Pros It was extremely easy to set up. The picture is beyond amazing for movies,general t.v., cartoons, football and golf so far. I will be really be putting it to the test with hockey tonight. GO WINGS!
Cons Several pre-set settings for contrast/brightness/sharpness. Can't yet dial in any one setting that covers all situations. Have to adjust a lot. Reg cable is useless! Don't buy this if you don't have HD - check with your cable company. No PIP.
Summary I over-researched EVERY LCD, LED, and plasma out there. I went with the 60"GT. I must say that it is a pretty awesome t.v., but I think that you can find a pretty good plasma for a LOT less. However if you want the best, you came to the right place. I got the 60"GT because of price shock, but looking back I wish I got the 65"VT. This is the best you can get as of right now, so I'm very happy with it!
I was nervous because the reviews say that plasmas shouldn't be used in bright rooms. Our living room faces south and is bright, but the t.v. works great! I guess I don't know what I'm looking for.
Haven't tried the 3D yet - wearing glasses to watch t.v. doesn't appeal to me yet. Video Games - Final Fantasy XIII is beyond incredible using PS3 and an HDMI hookup.
No real need for the internet functions. They are pretty limited, and you can get enough movies to download using Comcast/Xfinity or HBO OnDemand. These are no-doubt part of the price of the t.v., and I wish I could have tried them out before buying the t.v. They aren't useful to me - I use a laptop! Skype maybe, but you'll have to buy a special video camera too.
The sound could be a lot better, but what can you really expect when the t.v. is only an inch thick! Finding a soundbar that sits in front of the t.v. and doesn't block the t.v. controls is near impossible, and a good one is about $300.
The ideal setup is to have the t.v. professionally mounted to the wall with a center channel speaker or soundbar mounted underneath it. I don't know how you could attempt mounting and wiring all that stuff yourself as it would be a major project. So the option is to have it sit on one of the bland t.v. stands. (You can get a speaker box from ZVOX that works as a soundbar that the t.v. can rest on. Looking into that.) The tricky part is finding a good-looking piece of furniture for it to sit on/in. Make sure that the furniture you select fits all of your components and is wide enough to have before you buy it! If you get a 60" t.v., get a stand that fits a 65". If you get a 65", get a stand that fits a 70".
You don't have to go crazy on buying a bunch of over-priced HDMI cables. Simple banana plugs are giving me just as good a picture. We tested the PS3, with HDMI and without. I don't notice a difference. Buy HDMI cables from Amazon or Ebay.
I would like to see a wireless kit where you could hit "function" and an "F" key, to connect your laptop to the screen rather than a monitor cable. Haven't figured out how to use JUST the Comcast remote or the Panasonic remote to work both the DVR and the t.v.. And it sure would be nice for either cable providers or t.v. makers to bring back an effective Picture in Picture feature!
There is no perfect t.v. out there, but I can tell you that the picture for the 60"GT is just off the hook! Go for the biggest you can afford, and defnitely go with plasma if you watch sports!
Pros Hands down better than the top LED's out there. As good if not better than the Samsung 8000 for a substantial lower price. the truest blacks that can be had for the money. The GT engine is substantially brighter than the ST. The VT series does produce a s
Cons Sound quality - you must connect this set to a home theater system.
Summary Don't take my word... go into you local big box and compare for yourself. just make sure that the picture settings are roughly the same.
Pros Internet functionality/interface - 3D mode - Viera Link - adjustable picture settings (pro setting recommended here looks amazing!) - regular HD TV has near 3D picture depth quality on some channels
Cons speakers are awful - high pitch/whiney and no amount of tuning can fix - Bose 2.1 sound system or Panasonic 2.1 sound bar highly recommended - 2D to 3D conversion is OK but not worth wearing the glasses for with such a bright/vibrant regular picture - sav
Summary Best 3D plasma available for those that don't want to spend the extra money for the extra 5" and few extra gadgets that the VT30 65" comes with. Highly recommend for anyone in the market for high end TV.
Pros Better than average black level, measuring .006 delivers a finely detailed image almost film like. Stands up well to high ambient room light without losing much of it's deep black level.
Best 3D performance of any TV o the market. Beautiful design, t
Cons Gamma could be better, currently measure 1.96 and some samples exhibit occasional slight brightness fluctuation.
Summary This year Panasonic has a great offering in this mid-high end GT30 series. The GT30 will definitely be very highly reviewed by all and anyone would be very happy owning one of these beautiful well priced TVs.
Only available in 50", 55", 60" and 65". Wish they offered this beauty in 42" and 46" sizes.