"Great TV..."4.5 starson 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.