We are lucky that we don’t live in Japan with regard to buying Panasonic’s first 3D plasma HDTV, the VT25, as their American counterparts are considerably cheaper. On March 10, 2010, Best Buy’s 24 hour location at Union Square, sold the first full HD 3D home theater system, consisting of the VT25, DMP-BDT350 Blu-ray player and active shutter glasses. The bundle price was around $3,000, with the VT25, 50-inch televisions by themselves, costing about $2,500. Compare that package, to purchasing it in Japan and the Japanese Yen price woud be ?430,000 (US$4,813).
Therefore, we are nearly paying 50% off the Japanese price. There’s alot of discounting going on, so Panasonic can hit its targets of 1 million 3DTVs (worldwide) sold in 2010. Unable to get to the Manhattan store? The Panasonic/Best Buy team, will reportedly place demos at 300 stores very soon, rising to 1,000 locations by the end of the year. With Avatar and this month’s box office smash, Alice in Wonderland, there are many reasons to have the 3D experience in the comfort of your own home.