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Panasonic Viera TC-P55VT30 Plasma 3D HDTV Review$2,499.00
3D Effect & Experience
The Panasonic Viera TC-P55VT30 is one of the best, perhaps the best, home theater 3D display we've seen so far. We admit, it takes a lot for us to admit that, because last year's batch of 3D TVs were generally awful. Even when Panasonic was leading the pack last year with the VT20/VT25 series, it was a pathetic pack to be leading.
Once again, we can conclude that plasma TVs had a distinct advantage over LCDs when it comes to minimizing crosstalk. It's still measurable (see below for details), but the overall effect is not nearly as distracting as it once was. The Panasonic Viera TC-P55VT30 did a great job of creating an immersive experience.
3D Black & White
The Panasonic Viera TC-P55VT30's peak brightness is not all that bright to begin with, so when you put on a pair of sunglasses (essentially) things only get darker. You can see in the chart below how much brightness was lost. The black level, ironically, was measured a little brighter. This may be because the screen's brightness is boosted to compensate for the glasses.
The color temperature was not nearly as consistent when in 3D mode. As the signal gets brighter, the whites start to cool to a bluish hue. It's definitely noticeable.
Surprisingly, the RGB color curves did not suffer too much. The blue channel is a little unsteady, but there weren't any terrible problems. Well done, Panasonic.
The Panasonic Viera TC-P55VT30's 3D colors matched up pretty well to the 2D color gamut. The 3D colors are a little undersaturated by comparison, but the consistency is impressive.
In 3D TVs, the screen sends different pictures to each eye. Any information that ends up in the wrong eye is called crosstalk. The Panasonic Viera TC-P55VT30 had a noticeable amount of crosstalk, particularly in high contrast areas. White on black is the toughest for the TV, and lets in a noticeable amount of crosstalk. It also did poorly with green on black. Though the crosstalk actually scored worse than Panasonic TC-PxxST30 series, a cheaper 3D TV in the 2011 line, it still better than most LCD 3D televisions. So far, we've seen plasmas consistently perform better in this test.
The Panasonic Viera TC-P55VT30 ship with one pair of 3D glasses, which is nice, but almost surely clinches Panasonic another $150 when you buy the second pair. Really, who's going to watch 3D TV alone at all times? Even the loneliest TV owners will invite the neighbors over to be amazed at the wacky antics of Monsters versus Aliens 3D.
The glasses are pretty large, though they're blessedly smaller than last year's versions. They will fit over prescription glasses, but it's not the most comfortable.
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