Panasonic TC-P55ST50 Plasma 3D HDTV Settings


Unit-to-unit sample variations, the viewing environment, and the source might render these recommendations less than optimum. They are provided only as a potentially useful starting place.

The settings here that are most likely to translate reliably from one sample to another are those involving specific features with only a few setting options, such as Gamma and Noise Reduction. The ones most likely to be subject to sample variations are video controls offering a wide range of settings. This will be particularly true here for the white balance (color temperature) and color management adjustments (where available). While inserting our user-menu calibration settings into another sample of the same set will do no harm, there is no guarantee that this will produce an accurate result. For that you need an on-site calibration of your own sample under your own viewing conditions. Even seemingly innocuous differences in the common control settings, such as Contrast, Brightness, and Gamma, can affect the white balance, and production line tolerances can do the same.

While experimenting with the user menus' controls can do no damage and can easily be reset, we do not provide settings for service menu adjustments. Random alterations of such controls without detailed knowledge of what they do may corrupt a set's firmware. This will likely require extensive in-shop repairs that are not covered under the warrantee.

We strongly recommend that you find the optimum basic video settings for your sample by using one of the many display setup DVDs that are available, such as Digital Video Essentials (DVD) or DVE HD Basics (Blu-ray). A full calibration, particularly of the gray scale and color gamut, is best left to a trained and properly equipped technician such as those certified by the Imaging Science Foundation (ISF) or THX. In particular, service menu calibrations should be attempted only by a calibrator who is familiar with the specific brand of set and a clear understanding of which controls to use and which to avoid.

2D 3D
Picture mode Cinema Custom
Contrast 78 95
Brightness 58 65
Color 47 47
Tint 0 0
Sharpness 10 10
Color temp. Warm2 Warm2
Color mgmt. Off Off
C.A.T.S.: Off Off Off
Video NR Off Off
Pro settings N/A
Color space Normal
  W/B high R 0
  W/B high G 0
  W/B high B -6
  W/B low R 0
  W/B low G 0
  W/B low B 0
Black extension +5
Gamma adjustment 2.0 or 2.2
Panel brightness High
Color emphasis Off
AGC +7
Aspect adjustments
Screen format As required As required
HD Size See text See text
HDMI settings Nonstandard Nonstandard
Advanced picture
Block NR Off Off
Mosquito NR: Off Off
Motion smoother Off Off
Black level: Dark Dark
3:2 pulldown: Auto Auto
24p Direct in: 60Hz 60Hz
Pixel Orbiter See text See text
3D menu
  3D input format Auto
  Left/Right swap Normal
  Diagonal line filter Off
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Mister Leadfoot's picture

I decided on the ST50 after... over a year? of trying to decide on a new hdtv. Can't wait for it to arrive!


dobyblue's picture

Change the set to 48Hz mode in 3D and you will eliminate the minor ghosting.

aleksandr's picture

I agree with dobyblue with the 48Hz mode, the 3D picture is free of crosstalk, it is pretty close to perfect. The same for others models of Panasonic . GT25, VT25, ST30, GT30, VT30, GT50 and VT50. check it out.

jscjpp's picture

Thanks for the review of the ST50

I purchased two Pioneer KUROs, the PDP-6010FD and the 6020FD a few years ago. Very much appreciated the Sep 08 review.

Now I have just purchased the panasonic TC-P55VT50 two weeks ago on amazon for $2000.00, not much more then the ST50.

I waited all these years until a set was nearly as good or better than the Kuro's since I am cascading the tv's down to other rooms. Still need a couple more.

But I wonder whether the VT50 is a better replacement than the 6020FD? It seems close, and a thorough review would be great. I can't do a side by side comparison, but it does appear the color in the Panasonic are better.

malaldaymnao's picture

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juanseva_2's picture

I am very happy with the purchase of my tv panasonic GT50, but I have a concern about the image retention. Although I have been very careful with these first months, not yet complete 100 hours of use, but I've noticed especially that with only two hours of use on channel foxhd, the logo has been printed on a little screen ... and has been declining, but what do you recommend caution to avoid these problems in the future? ...
Thanks !!