Pros Fantastic picture quality,
Extremely wide range of viewing angles,
Sound is very good,
Easy to use and easy to setup,
Remote is easy to use.
Cons Only 2 HDMI ports,
No DVI port.
Summary This is my third LCD TV and the second one I purchased in just a few days time.
My first TV had been a $800 from about five years ago when 32" went for that price. It finally started messing up on me so I looked for something new. My first TV had been a lower tier brand but a higher end model for that company. It performed very well and I was sad to see it go.
So fast forward to 2012. The 32" TVs can be found for much less and I thought that there would be an increase in quality just from a technological stand point. I thought I would save myself a little money a go with a lower tier brand again.
Well I was very wrong about that. I picked up a store's house brand 32" LED TV that seemed to look decent in the store. I had all the features I needed and then some. When I got it home, it was a whole different story. The picture was pretty bad as far as colors go. It required constant menu adjustments for almost every single show that I watched. That's unacceptable!
Most of these TVs look good with HD source. That is their selling point after all. However many of us still watch a large amount of SD sources. We have tons of DVDs, broadcast TV, older videogame systems, and such. Finding an HD TV that can give acceptable SD performance can be a bit of a pain. That said, standard definition was an absolute terror on this TV. Images were splotchy and blurred. Text was jagged and unreadable.
Enough was enough. I returned it the store and traded up for this Panasonic TV. What a difference a brand makes! I paid $50 more for this TV than the house brand. So let me just go ahead and get this out of the way... "Don't buy the house brand! Stick with the top tier brands!"
This TV has been a joy. I turned it on and was immediately welcomed with rich color, accurate blacks and wonderful contrast. Even the low energy mode, which is what I use the most, looks pretty great. Standard definition, the real barometer for me, is also excellent. Everything is pleasantly clear. Text is legible and there are no jagged lines to worry about.
I already knew that HD performance should be great. It was good on all the TVs I have tried. The Panasonic did not disappoint. I have couple it with a Blu Ray player and Xbox 360, both connected by HDMI. The picture looks outstanding with these sources. There are countless ways to modify the picture, but I find that I don't have to make too many changes. Other TVs made me have to tinker with the picture settings quite often. I think it's a compliment to this TV that I didn't have to make too many adjustments.
Now there is of course a widely held belief that you need a professional to come set up or "calibrate" your TV for you. They are supposed to be able to give you the best picture your TV can provide. Well that's fine and well for those who can afford it. Most of us are already done after what we had to fork over for our TV. The thought of adding another hundred dollars or so to have someone adjust the settings can be a little off putting. I don't plan on doing it. The fact that I have been happy with this TV without making too many changes means that I expect to remain fully satisfied like I am now.
I really have no complaints about the TV. I can be found on sale for under $300 frequently. It's a good buy. Everything I put on it looks good. Video games give me no noticeable lag. It has a sleek and well made look to it.
Let me add that people should stop expecting any kind of fantastic sound from these slim TVs. My first gen HDTV had front mounted speakers but was considerable deeper than TVs of today. It had the best sound of any I've owned. This TV sounds good enough, but most people would want to run the TV through a surround sound system or at least a stereo setup to get a good sound. That goes for any of these slim TVs. People make countless complaints about that one factor, even giving the TV a bad overall review even if the picture was great.
I'm just putting that out there so people will know what to expect these days.
For my money I have found that staying with LCD is the best bet. LED TVs seem to look worse than LCD until you go up to a higher cost range. Plasma TVs are still looked upon as being the best slim format TVs that you can buy. I would have gone that route if I could afford it. I couldn't afford it, so I stuck with LCD. As far as the 60HZ refresh rate goes, I don't have much problem with it.
Even my first HDTV didn't give me too much trouble. I have never had any prolbems when watching fast moving images. For some reason it's only when a camera does a rapid pan that I get the harsh artifacts of a 60HZ response. Still the artifacts are brief and this mostly happens only when watching something live like a football game. Movies and videogames give me little to no problems in this area.
I should also mention that I still subscribe to standard definition cable but I get a lot of free over the air HD channels on this TV and they look great. One of the house brand TVs I tried, couldn't even find the over the air channels.
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I'm very happy with this TV and I hope this review has been helpful.
Pros + Color is excellent
+ Sound is very good
+ Very easy setup
+ Very good picture quality
Cons - Only 2 HDMI ports
Summary We ordered this set on 8/25 and it arrived on 8/27 (a Saturday delivery no less!). Took it out of the box and had it set up in less than 10 minutes. After turning it on, the television's initial on-screen set up was easy to follow and really took very little time.Edit Broken Link.
The only reason that I marked the picture quality at a 4 is because it appears a little on the dark side for my old eyes. Adjusting the back lighting helped a bit. Color is excellent. Sound is very good. This is such an improvement over the Vizio we had. I have always liked Panasonic and am hoping that the old quality is still there.
Given the bad experience we had with the Vizio, I did purchase the 4-year insurance agreement that was on the same page...I'm just not taking any chances on this one. That was a very easy setup process to go through as well. I hope to never need it.
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Updated on Oct 1, 2011
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Updated on Nov 23, 2011Edit Link
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