Currently the VT30 still stands as the best TV Panasonic has ever produced, and even if there's only a tiny improvement, the new TC-PVT50 series looks ready to take on that title.
The flagship VT50 will come in two screen sizes, the 55-inch TC-P55VT50, and the 65-inch TC-P65VT50 and features all of Panasonic's current know-how with an Infinite Black Ultra Panel and new louver filter. The VT30 offered the second-best plasma pictures in a lit room, after the Samsung, so the VT50 has some room for improvement.
As a flagship the VT50 also includes features such as 3D with 2D conversion, cloud-based apps, a new browser and a Touch Pad Remote Controller, and a sidebar IPTV function that allows users to access social network sites while simultaneously watching TV. Twitter tickers are a fun feature, but we think any serious social media devotee would rather use a computer or mobile device instead of their TV.
The VT30 was undoubtedly the company's best looking TV in a long time--possibly ever--and the VT50 looks similar with a silver bezel and a "one-sheet-of-glass" look. Forget piano-black, "giant iPod touch" is the new fashion king.
Connectivity includes onboard wi-fi so no more Ethernet cables draped across the living room floor, four HDMI connections, and a still-quite-rare three USB ports.
Will the VT50 take out the best TV of 2012? It's not that simple, as OLED could pose a serious threat this year with LG poised to take the mantle from its competitors.
Panasonic TC-PVT50 series features:
- Plasma TV
- 3D compatible
- 2D-to-3D conversion
- Infinite Black Pro Panel
- Faster-switching phosphor panel
- Cloud-based Viera Connect Internet suite
- Web browser
- Built-in Wi-Fi
Panasonic TC-PVT50 series models:
- TC-P55VT50, 55-inch, pricing and availability TBD
- TC-P65VT50, 65-inch, pricing and availability TBD