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Low power? I'd be amazed if this thing uses less than half a kilowatt of electricity. For me this just rules out plasma technology for a TV, which is likely to be powered on for a fair few hours each day. Of course you could argue that if you can afford to spend £2k on a TV, you're not going to worry about your electricity bills, but that's not the point; my 50" LED LCD uses less than 100W...
It won't be as much as that. More like 200-300W - bare in mind it's bigger than your TV. Last year's range topping Panasonic VT30 50in plasma only just went over 200W in 3D mode.
Ed is more or less right here. Consider that the 65VT30 was rated at 500w max and the 50VT30 at 410w, a difference of less than 25%. The ST line is rated lower with the 50ST30 rated at 355w max. If we infer similar difference in power rating as the VT line and then calculate the added efficiency of the 2012 models we arrive at less than 400w max output. This would be someone watching a white screen in torch mode. Real world scenario would be 50-70% of that according to Panasonic's site and test sites.Still a lot more than LED, but you get the added bonus of amazing picture quality and vast screen size :)
@Beaky69 I always thought that to get the picture quality and fluid motion handling of a Plasma on an LCD TV you have to pay about 50% more than the plasma so the cost is negated if you cycle your TV every 3-4 years at 65 inch there is no real LCD option other than a plasma. Just my opinion not based on fact!
Just think how big the BBC News logo will be when its burnt into your screen!!!
Really, the best comment regarding this 2012 monster you could come up with was a screen-burn dig for 2007 ? :-)
Love the sound of this TV and I am royally tempted. Just purchased my first LCD screen for the "snug" but this monster could be perfect to replace my 50" Panasonic that's 4 years old in the main room. Problem is that I know 55" will fit, 60" could be a push, 65".... Not sure.
Can you comment on how much "buzzing" this TV made ? Would I hear it from 10ft away ?
How much is 3D on this TV effected by sitting slightly above eye level ? I know that LCD 3D can suffer quite badly.
Any comment on how much (in real terms) this TV might be better / worse than my 4-year old 50PZ70 ? Appreciate the thoughts.
AJ, I own the 2011 monster 50VT30 so my comments come from 2012 and having the bbc news logo burnt into screen from watching the Leveson Inquiry.
This TV is not for people who want to use it as a computermonitor
I bought to replace a 52in Samsung LCD which was used as myprimary computer monitor
The picture quality on the Samsung was excellent but theblacks where poor especially
While Windows was booting up.
However this TV flickered from the moment it was turned oneven while tuning the channels
The flicker was even worse when connected at 60htz windowsdesktop.
This is not a problem with the set but a general problemwith plasma sets (just Google it)
The picture quality on the TV side are excellent as long asthere is movement.
After reading lots of praises, I tested one of these at a Panasonic Brandshop... It did impress me, but no to the point making me buy it... I tried some chroma patterns from the lagom lcd test... this television did not pass the contrast & black level test
It was not able to differentiate between 1,2 & 3... They were all black...
This disappointed me the most, it couldn't differentiate between the first 8 boxes... They all looked same black to me...
I tried all the modes normal, dynamic, cinema and true cinema. With every mode tried adjusting contrast, brightness, gamma. Didn't help...
Tried playing transformers & avatar Blu-Ray, blacks were ink deep, extremely deep to the point its missing some shadow details and that explains why this panel failed to pass the contrast & black level test. why is this issue not mentioned by any reviewer?
Is this how the panel really is, or am I missing something?
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