"A-mazing television!"on by cpgrl
Pros I'll preface this by saying I'm not a videophile, but I'm extremely happy with my purchase. Picture is amazing, HD content is breathtaking. Great side viewing angles. 3D is top notch. LOVE that the wireless adapter was included.
Cons 1. Only comes with one pair of 3D glasses.
2. The stand mount is not adjustable (i.e., no swivel or tilt), but that's a small nit.
"Incredible Plasma!"on by N_G15
Pros Style, picture quality, consumer calibration solution
Cons None really considering that you are getting
Summary I've had this TV for 2 months now. The picture quality on the VT30 is amazing! The combination of style and picture quality made this a clear stand out when doing months of research. The color clarity and depth make you feel like you're watching HD for the first time again, it's that good. Watching blu-rays and playing games are incredible and blows away anything I expect to see in a reasonable price range for many years to come. I could not be happier with the VT30!
Though the picture quality is great with factory setting, you'll be really blown away when you get it properly calibrated. I highly recommend owners check out the company SpectraCal and their calibration software CalMAN. This TV is the king of plasmas and is only made better by the easy calibration solution available. Thank you both!
"So far, AWESOME!"on by mvision7m
Pros Fantastic picture quality, supreme high def images, easy to set up/use.
Cons None yet but it's only been two days
Summary I've only had this TV (TC-P55VT30) for one day/night but so far I've watched HDTV via a direct cable input (no cable box), watched two blu-ray movies via on a PS3 (HDMI to home theater receiver/HDMI from receiver to TV) and played two video games via the PS3 also. The television found about 80 digital channels and roughly 90 or so analog channels during set up, of course the HD channels it found look great and much, much better than any of the standard def stuff. Blu-rays look fantastic and have that somewhat 3D quality without actually being 3D, the images pop and have great definition. I'm a movie/film buff for the most part so almost all of my Blu-ray discs are ones that we're said to be "reference" and although I've only watched two Blu-rays (TRON and Minority Report), the picture quality is superb and far, far better than my previous TV (a 46" 2004 Sony 1080i CRT). I played MLB The Show '10 and Madden 2010 and it looked as though I had gone from PS2 to PS3. The picture was beautiful! To this very early point I do not have any complaints and only high praise for this television but it's early yet and more time with the set will tell. People on other sites that have rated this TV talked about poor quality control at Panasonic as well as buzzing from the TV but my set arrived in pristine condition and if I put my ear near the back panel of the TV I do hear a low level buzz but I do not hear it from my seat where during movie watching. My set has an August 2011 manufacture date, some earlier build dates had issues that I believe had been fixed by August but if you get a set built before that date that has performance issues, I understand Panasonic will replace a few parts to compensate and bring yours up to date. So far I couldn't be happier with the quality, picture, condition and features of this TV but again, this is only day two. For anyone interested, I have it mounted on an Omnimount Modena 55FP 55" TV mount/stand, I have a 9.5" tall center channel speaker on the top glass shelf and the very bottom of the TV just clears the very top of the speaker. The speaker does not block the power button or the IR (remote) receiver (perfect!). I mention this for anyone considering this TV or a stand to mount it on if wall mounting is not an option. Also, the mount that comes with this stand can also be wall mounted if your set up changes so that's a bonus. I've used NETFLIX via the Viera Connect features and it worked great but is slow to load/respond compared to the NETFLIX app on my PS3. I haven't tried any of the other Viera Connect apps but I will. Based on the performance I've seen so far, I would highly recommend this TV to anyone and if you can spring for the 65" and have the room for it, DO IT. I would have if I had an extra grand to spend. If anything changes my early and initial review of this TV I will update this review but if not, I can't imagine anyone not enjoying this TV in spite of its somewhat higher price. Oh, and to those who complained about the TV being to dim or dark especially in a brightly lit room, I live in a studio apartment with windows on either side of the space and I do not have any problem with the picture quality whatsoever. I do have the drapes drawn closed but there's still plenty of daylight in my room. It isn't as bright as the LCD/LED TVs but I feel the overall picture is more accurate and truer to life which is what I wanted. I'm very happy.
Pros Easy to use, looks great, love the apps
Cons none yet...
Summary Buy this t.v.!
Pros Best picture available in a new model. Period. There's nothing out there new that rivals the images on this TV. If you're into the best picture you can put in your living room, this is it. Terrific form factor. Thin.
Cons Audio is muddy. Apps are clunky, but useable. Requires extensive set-up to get the picture just right. The picture is fairly dark out of the box. Image still not as good as my 4-year old Pioneer Elite!
Summary I'm a picture snob. There. I said it. All I want a TV to do is deliver the best possible image to my living room. If that were the scale, this is a 5-star home run.
Panasonic is doing the best new TV today-- or should I say best NEW TV today. New being the operative word. Amazingly, as good as the VT30 is at delivering images, it's still not as good as my 4-year old Pioneer Elite (which became the Kuro). Wha? Yeah-- a 4-year old TV is better than my brand new VT30. When does this EVER happen? Crazy.
I still have my 42-inch Pioneer in the bedroom-- I can't let it go, it's just too beautiful. But I needed to fill my living room better, so it was time to move up to a 55 inch and after extensive searching, the Panasonic is the best on the market. O Pioneer, why did you abandon me?
Still the Panasonic delivers on image quality-- but the plasma does require extensive setup. Buy a good Blu Ray setup disk to tweak it into spec. It is a bit dark out of the box, but if you're in a dim room, the proper setup is on the dim side until your eyes adjust. The black settings are dead accurate once adjusted. In a bright room the darker setting doesn't cut it. I'd highly recommend TWO setups-- one for night, and one for day.
3D is still a fad to me. I don't want to wear glasses at home. But I have watched three 3D movies and a bunch of 3D HD content via DirecTV and 3D Blu Ray and it's kinda cool-- just not my cup of tea.
So on picture, don't look further. Had the family over for Thanksgiving today and they were all blown away by the images coming from the screen.
But-- I have to say-- the sound out of this plasma is messy. It's muddy and short on mid-range (important for-- you know-- dialog?!) I'm buying a sound bar, it's that bad. This is the weakest part of this monitor. Even EQ'd it's pretty bad.
The apps are novelty-- If you have Netflix, you'll appreciate it and I'm a huge hockey fan and was able to watch a Stanley Cup game from a few years back-- but the interface could use an Apple makeover. It's just menu after menu. Not great, but adequate.
Overall this is a stellar TV. Not perfect in every category, but for picture, look no further. It's the current king of the hill.