updated 04:50 pm EST, Tue March 1, 2011
Panasonic prices 2011 plasma TVs, soundbars, more
In addition to revealing prices for its LCD HDTVs and home theater systems priced this morning, Panasonic has now announced prices for 2011 Viera plasma TVs, soundbars and compact stereo systems. The company offers 19 plasma sets in 2011.
The lineup includes 1080p 3D plasma screens such as the 65-inch TC-P65VT30 that will arrive in May for $4,300. A smaller, 55-inch version, the TC-P55VT30, is due in April for $2,800. In the GT30 series, there is the 65-inch TC-P65GT30 also coming in May for $3,700, the 55-inch TC-P55GT30 later this month for $2,200 and the 50-inch TC-P50GT30 for $1,900 also coming in March.
The 65-inch TC-P65ST30 and 60-inch TC-P60ST30 from the ST30 family are due in May for $3,300 and $2,400, respectively. A 55-inch TC-P55ST30, 50-inch TC-P50ST30, 46-inch TC-P46ST30 and 42-inch TC-P42ST30 are already shipping, priced at $1,800, $1,500, $1,300 and $1,100, respectively.
Non 3D plasmas with 1080p screens include the 60-inch, $1,900 TC-P60S30 due in May along with the already-shipping 50-inch, $1,100 TC-P50S30, 46-inch, $950 TC-P46S30 and 42-inch, $800 TC-P42S30.
Panasonic's entry-leve, 720p HD plasmas include the 50-inch TC-P50X3 for $800, the 46-inch TC-P46X3 for $700 and due in March as well as the 42-inch TC-P42X3 for $600.
At the same time, Panasonic revealed prices for four new compact stereo systems. The SC-HC55, SC-HC05, SC-HC35 and SC-HC25 have a digital connection to an iPod or iPhone. The HC55 and HC05 also get wireless music streaming and Internet radio access. They also have a Bluetooth connection to play music wirelessly from a compatible smartphone. The HC55 alone also allows for hands-free conversations when an iPhone is docked.
All but the SC-HC05 get a CD player and AM/FM tuner. All ship in April, with the HC55 priced at $200, the HC35 at $150, the HC25 at $100 and the HC05 at $180.
The company's new slim bar home theater speaker system, SC-HTB520, also ships in April. It is wall-mountable under a TV and is meant to complement 42-inch HDTVs. It includes a wireless subwoofer and connects with just one HDMI cable. It will cost $400.