Panasonic offers LCD TVs to appeal to plasma-phobes, but if the TV is as expensive and poorly performing as the DT50, I've got to wonder if the effort is worth it. The DT50 is plagued by poor black levels and an uneven color response, which makes it difficult to watch in a dark room. Conversely its glossy screen means that in a well-lit room it's too reflective to enjoy completely.
On the upside the TV does come with a full complement of video apps, and the 3D performance is better than our current star, the Panasonic ST50. But this is where it stops. The ST50 is just so damned good I can't see why you'd pass it over to get this TV. The 55-inch DT50 is a full $1,000 more expensive (!) than the ST50 and yet performs worse than even a $500 TV like the TCL L40FHDF12TA. As a result, the Panasonic DT50 is a TV you can safely avoid.
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May 1, 2012 11:14 AM PDT
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