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REVIEW / Panasonic Viera TX-P55VT30

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Pierre-Jean Alzieu
Pierre Anzil
Published on May 23, 2011
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  • Screen size 55 inches
  • Resolution 1920 x 1080 pixels
  • HD compatibility (1080i/720p) Yes / Yes
  • HD Ready certification Yes
  • Brightness NC
  • Contrast ratio 5000000 :1
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.


  • Great picture in 2D and 3D
  • Excellent contrast ratio: 6310:1 in THX mode and 4860:1 in Professional mode
  • Crosstalk virtually invisible
  • Very wide viewing angles
  • Excellent audio quality


  • Glossy screen picks up reflections
  • Noisy power adaptor
  • Energy consumption on the high side: 284 W


The VT30 is no better than the VT20: it still has a great picture in both 2D and 3D. But Panasonic has put a lot of work into making look better, and it's certainly paid off.
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