Pros HD image quality, vivid colors, high-speed motion images, easy setup.
Cons Slightly higher energy use than comparable LED's, but in the big scheme of things, it might end up costing $10/year more to operate.
Summary Picked the 50" ST30 up for xmas at Best Buy for $899 based on the cnet reviews. My expectations were high, and I must say this TV delivers stunning HD. Exceptional image quality and colors for CGI kids movies. Hockey is also incredible. Setup is very easy from the box to final hookup. We have yet to test the full feature set of 3D and Wi-fi. So far this TV has exceeded my expectation.
Pros Much improved AR Filter, reduced phosphor trailing, great ANSI contrast, improved gamma
Cons Floating blacks still exist in 3D, some off axis darkening of picture due to filter, minimum luminance similar to last year's S series
Summary While Panasonic continues to update their plasma display panels every year with new technology, their black level performance, while good, is basically the same as it's been for the last 2 years in their mid range sets.
I was hoping this panel would get near 8G Kuro performance in black level. However, it's basically attains the same black level as the Panasonic S2 and G20. Since the blacks are much more stable, the depth of black attained on this panel is superior to the S2 and G20.
Shades of gradation in black seem to be improved and luckily, floating blacks are eliminated unless the brightness is raised above minimum luminance- which is what happens when switching to 3D mode.
Pros Quality picture, Huge screen, pretty decent sound system, really thin
Cons No complaints. I looked at a lot of TVs before purchasing and this one was definitely the most bang for the buck.
Pros Awesome price, huge beautiful screen, GREAT black levels, 3D capabilities, it's just a beaut. Audio actually isn't that bad either, but I got a 5.1 to replace it of course.
Cons Not enough ports, for me i guess...3 HDMI, 2 USB, 1 digital, 1 component...needed 1 more port, (cable, ps3, blu-ray, x360, i may be greedy tho =)
Summary This tv is such an awesome value, and will wow your friends, I got the 55 inch and it just looks stunning on my stand, my stand actually advises for only up to 50" but because of it's light weight and very slim profile, more so than my last sharp 1st gen led, it's weight was only 72lbs without the stand, and the stand could support up to 150, so it looks GREAT! Has anti-image retention to protect against possible burn in, which might be a problem but the PSN isn't up anyways, sooo, lol.
Pros see summary
Cons see summary
Summary Just hung the 60"ST30 on the wall, replacing my 5 year old Hitachi 55" plasma that went out. I'm looking for any set-up/adjustment tips from you all that have logged some time playing around with it. Thanks ahead of time.Please ignore, I accidentally put this in the 50" section, mine is the 60"...Overall though, had for a week watching march madness, used CNETs picture settings, all relatively good....One issue, there was some juddering of basketball players about 4 times per minute, and some odd motion issues, hard to describe, but very noticeable, quick one second motion issues at times during the games last week. This week, not as many which is good, but still some odd motion, digital looking sequences on the players...will be watching closely during the elite 8 games this weekend to see if it improves.
Things I've read so far, but feel free to elaborate, or add.
-CATS, turn off.
-look for brightness fluctuation? (this was that smart a** guy's thing on a review:)
-use the 'Cinema' mode, best of the preset ones anyway.
-I saw a post of 'Custom' settings, any additional tips here I'd gladly read.
Wi-Fi dongle...I have it plugged into the usb port on the TV itself, so when using VieraCast, I have to turn down my Denon 2310 A/V receiver's volume and use the TV's audio...Do you know if I can plug the usb dongle into the Denon so that the video and sound will come out of the single HDMI cable running to the TV?
Another sound question: I want the DirecTV remote to change the volume of the Denon when on the standard DirecTV mode, without having to switch it to the assigned AV2 input that it is assigned too....The reason I ask is I recently put my cheaper Samsung C450 50" on the wall, and the "Aynet" setting or whatever HDMI input I used over-rode the TV volume and went straight to the Denon volume for the speakers, that saved the step of having to changed the DirecTV remote to AV2 to change the Denon sound.
Humble brag there, I got this from Best Buy in St. Louis for $1099, free shipping to my house with basic set-up....There were no Panasonics left in any store, even floor models sold out, waiting on the 2012's...But the local warehouse had two left, P60ST30's, so I snagged one. Ordered on Mon, being delivered on Wed.
Again, thank you ahead of time. Side Note; if me having no review and asking for help before the TV is even on my wall bothers you, I apologize, and ignore this, I'm not a guy that make many posts to anything, sorry if breaking protocol here. I'll try and give a review after I log some hours, but probably a moot pt since the 2012 models are coming out now.
Updated on Mar 23, 2012