Panasonic Viera TH-L55WT50A

Due out in Australia in June 2012, the range-topping WT50 range features 1080p, 3D capability, built-in Wi-Fi, USB and SD cards slots, support for popular codecs and IPTV services.


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In brief

Sitting atop the pile of Panasonic's 2012 LCD TV range, the WT50 range features an IPS 1080p display capable of both 2D and, with the aid of the supplied pair of active glasses, 3D.

A built-in Wi-Fi module will allow owners to view DLNA and IPTV content without laying out an Ethernet cable across the living room or forking out extra for a USB Wi-Fi dongle. Those who don't have a compatible media server lying around are also catered for, as there are three USB ports, an SD card slot and support for popular codecs, such as DivX and MKV.

The internet-based Viera Connect service allows owners to access Quickflix and BigPond Movies, as well as catch-up TV services from the ABC and the Seven Network.

Availability

The WT50 hits retail outlets in Australia in June in two sizes: 55 inches and 47 inches. The 55-inch TV will carry a recommended sticker price of AU$3499, while the 47-inch model will retail for AU$2849.



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"Good looking unit, but pricey."

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The Good:Superb image quality

The Bad:Very poorly located inputs for wall mounting. Wont play lossless WMA.

Just bought this to replace my five year old Pioneer plasma. Settled on the WT50 due to the continuing lack of supply on the ST50 and VT50 plasma.

Image quality is fantastic. Some blooming around the edges on semi dark scenes, but better than most LCD's I've seen.

Biggest issues so far have been the placement of the HDMI, USB and SD Card sockets. The USB and SD Card in particular are placed too far from the edge of the TV on the left back. If the panel is wall mounted they are bordering on stupidly innacessable. For the SD Card which you can expect to remove many times it's almost impossible to access when wall mounted, unless you have five inch long double jointed fingers with eyes in the end of them. Basically it's seriously dumb design!

If your going to wall mount, the screws are not supplied. As these need to be a specific length you will need to be carefull when sourcing them. Given they are specific length to prevent damage to the panel it's poor form that Panasonic could not have thrown them in the carton for very little cost.

The performance of the panel however is superb! No grizzles on that front.




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  • Carbonaceous

    Carbonaceous

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    "Just bought this to replace my five year old Pioneer plasma. Settled on the WT50 due to the continuing lack of supply on the ST50 and VT50 plasma.

    Image quality is fantastic. Some bloo..."

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