Panasonic TC-LDT50

The Good The Panasonic DT50 series performs moderately well in 3D with less crosstalk than some rivals. The onboard wireless and full complement of video services will please Smart TV fans. The thin bezel and metallic finish is distinctive if a bit retro.

The Bad This TV's picture quality is below average, especially considering the high price. Black levels are some of the lightest we've ever seen and shadow detail is washed out. Colors are inaccurate and undersaturated, the screen reflects too much ambient light, and uniformity is poor.

The Bottom Line Panasonic's DT50 series of LED TVs is among the worst we've seen this year, and can't hold a candle to the company's plasmas.

Editors' Rating
  • Design 7.0
  • Features 7.0
  • Performance 4.0
  • Value 3.0
4.4 Overall

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Review

Panasonic TC-LDT50

One of my favorite reviews of all time was for a David Lee Roth solo record from the 90's called "A Little Ain't Enough." In reference to the title, and the quality of the record, the music reviewer replied with just two words. Just two. Unfortunately there cannot just be a single, pithy one-liner for the Panasonic DT50 LCD TV, but it can't be all that bad, right? My words, as were the Rolling Stone reviewer's at the time, are: "Wanna bet?"

Panasonic offers LCD TVs in order to appeal to plasma-phobes, but for a TV as expensive and poorly performing as the DT50, I've got to wonder if the effort is worth it. The DT50 is plagued by poor black levels and an uneven color response, which makes it difficult to watch in a dark room. Conversely, its glossy screen means that in a well-lit room it's too reflective to enjoy completely.

On the upside the TV does come with a full complement of video apps, and the 3D performance is better than our current 2D star, the (plasma) Panasonic ST50. But this is where it stops. The ST50 is just so damned good I can't see why you'd pass it over to get this TV. The 55-inch DT50 is a full $1,000 more expensive (!) than the identically sized ST50 and yet performs worse than even a $500 TV like the TCL L40FHDF12TA. As a result, the Panasonic DT50 is a TV you can safely avoid.

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Specs / Prices

  • MSRP $2,499
  • Brand Panasonic
  • Type LED-LCD
  • Diagonal Class 55 in
  • HDMI Ports Qty 4 ports
  • Display Format 1080p
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model Panasonic TC-L55DT50

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