Summary: This is a great television. I have had a year and enjoy every moment of watching. The detail is incredible, it can be seen from every angle of the room with no problem. This television has brought my family a lot of closeness and enjoyment.
Summary: I've had this TV for 9 months since late 2012. So far there is no major issues and I like it for the reasons that other reviews have covered, so no need to repeat. Here are something that are not so great and I think can be easily fixed by a firmware or minor hardware update. Then this TV would be a great set.
Great for Bedroom but Not Recommended for a Primary
J. Wei "Aoshi chan X", Amazon
6 July 2013
Summary: I have this unit for my bedroom and it's OK. I have never used any of the Web Features of this TV as it is very slow. Amazon Prime took forever to load. I would recommend using an XBOX or similar instead. This unit really suffers from the strobe effect. It's pretty bad. The 3D technology is also just "OK". While the ease of use is just like the movies, ironically the Active Shutter technology of Sharp and Samsung are actually closer to what you get in the movies.
S'posed to replace old viera plasma - 3 stars for "OK-ness", but going back
10 May 2013
Summary: Edited 3 hours after original to include comments on viewing angle: I bought the TC-L55ET5 to replace my (6yr?) old Viera 42" plasma which worked and looked great, start to finish. The new TV looked great out of the box, but upon viewing moving pictures, especially bright, evenly colored ones, like golf shows, a mottled shadowing was clearly revealed, most strongly across the bottom of the screen, but also extending unacceptably up the screen in bands, exactly as if the...
Summary: I've been very impressed with Panasonic products over the last several years, it seems as though this company still has engineers that actually think about what they are doing... (well more or less) Overall, the picture quality of this TV is quiet excellent. I was very impressed with it. The 2D/3D technology built into this is outstanding and includes 4 pair of 3D glasses.
Summary: I just received the 55" today and it has some very annoying backlight leakage when it is dark in the room. The picture itself is beautiful other than the leakage issue. I don't know if it is a defect or if it is normal. Has anyone else experienced this problem? I am strongly thinking of sending the tv back. The back of the tv says it was made in June 2012 and it is November 2012 and I updated the software today.
Summary: Bought this tv a few weeks ago. The picture is fantastic after tweaking the picture settings! The blacks are great for an LED lit tv and not much of a flashight effect that you get with some LED tvs. The sound is not bad at all as long as you max out the bass (+15) and turn bass boost on. I also have a sound bar and use that most of the time but can't complain about the sound of the TV. I have xbox 360 hooked up to the TV and see no issue when gaming.
Summary: Picture is nice. Sound is a lacking. I will end up buying a sound bar to go along with this. We use Netflix 80% of the time and one thing that is VERY annoying is black flashing while watching any content. It may occur a few times a minute or once every 30 minutes. It varies. From research I've done this happens when the video streaming mode changes.