Panasonic today unveiled its full Viera HD TV line-up for 2010 in Munich – with no less than 32 new LCD and plasma models ranging from a 65-inch 3D TV to a 19-inch HD-ready TV.
Highlights of the 13 new Viera TV series include improved web connectivity, LED edge lighting, power saving claims and Freeview HD tuners.
Undoubtedly at the top of the bill is Panasonic’s flagship plasma TV the VT20 series. Available in either 65 or 50-inch screen sizes, VT20 plasma TVs are full HD and 3D TV models – capable of displaying alternate 1080p images to left and right eyes.
Watched in conjunction with special 3D glasses (two sets are supplied with the TV – extra pairs cost around £100 each) , the effect is to fool the brain into seeing in 3D.
The smaller VT20 should be available in May priced around £2500. The larger 65-inch version in June at around £4000
Panasonic LED TVs go large
Other highlights include Panasonic’s first foray into the LED edge lit market with the D28, D25 and V20 series. TVs in this series range in size from 19 to 50-inches.
The ultra-slim designs and energy efficiency offered by LED have been a hit with consumers ever since Samsung stole a march in the LED market a year ago (even outshining the LED pioneers Sony).
Panasonic has moved away from the ubiquitous glossy black design with its LED series. All are available in silver, white or purple.
Find out how the Samsung and Sony brands measure up to Panasonic in the Which? overview of the best TV brands.
And for the first time Panasonic has produced a selection of big-screen LCD TVs. Its LED edge lit LCD V20 and D28 models are both available in sizes up-to 42-inches, creating some more full size competition for its own plasma line-up.
Freeview HD included
Freeview HD tuners are included alongside an increased line-up of Freesat models – a total of five series come equipped with both. You can find out more about the pros and cons of Freeview versus Freesat in the Which? guide to Freeview and Freesat digital TV.
Top of the range new Viera TV sets are Wi-Fi ready. Add a dongle and you can wirelessly connect to Panasonic’s Viera Cast web service.
Which? TV expert Mike Briggs said: ‘There’s plenty to get excited about with the new Viera line-up but of course we’ll reserve full judgement till we get the TVs in our test lab. We’re dying to see how Panasonic’s energy efficiency claims measure up in our tests and how its 600Hz processing technology fares this year.’
Full LCD and plasma TV reviews
To see how Panasonic’s 2009 Viera line-up fared against the competition check out the full Which? LCD and plasma TV reviews, where you’ll find comprehensive, independent write-ups for almost 200 HD TVs.
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