Summary: I just finished writing a review on a GT25 which had stopped working after 2 years (power supply with the red flashing light). I happened to have this model ST30 in a box having bought it in November 2011 for a rec room which still hasn't come about. We unpacked it, put it on the the wall mounts and hung it and hooked it up. Pushed the power bottom and a loud buzzing with no picture. Messed with the cables and still nothing.
Summary: I bought this TV a little over a year ago to replace a Sony during my divorce, so needless to say I was on a budget. I'm a picky guy so I wanted the best I could get for my budget. I really liked the picture when I viewed it at the store, but the bright lights washed out the picture a little. I compared it to some Sony's and Samsungs that I liked, but were twice the cost.
Pros: Very rich, accurate colors and deep blacks
Cons: Very slight artifacts when watching some sports. The sound of the built in speakers are it's biggest downfall.
Summary: I had bought this TV on November 11 2011 and until today still at night whenever I watch something in high def I appreciate its colors. In this one year I have seen hundreds of shows, movies and have played games in 2D and 3D. Every thing was awesome. I am using my customized video setting because the other 4 options, I didn't like those. But still if anyone still interested to buy this one model from Panasonic he/she would love it.
Summary: We purchased a new 60" plasma and had it for not even two months and the tv is in need of repair. We contacted Panasonic and sent them the receipt they scheduled a repair for a week away. Then they never showed up. Still waiting for repair. Long story short get another brand.
Summary: OK, so the panel isn't perfect. At less than $1,500, it's not supposed to be. But it is a great value. Reference material shines on this thing. DVD's and Blu-Rays look phenomenol. Xfinity HD cable also looks great. I've had this panel for over 4 months now and it has performed flawlessly. I had some really loud buzzing but it was just a loose screw in the A-board, and I popped the back panel off and tighened it.
Great TV with some minor but kinda annoying drawbacks
David Grodsky, Amazon
23 July 2012
Summary: UPDATE 11/27/2012 - See bottom! I bought this June 20, 2012 so it's been about 6 weeks with the TV. Here's a run down of how thing have gone. Overall, I'm happy with the set and the price I paid with a few minor drawbacks that to me are annoying. 1) Purchase - I got the TV from the Warehouse Deals section. It was considered used but at almost 40% off the best retail price on Amazon ($690 v $1099) I considered it a risk worth taking.
Summary: This tv was a Christmas present. When we hooked it up, it kept shutting down. I called their service dept, and they had me purchase new cable lines, blamed it on wiring, etc. After three calls, a visit by electrician to confirm the house wiring was fine, etc, I told them they needed to fix it. Had it sent to a service provider; when we got the tv back, it immediately shut down again. The problem is still not resolved.
Summary: Seller sold me defective and scracthed TV, when I asked him about returning the product but he wanted me to pay shipping charge even though it is a defective piece. I end up calling Panasonic and they fixed the TV but a huge Scratch is still there? Never buying any big electronics item from Amazon.
Summary: I bought this TV about 7 months ago when my previous one "died". My decision was based on a combination of reviews on here and the reviews on CNET. I have been nothing but pleased with it since! I should add that I did get a home theater system to go with it - the speakers on the TV are not great.
Awesome Price for an even better picture and features
15 June 2012
Summary: I read review after review for months before deciding on the st30. Did my research, bought it, did the 100 hours of break-in images, which was torture, and put in the suggested settings found on the other reviews on here. To tell you the truth not too crazy about the settings. Best to adjust to what you think looks good. Thats really all that matters. but do the break-in just to reduce the chance of image retention and burn-in.