Conclusion: Whether you want 3D at all or think you don't need all the smart TV connectivity isn't really the issue here. The TC-P55ST50 offers picture quality that is so good at such a reasonable price that the 3D and Smart TV features come along for the ride. It has excellent black levels, good color accuracy and also offfers WiFi connectivity to the home network and beyond. What's not to love?
Pros: Thin bezel, Attractive and sleek profile, Excellent black levels, Accurate, saturated colors, Excellent value ($1699 MSRP)
Cons: 3D glasses not included, Only three HDMI inputs
Excerpt: LCD or plasma? By now the question feels as quaint as “Coke or Pepsi?” Plasmas consume more energy, have shorter lifespans, and suffer from burn-in issues, so it’s an easy choice. Right? Wrong. Panasonic’s TC-P55ST50 makes a solid case for giving a plasma a shot at the living room, especially for viewers who like their black levels inky and their colors resplendent. True, a 55-inch plasma consumes considerably more power than a 55-inch LED-backlit LCD.
Conclusion: With the Panasonic TC-PST50 series you get accurate colors and solid black level performance in a nicely styled plasma HDTV, but the panel doesn?t get very bright, and 3D glasses are not part of the deal.
Pros: Excellent color accuracy. Good black levels. Robust audio output. Sleek design.
Cons: Not very bright. Uses lots of power. Only three HDMI ports. 3D glasses not included.
Conclusion: If we didn’t already know that the TC-P55ST50 wasn’t Panasonic’s top-of-the-line plasma, we’d swear that it was. Based on picture performance alone, this could just as well be Panasonic’s flagship model. That it isn’t comes down to a few bells and whistles and a slightly trimmer form factor. For the majority of shoppers interested in plasma, the $,1500 (roughly) TC-P55ST50 is the ticket to top-tier performance at a totally accessible price.
Pros: Outstanding black level and contrast performance, Great brightness, Nearly perfect color, Naturally smooth motion, Excellent Internet portal (Viera Connect)
Cons: Black levels suffer in bright rooms, Limited HDMI connections, High power consumption, high heat output, Calibration takes a while