"Awesome TV!"on by J-Lowder
Pros + Picture quality is superb, rich colors and wonderful contrast
+ No problems with burn in at all
+ Very easy settings
Cons - Sound quality is not that great
Summary I bought this TV about two weeks ago and absolutely love it. The picture quality is superb and the color differentiation is outstanding. I've watched a blu-ray disc and hooked up my PS3 and have been very happy. Also, I've been blown away at how crisp and detailed the images are when I watch sports. Using an HDMI is mandatory to take advantage of this TV's graphics.Edit Link
I have one criticism. The sound quality is not that great. I don't think it's terrible by any means, but more just adequate. I hook up most of my sound to go through my surround sound, but when the TV sound stands on its own, it is ok but I was hoping for more. I'd encourage you to look into getting decent surround sound. If you're going to invest in this TV, might as well have some decent sound to match the awesome graphics.
Two details: First, like most plasmas, it is HEAVY and weighs a lot. Make sure you have a proper TV stand that can handle its weight (I bought a new TV stand with the TV). It comes with a docking stand that is easy to assemble and keeps it secure and in place. However, you will need two people to lift it into the stand. Second, like most plasmas, it uses a lot of power. If you're worried about energy consumption, this probably is not the TV for you.
I did a lot of research prior to getting this tv. First, Panasonic makes awesome plasma TV's which get great reviews. Second, I know that LED tv's are really popular these days, but from what I've read the color and picture quality as well as the motion on plasmas are much better. Third, all the horror stories about "burn-in" are probably more relevant to older plasma tv models and seems to be exaggerated. If you take proper care of your tv (don't leave it frozen on the same image for 8 straight hours), I think you'll be fine. If you don't know what is the proper care of a plasma, do some research beforehand. Also, as mentioned in another review, it has a screensaver that kicks in if it stationary for too long to prevent burn-in. Another reviewer suggested playing around with the contrast and brightness which I agree with. You want to tweak it for optimal settings (I have my TV in a darker place with less light so I don't need to boost it up).
All in all, this is a really great TV for a good price. I have been very happy and have no regrets.
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Updated on Oct 11, 2011
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Pros Great design and look. Although the S30 does not have Panasonic's infinite black panel, the black levels are really good. The Cinema mode is the most accurate reproduction of color and detail, but I have had mine professionally calibrated by the Geek Sq
Cons The picture quality through the online ethernet connection is not as good as when I stream through my Samsung blu-ray player. Don't know if this is a result of using the HDMI input, but it is definitely better.
Summary Great Plasma at a great price. I don't believe you have to spend the money for the ST30 especially if you are not interested in 3D. Of course a professionally calibrated ST30 would probably have deeper black levels, the S30 looks great and at a much lower price.
EVERYTHING (Except for speakers)
Cons Built in Speakers
Summary We love this TV. It is simply amazing. The price was unbelievable also. We are very happy. You won't go wrong with this TV. So much better than the LCDs we have in the bedrooms and kicks our old Rear Projection HDTV in the butt. Plasma is the way to go.
Pros Picture, price, ease of use.
Cons Speakers are not the greatest.
Pros perfect quality picture, quality construction, best value, This tv outperforms anything in its price range!
Cons None what so ever
Summary I love it