Panasonic TC-P55VT30 3D Plasma HDTV Specs

Type: Plasma
Screen Size (diagonal, inches): 55
Native Resolution: 1080p
3D: Yes
HD Tuner: OTA
Wall Mount or Stand Included?: Stand
Dimensions (W x H x D, inches): 52.4 x 31.9 x 2.2 (1.5 min) (without stand); 52.4 x 33.4 x 15.3 (with stand)
Weight (pounds): 84.9 (without stand); 98.2 (with stand)
Price: $2,800

Inputs: Video: HDMI 1.4 (4), component video (1, with adapter), PC (with adapter), composite video (1, with adapter), antenna/cable, USB (2), LAN, SD card slot
Outputs: Audio: Optical digital (1, with adapter)
Additional: RS-232 (serial, with adapter)

Company Info
(800) 221-PANA

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buckchester's picture

How many hours do you have on your VT25? The reason I ask is because it is well documented that the 2009 and 2010 Panasonic plasmas black levels rise over specified periods of time.

CNET has also compared their VT25 to the VT30 and noted that the VT25's blacks on their sample were actually lighter (they measured 0.004 as you did in their initial review, but it has since risen).

Panasonic claims their 2011 plasmas will not rise. Therefore, the VT30's blacks will be darker than the VT25's after the VT25's blacks rise (if what Panasonic claims is true).

This is clearly something that knowledgeable customers want magazines like Home Theater Magazine to report on. I remember reading a blurb in one of your magazines saying that you were going to test your 2010 Panasonic plasmas long-term, but I don't recall ever seeing a follow-up.

SunriseGatefield's picture

Great review Thomas, thanks.

I can't help but question the 4.5 star value score though... This review is substantially the same as for the ST30--save for a difference of .004 Ft-L (if I recall the values correctly) in the black levels (favoring the VT30, of course). I grant that the ST30 is a 5 star value. But is there enough evidence of the VT30's superiority here to make it nearly as good a value?

One other question: shouldn't the VT30's 96Hz refresh rate allow it to handle 24fps material better than the ST30? I didn't see mention of that in the review. Edit: My bad. Tom does mention the 96Hz refresh rate, and says he uses it for 24fps material. There's no mention here that the ST30 an GT30 lack this, but that's clear from the reviews of those models.

kent harrison's picture

Get it calibrate you never change picture mode again its five star television,i should have gotten 65 inch.