Summary: My tv broke 1 day to the year of purchase and had the red light blinking 7 times. Panasonic extended warranty because this is a know glitch with this tv. They told me to take it to Al's TV service center in Smyrna, Delaware for estimate. When I called Al's he said"oh you TV is done when it comes on you can clearly see the screen is cracked. Screen was not cracked at all. We told him he was being deceitful and the screen was broken while in his shop.
Summary: I picked this up for $1550 in early February. Shipping was fast, the delivery guys were courteous, and it functioned out of the box without fault. Over the past 6 months I have yet to experience an issue. Picture quality is wonderful, VIERA Connect works nicely, and streaming video (Netflix, Amazon Prime, Vudu, primarily) over wireless has been superb. I use the VIERA app on my tablet, and this has been useful.
Has Burnt Image in a month after purchase, not covered under warranty - Do not buy
Trooper "churamani", Amazon
24 May 2013
Summary: I bought a 55" Plasma TV (Viera VT50 series) in April 2013 from Panasonic directly and it already has a burnt image on the top left thru right side of the screen. This is after standard/normal viewing for a couple of hours a day. No console games or any funky images. TV was NOT left ON overnight on any image. The burnt image is of digits/numbers (01423 etc..) so obviously it is a Panasonic manufacturing error. I bought the TV for over $2K.
Great picture, but suffers from burn in, already after 2 months
Leo Poiesz, Amazon
20 April 2013
Summary: I agree with all the raving reviews about its outstanding picture quality. It has the best picture I have ever seen, but it has 2 of the drawbacks, plasmas are known for: (1) It consumes 275 Wt of power during operation. I knew this before I bought the TV, so I can live with that. (2) A much more serious problem: After 2 months I already noticed burn in symptoms.
Summary: Keeping it simple. Replaces my older 42" TH-42PX60U, which had excellent picture quality for a 720P/1080i TV. Picture quality is excellent! Movies, Sports, Nightly programming, Cartoons and even non-HD channels all display nicely. Much better TV than the previous year's ST30, which is used in our basement in the kid's room - and I am not disappointed with that TV either.
Summary: While this may not be the best value per dollar (ST and GT probably are, but even this is debatable given the price for 55vt50 was $1599 for a while), this TV still has the best quality picture of all the TVs currently on the market. It'll probably be surpassed by VT60 and ZT60, but you'll a) have to wait until they come out b) pay significantly more or wait even longer for prices to come down). I really don't know what else to say..
Summary: Received on Friday, set it up on Saturday, watched the game on Sunday with a lot of people at our Superbowl party. The picture was superb out of the box. I know of the break in time but can it that much better? Every one was amazed by the picture quality. I never thought I would buy a plasma TV but this TV tops the list of all the TV models I looked at.
Summary: Easy to set up, gorgeous picture out of the box... what more could you want? Tomes have been written so I'll just say -- I'm thrilled we bought this TV! Even in a bright room, it stands out clear and bright.
Summary: This TV gives a stunning picture! I've had flat panels before but the picture quality and particularly the dark blacks and excellent contrast are the best I've seen. We watched one 3D movie (Hugo) and were amazed, but then that was new to us so nothing else to compare with. I'm over 65 and detecting some hearing problem, but the sound from the TV speakers is clear to me, so audio is very good, better than my home theater system for regular TV.