On the brink of its new fiscal year, Panasonic this week provided an in-depth look at its latest Smart VIERA plasma and LED/LCD TVs that, along with new Blu-ray players and various audio solutions, comprise the company’s home entertainment ecosystem for 2012.
Across all the lines, the company said it has stressed what Alex Fried, national marketing manager for home entertainment, termed “feature pillars” that include high-quality picture and sound, ease of use, sleeker design and lower power consumption, with all models tied together through embellishments to their connectivity and content streaming capabilities.
All told, Panasonic is fielding more plasma and LED/LCD models than ever. Seventeen plasma sets range up to 55 inches, and all but one are 3D. Fifteen SKUs, including new 55-inch and 47-inch screen sizes, are of the LED or LCD variety, and there are three CCFL models. The LED/LCD crop includes seven 3D sets, two of which (in the ET5 series shipping this month) are Panasonic’s entry into the polarized 3D category. All of these models represent the company’s product offerings for general distribution this year; two additional plasma and two additional LED SKUs are earmarked for club distribution.