Panasonic's flagship TX-P50VT30B plasma TV is for those who need not make compromises on price or performance - it's one of the most impressive flatscreen TVs yet.
The convincing blacks on show here lend tremendous depth, and there's a vibrant brightness in an otherwise black picture that screams 'home cinema'. Add the lack of judder and blur to decent audio, Viera Connect and a choice of free-to-air digital TV tuners, and the Panasonic TX-P50VT30B is quite a package.
A particularly dark 3D image is our main criticism, with other complaints including a slightly complex remote control, an inconsistent handling of MKV and AVI video files, and the ugly spectre of image retention.
There's online fun, access to free HD broadcasts and a sumptuous design, but at its core the Panasonic TX-P50VT30B plasma TV is the ideal option for anyone after home cinema-grade AV equipment.
An awesome performance with 2D and 3D Blu-ray (although there's room for improvement in the latter) assures it the love of home cinema aficionados, but it's also kind to poor sources, and a better value choice than bigger plasmas in the VT30 Series.