Originally Posted by DMara
You'll have buyer remorse with any set after reading a dedicated thread
Just enjoy your TV, it's one of the very best out there right now. Don't worry, the issues only affect a few, not the majority.
I'm not so sure. The pink sides seem to be there in some degree on the majority of sets I've looked at in stores recently (at least 25 in total, mostly ST, then VT, then GT). Sometimes it's only on one side and some are very subtle in effect (to the point where I would be ok with it), but by far the majority I've seen have it. Maybe 4 or 5 of those I've looked at had close enough to perfect uniformity. Keep in mind I'm viewing these in stores running content, not bringing in slides or whatever. Most (maybe all) of those on the floor are older units and have racked up plenty of hours.
What I haven't seen too often are green 'blobs' or a more diffused green tint in the middle third, leading me to be pretty confident this either goes away over time with use, or diminishes to the point where you can't see it on content very easily. This is even when viewing some predominantly white images on in-store sets (usually commercials). This may also come down to the fact that I couldn't change all of the TVs I saw to THX or Cinema to really stress the issue, but on the ones I was able to change it wasn't really there.
Personally I've had two 65VT30s with both issues (although the second looks quite good on the left, the right is particularly bad). The green isn't nearly as offensive as the pink sides. Frankly, I find this an unacceptable fault for their top of the line model. As a photographer I admit I might have a more sensitive eye to these kinds of uniformity problems, but after seeing so many sets in stores, and seeing people on forums go through 2 or 3 or 4 replacements without getting a uniform panel, I'm pretty confident it's a wide problem, but I think it's effecting more recently made sets worse.
Why hasn't this been more widely reported? I don't think most people know what to look for or just accept it as a normal part of the picture if they see it. It has gotten quite a bit of attention on other forums, namely AVForums. They seem to be taking the lead in getting Panasonic Europe to do something about it, but Panasonic has been telling customers it's due to 'power restrictions' in displays in Europe and is 'within spec' when techs are sent out to see the panels in person. Why TVs in every market seem to suffer from it, I doubt they could explain away. Plasma is a technology known for its uniformity so to have this kind of issue on so many sets isn't encouraging.
I'm not trying to put this information out there to bash Panasonic needlessly. Outside of the pink/green issues, the picture quality is great whether it's an ST, GT, or VT. When it's not suffering from these problems, the VT30 is probably the best image I've seen in a very long time. My advice would be to buy this TV from a place with a good return policy in case you see issues. Panasonic seemed to do good on customers with their fix for fluctuating brightness, so I can only hope they have a similar response for this issue.
If you want to read more on this, here are a few threads:http://www.avforums.com/forums/plasm...gt30-st30.htmlhttp://www.avforums.com/forums/plasm...-part-2-a.htmlhttp://www.avforums.com/forums/plasm...-part-3-a.html