Summary: I bought this TV before Christmas, but have waited to do a review until a problem was fixed. Soon after I got it the brightness started fluctuating and was very irritating. I contacted Panasonic right away and they seemed at first to be very responsive, scheduling a person to come out and replace the A board the next week. The part however was backordered and it took almost a month for it to come in after many emails and calls to Panasonic.
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.
Summary: I had the chance to go look at this tv at a local electronics store and I was sold. Buying on Amazon was quick and easy and saved me a couple hundred dollars. I am very pleased with the tv. I use the television to display photographs and the color is right on. I did notice a bit of buzzing but it is not bad and will go away after some use from what I hear. You will be satisfied with this purchase. I sure am.
Summary: I got the 50' screen model. Very happy with the purchase. It did well in the 02/12 Consumer Reports magazine. This web site has some suggested settings that I use and I like it. [...] I did the set up myself, but having another person would not be a bad idea. If you want the panasonic skype camera go through their website to get it. I have not bought it yet. Logitech seems to work too. Great price for the set.
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!
Amazon Customer "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
Summary: An avid Home Theater enthusiast, I am constantly on the AVS and Blu-ray forum boards. I have a modest home theater set up that includes the GT-30 as my display, Onkyo pre/pro, Emotiva amps, Polk Audio and Elemental Designs subs (A7S-450, A2-300). I started getting into the hobby when I was high school back in 2005. I purchased my Sharp 37" 720p LCD for more than what I paid for the GT-30 (oh technology ;) back in early 2007.
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
Summary: I've had a Samsung DLP since 2007 and loved it when it first came out. For years I've been seeing newer and better things come along. I saw this TV at my local Best Buy displayed next to a Samsung LED. In the store the Samsung LED looked incredibly bright, shiny, and sharp, while the Panasonic looked a little dim by comparison. Ladies and gentleman - don't let that fool you. This plasma tv is bright, vivid, and downright gorgeous even moreso when you calibrate it.
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.