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Last year, Panasonic won many awards for the TVs in its VT20 range, including our coveted Editors' Choice award, on account of the tellies' stunning 2D and 3D picture quality. This year's updated VT30 line promises to be even better. The 55-inch, 1080p, 3D-capable Viera TX-P55VT30B plasma TV is the second largest in the range. But, at around £2,500, is it worth such a large dollop of your hard-earned cash? Like most of the other TVs in Panasonic's current line-up, this set sports a much more appealing design than the company's previous tellies. It has a classy, single-sheet-of-glass design, with the entire display framed by a thin strip of metal. It's a pretty minimalist look, but the simplicity of the design is its strength. The remote has also been tweaked, with a new, simpler button layout and the addition of a red backlight, which is handy if you're watching a movie with the lights turned down. The TX-P55VT30B has both Freeview HD and freesat HD tuners, so you can use it to access the largest range of free high-definition channels available. As with all of Panasonic's TVs, though, when you use the Freeview tuner, you're saddled with the annoying Guide Plus+ electronic programme guide, which shows Web-style adverts on the main screen.
Panasonic has tried all manner of different TV sizes over the past few years, so I guess we shouldn't be surprised to find it delivering another size 'first' in the form of its debut 55-inch model. The TX-P55VT30B is the only 55-inch model announced for Panasonic's 2011 range to date, and it belongs to the brand's flagship, 3D-capable TV series. So, while we've already lauded Panasonic's new GT30 plasmas to the heavens, the P55VT30 promises even more. The screen starts establishing its flagship credentials right away by being exceptionally slim for a plasma TV; enjoying a 'single layer' finish; and being built like the proverbial brick outhouse; wall mounters and people with weak backs take note. I suppose some people might find the sizable bezel width a turn off, but heck, if you're up for buying a 55-inch TV, then another couple of inches of frame isn't really a big deal, is it? More evidence of the P55VT30's uncompromising nature can be seen with its connections. The four v1.4 HDMIs, for instance, should satisfy even the most ambitious of AV setups. There's an LNB input alongside the usual RF jack, too, revealing that the P55VT30 carries a Freesat HD tuner, as well as a Freeview HD one.
This model is the 55'' version of the 50'' TV that we tested in our labs, the Panasonic Viera TX-P50VT30. Everything we said in the original article holds true--the only thing that's different is the size! The only exception is that some manufacturers fit different sized televisions with panels from different sources. In that case, our comments are only valid for the panel that we originally tested. Contrast, black levels, colour handling and ghosting are all subject to change from one panel to another. Manufacturers who do fit the same panel in all of the TVs in a range can expect the same results across the whole range. The only factor which could be prone to slight variation is the brightness, producing slightly different contrast. According to our own tests, and assurances from manufacturers, the results of one TV can accurately be applied to others in the range.