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Panasonic VIERA TC-P65VT30 65-inch 1080p 3D Plasma HDTV, Black (2011 Model)
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- Full HD 3D (1 Pair of Glasses Included)
- One Sheet of Glass Design
- Infinite Black Pro 2 Panel
- VIERA Connect WiFi Ready
- THX 3D Certified 65 inchDisplay
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Panasonic VIERA TC-P65VT30 55-Inch 1080p 3D Plasma HDTV
3D Technology Checklist
This product is 3D-related. To help you get a great 3D experience, use the checklist below to ensure you have everything you need. 3D viewing requires:
|A Display |
First, you'll need a 3D-ready display--whether it's a 3D HDTV, 3D projector, or 3D computer monitor. These displays have more processing power than standard 2D models for displaying 3D images in rapid succession.
|A Source |
Your display may be ready for 3D playback, but you'll still need a device to read 3D content. This can be a cable box with a subscription to a 3D channel, a 3D Blu-ray Disc player, or a PlayStation 3 system.
|3D Content |
3D content--the actual entertainment, in other words--will be played back using the source mentioned above, whether it's a 3D broadcast from your cable provider, a 3D Blu-ray Disc, or a 3D video game.
|3D Glasses |
For now, the vast majority of 3D HDTVs require glasses for 3D viewing. Many use powered "active shutter" glasses, others polarized "passive" glasses. You'll need one pair per viewer, and they'll have to be compatible with your display, whether they're the same brand, or a pair of "universal" glasses designed to work across brands.
|HDMI Cable |
To connect your source (such as a 3D Blu-ray Disc player) to your display, you'll need a high-speed HDMI cable. Cables with this designation feature bandwidth speeds up to 10.2 Gbps (gigabits per second), for carrying the 3D signal without any loss of quality.
If you want to get more information about 3D, shop our 3D products, watch videos, or interact with other customers, we invite you to visit 3D 101, our customer center about everything 3D.
Internet-ready TVs use your broadband connection to deliver dynamic content, whether it's streaming video from Netflix, new music from Pandora, or a quick glance at today's weather forecast.
Although there is overlap, each manufacturer offers a unique bundle of free or paid services, including streaming video and music, social networking apps, online photo galleries, news and financial updates, weather info, sports scores, and a variety of other smartphone-like applications.
Manufacturers continue to add new content to their offerings, keeping customers current through firmware updates, and making a bit of research a prudent step in your buying decision.
Learn more about Internet TVs, how they work, what services are offered by different manufacturers, and exactly what you'll need to get started at our Internet TV 101 customer center.
Step into the 3D World. The VIERA VT-series Full HD 3D plasmas create an all new viewing experience by putting you inside the action and creating a new world of TV viewing realism.
Infinite Black Pro 2
Enhancements to the panel and cells help reproduce images with smooth, natural gradation and deep, rich blacks even when viewed in bright surroundings. In movies, the true, deep blacks faithfully convey the intent of the filmmakers, adding power and realism to the viewing experience.
Full-HD Resolution Speed of 1,200 pps
Full-HD Resolution Speed, the new standard for moving picture measurement announced by the Advanced PDP Development Center Corporation (APDC), indicates the maximum moving picture speed that can be enjoyed with full-HD resolution. VIERA HDTV's achieved 1,200 pps (pixels per second) under this new standard. Even images that scroll left or right at the extremely high speed of 1,200 pps are able to be correctly displayed at the maximum resolution of 1,080 lines.
Fast Switching Phosphor
The use of fast switching phosphors has significantly reduced afterglow duration and reproduced clear 3D and 2D images. Fast switching phosphors are used in all full HD models.
Improved Pre-discharge and Filter
Minimizing pre-discharge has made it possible to produce crisp blacks with minimal graying. And improving the filter shape has suppressed glare and reduced internal reflections in the front glass panel. The contrast in bright ambient light has been raised to enable rich, more robust blacks.
THX 3D Certified Display
In order to enjoy the original image quality of a movie, you need to have a display that portrays the images exactly as the movie's creators intended. VIERA HDTVs have met the high standards set by THX Certified Display Program, reproducing both 2D and 3D images with cinema-like quality.
3D 24p Cinema Smoother
VIERA incorporates technology that analyzes picture information in both the preceding and succeeding frames, and creates a precise supplementary frame between them. This suppresses the jerky effect seen in movies, so playback is smooth and natural-looking. The distinctive tonal qualities and atmosphere of the movie are preserved, and you enjoy extremely lifelike 3D images.
Frame Sequential Technology
Panasonic uses Full-HD Frame Sequential technology to create its 3D images. Images recorded in 1920 x 1080 pixels for both the right-eye and the left-eye alternately flash on the screen at the ultra-high rate of 120 frames per second. When you view the screen through active-shutter glasses that open and close each lens in sync with the alternating images, you see breathtaking FULL HD 3D pictures with stunning power and realism.
600Hz Sub-field Drive
600Hz technology lets you view superb full-HD motion and still images. For even greater clarity with motion images, Panasonic uses its own unique image-analysis technology. This technology converts the motion in each scene into dots. And each frame is practically displayed for a shorter length of time than in previous systems, to reduce aftereffects.
Games are much more fun when there's no lag in operation. VIERA automatically chooses settings that provide the optimal image, so you get super-fast response and no delays. Even dark scenes with delicately rendered details are beautiful and easy to see.
3D Image Viewer
It's easy to view 3D photos and movies you shot yourself on the big VIERA screen. After shooting with your 3D-compatible camera or camcorder, simply insert the SD card into the slot on a 3D-compatible VIERA TV. The viewing is incredible, with images so realistic it feels as though you're right back in the moment. You'll find that life's special moments are even more memorable when you preserve them in 3D.
Unique Panasonic technology converts 2D images into high-quality 3D images in real-time. The technology generates a detailed depth effect for each type of image, so the 3D effect is natural and realistic. Use VIERA HDTV to enjoy Blu-ray movies, DVD movies and even ordinary TV broadcasts in 3D. The Super Resolution function allows images that were converted from 2D to 3D to be displayed in sharp, clear 3D while minimizing double image. 3D images with crisp contours are also produced from 3D broadcasts using the side-by-side method.
Connect a DLNA-compatible VIERA HDTV and DLNA-compatible AV equipment to your home network, and you can watch movies, listen to music, and view photos from any room in the house. VIERA HDTV's Wi-Fi capability gives you even more layout flexibility.
The exciting world of IPTV, centering on TV, is about to begin for the enjoyment of the entire family. Now you can enjoy intuitive remote control while relaxing on the living room sofa, with a wide variety of content at your fingertips. In the near future, TV will also be able to link with a tablet device to achieve completely new forms of entertainment that you've never before experienced.
VIERA Link interlinks the operation of a variety of AV devices, so you can operate them all using only the VIERA remote control. Setup is easy simply connect the compatible devices to each other via HDMI cables.
VIERA remote is a TV remote controller app for select Panasonic VIERA HDTVs that uses your iPhone/iPod touch/iPad (of iOS 4.2 or later) to control TV channel selection, input selection, and volume control. Included features are gesture control, a keyboard user Interface, and a power off button. Learn more about Panasonic’s VIERA remote app.
Improvement in Luminous Efficiency Achieves Low Power Consumption
Everything — from the materials and panel structure to the drive method — has been re-engineered. These improvements are a result of the new phosphor and new electrode (fish bone) structure.
Long Panel Life, Up to 100,000 Hours
One important way consumers can protect the environment is by choosing high-quality products and taking care of them so they last for a long time. A high-quality VIERA HDTV can help. Thanks to a newly designed phosphor process and rear panel process, our plasma panels last for up to 100,000 hours before the brightness decreases by half. That's more than 30 years of viewing 8 hours a day.
Mercury and Lead Free Plasma Display Panel Panasonic is committed to making our products more friendly to the environment. In line with this commitment, all VIERA plasma display panels are free of both lead and mercury. This reduces impact on the environment years down the road when the TV is recycled or retired from use.
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What's in the BoxPanasonic VT30 series Plasma HDTV, removable stand, 1 pair of 3D eyewear, wireless LAN adapter, remote control (with batteries), converter cables, cable clamper, operating instructions, quick start guide See all Product description
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The styling of the VT30 series is a definite plus. I was considering the cheaper ST series but after I seeing the huge ugly bezel I couldn't settle for old school looks. The VT one sheet of glass look is very well executed. The panel is also slimmer than I was expecting considering this is a plasma. Also I have to note that there is no fan noise and no plasma buzzing which other plasmas brands are known for (Samsung).
The Panasonic VT30 is a keeper.
The TC-P55VT30 Television: I did some research and settled on this TV. It replaces an older Samsung Plasma which was good but had problems of its own. This new TV's screen is about 4-5 inches larger than the Samsung, but thought that was manageable with my room size. Unfortunately, the Panasonic TV I received is defective and I am awaiting a replacement from Amazon. The defect is that part of the panel appears "turned off" -- the very right side of the panel is black and has no picture. It covers around 10% of the very right side. The TV is out of stock right now but I'm hoping Amazon gets stock and can replace the set soon.
From what I've used of the TV, it's pretty nice. Menus are laid out well and all my equipment works fine through HDMI so far (DVR, PS3, HTPC, Receiver, etc). I played around with the settings and have been able to get a fairly decent picture. Granted, I'm no video perfectionist and no expert in making those "ideal" settings but I like tinkering and finding the best picture for my eyes (not totally satisfied yet). There are a few quirks I'm still trying to work through, one being a strange black screen that appears sometimes when the screen goes completely black -- almost looks like a lot of very light colored squiggly lines across the screen for a second. I've noticed it before a commercial break sometimes when screen goes black (DVR) or when a movie is starting up and movie studio logos are appearing on screen (PS3/blu ray). Could be HDMI cables, might try switching them out at some point. Also could be signal issues from the source, but I never noticed it on my Samsung. Daytime viewing is not too bad - but the TV is in a fairly bright room so there is some deterioration there.
I have not tested the 3D features yet. Have no desire to use it, but will eventually try it out and comment later.
I will include more comments as I use the TV and its other features, especially after the replacement TV arrives.
Delivery Company (Pilot): Not great. The set was due to be delivered between 12-2pm on a Tuesday. The time window went by, it never showed up so I called Pilot at 2:15. The service rep sounded very disorganized and didn't seem to know what was going on. Turns out, the TV was never out for delivery, they simply forgot and she said it was likely due to young people working there and a new scanning system. I could do nothing but laugh. They said they'll deliver it the next day and would call to confirm the time it would show up. Next day... no call. Decided to just wait it out and would call later if no one showed up. TV finally arrived around midday.
Panasonic in general: Even though I pretty much knew the TV was defective, I did call the Panasonic customer service line just to see if there was some wacky setting that was off making the TV look the way it did. Panasonic rep was not very knowledgeable and basically said it was defective. I didn't want to waste time with them, so I ended the call. I've owned other Panasonic products in the past and it's pretty hit and miss (as far as if I like them or not). My much older TV (before the Samsung) was a Panasonic LCD Projection set which was ok but developed a lot of dead pixels over the time I had it. That was one of the reasons I did not go with Panasonic with the next set.
Amazon in general: Amazon has been terrific through it all. They were helpful during the delivery fiasco. They gave me credits for my troubles and that was appreciated. When I called to set up the return, the Amazon rep was helpful. The only (minor) negative comment I have about Amazon right now is their inability to get a replacement set out due to stock issue. The TV appears to be available at many other online stores right now, but I'd rather not get a refund and order elsewhere due to Amazon's good price and return policy.
Will update this review when replacement set finally arrives and write about how the return goes and how the new set looks/works.
First the words of praise: Gorgeous picture, good sound. On-screen controls are very well done, intuitive, and powerful. Setup & configuration was easy (even the wifi).
I figured the internet 'apps' would be silly and clumsy to use. Some are silly, but the core apps (netflix, youtube, etc.) are very well done. The system for launching the applications and interacting with them are also nicely put together. However, I will still continue to use my Apple TV for netflix, youtube, etc. (the AppleTV just has a better interface). If you don't have an AppleTV, you will enjoy the apps that are available on the TV.
Words of warning on 3D: First, the 3D picture quality is great, and worked without incident with my PS3 and 3d bluray dvd player. BUT...
Maybe I was naive, but I expected that the glasses would work more than 10ft away from the TV (they do not, and the pano docs confirm this). In order for the 3d glasses to work they can't be further than 10.5 feet from the TV. Note that 10.5 ft _is_ in in line with common seating distance recommendations (which are 1.5 to 2 x screen size inches away as optimal). My seating is a foot or so beyond the 10.5 feet, so I had to move my couches around to make it work (ugh). Not something I plan on doing regularly. So be aware... this seemed like a crazy limitation to me. I think 3D is a gimmick anyway, so in the end it wasn't a big deal (I just feel bad I wasted the $ on the extra glasses now). I have 3D glasses from both panasonic and blix btw (blix glasses are as good as the panos).
Overall a great TV for 2D/3D viewing (keeping in mind the seating distance on 3d).
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