Surprise surprise....after some time fiddling and getting no where with anyone else's recommendations (mostly just ridicule about my post...not helpful), I found that setting my TV to "GAME MODE" reduced cross-talk by at least 50% without needing to set the dreaded 48hz mode! Every other picture profile showed pretty much equal cross-talk....but game mode made a major improvement. I even went into each individual setting that I could (that wasn't greyed out) to try to find what was actually making the difference, but nothing did....no matter what, I couldn't get the improvement unless I was in game mode. Now 3D is very acceptable...that combined with the ridiculously awesome 2D experience has made me decide to keep the TV!
Hope this helps others, not sure why no one else makes mention of this fix. Especially reviewers....or even Panasonic!
Anyone care to comment on what is happening in game mode to fix the cross-talk issue?
This TV (TC-P55ST50) is ********...they should be sued for advertising this TV as 3D capable.
I have had this TV for two days; it has the most gorgeous picture I have ever seen by far. However today I received a couple pairs of 3D glasses for it so I could finally test that aspect of the TV out......FAIL! TONS of crosstalk....Hugo was unwatchable....Cloudy was MUCH better due to the different type of content, but I could tell, if the crosstalk issue wasn't there, it would be sooo much better.
Let me stop you right there, with your argument "you need to turn on 48hz mode moron, read up" No, ********, that not only doesn't fix the cross talk, it creates the horrible-seizure-inducing-flashing that renders that mode totally USELESS in 2D mode. Seriously, why is it even there!?!?!?
I bought this TV based on all the reviews, and the in-store picture of 2D content, and I was totally satisfied when I was testing it at home, until I tried 3D. The cross talk is so bad, I refuse to use 3D on the TV, I would rather watch the stuff on my $650 passive 3D Visio TV. I am thinking this is the real reason the TV doesn't come with 3D glasses. Because they are ashamed of how poorly implemented it is...or at least they should be.
CNET even stated, the TV had bad cross talk:"The first chapter of "Hugo" (a movie I plan to use for all 3D testing this year since it has significant depth and lots of interesting camera movement, is live action as opposed to animation, and was shot completely in 3D) has some scenes where crosstalk was quite prominent on the ST50. The ghostly double-image was especially visible on as Hugo's hand as it reached for the mouse (5:01), the tuning pegs on the guitar (7:49) and the face of the dog as it watches the inspector slide by (9:24), for example. The VT30 looked nearly the same in comparison, but the PND7000, the Elite, the UND8000, the HX750, and the Vizio all showed less crosstalk than either Panasonic."
but then updated saying just turn on 48hz and it's fixed:"Updated June 5, 2012: The above comments were made with the TV on its default 60Hz setting. Since this review was published I've had the chance to test the ST50's 3D picture quality in a different lineup using the 48Hz setting instead. It worked very well to reduce crosstalk, and elevated the ST50 to the same level in this area as a competing Samsung plasma. For more details and comparisons, check out the 3D section of the Panasonic TC-PVT50 series review."
But shortly prior to that info in the review...the editor said this:"Video processing: Like its 2011 brothers, the TC-PST50 passed our 1080p/24 test on its 60Hz setting. It cadence was smooth and properly filmlike, indistinguishable from the look of the other sets in our lineup that handled 1080p/24 properly. As usual, I found the 48Hz mode flickered too much to be watchable."
OK, so if it's unwatchable, why do you say the 48hz setting worked very well to reduce crosstalk??? Even if it does (which it doesn't) it's still "unwatchable" in your eyes, as it still flickers like it does in 2D mode....so how the **** is this relevant!?!?! I bought this TV largly based on this review...I figured the 48hz mode worked differently in 3D, so maybe that's why he didn't mention it when he was talking about how the crosstalk was fixed...maybe in 3D mode, 48hz mode doesn't flicker...WRONG, it does. Also, you can't even change the TV from 60hz to 48hz when playing a game on the PS3 or streaming SBS content.
Pathetic CNET reviews...and this guy is "senior" editor? UG
And finally, from the same review:
"In the default Cinema, Movie, or THX settings"
The ST series doesn't even have a THX mode. This review is full of fail.
Enough about the bad review...point is....what I thought was going to be the best purchase ever, turned out to be a lie....it's going back, and I am now in search of a TV that can do it all....or at the very least, what it's advertised to do. The ST (and therefore, all of the Panasonic Plasma TVs this year really) may have amazing 2D performance, but if you value 3D AT ALL....stay away.
Any suggestions for a replacement? 55" size, dark room, cheap as possible while attaining the same or better 2D performance of the ST50, but with true 3D capability.