Pros Amazing picture
Excellent in bright rooms
Excellent edge detail and black performance
Cons Component adapter is low quality - make sure you use HDMI
Brightness pops when watching sports on "standard" picture settings - can be fixed by changing to a different pre-defined picture setting
Vivid picture setting looks very blue
Summary I was looking for picture quality only. I poured over review after review from CNET and BestBuy.com trying to find a TV that would work in my bright living room. After swearing off plasmas for their bright room stigma I decided to take a look at this TV at my local Best Buy. WOW! Put this TV next to the Sony XBR HX929 and it's not even a contest - and I'm a HUGE fan of the Sony brand. When I first saw the TV in my living room I was a little taken aback by the glare on the TV but I have gotten used to it now and am VERY happy. I have seen brightness pops while watching the NBA on this TV but I was able to choose a different pre-set picture setting and it went away. The "standard" picture setting kept getting darker and then the whole screen would become brighter. It was pretty annoying until I set it to "cinema" and it removed the problem. Normal TV shows (HD or digital) don't have this issue. The component cable attachment is terrible. It looked like I was hooking up via an un-shielded yellow RCA video cable. A cheap HDMI cable later and I was stunned. I would consider this TV pricey, too. $3500 is a lot when you can get a Sharp that is larger for 1/2 the price...BUT you will not get the picture quality with those other lesser TVs. I have not bothered with the internet features...like I said - All I cared about was the picture. All in all I'm very happy!!!
Pros Awesome Picture
Cons Completely dead after 7 days
Lack of available parts for repair
Summary Looked hard and long to replace my 50" Sony which worked flawlessly for 9 years, but it was time for an upgrade. After all the reviews and visits to stores for comparisons, the salespeople at Pauls TV, who were extremly knowlegable, convinced me that Plasma was the way to go for the best picture, I then decided that I might as well go for the best and seeing this Panasonic in the store just blew away everything else. The TV arrived just in time for the NFL divisional playoff games and it was awesome. watching regular TV the rest of the week was also great and we were extrremly pleased with our purchase. Looking foward to the NFl games, we invited people over to see our new TV, everyone was impressed until... two plays into the AFC championship game POOF! the TV went black and makes this clicking noise like its trying to on and off. Nothing worked to get it back on, called Pauls TV, they said to call Panasonic, earliest appointment is Friday!!!! If that wasn't bad enough, Fridays appointment is delayed due to lack of parts. My rating may drop lower soon.
Pros Amazing almost scary accurate color and picture reproduction! The picture quality on this TV is Face Melting and you need to experience it for yourself. Don't let the LED fanboys say otherwise, they are just mad because their LED is inferior.
Cons This TV is basically perfect. Since it the superior technology (Plasma) it doesn't have the horrible banding and screen uniformity issues of a LED. the VT50 has perfect uniformity. 3D is just as good if not better than Samsung's 3D sets.
Summary The VT50 is truly something special. Finally a TV that can put up a fight with the Legendary Pioneer Kuro! They are so close you would have to have a professional trained eye to tell them apart. The kuro has slightly better blacks but the VT50 has better color accuracy, so to me its a wash. By far better than any Edge lit LED by millions of miles and also trumps any full array LED as well. when they say its the best TV on the market they mean it! this set will not disappoint!
"Great TV..."on by SpicyFaceFull
Pros Amazing picture.
4 HDMI inputs, and a plethora of other input and output options.
Decent online apps and smart features.
Easy setup, Light weight and easy to install.
Wifi connectivity with all my other gear.
Cons Must have High end BR player to get full picture benefits.
Far too many setting options and not enough built in modes.
Loud fans in rear of TV.
not all settings are available on every input.
Summary Great TV! and even better because I bought it for less than half price.
Although it is not a 4K tv, the VT50 has the clearest picture I've ever owned, some of the smoothest motion, deepest colors and super dark black levels.. truly a beautiful display.
However, it's not gonna make your current BR player work, or look any better. You may find it just looks the same as your previous TV, especially if you're using a regular $150, Target/Wallmart BR Player.
It definitely requires a pretty high quality input source, to see it's full potential. - Pretty much what you'd expect from any high end gear tho - you have to have a really good source, to get a really good output.
The smart features all work great. - It's fun looking up videos on my phone, then playing them on the TV via youtube.
The cellphone remote app for this TV can be downloaded for free and works great. I can display pictures and play videos from my phone, on my TV, with the swipe of a finger... It's fun living in the future!
Although I use the digital Audio out, to my Peachtree Audio Nova125; I thought I'd check out the on-board speakers on the VT50.
Now I know I have a spoiled ear from my Paradigm Studio20's and REL R281, but the VT50 speakers and sub, are a complete joke and should have never been paired with a picture of this caliber...Its like putting ketchup on a fillet.
The two fans in the back of the TV are way louder than you'd expect from a flagship TV. A lot of the noise is from air passing through the grille in front of the fans.
However, using 1/4" thick, large open cell foam (the grey/black kind found in salt water fish aquarium filters) I made a square, washable, cover for both fans; that diffuses the sound, traps dust, but doesn't restrict airflow. - A simple fix, and something I would expect Panasonic to have come up with.
Over all tho, a very nice, pretty impressive TV. that I get complemented for often.
Pros Nice 2D image
Cons 3D images have major crosstalk issues!
No warranty support!
Summary I can't believe CNET rates this TV so high. Remember Motor Trend calling the 1976 Plymouth Volare the car of the year? Both are duds.As the CNET review correctly points out, changing to 48Hz mode does reduce the crosstalk, while introducing flicker. You still need to make sure you view real content (not demo content) and know what to expect from this (or any other) 3D TV before buying. The flicker trade-off may be as intolerable as the crosstalk.
It took 2 months of calling Panasonic and finally getting outside help before I could even get them to try to fix the TV. They replaced the mainboard and bluetooth module, and it still has 3D crosstalk issues. They now say this is acceptable on their top of the line TV.
Bottom line, DON'T BUY IT! You will be disappointed.
Updated on Sep 19, 2012