Manufacturer: Panasonic Part number: TC-P55GT30
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- Excellent all-around picture quality combined with improved features and styling should make the Panasonic TC-PGT30 TV a favorite among bigger-spending plasma seekers.
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CNET editors' review
price range: $1,699.00
- Reviewed by: David Katzmaier
- Reviewed on: 04/19/2011
- Released on: 04/01/2011
The good: The Panasonic TC-PGT30 has excellent overall picture quality, with deep black levels, accurate color, and solid video processing. It can handle 1080p/24 sources and bright rooms well and exhibits the nearly perfect screen uniformity of plasma, as well as very good 3D picture quality. It includes a Wi-Fi dongle, its Internet suite is simple to use yet content-rich, and the styling is handsome with a 1.5-inch-deep panel.
The bad: Picture quality flaws include subtly fluctuating black and gray levels as well as inaccurate gamma that washes out shadows somewhat. The GT30 has fewer picture controls than the competition, doesn't include 3D glasses, and uses significantly more power than LCD TVs.
The bottom line: Excellent all-around picture quality combined with improved features and styling should make the Panasonic TC-PGT30 TV a favorite among bigger-spending plasma seekers.
Very happy with the TV, would certainly purchase again
by Jeremy-Bell on November 9, 2011
Pros: + Superb picture quality
+ Built-in sound is quite good
+ The menus on this model are very easy to navigate
+ NETFLIX - Picture quality for streaming was excellent
+ Remote is fine
Cons: - 55" model does not have the swivel stand
Summary: Purchasing: This was my first TV purchase online. Obviously because of the large size and fragile nature of the TV, I was concerned. The driver called 15 minutes prior to ...
Summary: Purchasing: This was my first TV purchase online. Obviously because of the large size and fragile nature of the TV, I was concerned. The driver called 15 minutes prior to delivery. He helped get it into my home and unpacked to make sure the screen was not damage.
Setup: Assembling the TV requires putting it on the stand and tightening 4 screws. For this 55" version, it is clearly a two person task. Everything is relatively obvious. Some of the accessories are taped to the styrofoam, so you may need to dig a little bit to find everything. The WI-FI dongle snaps into any of the USB ports.
Choice: I spent about a year mulling around a TV purchase and finally decided to pull the trigger. I had a 10 year old Sony rear projection set that still had a very good picture, but I liked the idea of something that took up less space and had HDMI inputs for some additional accessories. I chose this particular TV for several reasons. 1) The reviews on CNET and Amazon are quite good. There certainly are fewer negative complaints such as poor customer service or dead on arrival. 2) Great picture quality - it can be difficult to discern a good picture in a large box store, but this one was much better over other similarly priced TVs (plasmas, LCDs & LEDs). The color on the GT30 seemed more realistic than other brands, in particular the Samsung plasmas. I presume this relates to the settings from when it's pulled out of the box. 3) I wanted low maintenance - and most reviews, such as CNET, say the THX setting was already optimal and further calibration did not improve the quality. 4) Price - I wanted to stay under $2000 for my purchase. The VT30 also didn't seem to offer much more for the extra money. 5) 55" is just right for my room size (seating is 8-10 feet from TV).
My Picture: I'm very happy with the picture on my TV. I do find a need to use two different color settings, 1) THX for a dark room and 2) CUSTOM for a bright room. I haven't noticed the any of the artifacts others have mentioned in their reviews, such as changing grays/blacks/brightness. Then again, I haven't gone looking for them. Likewise, I haven't gone looking for any dead pixels. I'm happy now, so there's no reason to try and be disappointed. There were a few instances with the screen just going black randomly, but after a firmware update - no more. I also purchased a smaller 42" ST30 for my bedroom and the picture is comparable. I may have been just as happy with the 55" ST30.
3D: In my opinion, 3D is worthless. It's a cute gimmick, but I find no enjoyment in watching the picture on the TV. In theaters - in particular IMAX - the experience is different, since you may sit much closer to the screen. For me, the 3D effect just doesn't translate into a more realistic experience. If I had to do it over, I would still purchase this TV, but would skip the 3D glasses. The 2D-to-3D conversion is quite good for what it is, but once again, I would not waste my time.
Menus: The menus on this model are very easy to navigate - much easier than past models or other brands.
Internet: I don't use the internet widgets much, but they seem very straightforward. I did use NETFLIX without any issues. Picture quality for streaming was excellent.
Sound: I don't use the speakers, but when I tried them out they seemed more than adequate. No audio problems to report.
Other: The 55" model does not have the swivel stand - this was a bummer. The remote is fine, but I prefer an alternate universal remote. I also like that when the power of my Panasonic DVD player is turned on, it automatically changes the INPUT to the DVD. (But if you will buy this TV I suggest you have to check for best deal before you decide at: Lowest-pricing.info/TC-P55GT30 )
Summary: Very happy with the TV, would certainly purchase again. My only issue is "how long will it last" and that remains to be seen.
8 out of 8 users found this user opinion helpful.
Stay away! - Terrible annoyance in viewing
by logan_c on July 22, 2011
Pros: Outstanding picture quality
Decent anti-reflective coating
Sound okay for a flat panel
Cons: Fluctuating Brightness (more below)
Requires an earthquake cable for anti-tipping
Sound could use some improvement
Summary: I rely on the Internet for my research. Sure I head out to the stores to see things in person, but once I've made my list I head to ...
Summary: I rely on the Internet for my research. Sure I head out to the stores to see things in person, but once I've made my list I head to the Internet to read reviews and learn about features and read reviews. I decided that this model was the one for me.
I liked the styling and the fact that it performs okay for a plasma in moderately bright rooms in daytime, which I have. I did secure the TV with an earthquake cable as the base felt a bit tippy (young ones in the house).
I must say, first of all that the picture quality is outstanding. I went though some calibration settings found here and elsewhere and got it looking great. But one thing the Editor reviewer here only touched briefly on is this thing called "Fluctuating Brightness" FBr for short. This issue causes the screen to rapidly change in brightness based on content of the viewing material. Fbr is fickle as the material displayed, settings mode of the display (THX, Custom, Vivid) and luck of the draw on what parts where used when building the TV, all factor in. ALL the 2011 Panasonic's have this issue...not just this model!
This FBr problem causes the screen brightness to "pop" suddenly to a different brightness level. Instead of a gradual ramping in brightness the change is so startling that once seen it will slowly drive you crazy!
If you are a more critical viewer of movies (which, I assume, is why you are reading this review, and not a lower end model), this problem will make you concentrate on the screen of the TV, instead of the immersion into the TV and into the material you are trying to enjoy.
This problem is so pronounced that complaints are appearing all over the Internet, just Google "2011 Panasonic Fluctuating Brightness" and you will get many many hits. Panasonic has been made aware of this and it has been addressed and corrected by firmware in the European Panasonic market, BUT NOT HERE! Panasonic North America insists that this "dimming" is a beneficial "feature" and is designed into the TV. What!?!?
Fluctuating Brightness happens when a change in contrast is great enough that the mid gray levels change brightness rapidly. The fluctuating brightness occurs about 0.5 to 1 second after the scene brightness change. Opposed to a gradual ramping in brightness, as done on even low end model TV's, this model makes one BIG ramp change that is jarring. The first time I saw FBr I was Tangled (blu-ray), I was like, "What the h*** was that!?" I spend the rest of the movie watching these Fluctuating Brightness occurrences. Not a great way to spend what could have been enjoyable family time. Now every time I pop in a Blu-Ray I'm worried I will (and continue to) see this Fluctuating Brightness.
This is like a zit on a supermodels face. Once you see it, you can't stop looking at it! Makeup covers up the zit, and firmware code needs to be shared with Panasonic North America and released to us consumers.
I have returned my TV for an exchange...hoping that the next one won't have this Fluctuating Brightness problem as much, but if it does I think I'll be forced to move on to a different brand.
If Panasonic can make a firmware release that would correct this seemingly simple to fix problem, that I would rate this a 5 star TV, but this problem is so annoying I don't even want to turn the thing on! What a shame.
5 out of 6 users found this user opinion helpful.
Died in less than a year
by feinstej on January 12, 2013
Pros: Picture Quality was great
Cons: Died in less than a year
Parts needed for repair backordered -- without TV For 5 weeks!
1 out of 1 users found this user opinion helpful.
great picture, poor warranty coverage
by ken_wilsonii on July 11, 2011
Pros: I would agree great picture, best 3d I have seen to date
Cons: Warranty does not cover burn-in, image retention. If this happens they will tell you you are out of luck, they will not even send a tech out to check the problem despite the warranty stating on-site service is available for that TV. My TV is only 2 months
Summary: Great picture, poor warranty coverage for the one problem everybody worries about which is a burned in image. Oddly enough I own a another Panasonic Plasma that is about 4-5 ...
Summary: Great picture, poor warranty coverage for the one problem everybody worries about which is a burned in image. Oddly enough I own a another Panasonic Plasma that is about 4-5 years old and never had this problem, it still looks and works great.
Take every precaution you can to prevent a burned in image, otherwise that 1 warranty they have is usless
1 out of 3 users found this user opinion helpful.
by ashrafi_h on May 10, 2011
Pros: You can buy an LG with magic remote control and not being worried about the apps
Cons: The remote control app is only for Apple product which sucks. Not everybody is a apple fan. How about android app?
0 out of 9 users found this user opinion helpful.
- Manufacturer: Panasonic
- Part number: TC-P55GT30
- Description: Step into the 3D world. The VIERA ST series Full HD 3D Plasma panel creates an advanced viewing experience by putting you inside the action and creating a world of TV viewing realism. Panasonic uses Full HD Frame Sequential technology to create its 3D images. Images recorded for both the right-eye and the left-eye alternately flash on the screen at the ultra-high rate. VIERA plasma TV has 1080 lines of moving-picture resolution. Specially developed phosphors with minimal afterimages and the motion compensating technology have made it possible to render faster-moving images with greater sharpness. By combining the highly light-transmissive IPS Alpha Panel and high-brightness backlight, this TV delivers both high contrast and low power consumption. Also, by detecting the contrasting parts of the scene, the backlight is adjusted to maintain a brightness that is optimal for each area. Deep blacks are reproduced with no fading. The contrast between the brilliance of diamond-like stars and the deep black of the night sky produces a sharp, crisp image. Enhancements to the panel and cells help to reproduce images with smooth, natural gradation and deep, rich blacks even when viewed in bright surroundings. In movies, the true, deep blacks faithfully convey the intent of the filmmakers, adding power and realism to the viewing experience. VIERA incorporates technology that analyzes picture information in both the preceding and succeeding frames, and creates a precise supplementary frame between them. This suppresses the jerky effect seen in movies, so playback is smooth and natural-looking. Now you can enjoy intuitive remote control while relaxing on the living room sofa, with a wide variety of content at your fingertips. Games are much more fun when there's no lag in operation. VIERA automatically chooses settings that provide the optimal image, so you get super-fast response and no delays. Even dark scenes with delicately rendered details are beautiful and easy to see.
- TV type Plasma
- Screen size 55 in
- 3D Yes
- Connectivity Wi-Fi ready, adapter included
- Internet streaming services Smart TV,
Viera Connect Internet suite
- Skype details Web camera sold separately - Panasonic TY-CC10W
- TV features DLNA Certified,
Audio Return Channel (ARC),
- 3D glasses & accessories 3D glasses sold separately
- Technology 3D
- Native resolution 1920 x 1080
- Resolution 1080p
- Refresh rate 600 Hz
- Motion Enhancement Technology 600Hz sub-field driving
- Aspect ratio 16:9
- 24p technology 3D 24p Cinema Smoother
- Progressive Scan Progressive scanning (line doubling)
- Widescreen Widescreen
- Widescreen modes Full,
- HDCP compatible Yes
- Supported DTV resolutions 1080/24p,
- TV tuner presence Yes
- HDTV Tuner Yes
- Digital TV tuner ATSC,
- Analog TV tuner NTSC
- TV tuner reception system NTSC
- Speaker(s) 2 x Right/left channel speaker - Built-in - 10 Watt
- Analog video input signals NTSC
- Surround mode Yes
- Total output power 20 Watt
- HDMI ports qty 4
- PC interface VGA (HD-15)
- Input/Output connections 4 x HDMI input (19 pin HDMI Type A) - Rear,
3 x USB (4 pin USB Type A) - Rear,
1 x Network (RJ-45) - Rear
- Video interface HDMI,
- Closed captioning Yes
- Menu language French,
- Type Standard remote control
- Second remote control type None
- Component type None
Stands & Mounts
- Stand included Included
- Stand design Tabletop
- Flat panel mount interface Yes
- Power device Power supply - Internal
- Power device nominal voltage AC 120 V
Dimensions & Weight
- Dimensions (WxDxH) 51.2 in x 15.3 in x 32.6 in - With stand
- Weight 82.7 lbs
- Greenpeace policy rating (Nov 2011) 3.6
- Greenpeace policy rating (Nov 2012) 3.6
Viera Connect Internet suite
Viera Connect Internet suite