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Panasonic With New 2012 Smart VIERA Plasma 3D HDTV Lineup

January 11th, 2012 · 7 Comments · General 3D News

Panasonic’s 3D-capable Plasma HDTVs are still considered among the best for stereoscopic 3D use and each year the company is improving and adding new features in their new lineup and now it is time for the 2012 lineup. There is of course a new top model – the VT50 Series, that will offer all the top features and it will be only available in 55-inch and 65-inch configuration, but also four more new 3D-capable series – GT50, ST50, UT50 and XT50 as well as just one non 3D-capable series – the U50. The focus of the new 2012 lineup is of course the Smart functionality that should make the TV set way more functional and go beyond just a TV, but the 3D capabilities and image quality are also among the key points and the new and improved Plasma panels should bring better quality in stereoscopic 3D mode as well.

The 2012 models employ NeoPlasma Black 2500 provide a crisp image even when the content shows very fast motion. The 2012 panel further reduces reflections and creates sharper pictures with higher contrast in brighter environments. In addition, a new panel structure and pre-discharge control technology contribute to an increased native contrast level. Additionally, all the 3D models include DLNA connections for easy link-up to other DLNA equipped products. Improved power efficiency has been addressed with, among other technology advances, new and improved phosphor mixtures and more efficient electronics.

The six VIERA Plasma series, VT50, GT50, ST50, UT50, XT50 and U50 (the only 2D one), feature self illuminating panels with ultimate black levels, NeoPlasma technologies (VT/GT/ST) providing a black filter with a higher efficiency panel that generates the best balance of black and white under brighter environments. The new Louver filter and new high performance panel result in improved external light shading, improved clarity and improved light transmittance. The 2012 models employ the NeoPlasma Black 2500 (VT/GT/ST/UT), a 6,220,800 pixel cells FULL local dimming, 24,576 steps of gradation technology (VT/GT) (previously only available in professional monitors), a new custom driver LSI and a fast switching phosphor panel on all of Panasonic’s 1080p 3D models. Panasonic also continues its relationship with THX with six Full HD 3D Plasma HDTVs, certified in both 2D and 3D mode by the prestigious company founded by George Lucas. THX certification indicates to the consumer that the picture quality has been certified to meet the stringent standards of Hollywood’s top film makers.

All in all what you should expect from the new 2012 lineup of 3D-capable Plasma HDTVs from Panasonic is better image quality – brighter picture, higher contrast, richer colors, better external light blocking and faster response. And when all this is applied in stereoscopic 3D mode you should get even nicer looking and realistic image with less crosstalk. The built-in media player should also be further improved to support more formats. What is not mentioned however is if the new 2012 lineup of 3D-capable Plasma HDTVs from Panasonic will use higher bandwidth-capable HDMI 1.4 chips, so that you could be able to run them in 1080p 30Hz 3D mode or even 1080p 60Hz 3D mode as this is something that will immediately make them way more attractive for stereo 3D gamers and not only for 3D movie lovers. Hopefully we’ll get more details about the extra questions that arise as soon as the first reviews of the new 2012 product line start to appear online.

For more information about the new top model Panasonic Smart VIERA VT50 3D HDTV…

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Panasonic With New Top Model 3D HDTV Plasma and 3D LCD HDTVs

February 17th, 2011 · 3 Comments · Other S3D Tech

The new 2011 line of 3D-capable HDTV products from Panasonic will have a new top model 3D Plasma – the VT30, which should be slightly better than the current VT20/VT25 3D series from 2010. One other important thing with the new VT30 series is the fact that they have passed the THX 2D and 3D Display certification where the last year’s models were THX certified only for 2D. The new top line of 3D capable plasma HDTVs VT30 will be available in four different sizes: 42-inch, 50-inch, 55-inch and the biggest model will be 65-inch. Aside from the new top VT30 model, Panasonic will also refresh the GT25 series with a new GT30 mid-end and another new series ST30, but what is more interesting thing about the 3D-capable product line from Panasonic this year will actually be their first 3D-capable LCD HDTVs that will be available in smaller sizes than the 3D plasmas.

The new 3D LED LCD series is going to be called DT30 and will be available with two models with a size of 32-inch and 37-inch and they will be using the new fast response IPS Alpha panels developed by the company. We already know that 3D plasma HDTVs and especially the ones from Panasonic are among the products that have less crosstalk in 3D mode, making them the best choice for 3D use and 3D-capable LCD panels are not as good as the plasma in terms of crosstalk. But according to Panasonic their new IPS Alpha panels should also have less crosstalk than alternative solutions and be almost comparable to their Plasmas, and not only about the level of crosstalk, but other features as well. Here is what exactly Panasonic describes their new fast response IPS LCD panels:

To maximize the advantages of IPS Alpha panels, Panasonic has made major changes to the whole process of panel production, from the structure to the key materials used. Thanks to newly developed Advanced Pre-Charged Driving technology that achieves the fastest scanning rate in the industry of 2 ms, display speed that is twice that of previous models has now been achieved. Panasonic has developed LCD panels with crosstalk that has been reduced almost completely and allow for a solid black picture that maintains a broad gradation display. The LCD panels also feature full moving picture resolution, which enhances moving picture reproduction even in 2D display mode. The combination of reduced crosstalk and black reproducibility enables Panasonic to deliver LCD panels with clear, superior contrast, high-quality Full HD 3D pictures, almost comparable to PDPs.

But of course we are yet to soon see these new models on the market and compare especially the performance of the new 3D LCD panels to a 3D Plasma. As an owner of a VT20E 3D Plasma from Panasonic I can say that I’m quite happy with it and don’t have plans for replacing it with the newer VT30 as the difference between them should be hardly noticeable. But I’m quite interested in the new IPS-based LCD panels coming from the company, because getting 2 ms response time on an IPS panel is quite an achievement. The bad news about all PC gamers is that the 2011 product line of 3D HDTVs from Panasonic is they still remain limited to 720p 50/60Hz 3D mode and 1080p 24Hz 3D mode as all the 2010 products were limited by the HDMI 1.4a interface.

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