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Panasonic VIERA TC-P55ST50 55-Inch 1080p 600Hz Full HD 3D Plasma TV (2012 Model)
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- 55-Inch Plasma display, 960 Hz Clear Motion Rate
- Infinite Black Pro Panel
- Vera CONNECT (Wi-Fi Built-In with Web Browser)
- TV without stand (Width x Height x Depth): 51-Inch x 30.5-Inch x 1.8-Inch, TV with stand (Width x Height x Depth): 51-Inch x 32.5-Inch x 14.1-Inch
- 1 Year Manufacturer's Warranty
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"The affordable Panasonic TC-PST50 series exhibited outstanding overall picture quality, characterized by exceedingly deep black levels with great shadow detail, accurate colors, and solid bright-room performance. Unlike LCDs, as a plasma it has superb off-angle and uniformity characteristics. The styling is attractive and the feature set well-chosen, including excellent onscreen help options"...."The bottom line: With flagship-level picture quality for a midlevel price, the Panasonic ST50 series sets the value standard among videophile-grade TVs." ~CNET.com, (March 28, 2012)-------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
The ST50 series features 1080p Full HD resolution, an Infinite Black Pro Panel, and VIERA Connect with web browser and built-in Wi-Fi. Other unique features include 2D to 3D conversion and 2500 focused field drive.
VIERA Connect IPTV - More Fun Comes Via a Cloud ServiceVIERA Connect is a cloud service that provides access to 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 possible user experience. In the 2012 TVs, 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 and easier. 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 simultaneously watching TV. Watch live sports games while upping the excitement by chatting with your friends as the game unfolds. You can also record an original message and set it as your answering voice message. Callers can record messages onto an SD Memory Card (min. 512MB required), while you are away. *Skype camera not included with TV purchase
Share Content on the Large Screen with 2D-3D Conversion Unique Panasonic technology converts 2D images into high-quality 3D images. The technology generates a detailed depth effect for each type of image so the 3D effect is natural and realistic. Enjoy Blu-ray movies, DVDs and TV broadcasts in 3D. The Super Resolution function allows images that were converted to be displayed in sharp, clear 3D images. Learn more about Panasonic's true-to-life Full HD 3D technology here.
Learn more about 3D, how it works, and exactly what you'll need to enjoy 3D at home at our 3D Center.
The Perfect Smart TV Experience: A Suite of TechnologiesFast-Switching Phosphor
The use of fast switching phosphors has significantly reduced afterglow duration and reproduced clear 3D and 2D images. Fast switching phosphors are used in all full HD models.
3D 24p Cinema Smoother
VIERA gives you naturally flowing 24p images with the look and tonal characteristics of film, and familiar TV-like quality. Panasonic's advanced source analysis and frame generation deliver smooth, natural, and lifelike images.
Connect this DLNA-compatible VIERA HDTV and DLNA-compatible AV equipment to your home network, and you can watch movies, listen to music, and view photos from any room in the house. VIERA HDTV's Wi-Fi capability gives you even more layout flexibility. The ST50 series has built-in Wi-Fi so a wireless LAN adaptor is not required.
600 Hz Sub-field Drive and 2500 Focused Field Drive
The ST50 features 600Hz technology which allows for superb full-HD motion and still images. Panasonic uses its own unique image-analysis technology which allows for greater clarity with motion images. Each frame is displayed for a shorter length of time to reduce aftereffects. The ST50 also employs Neo Plasma Black 2500 FDD (Focused Field Drive) to provide a crisp image even when the content shows very fast motion.
Operate Multiple Systems with Just One Remote Control through VIERA Link VIERA LinkThe ST50 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, whether it be your Panasonic Blu-ray or DVD player or Panasonic Home Cinema Surround System.
Deep, Rich Blacks with the Infinite Black Pro PanelThe ST50 series feature self-illuminating panels with ultimate black levels. Enhancements to the panel and cells help reproduce images with smooth, natural gradation and deep, rich blacks - even when viewed in bright surroundings. In movies, the true, deep blacks faithfully convey the intent of the filmmakers, adding power and realism to the viewing experience.
Environmentally FriendlyPanasonic’s commitment to sustainability and producing products that are ecologically sound is evidenced in the 100,000 hour life span of the Plasma Display panel and the lack of lead or mercury in the panels. Thanks to a newly designed phosphor process and rear panel process, Panasonic's plasma panels last for up to 100,000 hours before the brightness decreases by half. That's more than 30 years of viewing 8 hours a day. Plus with Eco Mode, Panasonic TV's turn off and adjust brightness depending on the VIERA's operating status. Settings can be configured by selecting Eco mode from VIERA Tools. The Power Save setting also adjusts screen brightness to reduce power consumption.
2012 Panasonic VIERA Plasma HDTV Comparison Chart
|Models:||50", 55", 60", 65" ||50" |
|High Definition Resolution|| |
1080p Full HD 3D
1080p Full HD 3D
1080p Full HD 3D
1080p Full HD 3D
720p HD 3D
1080p Full HD
|Mercury and Lead Free Panel|| || || || || || |
|Long Panel Life|| || || || || || |
|VIERA Link|| || || || || || |
|Game Mode|| || || || || || |
|Media Player (SD, USB, DLAN via LAN)|| || || || || || |
|SD Card Slot|| || || || || || |
|HDMI/USB Port|| |
|2D-3D Conversion|| |
w/ Face Detection
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|Smartphone Remote Function*|| || || || || || |
|Fast Switching Phosphors|| || || || || || |
|VIERA Connect|| || || || || || |
|2500 Focused Field Drive|| || || || || || |
|Skype Communication|| || || || || || |
|Social Networking TV|| || || || || |
|E-Help|| || || || || |
|Infinite Black Panel w/ Louver Filter || |
|Pro Settings || || || || || || |
|3D Real Sound || || || |
|24, 576 Shades of Gradation || || || || || || |
|THX3D Certified|| || || |
|VIERA Touch Pad Controller|| || || || || || |
|96Hz Playback of 24p|| || || |
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|Online Movies|| || || || |
INPUT AND OUTPUT
Input/Output connections:3 x HDMI input (19 pin HDMI Type A) - Side,2 x (4 pin USB Type A),1 x Composite video / component video input (RCA phono x 3),1 x (RCA phono x 2),1 x Audio line-in (Mini-phone stereo 3.5 mm),1 x Network (RJ-45),1 x Digital audio output (optical)
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1. You really need to adjust the picture settings on this TV (duh). Doing so will result in exquisite picture quality. I had heard that this TV gives "flagship quality at a mid-range price" and I am here to confirm that; Game of Thrones on Blu-Ray looks absolutely incredible. (Skip to the end of this review for my picture settings)
2. Virtually no input lag for Xbox games (crucial for FPS).
3. IR (image retention) has not been an issue whatsoever, even after playing Xbox games with a static HUD for a few hours at a time.
4. I am disappointed with the sound quality, mainly because other reviewers said it was better than most other TV's in this price range. While this may be true, in the end I consider it to be barely useable. However, when spending well over 1K on a TV you should probably invest in some sort of sound system also.
5. Buzzing has been nonexistent thus far, will update if I notice it.
1. Stand does not swivel.
2. Very slick styling; looks great in person.
3. Remote looks like it was made for a 1998 geriatric technology convention. (who cares about the remote, dude?)
4. There is no questioning the excellence of Amazon's customer service, but the "scheduled delivery" is worthless. Mine was scheduled from 9am-12pm. When it finally arrived at 5pm (lol) the driver said, "Nothing runs on time with freight." So be prepared to block out a whole day to receive this item (keep in mind this was my experience, not sure how common this is?). Amazon did give me $60 store credit for my troubles.
5. I have not had any problems with the ABL (automatic brightness limiting), but I do not watch hockey so if that is your thing then you might want to do more research.
6. I am not evaluating the wifi capabilities or apps because I connect to wifi through my Xbox and stream everything through it.
-Background (for semi-noobs like myself): it seems many people use D-nice's picture settings (he is a calibrator that posts on the hi tech junkies forum). He recommends downloading some picture prep slides that he posted and running them for 100 hours to evenly age the phosphors on this TV. I didn't do this, mostly because I'm lazy. Other people use David Katzmaier's settings (he is a calibrator and reviewer for cnet). Ultimately I decided to place my settings exactly between these two "expert's" opinions because neither hit it dead on for me. Keep in mind these are dark room settings and that my TV hasn't been "properly aged." Frankly I don't care because these settings look perfect to me, but I may need to readjust in a few months if some "aging" occurs.
Picture Mode: Custom
Sharpness: 0 (yes, turn this all the way down from 50)
Color Temp: Warm2
Photo Enhancement: Off
Video NR: Off
W/B High R: +5
W/B High G: 0
W/B High B: +2
W/B Low R: +8
W/B Low G: 0
W/B Low B: +1
Black Extension: 0
Gamma Adjustment: 2.4 (I dropped this from 2.6 because my personal preference is slightly brighter)
Panel Brightness: Mid
Contour Emphasis: Off
-Aspect adjustments submenu
Screen format: Full
HD size: Size 2
H size: [grayed out]
Zoom adjustments: [grayed out]
Leave all settings in this menu at their default
-Advanced picture submenu
3D Y/C filter: Off [grayed out]
Color matrix: HD [grayed out]
Block NR: Off [grayed out]
Mosquito NR: Off
Motion smoother: Off
Black level: Light
3:2 pulldown: On
24p Direct in: 60Hz
Hope this helps!!
I purchased one of these back in 20aught12, and at the time I simply wanted the absolutely most robust plasma TV in the Seven Kingdoms, preferably forged by a Qohorik master armorer using Valyrian steel. My other singular demand is that the sound emanating from this slate of black magic produce a dark and rich, enveloping sound that render any listener lost within it's enchanting image sorcery. I stand here today before you and the Lord of Light AND the Many Faced Gods, to declare this Panysonioc, KING of all of the free lands of Westeros and Austin-os. At least, as far as how infallibly robust it is, and the technically perfect sound it recreates. If these things are as important to you as they are me, you should pay whatever price is asked and sail the ends of the world to secure one for your hearth homes. Before winter comes.
The picture quality is better than I would ever expect. It wrecks LED's. The brightness is great, the smoothness is unbeatable, and the image retention has been virtually non existent for my moderate game / TV use.
The only drawback to buying this TV is the complete loss of a social life and contact with the outside world that comes with it. But in a world where people put leashes on their kids, and sweaters on their dogs, maybe that's not a bad thing..
Not to mention it came looking and working like it was brand new. Not a flaw to be found. For $1,200.00 it was a bargain.
A++ for amazon warehouse!
I tried to get my Harmony remote to work with the ST50. I entered the model number in the setup software, but the system only comes up with the TC-P50ST50 (which is the exact same TV, just a smaller size). All of the commands work as expected EXCEPT for the IR command for switching the input directly to Cable/Ant. All of the other input IR commands work (switch to HDMI1, HDMI2, etc). This was causing me issues with switching inputs. What I did to fix it was put a delay in the Harmony software, it was 1 sec, I changed it to 3 sec. The issue went away. The remote now switches inputs smoothly.
There has been much written about the picture quality of the TC-P60ST50 line. All I can say is I could not agree with the reviewers more. The colors pop and the blacks are very inky black. The gray levels are good too. My Old TV was Toshiba 46 inch Table Top RPTV. I bought it in 2004. One of the first things I saw was when I was playing Burn Out Paradise City on the PS3. It was night time, in the game. The best way I can describe it is it looked like late Dusk time frame. Old TV felt like it was midnight, you could not see the cars/poles in your way. You just hoped nothing was in your path. Text is much shaper and readable.
I debated the ST50 vs GT50 models. The biggest difference I could see was the calibration settings, THX picture mode. If you want to set up the ST50 picture quickly, use Movie Mode setting. If you want calibrated picture look on Plasmatvbuyingguide.com and CNet.com for the review of the Panasonic TC-P60ST50. In the articles they have the calibrated picture setting they both used. I just averaged the two and I think the picture looks FANASTIC.
Now obviously the built in sound is not going to replace your external audio system but I have to say the sound is far better than I expected. Sounds and speech are solid and clear at high and low volume levels and will probably bridge the gap for people not normally happy with built-in speakers but don't want to add on an external system.
For those with an external A/V system the TV has ARC, on input #2. My receiver did not have ARC. So I used the optical out from TV. I read, before I bought the TV, that the TV is only passing Dolby digital two channels signals. I am very happy to report that is False. I am getting the full 5.1 audio from TV broadcast and from Netflix. The audio is clean and clear from the optical out.
There is a noticeable buzzing sound when displaying large bright white or light scenes and there is no sound. When there is sound from the TV or other ambient sounds I don't notice this buzzing at all.
Some people mentioned the amount of heat the ST50 put out. All I can compare it to is our older Panasonic TH-42PX80U. The PX80U gets much warmer. That model is a 42 inch TV. The P60ST50 puts out, I am guessing, about less than half the heat I have felt from the PX80U. I would say the 60 inch TV is much more efficient than the TH-42PX80U. The P60ST50 runs relativity cool considering its size.
This is a side note. My receiver has only 2 optical in's. One is for the DVD player and the other is for the TV. To get my Original Xbox working with its HD adapter I had to buy an adapter from MonoPrice, #5971. It takes in Component Video and optical audio and sends out a HDMI signal. It works great and for $40 you can not beat the quality. I was happy to discover the MonoPrice product.
Overall I would recommend the ST50 line to anyone who is half-way interested in a new TV. I have not yet found something I do not like about the TV. The only thing might be why I waited some long for a new one.