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

Panasonic Viera TX-P50VT50
Panasonic Viera TX-P50VT50
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Panasonic Viera TX-P50VT50
Overview - Full review
Panasonic Viera TX-P50ST50B
Overview - Full review
Sharp Aquos LC-60LE636E
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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 size50 inches
Resolution1920 x 1080 pixels
HD compatibility (1080i/720p)Yes / Yes
HD Ready certificationYes
BrightnessNA
Contrast ratio6000000:1
Viewing angles (H+V)NA
Response time0.001 ms
Sound level(8 train speakers) x 2 + Woofer
ConnectivityHDMI (x4), Scart, Component, Composite
Dimensions (LxHxW)1171 x 754 x 335 mm
Weight29.5 kg
TypePlasma
3Dyes
Specifications
Screen size50 inches
Resolution1920 x 1080 pixels
HD compatibility (1080i/720p)Yes / Yes
HD Ready certificationYes
BrightnessNA
Contrast ratio55000000:1
Viewing angles (H+V)NA
Response time0.001 ms
Sound level(8 train speakers) x 2 + Woofer
ConnectivityHDMI (x3), SCART, Component, Composite
Dimensions (LxHxW)1180 x 757 x 335 mm
Weight27 kg
TypePlasma
3Dyes
Specifications
Screen size60 inches
Resolution1920 x 1080 pixels
HD compatibility (1080i/720p)Yes / Yes
HD Ready certificationYes
BrightnessNA
Contrast ratioNA
Viewing angles (H+V)NA
Response timeNA
Sound level2 x 10 W
ConnectivityHDMI (x4), VGA, SCART, Component, Composite
Dimensions (LxHxW)1383 x 871 x 333 cm
Weight32.6 kg
TypeLCD
3Dno
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