December 21, 2011
| by EH Staff
The flood of 3D TVs this year didn’t exactly sent consumers clamoring for a new set. Love or hate the technology, there are a lot of great 3D TVs out there—which also make great 2D TVs. Even better, the premium to have a 3D TV has been dropping over the past few months. If you’re looking for a new set, you can stop somewhere in the middle of the Panasonic VT30 Series.
Panasonic has had a fairly rough year, sales-wise. However, this was quite the shining star for the company. Available in 55- and 65-inch sizes, the VT30 Series uses active 3D technology. To date, this is the best type of 3D you can buy, since it promises a full 1080p resolution to each eye. Other nice 3D features include THX 3D certification and 2D-to-3D conversion. It also comes with one pair of 3D glasses so that 3D viewing (or fistfights) can commence right out of the box.
Of course, both VT30 sets also deliver 2D viewing—stellar 2D viewing, in fact. Besides the 1080p, this line also features the Infinite Black Pro 2 panel, “fast switching phosphors,” 600Hz sub-field motion drive technology, and VIERA Link support. There’s also plenty of ways to add to the entertainment experience, via three USB ports and four HDMI inputs or the manufacturer’s VIERA Connect feature. VIERA Connect is new for 2011, adding instant access to web-based services, such as Netflix, VUDU, YouTube, Skype, Pandora, and more.
What the Manufacturer Says
“Panasonic uses full-HD sequential playback to achieve a level of reality that far exceeds conventional 3D systems. Called the Frame Sequential Method, it’s the same method that is used in Hollywood’s 3D films. It reflects our commitment to 3D imaging detail. Separate images recorded in 1920 x 1080-pixel resolution for both the left and right eyes are alternately displayed at the ultra-high speed of 120 frames per second. Viewing them with high-precision 3D Eyewear produces 3D images in full-HD quality.”
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Reviews and Ratings from Around the Web
1080p 3D plasma HDTV
Includes 3D glasses
Plenty of web-based entertainment
On the expensive side
Outward appearance could be better
“If Panasonic’s claim about its black-level stability holds true, allowing it to outdo the 2010 models after a few months of age, the VT30 is the blackest plasma we’ve tested since the Pioneer Kuro (but the Kuro is still better)... if you want the best picture regardless of cost, the Panasonic TC-PVT30 series is our No. 1 pick this year.”
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“The VT30 offers exceptional resolution. If you don’t see resolution that’s second to none on any of these sets when they’re properly calibrated, you need either better source material or better glasses.”
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Sound + Vision
“It’s true that the TC-P55VT30 is pricey when compared with other plasmas in its size range, and its THX mode could stand to be more accurate. But on the whole, I found watching both 2D and 3D movies on Panasonic’s plasma to be a highly satisfying experience, which is what matters most.”
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What Electronic House Says
The VT30 Series is currently at the top of the Panasonic heap. As a result, it carries a hefty MSRP of $3,999.95. This may seem like a lot, considering the flood of TV deals we’ve seen, especially during the holiday season. Not to worry; the VT Series can be found for less as well (at last peek, the 55-incher was $2,149.98 on Amazon). That said, the old adage of “you get what you pay for” certainly applies here. The Panasonic VT30 Series is the type of TV you dream about: It has all of the bells and whistles, as well as an eye-popping performance that sets it apart from the many 3D and 2D TVs released this year.
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