Face-Off: Viera TX-P50VT50 vs Viera TX-P50ST50B vs Aquos LC-60LE636E


Panasonic Viera TX-P50VT50 Panasonic Viera TX-P50ST50B Sharp Aquos LC-60LE636E
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Panasonic Viera TX-P50VT50
Overview - Full review
Panasonic Viera TX-P50ST50B
Overview - Full review
Sharp Aquos LC-60LE636E
Overview - Full review
Price
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Panasonic Viera TX-P50VT50
Panasonic Viera TX-P50ST50B
Sharp Aquos LC-60LE636E
Score
5/5
5/5
4/5
Design
4/5 4/5
2D Image Quality
5/5 5/5
3D Image Quality
5/5 5/5
Clouding
5/5 5/5
Audio
3/5 3/5
Power Use
2/5 1/5
User Score
5/5 (2)
5/5 (11)
4/5 (10)
Specifications
Specifications
Screen size 50 inches
Resolution 1920 x 1080 pixels
HD compatibility (1080i/720p) Yes / Yes
HD Ready certification Yes
Brightness NC
Contrast ratio 6000000 :1
Viewing angles (H+V) NC
Response time 0.001 ms
Sound level (8 train speakers) x 2 + Woofer
Connectivity HDMI (x4), Scart, Component, Composite
Dimensions (LxHxW) 1171 x 754 x 335 mm
Weight 29.5 kg
Type Plasma
3D yes
Specifications
Screen size 50 inches
Resolution 1920 x 1080 pixels
HD compatibility (1080i/720p) Yes / Yes
HD Ready certification Yes
Brightness NC
Contrast ratio 55000000 :1
Viewing angles (H+V) NC
Response time 0.001 ms
Sound level (8 train speakers) x 2 + Woofer
Connectivity HDMI (x3), SCART, Component, Composite
Dimensions (LxHxW) 1180 x 757 x 335 mm
Weight 27 kg
Type Plasma
3D yes
Specifications
Screen size 60 inches
Resolution 1920 x 1080 pixels
HD compatibility (1080i/720p) Yes / Yes
HD Ready certification Yes
Brightness NC
Contrast ratio NC
Viewing angles (H+V) NC
Response time NC
Sound level 2 x 10 W
Connectivity HDMI (x4), VGA, SCART, Component, Composite
Dimensions (LxHxW) 1383 x 871 x 333 cm
Weight 32.599998 kg
Type LCD
3D no
Conclusion
The VT50 takes Panasonic's top-end plasma into 2012 with style! Like its predecessors, it delivers near-perfect picture quality even if it isn't immune from the usual drawbacks of plasma technology (weight, power use). It's THE must-have TV for home cinema fans.
The Panasonic Viera ST50 really has nothing to envy of the higher-end VT50. In fact, image quality is just as good in this model. We therefore don't see much point in shelling out for the pricier model, as the ST50 won't disappoint home cinema buffs.
The Sharp LC-60LE636E is a good giant TV. It will be a big hit with most viewers, but real Home Cinema fans will probably prefer a plasma TV to avoid problems like clouding, an uneven performance across the whole surface of the screen and slightly disappointing viewing angles.
Pros

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Good 2D and 3D picture quality

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High contrast: 3400:1

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Very wide viewing angles

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Colour fidelity: average Delta E 2.8

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3D: practically no crosstalk (right and left images overlapping)

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Two pairs of 3D glasses supplied

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Contrast over 5000:1

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Very wide viewing angles

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Excellent screen responsiveness (6 ms on average)

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Accurate colours: average Delta E = 3

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Excellent 3D mode: practically no crosstalk

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Excellent contrast ratio and deep blacks: 4900:1 and 0.03 cd/m²

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Excellent responsiveness: average ghosting time of 8.5 ms

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Decent colour reproduction: average deltaE: 3.9

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Semi-glossy panel keeps most reflections in check

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Low energy consumption: 100 W

Cons

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Glossy screen: prone to reflections

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High power use: 262 watts

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Plastic stand

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Glossy screen is prone to reflections

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High power use: 280 watts

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Some slight clouding on the unit we tested

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Media player doesn't support many container formats

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Mediocre remote