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Can someone here tell me the non-Costco model number for the Panasonic TC-55LE54, 55" LED set? Also any feedback on this model is appreciated. I am moving to a new home and need to upgrade from my current Panny 42" Plasma. I love the plasma display so if you think I'm going in the wrong direction with the LED let me know. My preference is to buy at Costco. Thanks!
 

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From info found on the Panasonic website I believe the E54 is the same as the E50. The only difference appears to be the included wireless adapter. That and the additional Costco warranty plus the price make it a good deal for that particular TV. I have a 50" plasma and am not sure if you are going in the wrong direction but I'd be sure to check out the the black levels, etc. of the set. Haven't seen a review yet.
 

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Originally Posted by cleguluche /forum/post/22076717


Can someone here tell me the non-Costco model number for the Panasonic TC-55LE54, 55" LED set?

From what I can gather:


Panasonic TC-55LE54 =


TC-L55E50 (SMART VIERA® 55" Class E50 Series Full HD LED HDTV)

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TY-WL20U (Wireless LAN Adapter)

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Costco Concierge Services (tech support/2nd year warranty/90 day return policy)
 

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I agree with the above comparisons.

I've been following this TV around, Brandsmart USA had this set for a while but none of their stores appear to stock it.

Also seen it come and go from HHGregg.

I've since been to the Boca Raton Costco a few times to play with the set and review things like the contrast but of all the TV's they display, this is the only one that is never set up or has power supply. Hmmm.

One would think the TV Dept Manager would want this model to have high visibility to the Costco customers near the store entrance where the TV's are displayed.

Especially since this set has decent reviews.

I'm ready to spend...just cant find a business ready to take my money.
 

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Thanks for posting the regular model number so I can do additional research on this tv. I also saw it at Costco and currently it's on sale for $1,200.00.
 

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My girlfriend just snagged this tv and I hooked it up the other day. Love the pic and overall features... however.... for the life of me I cannot get the netflix ap to work at all. It gives me a pop up when I try to launch it: Unable to connect to Netflix. Please try again or visit: www.netflix.com/tvhelp .. which is useless.


All other internet functions work great, youtube, pandora, etc.. and the panasonic bluray upstairs can access netflix just fine on the same wireless network.


What I have tried is resetting tv, changing to google DNS, none had an effect. ( using verizon fios westel router )


Spent 20 mins with panny support and the level 1 person couldn't help, escalated to level 2 and awaiting a call back.


If you snag this tv.. please post back your netflix experiences if you use that portion.. otherwise, the tv is a great deal at costco!
 

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I found this in the FAQs area for the set on the Panasonic sight regarding the Netflix problem.


"Try deactivating the Netflix account and then re-registering the account. First, access the Netflix application. Then, use the Panasonic remote to press the arrow buttons in the following sequence: [Up], [Up], [Down], [Down],
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, [Up], [Up], [Up], [Up]. A screen will appear and you will be able deactivate the Netflix account.


Re-enter your account information."


Good luck.
 

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We just bought this TV last night. Took it home, set it up. Already had wireless router. Immediately found my Netflix account. Even watched a movie last. So far, I'm extremely pleased. Great pic and apps.....
 

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I was at Costco today but torn between the Panny 50" plasma on their web site (already happy with my Panny 42" 720p) and this 55" edge-lit LED-LCD in the store.


So how is the contrast comparing to plasma? I prefer crt-black and has a JVC RS2 clone.


Thanks.
 

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Originally Posted by dragonbud0  /t/1412819/panasonic-led-tc-55le54-costco#post_22334869


I was at Costco today but torn between the Panny 50" plasma on their web site (already happy with my Panny 42" 720p) and this 55" edge-lit LED-LCD in the store.

So how is the contrast comparing to plasma? I prefer crt-black and has a JVC RS2 clone.

Thanks.

Go with the plasma. You certainly won't get CRT blacks from any IPS panel LED-LCD (with or without local dimming).


It's funny actually, Panasonic's 2012 Plasmas have the best black levels and contrast ratios of any flat-panel TV short of the Sharp Elites (which cost way more) while their current lineup of LED-LCDs have the worst black levels and contrast ratios of any TV sold in 2012 (thanks to the IPS panels used in all of them).
 

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I just got bought this at Costco, it was on sale for 950... I'm having same issue as danxmanly did, were you able to resolve??? Any help will b greatly appreciated...
 

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also bought this weekend, having trouble getting home theater (harman kardon avr1565) to connect tv sound using hdmi cables....any insights? otherwise happy with the tv
 

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I just got this from Costco. I brought back a 60" Vizio due to lip sync issues.


Does anyone have any calibration settings they'd be willing to share? Standard mode seems pretty dark.

Thanks!
 

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I have this set and I am thrilled with it. I have turned off the automatic brightness control because I want a bright and sharp display in ask ambient conditions.
 

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Originally Posted by patsan  /t/1412819/panasonic-led-tc-55le54-costco#post_22523256


I just got this from Costco. I brought back a 60" Vizio due to lip sync issues.

Does anyone have any calibration settings they'd be willing to share? Standard mode seems pretty dark.

Thanks!

Reviving this thread, I just picked up this Panasonic at Costco for $849 after also returning the exact same Vizio (which first had lip sync issues that I was putting up with but then the picture completely went out, yet the audio still worked!). Anyway, this is an interesting option but, of course, is not perfect - as anything at this price point will have a few drawbacks. The pluses I have noticed so far include:


1) It's a Panasonic and seems to have better build quality and hopefully has better reliability and software testing than the Vizio.

2) IPS panel offers very good off angle viewing (versus washing out like the Vizio).

3) At least on my set, the back lighting/ edge lighting seems more even/ uniform than the Vizio.

4) Good picture quality once dialed in


Negatives:


1) Out of box picture quality does indeed look very dark and lacks any depth.

2) Black levels are not so hot but once the picture is calibrated, they look fine (at least at the level of older back-lit LCD's with IPS panels).

3) Complete lack of individual color controls, unless I'm missing something?

4) Annoying red "on" light at bottom of bezel which I have yet to figure out how to turn off.


I'm still woking on getting the best picture, but so far, these settings are a beginning:


Picture Mode: Custom

Backlight: 50

Contrast: 100

Brightness: 40

Color: 55

Tint: -5

Sharpness: 80

Color Temp: Cool

The rest of the picture controls under that (Color Mgmt, AI, Motion and so on) - OFF.


Like I said, I'm still tweaking (there is still a tiny bit too much magenta in some flesh tones and the contrast may be slightly high) but it looks so much better than the defaults.
 

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Originally Posted by Flatliner  /t/1412819/panasonic-led-tc-55le54-costco#post_22643210


Reviving this thread, I just picked up this Panasonic at Costco for $849 after also returning the exact same Vizio (which first had lip sync issues that I was putting up with but then the picture completely went out, yet the audio still worked!). Anyway, this is an interesting option but, of course, is not perfect - as anything at this price point will have a few drawbacks. The pluses I have noticed so far include:

1) It's a Panasonic and seems to have better build quality and hopefully has better reliability and software testing than the Vizio.

2) IPS panel offers very good off angle viewing (versus washing out like the Vizio).

3) At least on my set, the back lighting/ edge lighting seems more even/ uniform than the Vizio.

4) Good picture quality once dialed in

Negatives:

1) Out of box picture quality does indeed look very dark and lacks any depth.

2) Black levels are not so hot but once the picture is calibrated, they look fine (at least at the level of older back-lit LCD's with IPS panels).

3) Complete lack of individual color controls, unless I'm missing something?

4) Annoying red "on" light at bottom of bezel which I have yet to figure out how to turn off.

I'm still woking on getting the best picture, but so far, these settings are a beginning:

Picture Mode: Custom

Backlight: 50

Contrast: 100

Brightness: 40

Color: 55

Tint: -5

Sharpness: 80

Color Temp: Cool

The rest of the picture controls under that (Color Mgmt, AI, Motion and so on) - OFF.

Like I said, I'm still tweaking (there is still a tiny bit too much magenta in some flesh tones and the contrast may be slightly high) but it looks so much better than the defaults.

@Flatliner: Thank You for your input on the Panasonic you bought today. I've been going back & forth between the Vizio M550SL and the Panasonic TC-55LE54 at Costco. The CNET review on the Panasonic is less than favorable, especially regarding the picture quality, blacks, etc. It sounds like you've found some personal resolution to the quality of the picture out of the box. I'm trying to keep in mind your point regarding the price point and how no choice will be perfect. After reading the CNET review, I was reconsidering getting this tv on Saturday. But am looking for additional input as to how much you and others are able to tweak it to make it more satisfactory. We both know the blacks won't be as black as in plasmas, but there are pros & cons to both routes. Please post an update/any recommendations as you see fit..
 

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I performed the advanced calibration from the Disney WOW disk last night using the "Normal" color temp WB. Here are the settings I ended up with:


Picture Mode: Custom

Backlight: 40

Contrast:100

Brightness: 60

Color: 52

Tint: -6

Color Temp: Normal


Interestingly, using "Cool" for the color temp, the values were pretty much the same give or take one or two points in the color and tint. No dead pixels showed up and the overall evenness of the grays looked pretty good. No obvious clouding or flash-lighting. The biggest problem with this set is the lack of individual color controls. Occasionally, flesh tones can look slightly off to me - either a little pasty or a bit on the magenta side. I'm sure if I could adj. the individual colors, this would be an easy fix. Most folks probably would not notice this issue. So far, I think it's a great deal for the money and I think I would have to pay somewhere between $1300-$1500 to do better. I'm still deciding if I'm going to keep it or spend the extra bucks for something noticeably better.


As far as plasmas go, I had one of the higher end Panasonic VT models a few years ago - briefly- and that experience pretty much turned me off of them. The most annoying issue was a slight green tinge in the shadows of flesh tones (I notice this stuff right off being a photographer with a lot of experience in color reproduction) AND dingy whites in very bright scenes (sort of the opposite of the black issue with LED/ LCD). It was also a major power hog. I put a meter on it and whenever the screen turned white, power consumption jumped up to almost 400 watts or so! I think it also buzzed a little with a bright screen displayed. So, even plasmas have issues.
 

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Originally Posted by Flatliner  /t/1412819/panasonic-led-tc-55le54-costco#post_22646110


I performed the advanced calibration from the Disney WOW disk last night using the "Normal" color temp WB. Here are the settings I ended up with:

Picture Mode: Custom

Backlight: 40

Contrast:100

Brightness: 60

Color: 52

Tint: -6

Color Temp: Normal

Interestingly, using "Cool" for the color temp, the values were pretty much the same give or take one or two points in the color and tint. No dead pixels showed up and the overall evenness of the grays looked pretty good. No obvious clouding or flash-lighting. The biggest problem with this set is the lack of individual color controls. Occasionally, flesh tones can look slightly off to me - either a little pasty or a bit on the magenta side. I'm sure if I could adj. the individual colors, this would be an easy fix. Most folks probably would not notice this issue. So far, I think it's a great deal for the money and I think I would have to pay somewhere between $1300-$1500 to do better. I'm still deciding if I'm going to keep it or spend the extra bucks for something noticeably better.

As far as plasmas go, I had one of the higher end Panasonic VT models a few years ago - briefly- and that experience pretty much turned me off of them. The most annoying issue was a slight green tinge in the shadows of flesh tones (I notice this stuff right off being a photographer with a lot of experience in color reproduction) AND dingy whites in very bright scenes (sort of the opposite of the black issue with LED/ LCD). It was also a major power hog. I put a meter on it and whenever the screen turned white, power consumption jumped up to almost 400 watts or so! I think it also buzzed a little with a bright screen displayed. So, even plasmas have issues.

Thank you for your post. It's great to see results from someone who has made the effort to calibrate their screen properly. I really wish more forum members would make an effort to go through even an elementary calibration, as is available on many disney movies for example. Instead, they whine about how their tv's suck or must be defective.


I am also a major skeptic of plasma; the burn-in issue is a huge red flag for me, as is energy consumption, along with the other factors you mention. I guess I just enjoy the 'punchy' colors of lcd too much to ever give plasma tv's serious consideration.


Again, great post and I trust I will learn a lot about panasonic tv's in this thread.
 

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Hi all,


It's been a long while since I've posted here on AVS but I recently picked up this set from Costco and I thought I might chime in with some information that I have YET to see stated ANY WHERE on the net about the Costco version of this TV.


While I do like this set quite a bit, there is one caveat that every informed user should know is that this "Costco version of the 55le50" LACKS GAME MODE. It took me a bit of hoopla to figure it out, through reading numerous user reviews of the LE50 (which is suppose to be the same), Game Mode is apparently missing from the LE54. I wasted a good amount of time sifting through the LE50 downloadable pdf manual, googling and even calling Panny support (nice lady but she was as useful as a tits on a bullfrog). I even went a far as to go back to Costco and look at one of their display models thinking maybe the latest firmware I updated when connecting to the TV's internet features removed it or something and here's what I found:


Mine with the latest firmware:

http://www.avsforum.com/content/type/61/id/97968/


Costco's display model showing older firmware mode:

http://www.avsforum.com/content/type/61/id/97969/


But even with that older firmware Costco Display model, Game is not an option in Picture Mode:

http://www.avsforum.com/content/type/61/id/97970/


Just Vivid, Standard, Cinema and Custom. Check Viera Tools and it's not there either.


It wasn't until I went back home and found the actual E54 (not E50) model pdf manual and did a word search for "game" to find that it said "no matches" vs the several that come up with the E50 pdf manual. Then it hit me, I realized it isn't a bug or "hidden" but rather AS DESIGNED.


Now why Panny felt the need to exclude a Game mode on the Costco model vs the normal E50 is beyond me considering they're the same effing set. I know this is a deal breaker for most gamers. If you think just simply turning off all the picture enhancements like the frame interpolation and stuff will make enough of the difference, let me be the first to tell you, it won't. The input latency is quite bad. I would say unplayable - it bothers me even to move my mouse around windows on my HTPC.


For me, surprisingly, even though I have such gamer roots, this does not bother me as I pretty much never play games in the living room. I have several other IPS based HDTV sets that I use for my PC & Consoles which use as my gaming rigs which perform far better (around 30ms of input lag). But for those of you who want this set to play your consoles on, you might be sorely disappointed with the E54 and should purchase the regular E50. Amazon sells it for a decent price but if you return it, you'll have to eat a $61 shipping cost because this display is a beast! 75lbs shipping weight for the 55". Ask me how I know, lol! For me, sure I'd like it, but I don't *need* as I know others do.


As far as picture settings go, I've found the settings ShinobiX stated for his E50 panel to be quite outstanding. It manages to bring out a ton of shadow detail while still maintaining a lot of "pop". I'm guessing his trick of jacking up the brightness so high but using the Black Level setting to "Dark" to bring it back down to normal is what's pulling this off. With this i'm seeing details in dark movies I've never even seen before (I guess my old set was crushing blacks and I didn't know) For your convenience, I'll post his settings here:


"Picture Mode: Standard

Back light +85

Contrast +80

Brightness +85

Color +60

Tint -15

Sharpness +85

Color temp. - Normal

Color mgmt. - Off

A.I. picture - On

C.A.T.S. - Off

Video NR - Auto


Advanced picture:

Block NR - Auto

Mosquito NR - On

Motion Picture Setting - Weak

Black level - Dark


Eco Power Settings - Standard"


The only thing I modified from his settings was to turn off AI Picture, Video NR, Block NR, and lowered the brightness to 80 to compensate for AI Picture being turned off... oh and I turned down the sharpness to 30. Sharpness that high looks cool on some content but brings out a ton of grain on less than ideal content (ie. poor blue ray transfers, etc). Also looks like **** on my PC, 30 sharpness is about as high as I can get away with when viewing stuff on the HTPC.


With these settings, I continuously get blown away at how effing awesome the Smart TV's Hulu plus content appears. For 860 + wireless adapter + costco's free extra years warranty, I feel this TV is a bit of a sleeper as far as value when compared to other TVs on the market. In fact I even had Costco's Samsung ES6150 side by side and the Panny won overall as far as PQ.


http://www.avsforum.com/content/type/61/id/97971/


The Samsung has * slightly* better black levels but had worse viewing angles, quite pronounced corner flashlighting (which was the dealbreaker for me because it continually distracted me) yet cost more despite it's huge sale of -$800 off (it's back up to $1400 now I believe). Both the Panny and the Samsung I cherry picked and chose the most pristine box they had on the floor so I don't think I've received a bad set of either. The Samsung's media player did have less problems with my blueray rips - it was most friendly with varying audio streams of my mkv files. Something to note, the Panny is nearly double the weight of the same size Samsung and is definitely far, FAR more sturdily built that the Samsung. Samsung loooooves their plastic. Makes for light lifting but questionable durability.


Hopefully Panny will update their player's file format and audio stream playing capability and for GOD SAKES implement game mode back in to the Costco LE54 model as it appears in the E50. Panasonic, if you're reading this. Please considering it - you're losing out to a huge market of strapped gamers who can afford your lower pricepoint - all they need is that already great Game Mode that exist in the E50 panel. Virtually no work and it's a win win.
 

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Originally Posted by PlasmaPZ80U  /t/1412819/panasonic-led-tc-55le54-costco#post_22335058


Go with the plasma. You certainly won't get CRT blacks from any IPS panel LED-LCD (with or without local dimming).

It's funny actually, Panasonic's 2012 Plasmas have the best black levels and contrast ratios of any flat-panel TV short of the Sharp Elites (which cost way more) while their current lineup of LED-LCDs have the worst black levels and contrast ratios of any TV sold in 2012 (thanks to the IPS panels used in all of them).

Yes, but you will get dull, off whites with plasma also as the tradeoff. Not to mention the higher energy consumption, and the increased bulk. Plus, you must be vigilant against burn in, with black bars, or constant images of any kind. Why don't you mention these factors? You're obviously incredibly biased, and emotionally invested in plasma technology for some strange reason. Of all things to be loyal to, you choose.....plasma?!?
 
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