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5.0 out of 5 stars its a lot of screen for your money!!, 10 July 2013
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This review is from: Panasonic TX-L50B6B 50-inch Widescreen Full HD 1080p LED TV with Freeview HD (Electronics)
This was offered by Amazon as an alternative to a 50" LG Plasma I was unhappy with.

Pros:
1) picture quality is equal to that of a new plasma. The default factory setting do not do this justice.
if you buy it, immediately turn 'Responsive Blacks Off' all this does is dim the brightness of the LEDs on the relevant areas of the screen, but there is rough 0.25 seconds responce to this. So for me it detracts, distracts and is pointless!!! it is also NOT needed as if you change picture mode to 'Cinema' view it's identical to how the LG plasma displayed!
2) Its about 15Kg in total weight... dead easy to fix on a wall
3) the power consumption is over half of that of the LG Plasma, it is rated at A+ where as the Plasma is rated at B.. half the annual running costs
4) does not interfere with any wifi/radio signals in the house
5) Not a glass screen, which means NO reflections / daylight glare !! whoohoo! can watch with the blinds open.

Negs
1) build quality is not as nice as the Plasma it was swapped for. But then for such a lightweight device, does it really need to have a metal back? no.. Im just being pointlessly picky...
2) the design of the frame and stand is not as 'styled'.. but then I don't spend the evening admiring the bezel
3) No glass screen, while I said this was a pro... my 5 yr old daughter went to point at something.. her finger came mm from the scream and could of left a finger print... those with sticky-fingered kids will know this pain..

hope this helps!
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Initial post: 10 Jul 2013 11:43:16 BDT
Last edited by the author on 10 Jul 2013 11:46:39 BDT
I also forgot to add.. there is ZERO ghosting on this, which the plasma it replaced did have, although very minor!
Amazon states this runs at 50Hz, it does not, its a 60Hz TV

Posted on 17 Jul 2013 03:19:29 BDT
Hi. Great review. I thought about buying this from JL for 499 but the Hz put me off. The salesman did say there would be some motion blur with sports. Have you been able to use the TV for gaming? That'd be one of my main uses. I thought a 100Hz TV may be better suited for me for sports and blu-rays. But a 50in Panasonic for 499 it's hard not to consider it.

In reply to an earlier post on 17 Jul 2013 07:34:27 BDT
hi, this Panasonic LED replaced a supposed 600Hz Plasma... the plasma had more ghosting.
I have not watched any HD sports on this yet, so I cannot comment. But I have played a few HD movies and I can honestly say I felt there was no ghosting at all... Admittedly they were not exactly fast moving movies (prometheus, Hobit). only played Tomb Raider & Dead Space on the PS3 atm... again, flawless! Especially as most of dead space is a black environment the quality is great.

Go for it! Great TV..
just hope the 60" is as affordable next year :-D

In reply to an earlier post on 17 Jul 2013 12:36:57 BDT
Thanks for your reply :)

I currently have a non-HD fat CRT (which is 30in even though the TV takes up 40in with it's huge border) so I just can't wait to upgrade to a HDTV and this Panasonic seems awesome! It'll be such a huge change.

I was considering the Sony KDL40R473 for 399 too. It right next to this TV at JL and to be honest the Panasonic did seem much nicer picture wise. They were showing the tennis and there was no noticeable trail or blur left by the ball. Thing is JL apparently have become less lenient about returns if you're not fully satisfied. Once you've tuned in your TV apparently you can't simply return it if you don't like it. Is that the same case with Amazon? I would love to just have a few days to try it out to see if it suits the house and my needs, and if Amazon accept returns with no issues then I might buy from here first. Only thing is JL do the free 5 year warranty :P

In reply to an earlier post on 17 Jul 2013 12:41:43 BDT
hi,

firstly, as Amazon is an online retailer, you are covered by UK law under the distance selling regulation and have upto 7 days to decide if you wish to keep the product. If you do not like the product, you could send it back. secondly, amazon go one better and i believe their returns policy is 30 days...

I never buy anywhere but amazon these days and havent shopped online elsewhere for years simply because of their great customer service and returns policy.. go for it, it's a great TV!

In reply to an earlier post on 17 Jul 2013 12:51:54 BDT
Great! Thanks so much for your help and advice. Think I'll go for this one! :D

Enjoy your week.

In reply to an earlier post on 27 Jul 2013 22:55:27 BDT
Samaran ..did you buy the tv and if so how is it? Any motion blur?

Posted on 28 Jul 2013 19:07:49 BDT
Mr. Z. Brown says:
Hey Martin,

There isn't like a hidden major flaw to this TV is there? I only ask because I don't think I've seen a 50 inch TV at such a great price and at a price that keeps dropping :L. Is there a catch? ;-)

In reply to an earlier post on 29 Jul 2013 14:21:19 BDT
Last edited by the author on 29 Jul 2013 14:30:13 BDT
lol... i should be getting paid commission off amazon for this review!

you get a whole lot of TV now for your money.. the simple truth is, 1080p (full HD) has been replaced by 2160p (4k Ultra HD (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/4K_resolution))
if you have between 4000 and 6000 you can get yourself a nice new state of the art 50" UHD TV...

as is all things tech... when something is replaced, prices drop... look at how cheap a 720p (HD Ready) TV costs now!!!

but dont let this put you off.. it will be TEN YEARS before UHD is main stream!!!!!

The forthcoming PS4 and XBO will NOT support UHD and are expected to have an 8 to 10 yr life cycle
UK Cable cannot stream UHD (unless you're willing to wait a week to download a movie) So you can forget about air broadcasts in UHD (even Freeview HD isnt really 1080pm, it is 1080i aka 720p

buy it, its class! if you are worried.. checkout out other brands.. all selling 1080p 50" TVs for arround 500 to 700
you can even get a 50" 720p TV for 400 (but why would you!!!)

next yr (regardless of what the misses says) im getting a 60" 1080p as they will only be about 600.. (costco already have an 85" 1080p LED TV for 1500)

p.s. the tech for 8K TVs already exists, but is so mind bogglingly expensive and I believe there is only a handful of recording cameras in the world that can record in 8k .. so expect the same situation in 20 yrs RE why are 4K TVs so cheap ;-)

In reply to an earlier post on 17 Aug 2013 08:17:31 BDT
Nuzille says:
Hi, would you care to mention which LG 50" plasma that you replaced for this?
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