SYDNEY, NSW: Panasonic is boasting that it has released its “best-ever Viera TV” – the TH-P65VT30A 3D Neo Plasma TV – just in time to bring a raft of local and international sporting events into the home.

Adam Faccin, product marketing manager, plasma – Panasonic Australia, was effusive in his praise in of the new plasma flat panel.

“This model is hands-down Panasonic’s best-ever VIERA TV in terms of picture quality, design, and connectivity,” said Faccin. “With a number of exciting sporting events on the horizon there is no better time to upgrade to a large screen TV, so you can soak up all the action with superb image quality and style.”

“The flagship TH-P65VT30A delivers deep blacks and boasts THX certification so it can perform equally well in brightly lit rooms,” Faccin added. “This model offers the ultimate in home theatre calibration with advanced ISFccc modes as well as improved sound quality with a 10 watt subwoofer, so you’ll feel like you’re right there at the game.

“Viewers can also be sure they will not miss that winning point thanks to the VIERA’s quick response times, and with the ability to record and pause live TV they can replay their favourite sporting moment.”

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The model is not just the best Viera from the company, but it is also Panasonic’s “thinnest plasma yet at an impressive 39 millimetres”. The television features a single sheet of glass panel and is capable of playing 2D content as well as Full High Definition 3D content.

The plasma TV features IPTV, DLNA networking capabilities and a USB port and SD Card slot for recording and playing back live TV. It also offers Panasonic Viera Connect which allows users to access catch-up TV (such as ABC iView), internet radio, social networking and video content

The TH-P65VT30A is available with a Wi-Fi dongle and one pair of Full HD 3D glasses for RRP $5,299.

In other TV news, Sharp has announced a new addition to its Aquos LCD TV range with the LC-40M500X Full HD flat panel TV.

The Full HD flat panel features CCFL backlight technology and a high definition inbuilt digital tuner, as well as analogue inputs and outputs, and an HDMI terminal that allows connected devices to be controlled with a single remote control.

Speaking about the new Aquos model, national marketing manager of Sharp Corporation Australia Mark Beard said, “The LC-40M500X offers a superior performance and elegant design with the added advantage of viewing photos, music and videos through a USB media playback input.”

“Digital audio clarity is also ensured with the LC-40M500X featuring a digital amplifier and high power audio output (10 watts per channel), combined with Dolby Digital surround sound for movie theatre-like sound enhancement,” Beard added.

The 40-inch Sharp LC-40M500X will be available in late August for RRP $899.