October 05, 2010
| by Rachel Cericola
This is the year of must-see 3D TV. Of course, content is still trickling in s-l-o-w-l-y, but that shouldn’t stop you from getting a sparkly new HDTV.
Panasonic makes some very nice HDTVs, and the VIERA TC-P50VT25 is no exception. This plasma does make for a very nice 2D HDTV, boasting a 1080p picture and bonus content via VIERA Cast. This is Panasonic’s own on-screen service, which features on-demand access to Netflix, YouTube and Picasa Web Albums, Pandora Internet Radio, FOX Sports, and more. (Some subscription fees may apply.)
Also, did we mention that it does 3D? It’s the icing on the cake—which you can actually enjoy right out of the box. Panasonic throws in one pair of those pricey 3D glasses with the purchase price.
What the Manufacturer Says
In addition to providing 3D viewing, the VT25 series of VIERA HDTVs features the enhanced VIERA CAST service with wireless LAN adapter ready on its USB port, video call capability, VIERA Image Viewer to view JPEG digital still images and HD video recorded on an SD Memory Card. It also has VIERA Link, a PC input, two USB Ports, THX certification and THX Movie Mode, 24p cinematic playback, 600Hz Sub-field Drive (produces 1080 TV lines of moving picture resolution), four HDMI connections a RS-232C connection and ISFccc capability. In addition, these TVs feature new phosphor science that allows the TV to switch quicker, providing a smooth 3D image. As with all the Panasonic Plasma HDTVs, the Full HD 3D models have a panel life of up to 100,000 hours and are mercury and lead free.
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Reviews and Ratings from Around the Web
Panasonic VIERA TC-P50VT25
As far as 2D aspects go, it’s hard to dismiss the VIERA. That said, the company makes a lot of nice plasma HDTVs.
Display Quality. Infinite black and noise reduction
Wi-Fi Support. Built-in wireless LAN
VIERA Cast. Has built-in Netflix & YouTube
Cost. Another 3D-ready VIERA is $1,000 less
3D Glasses. Comes with only one pair
Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
“There’s plenty of hype surrounding 3D TV, much of it promulgated by the people at Panasonic, but the main reasons we like the TC-PVT20/25 series so much are contained by the traditional two dimensions. Yes, it beats the one other first-generation 3D-compatible TV we’ve tested, and yes, it actually includes 3D glasses, but with the scarcity of 3D content available today, the need to buy additional, expensive glasses for every family member, and the basic fact that 3D TV isn’t for everyone, we think this TV’s 2D prowess is the main reason to buy it.”
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Home Theater Review
“The TC-P54VT25 has many worthwhile features beyond its 3D ability, but those features are available in other Panasonic models for less money. Panasonic will soon release a lower-priced 3D line, the GT25 Series, but that line only includes screen sizes of 50 and 42 inches. If you want a 3D TV at the larger 54-inch size and prefer Panasonic, the TC-P54VT25 is currently your only option.”
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Rating: 4 out of 5 hearts
“Panasonic has set the bar high for Generation 1 FHD3D TVs. With the exception of the noise reduction and the Auto 3:2 pulldown not functioning (a minor issue, however, and one that should not appear in any 2010 HDTV) the TC-P50V20 is an excellent HDTV and FHD3D TV.”
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What Electronic House Says
Do you need a 3D TV? With the lack of 3D TV content currently available, it’s probably something that most consumers can wait on. However, if you’re buying a new TV anyway, added functionality never hurts.
As far as 2D aspects go, it’s hard to dismiss the VIERA TC-P50VT25. That said, the company makes a lot of nice plasma HDTVs—and TC-P50GT25 is almost exactly the same, at $1,000 less. The most noticeable differences between the two TVs are that the P50GT25 has one less HDMI input, as well as Infinite Black Panel technology (over the Infinite Black Panel Pro). Also, you will need to add in your own glasses on the P50GT25, which should run about $150 per pair.
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Over the past 15 years, Rachel Cericola has covered entertainment, web and technology trends. Check her out at www.rachelcericola.com.