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Panasonic TX-P50VT30B review

Is this the best home cinema plasma TV around?

panasonic tx p50vt30b

Sound

A slim fellow indeed, the Panasonic TX-P50VT30B nevertheless has relatively advanced audio chops. Two 6W speakers are supported by a 10W subwoofer, itself a rare thing on a flatscreen TV of any flavour. It helps to create something approaching acceptable sound; V-Audio Pro Surround does widen the soundstage and add some oomph to movie soundtracks.

Still, the sound definitely doesn't match the image magic, and we'll mention once again the rule of thumb that dictates spending at least the same amount on an audio setup as a TV.

Value

Despite being twice as expensive as the brand's entry-level 3D plasmas, the Panasonic TX-P50VT30B isn't twice as good. It's all about build quality and ultimate picture performance, and it succeeds with both of those aims, but there are other options.

Samsung and LG make far cheaper plasma TVs, as does Panasonic itself, although none get close to the Panasonic TX-P50VT30B's performance.

With Philips and Toshiba also on the 'passive' 3D bandwagon, there's a battle on for the 3D living room, but for now it's active shutter 3D plasmas like the Panasonic TX-P50VT30B that are best suited to home cinemas.

Tech Specs

Product TypePlasma TV
Scan Format1080p
Standard Refresh Rate50 Hz
Digital TunerDVB-T (MPEG4), DVB-S2
Analog TunerNTSC, PAL, SECAM
Video Signal StandardHDTV 1080p
Number of HDMI Ports3
Number of SCART Interfaces1
Product FamilyViera VT30
3D Type3D
Brand NamePanasonic
Screen Size127 cm (50")
Aspect Ratio16:9
Green CompliantYes
Green Compliance Certificate/AuthorityREACH
Memory Card ReaderYes
EthernetYes
Ethernet TechnologyEthernet
USBYes
HDMIYes
Weight with Stand (Approximate)35 kg
Operating Power Consumption410 W
Standby Power Consumption300 mW
RMS Output Power12 W
Electronic Program GuideYes
DLNA CertifiedYes
HeadphoneYes
Digital Audio OutputYes
Height with Stand768 mm
Width with Stand1202 mm
Depth with Stand335 mm
CI+Yes
Composite VideoYes
Component VideoYes
SCARTYes
Teletext Memory1500
3D ConversionYes
USB RecordingYes
Motion Interpolation TechnologyIntelligent Frame Creation Pro
Enhanced Refresh Rate600 Hz
Memory Card SupportedSecure Digital (SD)
Height733 mm
Width1202 mm
Depth50 mm
Sound SystemDolby Digital Plus, DTS, Virtual Surround Sound
Product SeriesVT30
Maximum Resolution1920 x 1080
Colour Depth68.7 Billion Colors (12-bit)
FeaturesChild Lock, Picture and Text (PAT), Picture and Picture (PAP), Picture in Picture, PC Streaming, Media Player, Web Content Access, Teletext
ManufacturerPanasonic
Product ModelTX-P50VT30B
Product NameViera TX-P50VT30B Plasma TV
Product LineViera
Manufacturer Part NumberTXP50VT30B
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-P50VT30B Plasma TV
  • 2 x Pairs of 3D Eyewear
SpeakersYes
Limited Warranty1 Year
Weight (Approximate)31 kg