Summary: The picture stopped working a year and a month after I purchased the TV. The power light indicator blinked 7 time indicating a failed SC board. Panasonic Customer service said they would not fix the TV because it was a month over the warranty period. Google "7 blinks of death" to see how often this manufacturer defect occurs. Don't waste your money on a Panasonic TV - it will only work for a year.
Summary: So you want to but a Panasonic Plasma. You have three decisions to make: Which Model, Where to buy, and When to Buy. Here let me help you. We have both a ST30 and a GT30 in our home. In our master bedroom there was a space built into the wall that would not allow anything larger than a 46" and we could not get a GT30 in a size less than 50" so we put a 46" ST30 in the bedroom. Later a 55" GT30 went into a small home theater room.
The bigger the better! BluRay viewing is now a must have!
9 February 2012
Summary: Ok, I too have finally made the Samsung vs Panasonic decision and selected the P55 inch GT30 model. I considered the VT and the higher end Samsung 8000 model but my old eyes (49 years of age) could not tell the difference. For the price increase it would have been foolish for me. I decided to also by the BDT210 BluRay player to keep it all panasonic in the Panasonic camp.
Amazing picture quality... I could not be happier!
Its_Me_E "E.", Amazon
8 February 2012
Summary: Beautiful picture quality - Deep blacks, vibrant colors and THX picture mode. As a bonus, Netflix and Amazon streaming video access built-in. This is a 3D capable display, but IMHO I think 3D is just a gimmick at home and in the theaters. Maybe one day, I will be proven wrong, but 3D was not even a consideration when I decided on this model.
Summary: To preface this review I must admit that I did in fact buy into the high end LED fad that is being pushed on everyone. I went with the Sony HX820 and it simply had much too many issues for its cost (flash-lighting, huge crease, uneven whites, etc). After much research on LED's and realized that most top of the line LED units have these issues.
"Panasonic hits a Home Run with the 2011 Plasma line up."
5 February 2012
Pros: The GT-30 has great black levels, color and smooth motion at a great price. The set has abundant features and a sleek design that makes this a winner for those not willing to jump up to the flagship VT line but who want more than most from their TV.
Cons: Some quirky gamma shifts that cause the TV to rise out of black to soon. August and older builds suffer from fluctuations in brightness and floating blacks (can be fixed under warranty -- A board replacement). Netflix is an older version. Energy hog
I made the right choice, Amazon is the only place to buy!
22 January 2012
Summary: I have a room with little or no outside light, I was told that is the perfect setting for a plasma TV. My room is 30'X 18' and there isn't a bad seat in the room. There is no loss of picture or bad angle. I also bought surround sound and blu ray player. Everybody that has seen this set up agrees it is better than any movie theater that they have been in for picture and sound. It is truly amazing. Panasonic is so far ahead of it's competition in plasma TV's.
Summary: First, to preface this review: My first plasma was a 42" Panasonic in 2003. It was 480p and cost a bit over $4500. Back then, it was more about thin than anything else. I still have that panel and it works fine, with the caveat that the black is more of a light gray. Fast forward to 2011 and you have a 55" panel that is 1080p for under $1400 with black levels that rival the reference pioneer panels.
LOVE IT - TIP FOR USE WITH HOME THEATER SOUND SYSTEM
Bohemian Bon Vivant "Bohemian Bon Vivant", Amazon
19 January 2012
Summary: Bought it December of 2011 and by then the "fluctuating brightness" issue mentioned so often here had indeed been remedied by Panasonic. A little tip from me to you if using with a home theater sound system and speakers (I use it with an Onkyo TX-SR308 purchased in 2011): Connect the HDMI cable for the TV into HDMI 1 on the TV (it's the only one that uses Audio Return Channel ["ARC"]), and then connect the other end into the appropriate HDMI port on the receiver.
Summary: Great T.V. knew it would be good giving the reviews I read,But I had no idea it was this good. Set up no problems, Have had for over 2 weeks and no retention or fluctuating problems. Good in thx mode but use custom mode and calibrate using plasma tv .com setings and the picture explodes off the screen. 3D better than expected, not Imax but very close. No buzzing sounds. Sports programing off the charts, no motion problems the greens and red just pop.