Panasonic Viera WT50

Panasonic Viera WT50 With TVs sporting cleverer software and shrinking bodies, manufacturers continually have to strive to tickle our fancy with ever more attractive sets. Panasonic hopes to stay ahead of the crowd with the 42, 47 and 55-inch Panasonic Viera WT50— a slim and attractive LED TV that promises speedy performance from its powerful dual-core processor.There’s no word on availability or pricing yet, but don’t expect it to come cheap. My thoughts are based on a fairly brief hands-on time at a conference centre in Hamburg, so stay tuned for the full review soon.   Design of the WT50 Aesthetic values may not be the mostimportant aspect of a TV, but if an object is going to dominate the wall space in your living room, you’re unlikely to feel too positively towards an ugly square of nasty plastic.Thankfully then, the WT50 is about as far removed from that as it’s possible to be. The immediate thing you’ll notice is the extremely slim bezel which, at only around 9mm, almost gives the screen the appearance of hovering in the air. It’s not very deep either, which adds to the effect of it looking like a moving poster on your wall.The TV is available in three sizes, so you can work out which one fits your room best — and start thinking about how many organs you’re going to need to sell on the black market to afford one. Panasonic hasn’t revealed any details on pricing yet, but based on the £2,222 price tag of its other top-end TV, the VT30, we don’t expect this new chap to come cheap.The...

Panasonic TX-L32ET5B review

Panasonic Viera 32 Inch 3D TV This is the first TV that CNET UK has had in from Panasonic’s new 2012 range. The biggest surprise is that it uses passive 3D rather than the active technology the company was pushing so hard last year.Once upon a time, Panasonic used to claim that only plasma TVs could deliver satisfying 3D. Then it decided that active 3D LCD models were up to the job. Now it’s also venturing down the passive route. So what gives? According to Panasonic, it still believes active 3D is the best option, but you need a TV with a fast panel to get the job done properly, otherwise crosstalk is too noticeable. Therefore, on more affordable models that use slower panels, such as this set, which costs around £650, it’s opted for passive 3D. How does it stack up against competing brands vying for your cash?   User interface and EPG Sadly, Panasonic hasn’t given its user interface the major overhaul that it so sorely needs to make up the ground lost to the graphics-rich menus on LG and Samsungsets. It will be redesigning the user interface for next year’s models, which seems a tad late to me.As a result, this TV is saddled with similar-looking menus to those in Panasonic’s older range. There’s only sparse use of graphics, so you’re left with dated menus composed of blocky white or yellow text on a blue-ish background.Panasonic has made a few tweaks here and there. The biggest improvement is that when you select an option in a menu, a text box beneath gives you a short description...

Panasonic TX-L42ET5B Expert Review

Panasonic Cinema 3D TV 42 Inch LED TV As arguably the biggest driving force behind full HD, ‘active’ 3D technology, you can understand why Panasonic has been so vocal with its attacks on LG’s passive 3D alternative. Why on earth, has argued Panasonic, would anyone want to buy a full HD TV only to then watch 3D on it at a reduced resolution? So it’s fair to say Panasonic’s TX-L42ET5 comes as something of a shock. For the fact that it ships with no less than four pairs of cheapo, unpowered 3D glasses immediately alerts us to the fact that it’s a passive 3D TV rather than the expected active one. You couldn’t really get a better barometer of just how much impact LG’s passive 3D technology has had in the year since its launch. That said, while Panasonic’s brave/humbling (depending on your point of view) 3D move with the L42ET5 is certainly very significant, it must be said that the ET5 series is the only passive 3D TV series in Panasonic’s expansive 2012 range, sitting alongside no less than seven active 3D TV series. Furthermore, Panasonic has the ET5s positioned very much as its entry-level 3D LCD solutions. In fact, part of the reason Panasonic has turned to passive at this level of its range is the realisation that it’s very hard to get a decent active 3D performance out of a cheap LCD panel. The addition of a passive TV to its range is also, though, surely a recognition – however begrudging – of the convenience and affordability of the passive 3D experience. So from a consumer’s...

Here Come Panasonic’s 2012 LED HDTVs, Up to 55 inches

Panasonic Viera Cinema TV Although Panasonic is better known for their plasma TVs than LED and LCD, the Japanese TV manufacturer is branching out in 2012 with several new LED TV models, in screen sizes all the way up to 55 inches diagonal. Panasonic’s 2012 LED HDTV lineup is sure to turn a few heads, thanks to the inclusion of passive 3D technology (it’s true!) on select models as well as new 47- and 55-inch screen sizes and advancements to their IPS Alpha panel technology, which improves color saturation and off-axis viewing. Panasonic has typically reserved the largest screen sizes for plasma, but this year they’re crossing over to LED to give consumers more choices. Overall, Panasonic says it’s increasing the number of LED models for 2012, from seven in 2011 to 16 models expected for 2012. Panasonic also plans to expand the number of 3D-capable models and TVs with the VIERA Connect platform. Speaking of which, the 2012 version of VIERA Connect is “a cloud-based architecture,” which should ultimately increase the number of apps that the service offers as well as the speed of delivery for new apps. Another new feature is the newly enhanced LED IPS (In Plane Switching) LCD panels, to enhance black levels as well as improve off-axis viewing. Kicking off the LED line is the E50 series. Available in the 42-inch TC-L42E50, the 47-inch TC-L47E50, and the 55-inch TC-L55E50, this line has the IPS LED-lit LCD panel, 360 backlight scanning, and a slim design. Other features include the VIERA Connect suite of Internet apps, Social Networking TV, DLNA support, four HDMI inputs and two USB ports. None...

Panasonic’s 2012 line of Viera TVs, Blu-ray players available this month

Panasonic Viera NEW 3D LED TV Sets After revealing its 2012 TV and Blu-ray line-up at CES in January, Panasonic has detailed release dates for the entire range. There are 32 new TVs over 11 series, and most of them will be available this month. The ST50, UT50, and XT50 series of plasma displays will be available this month alongside the E50, ET5, E5, and X5 LED TV series. If you’re interested in the high-end models, the VT50 and GT50 plasma series will be available starting later this month. The top of the line LED series are the DT50 and WT50, which will debut with 47-inch models this month, followed by 55-inch variants coming in April / May. Panasonic hasn’t given us pricing for the lineup just yet, but it should be coming soon. The release of the range-topping TVs will coincide with the company’s high-end 3D Blu-ray player, which is due for release in May. Panasonic is pushing the audio capabilities of its new BDT500, which it says simulates “the warm, comforting sound of a tube amplifier.” The player is compatible with FLAC, provides 7.1 channel output, and has twin HDMI ports, allowing one HDMI to be used solely for audio output. Also hitting in May is the BBT01, a miniature Blu-ray player that sits on an elevated platform and looks somewhat like a Kinect. The BDT500 will cost $349.99, with the BBT01 coming in at $269.99. If you’re just seeing a wall of model numbers, don’t despair: you can click on any of the series to take a closer look at the individual models and their specifications...

Panasonic TX-L47DT50 active 3D LED TV

Panasonic 3D LED TV – TX-L47DT50 We’ve already done a first look from the CES at Panasonic’s new flagship LCD TV for 2012, the WT50 series. But at Panasonic’s recent product convention in Hamburg, our eye was also caught by the step-down LCD model from the WT50, the DT50 series. So we spent as much time as we could glued to the 47in L47DT50 – and came away feeling as if  it could actually be this model that marks Panasonic’s most successful LCD series for 2012. For starters, unlike so many past generations of Panasonic TV, it looks lovely. Its ultra-slim silver bezel is sleek, shiny and feels extremely well built. In fact, it’s the spitting image of some of Samsung’s recent, highly successful designs. If you can’t beat ‘em, join ‘em, we guess. Crystal Clear 47 Inch Screen The 47in size of the L47DT50 is significant too, for it signifies Panasonic’s new, doubtless tough decision to introduce very large LCD TVs, rather than sticking with plasma for its ‘home cinema’ screens. Heading up an impressive spec sheet on the L47DT50 is a 1600Hz motion rate – a figure derived from the fact that it’s a native 200Hz panel combined with a backlight that goes off eight times for every image frame. Our hands on with the screen certainly suggested that this did lead to more clarity and less ‘trailing’ when the set was handling fast-paced action during a demonstration featuring black animation against a white background. Energy Efficient Also very impressive are the L47DT50’s energy credentials. The screen has been rated A using the new industry standard, and...

Panasonic Goes Big With WT50, DT50 & ET50 LED LCD TVs

Panasonic WT 3D LED TV By Vincent Teoh • Monday, 20 February 2012, 11:35 pm GMT For what seems like an eternity, Panasonic has shied away from making large-sized LCD-based televisions to avoid cannibalising the sales of its critically acclaimed plasma displays, but that is all going to change this year with the arrival of the company’s new 2012 range of LED TVs. At its annual European Convention in Hamburg today, the Japanese TV manufacturer revealed that it will – for the first time – start selling non-plasma HDTV sets exceeding 42 inches in screen size in the form of five 47-inch models (TX-L47WT50, TX-L47DT50, TX-L47ET50, TX-L47ET5 and TX-L47E5) and three 55-inchers (TX-L55WT50, TX-L55DT50 and TX-L55ET5). Panasonic goes big with WT50, DT50 ET50 LED LCD TVs The range-topper as far as LED TV goes is the Panasonic WT50 series which is equipped with enhanced IPS panel (which in our experience delivers the cleanest motion among different LCD panels) bolstered by 1600Hz backlight scanning to boost motion resolution and reduce crosstalk during 3D viewing. Other notable features include edge LED backlight technology, active-shutter 3D capabilities, ISFccc calibration mode, on-board dual-core Pro4 processor that allows for full-fledged internet browsing (even Flash-intensive websites) as well as multitasking, and the company’s Viera Connect IPTV (internet-protocol television) platform with integrated WiFi. In addition to the 47″ TX-L47WT50 and the 55″ TX-L55WT50, the WT50 series is also available in 42 inches (TX-L42WT50). The corresponding 3-pin-plug British versions are the Panasonic TX-L47WT50B, TX-L55WT50B and TX-L42WT50B respectively. Panasonic TX-L42DT50 One rung down from the WT50 is the Panasonic DT50 series which lacks the dual-core processor found in...

Panasonic unveils full 2012 TV lineup for Europe

Panasonic 3D and LED TV Ranges – Europe 2012 By Philip Wong on Feb 21, 2012 Panasonic VT50 3D plasma TV. Panasonic has just confirmed its 2012 TV lineup for Europe consisting of six plasma and six LED TV series. These panels are available from 19- to 65-inch screen sizes and feature either LED-lighting or plasma technologies. The company’s 2012 smart TV platform, which now comes with a Web browser, has also received a new name. It is now called “Smart Viera” instead of Viera Connect. The latter used for Panasonic TVs released in 2011 and earlier. Furthermore, the XT50-series Viera TVs are possibly the world’s first passive 3D panels based on plasma display technology. They complement their ET5-series LED equivalents announced during CES in January. Here’s an overview of the full lineup. VT50 3D plasma TVs “One sheet of glass” design Infinite Black Ultra Panel with 2,500Hz motion engine Active shutter glasses Smart Viera THX 3D-certified Dual-core video processor Onboard Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and four HDMI inputs Available in 50, 55 and 65 inches GT50 3D plasma TVs Infinite Black Pro Panel with 2,500Hz motion engine Active shutter glasses Smart Viera THX 3D-certified Dual-core video processor Onboard Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and four HDMI inputs Available in 42 and 50 inches ST50 3D plasma TVs Infinite Black Pro Panel with 2,000Hz motion engine Active shutter glasses Smart Viera Onboard Wi-Fi and three HDMI inputs Available in 42, 50, 55 and 65 inches UT50 3D plasma TVs 2,000Hz motion engine Active shutter glasses Smart Viera Wi-Fi-ready and two HDMI inputs Available in 42 and 50 inches XT50 3D plasma TVs HD-ready Passive...
Panasonic 3D TV

Panasonic 3D TV

Panasonic TV I know it can be difficult to decide on a new TV, but the new range of Panasonic 3D TV sets both LED and Plasma to choose from, it can be hard to know where to begin. Hopefully this article can help.   Panasonic 3D TV Well, for one thing, with 3D technology still in its early development stages, you will want a set that can handle 3D while giving you high quality 2D viewing. How about comprehensive connectivity, responsive IPTV capabilities and a touch of high-end style? With Panasonic not doing much in the LED TV market, depsite being a LED TV site, we thought we’d look at a Panasonic 3D TV offering in any case. So, we took a look at the Viera TC-P50VT20 which is a 50 inch Panasonic Plasma TV that is making a lot of people very happy. Here are ten reasons why:   Panasonic Plasma 1.    If there’s one feature of the TC-P50VT20/25 range that is consistently making headlines, it’s the superior black level performance. Customers and reviewers alike have been suitably impressed by this Panasonic 3D TV sets inky blacks and excellent shadow detail. 2.    There are plenty of image enhancements which have been attracting plaudits for this Panasonic plasma series. For example, short-throw phosphors optimize 2D motion resolution and reduce phosphor lag. 3.    If you’re one of those people who like to fine tune their viewing experience, you will be pleased to know you can customize your colour temperature and gamma settings with a full colour management system, accessible via the pro settings.   Panasonic 3D TV 5.    As...