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You will be amazed.,
This review is from: Panasonic VIERA TC-P55ST50 55-Inch 1080p 600Hz Full HD 3D Plasma TV (2012 Model) (Electronics)
Here is what will happen:
You will receive your TV, open it immediately--admire its beauty momentarily, inspect it for physical defects, realize that it is indeed factory mint, plug it in, turn it on, mind blown. Well something like that. I have heard professional reviewers say there is no such thing as a perfect TV. But, this has to be the closest thing.
I spent 30-45 days doing research on what TV to buy for the basement of my new home--I went from looking at only LCDs (a mentality that is really 3-years old now), to debating between Samsung and Panasonic Plasmas. The research on reviews/pricing was clear--Panasonic's mid-range model edged Samsung's in terms of Quality/Capabilities. Still--this TV sits in the primary entertaining room in my new home, and the 2011 Panasonics just looked dated. Even though I could have save $200-300 by going with last years model, the glass trim and slim profile are just sooo Hot, particularly on a wall mount. Not too mention--the TV shed 24 pounds (or 28%) from last year's model. It differs slightly from the comparable Samsung's as the bottom two corners of the glass trim are cut at a 45 degree angle rather than rounded like Samsung.
I have had this TV for a little over 2 weeks now. I use my TV for PS3, TV (Dish), Bluerays (some 3D).
For Video Games: Truly stunning--I play a lot of FIFA 12 (soccer video game), it is fascinating to watch an airborne soccer-ball spin with complete lifelike detail. Zero Blur. Zero Ghosting. I use either the 'Vivid' or 'Game' picture presets for videogames. Colors are more rich, and the screen is a little brighter--good for Cartoons and Video games-- but a little to blue and bright for lifelike pictures.
For HDTV/BlueRay: HD quality is perfect--you can see the goosebumps on human skin clearly, colors are just so real, and motion is perfect. There are no distractions pixelation/blurring/motion--the picture is seemless, and you can just enjoy the programming. I used the custom David Katzmaier recommended picture settings for HD/Blueray Viewing.
For 3D: Maybe, I have not experienced enough Active 3D to compare, as reviews have said this may be a hang up for this TV. But in my experience, the 3D is just mind-blowing. The image loses none of its real life quality. Their are ZERO headaches--I've watched Avatar 3D twice, once with my wife, and neither of us experienced any crossover, ghosting, or any of the other problems that make us loathe going to 3D in theaters. 3D viewing is just stunning. Even the 2D-->3D feature--although it lacks the depth of the true 3D content--has no problems. I use the Katzmaier settings and the new Panasonic Blue Tooth 3D Glasses for viewing 3D content.
The Web Content:
I found Viera Connect's interface to be extremely easy to use, and liked how I could still see what I was watching as I explored the Online apps. Set up took two seconds when I first turned on the TV, and I usually acheive 1080p quality even when streaming previews from Hulu or Vudu, and the picture is as good as my Dish HD Channels. I have not bought any movies this way yet.
The only hangup: It really does need a separate sound system for a true media experience. There is just no bass or lows from the built in speakers, and the sound is a little hollow. I also noticed the TV's speakers do start buzzing (distorting) when I would raise the volume above 70 (of 100). I did get a sound system--and it almost brings tears to my eyes how great my in-home entertainment system is for all under $2000. I jest about the tears.
Bottom Line: Unbelievable TV--Unbelievable Value for Top of the Line Picture/features.
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Initial post: Apr 11, 2012 1:06:03 PM PDT
Have you noticed any buzzing sound when you're on the PS3 menu screen? Mine emits a somewhat loud buzzing sound whenever the screen is bright. With movies it's not usually noticeable because it gets drowned out by the soundtrack but it's very noticeable on the PS3 menu since there are no other sounds. Not sure if it's my settings or what. With xbox I don't hear it because the xbox itself is so loud haha.
In reply to an earlier post on Apr 11, 2012 1:28:40 PM PDT
Jason T. says:
I have heard a faint buzzing. I have only noticed it once or twice, when the TV is on MUTE, and a scene on the tv shift from dark to very bright colors. Otherwise, It is completely inaudible to me, but I do know what you are talking about. As I play with it now on my PS3 menu screen, and put brightness and panel brightness on max, it is only barely audible from behind the TV, and I'm not sure that isn't the fan that I hear.
Posted on Apr 11, 2012 1:59:48 PM PDT
I've had my ST50 for a week and I agree with everything you've said about what will happen - "admire its beauty momentarily, inspect it for physical defects, realize that it is indeed factory mint, plug it in, turn it on, mind blown." Mind. Blown.
I also almost went with the ST30 for $400 cheaper... but I'm glad I didn't - better looking bezel, performance on par to the VT30, improved glare resistance, etc. ...well worth the extra money and piece of mind that I "should have upgraded to this years model".
With that said, the "buzzing issue"... I've only noticed it when my tv volume was set to less than 5 at about 8-10ft away. I probably could hear it if I sat closer, but when the tv is set to a volume of anything over 5, it shouldn't be noticable.
Posted on Apr 11, 2012 2:44:32 PM PDT
B. Vanderhoof says:
Any chance you could post the link for the recommended calibrations for this TV? I cant find the one from Katzmaier and the one from tweektv looks a little dull. Thanks for your help!
In reply to an earlier post on Apr 11, 2012 6:05:23 PM PDT
Jason T. says:
Sure--the link is below--please note that I found these settings optimal for dark room viewing of real life shots.
In reply to an earlier post on Apr 11, 2012 10:49:54 PM PDT
B. Vanderhoof says:
Thank you...really appreciate it.
Posted on Apr 12, 2012 8:04:05 AM PDT
Michael Rottenwallner says:
what Picture Mode do you use for TV and Bluray? Is Normal ok or do you use Cinema Mode?
Posted on Apr 12, 2012 8:46:27 AM PDT
Andreas Mathieu says:
Totally agree. Can't wait to set up a proper sound system to go with it for a truly great home theatre experience. Looking at a Peachtree Audio Inova integrated amp. and pairing it with an Anthony Gallo A'diva ti 5.1 system. I spent nearly 10 grand on a Fujitsu a few years ago and this TV blows it out of the water--the technology has improved dramatically. Until OLED comes out, this is it for me.
In reply to an earlier post on Apr 12, 2012 3:14:42 PM PDT
Oh OK, thanks for confirming. I wanted to make sure it wasn't particular to mine. I think the acoustics of my wall amplify it as well (it sit in a recessed part which I think is acting like a dish as I noticed that shifting positions in any direction from my normal spot will make it less noticeable.)
Posted on Apr 19, 2012 6:47:19 PM PDT
You mentioned that you mounted this to the wall. I'm hoping to get one of these and hang it on an ultrathin mount, like sanus sells, which is just half an inch off the wall. I think last year's panasonic models had a lip on the bottom of the TV that made them stick out at least an inch from the wall, so these ultrathin mounts wouldn't work. What is this one like?
And do they recess the plugs into the TV, like the Samsung models, or do the plugs stick straight out the back like some previous panasonic models?
Finally, what mount did you use for this, and how do you like it?