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Panasonic VIERA TC-P55VT30 55-inch 1080p 3D Plasma HDTV, Black (2011 Model)

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  • Full HD 3D (1 Pair of Glasses Included)
  • It has one sheet of glass design
  • It has Infinite Black Pro 2 panel
  • It has VIERA Connect Wi-Fi Ready
  • It has THX 3D Certified Display
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Technical Details

Size: 55-Inch
  • Brand Name: Panasonic
  • Model: TC-P55VT30
  • Display Technology: PLASMA
  • Display Size: 55.1 inches
  • Image Aspect Ratio: 1899-12-31T16:09:00.000
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Product Details

Size: 55-Inch
Data Sheet [PDF]
  • Product Dimensions: 52.4 x 15.3 x 33.4 inches ; 98.2 pounds
  • Shipping Weight: 116 pounds
  • Shipping: This item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
  • ASIN: B004NPP152
  • Item model number: TC-P55VT30
  • Batteries 2 AA batteries required. (included)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (136 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #82,142 in Electronics (See Top 100 in Electronics)
  • Discontinued by manufacturer: Yes
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: July 1, 2011

Product Description

Size: 55-Inch

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3D Technology Checklist

This product is 3D-related. To help you get a great 3D experience, use the checklist below to ensure you have everything you need. 3D viewing requires:

A Display
First, you'll need a 3D-ready display--whether it's a 3D HDTV, 3D projector, or 3D computer monitor. These displays have more processing power than standard 2D models for displaying 3D images in rapid succession.
A Source
Your display may be ready for 3D playback, but you'll still need a device to read 3D content. This can be a cable box with a subscription to a 3D channel, a 3D Blu-ray Disc player, or a PlayStation 3 system.
3D Content
3D content--the actual entertainment, in other words--will be played back using the source mentioned above, whether it's a 3D broadcast from your cable provider, a 3D Blu-ray Disc, or a 3D video game.
3D Glasses
For now, the vast majority of 3D HDTVs require glasses for 3D viewing. Many use powered "active shutter" glasses, others polarized "passive" glasses. You'll need one pair per viewer, and they'll have to be compatible with your display, whether they're the same brand, or a pair of "universal" glasses designed to work across brands.
HDMI Cable
To connect your source (such as a 3D Blu-ray Disc player) to your display, you'll need a high-speed HDMI cable. Cables with this designation feature bandwidth speeds up to 10.2 Gbps (gigabits per second), for carrying the 3D signal without any loss of quality.

If you want to get more information about 3D, shop our 3D products, watch videos, or interact with other customers, we invite you to visit 3D 101, our customer center about everything 3D.


Internet-Ready Television

Internet-Ready Television

Internet-ready TVs use your broadband connection to deliver dynamic content, whether it's streaming video from Netflix, new music from Pandora, or a quick glance at today's weather forecast.

Although there is overlap, each manufacturer offers a unique bundle of free or paid services, including streaming video and music, social networking apps, online photo galleries, news and financial updates, weather info, sports scores, and a variety of other smartphone-like applications.

Manufacturers continue to add new content to their offerings, keeping customers current through firmware updates, and making a bit of research a prudent step in your buying decision.

Learn more about Internet TVs, how they work, what services are offered by different manufacturers, and exactly what you'll need to get started at our Internet TV 101 customer center.




(June 2011)

Step into the 3D World. The VIERA VT-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.

TC-P55VT30
Infinite Black Pro 2

Enhancements to the panel and cells help reproduce images with smooth, natural gradation and deep, rich blacks even when viewed in bright surroundings. In movies, the true, deep blacks faithfully convey the intent of the filmmakers, adding power and realism to the viewing experience.

Full-HD Resolution Speed of 1,200 pps

Full-HD Resolution Speed, the new standard for moving picture measurement announced by the Advanced PDP Development Center Corporation (APDC), indicates the maximum moving picture speed that can be enjoyed with full-HD resolution. VIERA HDTV's achieved 1,200 pps (pixels per second) under this new standard. Even images that scroll left or right at the extremely high speed of 1,200 pps are able to be correctly displayed at the maximum resolution of 1,080 lines.

Fast Switching Phosphor

The use of fast switching phosphors has significantly reduced afterglow duration and reproduced clear 3D and 2D images. Fast switching phosphors are used in all full HD models.

Improved Pre-discharge and Filter

Minimizing pre-discharge has made it possible to produce crisp blacks with minimal graying. And improving the filter shape has suppressed glare and reduced internal reflections in the front glass panel. The contrast in bright ambient light has been raised to enable rich, more robust blacks.

THX 3D Certified Display

In order to enjoy the original image quality of a movie, you need to have a display that portrays the images exactly as the movie's creators intended. VIERA HDTVs have met the high standards set by THX Certified Display Program, reproducing both 2D and 3D images with cinema-like quality.

3D
600Hz
3D 24p Cinema Smoother

VIERA incorporates technology that analyzes picture information in both the preceding and succeeding frames, and creates a precise supplementary frame between them. This suppresses the jerky effect seen in movies, so playback is smooth and natural-looking. The distinctive tonal qualities and atmosphere of the movie are preserved, and you enjoy extremely lifelike 3D images.

Frame Sequential Technology

Panasonic uses Full-HD Frame Sequential technology to create its 3D images. Images recorded in 1920 x 1080 pixels for both the right-eye and the left-eye alternately flash on the screen at the ultra-high rate of 120 frames per second. When you view the screen through active-shutter glasses that open and close each lens in sync with the alternating images, you see breathtaking FULL HD 3D pictures with stunning power and realism.

600Hz Sub-field Drive

600Hz technology lets you view superb full-HD motion and still images. 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.

Game Mode

Games are much more fun when there's no lag in operation. VIERA automatically chooses settings that provide the optimal image, so you get super-fast response and no delays. Even dark scenes with delicately rendered details are beautiful and easy to see.

3D Image Viewer

It's easy to view 3D photos and movies you shot yourself on the big VIERA screen. After shooting with your 3D-compatible camera or camcorder, simply insert the SD card into the slot on a 3D-compatible VIERA TV. The viewing is incredible, with images so realistic it feels as though you're right back in the moment. You'll find that life's special moments are even more memorable when you preserve them in 3D.

2D-3D Conversion

Unique Panasonic technology converts 2D images into high-quality 3D images in real-time. The technology generates a detailed depth effect for each type of image, so the 3D effect is natural and realistic. Use VIERA HDTV to enjoy Blu-ray movies, DVD movies and even ordinary TV broadcasts in 3D. The Super Resolution function allows images that were converted from 2D to 3D to be displayed in sharp, clear 3D while minimizing double image. 3D images with crisp contours are also produced from 3D broadcasts using the side-by-side method.

TC-P65VT30
DLNA/Wi-Fi Ready

Connect a DLNA-compatible VIERA HDTV and DLNA-compatible AV equipment to your home network, and you can watch movies, listen to music, and view photos from any room in the house. VIERA HDTV's Wi-Fi capability gives you even more layout flexibility.

VIERA Connect

The exciting world of IPTV, centering on TV, is about to begin for the enjoyment of the entire family. Now you can enjoy intuitive remote control while relaxing on the living room sofa, with a wide variety of content at your fingertips. In the near future, TV will also be able to link with a tablet device to achieve completely new forms of entertainment that you've never before experienced.

VIERA Link

VIERA Link interlinks the operation of a variety of AV devices, so you can operate them all using only the VIERA remote control. Setup is easy simply connect the compatible devices to each other via HDMI cables.

VIERA Remote

VIERA remote is a TV remote controller app for select Panasonic VIERA HDTVs that uses your iPhone/iPod touch/iPad (of iOS 4.2 or later) to control TV channel selection, input selection, and volume control. Included features are gesture control, a keyboard user Interface, and a power off button. Learn more about Panasonic’s VIERA remote app.

Improvement in Luminous Efficiency Achieves Low Power Consumption

Everything — from the materials and panel structure to the drive method — has been re-engineered. These improvements are a result of the new phosphor and new electrode (fish bone) structure.

Long Panel Life, Up to 100,000 Hours

One important way consumers can protect the environment is by choosing high-quality products and taking care of them so they last for a long time. A high-quality VIERA HDTV can help. Thanks to a newly designed phosphor process and rear panel process, our plasma panels last for up to 100,000 hours before the brightness decreases by half. That's more than 30 years of viewing 8 hours a day.

Mercury and Lead Free Plasma Display Panel Panasonic is committed to making our products more friendly to the environment. In line with this commitment, all VIERA plasma display panels are free of both lead and mercury. This reduces impact on the environment years down the road when the TV is recycled or retired from use.

Key Specifications

  • Series: VT30
  • Screen type: Plasma
  • Screen size: 55.1 inches
  • Native resolution: 1,920 x 1080 pixels
  • Shades of Gradation: 6,144 equivalent
  • 600 Hz Sub-field Drive: Yes
  • HDTV display capability: 1080p, 1080i, 720p
  • EDTV display capability: 480p
  • Speakers: 2 full range and subwoofer 22W total power, Surround Sound Capable
  • Image viewer: Yes (AVCHD/MPEG2/JPEG/MP3 playback)
  • Aspect control:4:3, Zoom, Full, Just, H-Fill for TV/AV Modes; 4:3 for PC Mode
  • Optional wall-mounting bracket: TY-WK5P1RW
  • Multi-lingual menu: English/Spanish/French
  • Energy Star qualified: Yes

Connections

  • HDMI: 4 (4 side)
  • Component (Y, PB, PR): RCA x 1 (lower)
  • Composite A/V: RCA x 1 (lower)
  • USB: 3
  • Wireless LAN Adaptor: Wi-fi Ready
  • Digital audio output: 1 (optical)

Dimensions

  • TV with stand: 33.4" x 52.4" x 15.3" (H x W x D) 98.2 pounds
  • TV without stand: 31.9" x 52.4" x 2.2" (H x W x D) 84.9 pounds
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What's in the Box

Panasonic VT30 series Plasma HDTV, removable stand, 1 pair of 3D eyewear, wireless LAN adapter, remote control (with batteries), converter cables, cable clamper, operating instructions, quick start guide

Product Description

Panasonic VIERA TC-P55VT30 55-Inch 1080p 3D Plasma HDTV


Customer Questions & Answers

Customer Reviews

Picture quality is fantastic, refresh rates for gaming is tops, and the money you save with amazon let your purchase that evil extended warranty without hating yourself for… Read more ›
Almost a year after purchasing this model, i still have absolutely NOTHING bad to say about it. The picture is stunning, the blacks are jet black, the 3D is great. I'd buy… Read more ›
I have no complaints as this tv is just fantastic. The picture is the best and now that I have my wireless connection working the tv is even better. Add a surround system… Read more ›
I would advise anyone to utilize HDMI cable instead of standard AV cables, if you never have tried them, the difference in image quality is unbelievable (Discovered it… Read more ›
My old tv is a 52 inch rear projection Panasonic that was purchased in 1997 and still works great, but now with an XBOX…The picture is amazing and I couldn't be happier. Read more ›
Finally ordered The TCP65vt30 Plasma and VERY glad I did. The picture is outstanding! In this size TV, the LED'S were Wayyyy more money(at least in the top of the line… Read more ›
The picture quality is outstanding. Blacks are deep and ink in nature. The colors and brilliant and very accurate. Read more ›
I was relieved when I didn't see LED imperfections - it simply feels satisfying. The black color is amazing - black scenes literally looks like the TV is turned off. Read more ›
Even my wife noticed the difference between our other TVs and the VT30. The black levels are really good and the one sheet of glass design finishes it off well. Only… Read more ›
Great Job Panasonic! Blacklevels are deep and motion is smooth. No flickering blacklevels or anything like that. Read more ›
Sure, it's not a Kuro, but it's 90% there, and that says something. I thought my S2 black levels were terrible once I got the tv and started using it. For someone who will… Read more ›
Amazing TV, picture quality its top notch and setup is a breeze. plenty of options to tweak until your heart is content, or just…Deep blacks, rich color, and no buzz. I… Read more ›
I have not used the 3D functionality and I'm admittedly not very interested in it as I see…The THX setting is the best in my opinion with a few tweaks to make it perfect. Read more ›
Plasma's display much more realistic brightness and contrast overall in comparison to LCD's which overdo it. Color also seems improved and the THX mode is awesome. I… Read more ›
Simple.... the picture and the features are just fantastic. The picture is just so real ..... I love this TV. Read more ›
Apparently according to Panasonic tech support at the company, there is significant repair demand…They as much as admit that they have a repair problem with this model. W… Read more ›
Many of you who are reading these reviews care about the TV and technology you are getting. Looking for every good and bad feature HDTVs have to offer. Safe to say as well… Read more ›
For some reason, most of the content I watch is either not stretching corner to corner or has these vertical distorted lines along…I watch all my content in "Full" mode. Read more ›
The picture got BETTER the closer I got. The LCD was blurry and pixelated. The plasma was crystal clear. Read more ›
FIRST IMPRESSIONS it was a little grainy when I first turned it on,…The screen size is MASSIVE and the glass panel anti-glare is very nice (freaked out about scratches). Read more ›
Our previous 50" Panasonic plasma, which was mounted in the identical area, was impervious to scratches and abrasions. The screen still looks flawless after 5 years. The… Read more ›
The…In May, my dad purchased this same set from Best Buy and the glass screen is flawless minus a small scratch on the black border edge, not anywhere in the viewable area. Read more ›
Have not had any issues and displays a beautiful picture and has some nice options with the vieracast and DLNA package. Very happy with the choice. Read more ›
With this plasma - perfect picture wherever you sit. Our previous TV had alot of issues with glare from the windows and lights in other rooms. I don't know how, but… Read more ›
The set and stand…The sound is good enough that I don't feel the need to turn on the additional speakers I hooked up to it unless I want to watch a really good movie. I… Read more ›
Great TV, picture is crisp with full range of color. Only problem is that for an expensive TV the sound is not great. Sometimes hard to hear what is said. Read more ›
We used to have a 5.1 system - sold it with old 55" - so I bought a…After getting the sound adjusted we returned the soundbar - the speakers are THAT good in this tv. N… Read more ›
We received this TV a week before Christmas and could not be…The color is brilliant, the sound is crisp and clear, does not rattle when loud and no humming from this TV. Read more ›
hi im having problems whith audio.the level of volumen goes to 100 or 0 alone.i have to disconect from power and turn it on again. Read more ›
I researched for about 3 months, agonizing and…I have had this VT30 for almost a week. the picture is flawless, and the sound is considerably better than most tv's. I… Read more ›

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

142 of 152 people found the following review helpful By Jigsore on July 12, 2011
Size Name: 65-Inch
I had researched for about a year or so before placing a pre-order for this set. In 2010 I purchased a 55 inch Samsung C8000 LED set, and had bad luck with two units which were unrepairable, and needed to be replaced. Finally I got one without a problem, and it looked pretty great with bright content, but in blacked out scenes, or letterbox content there was a "flashlight" and cloud effect that was just too distracting. This is in a completely dark room by the way. It was at this point that I decided I was going to buy the best TV on the market with little regard to cost, and almost everything I read led to the upcoming VT30. So I placed my order in April, and the set was delivered on May 13th. Immediately I was blown away by the picture quality of this set, but also noticed a "flicker" effect, almost like the picture was fluttering on the high contrast scenes. For about the first month of owning the set I can't tell you how much reading and research I did to see if there was a way to fix this flicker problem, and although there is a lot of info on the web about this set, it seems like nobody was addressing the flicker issue. So I thought it must just be me, but then I found an article that talked about the greyscale of PDP technology, and that it can cause flicker which only some people see. I know that my vision is good, but could this be a problem with Plasma? Is it just me? Is it the settings of the set? Well, it couldn't be the latter, because I had tried just about every settings combination possible, and nothing had worked. When the contrast was turned down low it did reduce the flicker effect, but never went away and made the picture too dim to really enjoy.Read more ›
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55 of 58 people found the following review helpful By Chicago Pete on September 22, 2011
Size Name: 65-Inch Verified Purchase
I was reluctant to purchase this tv as are/were many secondary to the fluctuating brightness.

My amazon TV is an August 2011 build. A previous amazon customer who wrote a review here mentioned his recently acquired (sept 2011) tv was a July build. amazon, on the phone, could not guarantee me any build date, I guess I got luck of the draw on August, which apparently all August and beyond tv's have a replaced A board from the factory -- there is changing information on this on the 'net forums.

I was also a bit reluctant to purchase from Amazon, as I've never purchased something this expensive online before, but I've purchased from Amazon for years and have ZERO negative to say about Amazon reliability and service -- it's always been impecable.

I received this this tv only 2 days after I purchased it from Amazon, it arrived in great condition, my wife was home and she didn't know to ask the gentlemen who delivered it to put it on the stand, but they did not offer to do this for us. They turned it on, made sure it worked, and left (they just removed the top part of the box, pulled the styrofoam wrap down a bit, and plugged it in).

I got home, plugged in the wifi, updated firmware from 2.060 to 2.070 witout any problems.

I must admit -- for the purpose of this review -- so far I have not done any major testing. I currently own a Panny TC-P65S2 (2010) and came from a Panny TC-P65S1, and have only owned panasonic plasmas. I have dealt with fluctuating black levels (and am annoyed by them) on the S2, and the VT30 was a great prospect when I heard about the great black levels, apparently stable (thus far in reports from professional testing, i.e. cnet).

I'll report back as I start playing around with this thing.
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27 of 27 people found the following review helpful By ha-evolution on October 23, 2011
Size Name: 55-Inch Verified Purchase
This is my first plasma tv and I am pleasantly surprised. I did plenty of research before buying this tv and everything I read about this Panasonic VT30 series was correct. It has wonderful blacks and can get plenty bright in certain modes. I was somewhat concerned about the brightness issue given that my past flat panels have all been LCD. I admit I was a fan of the overblown brightness modes that LCD's allow but it is far from the most accurate picture and affects black levels. I had previously purchased a Samsung D8000 edge lit LED LCD but sent it back to Amazon because of the uneven back-lighting. This TV shows no uniformity issues (as expected with plasma technology). Watching sports on the Panny is great and 3D looks awesome also. Black levels are amazing - there is no black crush that I can discern and I have barely adjusted any settings on the TV.

The styling of the VT30 series is a definite plus. I was considering the cheaper ST series but after I seeing the huge ugly bezel I couldn't settle for old school looks. The VT one sheet of glass look is very well executed. The panel is also slimmer than I was expecting considering this is a plasma. Also I have to note that there is no fan noise and no plasma buzzing which other plasmas brands are known for (Samsung).

The Panasonic VT30 is a keeper.
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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful By JoeH on January 8, 2012
Size Name: 65-Inch
I just purchased my Panasonic Viera Plasma HDTV, model TC-P65VT30. Purchased in January of 2012, manufactured in October 2011. As of this review, I have had the TV for 2 days. If you are looking for the best quality picture you can get on High Definition as of January 2012, the Panasonic Viera VT30 65" is the way to go. This is without a doubt, Panasonic's flagship television and an immaculate example of how amazing an HD picture truly is.

Many of you who are reading these reviews care about the TV and technology you are getting. Looking for every good and bad feature HDTVs have to offer. Safe to say as well if you are reading this, money is no object. Make no mistake, this is an expensive piece of hardware. I will try and incorporate what I was looking for in reviews when I was narrowing down my selection.

Before the VT30 65", I was watching off a Vizio 32" LCD/CCFL backlit-about 4 years old. The picture on it was fantastic, and I never had any kind of problem with it. That in mind, Vizio was my first thought in Brand. Personally, I don't care how good a review there is, Brands in electronics mean something to me. Sony, Samsung, Panasonic and Vizio were the only brands I would truly consider. First thing was first though; features. What was I looking for that I knew about and what features did I find out about during research that I wanted? In no order: 55" or bigger/LED backlit full-array LCD/240hz or greater/WIreless capability/Apps/Social Networking where I can post right from the TV/Multiple HDMI ports/USB functionality/Industrial Design/User Interface/3D. (The 3D option for me was NOT a major deciding factor. If any models in my selection process had it however, the quality and ratings mattered.
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