A general discussion thread for this model TV exists in the HDTV section of the forum at Panasonic Viera Vt20 Thread.
A best price thread for this model TV can be found in the 3D section of this forum at Panasonic Viera Th-p50vt20a Price.
As regular readers will know, I have had the 3D bug/itch for some months. I decided to take the plunge today with this relatively cheap but in many ways well performing TV.
Before buying, I had considered various drawbacks:
- A smallish screen size (50")
- A tendency for Panasonic Plasmas to flicker
- Fairly heavy (and expensive) 3D glasses
- Possible Panasonic floating black level issue (variable black level as a movie is watched that contains both dark scenes and bright scenes)
- Possible Panasonic rising minimum light level issue (rising black level over a period of months of operation)
- Possible power supply buzz
- Possible issues with smooth 24fps playback
- Possible motion artifacts with 50i television
I had also considered various advantages:
- Excellent 2D picture (this model TV has been compared to the Pioneer Kuro)
- Good 3D (minimal ghosting)
- The bundled 3D Blu-ray player (DMP-300GN) comes with a USB Wi-fi adaptor (which can be inserted in the TV)
- TV can access media files held on a home pc
No buzzing noise noticed.
The screen flickers when displaying 2D. Nowhere near as much as a 100Hz CRT television but I notice it. With HDMI input from my pc (1080p50), I found the flicker less after disabling Intelligent Frame Creation. I am very sensitive to flicker and others might not notice it. Note: it is quite common for Panasonic (and other plasma panels) to have a visible slight flicker.
Watching the Australian 3D test transmissions I had recorded earlier this year of sport (State of Origin and World Cup), the 3D effect seemed to be best at a relatively distant viewing distance of around 3 metres. This surprised me. It might be related to the relatively poor horizontal resolution of the side by side broadcasts (960 pixels per eye). Will comment further on viewing distance after watching other 3D material.
The Wi-fi media access works well, though only certain file types are accepted. For example, the side by side MPEG-4 AVC sports video I had recorded off air had the extension ts. This file was initially rejected, but when the extension was changed to mpg it played perfectly well. [Of course I had to set the TV's 3D mode manually to side by side.]
One step I'll have to take soon is to record the the black level, so as to be able to track any changes as the panel ages. (I'll need to use a camera, as my light meter isn't sensitive enough.)
Will post again after having spent some "quality time" with the new TV. At this stage I haven't even connected the Blu-ray player! It came with a Panasonic Blu-ray 3D Demonstration Disc. The TV came with two anime titles: Coraline and ICE AGE 3 Dawn of the Dinosaurs.
Edited by MLXXX, 27 September 2010 - 12:05 AM.