A recent episode showed a number of younger actors piling into a car to return home from the beach. Set in the evening, the car’s interior was suitably dimly lit, and details of the car’s fabric headliner and other interior details were well reproduced.
Given their long devotion to the plasma display format, it is not surprising at all that the Panasonic Viera GT25 delivered an all-round excellent picture, both in 2D as well as 3D. While the set’s 2D-3D conversion effect only delivered a mild 3D experience even on the Maximum 3D effect setting (compared to 3D content on Blu-ray), the GT25’s 2D picture is consistently excellent. Where the set comes up short, compared to the competition is in the sparse Internet apps package (a recently tested Sony 3D set came with five times as many apps). Still, the inclusion of two major TV/movie streaming services (Netflix and Amazon on Demand) is the feature that will be the most useful for the majority of viewers.
At posting time, Panasonic was offering a great 3D bundle promotion—purchase a Panasonic 3D TV and get a free DMP-BDT100 3D Blu-ray player, along with what Panasonic calls the Essentials Kit, which includes two pairs of 3D eyewear and two 3D Blu-ray titles (Coraline and Ice Age, Dawn of the Dinosaurs). Considering the suggested retail value of all of the items (player, eyewear and discs) is roughly $610, that’s a pretty good incentive to go with the Panasonic, and ups our value score to a solid 9. It is currently offered to purchasers in the form of an instant rebate. There was no end date to the promotion specified as of our deadline.
Panasonic Viera TC-P50GT25 Plasma 3DTV
Screen size: 50” diagonal
Pixel resolution: 1920 x 1080
1:1 Mode: Yes
Video inputs: 3 HDMI, 2 component, 2 composite, 1 RGB PC
Other connections: 2 stereo audio inputs, 1 optical digital audio output, 1 ATSC/NTSC/ClearQAM RF input, 2 USB ports, 1 RJ-45 LAN port, 1 SD card slot
Dimensions (W x H x D): 48” x 30.3” x 3.5” (w/o supplied swivel stand)
Weight: 57.4 lb.
Warranty: 1 year, parts & labor