Panasonic Smart VIERA TX-P42GT30B 42-inch Full HD 1080p 3D 600Hz Internet-Ready Plasma TV with Freeview HD and Freesat HD (Installation Recommended) (discontinued by manufacturer) [Energy Class C]
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On-mode power consumption
190 Kilowatt Hours per year, based on the power consumption of the television operating 4 hours per day for 365 days. The actual energy consumption will depend on how the television is used.
Visible screen diagonal
42" / 107 cm
Size: 42 - inch
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First impressions are the TV is visually stunning (probably a first for panasonic). The bezel having a silver inner surround I thought might be a problem with the TV on, but is not, so please don't be concerned as I initally was. I also like the way the surround fades from black to gun metal around the panasonic logo. The bezel inself is the thinnest panasonic have done (please be aware this is not like lcd/led sets which on some of the expensive Samsung TVs is only mm thick - however personally I like this look better). The thichness of the TV is very thin as well, about half last years models.
A very important note for plasma TVs is the "run in time", for this set it between 200 and 500 hours long to get to the optium picture and calibration (google avforums for information on calibration, which most people will never do, but will make your picture stunning). The picture will noticeably improve over this time (mine is not fully run in but is a huge improvement over "out of the box").Read more ›
Bought the Netgear N600 wireless usb adaptor from Amazon and this worked straight away without the need to set it up with the accompanying CD. Also bought compatible 3D glasses on ebay but have tried them only on the 2D to 3D application (for which you need 3D glasses) and they work ok. However there is a noticeable dimming of the picture when using the 3D glasses although you do get used to it.
There are two small cooling fans at the back of the TV and I haven't noticed any noise from them, but as this TV consumes approx 300W they are obviously necessary to dissipate the heat from the inner workings.
Very pleased with my TV, a pleasure to use it.
Well it does not disappoint, Panasonic have blown Sony, Samsung, LG and others away with this years line up of the ST30, GT30 and VT30.
Sure there's only 3 manufacturers now making plasmas (Panasonic, Samsung and LG) but Panasonic is the only one the devotes its time to plasma more and it shows. Panasonic once again prove that plasma is superior to LED TV's, 3D is better, better black depths, better viewing angles, no motion blur and better colours.
Nice, stylish design with a metal frame giving super build quality and its thin. Sure it may not look as cool as a Samsung but the picture quality surpasses any Samsung LED TV. Until there's no true LED or OLED TV, Panasonic Plasma will always win hands down.
- Amazing black levels, no TV this year will achieve black levels as good as this Panasonic Plasma, except maybe the VT30 but the black levels of this TV are already by far better than last years TV's.
- Super high contrast ratio giving more depth and better colours than LCD or any LED TV.
- No annoying buzzing like last years plasma.
The three fans on the back are quiet
- The TV does not get hot, mine stays cool after 8 hours of constant TV a day.
- Image retention is near to none unlike LG and Samsung Plasmas.
- No problems with 50Hz (thanks to the new IFC setting) like the VT20 last year, not that I saw and I looked closely on football where it happens the most according to people when the camera pans on the field.
- 24p, blu ray playback is super smooth! HD 1080p picture quality is absolutely brilliant.Read more ›
It's actually a function of the way the screen is designed to be driven, so that less power is delivered when a darker picture is being delivered, but in practice it works very badly, with a significant delay being obvious while the set decides whether to dim the brightness or not. If the shift was instantaneous it wouldn't be an issue.
This problem has been reported on AV forums all over the Internet, and in the USA Panasonic are now sending out field engineers to solve the issue by flashing the onboard EPROM (there's no firmware download to correct it). Unfortunately, in the UK Panasonic are doing NOTHING to correct it, leaving the poor customer saddled with a TV that displays an annoying and frustrating flaw while claiming that the TV is performing to spec. Which is absolute nonsense, because nobody would design a TV that caused such annoying brightness shifts in content! And the problems are EXACTLY the same as those being suffered by North American customers, and which are now being fixed.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I bought this TV a couple of years ago expecting it to move with the times
1. There is no NetFlix and it looks like it will never appear
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After 3 months working fine the screen developed a yellow/blue stripe. To get this rectified by seller KM Essentials was a nightmare. Read morePublished on 18 Aug. 2013 by P A Holton
fantastic tv unsurpassed with picture quility and sound.dont need my sound bar any more.amazing value for money and great delivaryPublished on 29 April 2013 by trevor brown
Although the packaging was smashed to smitherines the tv appears to have servived undamaged. The damage I beleive was due to the carrier insisting it's driver handled this heavy TV... Read morePublished on 12 Jan. 2013 by TB
You are probably reading this because you are interested in a great TV. And most aspects of this TV are great - but I have to draw attention to one that really lets it down... Read morePublished on 4 Oct. 2012 by D. Evans
I bought this TV after sending back a LG LED tv(LM660T) which i wasnt happy with.
This had a TV OF THE YEAR award and I heard plasma's where the best for motion and I... Read more
I very much wanted to like this tv. The picture quality was good and had very good black levels.
Unfortunately on any bright scene there was a very annoying flicker. Read more
We are pleased with the performance of the two Viera Televisions we purchased last month and I would be happy to recommend them to anyone thinking of purchasing a Plasma TV with... Read morePublished on 17 July 2012 by George Webster