panasonic tx-p50vt30b

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.

We liked

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.

We disliked

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.

Final verdict

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.