I bought a Panasonic TC-L47ET5 LCD Passive 3D TV and a Panasonic DMP-BDT320 3D Blu-Ray player during the Black Firday/Cyber Monday time period. They weren't a part of a big sale, but the price seemed right.
But, I think I should have done more research first ....
I bought the pair to replace the TV and Blu-Ray in our bedroom. So, I wasn't looking for top-of-the-line performance. But, when I set up the TV I was instantly taken back by the really bad picture. I know we all complain about the default settings for TVs, but this was the worst (or best) exampel of the "Soap Opera Effect" that I've seen. I spent hours playing with the settings and searching the 'net for suggested calibrations. Most of the examples on the 'net said to turn on an Advanced option that doesn't seem to exist on my incarnation of the TV.
Finally, though, after about four hours of work, I managed to get the picture too look good. And the 3D looks really good. I didn't see any of the scan line or lower-res problems others have mentioned. I saw less ghosting and other unwanted artifacts than I usually see on my much more expensive Samsung in the family room.
So, the picture looks good now, but the sound is horrible. I realized that the sound from a flat-panel TV isn't going to be great. But, since the TV is the one in the bedroom, I thought I could live with it. We were replacing a cheap TV and I expected the sound to be at least as good as the Visio's. I was wrong. The sound is so bad that we often can't understand things that are said in normal conversations. I've gone through all the audio setings and haven't been able to fix it much. So, I ordered a Panasonic "Audio System" which is designed fo rthe TV. The extra $200 cost makes the TV not seem like such a bargain.
So, I think I have the Video and Audio problems worked out. The one lingering problem is that a major goal of upgrading the TV system in our bedroom was to be able to control the TV and Blu-Ray player from a single remote. Panasonic's description of the ET5 says "One Remote Controls Them All" and describes how the TV's remote can control other devices.
But, it doesn't work.
And, that's an even bigger problem because the Blu-Ray player comes with a remote that only has a few buttons. A touch pad is used for most functions and I find it really hard to use.
The TV's remote has Pause, Play, Stop, Forward, and Back buttons at the bottom. These work when a title is playing. But, none of the remote's keys work to select menu items or perform any other function - though one key will pop up the player's "Keys" window, but you can't do anything after that.
So, my main questions are ....
Is there something I need to do to make the TV's remote control the Blu-Ray player?
If not, would replacing the Blu-Ray player with another one from Panasonic (one that has a real remote with real buttons) fix the problem? If you have a Panasonic TV and a Blu-Ray player with VIERA Link and a regular remote are you able to control the Blu-Ray player with the TV's remote?