Panasonic Expands LED LCD TV Line-up

Panasonic LED LCD TVs with larger screen sizes and cutting edge design

Featuring IPS technology, enhanced connectivity, and the introduction of passive 3D technology.

 

Panasonic Australia has introduced an increased 2012 Smart VIERA line-up of LED LCD TVs, defining the core of the new IPTV lifestyle to provide the highest quality home entertainment experience and viewing opportunities to the consumer. The new range improves on areas such as picture quality, easy operation, networking, ecological features and design elements.

The new range of stylish IPS LED LCD TVs has panel sizes ranging from 55 inches to 24 inches. The 2012 line-up focuses on Panasonic’s top of the line IPS LED LCD Panel (In Plane Switching) technology, with 12 out of the 13 new models featuring IPS. Panasonic has also introduced passive 3D technology in this range with the ET5 Series.

The new range includes the VIERA WT50, DT50, and ET50 Full HD 3D Series; the ET5 Full HD 3D Series with passive 3D technology; the E5 and X5 Full HD Series; and the X50 HD TV.  All new models except for the X5 Series feature IPS panels.

The new range offers consumers even greater choice when interacting with their VIERA TV. With DLNA capability and Wi-Fi on selected models[i], you can communicate with other devices around the home and wirelessly stream multimedia to your TV. Users can even watch TV while simultaneously communicating via Facebook, Twitter or even Skype.

Panasonic’s iOS and Android-based apps allow you to use your Smartphone or tablet with your VIERA TV. Use these devices as a keyboard to surf the net using the web browser feature or ‘flick’ stored content directly onto your VIERA TV.[ii]

The 2012 models enhance Panasonic’s commitment to its Internet platform, VIERA Connect™.[iii] The easy to use cloud-based architecture opens the VIERA Connect IPTV platform to an almost infinite number of apps.

New content providers include BigPond Movies, which offers a library of 4,000 titles on demand. Quickflix has also been added, offering unlimited streaming of movies and TV shows directly to your TV.[iv] These join the already popular social networking sites as well as ABC iView, Yahoo!7’s PLUS7, videos, music and interactive games.

Key features

Panasonic’s top of the range IPS LED panels render impressively vivid images, while consuming up to 25 percent less energy when compared to last year’s equivalent LED models. Panasonic has introduced new Backlight Scanning technology and improved the high-speed drive of its high-end IPS LED TVs even further to deliver excellent moving picture performance during fast-action scenes, and a wide viewing angle of 178°. These models are perfect for watching movies or sports with family and friends.

Sound quality is improved on the WT50, DT50 and ET5 Series, which offer revolutionary 3D real sound with 8-Train speakers, making the in-home 3D viewing experience even more enjoyable.

Panasonic for the first time has launched a passive 3DTV Series, the ET5. A polarising film on the display surface displays the left and right images for each of the odd-numbered and even-numbered horizontal scanning lines. When viewed through polarising eyewear, different images are shown to the left and right eyes, resulting in the perception of 3D images.

When using the 2D-3D conversion feature, the image depth is analysed from the compositional, colour and brightness data of each scene, to convert 2D images into naturally beautiful 3D images. In addition to ordinary TV programs, this method can be used to convert a variety of 2D images — such as web content, Blu-ray disc™ media, and photos and movies saved onto SD Memory Cards — into 3D images with a high level of precision.

Sharing content has never been easier, thanks to DLNA® capability and Wi-Fi, which allows the VIERA TVs to ‘communicate’ with other devices around the home[v] – for example, users can wirelessly stream multimedia stored on a DLNA-compatible server such as a PC or Blu-ray Disc Recorder to their TV.  New for 2012, the WT50 Series can now also operate as a DLNA server, allowing content to be streamed from a storage device attached to the TV to other DLNA-compatible devices including a tablet, Smartphone or another TV.

With the new Smart VIERA Remote App Version 2.0, viewers can tap and flick content such as movies, images and music stored on their smartphone or tablet directly to their VIERA TV.[vi] The media player allows users to view digital photos and HD video recorded on a SD Memory Card and USB HDD directly on their VIERA TV.

Users can record their favourite TV shows using an external hard drive or SD Memory Card on the WT50, DT50, ET50, ET5 and E5 Series. The USB HDD Recording function supports a host of convenient features such as Timer Recording, Direct TV Recording and Pause Live TV.[vii] All can be conveniently accessed on dedicated buttons on the VIERA TV remote.

Eco Mode is available on all models which adjusts screen brightness to reduce power consumption and turns the power off when there is no activity or signal.

All VIERA TVs are supplied with a user-friendly, robust remote control. The high-end VIERA WT50 Series also includes a cutting-edge VIERA Touch Pad Controller, which lets the user easily browse the web and other applications with the flick of a thumb.

Panasonic has also introduced its latest generation of lightweight 3D glasses. Weighing only 27 grams, they utilise Bluetooth technology and feature a rechargeable battery.

The new polarised passive HD 3D eyewear is easy to use with hooks at the temples so you can wear them over ordinary eyeglasses.  These are supplied as a set of four with the ET5 Series.

Features Model Star Rating Availability RRP
WT50 Series – Full-HD 3D IPS LED LCD

Picture quality

  • Active Shutter Progressive Full HD 3D
  • IPS LED LCD Panel
  • 1,600Hz Backlight Scanning
  • Clear Panel Pro
  • 1,080p Pure Direct
  • Web Smoother
  • 3D Real Sound with 8-Train Speakers
  • ISFccc Calibration Mode

Easy operation

  • VIERA Remote App Support
  • VIERA Touch Pad Controller included
  • Multitasking

Networking

  • VIERA Connect
  • Web browser
  • Wi-Fi built-in
  • DLNA / digital media player, recorder, server
  • SD / USB HDD recording
  • Media player: AVCHD 3D/Progressive, SD-VIDEO/Motion JPEG (LUMIX)/ DivXPlusHD/WMV/ MKV/ AVI/ MP4/ MOV/ M4v/ FLV/ 3GPP/ VRO/ VOB/ TS/ PS, MP3/AAC/WMA/FLAC, JPEG/MPO
  • VIERA Link
  • 4 x HDMI (side) and 3 x USB ports

Eco

  • High efficiency LED LCD
  • Smart energy-saving functions
  • Eco navigation

Design and other features

  • Super-narrow metal frame with crescent stand
  • 1 x Eyewear and 1 x VIERA Touch Pad Controller supplied
TH-L55WT50A

55 inches

TBC June $3,499
TH-L47WT50A

47 inches

TBC June $2,849
DT50 Series – Full-HD 3D IPS LED LCD

Picture quality

  • Active Shutter Progressive Full HD 3D
  • IPS LED LCD Panel
  • 1,600Hz Backlight Scanning
  • Clear Panel Pro
  • Vivid Colour Creation
  • Web Smoother
  • 3D Real Sound with 8-Train Speakers
  • V-Audio Pro Surround 2.1

Easy operation

  • VIERA Remote App Support

Networking

  • VIERA Connect
  • Web browser
  • Wi-Fi built-in
  • DLNA / digital media player, recorder
  • SD / USB HDD recording
  • Media player: AVCHD 3D/Progressive, SD-VIDEO/Motion JPEG (LUMIX)/ DivXPlusHD/ WMV/ MKV/ AVI/ MP4/ MOV/ M4v/ FLV/ 3GPP/ VRO/ VOB/ TS/ PS, MP3/ AAC/ WMA/FLAC, JPEG/MPO
  • VIERA Link
  • 4 x HDMI (side) and 3 x USB ports

Eco

  • High efficiency LED LCD
  • Smart energy-saving functions
  • Eco navigation

Design and other features

  • Narrow metal frame
  • 1 x Eyewear supplied
TH-L55DT50A

55 inches

7 June TBC
TH-L47DT50A

47 inches

7 June TBC
ET50 Series – Full-HD 3D IPS LED LCD

Picture quality

  • Active Shutter Progressive Full HD 3D
  • IPS LED LCD Panel
  • 800Hz Backlight Scanning
  • Clear Panel
  • Vivid Colour Creation
  • Web Smoother
  • 3D Real Sound with 8-Train Speakers
  • V-Audio Surround

Easy operation

  • VIERA Remote App Support

Networking

  • VIERA Connect
  • Web browser
  • Wi-Fi built-in
  • DLNA / digital media player, recorder
  • SD / USB HDD recording
  • Media player: AVCHD 3D/Progressive, SD-VIDEO/Motion JPEG (LUMIX)/ DivXPlusHD/WMV/ MKV/ AVI/ MP4/ MOV/ M4v/ FLV/ 3GPP/ VRO/ VOB/ TS/ PS, MP3/AAC/WMA/FLAC, JPEG/MPO
  • VIERA Link
  • 4 x HDMI (side) and 3 x USB ports

Eco

  • Smart energy-saving functions
  • Eco navigation

Design and other features

  • Crystal design
  • 1 x Eyewear supplied
TH-L47ET50A

47 inches

7 April $2,049
TH-L42ET50A

42 inches

7 April $1,649
ET5 Series – HD 3D IPS LED LCD

Picture quality

  • Polarised 3D HD 3D / FHD 2D
  • IPS LED LCD Panel
  • 150Hz Backlight Scanning (42”) /50Hz (32”)
  • Clear Panel
  • Vivid Colour Creation
  • 178° Wide Viewing Angle
  • V-Audio Surround

Easy operation

  • VIERA Remote App Support

Networking

  • VIERA Connect
  • Wi-Fi capable with optional dongle
  • DLNA / digital media player, recorder
  • SD / USB HDD recording
  • Media player: AVCHD Progressive, SD-VIDEO/Motion JPEG (LUMIX)/ DivXPlusHD/WMV/ MKV/ AVI/ MP4/ MOV/ M4v/ FLV/ 3GPP/ VRO/ VOB/ TS/ PS, MP3/AAC/WMA/FLAC, JPEG
  • VIERA Link
  • 4 x HDMI (side) and 3 x USB ports

Eco

  • Smart energy-saving functions
  • Eco navigation

Design and other features

  • Crystal design
  • 4 x Eyewear supplied
TH-L55ET5A

55 inches

7 May $2,399
TH-L47ET5A

47 inches

7 April $1,749
TH-L42ET5A

42 inches

7 April $1,399
E5 Series – Full HD IPS LED LCD

Picture quality

  • FULL HD
  • IPS LED LCD Panel
  • 150Hz Backlight Scanning (42”)/50Hz (32”)
  • Clear Panel
  • Vivid Colour Creation
  • 178° Wide Viewing Angle
  • V-Audio Surround

Easy operation

  • VIERA Remote App Support

Networking

  • VIERA Connect
  • Wi-Fi capable with optional dongle
  • DLNA / digital media player, recorder
  • SD / USB HDD recording
  • Media player: AVCHD Progressive, SD-VIDEO/Motion JPEG (Lumix)/ DivXPlusHD/WMV/ MKV/ AVI/ MP4/ MOV/ M4v/ FLV/ 3GPP/ VRO/ VOB/ TS/ PS, MP3/AAC/WMA/FLAC, JPEG
  • VIERA Link
  • 4 x HDMI (side) and 3 x USB ports

Eco

  • Smart energy-saving functions
  • Eco navigation

Design and other features

  • Optional Wi-Fi dongle #TY-WL20A
TH-L42E5A

42 inches

8 April $1,099
TH-L32E5A

32 inches

8 April $799
X50 Series – HD IPS LED

Picture quality

  • HD
  • IPS LED LCD panel
  • 50Hz Panel Drive
  • Clear Panel
  • Vivid Colour Creation
  • 178° Wide Viewing Angle
  • V-Audio Surround

Networking

  • DLNA / digital media player
  • Media player: AVCHD, SD-VIDEO/Motion JPEG (LUMIX)/MP4/DivX HD/WMV/MKV/ AVI, MP3/ AAC/ WMA, JPEG
  • VIERA Link
  • 3 x HDMI (2 rear, 1 side) and 2 x USB ports

Eco

  • Smart energy-saving functions
  • Eco navigation

Design and other features

  • Optional Wi-Fi dongle #TY-WL20A
  • 1 x Eyewear and 1 x VIERA Touch Pad Controller supplied
TH-L32X50A

32 inches

8 April $699
X5 Series Full HD LED LCD

Picture quality

  • Full HD
  • LED LCD Panel
  • 50Hz Panel Drive

Networking

  • Media player: JPEG/MP3
  • 2 x HDMI (rear) and 1 x USB ports
TH-L24X5A

24 inches

TBC June $489

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[i] DLNA available on WT50, DT50, ET50, ET5, E5 and X50 Series. Wi-Fi built-in on WT50, DT50, ET50 and ET5 Series.  Optional Panasonic wireless adaptor TY-WL20A required on the E5 Series.

[ii] Smart VIERA Remote App Version 2.0 available on WT50, DT50, ET50, ET5 and E5 Series.

[iii] VIERA Connect available on WT50, DT50, ET50, ET5 and E5 Series.

[iv] Subscription to Quickflix streaming is priced at $14.99 a month or $7 per month for existing Quickflix DVD rental subscribers.

[v] DLNA available on WT50, DT50, ET50, ET5, E5 and X50 Series. Wi-Fi built-in on WT50, DT50, ET50 and ET5 Series.  Optional Panasonic wireless adaptor TY-WL20A required on the E5 Series.

[vi] Smart VIERA Remote App Version 2.0 available on WT50, DT50, ET50, ET5, and E5 Series.

[vii] Some broadcasters restrict their content and do not enable recording.

9 CommentsLeave a comment

  • Hi. I have Panasonic TH-L37DT30A.
    I am wondering what 3d glasses I need for this model? Passive or active.
    Thanks

  • Hi Barb,

    The TH-L37DT30A requires Panasonic Active Shutter 3D eyewear.

    The following lists suitable 3D eyewear:

    (User replaceable Battery type: CR2032)
    • TY-EW3D10W

    (Built-in battery – USB Rechargeable)
    • TY-EW3D2SW
    • TY-EW3D2MW
    • TY-EW3D2LW

  • I always buy Panasonic because it is the best that I have found.I am anxiously waiting for its new range.Please guide me that what will be the best choice for me.Thank you

  • Our brains are pre-programed for 3D, that’s how the world viewsus everyday. Our minds interpret the two images from a 3D TV screen in the same way it does with our 2 eyes in everyday life. One frequently asked question is… Do the glasses create any flicker? The answer to that is no. The images change once every 1/100 of a second. So our brain just fills it in automatically.

  • Sryy, pleas delet comment before, this is good:
    I have an old panasonic tv about 5 years old and still working without problems. Hats off to Panasonic for quality and durability. I strongly recommend it to anyone

  • Hi,

    I have just bought the TH-L55ET60A model and have want to know why I cannot pause or rewind the station I am on? I have an external hard drive which does let me record. Any ideas?

    Thank-you
    Kable Moore