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This review is from: Panasonic Smart VIERA TX-P55VT30B 55-inch Full HD 1080p 3D 600Hz Internet-Ready Plasma TV with Freeview HD and Freesat HD (Installation Recommended) (Electronics)
We bought this on the 2nd July. Couldnt be more pleased with it. The picture quality is oh so excellent. There are no visible defects in the displayed picture. Sonys edge LED lighting can lead to horible vertical or horizontal lines apearing when watching football games fast pans.
The functions that it has are numerous and easy to use. Especially "youtube" (easier to use than on the computer).
The remote control is excellent (sonys one is diabolical in comparison. You only have to slightly touch a numbered button and off you go from HDMI to freeview. Complete pain).
Setup was quick and painless. The menus are easy to navigate around. You can even connect to a Win 7 pc (blimey)
Im sitting 2m from it. Analogue pictures are slightly fuzzy, But still watchable. Freeview again is very slightly blurred. But HD stuff is perfectly crisp. For a 55" set the picture is very very good.
Brilliant paper manual. Great looks.
We have a 50" version (what hifi 5*)that is 5 years old and to be honest its just like looking at that but bigger.
Now for the bad points.
Absloutely stupid placeings for the HDMI inputs. I have now got THREE HDMI leads sticking out of the left hand side as its the only place they will go. I have also had to buy longer HDMI leads. I dont want to see leads sticking out the side, Especially the giant yellow one ive got. And now a white one.
But for all that they are really easy to access, Apart from the ones that are on the bottom, Eg the headphone socket
No PC input. The positions of some the USB ports (4 off) are odd as two face upwards, well good as a dust trap. The USB ports are used for charging the 3d glasses,the wireless dongle and connecting a Hard drive storage device.
You have to be a contortionist to get to the headphone socket.
It weighs 39KG for the TV alone. The box it all comes in has a total weight of 54KG. Must be transported upright, Cannot be laid flat. It thus wont go in a hatchback.
Me and the missus struggled up the stairs with it. Took everything out that we could first. Hand holds are slippery, Care needed is when carrying.
This is now our second TV. We had to send the first one back becouse you can hear computer/fan noises from the back. It sounds like a fan wobbling on its bearing and just catching the sides. But im told its the processer on the main board. This one makes the same noise. But it is only audible at low noise levels. If you are sitting over 2m away you wont hear it.
The 3d only seems to work best in very low levels of light. If you use it in daylight you get flickering. But at night its brill. But i really dont want to sit there all night with a pair of glasses on. Avatar Was fun to watch. The 2d to 3d conversion does work but not brilliantly.
Just does everything you want from a tv plus. Buy it and you wont be disapointed, But get someone to give you hand carrying it.
28th August 2011 -- Living with it.
Still hear the ticking noise, but goes when the tv is fully warmed up. Still annoys me that the cables stick ou the side.
But the good bits are 3D. Watched Avatar twice now, Still keep falling asleep through it, But ive got the 3d bug now. It started by watching a HD film on channel 4. I thought why not watch it in 3D (2d to 3d conversion)(i lied it does work brilliantly on HD footage). Watching "The Pacific" that way now. Still feel stupid with the glasses on. But its BRIL. Dont get greasey fingermarks on the glasses as that really spoils the picture. Damn im now a geek!!!
Found a great button on the remote that lets me immediately go back to the previous channel or input. Great for flicking between freview and sat or even the PC.
But THE BEST THING IS we bought an ASUS TRANSFORMER and you can send pictures, music and movies straight to the TV. No wires and no fuss.
And im charging my phone via the USB sockets.
I love it!!!