Pros + Image quality on this television is excellent
+ Anti-glare screen works well in most situations
+ SD and HD are both excellent with no noticeable artifacts or ghosting
+ TV is thin and looks great mounted on the wall
Cons - TV speakers aren't great, but aren't bad either
Summary The Panasonic ST series sits at the perfect price point for those who are looking for a high quality television without breaking the bank. The ST series loses the THX designation and some of the advanced adjustment features of the Panasonic GT and VT series, but it allows you to get a very good television under the 50in. minimum of the higher-end series.If you will buy this Panasonic VIERA TC-P46ST30 I suggest you have to check for best deal before you decide at: bestdealschecking.info/tc-p46st30
My experience with the television over the last few weeks has been positive. Setting up the unit is straightforward and the guide appears to be written by someone who speaks English (Spanish and French are also available). There are an ample number of connections for digital and analog services. For grins, I plugged in my cable connection directly from the wall (bypassing the cable box) and the TV pulled down 80 analog channels and 40 digital channels with excellent clarity. Initial setup takes you through everything that you will need your TV to due from labeling inputs, setting up a wireless internet connection to your home/office network, adjusting the clock, etc.
A 802.11b/g/n wireless adapter comes included with the television and can either be plugged directly into one of two USB ports or attached using the included USB extension dongle. Using the USB extender provides a clean look with no visible wires or attachments. The adapter sticks out from the edge of the television about an inch if you opt to plug it in directly. Since a final 802.11n standard has yet to be established, the adapter may have issues with your wireless network. I use a Netgear router without any issues. If you have troubles, I would recommend using a wireless bridge rather trying to find a suitable adapter, especially if you are using the TV with a Blu-ray player, game console, or any other devices that require an internet connection.
The Viera Cast service turns the television to the internet with built in apps for most of the major streaming content providers (Netflix, Amazon Video, Alphaline, You Tube, etc.) in addition to a host of apps for games, sports, weather, news, and social networking. Each time you access Viera Cast it will check for updates that must be completed prior to proceeding. Usually this takes just a couple minutes if an update is required, but can be irritating when you want to do/view something.
The image quality on this television is excellent out of the box with very black blacks and true colors. The anti-glare screen works well in most situations. I have noticed that at some, usually extreme, angles there is a good deal of reflection, but when viewed from a typical angle the result is very good. 2-D SD and HD are both excellent with no noticeable artifacts or ghosting. I have not had a chance to test the 3-D viewability since the glasses (sold separately) are prohibitively expensive and there is not enough content out to justify the price at this time. This should not dissuade a purchase, since it is now almost impossible to find a television with great 2-D viewability without 3-D capabilities. And if you will buy this Panasonic VIERA TC-P46ST30 I suggest you have to compare prices before you decide at: *********.info/TC-P46ST30
Overall, this is an excellent television and disputably the best under 50 inches. The videophile will miss the advance color tuning options and THX capabilites, but those features simply don't exist in the current model year sub-50in televisions.
Updated on Nov 30, 2011
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Pros Clear Picture, Good 1080P Display, tweakable picture settings with help for each selection, lower power consumption than competition, viera connect, user friendly menus, no viewing angle problems, consistent lighting,good black management
Cons Only 1 Custom setting, brighter picture settings create less composed and over saturated images. Cinema and Standard presets are dim and faded, images are dull and lifeless, Vivid and Game presets are over saturated and I'm afraid of image retention with
Summary I am undecided this was worth the money. $1000+ is a lot to spend on something that's just barely above mediocre. It seems the norm now and it's a frustrating dillema. My main viewing use is films and it's difficult to get the settings to produce image qualities with any pop or wow factor. I keep searching for better calibration, but there's only one custom settng.
Pros Comes with dongle to connect tirelessly to the internet
Easy to set up
TV swivels on its base
Cons Video tweaking controls barely change the picture
Has a problem displaying "white" which shows as a dull gray on screen
Very disappointing picture when compared to most LEDs and even other plasmas
I returned the TV as soon as I could
Summary With great anticipation and enthusiasm I purchased this 46 inch 3D Panasonic which arrived just a few days ago. Firstly let me point out that the Panasonic replaced a SONY XBR television I purchased a few years ago (and a tough act to follow) and was deeply in love with. On setting up the Panasonic I played around with the various video settings and settled on the "Vivid" choice which somewhat brightens the colors making it more to my liking. All the way through I was extremely disappointed with the picture on the Panasonic finding it dull and lifeless. The reds, blues and greens were all quite muted in color and I do admit that I prefer perhaps somewhat exaggerated somewhat vivid images. The whites were grey and despite all my attempts to correct this tweaking the video settings I was unable to. Interestingly, using the "Brightness" control did nothing at all to the picture as if it wasn't working at all. I saw little to no difference moving the brightness all the way down to all the way up. In addition, I had a similar experience with the "Color" control where it caused little discernible difference from all the way down to all the way up. It was as if these controls weren't working at all. The 3D glasses were on back order so I never had a chance to sample the 3D, deciding instead to return the TV as quickly as possible. The first flat screen TV I ever purchased (about 10 years ago) was a 42 inch Panasonic Plasma 720p which I was quite satisfied with. In addition,about 2 years ago I purchased another plasma from Panasonic from the G25 series in my opinion performed substantially better then the current ST30 series. As I said before, I quickly decided to return the TV so I will be back to the drawing board to choose my first 3D television. I plan on first looking at the Samsung and SONY LED sets.Pro should read "Comes with dongle to connect wirelessly to the internet"
Updated on Sep 8, 2011
Updated on Sep 8, 2011I just called Panasonic to get a return authorization for the TV. I was advised that there there would be a 25% restocking fee for the TV which will be about $200. The TV was purchased from Panasonic Direct. In my opinion this is a rip off on the part of Panasonic and they have a nice scam going. The lesson to be learned is that if you purchase a Panasonic item do not buy from Panasonic Direct.
Pros Picture blew me away.
Cons Can't run sound from TV to surround sound. Guess I will have to buy a new one. lol
Summary Buy this TV.