"Great TV for the price"4.5 starson by R-Hewett
Pros: Picture quality is amazing, blacks are deep
3D is OK, Remote is OK
Extensive pro-level calibration settings
Cons: Working around the apps and internet is sloppy with the remote
The iPhone app needs work
Summary: The dreaded "Burn in" or "ghosting" or "picture retention":Edit:
Let me start by saying this is my first plasma TV and I did a ton of research before buying it. I was terrified of the dreaded "burn in". I bought this TV for the bedroom and my wife has a habit of leaving the TV on through the night. So you never know what might cause a "burn in".
I've had this TV for just over a month now and have watched just about everything, sport, sports news, HDTV, SDTV, blueray, movies with letter boxing...everything with the exception of a PC and video games. I have not noticed a hint of burn in! I am now at the point where I don't even think about it.
All of the other TV's I have owned have been mid range LCD or LED. This TV blows them away in picture quality! Blacks are actually black! Now, if you are use to LED this set will initially appear somewhat dark overall, but I have learned that brightness does not make for a quality picture. If you like bright, this TV can certainly do it, but you probably will find that you don't need to bump it up too much. I have tried a few of the calibration settings people have posted online and am currently using the CNet calibration settings and they are pretty good. There are tons of pro level calibration settings on this TV. That is awesome for this price point!
The sound is pretty good for a slim bezel TV. I do use a sound bar for movies, but the TV sound would be perfectly acceptable if that was all I had.
I wasn't too interested in the smart features of this TV, but Netflix, Vudu, and Amazon video all work fine over the built in WiFi. What I was more interested in was connecting it to my DLNA server and streaming content from my NAS. While I have been able to connect to the NAS with DLNA, it doesn't always seem to find the server. I am not sure if it's the TV or the server, but my LG blueray player has no problem finding the server so I assume it has someting to do with the TV but have not been able to figure it out.
The power connection on the TV seems to be in an odd place. It made it very difficult (almost impossible) to get my wall mount bracket on. Not sure why Panasonic would put the power connection directly below the wall mount screw points.
The Remote is OK, nothing fancy. I wish it had a deducted sleep button though. To set up a sleep timer (30 minute increments) you have to go through the menu's. Eh
3D is OK, I have only used it a couple times and it didn't impress or upset me. I doubt I will use it much anyway.
Overall this is the best TV in this price range. If you are worried about the things you used to hear about plasmas like I was...don't be. Buy this TV and don't look back!
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Updated on Dec 12, 2013
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