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Since three-dimensional television is available in the world of LCD for a couple of months now, Panasonic as promised introduces its first 3D capable plasma displays to the market – the new VIERA VT series. Just after US American retail store chain Best Buy added a first 3D capable Panasonic plasma television to their programme in March, the Japanese electronics concern presented more models to the general retail in an official press release, also advertising related prices.
According to the press release, the own-brand plasma televisions sold in the United States will have other labels than those offered in Europe: While Panasonic's 3D plasmas will be introduced as VT25 series in the USA, European counterparts will be labelled VT20. The only exception is the TC-P50VT20 model, which is purchasable at Best Buy already, curiously enough obtaining the European type designation.
The same inconsistent procedure is to find in terms of screen sizes: While European customers have to be content with screen diagonals of 50 and 65 inch, American buyers additionally will be able to choose 54-inch and 58-inch sets. The recommended retail price of the European televisions will amount to 2,599.00 Euros and 4,499.00 Euros respectively, whereas the American models will be available from a price of 2,599.95 US dollars. Three remaining models will be purchasable for 2,999.95 US dollars, 3,399.95 US dollars and 4,299.95 US dollars.
Panasonic's new VT series’ plasma televisions bear the promise of unparalleled viewing pleasure. (Photo: Panasonic)
Attaching one pair of shutter glasses to every television, Panasonic allows all customers the pleasures of three-dimensional viewing. Sold separately as well, the glasses can be purchased later at a price of 149,95 US dollars. Due to their native contrast ratio of 5,000,000:1 and new short stroke phosphor technology, Panasonic's THX certified representatives of the VT series pledge incomparable viewing pleasure in the third dimension. Thanks to 600 hertz sub-field drive technology each one of the eyes is provided with 60 single images per second, giving a particularly smooth display of the screen content. The integration of a DLNA client, as well as compatibility to Panasonic's VIERA CAST WiFI and Skype completely round off the impression of a new-generation multi media display.
The VIERA VT series will be delivered including appealing 3D glasses. (Photo: Panasonic)
As from May, members of the VT series with screen diagonals of up to 54 inch will get to retail stores. The two largest models with a screen size of 58 and 65 respectively will not be available before June.