While the Magnolia/Best Buy VT20 series 3D displays from Panasonic have been available for a little over a month now, the mass-market equivalent VT25 series will be rolling on to store shelves and into homes starting in early May.
The first models available will be the 50-inch and 54-inch versions, while 58-inch and 65-inch sizes will trickle out later in June. Tech specs for the whole series, along with 2D plasma and LCD products, can be found at www.Panasonic.com.
SRPs on the TC-P50VT25 50-inch model and TC-P54VT25 54-inch model are $2,599 and $2,999, respectively, with availability the week of May 3. There’s not specific date, but the $3,399 TC-P58VT25 58-inch set and $4,299 TC-P65VT25 65-incher are due in June, according to Panasonic.
The display manufacturer lists features as:
Full HD 3D Technology –- VT25 Series features new, faster screen phosphors (short-stroke) which, when coupled with the VIERA VT25’s 600Hz sub-field drive, outputs alternating imagery at 60 frames per second to each eye.
Active Shutter Eyewear—All Panasonic VIERA VT25 Series models come with one pair of Panasonic 3D Active Shutter Eyewear (TY-EW3D10U). Additional pairs of Panasonic 3D Eyewear are available at retail with an SRP of $149.95.
Infinite Black Pro Panel –- A new phosphor technology that produces deep blacks (5,000,000:1 native contrast) and vivid images with minimal reflection.
THX Certified Display—Ensures that every Panasonic Full HD 3D TV displays motion pictures and TV content with the quality and color palette that the director intended.
VIERA CAST WiFi with Skype—Gives viewers the ability to access feature films plus information and communication offerings including Amazon Video on Demand, Bloomberg News, Fox Sports, Netflix, and Skype.
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