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Major Issue: Fluctuating Brighness Ruins TV,
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This review is from: Panasonic VIERA TC-P50ST30 50-Inch 1080p 3D Plasma HDTV (2011 Model) (Electronics)
I Researched HDTVS for about four months. Compared many models plasma vs led, and went with the st30, because 1) The pricepoint 2) the overall quality. I recieved the tv in great shape, broke it in 100+ hours and must say, the picture quality, level of blacks..are just incredible. The quality is top notch. But, as time wears on, the defects are now showing, more and more. I have green tint/blobs (not calibration issues) which I can live with. BUT..the fluctuating brighness from scene to scene is becoming unbearable. Unfortunately, I researched this on many other high def and avs forums..and via google. The problem is all over. Folks are complaining to panasonic usa in droves with no response, as it seem panasonic europe has released firmware to address the issue. The issue again, is not due to the CATS setting..and IS of design by the panel. The problem, is the degree that is shows. And let me warn all you future buyers..the problem seems to get worse and more noticable with time. I am one of the many 100's it looks like who has this issue, after 30 days, where it became more pronounced, and am now stuck with dealing with Panasonics terrible customer support. I've been a prime member for a long time, have purchased many items via amazon/best buy..and no issues. I am no video snob, but I must say..I am very disapointed with this purchase, until/unless Panasonic addresses or fixes via a firmware update. I advise to stay away until the quality control issue is resolved.