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Panasonic TX-P50VT20 review

The 3D Panasonic VT20 is here, and it doesn't disappoint

TX P50VT20B

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.

We liked:

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.

We disliked:

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.

Verdict:

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.

Tech Specs

Product TypePlasma TV
Scan Format1080p
Standard Refresh Rate50 Hz
Digital TunerDVB-S2, DVB-T (MPEG4), DVB-C (MPEG4)
Analog TunerPAL, NTSC, SECAM
Video Signal StandardHDTV 1080p
Number of HDMI Ports4
Number of SCART Interfaces2
Product FamilyViera
3D Type3D
Brand NamePanasonic
Screen Size127 cm (50")
Aspect Ratio16:9
EthernetYes
Ethernet TechnologyEthernet
USBYes
HDMIYes
Weight with Stand (Approximate)30.50 kg
Operating Power Consumption425 W
Standby Power Consumption400 mW
Dynamic Contrast Ratio5,000,000:1
RMS Output Power30 W
Electronic Program GuideYes
DLNA CertifiedYes
VGAYes
HeadphoneYes
Digital Audio OutputYes
Height with Stand810 mm
Width with Stand1224 mm
Depth with Stand335 mm
Number of Common Interface1
CI+Yes
Composite VideoYes
Component VideoYes
SCARTYes
Teletext Memory1500
3D TechnologyShutter
USB RecordingYes
3D Glasses RequiredYes
Enhanced Refresh Rate100 Hz
Height771 mm
Width1224 mm
Depth90 mm
ColourBlack
Sound SystemDolby Digital Plus, Surround Sound
Maximum Resolution1920 x 1080
FeaturesMedia Player, PC Streaming, Picture in Picture, Picture and Picture (PAP), Picture and Text (PAT), Child Lock, Web Content Access, Teletext
ManufacturerPanasonic
Product ModelTX-P50VT20
Product NameViera TX-P50VT20 Plasma TV
Product LineViera
Manufacturer Part NumberTXP50VT20B
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.panasonic.co.uk
SpeakersYes
Weight (Approximate)27.50 kg