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Panasonic TX-P42VT30B review

Sophisticated 3D plasma TV with superb performance and extensive multimedia capability

Panasonic tx p42vt30b

Sound

The TX-P42VT30B's separate woofer produces a slight increase in bass power, but the mid-range is slightly cramped and the audio has a disappointing lack of overall muscle.

Value


At first glance, the £1,500 TX-P42VT30B looks scarily expensive for a 42-inch TV; it costs £500 more than, say, LG's 42LW550T passive 3D TV, which comes with seven pairs of 3D specs.

Compare it to the inferior TX-P42GT30B (currently retailing for about £1,150 with no supplied 3D glasses or Wi-Fi dongles), though and the extra £350 suddenly looks like money well spent.

Ease of use

Operation is straightforward for such a sophisticated set. The attractively minimalist remote is well laid out and comfortable in the palm and a stylish red backlight picks out the main keys to aid its use in dark rooms.

The interface is clean, logical and rather jollier than Panasonic's previous efforts, but it still seems dour compared to LG's or Samsung's.

The biggest problem concerns the Viera Connect interface, which doesn't present many options on screen at once, forcing you to wade through multiple layers of sub menus.

Tech Specs

Product TypePlasma TV
Scan Format1080p
Standard Refresh Rate50 Hz
Digital TunerDVB-S2, DVB-T (MPEG4)
Analog TunerPAL
Video Signal StandardHDTV 1080p
Number of HDMI Ports4
Number of SCART Interfaces1
Product FamilyViera VT30
3D Type3D
Brand NamePanasonic
Screen Size106.7 cm (42")
Aspect Ratio16:9
Green CompliantYes
Green Compliance Certificate/AuthorityREACH
Memory Card ReaderYes
EthernetYes
Wireless LANYes
Ethernet TechnologyEthernet
USBYes
HDMIYes
Weight with Stand (Approximate)27 kg
Operating Power Consumption350 W
Standby Power Consumption300 mW
RMS Output Power12 W
Electronic Program GuideYes
DLNA CertifiedYes
HeadphoneYes
Digital Audio OutputYes
Height with Stand664 mm
Width with Stand1018 mm
Depth with Stand320 mm
CI+Yes
Composite VideoYes
Component VideoYes
SCARTYes
Teletext Memory1500
3D ConversionYes
Motion Interpolation TechnologyIntelligent Frame Creation Pro
Enhanced Refresh Rate600 Hz
Memory Card SupportedSecure Digital (SD)
Height630 mm
Width1018 mm
Depth50 mm
Sound SystemVirtual Surround Sound, DTS, Dolby Digital Plus
Product SeriesVT30
Maximum Resolution1920 x 1080
Colour Depth68.7 Billion Colors (12-bit)
FeaturesChild Lock, Picture in Picture, Picture and Picture (PAP), Picture and Text (PAT), PC Streaming, Media Player, Web Content Access, Teletext
ManufacturerPanasonic
Product ModelTX-P42VT30B
Product NameViera TX-P42VT30B Plasma TV
Product LineViera
Manufacturer Part NumberTXP42VT30B
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.panasonic.co.uk
Marketing Information

The viewing experience has never been so lifelike and compelling as it is with Panasonic's 3D Technology. The fast switching phosphors used in the Neo Plasma panels and an original light-emitting process minimise crosstalk (double images) to deliver clear 3D images and ensure comfortable viewing. This technology also helps to improve 2D picture quality.

The 600Hz Sub-field Drive in VIERA plasma TVs teams up with Intelligent Frame Creation Pro technology to deliver smooth, fluid, on-screen motion. By using an intelligent algorithm within the picture processing based on motion detection, the best combination of frames is created to deliver ultra crisp sports, film and game action.

Package Contents
  • Viera TX-P42VT30B Plasma TV
  • 2 x Pairs of 3D Eye wear
  • Wireless LAN Adaptor
SpeakersYes
Limited Warranty1 Year
Weight (Approximate)23.50 kg