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Panasonic VIERA TC-P55ST50 55 Inch Plasma TV

100% Positive Reviews
Rated #3 in Plasma HDTV

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Pros: Black level, Brightness, Calibration options, Colors, 3D

Cons: IR prone, soft picture

I bought my ST50 about 7 months ago and have been extremely pleased with the TV, especially for the price. Coming from an older 2007 model Panasonic plasma, the first thing that caught my eye was the drastic improvement in black level. The black are DEEP, and in a completely dark room, just about blend in with the bezel around the TV in pillarboxed movies. This while still maintaining a bright enough picture for use in rooms with a good amount of ambient light as in my room during the day. There is some reflection on the screen however, but it's really only noticeable about 10% of the time when watching during the day (at least in my situation).

Being DIY calibrator, the set calibrated very easily and accurately, especially for a TV at this price. Greyscale calibrated almost to dead 6500K, gamma to ~2.2, and color, while no CMS, was very accurate out of the box after minor adjustment to the color control. Basically, the resulting picture after calibration will be very close to reference, and certainly closer than any other TV in the price range would get.

Being my first Smart 3D TV, I was impressed immediately with the 3D picture. There is however a pretty significant drop in brightness for 3D, so watching in any other situation that a completely dark room might not be the best idea. The glasses are rather uncomfortable and do not block out light very well from the sides, but during a good 3D movie, these things are usually forgotten about. The TV also has the "Smart" moniker based on a variety of web apps available. Personally I do not use these, as my blu-ray player supplies the same options and at a faster speed. It's a nice feature if you don't have any other devices which offer apps, but I suspect most people probably will not use them. Browsing the net and apps on the TV is something It tried just for the heck of it, and it is pretty slow and inconvenient.

Ok, on to "the bad": I regularly get IR of TV logos, sports scoreboxes etc. I would consider my TV to be broken in properly with low contrast watching full screen content for quite a while, but I still suffer from IR. The good news is that its really not visible 95% of the time, and it does eventually go away. BUT, it likely that you will notice it at some point, and I would be careful with it; i.e., if you watch ESPN or CNN for 10 hours a day everyday, I would not recommend this TV. As a sidenote, my 2007 Panny plasma has actual burn-in of the ESPN logo and ticker bar at the bottom.

Despite the superb picture this TV puts out, it does lack a bit of sharpness. The picture can seem "soft" a lot of times, especially on close-up shots of peoples faces. While it's not a dealbreaker, it has certainly become more evident to me over time and after seeing other newer TVs and even compared to my projector. Though I've never tried one myself, I've heard the Darbee Darblet would do wonders for this.

In the end, if I had to buy it all over again, I wouldn't think twice about it. Despite the IR and soft picture, the other benefits far outweigh. The picture is simply superb and the black level is amazing. There's not a better TV for the money out there (well except maybe the ST60 now smile.gif ).

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Pros: Black levels, Color accuracy, Purples

Cons: Web browser, remote isn't back lit, built in speakers, no 3D glasses included

This is my first flat panel television and after much reading of reviews for both LCD and plasma I decided on the Panasonic Viera TC-P55ST50. I am glad I did! After unboxing the set and placing it with my entertainment system I began the setup process. Setup was a breeze! I started with recommended values I found in other reviews before purchasing the TV and tweaked them from there achieving an amazingly clear and precise picture. The color accuracy of the TV is astounding (I've never seen purples and reds look so good before) and the black levels were extremely dark with excellent shadow detail.

The room I have the TV isn't a dark room, which tends to glare off plasma TV's, but this Panasonic didn't have much of an issue. I placed the TV in the living room with an open floor plan and even with the living room lights, kitchen lights and dining room lights on there isn't a noticeable glare when watching TV. Very sunny days with the sunlight hitting the screen presents a glare issue and I do end up having to close the curtains to remove the glare. Overall this plasma TV performs very well in rooms that are lighted.

I did find a few downsides to the TV but they are very minor and don't affect the quality of the picture at all. One of these issues is the VIERRA web browser interface. I find it difficult to navigate and use but because I don't use this feature much it isn't a problem for me. Also, the built in speakers do not sound great at all. Again, I have the TV hooked up to an entertainment system and use the home theater speakers for the sound but when I did try to play video from the web browser I had to use the TV speakers and found it disappointing. I never had a TV that could access the web wireless before and never hooked up the TV to output it's sound to the home theater system. As for my third "Con", the remote isn't back lit but because I program my home theater remote to control all my equipment I don't have a problem with it. For people who would use the remote it could be frustrating using it in the dark.

The TC-P55ST50 is also 3D ready but I have never tested this feature. The set does not come with 3D glasses and I never felt the need to purchase any at this point so I can not comment on the 3D quality. Just be aware that if you do buy this TV that you will need to also purchase the glasses to use this feature.

Overall the Panasonic TC-P55ST50 is an amazing TV at a great price and I highly recommend it to everyone. It even outperforms many TV's costing much more!
Panasonic VIERA TC-P55ST50 55 Inch Plasma TV
Description:

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 Service VIERA 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 AppsPopular 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.Clicker - Video on Demand Cross SearchingFind 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 FriendsThe 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. The Perfect Smart TV Experience: A Suite of Technologies Fast-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.DLNA/Built-in Wi-FiConnect 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 Link The 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 Panel The 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 Friendly Panasonic’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 Series VT50 GT50 ST50 UT50 XT50 U50 Models: 55", 65" 50", 55", 60", 65" 50", 55", 60", 65" 42", 50", 55", 60" 50" 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 4/3 4/3 3/2 2/2 2/2 2/1 2D-3D Conversion w/Face Detection w/ Face Detection Wi-Fi Capability Built-in Wi-Fi Built-in Wi-Fi Built-in Wi-Fi Wi-Fi Ready Wi-Fi Ready DLNA (via LAN) 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 Ultra Pro Pro Pro Settings 3D Real Sound 24, 576 Shades of Gradation THX3D Certified VIERA Touch Pad Controller 96Hz Playback of 24p ISFccc Online Movies Dimensions without Stand Height - 32.5" (823 mm), Width - 51.0" (1,295 mm), Depth - 14.1" (357 mm) Dimensions without Stand Height - 30.5" (774 mm), Width - 51.0" (1,295 mm), Depth [inches (mm)] - Max: 2.0" (50 mm); General: 1.8" (44 mm)

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