Summary: The TV was great for the first 2 years then suddenly quit working. It is called the 7 blinks of death and from what I understand, it is common on this unit. I would hope a tV of this price point would last longer than 2 years!
Summary: At first, I loved this television. I picked it up after my Pioneer Kuro was stolen. You can read my Kuro review to see what I thought about that television. Every review I could find said this was THE television to have going forward. Panasonic was supposed to pick up the flag after Pioneer exited the television business, especially in the plasma market. Well, it is NOT as good as the Kuro, but it's definitely great - or so I thought. I have always been into the picture.
Summary: Like many others who purchased this set based on the tremendous reviews the set worked great for two years then failed (search for "7 blinks of death"). Even though I purchased an extended warranty Panasonic has no idea when the required parts will be available to complete the repairs and has not been helpful. I will think twice before purchasing Panasonic products in the future and will certainly caution others based on my experience.
Summary: Woke up one morning and put the TV on. After a few seconds it pops and turns off. After that the only thing I got when turning it on was the red power light blinking 7 times. Since it was out of warranty, it cost almost $600 to fix. Had to wait over 2 months for the part. Called Panasonic about it and they would do nothing because the warranty was over.
Absolutely the best TV ..., for a year and a half, then BOOM
28 October 2013
Summary: I didn't really expect to have to write this review, because I had been extremely pleased with my Viera. However, it seems there is a design flaw in the Y sustain board, which has impacted untold numbers of buyers. Just check out the Panasonic facebook page. This flaw results in the failure of the TV after a period of 1 to 2 years (i.e. post warranty!). Apparently Panasonic seems unwilling to solve the problem and is extremely unforthcoming in their help mode.
Summary: I don't want to sound negative, but I felt compelled to write this as a warning to others. I bought this TV in October of 2011 brand new. I got it because it had exceptional reviews for picture quality and overall features. It is a very pretty image. What it doesn't have is the quality to last beyond 2 years of life without the power supply dying.
Died in 18 months, no replacement boards available.
26 April 2013
Summary: I bought the VT30 after a year of research. Six months after the manufacturers warranty expired it died. I had purchased the extended warranty, so after a house call the repair tech said a new Y-board would arrive in two days. Then I was told the board was back ordered one week. Then I was told Panasonic no longer makes replacement parts for this model, and my only option was to pick another tv with similar specs from a short list of their choosing.
Summary: This TV broke within 2 years after purchase --- a total of only 2 authorized Panasonic repair ppl in NJ and Panasonic offered only 1/3 repair costs when escalated. There is a known failure problem with the SC board and this part is back ordered for 3 weeks + !!!
Summary: Purchased the P55VT30 November 2011 after much research. January 2013 it cuts out for a while and red light blinks and sometimes wont turn on for an hour. We do not have cable so the TV is not used a whole lot. Because it is just over the year warranty Panasonic has us paying for an evaluation then they will decide how much they want to cover (not all) and Amazon was willing to give partial credit up to 50% to exchange.
Great quality picture, POOR service -- broken in 14 months - PANASONIC FAIL
SoBe 305 "chatham635", Amazon
5 February 2013
Summary: Panasonic plasma TVs always get highest ratings in reviews for the quality of the picture contrast ratio and so on.... Based on this I have decided to buy TCP55VT30 about 14 months ago. This was my first Panasonic product. I really liked this TV while it was still working. Panasonic offers 1 year warranty and towards the end of first year TV started to develop some glitches.