Panasonic VIERA TC-P50VT25 50-inch 1080p 3D Plasma HDTV, Black (2010 Model) review

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3D Technology Checklist

This product is 3D-related. To help you get a great 3D experience, use our checklist below to ensure that you have everything you need. If you have any questions or want to learn more about 3D, we invite you to visit 3D 101–our center for everything 3D. To get started with 3D, please ensure that you have:

A Display The first–and most important–item you'll need is a 3D-ready display–whether it be a 3D HDTV, 3D projector, or 3D computer monitor. These displays usually have a higher processing power than older models as they need to display one image for each eye to create a 3D effect.

A Source While your display is ready for 3D playback, you still need a device to read 3D content (i.e., a movie or a show). This source can be a cable box with a subscription to a 3D channel, a 3D Blu-ray Disc player, or a PlayStation 3.

Content In order to watch 3D, you will need to get some 3D content. This 3D content will come from the source mentioned above in the form of a 3D program, movie, or game. Please ensure that your 3D movies are in the Blu-ray 3D format, as this new format will provide the best 3D experience.

3D Glasses All 3D HDTVs on the market require Active Shutter glasses to create the 3D effect. You will need to buy one pair of glasses for each viewer. Also make sure that the Active Shutter glasses you buy are compatible with your display–for example, buy the glasses from the same brand as your 3D HDTV.

HDMI Cable To connect your source (such as a 3D Blu-ray Disc player) to your display, you'll need a hgh-speed HDMI cable. Cables with this designation–with bandwidth speeds up to 10.2 Gbps (gigabits per second)–will be able to carry the 3D signal without any loss of quality.
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(December 2010)
Panasonic's 50-inch VIERA TC-P50VT25 Full HD 3D Plasma TV is ready to put you right inside the action. With brand new 3D and proven 2D technologies for serious realism, THX certification, and a wealth of analog and digital inputs and outputs, it's perfect for experiencing cinimea in your own home. Add VIERA Cast for accessing Internet content, image viewing and video playback from SD cards, and 30 watts of high-quality audio, and you've got a cutting-edge foundation for your home theater setup.

The VIERA VT25 Series Full HD 3D Plasmas create an all new viewing experience by putting you inside the action and creating a new world of TV viewing realism.

Full HD 3D Realism

Frame Sequential Technology

The method used to send left-eye and right-eye 3D images viewers is key to the 3D image quality, and Full HD 3D uses what's called Frame Sequential technology. The VT25 series plasma display panel allows images for each eye to be alternately reproduced at the rate of 60 frames per second (fps), making a total fps for both eyes. Viewers watch the images through high-precision 3D eyewear, which open and close the left and right shutters in synchronization with the alternating images. As a result, a separate 1920 x 1080 full-HD image is sent to each eye. This addresses the image quality problems and blurring that were common to earlier 3D systems, and creates sharp, crisp 3D images.

3D Display Optimization

The Frame Sequential Technology requires images to be displayed at 1/120 of a second–twice as fast as ordinary full-HD images. If the luminescence time for each frame were simply shortened, the screen brightness would be lowered. To solve this problem, panasonic shortened the luminescence time and raised the luminescence intensity, to keep things bright and detailed. Additionally, newly developed fast-decay R and G phosphors reduce the afterimage time to 1/3, to ensure 3D images are displayed with no visible afterimage.

Panasonic 3D Eyewear

Included with each VT25-series VIERA 3D TV is one pair of 3D eyewear necessary to view the 3D content. To share the experience with others, additional 3D Eyewear may be purchased separately.

Active-shutter Panasonic 3D glasses enable clear and comfortable 3D viewing.

Award-winning picture quality.

The Eyewear can be easily adjusted to fit various face shapes and sizes, from children to adults, and their extremely durable hinges withstand repeated opening and closing. You can also use these glasses over your normal prescription glasses.

Stellar Video and Audio Performance

Infinite Black Panel Pro

With Infinite Black Panel Pro, VIERA HDTVs are able to display extremely robust blacks. A new panel and improvements to the cell discharge area dramatically increase contrast when viewing in brightly lit locations. And reducing the electrical pre-discharge that causes graying has greatly enhanced black gradation. As a result, deep, rich blacks are displayed in virtually any viewing area, from living rooms to bedrooms. Even in dark film scenes, clothing textures, individual strands of hair, and other fine details are clearly reproduced.

The Real Film Experience

This display is THX certified, meaning it reproduces film images as the filmmakers intended them. To receive THX certification, TVs undergo stringent tests to determine, for example, whether the exact same brightness and color are displayed at all screen locations, and whether black levels satisfy standard criteria. VIERA meets the high standards set by the THX Certified Display Program.

Crisp, Clear Moving Pictures With 600Hz Sub-Field Drive

600Hz technology lets you view superb full-HD motion and still images with 1,080 lines of resolution. For even greater clarity with motion images, Panasonic uses its own unique image-analysis technology. This technology converts the motion in each scene into dots. And each frame is practically displayed for a shorter length of time than in previous systems, to reduce aftereffects.

Infinite Black Panel Pro for deep, rich blacks in any viewing situation.

600Hz technology provides even greater clarity with motion images.

Panasonic Video Technologies

Panasonic offers a wealth of video technology with their displays, and the TC-P50VT25 is no exception. x.v.Color is the new standard in high-definition color, which delivers up to 80 percent more color than standard HDTV for breathtaking realism and vivid, natural colors. 3D Color Management optimizes all colors to deliver pictures that are beautiful to the human eye. 24p Cinematic Playback displays movies in natural, cinematic motion, allowing you to experience theater-like viewing at home. And gaming mode optimizes all settings for quick response and great graphics when paired with your gaming system.

Solid Audio

The TC-P50VT25 boasts three speakers to deliver great sound (when you aren't listening through your home theater system, that is). Two full-range drivers and a woofer for the low-end deliver 30 Watts of crystal-clear sound. BBE's ViVA sound widening technology widens your stereo image, and a built-in surround effect makes things more immersive even without satellite speakers.

Connectivity and Convenience

Great Web Entertainment, Home Video Conferencing, and More

The age of the Internet TV is well underway, and VIERA Cast's assorted online content keeps getting better. In addition to the popular content such as YouTube and Picasa Web Albums, it now offers Pandora Internet Radio, movies streamed from Netflix (paid service), exciting sports from FOX Sports, tweeting web communications with Twitter, and even home video and audio conferencing with Skype (with the optional communication camera TY-CC10). It also provides USB terminals for a keyboard and Wireless LAN Adaptor.

Panasonic's VIERA Cast lets you access Internet content, from streaming movies to social networking.

To learn more about Internet-ready HDTVs, visit Internet-Ready TV 101.

Easy Viewing of Full-HD Photos and Videos

Thanks to Panasonic's VIERA Image Viewer, it's easy to view full-HD images off of SD cards. Watch and show your photos and motion images right after you take them. Simply insert an SD Memory Card into your VIERA HDTV to display photos and full-HD videos on the large screen. You can also choose from among 5 types of background music and 5 display effects. It's much more fun when you can view them on a large screen HDTV with family and friends. Throw some MP3s on that SD Card and you can also play them back, for a quick music solution.

Operation With a Single Remote

For those who own multiple Panasonic VIERA devices–VIERA Link allows interconnected operation of various AV devices using only the VIERA remote control, by simply connecting compatible devices to each other by an HDMI cable. The TC-P50VT25 is ready to integrate into your existing VIERA system.


Navigating your system's features is important, too. With the new VIERA Tools user interface, simply press a button on the remote control and icons such as the photos or movies from the menu screen. Now you can just select the one you want. This kind of easy operation means you have more fun and less hassle.

What's in the Box

Panasonic VIERA TC-P50VT25 50-inch 1080p 3D Plasma HDTV, Pedestal, Remote Control w/ Batteries, Power Cord, 3D Eyewear (One Pair), Screwdriver for 3D Eyewear, Documentation

TC-P50VT25 Select Specifications Video Screen Size Diagonal: 49.9 Inches Contrast Ratio: Infinite Black Pro/5,000,000:1 Native Aspect Ratio: 16:9 Native Resolution (Number of Pixels): 2,073,600 (1,920 x 1,080) Moving Picture Resolution: 1080 Lines Shades of Gradation: 6,144 equivalent Audio Speakers: Woofer x 1, Full-range x 2 (L, R) Number of Speakers: 3 Audio Output: 30 W (10% THD) Surround Sound: Yes Inputs & Jacks Integrated ATSC Tuner: Yes HDMI Input: 4 (1 side) Composite Video Input: 2 (1 side) Audio Input (for Video): 2 (1 side) PC Input: D-sub 15-pin x 1 (side) Component Video Inputs (Y, PB, PR): 2 Audio Input (for Component Video): 2 Digital Audio Output (Optical): 1 HDMI Input-Support Feature: Audio Return Channel (Input 1) / 3D Input (All) Analog Audio Input ( for HDMI/DVI): Yes USB: 2 LAN Port: 1 Weight and Dimensions Dimensions (WxHxD): 30.4" x 48.2" x 3.6" (31.9" x 48.2" x 13.2" with stand) Weight: 60.6 lbs. (67.2 lbs. with stand)

Panasonic 2010 VIERA Plasma and LCD Comparison Series: VT25 Plasma GT25 Plasma G25 Plasma S2 Plasma U2 Plasma C2 Plasma U22 LCD X2 LCD C22 LCD Models: TC-P54VT25 54"
TC-P50VT25 50" TC-P50GT25 50"
TC-P42GT25 42" TC-P54G25 54"
TC-P50G25 50"
TC-P46G25 46"
TC-P42G25 42" TC-P65S2 65"
TC-P58S2 58"
TC-P54S2 54"
TC-P50S2 50"
TC-P46S2 46"
TC-P42S2 42" TC-P50U2 50"
TC-P42U2 42" TC-P50C2 50"
TC-P46C2 46"
TC-P42C2 42" TC-L42U22 42"
TC-L37U22 37"
TC-L32U22 32" TC-L37X2 37"
TC-L32X2 32"
TC-L22X2 22" TC-L37C22 37"
TC-L32C22 32" VIERA Cast

— — — — — — VIERA Image Viewer
(AVCHD/MPEG2/JPEG/MP3 playback)
(AVCHD/MPEG2/JPEG/MP3 playback)
webcam capable
webcam capable
webcam capable NeoPDP Panel — — — — — — — THX Display — — — — — — Contrast Ratio Infinite Black Pro / 5,000,000:1 Native Infinite Black / 5,000,000:1 Native Infinite Black / 5,000,000:1 Native Dynamic: 2,000,000:1 Dynamic: 2,000,000:1 Dynamic: 2,000,000:1 Dynamic: 20,000:1 Dynamic: 20,000:1
22": 15,000:1 Dynamic: 18,000:1 Moving Picture Resolution 1080 lines 1080 lines 1080 lines 1080 lines 900 lines 720 lines — — — Anti-Reflective Filter — — — — — Display Capabilities 1080p, 1080i,
720p, 480p 1080p, 1080i,
720p, 480p 1080p, 1080i,
720p, 480p 1080p, 1080i,
720p, 480p 1080p, 1080i,
720p, 480p 720p, 480p 1080p, 1080i,
720p, 480p 720p, 480p 720p, 480p 600Hz Sub-field Drive — — — Game Mode — — — Speakers 3; 30W total 2; 20W total 2; 20W total 2; 20W total 2; 20W total 2; 20W total 2; 20W total 2; 20W total
22": 6W 2; 20W total Surround Sound HDMI input 4 (1 side) 3 (1 side) 3 (1 side) 3 (1 side) 3 (1 side) 2 3 (1 side) 3 (1 side)
22": 1 2 Component input (Y, PB, PR) 2 2 2 2 2 2 1 1 1 Composite input 2 (1 side) 2 (1 side) 2 (1 side) 2 (1 side) 2 (1 side) 2 (1 side) 2 (1 side) 2 (1 side)
22": 1 2 PC input 1 (side) 1 (side) 1 (side) — — — 1 1 1 USB 2 2 2 — — — — — — Ethernet LAN input 1 1 1 — — — — — — Digital Audio output 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 iPod Universal Dock — — — — — — — — Energy Star Series: VT25 Plasma GT25 Plasma G25 Plasma S2 Plasma U2 Plasma C2 Plasma U22 LCD X2 LCD C22 LCD