Panasonic VIERA® TC-P65VT30
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Item # 133P65VT30 | MFR # TC-P65VT30
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Stun friends, family, and neighbors with Panasonic's best 65" plasma 3D TV. It'll be the centerpiece of any room, and your home will definitely be the place to be for the next big game. This set offers easy access to online video sources like Netflix®, Hulu Plus™, and more. Plus, you can connect a 3D Blu-ray player, don your 3D glasses (1 pair is included), and watch as the movie action appears to expand beyond the confines of your screen.
Our resident TV expert, Steve, talks about the VT30-series TVs. Watch the video below.
This set boasts a sleek, thin frame that'll match any decor. It houses Panasonic's Infinite Black Pro 2 panel that delivers deep, rich black levels and high-contrast colors in virtually any viewing area. And THX® picture settings will display your movies with cinema-quality accuracy.
Panasonic's equipped this set with built-in Wi-Fi, so you'll be able to enjoy the Internet without running a cable across your room. Watch the latest episode of your favorite show on Hulu Plus, keep up on viral videos on YouTube®, and stream movies from Netflix.
You can also take advantage of this TV's Skype™ capability when you add an optional camera. Line your family up on the couch and chat with friends and family around the world. Learn more from our video at right.
It worked beautifully right out of the box. What more could one ask for
RJ, Los Altos CA
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It worked beautifully right out of the box. What more could one ask for
Great picture quality!
The picture was great out of the box; however, I calibrated the picture and made sure the 3D configurations matched my Panasonic DMP-BDT310 3D blu-ray player and the picture actually got better. I also have a Samsung C8000 3D LED LCD TV. I have gone from my bedroom (where the LED is) to the TV room (where the Panasonic is) comparing the picture and in my very humble opinion, I don't think one is better than the other, only different. The LED picture is very sharp, like you're watching TV on a computer monitor. The LED also has the 'soap opera' affect (i.e. when you're watching a movie, it looks like your watching a news program/reality show). The Panasonic has a great picture, but the sharpness is muted.softer. The LED also has a very bright picture; it makes the Panasonic look darker. The LED also has the 'wow' factor. Each person that I have showed the LED to, their first reaction was 'WOW! That looks real'. Their reaction to the Panasonic is 'great picture', but I have yet to get a 'Wow'. Again, I'm extremely happy with both; each has a great picture, only different. If you are a future buyer, please note the following: this TV is very heavy (140lbs). Please ensure the stand you are considering will handle that kind of weight. Also, the 3D glasses that came with my TV were not the latest version. They are bulky compared to the newer version.
Pros: Easy to configure Outstanding picture Great Sound Back-light remote Application Options
Very thin display, excellent picture.
This TV is awesome! High definition on this TV is more detailed than my previous TV. I noticed no flickering or crosstalk while playing 3D PS3 games or watching 3D Blu-ray movies. 3D also looks great from multiple angles. Overall, this is the best TV I have ever seen in both 2D HD and 3D HD picture quality. I'm very happy with my purchase!
|Screen Resolution (pixels)||1920 x 1080|
|Screen Refresh Rate||N/A|
|Backlighting Type (for LCD TVs)||N/A|
|HDR (High Dynamic Range)||---|
|Internet Movie Streaming||Netflix, Amazon VOD, YouTube, Hulu+, CinemaNow|
|Bluetooth Audio Streaming||No|
|Picture In Picture||No|
|Parts Warranty||1 Year|
|Labor Warranty||1 Year|
|Type of Warranty Service||In-home|
|Total Video Inputs||6|
|Component Video Inputs||1|
|Composite Video Inputs||1|
|USB Ports||MP3/JPEG/MPEG (3)|
|Optical Digital Audio Output||
|Analog Audio Output||None|
|Estimated Yearly Electricity Use (EnergyGuide)||292 kWh|
|Estimated Yearly Energy Cost (EnergyGuide)||$32|
|Dimensions & Mounting Information|
|Height with Stand (inches)||39-1/4|
|Height without Stand (inches)||37-3/4|
|Depth with Stand (inches)||15-7/8|
|Depth without Stand (inches)||2-5/8|
|Stand Width (inches)||23-3/4|
|Weight with Stand||138.9 lbs|
|Weight without Stand||123.5 lbs|
|Wall Bracket Included||No|
|Pedestal Stand||Assembly required|
"One Sheet of Glass" Design: The front surface of the TV screen is designed from a smooth and beautiful, single sheet of glass. The "one sheet of glass" design was created to deliver ultimate image quality. The TV's metal frame lends solidity to the glass design and the images displayed on the screen, and also provides a sense of enhanced stability. The television blends in with your room while maintaining a strong presence. This design is ideal for viewing high-quality 2D & 3D images.
NeoPlasma Panel Technology: The Panasonic VIERA TC-P65VT30 utilizes NeoPlasma panel technology to further boost the image quality of 2D and 3D images. It delivers sharp, detailed images, deep blacks and remarkable brightness, with lower power consumption. Core technologies for the NeoPlasma panel include:
100,000 Hour Panel Life: Thanks to a newly designed phosphor process and rear panel process, Panasonic VIERA 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.
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. The Panasonic VIERA TC-P65VT30 has met the high standards set by THX Certified Display Program, reproducing both 2D and 3D images with cinema-like quality.
VIERA Full HD 3D: Panasonic uses Full-HD Frame Sequential technology to create its 3D images when watching a 3D Blu-ray movie or a 3D broadcast. 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 the included IR active-shutter glasses that open and close each lens in sync with the alternating images, you see Full HD 3D pictures with clarity and realism. The included glasses can be charged through the TV's USB port. Additional Panasonic active-shutter glasses are available (133EW3D10U, sold separately). The TC-P50VT30 utilizes unique, enhanced 3D technologies too minimize the double images (crosstalk) that can hinder 3D viewing comfort. By accurately detecting the information for each of the right-eye and left-eye 3D images, Panasonic has been able to minimize double images, which pose the main noise problem in 3D. This results in clear, comfortable 3D viewing.
Note: For a 50" television, you should sit approximately 6'2" to 10'5" from the TV. For a 55" television, you should sit approximately 6'8" to 10'5" from the TV.
2D-to-3D Conversion: 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. You can enjoy standard Blu-ray movies, DVD movies, USB/SD-card content, and even ordinary TV broadcasts in 3D (not compatible with PC). The Super Resolution function allows images that were converted from 2D to 3D to be displayed in sharp, clear 3D while minimizing double image. The addition of 3D image quality adjustment functions lets you enjoy 3D images more comfortably. The visual disparity between the eyes, which determines the 3D depth effect, can be adjusted in 7 steps.
Note: When a 2D source is converted to 3D, the 3D effect is slightly less pronounced than with native 3D sources.
Built-in Tuners: The TV has both analog (NTSC) and digital (ATSC) tuners, as well as a QAM tuner for unencrypted cable signals. With these built-in tuners, you don't have to purchase a separate digital set-top box to receive and decode HDTV/SDTV signals.
1080p Native Resolution: The Panasonic TC-P65VT30 has a full HD native resolution of 1920 x 1080 with over 2 million pixels (more than twice the pixels of 720p HDTV). The TV's four HDMI inputs can accept 480i, 480p, 720p, 1080i, 1080p and 1080p (60/24Hz) signals, and the component video input can accept 480i, 480p, 720p, and 1080i signals. All video signals from standard definition and high definition are upconverted to 1080p via HDMI
Full-HD Resolution Speed: 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. The Panasonic VIERA TC-P65VT30 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.
HD Video Inputs: The Panasonic VIERA TC-P65VT30 provides High Definition HDMI and component video inputs.
Note: The TV is also equipped with a composite video (480i only) input. The composite video input consists of a female 3.5mm AV connector with a 3.5mm AV-to-Composite AV adapter.
6,144 Shades of Gradation: Plasma displays can suffer from an artifact called false contouring, where transitions between different shades of the same color are too sharp. These transitions can appear as distinct lines between the different shades of color. Having 6,144 shades of gradation helps minimize the false contouring artifact so color transitions take on a smooth, natural appearance.
Wide Color Viewing Angle: No matter where you sit in the room, you see breathtaking images with spectacular colors. Plasma HDTVs are self-illuminating, so images look beautiful from any angle. Black areas do not fade, and colors look virtually the same from every point in the room.
Deep Color Support: VIERA faithfully reproduces all the colors inherent in today's most advanced image sources, such as Blu-ray Discs and DVDs. This TV supports Deep Color technology via HDMI. This technology supports higher bit rates and more color possibilities than previous HDTV signals.
x.v.Color Compatible: VIERA models with x.v.Color compatibility reproduce all of the vibrant color in images recorded by wide x.v.Color gamut compatible camcorders.
3D 24p Cinema Smoother: In plasma displays, increasing the number of frames creates smoother images. VIERA incorporates technology that analyzes picture information in both the preceding and succeeding frames, and creates a precise supplementary frame between them. When reproducing images from a 24p film source, the Panasonic TV's 3D 24p cinema smoother function suppresses the jerky effect seen in movies, so playback is smooth and natural-looking. You'll enjoy naturally flowing 24p films with familiar TV-like quality. The distinctive tonal qualities and atmosphere of the movie are preserved, and you enjoy extremely lifelike 3D images.
Game Mode: 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.
Aspect Adjustments: You can make the following aspect adjustments.
Picture Settings: You can adjust the following image and picture settings.
Note: The preset Picture Modes (Vivid, Standard, Cinema, THX, Game) are saved for all inputs. The Custom Picture Mode can be adjusted independently for each input.
Pro Settings: The TV's Pro Settings lets you adjust the picture settings in more detail.
Advanced Picture Settings: The TV offers the following advanced picture settings to further enhance image quality.
Anti-Image Retention Features: The TV's Pixel Orbiter feature helps to prevent image retention (burn-in) by shifting the display image. You can set the feature to automatic or force, and designate the time interval for the "Force" setting as 1, 2, 3, or 4. You can also change the brightness of the side bars that appear in 4:3 mode, or start a scrolling white vertical bar across the screen to prevent burn-in.
ISFcc (Imaging Science Foundation Certified Calibration Configuration) Calibration: An ISF-certified installer can calibrate the Panasonic VIERA HDTV, so that image reproduction is customized to the actual viewing conditions in your home and your personal preferences. The calibration process provides the settings that bring out the full expressive potential within the image signals. Settings for contrast, tint, sharpness and color are optimized to meet your home's lighting conditions for both daytime and nighttime viewing.
Note: This function is exclusively for professional calibrator use, only. It is not intended for consumers.
ARC (Audio Return Channel): The Audio Return Channel in HDMI 1.4 enables a TV, via a single HDMI cable, to send audio data "upstream" to an A/V receiver; increasing user flexibility and eliminating the need for any separate S/PDIF audio connection. This feature allows audio to be sent from the television to your A/V receiver through the same HDMI cable already being used to send audio/video to the television. This eliminates the need for extra cables connected to the TV. ARC allows audio from the TV tuner, Network connection, inserted USB device, HDMI inputs, or any analog connected device to be heard through your ARC compatible AV receiver via the television's HDMI ARC input. The audio from the TV's tuner, network connection can passed as Dolby Digital or 2ch PCM. HDMI, USB, and analog connected devices will be output as 2ch PCM only.
Note: Both the television and the receiver must support ARC for this function to work properly. When connecting an A/V receiver that is compatible with Audio Return Channel (ARC), connect it to the TV's HDMI 1 input. If connecting a system that is incompatible Audio Return Channel (ARC), an additional audio connection via Digital Audio Out (Optical) is necessary.
2.1 Speaker Design: Newly developed speakers bring additional power to 3D images. An improved 2.1 speaker layout produces clearer, higher-quality highs and more dynamic, robust bass. Dual speakers face forward and provide clear highs, while a boxed woofer behind the display improves the TV's bass performance.
CONEQ: CONEQ, an acoustic power equalizing technology, produces sounds that are extremely faithful to the source. An optimal acoustic field is reproduced in front of the TV. CONEQ is also used in mastering studios and concert halls, as its sound enhancing technologies are widely recognized by sound engineers.
A.I. Sound: This feature equalizes overall volume levels across all channels and external inputs.
Surround Function: The surround function enhances audio response when listening to stereo programming. This function is active only for the TV's built-in speakers.
Bass & Treble: This function increases the bass & treble frequencies independently.
Volume Leveler: The Volume Leveler monitors the difference in audio levels between inputs and minimizes the change in volume when you change inputs. This function is active only for the TV's built-in speakers
Digital Audio Out: The optical digital output terminal will output Dolby Digital (when available) or 2 channel PCM. The digital optical output terminal only sends an audio signal in Dolby Digital when receiving Dolby Digital Surround Sound from a digital broadcast channel through the tuner on the Plasma TV, and Dolby Digital Surround sound from an EASY IPTV app, via the television's Ethernet port or optional WiFi. The optical digital audio output will only output in 2ch stereo from sources connected to the TV via HDMI, RCA, or USB.
Note: There is no analog audio output.
PC Compatible: The television can be used as a monitor for your PC through the TV's RGB HD-15 input (via included adapter). The TV supports VGA, SVGA, XGA, WXGA, and SXGA PC video signals. You can also listen to PC sound with audio cable connected from your PC to the TV's side-panel A/V input.
Wired (Ethernet) or Wireless (WiFi) Network Connection: The Panasonic TC-P65VT30 features a RJ-45 Ethernet port (10BASE-T/100BASE-TX) and includes a USB Wireless LAN adapter (IEEE802.1a/b/g/n) to connect the television to your home network via a hardwired Ethernet connection or wireless WiFi connection. This allows you to share photos, videos, and music stored on your Windows PC on the television; as well as access select internet content from Panasonic's VIERA Connect online service. You can also operate your computer's Network camera from the TV's remote and check the images from the Network camera on your TV (PC required).
Note: The included USB Wireless LAN adapter plugs into the USB 2 port on the TV.
VIERA Connect: VIERA Connect is a "Cloud-based Internet Service" that allows you to access a variety free & pay Internet applications from the online "VIERA Connect Market" such as videos & movies, music, sports, games, news, social networks, and more through the Panasonic TC-P65VT30. VIERA Connect service content includes the following (as of May 2011):
|Videos & Movies||Alphaline Entertainment, Amazon Video, Bild.de, Break Comedy, CinemaNow, Dailymotion, Hulu+, Netflix, Ustream.TV, YouTube|
|Music||Napster, Pandora, SHOUTcast|
|Sports||FOX Sports, NBA GameTime Lite, MLB.TV|
|Games||Blackjack, Chess Challenge, Dracula's Coffin, Free Throw, Gem Reversi, Hangman, Illustration Logic, Mahjong Fruits, Mine Sweeper, Number Place, Penalty Shoot, Poker, Rockswap, Solitaire|
|Social Networking||Facebook, Picasa Web Albums, Twitter, Skype|
|News & Lifestyle||AccuWeather, AP, Bloomberg LP, Local Weather, Tagesschau, WealthTV 24/7|
|Health & Fitness||Withings|
Note: You will need a broadband internet connection. Required speed - at least 1.5Mbps for SD and 6 Mbps for HD picture quality. Dial-up Internet service cannot be used for VIERA Connect. Not all VIERA Connect content is available depending on the country and area.
Skype Compatible: The Panasonic VIERA TC-P65VT30 lets you enjoy free Skype-to-Skype voice and video calls. To make a Skype video call, just add a specially-designed high-performance Panasonic HD Communication Camera (TY-CC110W, sold separately). The camera can broadcast HD pictures in 720p and also includes a special 4 unidirectional microphone system that can easily pick up sound from couch-distance, so all members of the family can take part in conversation. You can make and receive Skype calls using the TV's remote control or connected USB keyboard (sold separately).
DLNA Certified: This TV is DLNA certified. DLNA (Digital Living Network Alliance) is a standard that makes DLNA Certified digital electronics easier and more convenient to use on a home network. It allows you to share photos, videos, and music stored on your Windows 7 PC (connected to your home network) through the Panasonic TC-P65VT30.
VIERA Media Player: You can view still and motion images, and play music saved on a USB flash memory device or an SD memory card through the television's 3 USB (type-A) ports and SD-card slot.
Compatible Media Formats: The Panasonic TC-P65VT30 supports the following still-image, video, and audio formats via SD-card, USB memory, and DLNA.
VIERA Tools: VIERA Tools is an easy way to access the TV's special features (3D, THX, VIERA Connect, Media Player, DLNA, VIERA Link, Eco mode). They are displayed as shortcut icons on the TV screen.
Favorite Channels: Channel numbers can be registered as Favorites and displayed in the TV's Favorite Tune menu for easier access.
Input Labels: Each input can be labeled to reflect the source connected. You can enter a preset label (Blu-ray, Cable/Satellite, DVD, DVD Recorder, DVR, Game, Home Theater, Receiver, Computer, Media Center, VCR, Camera, Monitor, Auxiliary, Not Used) or create your label name.
Closed Caption: The television includes a built-in decoder that is capable of providing a text display of the audio. The program being viewed must be transmitting Closed Caption (CC) information. The TV features analog and digital close captions:
Lock: The Lock function has three settings to block viewing of particular channels or inputs. You create a 4-digit password that's required to bypass the lock. The available settings are:
Timers: The TC-P65VT30 provides programmable On/Off & Sleep timers.
ENERGY STAR Certified: Earning the ENERGY STAR means a product meets strict energy efficiency guidelines set by the US Environmental Protection Agency and the Department of Energy. For TVs, it means they save energy both in Standby and On modes. ENERGY STAR qualified TVs use about 30% less energy than standard units. The factory default settings of this television meet ENERGY STAR requirements.
ECO/Power Saving: To conserve energy, the automatically turns off when no signal and no operation is performed for more than 10 minutes. Also to conserve energy, the TV automatically turns off when no operation of remote or side panel keys continue for more than 3 hours.
Wireless Remote Control: The supplied remote is programmed to operate this TV only. The OK button and directional keys allow you to move the on-screen selector, making menu navigation simple and efficient. The remote control will also operate certain functions of Panasonic equipment with "HDAVI Control" connected by HDMI automatically through the TV's VIERA Link feature. The remote's buttons are backlit and will light up with a press of a button.
VIERA Link: VIERA Link interlinks the operation of a variety of Panasonic AV devices, so you can operate them all using only the television's remote control. VIERA Link HDAVI Control lets you operate all of your Panasonic "HDAVI Control" compatible home theater components connected by HDMI by pressing a single button on the TV's remote control. Panasonic equipment with the "HDAVI Control" function enables the following operations - Automatic Input Switching, Power On/Off Link, Energy Saving Mode, and Speaker Setup.
VIERA Remote App: The VIERA Remote App is a Free TV remote controller app for your iPod touch, iPhone, or iPad (iOS 4.2 or later) that provides basic control of the Panasonic TC-P65VT30. Simply install the VIERA remote app on your iPod touch, iPhone, or iPad from the iTunes App Store and connect the device to your home network via Wi-Fi where the Panasonic TV is also connected. The VIERA remote app lets you operate the Panasonic TV more intuitively (with gesture commands) from your iPod touch, iPhone, or iPad - than with the included IR remote control. Using slide and flick operations, you can flip through the channels, switch external inputs, and control the volume while viewing the TV screen.
RS232C Port: The RS232C terminal on this TV is a standard computer Serial interface. The TV can be controlled by a personal computer when connected through an RS232C cable (sold separately). The computer will require software which allows sending and receiving of control data through its Serial port. The TV's RS232C terminal consists of a 3.5mm port with a 3.5mm-to-RS232C adapter.
Pedestal Base: The Panasonic TC-P65VT30 includes a pedestal base for tabletop mounting. The base comes unassembled and unattached to the TV, so assembly is required. With the pedestal base the TV weighs 138.9 lbs.
Wall Mounting: On the back of the TV are four threaded inserts to attach an optional wall mount bracket. The inserts require 8M (8mm) machine screws. The horizontal hole spacing is 684mm and the vertical hole spacing of 300mm. Without the pedestal base attached, the TV weighs 123.5 lbs.
AC Power Cord: The television is fitted with a 6.5' AC power cord which is terminated by a straight 3-prong AC plug. The AC cord sits out 1.5" from the wall.
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