Hi. I received my 55Vt30 on Tuesday the 24th. Just a short note that my experience with US Appliance was silky smooth; only took about a week to receive the TV via white glove delivery. It appears that the delivery and return policies for US Appliances has been corrected at least to my complete satisfaction with my TV purchase. GREAT price and fast delivery.
Now I have a few questions so far re the VT30:
1. When I check for firmware updates and then exit from the menu, the TV "reboots" and then kills the audio to my Denon 4311!. This is with ANY source such as Satellite, DVD player, etc. If I turn the DENON or the TV off and then back on, the volume is restored. All connections to Denon are HDMI. Only connection to the TV is HDMI out from the Denon. Keep things simple, I always say... Plus I get my lossless bitstream audio from my DVD players.
2. For me Netflix on this TV sucks. I only get 25 choices from ANY of the genres available and some of the choices are repeated across the genres. There is no search option on Netflix, and even the genres are limited. Maybe this is a "work in progress" for Netflix or Panasonic, but I get vastly more selections with my Samsung TV. Netflix is not a critical option for me. I probably will call Neflix on this issue.
3. When I turn the TV off, the damn thing ALWAYS reverts to 3D "medium" depth setting! It is irritating that I have to reset it to "maximum." Irritating. "Medium" is for me essentially worthless. "Maximum" looks pretty good. Those who would tell me to forget 2D>3D is worthless means nothing to me. I enjoy it, especially since there is so little 3D content available to date. I specifically did not buy the VT25 because it does not have this option. I grew up with the dinosaurs and "House of Wax" and "Bwanna Devil" 3D productions in the 50's. I have been waiting ever since, hoping that 3D at the theater (and possibly TV) would be resurrected. My dreams have come true; hope 3D lasts.
Generally I say that the new VT30 is probably the best available on the market today, but the new TV is an INCREMENTAL upgrade from the VT25, and other brands; I have looked at as many as I could at the stores (BB). Unfortunately my exposure to flat screen has been to enjoy the brighter, more "punchier" TV's like my Samsung C9000 that I got last year. I do NOT sit in front of the TV looking for flaws in the blacks or colors. I guess that I will have to "recondition" myself to view TV in the "brightness" ranges of the plasmas and picture modes such as THX. The ONE major thing these Pansosonics have the big advantage: GHOSTING! So far have have seen none on the VT30 (and it was minimal on the VT25's when I was looking at them). The ghosting on my Samsung is quite noticeable, but I have been living with it.
Conclusions? Considering that I am NOT a TV guru and don't rate my choices on cosmetics and black level problems, I might have considered the ST30 or GT30 and saved some more money. Should I have done that? NAH!!!!! I grabbed the brass ring.... no buyer's remorse for me.