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Panasonic TX-P50GT30B review

Breathtakingly accomplished 3D plasma with cloud-based apps capability

Panasonic tx p50gt30b

Sound

The design compromise created by the bulge of a decently sized pair of speakers in the TX-P50GT30B proves worthwhile, as the TV produces a louder, more open and more detailed soundstage than most skinny TVs. There's no hint of distortion at sensible to loud volumes, either.

However, there's still not quite enough extension to the dynamic range – especially at the bass end – to enable the soundstage to excel.

Value

To some extent, £1,800 doesn't seem like too high a price to pay for a TV as feature-laden and, above all, accomplished as the TX-P50GT30B. Indeed, it's hard to imagine a better quality 50-inch TV coming along this generation.

However, its value story is undoubtedly damaged by the fact that no 3D glasses are included with the TV (meaning a family of four will have to add another £400 or so to the asking price) and the knowledge that LG's flagship 47-inch passive 3D TV, the 47LW650T, is going to sell for only just over £1,300, complete with seven pairs of free glasses.

Ease of use

Panasonic's remotes this year are solid enough, combining a large but comfortable form, well spaced and clearly labelled buttons, one-key access to the most important features and a mostly logical layout.

The brand's onscreen menus are better too, thanks to the minor, but much appreciated introduction of a few graphics to break the monotony of loads of text and the moving of the IFC/Smooth Film modes into the main Picture menu.

Some may take issue with the way you have to activate the TV's 'Advanced' mode to access its colour and gamma controls, but it's not a big deal really, and stops casual users accessing things they might mess up.

The only serious issue with the TX-P50GT30B's operating system is that the Viera Connect interface, while clearly presented, is not particularly effective when required to handle a large volume of apps.

Tech Specs

Product TypePlasma TV
Scan Format1080p
Standard Refresh Rate50 Hz
Digital TunerDVB-T (MPEG4), DVB-S2
Analog TunerPAL
Video Signal StandardHDTV 1080p
Number of HDMI Ports4
Number of SCART Interfaces1
Product FamilyViera GT30
3D Type3D
Brand NamePanasonic
Screen Size127 cm (50")
Aspect Ratio16:9
Green CompliantYes
Green Compliance Certificate/AuthorityREACH
EthernetYes
Ethernet TechnologyEthernet
USBYes
HDMIYes
Weight with Stand (Approximate)29.50 kg
Operating Power Consumption400 W
Standby Power Consumption300 mW
RMS Output Power20 W
Electronic Program GuideYes
DLNA CertifiedYes
HeadphoneYes
Digital Audio OutputYes
Height with Stand753 mm
Width with Stand1177 mm
Depth with Stand335 mm
CI+Yes
Composite VideoYes
Component VideoYes
SCARTYes
Teletext Memory1000
3D ConversionYes
USB RecordingYes
Motion Interpolation TechnologyIntelligent Frame Creation Pro
Enhanced Refresh Rate600 Hz
Height718 mm
Width1177 mm
Depth58 mm
Sound SystemVirtual Surround Sound, Dolby Digital Plus, DTS
Product SeriesGT30
Maximum Resolution1920 x 1080
Colour Depth68.7 Billion Colors (12-bit)
FeaturesPicture and Text (PAT), Child Lock, Teletext, Web Content Access, Media Player, PC Streaming
ManufacturerPanasonic
Product ModelTX-P50GT30B
Product NameViera TX-P50GT30B Plasma TV
Product LineViera
Manufacturer Part NumberTXP50GT30B
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.

SpeakersYes
Limited Warranty1 Year
Weight (Approximate)25.50 kg