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Panasonic TH-P50GT50D (GT50) Plasma TV Review


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#1 Arun

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Posted 31 May 2012 - 04:29 AM

Got the Panasonic TH-P50GT50D (50 inch) Plasma TV yesterday. It is the 2012 edition under the "Smart Viera" branding. I am upgrading from a Samsung 32" LCD TV which is over a couple of years old. I opted for Plasma since it has better color saturation when I compared different TVs in showrooms. GT30 was a great buy for 2011 as per many reviews, so I went for the GT50 as soon as it was launched in India as the reviews in other countries like US had only good things to say about it. Panasonic launched the 2012 models this month (14th) and stock is now available with dealers.

The MRP mentioned in the sticker is Rs.1,38,900 and I got it for Rs.1,15,000 with 1 extra free 3D glass (2 * 3D glasses are included - so total 3). The dealer also gave me a Casio keyboard as a free gift.

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Model number for the included free glass is TY-EW3D4MA and the additional free glass is model number is TY-EW3D2MA. TY-EW3D4MA is cell battery operated while the TY-EW3D2MA is rechargeable using the USB cable.

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The remote control looks nice and feels good:

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The base stand was easy to setup with instructions clearly mentioned in the manual

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HDMI and USB ports are on the side:

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VGA port and Composite Video ports are a bit awkwardly placed:

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Composite cable has to be connected using a connector cable which is included:

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Overall the design looks good

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The picture quality for high definition content was excellent and I have checked using AirTel Digital TV HD STB, PS3, Xbox and PC.

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Standard Definition channels were (obviously) not-so-good, just what you would expect anyway

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3D was great and I have tried a couple of stereoscopic 3D games (Uncharted 3 on PS3 & Batman Arkham City on Xbox) which looked very good. I also tried a Blu-ray 3D movie (Transformers: Dark of the moon) which was fantastic to see on 3D. Unfortunately there is no way to take any pics of the 3D in action to post here.

I haven't noticed any burn-in yet though I will be doing the initial break-in procedure for about 100 hours. Dealers may say that new Plasma TVs don't require it but to be safe it is better to do it.

The out-of-the-box settings were fine though it needs to be tweaked according to the content you are watching. The THX Cinema mode is excellent for watching movies. I have to do further picture setting tweaks after the break-in period.

"Viera Connect" (internet based feature) is amazing and I spent more time checking them out than tweaking the picture quality settings. When you start the internet mode (I had also selected WiFi network during the initial setup) it would check for the latest firmware version (for Viera Connect) and there is a new version already:

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It took about 20 minutes on my 4 mbps connection:

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That would take you to the Internet menu with apps:

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Few apps are installed by default including the Panasonic Viera social networking app where you can add Twitter and Facebook accounts. This app allows you to watch the TV program alongside the Twitter/Facebook content:

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YouTube works well and you can login to your YouTube account as well:

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YouTube video being played that I had uploaded earlier:

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#2 Arun

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Posted 31 May 2012 - 04:36 AM

Shoutcast Radio app:

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Viera Connect Market has many apps that you can install and the icon will appear in the home screen.

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There are dedicated Facebook and Twitter apps as well:

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The browser app even plays flash videos:

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The Media Player can play images, videos and music from USB drive. Many formats are supported too.

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I have also installed the Viera Remote app on my iPad (get it from the Apple App Store) and it even automatically detected the TV as both are connected to the same wireless network:

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Controlling the TV including typing through the iPad is fun!

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So that's it for now. I have to check out the Media Server and Viera Link features tomorrow and will try to update this post about it as well ;)
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Posted 31 May 2012 - 08:42 AM

man this is ****ing great stuff !! ...

post a 3D video screenshot too!

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Posted 31 May 2012 - 10:10 AM

Congratulations Arun.

It is wonderful Plasma with appreciations all over.

Price is good too. Enjoy. :)

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Posted 31 May 2012 - 10:15 AM

Nice review
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Posted 31 May 2012 - 10:49 AM

Congrats Arun.
Superb detailed review. Great pictures.
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Posted 31 May 2012 - 10:58 AM

Nice Review Arun Sir

Congrats for your new TV

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Posted 31 May 2012 - 11:28 AM

great product, arun sir

really stunning quality pics on plasma.

also great experince for xbox and ps with 3D.

u havnt posted picture of keyboard?

it is wireless keyboard meant for only TV?
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Posted 31 May 2012 - 11:36 AM

Congrats Mr. Arun!

How did you convince @Home to spend lot of money for a TV - if you can share, it will be helpful :)

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Posted 31 May 2012 - 12:49 PM

This definitely deserves a separate REVIEW topic. Please create.

There you go :biggrinthumb:


post a 3D video screenshot too!

I wish I could, but how??


u havnt posted picture of keyboard?

it is wireless keyboard meant for only TV?

No, it is a piano-keyboard, nothing related to the TV - hence I did not post. The higher end VT series has a Touch pad included (functions like the Viera Remote app). ST, GT and VT are the high end Panasonic Plasma TV series with NeoPlasma displays (ST > GT > VT)


How did you convince @Home to spend lot of money for a TV - if you can share, it will be helpful :)

They did not know until I purchased it :P
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Posted 31 May 2012 - 02:31 PM

Observations until now and additional inputs:

In other reviews I have seen people discussing about buzzing noise on Panasonic Plasma TVs. There is a buzzing sound if you go close to the back side of the TV. Anyway it is inaudible when you are not close. Hope the sound doesn't get louder.

If you go very close to the display screen any content which is not 1080p will be very grainy and artifacts are visible. However when you sit back you won't notice it at all. I think it is normal on Plasma TV displays from what I see in many discussion topics. Can anyone with Plasma TVs comment on that? I haven't seen that on LCD/LED. I may have to play around with the picture settings to see if it is something to do with the settings/mode.

When you change the source (HDMI, AV, etc.) it will show both the source details you selected and the actual input details after that. For example if I start a game which is supports 720p it shows the actual source configuration as 720p. AirTel Digital TV STB gives 1080i only, hence it shows:
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Plasma TVs are better viewed in dark lit room since it reflects light too much. However I haven't noticed any problem on this Plasma TV when the light is switched on in the room, thanks to the Infinite Black Pro panel. So I might put away with the plan I had earlier to place a shade on the light in my room. From the Panasonic website:

Deeper Blacks Even in Bright Rooms - Infinite Black Pro
Enhancements to the panel and cells help reproduce images with smooth, natural gradation and deep, rich blacks - even when viewed in bright surroundings.


Panasonic India hasn't updated their website yet and shows 2011 models only. Panasonic US webpage for this model is here: http://shop.panasoni...odel/TC-P55GT50

It has 3 year warranty. Most dealers will give you additional warranty cover for extra cost.
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Posted 31 May 2012 - 04:51 PM

WOW...WOW... that's all I can say about this, it's amazing product with amazing pictures. Many Congrats to you Arun for your purchase. On a light note I should say this page is the slowest web page to load I've seen for long time, it took almost 3-minutes to load in google chrome with my 10MBps beam telecom internet connection :surprise:

I haven't noticed any burn-in yet though I will be doing the initial break-in procedure for about 100 hours. Dealers may say that new Plasma TVs don't require it but to be safe it is better to do it.

May I know what is this burn-in, I've never own a plasma tv so I'm asking this.

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Posted 31 May 2012 - 05:20 PM

May I know what is this burn-in, I've never own a plasma tv so I'm asking this.


A new Plasma display will have very active phosphor which is susceptible to image retention / ghosting / image burn in. When viewing static images for a longer time (even channel logo, etc.) the image gets retained in the screen. So experts recommend to use certain image slides or videos that does not have any static images for the first 100 - 200 hours continuously so that the phosphor would become less active. However nowadays technology has improved and so manufacturers claim that burn-in period is not required now.
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Posted 31 May 2012 - 11:20 PM

Modern TV have Memory array which see if any pixel is drawn with same colour again and again if this happen it switch it off for micro second and again starts it,
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Posted 31 May 2012 - 11:25 PM

amazing buy :)

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