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A TV with a premium price tag should also have a premium look, but this is something that Panasonic hasn't always excelled at. Panasonic's design department has upped its game this year, however, and the VT30 is probably the best looking set the company has ever produced.
The front of the TV has a 'one sheet of glass' design that's beautifully framed by a thin metallic strip running around the outer edge of the display. It gives the TV a very clean and sophisticated look. Panasonic has also redesigned the remote control by slimming it down and adding a red backlight.
As with most of Panasonic's high-end models, the set has both Freeview HD and Freesat HD tuners onboard, so you get access to the widest range of free channels available. One annoyance, however, is that the Freeview HD tuner uses the GuidePlus+ EPG, which displays web-style adverts on the left hand side of the screen, compromising the amount of space available for showing programming information. We really do wish Panasonic would dump this system and return to using a standard Freeview EPG.
The TX-P42VT30B is one of the best TVs that money can buy right now. It has stunning contrast, produces amazingly solid 3D pictures and engaging 2D images. In short, it's worth every penny of its high asking price.
Nevertheless, the VT30 isn't found wanting when it comes to the range of connections on offer as you get a full quota of four HDMI ports. The slim 50mm chassis means that some connections, such as the component and Scart ones, have to be made using small adaptor cables, but this shouldn't be too much of a hassle.
The TV also has two USB ports and an Ethernet socket for Internet and digital media playback capabilities. There's no Wi-Fi built-in, but Panasonic does include a USB Wi-Fi module in the box. Even with it connected you still have a spare USB port for hooking up a memory key or hard drive.
I hesitated to purchase this screen because quite many comments on negative points such as noise transformer, marking the slab (afterglow, burned screen, glossy, mistreatment of video games ...). This hesitation is also due to my doubt in acquiring either an LED screen or a plasma screen (Neo Plasma). Believe me, for almost nine weeks, I visited enormements stores, showrooms, commercial websites, forums, etc ... In search of what appears to be, in my view, flat screen TV. I also informed much about me and if we listen to what is said, the valuation LED (image brighter, more fine screen, power consumption, image refresh rate ...) and although the choice is quickly made. But now, the Neo Plasma VT30 range of Panasonic is there to make a difference.
It's been 15 days that this screen throne in my living room, and I can tell you that I do not regret the purchase. Above all I will get back on the main points which, some comments are defects VT30.
- The persistence or marking of the screen: once by mistake I left a frozen image on the screen more than 0400 and I have seen no marking. I'm the type to play more than three hours after the console, and none was found either marking. What you should know is that this screen has a pixel shifting system to prevent screen marking, and a screen scanning system, if to erase any trace of marking unannounced.
- Noise of the transformer: no fear, the sound is very slightly noticeable if you stick the ear in front of the TV at night (no noise). Otherwise, no noise transformer is noticeable. Namely, two aimentées rings are included with the set in order to reduce this famous sound of the transformer. These two rings are to be fixed on the power cable, reducing benefit noise transformer. Do not ask me why and how is beyond my skills.
- Use video games: I'm a fan of console, I have to play at least fifteen hours a week and finds no ghosting. The image remains, in my opinion, very fluid and a clarity rarely visible on a LED.
Regarding my opinion on the device. Being a fan of cinema, and for that a follower of a very good picture quality, I must say that I should screen perfectly. The THX mode is a real treat, very deep black, unparalleled contrast, natural colors and undistorted as on all LED, whatever people say. The Nova Plama is not as dark as a conventional plasma. I found a picture of true cinema quality. HD, which sometimes is criticized on Neo Plasma is also the rendezvous, the maximum thrust sharpness gives a picture of a very good quality.
Conclusion : great tv