updated 12:35 pm EST, Tue March 1, 2011
Panasonic prices, dates 2011 HDTVs, home theaters
Panasonic has revealed prices for its range of 2011 HDTVs and home theater systems. At the same time, it has added two LCD LED TVs with the 37-inch TC-L37DT30 and 32-inch TC-L32DT30. Either has a 240Hz IPS AlphaLED panel and the VIERA Connect feature that brings with it access to Netflix, Amazon VOD, CinemaNow, Hulu Plus, Napster, Pandora, Facebook, Gameloft and access to sports sites MLB, NBA, NHL and MLS, among others. They are also DLNA compatible for local media sharing.
The larger set will cost $1,300 when it arrives in April, with the smaller set arriving at the same time and priced at $1,200.
The E3 series of TVs is made up of the 32-inch class TC-L32E3 that ships this month for $700, the already available $800 37-inch TC-L37E3, and the 42-inch TC-L42E3 due later in March for $950. All share a 60Hz IPS LED panel with 1080p resolution. The Easy IPTV feature allows access to CinemaNow, Netflix, Amazon, Pandora, Napster and Facebook.
The 42-inch TC-L42E30 is the sole E30 class offering, sporting an LED-backlit 120Hz IPS Alpha display. It is DLNA compatible and has the Easy IPTV feature. It is already shipping, priced at $1,100.
The range-topping 42-inch TC-L42D30 has a 1080p, 120Hz panel using color-rich IPS technology that's covered by a flush glass design. It gets VIERA Connects and ships in April for $1,150.
A 19-inch TC-L19C30 has a 720p resolution from its IPS Alpha panel. It ships in May for $250.
As for HD LCD TVs, there is the 32-inch TC-L32C3 with a 720p IPS Alpha screen. It ships in March for $400. A smaller, 24-inch version arrives in June for $300.
A 37-inch TC-L37U3 that's now shipping for $600 and the 32-inch TC-L32U3 coming this month for $500 make up the U3 series. Shared between them is a 1080p, 60Hz IPS Alpha Panel, three HDMI connectors, a PC Input, Viera Image Viewer and Viera Link.
The U30 family has just the 42-inch TC-L42U30 that gets a 1080p, 120Hz IPS panel. It can now be bought for $800.
The 32-inch TC-L32X30 has a 720p, 60Hz IPS Alpha screen and includes the Easy IPTV feature, DLNA compatibility and an iPod/iPhone docking station. It arrives this month for $500.
The electronics giant also revealed prices for its 3D Blu-ray home theater systems. All three have integrated Wi-Fi radios and otherwise differ slightly in specs. There is the SC-BTT770, SC-BTT370 and SC-BTT270.
Each has a 3D Effect Controller that lets users adjust the amount of the depth effect. The main component speakers are just 1.5 inches high. The SC-BTT770 alone gets wireless rear speakers while the SC-BTT370 is wireless-ready. It requires the SH-FX71 kit that costs $130. Both have VIERA Cast for streaming video content and Skype access to have video calls with contacts. They also have a down-firing subwoofer.
A Universal Dock for iPod/iPhone is included with each device.
The new Blu-ray 3D home theater systems arrive in April, with the SC-BTT770 priced at $600, the SC-BTT370 at $500, and the SC-BTT270 at $400.
Panasonic DT30 series