Originally Posted by Sniglum
I got the VT30 55" about two weeks ago after a lot of reading. But I'm not sure that I like it and I'm even thinking of returning it. Don't know what I should choose instead though.
I'm actually considering LCD/LED since I can't stand the plasma related issues that the VT30 is having.
My issues with VT30 55" is the following:
Starting the set up with low volume settings instantly reveals the fan noise. The fans doesn't seem to be well controlled either. Revs up high, then settles down. After a couple of minutes, they may stop for 30 seconds, just to rev up again.
I notice much more flicker with this Plasma than my very old (and very cheap) 42" plasma. I have looked some at different older 42" Panasonic plasmas and they don't flicker as much either. The flickering makes the image appears as less calm and exhausts my eyes.
I see lots of rainbows, especially on dark movies with bright subtitles. I see DLP rainbows and can see rainbows on all plasmas if I want too, but on my VT30 I see it all the time.
I thought that the panel should be brighter, I think (without comparing) that this is the dimmest plasma I've seen, compared to some mixed 42" plasmas. Could this be due to the 55" size? I've read that bigger plasma panels has less brightness.
Pink tint on the left and right border
The panel has pink tint on both the left and right border of the screen. This also seem to make the picture a bit less sharp in these areas.
DavidHir posted two pictures that shows the same issue as my panel, I have a bit less though:http://larchive.avsforum.com/www.avs...0&d=1324514089http://larchive.avsforum.com/www.avs...4&d=1324514485
I've read a few other posts about noisy fans but my VT30 has been pretty much dead silent since I got it. Not a peep, no buzzing, no fan noise.
I also haven't seen any rainbows in any content. I have seen some "extra" green push in a few really gray, cloudy sky scenes like those throughout 'The Book Of Eli' but haven't experienced it in much else. Every now and again I'll notice a little bit of that extra green happening in similar very gray scenes but its much less than when the set was newer and I watched T.B.O. Eli.
My VT30 is in a room thats fairly to very bright during the day but VERY dark at night and yet I haven't had any real problem with the brightness in either lighting condition. I've never owned an LCD/LED so I'm not used to that overly bright, super whiter than white look however, I have seen them at stores next to plasmas. While the difference in brightness is clear between the two technologies, unless they're set up side by side so the difference is obvious, I think the VT30 is plenty bright for a plasma. Also, in a dark room not only is my VT30's picture quality is far superior to my girlfriend's brother's Samsung LCD/LED, but the brightness of the VT30 (in THX) appears more realistic and truer to life than either his or my own brother's LCD TV.
I also haven't had any odd colorations on the sides as shown in DavidHir's photos. Unfortunately I think a lot of people got defective sets and Panasonic, as well as every other manufacturer it seems, is just not doing well enough in the quality control dept. or manufacturing dept. for that matter.
To me, the line bleed and minor flickering I've seen on my set shouldn't be there given this sets credentials and the issues your set has should definitely not be present in any set, much less one of this ilk.
My last set was a 2004 Sony CRT 1080i, that's 7 years between it and my VT30, in 7 years these issues haven't been resolved or completely eliminated? In that seven years TVs seemed only to have improved incrementally which is shocking given how fast technoIogy advances. I watched my first actual 3D blu-ray last night (Kung Fu Panda 2 3D) and while it was a cool experience to a point, I don't see myself buying/watching many 3D movies so instead of trying to please everyone, I wish Panasonic would just produce a 2D plasma set that dumps all the gimmicky crap and does a better job of just producing a CONSISTANTLY stunning 2D HD picture with all sources (as long as they're good, high quality HD sources). I can only hope things improve in the coming years.