Panasonic Viera TC-P54VT25
Manufacturer: Panasonic Part number: TC-P54VT25
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CNET editors' review
price range: $1,799.99
- Reviewed by: David Katzmaier
- Reviewed on: 06/16/2010
- Released on: 05/15/2010
The good: Superior black-level performance and excellent shadow detail; accurate primary colors in THX mode; great color saturation; effective antireflective screen; reproduces 1080p/24 cadence properly; VieraCast provides access to select Internet services and improved customization; solid 3D picture quality; includes 3D glasses.
The bad: Relatively expensive; last year's Panasonic plasmas lost black-level performance over relatively short periods of time; non-adjustable grayscale in THX mode; some artifacts in 1080p/24 mode; fewer streaming services and apps than the competition; uses more power than LCDs and newer plasmas.
The bottom line: With both 2D and 3D sources, Panasonic's flagship TC-PVT20/25 series plasma TV delivers outstanding overall picture quality.
Very nice! picture perfect out of the box
by bikemuscle on April 21, 2010
Pros: blu-ray looks like a nice glossy print you get from costco, on thx setting. viera link is convenient when I'm watching tv and I turn on the blu-ray player it automatically switches settings on tv. Amazon hd is good and user friendly. Pandora Rocks!
Cons: No netflicks but their quality is just ok and you have to use it with a computer unlike amazon video.
No WiFi, my wireless router only has one cable out, which is being used for the player for netflicks.
Could be brighter
Summary: I never seen Mel Gibsons nose flare before as seen on Braveheart. I didn't enjoy the some of the fast detailed scenes on transformers when all the little robots ...
Summary: I never seen Mel Gibsons nose flare before as seen on Braveheart. I didn't enjoy the some of the fast detailed scenes on transformers when all the little robots come out of the kitchen but this could just be my eyes, since theres a lot going on in that scene. The majority of the blu-rays that I have watched come out excellent and local digital broadcasting comes out great. I could see the makeup on some of the news cast, which is kind of weird, but its a big tv with a lot of detail. I haven't watched 3D yet because at this time the player is not available. The tv comes with one pair of glasses which look trick and take little batteries but I didn't buy the tv for the 3D. I bought this tv because it was #1 at CES 2010 and best buy says its the first TV by Panasonic to incorporate pioneers technologies, who were known for having the best flat panel TV's. I looked at other tv's before such as new led tvs but this tv seems to handle the content better look smother with better detail. I only had this tv for about 5 days and I'm not a pro but I'm very picky. Also I'm using the dmp-bd65 blu-ray player for now with 1.4 hdmi cables and if anyone knows how to get the player to send internet to the tv through hdmi, let me know because I believe it supports it but couldn't find it in the documentation. The black finish looks nice, 54" is perfect for my apartment. I bought a costco shelf/stand for this that is nice because it can turn toward my kitchen. I would recommend this TV, my family likes it and it works perfect out of the box.
2 out of 3 users found this user opinion helpful.
DO NOT BUY THIS TV
by bcmartinvt on July 1, 2011
Pros: I bought this TV about a month ago as the 2011 models were being introduced. It appeared to have all of the features I was looking for and is generally a great tv, but for one thing. If you don't care about Internet capabilities, then you will probably
Cons: Panasonic has switched from VieraCast to VieraConnect and is not offering any backward compatibility even for last year's models. My VieraCast interface looks identical (from what I can tell) to the newer VieraConnect, but apparently no new offerings wil
Summary: I just do not see how a company can essentially make a product practically obsolete in one year. Granted, I knew I was buying last year's model, but if ...
Summary: I just do not see how a company can essentially make a product practically obsolete in one year. Granted, I knew I was buying last year's model, but if we are talking app compatibility, to say that they essentially refuse to make things compatible basically says that my supposedly Internet capable TV is now essentially worthless for that purpose. I can understand hardware issues, but the way this was presented to me is that they simply are not going to make their apps compatible with VieraCast. I simply would not have bought this TV had I known that the Internet capability would be obsolete as soon as I bought it. If that is Panasonic's philosophy, I would not trust them to offer updatable technology in the future.Research VieraCast vs. VieraConnect. If you care about Internet capabilities, this TV is now basically obsolete.
Updated on Jul 1, 2011
Wonderful picture and 3D. Terrible customer support.
by toeser on May 5, 2011
Pros: Beautiful picture, with deep rich colors. Reasonably intelligent setup. Very realistic 3D. Acceptable sound.
Cons: Have never been able to connect to WiFi, with absolutely horrible customer support. It's plasma, you still have to be careful with burn-in. Very, very heavy set compared with LED units.
Summary: We purchased this set in early December, 2010. We have not been able to connect this to our network, even though it finds not only my network, but that of ...
Summary: We purchased this set in early December, 2010. We have not been able to connect this to our network, even though it finds not only my network, but that of my next door neighbor.In spite of the fact that I had a relatively new high-speed modem/router that had been connected to all kinds of different devices, the TV would never connect to it. I just bought a new state-of-the-art modem/router that has the push button security feature. The TV connected to it in 2 minutes. Thus, I would raise my product rating to 4-stars. I would not rate it at 5-stars because the VieraLink features can be a little flaky at times requiring a reset. But this is a good TV, just not very forgiving.
Multiple calls to tech support did not resolve the issue. After a lot of "it must be your network", I finally got them off that theme as I have connected nine different devices to that same network with zero issues. I even took my wife's new electronic book reader and connected to our network while standing two inches from my TV. Finally, I wrote a letter to head office asking them to either fix or replace the TV, or provide a Wi-Fi bridge that I could use to connect the TV to our network. Their written reply was that they would not do that.
During my last session with tech support, they suggested swapping out the Panasonic dongle with a unit of Panasonic support in Texas. I said it was not likely the problem because the dongle "saw" my network, it just could not connect to it. They said try it anyway. I sent the exchange group the dongle but they refused to do the swap because the dongle was now "out of warranty." The fact that another unit of Panasonic sent me to them was irrelevant to them. They wanted $170 to exchange the dongle with a refurbished unit even though they can be purchased new for $90, or even less.
Long story short, my TV still does not work and I have purchased my last Panasonic product EVER.
Updated on May 17, 2011
I would rate the Texas based product-swap support group at one-star. They were not at all helpful.
"Burn In" Is Real Buyer Beware
by newgateview on March 15, 2011
Pros: Best color I have ever seen on a tv. Sharp and natural. Almost brought tears to my eyes when i watched it in 3D on Blue Ray.
Cons: Adjustment period to get use to darker levels of viewing. No way to shut off ARC with HDMI cabling. Lack of Image retention information for using the built in swipe program. Very limited streaming content on Vera Cast.
Summary: Bottom line. Never use a gaming system with this TV or any plasma TV..period. Owned if for forty days..operated a Xbox 360 on and off through that periold ...
Summary: Bottom line. Never use a gaming system with this TV or any plasma TV..period. Owned if for forty days..operated a Xbox 360 on and off through that periold and there is was ...."Burn In" ..omg.. $2500.00 dollars later, a six hour road trip from Hartford CT to J& R Electronics in Manhattan NY to get my dream home theater TV and now I'm left feeling taken. The sales people told us Image retention was no longer an issues. The manual is deceptive. Second page, bottom left, in a large font the word "NOTES" under it in fine print it says " do not leave a still image on your tv for a long period of time". My question is ..what is a long period of time (no one could answer that), and why not the word CAUTION or IMPORTANT..my thinking is to mimimize warrantie issues. 5 weeks we have delt with J&R Electronics and Panasonic. J&R ran us around ..promising they would make it right. 6 representives later and additional 100.00 dollars out of pocket to have a panasonic authorized service rep come out to look at it, which they said was step one to get it resolved, ended with ..."we cant do anything for you". Panasonic...they only go by first names..Bob, Steve, ect with no phone extentions to call back too. They promised reps would come and look at it and on and on and on.....the wear down game..which they won in the end. So please think twice before buying this TV or any plasma if you wont to do any gaming at all on it or watch the same station a lot with logos. I believe image retention can happen over short and long periods of time just by normal user habits. And lastly, make sure the retailer you purchase from cares about you and doesnt promise you everything.. watiing untill you will just go away...or in my case the product is replaced by a newer model.
I love this tv. The 3d is amazing, and the 2d rocks too
by LSWon1 on February 27, 2011
Pros: Amazing 3d I found myself actually ducking to avoid blood splatter when watching Resident Evil in 3d. The 2d is sharp and smooth as well. I am still exploring the network and other included features, and each one is better than the next.
Cons: Bass sound resonates.
Summary: This is the tv I have dreamed about from the day I saw Avatar 3d in the theater. I love movies and this turned our living room into a theater. ...
Summary: This is the tv I have dreamed about from the day I saw Avatar 3d in the theater. I love movies and this turned our living room into a theater. Sports are also amazing. There are no artifacts or blurs, and the overall picture is crisp and vibrant. The downside is that I want one in every room now!
Great picture when it doesn't blur
by rkrupka on October 16, 2010
Pros: Everything except...
Cons: Blurs, chops with fast panning
Summary: How could cnet miss the blurring issue which is being reported on many forums. When the camera pans a scene or an object goes by the camera quickly the image ...
Summary: How could cnet miss the blurring issue which is being reported on many forums. When the camera pans a scene or an object goes by the camera quickly the image blurs and is choppy. No settings seem to correct this issue. It must be unbearable with video games! Will panasonic correct with a firmware upgrade? Who knows?
Never realized how important black is to a picture.
by dezzertguy on October 9, 2010
Pros: Best image on television
THX allows to see how a movie was supposed to be seen
Easy to connect to home theater and internet
Cons: Panasonic customer service
No 2d to 3d conversion
Summary: I buy my main house television about 6 or 7 years so I choose by quality and features. I decided to get a 3D TV as I want the product ...
Summary: I buy my main house television about 6 or 7 years so I choose by quality and features. I decided to get a 3D TV as I want the product for the long term. I choose the VT25 for the picture quality, 3D, access to internet and such. I looked at Sony, Samsung, LG as they were offering bundles for 3D and packages which actually offered more items for the money. But, bottom line I chose VT25 for the quality of the image. The black is amazing and movies I have seen many times look better and you actually see more images that I never noticed before. I can buy the other items later. The TV sells itself without the extra stuff. I also thought about the 2D to 3D conversion offered on other sets but decided the overall quality was the key to my decision. The only problem was Panasonic customer service. When i set up the VT25 I noticed the screws for the base were not included as noted in the setup booklet. I received 6 of one type and 2 of another. It was supposed to be 4 of each. When I contacted Panasonic for the correct screws they told me I had to purchase them. I basically told them forget it. Luckily I purchased an extended warranty through my dealer so I should never have to deal with Panasonic again. You might want to open the box in the store to ensure all the necessary items are there. Otherwise I have no problems with the VT25. I think quality over sales bundles is the way to go.
Best picture period
by mxtaylor on July 22, 2010
Pros: The look is great and the picture is outstanding. More than enough connections, super easy menu system and has a lot of adjusment options.
Cons: The cost is really the only complaint. Love to see built in Wi-fi, but really no big deal.
Summary: I owned last years 54" V10 and the picture on this 54" VT25 is far better!!! I work in the home theater industry and see a lot of TV's, ...
Summary: I owned last years 54" V10 and the picture on this 54" VT25 is far better!!! I work in the home theater industry and see a lot of TV's, there is not a TV with a better picture. Plasma TV's have a much truer picture than an LED TV. An LED TV looks more animated than real, but in saying that, an animated Blu-ray looks stunning on an LED and Plasma alike. In a standard picture or an HD picture though, the plasma is simply better and this Panasonic VT25 is the best you can buy right now.
Flashing Power Light of Death
by jlfour on October 17, 2010
Pros: We don't know, as we can no longer turn it on.
Cons: Will no longer power on. Numerous entries on numerous sights document this problem.
Summary: Poor product quality will get you a bad review every time.
Summary: Poor product quality will get you a bad review every time.
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- Manufacturer: Panasonic
- Part number: TC-P54VT25
- Description: Step into the 3D World. The VIERA VT25 series Full HD 3D Plasmas create an viewing experience by putting you inside the action and creating a new world of TV viewing realism. Tremendous developments have driven TV technologies from the 20th century until today. Among them, color TV and high definition (HD) TV were two major advances. Progress was achieved in recording media as well, from tape to DVD, and then to Blu-ray Disc, with Panasonic constantly leading the way in both TV technologies and recording media. The technology in which the left-eye and right-eye 3D images are sent to the viewer is key to the 3D image quality. For this, Full HD 3D uses something called Frame Sequential technology. First, the plasma display panel, which has a number of inherent advantages for moving picture resolution, was further advanced to allow images for each of the left and right eyes to be alternately reproduced at the rate of 60 frames per second (fps), making a total fps for both eyes. As a result, a separate 1920 x 1080 Full HD image is sent to each eye. This addresses the image quality problems and blurring that were common to previous 3D systems, and creates sharp, crisp 3D images. The Frame Sequential technology of Full HD 3D requires the images to be displayed at 1/120 of a second, which is twice as fast as ordinary Full HD images. If the luminescence time for each frame were simply shortened, the screen brightness would be lowered. To solve this problem, the luminescence time was shortened and the luminescence intensity was raised, which made it possible to produce bright, crisp 3D images. The Frame Sequential technology shortens the luminescence time for each frame. If the pixel afterglow remains unchanged, the previous image will remain as an afterimage when the next image is produced. The developed fast-decay R and G phosphors reduce the afterimage time to 1/3, to create crisp 3D images with no visible afterimage.
- TV type Plasma
- Screen size 54 in
- 3D Yes
- 3D glasses & accessories 3D glasses included
- Internet streaming services VIERA CAST,
Amazon Video on Demand,
- 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 24p Cinematic Playback
- Progressive Scan Progressive scanning (line doubling)
- Widescreen Widescreen
- Widescreen modes Full,
- Contrast ratio 5000000:1
- HDCP compatible Yes
- Supported DTV resolutions 720p,
- TV tuner presence Yes
- Digital TV tuner ATSC,
- Analog TV tuner NTSC
- TV tuner reception system NTSC
- Speaker(s) 2 x Main channel speaker - Built-in,
1 x Subwoofer - Built-in
- Analog video input signals NTSC
- Surround mode Yes
- Sound effects BBE ViVA HD3D
- Total output power 30 Watt
- Audio controls Balance,
- HDMI ports qty 4
- PC interface VGA (HD-15)
- Input/Output connections 3 x HDMI (19 pin HDMI Type A),
1 x HDMI (19 pin HDMI Type A) - Side,
1 x Composite video input (RCA phono) - Side,
1 x Composite video input (RCA phono),
1 x Audio line-in (RCA phono x 2) - Side,
3 x Audio line-in (RCA phono x 2),
1 x VGA input (15 pin HD D-Sub (HD-15)) - Side,
2 x Component video input (RCA phono x 3),
1 x Serial,
1 x Digital audio output (optical) (TOSLINK),
2 x USB,
1 x Network (RJ-45)
- Video interface HDMI,
- Closed captioning Yes
- Menu language French,
- Component type None
Stands & Mounts
- Stand included Included
- Stand design Tabletop
- Stand features Swivel
- Power device Power supply - Internal
- Power device nominal voltage AC 120 V
- Power consumption operational 159 Watt
Dimensions & Weight
- Dimensions (WxDxH) 52 in x 15.2 in x 34.8 in - With stand
- Weight 73.9 lbs
Dimensions & Weight (Shipping)
- Width 57.5 in
- Depth 13.1 in
- Height 36.9 in
- Weight 90.4 lbs
- ENERGY STAR Qualified Yes
- Greenpeace policy rating (Nov 2011) 3.6
- Greenpeace policy rating (Nov 2012) 3.6