Panasonic Smart VIERA TX-P42VT30B 42-inch Full HD 1080p 3D 600Hz Internet-Ready Plasma TV with Freeview HD and Freesat HD (Installation Recommended) [Energy Class D]
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|Connectivity Technology||USB; Ethernet; WiFi||USB; Ethernet; WiFi||USB||USB^Ethernet^WiFi||WiDi, Miracast, DLNA, HDMI, USB|
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|Item Dimensions||5 cm x 1.02 m x 6.35 m||4 x 89.5 x 51.4 cm||96.4 x 24.2 x 61.6 cm||6.2 x 92 x 53.5 cm||1.23 m x 25.4 cm x 76.4 cm|
|Item Weight||23.5 kg||12.5 kg||10.8 kg||7.7 kg||18.6 kg|
|Special Feature||3D;Smart / Internet||Smart / Internet||smart / internet||Smart / Internet||Smart / Internet|
|Tuner Technology||freeview||mpeg4||DVB-S2 (HD)||DVB-S2 (HD)||DVB-T2, DVB-C, DVB-S2|
Energy efficiency classA+ to F
On-mode power consumption156 Watts
Energy consumption228 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 diagonal42" / 107 cm
Size Name: 42 - inch
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Energy efficiency class:
On-mode power consumption:
228 kWh 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 " / 106.68 cm
The VIERA VT30 Plasma TV series includes a DVB-S tuner for Freesat HD and a DVB-T2 tuner for Freeview HD providing you with a convenient, subscription free way of watching HD contents like sport, as well as your favourite soaps, dramas and documentaries in full HD glory wherever you are in the UK (Following a one off installation payment for Freesat HD services whereas for Freeview HD you will need to ensure coverage is available in your local area).
Enter the World of 3D
Be Captivated By NeoPlasma
Panasonic is taking television to the next level with the new VIERA NeoPlasma TV line-up, which delivers brilliant picture quality in Full HD 2D and 3D. Never miss a detail when watching movies, sports or playing the latest games. With NeoPlasma, you can always be sure to get the best picture quality.
Brilliant Motion Clarity with 600Hz Sub-field Drive
The 600Hz sub-field drive in combination with the newly developed Fast Switching Phosphors offers crisp &Clear moving pictures. This unique image-analysis technology converts the motion in each scene into data for faster display of frame images compared to previous 600Hz systems.
The UK broadcast system is sent at the rate of 50 frames per second (50Hz), so every second of watching, 50 pictures are sent to the TV. Each of the 50 frames consists of sub-field images based on the brightness &Tonal characteristics of a picture in a frame.
With VIERA Plasma TV with 600Hz sub-field drive, up to 12 sub-field images per frame are displayed. It is said that the higher the number of subfields the greater the colour is &The smoother the picture is. This is why our 600Hz system delivers rich colour and smooth motion pictures.
*When the Cinema mode is selected.
Active Shutter Glasses
When you watch 3D on a TV, even a slight blur can negatively affect the level of immersion. To get the best 3D picture quality possible, Panasonic employs Active Shutter Glasses which are synchronised to the frame sequential driving of the TV. With this technology the viewer enjoys a cinema-like resolution of 1920 x 1080 for each eye. Viewers can then enjoy a gripping 3D experience without resolution and viewing angle deterioration.
Highly precise timing control for the opening &Closing of the shutters minimises unwanted light leakage (minimising shading ratio of over 1/1000) to enable clear 3D viewing. Both shutters on the 3D Eyewear close completely during the short gap between the right &Left plasma signal emission to match the luminescence characteristics of the plasma display.
Clear 3D Images
New phosphor technology prevents crosstalk in 3D - The use of new fast switching phosphors has significantly reduced the afterglow time. The emission time and process have also been improved to minimise mutual interference of the frames for the left and right-eye images to greatly reduce crosstalk. The resulting 3D images are extremely high in quality.
Deeper Blacks &Higher Contrast
In new VIERA models, contrast and black levels have been significantly improved especially in bright surroundings. Enhancements to the panel and cells help reproduce images with smooth, natural gradation and deep, rich blacks. In movies, the true, deep blacks faithfully convey the intent of the filmmakers, adding power and realism to the viewing experience.
Internet on Your TV
VIERA TVs are made for so much more than just watching TV. VIERA Connect brings Internet-based
content straight to your living room, on the big screen, and enables you to enjoy the whole world of
content in all its different forms and shapes. Stay connected with your friends on Facebook™, rent
movies or play games - all from the comfort of your sofa without the need for a PC.
Missed an interesting TV broadcast? With VIERA Connect, you can directly access the media centres of major broadcasters and watch programmes at your convenience.
Like music? Turn your VIERA into a juke box. Access internet radio stations, watch music videos and enjoy the great sound quality of your VIERA TV.
Do you like an occasional game but do not want to use your computer or console? Just try the gaming area in VIERA Connect to bridge the next advertising break. Optional Gamepads can be used for even more fun.
Now you no longer need to be tied to your computer to stay up to date on the happenings within your personal network. Make a Skype™Video chat* with your family or get a quick Facebook™Update in your living room!
*Optional camera required.
Connecting Friends &Families with Skype
Today, millions of individuals and businesses use Skype to make free video and voice calls. As with our VIERA Cast service, free Skype-to-Skype calls from their large screen TV* are available on the new VIERA Connect, which means they can see family and friends on a large screen from the comfort of their living as they talk to them.
*Requires Panasonic HD Communication Camera, TY-CC10Wn, sold separately.
Whether you feel like watching your favourite film again, the latest blockbuster release, or simply catching up on your favourite TV series, Video on Demand makes it possible. Your movie or programme will start at the touch of a button.
You don't have to wait for the next news broadcast to get an update on what's important in the world –Just check the news and lifestyle section via VIERA Connect any time you like.
Getting the latest information and up-to-date videos on your favourite sport has never been easier thanks to the leading sports coverage from partners such as EurosportTM.
iPhone, iPod touch & iPad Remote Control
Panasonic has made watching and browsing your VIERA TV even easier with the new VIERA Remote app for Apple mobile devices. The app instantly turns your iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch into a remote control touch screen so you can quickly and intuitively navigate all the tools and features on your VIERA TV including the 3D settings, SD card access and VIERA Connect.
The VIERA Remote is an intelligent app that allows you to not only browse and start applications at your convenience, but also do text input when required.
One Remote, Total Control
VIERA Link allows you to have complete control over all connected Panasonic High Definition AV devices –Via the single VIERA remote control. Just hook up the devices to one another using an HDMI cable, sit back and enjoy easy control.
Thanks to the Tough Panel on many VIERA Plasma TVs, you do not need to worry about serious screen damage. That is because the front sheet of glass on the TV is resistant to impacts of up to four joules, which is particularly reassuring for families with small children and gamers who use motion controllers.
Energy EfficiencyA VIERA TV uses up to 55% less power* in darkly lit conditions. This is thanks to the Eco Mode, which is standard on most models. It uses a photo sensor to measure the ambient light in the room, then adjusts the panel’s brightness accordingly. * According to the VDE measurement 2008. Based on the 42-inch VIERA Plasma TV TH-42PZ80.
VIERA Plasma TVs are designed to provide a panel life of up to 100,000 hours, giving you up to 35 years of great entertainment. A panel life time of up to 60,000 hours can be achieved by Panasonic VIERA LCD TVs.
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This is a brief report, as at the time of writing I've only had it for a month. In this time I've used it for blu-rays and hi-def gaming exclusively - no TV or satellite.
BUILD QUALITY: it's a handsome set, with a silver bezel framing one piece of glass. It is very thin (3cm) and looks very elegant. It isn't as hi-tech looking as the samsung sets, which appear to have come off the set of Star Trek, but I like its black contours.
2D PICTURE QUALITY: I haven't calibrated the set yet, I've been using it mainly on the THX setting. This pre-set is a great start, a shade too much yellow in the skin tones on my set, but otherwise very, very impressive. My preferred blu-rays (Days of Heaven on Criterion, Blade Runner, Godfather) look gorgeous; standard def DVDs (No Country, There Will be Blood) look great too. Frankly, I haven't put anything through it yet that hasn't looked awesome!
3D PICTURE QUALITY: Avatar was incredible, better than in the cinema, where I had a funny problem with scale (it felt to me as though the large screen had been shrunk into my glasses!); the Imax scenes in Tron are also astounding. Flicker free, no cross talk (or "ghosting", though I always seem to see some for a few minutes before my eyes settle properly into receiving 3D images). The great thing about the VT30 is that panasonic include 2 pairs of infra-red glasses, which are very expensive to buy separately. The glasses are very light (they seem to be made from a light carbon-fibre), are pretty comfortable to wear over normal glasses. They also feel very breakable - not for nothing do Panasonic house them in a tough plastic box. Keep them away from the kids...
VIDEO GAMES: I've got a PS3, 360 and a Wii hooked up, and they all perform brilliantly. Actually, they play noticeably better even than on my older 2006 plasma - with the picture processing effects turned off, there's next to no input lag on the VT30, which I understand is a problem generally on LCD/LED panels, where controller response time can feel sluggish. Also, there are no negative picture effects (motion blurring or phosphor trails) which I understand can sometimes be a problem. Finally, 3D gaming on the VT30 is flat-out amazing: I replayed both Crysis 2 and Killzone 3 in 3D, and can safely say that there's no going back. Personally, I think 3D has a better future in gaming than it does in the cinema...
SOUND: the TV sounds fine. I don't have it hooked up to a 5.1 system, which would obviously improve matters. But in any case, it is certainly rich and I've squeezed plenty of low end out of it. I can confirm that it doesn't sound tinny!
NEGATIVES: In the evening, with a darkened room, the picture is stunning. With a lot of daylight in the room, however, the picture can seem rather dull. I'm informed that LCD screens are better for well-lit rooms. Perhaps something to consider if you want this set for daytime TV viewing.
There have also been reports on various internet tech-enthusiast forums that the 2011 panasonics are suffering from a fluctuating brightness issue (where the picture visibly lightens and darkens to accommodate sudden changes in picture contrast). I haven't noticed this on my VT30. If it's there, it's invisible to me so far. If you've heard about this and you're worried about it, go and demo a set in the shop.
To conclude, I can only say that this is a fantastic piece of technology to own and indulge in at home. At work I spend a lot of time looking at reference quality HD video monitors, as I work in post-production for feature films. I'm used to seeing perfect colour reproduction and the best projection money can buy, so I tend to spot flaws like a hawk. This panasonic VT30 has only impressed me so far, and I look forward to many years of enjoyment from it.
Bit of a TV buff, so this may go on a bit-
I have had this TV for about two months now, still bedding in so can only presume the picture will change in the future, if it is possible to get any better that is.
I have the TV connected to a Pionner LX91 Blue Ray Player and a Pionner amp and I watch TV through a virgin TIvo box on HD channels. I sit about 3.5m away from the set for normal viewing and closer for blue ray and 3D
I looked at the Samsung 8000 series before getting this model. The one I viewed had a very good picture, supper bright and sharp. Motion was a bit off though during fast shots and I couldn't help but feel that the blacks looked a bit washed out when viewed in dim lighting. I would say that this range is the only one that comes close to this TV. Sony needs to catch back up, must have been napping in the 2011 development meetings.
The build quality is outstanding. The single sheet of glass looks like one big I pad hanging on the wall. Panasonic have made some changes to the previous models. The power lead is now built into the rear of the panel, meaning that if you wish to feed the lead down internal wall conduit, you will have to cut the plug off. You also get adaptors for the inputs, allowing connections to be made a bit easier. HDMI are on the side, set into the panel. Depending on the type of leads you use, they may stick out. They would have to be very thick though for this to happen.
I have had three other top of the range Panasonics over the years and have seen the picture develop for the better throughout this time. I have never had any of them calibrated by a certified engineer, but I am tempted this time. I think that the picture would be truly outstanding once this has been carried out.
For the time being I am using the THX setting, which gives a bright and punchy picture (in the right lighting). However this setting gives the picture a slight yellow tone, as mentioned by another reviewer. Don't get me wrong the picture is still outstanding and the tone gives the picture warm feel, but it would be nice just to tone this down a bit. On the other sets I have had the THX setting lets you do this, but I can not appear to find the setting on this one.
Also in THX the gamma is just a bit out (touch bright). This appears to be corrected when playing blue rays through the player though,
Other settings are very good, with Cinema giving a good picture but not as punchy as the THX. (bit green) needs calibrating.
Professional setting 1&2 needs calibrating, and I can't do this to the level needed to give it a punchy picture with true reference colour. Messing about with the colours and brightness just doesn't cut it.
I do not use normal as the blacks appear to be crushed and dynamic just looks wrong
There is a True Cinema setting which appears when you use the TV's built in I Player etc. This setting is very good and I would use this more if it was available in other inputs.
BLUE RAY PICTURES
Out of all the sets I have had this is the best. The blacks, the colour's the sharpness all add up to make at truly outstanding picture, and it appears to be getting better the older it gets. No other TV on the market comes close to this other than Samsung 8000 range. Others may be touch sharper (I have a sony which looks sharper) but there is something about the picture which blows you away with the Panasonic. It is shame that the Plasmas look so dull and washed out in the shops; because this is not how they look in lighting you would watch a film in.
CABLE - HD TUNER
TV Tuner looks very good, although gamma is out on the THX setting. I was happy watching the built in HD tuner until I connected the Virgin Tivo box through my amp. The picture is truly amazing. The sharpness is unbelievable and the gamma is corrected giving it a deeper feel. I was going to connect the Tivo box directly to the TV, but it would not let me set it to 1080p in the menu settings. Says it is not a 1080p TV.. think it is Virgin.. So I connected it to the amp which up-scaled it to 1080p.
I didn't get this set for 3D as I had no discs and no interest in getting into 3D . However, since testing this out with my PS3, I have bought the bottom range Panasonic 3D player just to play 3D on. The picture is outstanding and has no cross talk. The picture does go darker with the glasses though and I was tempted to put the setting to normal to brighten the picture up. This would be a shame as the set is THX 3D certified, and for this reason I have left it on THX and set the contrast up on the player instead. This gives a brighter picture, but keeps the colour true. The new glasses which have come out recently are good, but not as bright as they advertise. Very light though. But not that much different to the ones you get with the TV.
Overall I would say cartoons are the best in 3D. (Not including Avatar of course) this is due to the bright picture that they have, and you can set the TV to normal without the picture looking crushed.
Black levels are very good. When the lights are out and screen is switched on you can still see light on the screen, but the black edges blend in very well. On some blue rays you cannot see the edges of the screen at all. Are they as good as the Pionners of past? I would say one more model away yet, although the 65inch version of this TV has reference black levels? I would love a TV which is totally black when viewed in dim lighting, however I don't think this would be possible with present technology. Would like to see Panasonic professional range of plasmas for blacks, but 45,0000 pounds for a plasma is pushing it a bit.
Over all this TV is outstanding and out of all the Panasonics I have had, this has been the best one out of the box . I have not had to mess with the picture as much to obtain a fantastic picture. I would advise that THX is the best setting, once you have adjusted to the slightly warm picture as this setting gives it a more natural picture. I would watch HD through the Freesat tuner or Virgin, sky to get that extra sharpness. Give 3D a try The player I got was 90 pound and I got 2nd hand films to keep cost down.
Just a case of 65 or 55inch,. The 65inch is even better. Sat in front of one, 3m away and it was still watchable. Mmmmmmmmm. wife only said to me the other day I wish it was bigger,!
Had the set now for 4 months. Picture looks amazing still. I am now using the pro 1 setting which I have calibrated myself. I have put the Gamma at 2.4 which looks dark at first but gives the picture a 3d feel and the depth is outstanding. I turned the contrast up to 60, colour 27, brightness 29, sharpness 6. only messed around with other settings a little nothing major. in a dim lit room the picture is truly amazing with the gamma at 2.4, this gives the correct gamma for the set which comes out at 2.2, The more I watched the THX the more washed out I thought it was. No way is the gamma 2.2 like it should be to be passed by THX. Also the picture had a hint of green, I have read over time that the thx mode does get darker and the green drops off. But in the mean time I will stick to pro 1. love this tv. Having had it the wall I would go for the 65 next. cant wait to view the 2012 range. well done Panasonic for sticking with plasma.
The abnormities with the THX setting, mainly the green tint and contrast, have balanced out now. The setting looks very good when playing blue rays and is starting to look how THX should. The black levels are getting darker. The edges around the films blend into the surround on the TV now.
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