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Panasonic brings plasma technology to its peak with the TC-P55ST50, an outstanding 3D plasma TV with a price tag well within reach of many consumers. Though Panasonic showed it was very much invested in LED TV at CES 2012, most of the consumer industry recognizes that the company hitched its wagon to plasma technology a long time ago. As a leader in plasma TV, we tend to count on Panasonic to come up with new, exciting developments on this aging technology, lest it be brushed aside by the allure of micro-thin, feather-light LED-backlit TVs (even if they do suffer from inferior picture quality). But where do you go with plasma TV now that it is coming in thinner and lighter than ever before? Well, if you're Panasonic, you make them brighter with even smoother motion.At CES this year, Panasonic claimed it cleared the drawing board and built its 2012 plasma TVs from the ground up to make them 50 percent brighter than last year's models and with smoother fast-motion performance than ever before. In our Panasonic TC-P55ST50 review, we take a look at where Panasonic has taken plasma for 2012 and determine whether its product revamp has yielded valuable results.As we'll explain in our setup section, handling this 55-inch plasma is a two-person proposition. Though plasma displays have lightened up considerably over the past few years, they haven't managed to get past the fact that quality glass is a bit hefty. As such, this TV comes in at 61.8 pounds spread out over approximately 30.5 x 50.7 x 2.5 (H x W x D, in inches).
Panasonic plasma HDTVs have a well-deserved reputation for producing very dark black levels, and the TC-P55ST50 continues that trend. The 55-inch plasma panel not only delivers inky blacks, it's out of the box color accuracy is outstanding too. At $1,699.99 (list) it's not exactly a steal, but it's not quite as expensive as our reigning Editors' Choice plasma, last year's Samsung PN51D8000 ($2,299.99, 4 stars). The TC-P55ST50 is 3D ready, but it doesn't include glasses, which means you'll have to shell out upwards of $300 for active shutter 3D glasses for a family of four. You'll also pay more to run this set, since like many plasmas, it's not particularly energy efficient. Design and FeaturesWith the TC-P55ST50 Panasonic moves away from the glossy black bezel design used on earlier models, including the Panasonic P50GT30 ($1,199.99, 3.5 stars) we reviewed last year. This time around the panel is framed by dark gray bezels with a slice of clear trim around the outer edge. A silver brushed aluminum base complements the cabinet and gives the set a touch of elegance. The stand does a fine job of supporting the 61-pound cabinet, but it doesn't swivel. Behind the right-hand bezel are power, channel, and volume controls and an input select button that doubles as a menu button when you press and hold it.