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Samsung UE55D7000 v Panasonic TX-P55VT30B


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I'm in the market for a 55" TV for a new TV room I am building. The room will be fairly dark (on purpose).

I will be using the TV mostly for watching TV, HD content TV, Blu-ray movies, DVDs and internet streamed movies (e.g. Lovefilm). I am not a gamer.

Before I started looking, my main priorities were:

1. picture quality in 2D (for both SD and HD content)

2. internet services (e.g. YouTube, Lovefilm, iPlayer etc)

I was blown away in store watching the Samsung and am due to go see the Panasonic today but suspect that the picture won't be quite as "wow".

A bit concerned that Panasonic's Viera Connect isn't quite as comprehensive as Samsung's Smart TV and would appreciate any comments in this regard.

I am not particularly bothered about 3D though if it is a 3D TV then I would want it to do 3D well. It seems that all the best TVs that offer internet services are also 3D.

I am not fussed about depth of the TV unit itseld or the size of the bezel as it will be recessed into the wall anyway and so will be flush to the wall and pretty discrete.

Sound is not a major issue either as I am installing a 5.1 surround system so sound will not come from the TV itself.

Also not bothered about the remote control (which I understand the Samsung has been criticised for) as the entire AV system will be controlled from a single Control4 remote anyway.

Any tips gratefully received.




Standard Member
Hmm. Does anyone have a view? The other TV I'm considering is the Samsung PS51D8000 as it has Samsung's Smart TV internet connectivity but with a plasma screen.

Really would appreciate any tips.


Distinguished Member
Why no wow factor with the VT30? I had it with my V20.:) I'd go with the VT30 plasma over a full LED set myself, it depends on what you want the set for though. Where are you demoing the VT30? This plasma probably wont be as bright, so if viewing in Currys etc you may not get the best idea of what the set can do. Richer sounds, Sevenoaks or a specialist store are the best places to demo plasma.

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