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Panasonic VIERA TC-P55GT50 55-Inch 1080p Full HD 3D Plasma TV



Panasonic VIERA TC-P55GT50 55-Inch 1080p Full HD 3D Plasma TV

  • Full HD 3D
  • Infinite Black Pro Panel
  • Viera Connect Wi-Fi Built-In with Web Browser
  • Glass and Metal Design

The GT50 series features Full HD 3D, Infinite Black Pro Panel, and VIERA Connect with web browser and built-in Wi-Fi. Other unique features include 24,576 shades of gradation, 2500 focused field drive, and it is THX 3D Certified, reproducing 2D & 3D images with cinema-like quality.

VIERA Connect IPTV – More Fun Comes Via a Cloud Service VIERA Connect is a cloud service that provides apps in categories like video and music, social networking, games, news and lifestyle,

List Price: $ 2,099.99

Price: $ 2,099.99

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3 responses to “Panasonic VIERA TC-P55GT50 55-Inch 1080p Full HD 3D Plasma TV”

  1. Michael Romo "mikeromo" says:
    126 of 127 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Staggeringly good picture, April 8, 2012
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    Michael Romo “mikeromo” (Los Angeles, CA USA) –
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    After six years, it was time to replace my aging 42″ Samsung plasma (during which a circuit board died, which ended up requiring an all new screen to be installed–thank goodness I had the extended warranty). At first, I went with the UN55D8000, which was a good looking set, granted, but just didn’t have the picture quality I wanted, so I ended up returning that less than a week after it arrived. Then I heard about the new Panasonic models coming out, and realized that the GT50 looked like a promising candidate.

    I have had the TV for less than a week, and there is no way I am returning this incredible plasma television. I will share some initial thoughts (and have submitted photos as well), and will update my comments later as a kind of progress report.

    If you care about picture quality and don’t feel like waiting for the VT, look no further. This set has one of the best pictures out of the box I have ever seen, with deep, silky blacks and vibrant (not never overly so) colors. My “go-to” test for black levels is the first scene of Episode 9 of the first season of “Game of Thrones,” which takes place entirely in the shadows. Quite frankly, I didn’t know blu-ray could look so good. The details in the bricks and the clothing, all illuminated by a flickering torch, were astounding. There was a real sense of depth and clarity, even with this very dark scene–incredible. I dialed in my own settings using the Spears and Munsil disc, but the settings included in the THX- Cinema mode worked really well and are a great starting point.

    The color controls for this TV are very extensive, and I think a professional calibrator could really make this set sing. I will get a real calibration done in a month and let you know how it goes. Suffice to say, once I dialed in the proper brightness and contrast and turned pretty much everything else off (and making sure to turn the “panel brightness” to low)–the set was great.

    I watched “Tron” in 3D using the Oppo BDP-93, and was very impressed with the 3D and the clarity of the picture. I don’t have a lot of 3D content, so I will make sure to add more comments once I see more films. The glasses, which are not cheap, are light and quite comfortable, though it’s annoying you are supposed to charge them via the TV–when the TV is on. It would be nice if they came with little carrying cases or bags, but no such luck.

    I have DirecTV and the 1080i picture looks fantastic, as does the AppleTV’s 1080p. It is with Blu-ray, however, that this set really feels most at home. I cannot overstate how rich the contrast is; my wife continues to comment on how much she notices the better picture, which is a great sign!

    I have this plugged into my sound system, so I haven’t even heard the speakers, really, so I can’t comment on the sound quality.

    As I illustrate in the pictures, the HDMI ports are very close to the side of the cabinet, so if you have thicker HDMI cables, you really need to coax them, gently, down the side so they don’t poke out behind the set. I have a set of Bluejeans cables, which work just fine, but my Better Cables HDMI is definitely very close to the edge. Speaking of cables, while the set does come with a cable stay, there is only 1 (though there are four places to put it)–Panasonic really needs to included another.

    The bezel is very thin and the set is not that much thicker than the Samsung LCD I had just a few weeks ago. I really like how it looks in the room. The screen swivels about 10° either direction, which is nice. It’s also much lighter than I thought it would be; I was able to put the stand on and lift it into place by myself (though, clearly, you should have someone help you–I was just excited).

    This is a really great set. I haven’t seen the ST50, but I can’t help but feel that the extra 24,000 shades of grey really push this TV to a higher level of picture quality. I am extremely, extremely pleased so far, and I am looking forward to putting it through its paces–and will let you know how it goes!

    Update (4/11/12):

    I started playing with the Internet Apps last night and wanted to add a few notes:

    1 – Every time I press “Viera Tools” or “Internet” I am kind of shocked how fast the interface comes up. This is, by far, the fastest interface I have ever used, thanks to the dual processor. It’s so fast that you start to get the feeling that you might actually USE the Internet on this thing!

    2 – Panasonic does have a web browser (App Store:LifeStyle) but it’s a pain to download (you have to enter in your credit card information even though the application is free); I just wish it was included. I am going to fill out my credentials on the vieracast website because it’s kind of annoying to enter in the data using the remote.

    3 – The YouTube interface is actually pretty nice. The text is displayed larger than…

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  2. Brandon Taylor says:
    21 of 23 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Amazing. Worth the price!, April 11, 2012
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    Brandon Taylor (Palmdale, CA) –
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    This review is from: Panasonic VIERA TC-P55GT50 55-Inch 1080p Full HD 3D Plasma TV (Electronics)

    I purchased a Samsung series 8000 TV and loved it. Unfortunately a dead pixel appeared, so I did a little more homework and decided to go with a plasma, which are praised for quality, affordability, and deep and realistic blacks. I am pleased with my purchase.

    Pros:

    *Picture looks stunning. I was watching a show on Netflix, and I never noticed how red the main characters hair was until watching from this TV. It was so realistic, even the wrinkles were on his face. My Samsung that was 33% more expensive did not show this!

    *Blacks are deep and realistic, especially in night scenes. Usually you may see a glowing black during night scenes, but the darkness it pitch black, which makes it so much more pleasing to the eye.

    *Backlighting is perfectly even. The LED had blotches of uneven backlighting; this one is perfect

    *Built in WiFi, Netflix, apps, etc. are good quality and easy to navigate

    Cons:

    *Menus are designed in a primitive way. Compared to the flagship Samsung, these will seem very 2006 style

    *Thicker than LED, but not by much; I was surprised with how thin it was.

    *TV is not sexy like some of the others. It is more industrial, and less “contemporary” and “ultra-modern”

    *Remote could use a makeover. However, the buttons are large and easy to use.

    This TV is an astounding value, and I highly recommend purchasing it because of the advantages Plasma TV’s have. You will not be disappointed.

    Update: I did some comparisons of the LED before the shipping company came to pick it up, and my opinion was wrong. I did notice this Viera has exceptional side to side viewing angles. There is just a slight dimming if you stand above in front of the device. Thanks to the person who pointed this out.

    I also want to praise the SD card reader for allowing me to upload my downloaded .avi files and enjoying them on the TV.

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  3. handyman "Viddu D" says:
    13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars
    Amazing picture and Great value for your money, April 19, 2012
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    handyman “Viddu D” (Austin, TX) –

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    This review is from: Panasonic VIERA TC-P55GT50 55-Inch 1080p Full HD 3D Plasma TV (Electronics)

    I bought this TV to replace my previous Panasonic TV which lasted for 7 long years and 4 moves without a scratch or a problem.
    The GT50 produces stunning pictures, some of the best I have seen. I looked at a number of different TVs and brands from edge lit LEDs, back lit LEDs to Plasmas. This TV has one of the best picture quality in my price range. It also offers a comprehensive list of practical features ( no gimmicks like gesture response etc). The on board dual core processor offers smooth performance while browsing, watching online movies etc. No question about this offering the best value for your money in terms of both features and functionality. I also like the look of the TV. I am not a big fan of the edge less design offered by brands such as Samsung or LG. The GT50 has a thin glass like edge which actually makes the picture stand out better against the background.

    The only negatives I have is, I wish it came with 3D glasses. The glasses themselves cost 50$ a piece and for a family of 4 I am looking at another 200$.

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