Fix The Buzz...Not The Panasonic I Remember But Still Good
Richard La Barca, Amazon
19 February 2013
Summary: I bought this TV (TC-P55ST30) about a year ago and have been pretty pleased with its picture and features. From the beginning, I noticed a slight buzz (I know all TV's emit sound) but this noise increased over time and definitely was not from the speakers. I finally called Panasonic which agreed to send a technician to determine the problem and repair it. The representative was very accommodating and scheduled an appointment for the next week.
Summary: Please be careful. After on year of use this TV simply did not turn on after a 2-3 days of annoying high frequency buzzing and alterations in the screen quality. Now they are telling us it's $700 to repair the power board. Based off multiple blogs this appears to be a common problem with the Viera Plasma screens. They don't last long and are expensive to repair. I don't plan on buying this again.
Summary: Yes, the picture is amazing, but the buzzing sound emitted by this TV is really annoying. Conveniently, this sound started right after my warranty expired, and it continues to grow in volume. Just Google "panasonic plasma buzzing" and you will see what this defect is about. It seems horribly complicated to fix (for the average person)...especially after the TV was wall mounted. I do not recommend this TV.
Summary: Great picture. I don't use the built in apps. I tried the Netflix app but I've never found a TV or Blu-ray player that has a Netflix implementation that is as fast as or as good as the XBOX 360 implementation.
Summary: I am not going to get into the technical details, that is why this add has a description. what i will tell you is that This TV exceeded my expectations. here are the features I like the most: It comes with a WiFi antenna. IT converts 2D to 3D. its really thin. sound quality is great. HD movies look extremelly great. really easy set up. its best to have a Blue ray player and a surround system to really appreciate this TV.
Summary: Overall a very solid performer. Nice deep blacks, accurate color and great depth when properly calibrated. If you can still find one 2011 model it is a great value for the money. The FBR problems that plagued this set early in its production life cycle have been solved via a firmware update. Recommended picture mode is custom with mid-panel brightness. Cinema is suitable for a darker room but lacks "pop".
Summary: This tv looks amazing. The improvements I would make would be a full web browser (no tv has this yet) or at least more apps and support for bluetooth 3d glasses (2012 model has this) so my front center speaker wouldn't impede the ir sensor on the tv. I researched like crazy and decided this was one of the best tv's you could get and not pay $1500 or more (got mine for $860).
Summary: I've had LCD's for years now and always wanted a plasma. I'd highly recommend this model. I watch mostly hockey and Blurays and it doesn't disappoint for either one. The picture is crisp, the colors are vivid, and there are plenty of inputs. One thing to note: You will get the soap opera effect until you turn off Motion Smoothing. It is enabled by default.