"Very, very disappointing television"2.0 starson by lralperstein
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.