Panasonic TX-P42VT30B review

Sophisticated 3D plasma TV with superb performance and extensive multimedia capability

Panasonic TX-P42VT30B
This TV is proof Plasma TVs are still very much alive and kicking

TechRadar Verdict


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    Unrivalled picture performance

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    Ships with two pairs of 3D glasses

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    Wi-Fi dongle included


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    Expensive for a 42-inch TV

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    Extra contrast filter can make its pictures a little dim

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    Some judder with 50Hz video

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The Panasonic TX-P42VT30B looks terrifyingly good on paper.

The 42-inch plasma improves on the exceptional GT30 series by adding an extra filter to the screen structure to improve black reproduction and ships with two pairs of active shutter 3D glasses, plus a USB dongle for Wi-Fi.

The latter two items, if bought separately, will set you back around £300, which immediately accounts for the price difference between the TX-P42VT30B and its GT30-suffixed counterpart.

The TX-P42VT30B also boasts a more powerful audio system than the GT30 models, complete with a separate boxed woofer on its rear and adds recording to SD card from its built-in Freesat HD and Freeview HD tuners.

The TX-P42VT30B is the smallest set in the VT30 range. Above it can be found the 50-inch TX-P50VT30B and two super-sized models, the 55-inch TX-P55VT30B and 65-inch TX-P65VT30B.

If you fancy getting your hands on Panasonic's 3D plasma prowess without spending as much money, the ST30 range sports the same panel technology as the GT30s, but does away with integrated recording, DLNA network support and THX certification and sports a markedly less sleek design.

John Archer
AV Technology Contributor

John has been writing about home entertainment technology for more than two decades - an especially impressive feat considering he still claims to only be 35 years old (yeah, right). In that time he’s reviewed hundreds if not thousands of TVs, projectors and speakers, and spent frankly far too long sitting by himself in a dark room.