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 + !!!
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.
Summary: I brought Panasonic VT 30 55" TV in September 2011 after reading the great review on Amazon.com and CNET reviews. It performed flawlessly until this morning when suddenly the display colors changed while I was watching TV, and power went off! I tried turn in back on with the remote and power button on the TV without any success! After about an hour, the red light started blinking seven times.... No picture ... display remains blank.. no picture.
Summary: Great product from many many aspects. Then it died during the first year warrantee period. Seven red blinks of the power light - then nothing. Since then - a month now - the company has done nothing to repair the TV (the warrantee is for on site repair which they say happens with a few days) claiming first they were shipping parts from Japan to a local repair operation - will take three weeks, then three weeks later the story became that the parts are backordered - no...
"BURN-IN IMAGE IN SIX MONTHS -USING PANDORA APP- BEWARE!"
3 May 2012
Pros: Picture quality is great color saturation and motion are great. 3-D image is great.
Cons: Easy burn-in problems Anti-Image retention features do not prevent burn-ins Too much money for the value Sound only works properly if you use panasonic HDMI cables Customer service is terrible Warranty is severely limited - Buyer Beware!!
Summary: EDIT 11-21-2012: Making this 1 star. After about 3 months, this TV had developed bad motion shudder, screen uniformity, and burn-in problems. It was replaced with a 2012 model VT50 that had a faded weird band on the right side. About 3 months later the band got worse (pretty bad) and there were other screen uniformity issues (yes - I ran break in slides).