There’s an old saying that goes “all things being equal” and then some sort of parable follows, but, in the HDTV business “all things being equal” may not necessarily be true. Take two large flat screen television displays for example, one made by company X and the other by company Y. They both look the same and they both seem to have the same stand and same types of connectors and “all things are equal” you think they’d be the same.
That’s not really true, anymore, because lost in all the hype about this high-definition television screen or that flat, high-end, high-def TV, a quiet revolution has been going on, led, by of all manufacturers (this is supposed to be ironic, but we know it isn’t) Panasonic that is bringing great things to HDTV.
What are those great things? How about crisp 3D quality with vibrant colors, deep blacks and great definition. There’s not a blurry vision in the bunch as you will find if you look closely at the $2,199 (Amazon) Panasonic TC-P50VT25.
Like others in its class it does have:
- A 50-inch screen
- A 1080 pixel display
- HDMI and USB connections
It also has a technology that Panasonic terms its Infinite Black Pro that offers up to 50,000 to 1 contrast. This means you get the richest and quickest blacks possible. This is made possible by fast-acting Red and Green phosphors and by cutting back on the luminescence length but increasing its intensity so the black moments are crisper and the bright moments are higher quality.
Panasonic makes excellent use of full Frame Sequential Technology where a constant stream of images, taken from slightly different angles, is sent to each eye. Your eyes view them through Panasonic’s specially shuttered glasses that offer full shutter closure so that the black technology is totally enabled. The FST also sends a 1920 x 1080 pixel image to each eye for high-quality rendition. The 3D experience is further optimized by a 600 Hz operating frequency that also allows this 3D TV to operate at twice the normal speed 1/120th so all views are fully optimized.
Fully Internet capable, this Panasonic has 4 high-speed (HDMI) cables to for 3D speeds up to 10.2 Gbps, 2 standard video out lines, digital video output, 2 audio inputs for the standard viewer and 2 for the 3D, as well as the ability to use a built-in LAN Interface (or wireless) so you can use Skype or another service. It offers full VIERA Cast Interface service so you can use it directly with Netflix and bypass the Blu-ray player, altogether.
Panasonic’s TC-P50VT25 is an excellent example of the quiet revolution that is taking place in 3D HDTV that brings you some of the crispest and brightest images we have seen with features that allow multiple interfaces, including the ability to take your camera’s SD memory card so you can view your images on a huge, almost 50-inch screen (49.9). Listed at $2,599.95 Amazon has cut the price to $2,199, so you save just by ordering through them. If you do, you won’t be disappointed with the experience.