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4.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic, after disabling the 3D, May 12, 2012
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This review is from: Panasonic VIERA TC-P50XT50 50-Inch 720p 600Hz HD 3D Plasma TV (Electronics)
This is my third Panasonic Viera and I've never had any issues w/ them. I bought this tv b/c it's internet ready (not sure what I'd ever use that for but it's nice to have in case it comes in handy), has ARC HDMI (to minimize cables), and is 3D capable (just in case--i didn't want my tv to be obsolete as soon as 3D caught on--if it catches on). So far, the TV is great. The picture is clear and the price is right.

However, I hated it at first. I spent my first few hours watching it wondering what the return policy is on TVs. The TV somehow made the directing of a show/movie cheesy, much like a soap opera. It sounds ridiculous but suddenly I couldn't bear to watch my favorite show. Something about the picture was so distracting. Long story short, I turned off the 3D feature (it is apparently on by default) and I haven't noticed any issues since. The 3D is so bad that I wish it wasn't even a feature. It's distracting and somehow makes every show/movie look like a very low quality production--like a high school kid filmed it.

So if you're buying this TV b/c it's 3D, you're in for a bad surprise. If you're buying it b/c it's a good price on a well respected brand, it's a good move.
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Initial post: May 14, 2012 1:34:30 PM PDT
Daman says:
You need to wear 3D Glasses for watching any 3D stuff. may be that would have helped you.

In reply to an earlier post on May 15, 2012 8:55:29 AM PDT
Brandon says:
I don't think so. It wasn't the blurry picture that typically requires 3d glasses. I've talked to some friends and apparently what I noticed is a known phenomenon, called soap opera effect. Either way, I just wanted to post this review so those who buy the tv know how to improve the picture.

In reply to an earlier post on May 15, 2012 1:09:10 PM PDT
Daman says:
May be you are right. The reason why I advised about 3d glasses was because when my TV came, my 3d was disabled only.

Posted on May 17, 2012 2:00:25 PM PDT
No really, you need to wear 3D glasses.

In reply to an earlier post on May 18, 2012 10:02:36 AM PDT
Hopefully this helps. Your television has two 3d modes. One is to convert regular 2d into 3d. When you do this, you need to buy 2012 model Panasonic active 3d glasses to view the picture or it will be unwatchable (TV doesn't come with it). You can also purchase a 3d blue ray, but it wont be watchable without the glasses. Here is the model that will work with your tv: Pansonic Viera TY-ER3D4MU 3d active shutter glasses. good luck

Posted on Sep 2, 2012 5:22:28 PM PDT
I believe the issue is the 3D cinema smoother. It kind of does make it seem like a soap opera shot with hand held cameras. If you're use to it, it kind of makes things seem like watching a movie on the big screen

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 5, 2012 3:11:18 AM PDT
I dont think this TV has such settings coz I got one - of course I bought it in India for a thousand dollars. The TV recognizes 3D video only when you play it and it gives you a prompt at the bottom saying that it recognizes 3d video and whether it should turn it on.

So if you are watching 2D - it wont turn it into 3D by default. Of course it does have the option when you can turn 2D into 3D but its very superficial and useless. If you want to buy glasses - you can as well buy Samsung glasses as they cost only 17 dollars and are compatible.

I got this TV after my 46inch full hd samsung LCD had a panel failure and frankly although this ones 720P I dont notice any degradation in quality..I would definitely recommend this TV whole heartedly

Posted on Oct 1, 2012 2:02:47 PM PDT
Dan Tanner says:
Have you had hdtv before? When I switched from standard to high def couldnt stand it either because it was so crisp and clear everything look really fake. After a while you get used to it and will never go back
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