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22 February 2012
Summary: there appears to be some particles when viewing dark areas... like pixelation(farther away from TV, you don't notice it as much, but for me, it's kinda annoying). It might be my cables or interference from power in the back, so i may need better filters. Not sure yet. I guess I'll find out later, if this will remove the pixelation like effects in dark areas.
Summary: Picture quality is very good. Have had this set for almost a year now and it has pretty much held its black levels. There is a mild difference, but by adjusting the levels one gain regain that 3D from a 2D experience. Picture quality is great with Blue-ray and DVD. Not crazy about the sound quality though, since my old Toshiba Plasma had a fantastic sound quality that didn't require turning on the AVR all the time for a movie.
Summary: Got this new plasma set about 10 months ago with a March 2011 build date. Most of these earlier builds prior to July 2011 have a floating brightness issue which is corrected under warranty by replacing the A-board. Once this was done the picture is just fantastic! The warranty service call was pretty painless and happened within about two weeks of calling Panasonic Service. These A-boards are sometimes on back order.
Summary: First, this was supposed to have been "white glove" delivery. They bring it in, set it up, test the picture, take away the box. Nice delivery folks, but they brought it in, took the top off the box and said, "yep, it looks good", and left. Its okay though since I was wall mounting it in the family room. Viera is not great...I constantly have to re-connect it to my wireless to get it to operate; really frustrating because it will happen as you download movies, etc.
Summary: For the price, this is the 3D plasma to own. Panasonic makes the highest rated, best plasma displays on the market for the middle-end consumer and even higher-end sets. The GT30 has taken some hits due to its black-leveling during scene transitions. This seems most notable to those who may not understand or have the know how to alter the video settings properly; I DID notice this occurring when video output is set to "standard", once you tune the display properly, there...
Summary: I have been researching 3D HDTV's since December 2010. I focused on the CNET evaluations and rankings of the top two manufacturers and the top 4 HDTV. I also read the feedback comments from others who have purchased similar units. I have no special expertise in electronics and I am a usual JOE who sits back to watch the NEWS and a movie from time to time.
Great set! (except one fixable issue that, if spotted will drive you nuts)
16 June 2011
Summary: UPDATE: 10/5/2011 (Fixed, happy!) My original review, below, focused primarily on my frustration with an annoyance that EVERY SINGLE 2011 Viera 3D Panasonic plasma exhibited. Since mid August 2011 Panasonic has built the "fix" into all models that exhibited this problem. Those who are bothered by this issue with sets built prior to a mid August build can contact Panasonic to get an update. Now that my set is fixed I can now revise my rating.
Summary: After extensive research on AVSForum, HiDefJunkies, and Flat Panel Reviews, I decided that I wanted the fantastic 2d picture quality, amazing black levels, and 3d without crosstalk for the future and this 55inch set was my choice since it was just a few hundred dollars more than the 50 inch.