Last year, Panasonic won many awards for the TVs in its, including our coveted Editors' Choice award, on account of the tellies' stunning 2D and 3D picture quality.
This year's updated VT30 line promises to be even better. The 55-inch, 1080p resolution, 3D-capable Viera TX-P55VT30B plasma TV is the second largest in the range. But, at around £2,500, is it worth such a large dollop of your hard-earned cash?
Like most of the other TVs in Panasonic's current line-up, this set sports a much more appealing design than the company's previous tellies. It has a classy, single-sheet-of-glass design, with the entire display framed by a thin strip of metal. It's a pretty minimalist look, but the simplicity of the design is its strength.
The remote has also been tweaked, with a new, simpler button layout and the addition of a red backlight, which is handy if you're watching a movie with the lights turned down.
The TX-P55VT30B has both Freeview HD and freesat HD tuners, so you can use it to access the largest range of free high-definition channels available.
As with all of Panasonic's TVs, though, when you use the Freeview tuner, you're saddled with the annoying Guide Plus+ electronic programme guide, which shows Web-style adverts on the main screen. This compromises the amount of space available for actually showing upcoming programme information. If you choose to use the freesat HD tuner instead, you just get the standard freesat HD electronic programme guide (EPG), which is easier to use.
There are plenty of connectivity options, including four HDMI sockets and the usual Scart and component ports. Panasonic has also added three USB ports, as well as an Ethernet jack. When you're using the bundled Wi-Fi USB adaptor, you'll still have two spare ports for connecting up other devices, like hard drives or the optional peripherals that can be used with the set's Viera Connect online software.
If you connect a hard drive or memory stick to one of the TV's USB ports, you can use it to record shows to disc from either of the tuners. As with other TVs, you can't record one show while watching another, but it's still a useful feature if you don't have a PVR, such asor .