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If there's one area where Panasonic needs to do some work, it's on the user interface elements of its TVs. When you're paying the best part of a grand for a big screen telly you expect it to have modern-looking menus. But the ones on all of Panasonic's current line-up of plasmas, including this model, look like they've been time warped from the 1990s. Next to the slick menus on the likes of Samsung's PS51D8000 , they're very out-dated. The menus simply lack the dynamic graphics and colourful icons that we've grown accustomed to on other manufacturers' sets. They're very flat and lifeless and are mostly made up of small graphical icons shown next to white text on a blue background. Nevertheless, it's easy to find your way around.
This model is a bit weird because although it has an Ethernet port built in, you can't use it to stream digital media across a network from a PC or NAS drive. This is doubly odd, because the set can playback digital media files via both its two USB ports primarily designed to let you record 2D or 3D TV.
The chassis on this TV is thicker at the bottom to accommodate larger speakers. As a result, its audio performance is a cut above that of most of the competition. It produces a good deal more bass, which helps to add a warmer, fatter feel to its sonics. This really helps when it comes to reproducing movie soundtracks. A strong mid-range performance also makes dialogue sound nicely balanced, while even higher frequencies are crisply rendered.
The TX-P46ST30B may not have the most attractive design or the flashiest menu system, but it delivers the goods when it comes to picture quality with both 2D and 3D sources.