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Panasonic VIERA TC-P55ST30 55-Inch 1080p 3D Plasma HDTV



Panasonic VIERA TC-P55ST30 55-Inch 1080p 3D Plasma HDTV

  • Revolutionary VIERA Full HD 3D Technology delivers award-winning realism that immerses you in the image
  • Infinite Black 2 panel delivers deep blacks and minimizes reflection for bright, vivid images
  • VIERA Connect WiFi ready – Enjoy a world of movies, sports, and other online apps plus free Skype video calls on your VIERA HDTV
  • VIERA Image Viewer with 3D Playback (Movie & Photo Capable)

Panasonic VIERA TC-P55ST30 55-Inch 1080p 3D Plasma HDTV 3D Technology Checklist This product is 3D-related. To help you get a great 3D experience, use the checklist below to ensure you have everything you need. 3D viewing requires: A Display
First, you’ll need a 3D-ready display–whether it’s a 3D HDTV, 3D projector, or 3D computer monitor. These displays have more processing power than standard 2D models for displaying 3D images in rapid succession. A Source
Your display may be

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  1. jimmienoman says:
    996 of 1,045 people found the following review helpful
    1.0 out of 5 stars
    Great PQ, but HORRIBLE (delayed) brightness fluctuations, July 20, 2011
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    To preface this I have had 2 P50ST30s (one replacement because of the problems I will talk about below) and Amazon was awesome with the whole return and replacement. One of the best companies I have dealt with. This is a very long review as I would like you to understand what you are buying beforehand.

    ALL VERSIONS OF PANASONIC 2011 TVs ARE EXHIBITING THIS PROBLEM.

    I was excited when I first set up my TV and took the time to age the phosphors in the TV for 150 hours by running slides (a step that can be skipped but the phosphors degrade in the first 100 hours faster than the rest of it’s life). I set up the blu-ray player and after dialing in the settings it looked awesome. Then the brightness fluctuations happened.

    The best way I can explain brightness fluctuations ( Fluctuating Brightness or FBr) is will be a leap in lighting. When you have a dark scene the whole picture will darken some to give more detail to a shadowed area. It is necessary to give great picture quality in any plasma. Normally what will happen is that it will gradually fade into darker or lighter, this TV does it all in one step. A drastic comparison would be a pitch black room where you turn a light on vs turning a dimmer light on gradually. What you see on the screen is picture that will switch from dark to lighter. It is most noticeable when you have 2 scenes switching back and forth (think dialogue between 2 characters where it switches between ones face to the other) and one scene is darker than the other. You can easily see this in the movie Hereafter around minute 40.

    This problem is exacerbated by a delay in the video processing of the switch between darker scenes and lighter scenes. In almost all video they will have scenes cut and pasted together. When this happens the lighting usually will change for various reasons. When the scenes cut from one to another this TV will take about 0.5-1 second to process the lighting difference to adjust to give more detail to shadowed areas. Given that it does it in one leap as mentioned above, it severely distracts you from watching the movie and enjoying it.

    Darker Movies will usually bring out these symptoms to it’s max. When I went to watch Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1, I came to the point where I started counting the fluctuations instead of watching the movie. I counted 56 total in one watching. My wife didn’t watch HP with me but she commented on it while watching Castle a few times, then more and more on other shows.

    The reviews are definitely favorable as it has a great picture quality without doubt. Most professional reviewers mention fluctuating brightness problem, but gloss over it. Why they did I am not sure. It seems that some sets show this dramatically, while others don’t. My first one (the one I counted 56 fluctuations on for HP) I would say was very bad compared to a slightly less worse one that I got the second time around. I re watched HP on the second one to see if I could just enjoy the movie, got to the point I started counting again and only counter 32 which were more tame but still easy to spot without even looking for them. To make sure it just wasn’t me seeing things because I knew when they were, I made (yes she wasn’t to happy about it) her watch Tron with me. We first started Tron in 2d and she saw it some; then I popped in the 3d disc and she was pointing it out in every other scene.

    I placed a complaint with US Panasonic as this was unacceptable, trying to explain it the best as I am now. I was walked through changing multiple settings (CATS off, trying all modes, changing contrast and all other settings, using 3 different HDMI cables along with composite and component cables) with nothing relieving the issue. Their response was that this is a feature of the TV and that it was working properly. Some of their exact words in the email I later received were ” the picture dimming (fluctuating brightness) is negligible and should be considered within the TV’s design specification.”

    In Spain a gentleman Documented this for Panasonic to prove that something was wrong. If you would like to see how bad this is; there has been a video posted by a member of a great forum for high def junkies that shows this instance (Google ” VT30 hereafter ” and it will show in the youtube vids) if you would like to see exactly what I am talking about. The TV here was the VT series which is Panasonic’s flagship model and cost well over $1,200 of this TV.

    Since the posting of the above video Spain got a firmware update to 1.520. The same person posted the exact same scene with the same setup which you can also view by clicking on his name or clicking on it on the right hand side. It eliminates this problem, since then Europe Panasonic have acknowledged that there is something that they are looking into (circumventing saying there is a problem). But US Panasonic calls this a…

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  2. Vin says:
    162 of 169 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Couldn’t be happier, March 30, 2011
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    Vin

    This review is from: Panasonic VIERA TC-P55ST30 55-Inch 1080p 3D Plasma HDTV (Electronics)

    Like everyone else interested in making the big screen purchase, I spent hours every night reading reviews, shopping around, comparing specs and prices, and trying to decide whether I should go lcd or plasma. Ultimately, I ended up just going to the local BB and seeing which one looked and felt right to me. I purchased this beautiful 55in plasma and I couldn’t be happier about it. I’ve had it for over two weeks now and I don’t have a single complaint. The picture is great and the sound is just fine for my living space(apartment). The 2D-3D conversion is alright but you should not expect much from any television’s conversion. The 3D Blu-Ray is a different story – The Ultimate Wave Tahiti is AMAZING (I had to watch it twice because I didn’t follow a word because I was so blown away by the picture) and Resident Evil Afterlife was fun to watch (the 3D at least).
    I realized that all the hours I spent reading super detailed reviews was somewhat a waste of time because when it comes down to it, I don’t really care about or even notice the subtle differences that so many people compare. I just wanted a solid tv with great picture at an affordable price and this was it.
    The setup was beyond easy. The remote and on-screen menus are very user-friendly.
    The widgets all work just fine. Watching youtube videos on a 55in can be entertaining.
    My roommate and I are traveling surfers and licensed skydivers so we have plenty of GoPro HD videos that we watch on this tv using the SD card slot(we also watch them through the youtube widget)and they look phenomenal.

    BOTTOM LINE: If you want a solid big screen with great picture at the right price then this is it. Highly recommend. If you have any questions then just leave a comment.

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  3. Max Adams says:
    139 of 147 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Fluctuating Brightness Can Break Your Movie Watching Experience…or not!, July 21, 2011
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    Max Adams
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    My previous tv (which I sold off already, regrettably) was a Panasonic th-42pz80u. This was my first step into the wonderful world of plasma tv’s & I have nothing but praise for it. I recently decided that I wanted to squeeze the largest tv I could fit into my entertainment armoire & considering how much I loved my old tv I figured it was a safe bet to stick with the Panasonic brand.

    Immediately after turning the st30 on & popping in Planet Earth on Blu Ray for a test run I was extremely happy with both the new size of screen in front of me & the fantastic picture quality. I played around some more, tweaking the picture & features on my new set & decided to start watching some of my select Blu Rays that don’t have letterboxing. I read somewhere that it’s best to watch movies that take up the whole screen for the first 100 hours or so of a new plasma. I’m no tech head so I just do what I’m told. :p

    Not long into watching “Starship Troopers” I noticed my first flicker, or fluctuation. Every time the film made a cut there was an adjustment in brightness that came a half second later. I began rewinding it over & over & couldn’t believe my eyes. After the awful flickering in the beginning I continued to watch & noticed it happening throughout, though not as bad as the start of the film. I’ve watched a few movies since then, such as – Sin City (noticeable but not terrible), LotR Fellowship of the Ring (noticeable but not terrible), & OH MY GOD Final Fantasy: Advent Children. Final Fantasy was just unwatchable with flickering all over the place. For those who don’t know, Final Fantasy is entirely computer animated which might have something to do with it being so noticeable. I would expect the Pixar films to behave just as poorly but I can’t say for certain.

    I started researching & discovered that the fluctuating brightness (or “FBr”) is not an unusual phenomenon. Just google “panasonic fluctuating brightness” & read up on it. The forum “high def junkies” is a good place to start as they have been discussing it in depth for a while.

    I haven’t lost all hope yet! There has been talk of Panasonic sending out a firmware upgrade to their Spanish customers on a case-by-case basis that actually FIXES this problem! Or at least adjusts it so the fluctuation isn’t visible to the naked eye. I’m keeping my fingers crossed that this firmware makes it stateside so I can begin enjoying my tv. If that happens I will definitely change my rating of 1 to a 5 star. I’ll be keeping my eye on that 30-day return date in the meantime, however.

    ********EDIT**************

    After emailing Panasonic & starting a case with them I waited patiently for an email or a phone call, but after a month none came. I kept up with the community on high def junkies & eventually discovered that Panasonic had started sending local repair guys out with a new A-Board, or if you’re one of the lucky few a much simpler fix was available if a Panasonic employee could come to your house. I called Panasonic to see what the status on my case was, only to find out they had closed my case without any kind of notification. Jerks. The person I spoke with on the phone was apologetic & knew exactly what I was talking about when I brought up fluctuating brightness. I was FINALLY getting somewhere. Within a week of that phone call they sent the replacement A-Board to my local repair shop & I had an “FBr” free tv!

    For those curious, they did have to take apart my tv. After watching that terrifying ordeal it was just a simple unplug-this plug-in-that & they were done. VERY happy overall.

    After the fix this is easily a 5-star tv in my book. I’m a little conflicted on showering it with nothing but praise, however. I didn’t exactly buy this tv day-1 of it’s release & it took them this long to even acknowledge there was a terrible defect in a large number of their sets.

    For those few who complain about picture quality I will agree that right out of the box the picture quality doesn’t really jump out at you, but after buying a calibration disc & tweaking the custom settings it really looks amazing. Easily the best in its price range.

    In short – if you’re on the fence about this set, don’t be. If you’re unlucky & get one that was built before they had this fix installed, Panasonic will handle it!

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