Panasonic TX-P50VT20 review

The 3D Panasonic VT20 is here, and it doesn't disappoint

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If the set does have an obvious Achilles heal, it's with audio. Like so many other thin-screens it struggles to deliver a pleasing, rounded sound.

Back this year are the bamboo drivers last seen on Panasonic TVs two years ago, but they have a limited opportunity to push air. We'd still be looking to budget a separate sound system to bolster our viewing.

Value

In terms of value, the £2,000 price tag looks surprisingly good for what you get. It's certainly highly competitive with other 3D sets – perhaps even better value than most.

Ease of use

When it comes to ease-of-use, the P50VT20 is perhaps not as straightforward as Panasonic likes to think it is. The menu system – which looks much the same as Panasonic TV menus have looked for years – is clunky, with options coming and going depending on what mode/setting you've engaged elsewhere.

The result is the Butterfly Effect in EPG form and will almost certainly have you scratching you're head. Tweakers can go deep into the picture parameter menus, and there is provision for ISFccc calibration.

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Tech Specs

Product TypePlasma TV
Scan Format1080p
Standard Refresh Rate50 Hz
Digital TunerDVB-S2, DVB-T (MPEG4), DVB-C (MPEG4)
Analog TunerPAL, NTSC, SECAM
Video Signal StandardHDTV 1080p
Number of HDMI Ports4
Number of SCART Interfaces2
Product FamilyViera
3D Type3D
Brand NamePanasonic
Screen Size127 cm (50")
Aspect Ratio16:9
EthernetYes
Ethernet TechnologyEthernet
USBYes
HDMIYes
Weight with Stand (Approximate)30.50 kg
Operating Power Consumption425 W
Standby Power Consumption400 mW
Dynamic Contrast Ratio5,000,000:1
RMS Output Power30 W
Electronic Program GuideYes
DLNA CertifiedYes
VGAYes
HeadphoneYes
Digital Audio OutputYes
Height with Stand810 mm
Width with Stand1224 mm
Depth with Stand335 mm
Number of Common Interface1
CI+Yes
Composite VideoYes
Component VideoYes
SCARTYes
Teletext Memory1500
3D TechnologyShutter
USB RecordingYes
3D Glasses RequiredYes
Enhanced Refresh Rate100 Hz
Height771 mm
Width1224 mm
Depth90 mm
ColourBlack
Sound SystemDolby Digital Plus, Surround Sound
Maximum Resolution1920 x 1080
FeaturesMedia Player, PC Streaming, Picture in Picture, Picture and Picture (PAP), Picture and Text (PAT), Child Lock, Web Content Access, Teletext
ManufacturerPanasonic
Product ModelTX-P50VT20
Product NameViera TX-P50VT20 Plasma TV
Product LineViera
Manufacturer Part NumberTXP50VT20B
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.panasonic.co.uk
SpeakersYes
Weight (Approximate)27.50 kg