one depending on you. It has to do with the picture and movement of some of the images. I have never owned a TV of this caliber, so this could just be something that goes with having a TV of this size, watching to close, pictures settings, etc. I can't really explain it, but the picture is SO good, that certain scenes where the camera pans, or when certain movements are made it's so smooth that it appears unnatural. I've never come across this before, and need to do more research on this. I can say this: it makes the watching experience different. Not better, not worse, just different. If you have the option of going to a store and watching a program for a few minutes you will notice it. I watched Avatar on Blu-ray and everything looks so crisp and so big, that when these movements are made, it feels like the images on the screen are sliding for lack of a better term. It's really difficult to explain in words. This TV deserves a 5 star rating. I am only giving it 4 stars due to this 'panning issue'. If I could, I would give it a 4.5 star rating.
I have not tried out the 3D functions of the TV yet, and have only started to customize my picture settings. I will be sure to update this review when I have more time exploring this TV and hopefully give a true final recommendation. Any questions feel free!
UPDATE: I hae solved the 'problem' I was having with the images being too smooth and unnatural looking. Turns out, this TV truly is loaded with features. I can't speak For the 55VT30, but the 65" comes with a 'Motion Smoother' feature. It does exactly what it sounds like. It has three settings; off, weak and strong. My TV was set to weak. When I turned it off, the picture movements became normal again. Now, this is a five star HDTV. Unbelievable.
I will continue to update as I dig deeper and try and other features, mainly the 3D.
24 of 25 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Kick-ass TV set.,
This review is from: Panasonic VIERA TC-P55VT30 55-inch 1080p 3D Plasma HDTV, Black (2011 Model) (Electronics)This tv is probably one of the best TV (55 or 65 inch) you can get at the consumer level in 2011. The Sony HX929, and maybe the PNXXD8000 Plasma are up there. I have a problem with the Samsung plasma set sacrificing black levels in order to do 1080p24 properly. 1080p/24 is what these TVs are typically used for so that alone is a deal breaker. The Sharp Elite is not even considered because it is too damn expensive. I can take the money for the Sharp Elite and buy two 65vt30!
For those who are on the fence about plasma technology and thinking that LED-LCD are "the way to go." I'd advise a high-end/midrange plasma set like the GT/VT series over any LED-LCD 240Hz unless you only plan to use the set during the day to watch Oprah and Dr. Phil. If you plan to use your display mainly as watching awesome blu-ray movies - Plasma! Plasma! Local-dimming LEDLCD sets like the Sony HX929 set are very good, but also cost $500-800+ more than an equivalent size high-end plasma set. For home theatre purposes, I'd recommend staying away from edgelit LEDLCDs like Samsungs UNXX7000 or lower model. The light bleed from those sets is horrible for watching movies (unless you only watch Avatar and Disney/Dreamworks cartoons). I guarantee that if you let the wife pick out the TV, 99% of the time she will chose the Samsung LEDLCD over everything else because the color are very "vibrant" on the showroom floor and its very sleek bezel design.
Viera Connect/Cast is an average interface. The one big gripe I have is that it still uses the outdated Netflix interface and not the newer one where you can search. Streaming HD shows on Netflix is excellent as long as you have a capable router and not too far away from the source. I just don't understand why some people have problems unless they got a cheap wifi router or the tv is just too far from the source. I streamed a few HD programs from Netflix and my guests mistakenly thought I was playing it from the Blu-ray player. The quality is very good.
Remote - Nothing special, does what it needs for TV viewing and configuring. Not very good for Youtube and any kind of text entry unless you are super good at texting on the number pad. Too bad it wont instantly recognize LOL and LMFAO.
Picture Quality - Amazing. The best part is that out of the box, the THX mode provides very good starting point for color accuracy and gamma. So if you want to save $400 bucks, the THX mode for 3D/2D would suffice. Most enthusiast will recommend proper calibration since this TV is made for calibration. There's a software built-in that can only be access with proper equipments. A certified ISFccc person will be able to optimally give you a night and day mode.
Sound Quality - Average. It definetly sound better than the Samsung TV sets, but nothing that will rival even a HTIB setup.
EDIT: A few weeks with this TV and I have to say: BEST TV for the money. You could make the argument that the GT series is a better value, but the PQ and design of this TV is worth the upgrade. LED is still relatively new and not ready for prime time. I am so glad that I exchanged the Samsung UN55D8000 for this.
15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Simply Stunning,
This review is from: Panasonic VIERA TC-P55VT30 55-inch 1080p 3D Plasma HDTV, Black (2011 Model) (Electronics)SIMPLY STUNNING....
I bought this TV from another online retailer, but still wanted to post the review here on amazon since I buy here frequently and I appreciate a lot the fact that people take time to review products, which has help me to make wise shops. As I was saying, before buying this TV, I did a lot of research here and on home theater forums, cnet, plasma guide, etc. And most of them agreed that this TV had the best picture of 2011 and if not it was second, just behind the Samsung PND8000, So it was clear to me, that this tv was what I wanted, but the only "little" problem was the price, because my budget was no more than $1500, so I went with a less expensive set, also from panasonic the GT30 and it arrived with the screen totally broken, then I decided to go with the LG950pz and it arrived perfectly, but the image was very poor. Yep I was disssapointed so I decided to take the last shot and make the "Big" move and spend the $2300 I paid for this TV. And let me tell you that it is worth every penny, the image its simply incredible in 2d (I have not tried 3d yet, since Im not much into it)NFL games broadcasts looks amazing in game mode,but when you really squirt the picture of this TV is with Blu-ray, So far I have seen Thor, X-men, Life documentary and I am legend in blu-ray on the preset THX mode, and boy its sweetness to my eyes all the way. This TV has many possible picture adjustments, right now Im making a research on the best calibrations for this set, and I have found that most reviewers agree that the thx preset mode is great (of course for movies only) but still can get better with a few adjustments (which is not an urgency for me now). Another important matter is that this tv has none to little image retention, since I play a lot of xbox (fifa 11), so this was crucial for me too,(please note that the image retention comparison was made with my older tv, also a panasonic 50" g25). And besides the stunning picture of this set, it's the sleek look of it, I understand that this issue is not that important for most people, but let me tell you that it will really make an impression in any home theater room.
Conclusion is that if you can make the effort to buy this set YOU WILL NOT REGRET IT at any point, and if you cant, check out the ST30 model available at bestbuy, the picture quality is near this level, of course the case of the ST30 its completely ugly compared with the VT30. Hope this review helps, god bless!
12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best Plasma Currently Available!,
Over the past 2 months, I've had issues with my first 2 purchases (Sharp 735U and Samsung 64D8000).
The Samsung had a great picture, but after a few days the picture started blacking out for 5-10 seconds randomly, so I returned it.
I can definitely say, that I am so far VERY pleased with my 65VT30.
The picture is phenomenal; blacks are very deep, and colors are very accurate (THX mode, pre calibration).
Right now, I'm still in my break in period (80 Hours), and won't calibrate it for at least another 2-3 weeks.
In comparison to the Samsung, I'd say they are pretty much on par as far as my eyes can tell.
You'd really need some form of digital measurement to distinguish the difference.
Again IMO, the build quality on the Panasonic is far better than the Samsung.
It's about 20+ lbs heavier, and just feels and looks like a better quality product.
I don't really care about a thin bezel. I wanted a set that would perform and last for years to come as I don't spend $3,000 on a TV very often.
The full glass sheet on the front is pretty nice.
The apps are a little cumbersome, but I didn't buy this for the apps. I have an external media player with all that stuff, and it does a much better job.
However, for those who don't have an external media player with apps like NetFlix, etc.., the built in apps and media player on this set will suffice.
One side note though, is that the built in Panasonic media player struggles with some HD (1080p) .MKV and .MP4 files.
I had one that was encoded/compressed to 8GB, and definitely saw a major stutter in it's playback.
IMO, the 3D on this set is far superior to the Samsung (as I said earlier, I've owned both).
Not sure why, but on the Samsung, the sides seemed a bit blurry. On this, every inch is clear and pops in 3D.
To address those who have had issues with range on the 3D glasses: I have the pair that came with it, and have been as far back as 20 feet with no issues. I don't personally see a problem with the range.
IR or BURN IN ------------
NONE thus far. I watch the news for a few hours/day (CNN and FOX) with the scrolling tickers, and haven't seen any at all.
The sound on the Panasonic is a bit better than the Samsung, but I don't really care as a TV of this caliber should really be teamed with a good surround system.
If you don't have a sound system, believe me, the sound is good enough to get the job done.
Yes, the Samsung does have a little less reflection, but not by much.
Keep in mind, that Samsung had to put what I refer to as an antiglare "sticker" on their sets.
I have my Panasonic in my living room, and it's plenty bright.
BRIGHTNESS FLUCTUATIONS -------
NONE. Mine has a January 2012 manufacturing date, and according to AVS forum and others, the issue has been fixed since August 2011.
So if you do experience any brightness fluctuations, Panasonic will send a technician out to repair it with a new A chip and software.
The 65VT30 is definitely my personal pick over the Samsung plasma, and for certain my choice over ANY High end LED TV for movies, sports, and gaming.
11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Review from an Audio/Videophile,
Onto the Panasonic TC-P65VT30...It is AMAZING!!!! I was a bit worried about going back to IR for 3d synch but it works beautifully and did not lose synch even once during Avatar. Great Job Panasonic! Blacklevels are deep and motion is smooth. No flickering blacklevels or anything like that. It is a bit more than I wanted to spend but totally worth the money.
Thanks Panasonic and Amazon!!!! A+++++++++++++
60 of 75 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic TV but it broke first day and glasses are not comfortable,
I have both the Samsung BD-C6900 Blue-ray player and the Panasonic BDT350. Love the Samsung, hate the Panasonic. The Panasonic is not as user friendly, not as pretty, takes forever to load, and makes alot of clicking/humming/buzzing noises when playing a disk. It didn't start out that way but it's been less than a year and already it sounds like a five year old player. The quality of picture produced by each player is basically a wash for me. I really can't tell any difference. I'll try to update this as I get more experience with the TV. Oh by the way - I'm not a football fan but watching it in 3D is like being on the field, incredible. And I was just told buy my sales person that there has been a price drop on the current set of 3d glasses. They are now available for $49.99
UPDATE: 07/12/11 I've bought two additional 55" ST30's so I can put them side by side as part of an "eyefinity" setup on my computer. The ST30's are suprisingly pretty good but I had to go through one return due to one looking grainy (a known not uncommon issue with panasonics in general and the ST30's specifically). Now if they can only get rid of the bezel.
UPDATE: Well first day and already its gone bad. I got the vertical black bar that covers about an eighth of the screen about 3/4 of the way on the right side. In researching similar problems it might indicate the Plasma Display Panel (PDP) was defective. It appears I have a vertical block that is bad. Retailer is getting me another one tomorrow.
UPDATE: Ok new TV working well. On the standard picture setting its really too dark. So I increased the brightness by changing to game or cinema. I've been watching 2d movies with the 2d to 3d conversion with good results. I just watched my first real 3D movie "Tangled". I have seen the 2D version of this movie about 5 times but watching it in 3D is like seeing it for the first time. WOW! I'll never be able to watch it in 2D again. The details are amazing. You notice every blade of grass, every leaf on the trees, every strand of hair on people, all sorts of things I've never noticed before like birds flying in the fore and background, butterfies and pollen, textures on just about everything! The only negative I see in 3D is when somthing moves fast like a swinging arm. I don't know if its motion blur or just me not being able to focus fast enough. The picture is brighter and clearer with better 3D than I've seen in the theaters. I have a 2009 Samsung 63" plasma which I still like the 2D bright, clear, sharp picture of over this Panasonic. But for 3D I'm quite satisfied. I also use this set as my main computer monitor. It's fun to watch online movie content with the 2D to 3D conversion active.
UPDATE: The way I see it the ST30, GT30, and VT30 are basically good, better, best. The best way for me to describe the picture quality difference is similar to watching a 60hz refresh rate and then watching an 80hz refresh rate. The picture just seems clearer, sharper, and more stable. Now the thing that really suprised me was watching 3D on the ST30's. It was as good as the VT30. In fact I had a really hard time trying to tell the difference. So is it worth the difference in price? Hmmmm hard question to answer. As you can see even though I have the money for three VT30's, I opted for one VT30 plus two ST30's and I'm happy with the results. I tried the apps and they are great but all the ones I like wanted money. I guess I'm not ready to pay for them. As far as the 55" being big enough to watch 3D, yes, in fact for movies I have to back up a little from my usual four foot distance to a six foot distance to get the whole thing in my fileld of view. I know people out there probably think its insane to sit so close, but I really like to immerse myself in my movies and games and the hd quality of both the VT30 and ST30 allow me to do that.
UPDATE: 07/26/11 The 63" Samsung I was mentioning earlier that I liked so much has started to fail after 17 months. A $3600.00 then top of the line set that bragged about how long they were supposed to last. Luckily I read many of the Amazon.com reviews on the Samsung flat screens and bought a two year extended warrenty. I just don't understand all the failures on the Samsung and Panasonic TV's. It's like they have no quality control going on in the factories.
Update: 08/02/11 The $350.00 repairs on the Samsung 63" are done and the picture is back to looking amazing. I say wow everytime I see it. I mention this for people who are trying to decide between Panasonic and Samsung. After watching the repairs I could have done it my self for a $40.00 part and 15 minutes of work. It was that easy.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointed - the VT30 should come with a warning...,
Let this be a warning to previous owners of Panasonic plasma TVs. Our previous 50" Panasonic plasma, which was mounted in the identical area, was impervious to scratches and abrasions. The screen still looks flawless after 5 years. The new VT30, in less than a day, is already scratched. We're not even certain how it may have happened.
The picture quality looks brilliant. But Panasonic should take careful measure to inform customers that the coating is extremely fragile. This would not be a good choice of TVs for a game room, around children, or for that matter, anywhere anything might come in contact with the screen.
Watching the Oscar Awards this evening, and WHAM, just like that, the picture went black. The set will not power up. The red light on the front of the set is blinking in a series of 14 blinks, pause, 14 blinks, etc. The set is only 3 months old. I'll contact Panasonic Warranty repair tomorrow. I'm not pleased.
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