The Panasonic Viera TX-55CR430B 55-inch curved LED Smart TV is part of the new generation of UHD televisions. It has the 4k resolution, LED backlighting, a curved LED screen and a whole host of features that are designed to deliver a vast amount of entertainment options.
With this model, the consumer gets a large 55-inch screen with the new 4k resolution. That means 4x the detail of a Full HD model for even better image quality and detail. It also employs LED backlighting with local dimming and Panasonic’s 4k Studio Master processing. With these features in combination with the curved screen, the viewer gets great depth and image clarity for an experience that is truly astonishing.
The TX-55CR430B also performs fairly well in regard to sound. It delivers the standard stereo sound that you expect from a TV and the audio comes through clear and with range. That being said, it is still an onboard system and for a TV of this size and quality, most consumers are probably going to want to go with an external system to achieve a sound quality that lives up to the quality of the screen.
The Smart features on this Panasonic Viera 4k TV are also really nice. The TV has the Smart Hub with apps for many of your favorite internet content sources and it even provides options for true 4k viewing with apps like Netflix 4k and YouTube 4K. You also get the screen mirroring with devices like tablets and smartphones, On Demand programming and TV catch-up. You can connect the Smart TV through Wi-Fi or LAN and with the Panasonic TV android app, you can use a phone or tablet as a Smart remote.
Along with the Smart TV, the consumer gets a range of other options for bringing content to this TV. You have the integrated Freeview HD tuner for a wide-range of standard and HD channels and this model also has a built-in media player for playing content from a USB. In addition to that, you have four HDMI ports, three USB ports, a SCART plug and spots for composite and component.
This model from Panasonic is also 3D compatible. It offers active 3D viewing for an even more immersive experience than the sets that use passive 3D. However, the glasses for active 3D do cost more and Panasonic failed to include even a single pair with the TX-55CR430B. If you plan to use the 3D, the cost of the glasses may need to be figured into the purchasing price. That being said, you could wait on the 3D and just watch 2D programming until you feel the urge to go out and get some glasses.
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The advantages and disadvantages of this model are…
4k UHD viewing 400 Hz picture processing Curved screen LED backlighting Smart TV 3D compatible Freeview HD tuner Screen mirroring from phones and tablets Integrated media player and DVR 4 HDMI ports 3 USB ports V-Audio Pro Surround Sound
Does not come with the 3D glasses Not a lot of content that takes full advantage of the screen quality