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Overall, Panasonic's first 3D TV doesn't disappoint. As a regular 2D plasma it's very good, and in 3D mode it delivers a smoother, more involving experience than (say) Samsung's 6000-series 3D LCD models.
If you're looking for a state-of the-art viewing experience, it demands to be seen.
The smoothness and clarity of 3D on this plasma is better than any we've seen on rival sets to date (although it must be said that it's early days for 3D generally).
The glasses are not the most comfortable in the world, and they chop out an immense amount of light, but the wow factor of 3D is undeniable. Perhaps more significantly, this is also a darn good 2D hi-def screen. Technically accomplished, it's great with both Blu-ray and standard def sources.
Most of our caveats are little more than nit-picking. It's high-time Panasonic got to grips with the look and logic of its user interface.
Most of its competitors have adopted rich, understandable designs which enhance the user experience. There's work to be done here. The audio also makes a good argument for budgeting in a separate sound system.
The TX-P50VT20 is an altogether superior telly that will thrill plasma technology aficionados.
Even without the embellishment of 3D, it delivers a great HD picture (although you will need to tinker to extract the best from it).
Network connectivity is fine and the brand's online content portal also shows promise. Ultimately though, this review is all about 3D – and when it comes to exploring the third dimension, this is the screen everyone else now has to beat.
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Steve has been writing about AV and home cinema since the dawn of time, or more accurately, since the glory days of VHS and Betamax. He has strong opinions on the latest TV technology, Hi-Fi and Blu-ray/media players, and likes nothing better than to crank up his ludicrously powerful home theatre system to binge-watch TV shows.
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