"The world's best panel crippled by software"2.5 starson by hunspikey
Pros: color accurancy
Cons: panel brightness
professional mode is useless
Summary: Beware customers, for no one mentions that there is a HUGE difference between the 55VT50B and the 55VT50E.
The second is the same TV meant for the European market, and believe it or not its panel brightness has been locked at around 65 cd/m2 in the professional mode - rendering this option completely useless!!! In the other factory modes, this TV is relatively okey, but only if you constantly keep switching the eco mode on or off depending if its night or day there. (during daytime you should turn it on, while in the evening turn it off)
I find it really really disgusting that Panasonic cripples this TV for the European market. The USA users can enjoy around 140 cd/m2 panel brightness in the professional mode, while we have do live with less then half of this.
I tell you it is completely useless for its way to dark for even a completely darkened room - or when its midnight - no matter.
In the end I had to stay with "normal" or "dynamic" mode, where colors cannot be fully caliblated (you have white balance option only) and there is NO way to calibrate gamme.
I am very disappointed Panasonic.
This TV could be the very best TV - but why did you have to ship this European model with cut back panel brightness????
Recommended for only those users who can live without calibrated panel, and can swallow the fact that for the same price we got to use a crippled product.
Unless Panasonic issues a firmware fix for this - I say stay away from this TV or get the USA model (55VT50B) and use that one.