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HP Pavilion MD6580n

65" high-definition 1080p rear-projection DLP TV

Item # 319MD6580N

Hewlett-Packard's mastery of cutting-edge digital technology helped them become a fixture in offices everywhere.

Hewlett-Packard's mastery of cutting-edge digital technology helped them become a fixture in offices everywhere.

Item # 319MD6580N

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About the HP Pavilion MD6580n

Steve Kindig
Hewlett-Packard's mastery of cutting-edge digital technology helped them become a fixture in offices everywhere. Now, they've set their sights on the living room, with their flagship 1080p HDTV, the 65" MD6580n. /p>

Hewlett-Packard's mastery of cutting-edge digital technology helped them become a fixture in offices everywhere. Now, they've set their sights on the living room, with their flagship 1080p HDTV, the 65" MD6580n. /p>

Like all TVs based on DLP™ (Digital Light Processing) technology, the MD6580n's imaging "light engine" is built around a Texas Instruments DLP chip. HP's contribution to DLP's big-screen success was their invention of the "wobulation" resolution-enhancement technique that is used in most current high-definition DLP TVs (including all 1080p DLPs). Compared to 720p sets, 1080p puts twice as many pixels on the screen for improved clarity and dimensionality. A 1080p display is a pixel-perfect match for 1080i high-definition programs, so you'll see every detail.

All 1080p TVs are designed to display images at 1080p resolution, but the MD6580n is one of the very few 1080p models that also accepts 1080p signals. While 1080p signal sources are limited to high-performance PCs and video processors for now, 1080p-capable inputs will help ensure that your TV can make the most of future video gear, like high-definition disc players.

Other innovations guarantee great viewing, day or night. First, a circuit samples the brightness level of the video signal, and controls a "dynamic iris," opening and closing it instantaneously to achieve deeper blacks, higher contrast, and more realistic detail in dark images. The high-powered projection lamp generates plenty of brightness for enjoyable daytime viewing, too.

The MD6580n's connections panel is one of its most unique features. It's located behind a swing-down door on the front of the TV (click on "Photos" above). The lighted, color-coded panel puts an end to crawling around behind the TV with a flashlight, trying to connect your gear. Pretty smart.

Tip: To find out if HDTV signals are available in your area, visit this helpful site and punch in your zip code.

Large Item Special Shipping: Because of its large size, this item will be delivered and placed in any accessible room in your home. Delivery is available to physical addresses in the lower 48 states. (Sorry, no P.O. Boxes or freight forwarders.) Transit time is 5-7 business days once your order has been processed. Extra charges may apply for delivery after business hours or on a weekend, or if the item must be carried up more than 5 flights of stairs.
Note: Free return shipping not available with this model.


Product highlights:

  • high-definition TV — receives and decodes digital standard-definition and HDTV signals from over-the-air broadcasts (antenna required) and cable TV service (CableCARD™ required)
  • widescreen 16:9 aspect ratio
  • Texas Instruments SmoothPicture™ DLP chip (1920 x 1080 pixels)
  • Visual Fidelity 1080p light engine
  • DynamicBlack™ dynamic iris for deeper blacks and better contrast
  • 12,000:1 dynamic contrast ratio
  • digital video processing (upconverts all video signals to 1080p)
  • 150-watt DC lamp
  • 1-tuner Picture-in-Picture (inset or split-screen)
  • built-in stereo speakers + subwoofer (85 watts total power)
  • multibrand remote control
  • picture settings memory for each input
  • 7 A/V inputs, including:
    • 3 composite video
    • 3 S-video
    • 2 HD-compatible component video (accepts 1080p/1080i/720p/480p/480i signals)
    • 2 HDMI digital audio/video inputs (1080p-compatible)
  • PC input: analog RGB (D-sub 15-pin)
  • 2 RF inputs (Antenna, Cable)
  • coaxial digital audio output for Dolby® Digital
  • 66-1/4"W x 41-5/8"H x 19-3/8"D
  • weight: 133 lbs.
  • warranty: 1 year parts & labor (90 days for lamp) — carry-in service
  • Contact your local cable provider for details regarding the availability and costs of CableCARD-related services
  • MFR # MD6580N

What's in the box:

  • 65" Rear-projection DLP TV
  • Wireless remote control
  • 2 "AAA" batteries
  • 9.5' AC power cord (3-prong)
  • Owner's Manual
  • Quick setup guide
  • Product Registration Card/Free firmware upgrade offer
  • Note on vertical and horizontal positioning

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Features & specs

Screen Type DLP
Screen Size 65"
Aspect Ratio 16:9
Resolution (pixels) 1920 x 1080
Picture In Picture 1 Tuner
1080i Compatible Yes
720p Compatible Yes
CableCard Compatible ---
Audio Output Power N/A
Parts Warranty 1 Year/90 Days lamp
Labor Warranty 1 Year/90 Days lamp
Type of Warranty Service Carry-in
Power Consumption
Power On (Manufacturer) Not Given
Standby (Manufacturer) Not Given
Width (inches) 66-1/4
Height (inches) 41-5/8
Depth (inches) 19-3/8
Footprint Width (inches) 44-5/8
Footprint Depth (inches) 11-1/2
Weight 133 lbs
Analog Inputs & Outputs
RF Inputs 2
Digital Inputs & Outputs

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Input and Output Notes


HDTV (ATSC) Tuner: The md6580n has a built-in over-the-air HDTV (ATSC) tuner, so you don't have to purchase a separate digital set-top box to receive and decode over-the-air HDTV/SDTV signals.

CableCARD Slot: This TV has a CableCARD slot that allows digital cable reception without a set-top box. CableCARDs will be available from your local cable provider.

Input Access: The input/output panel is conveniently accessible from the front of the TV. A door across the bottom flips down to reveal the lighted, recessed input and output jacks. The cables are routed through a channel to the back of the set so they stay out of sight.

1080p Resolution: The advanced 1080p display produces about 2 million pixels on screen, which is more than twice that of a conventional 720p display. This allows 1920x1080i signals to be displayed without scaling down the image to 1280x720. By simply de-interlacing the full 1080i signal, this display keeps the full image detail.

Native Resolution: The md6580n has a display resolution of 1920x1080. The HDMI and component video inputs will accept 1080p, 1080i, 720p, 480p, and 480i signals, and all input signals are displayed as 1920x1080.

1080p Input: Unlike most current 1080p displays, the md6580n will accept a 1080p (progressive) input signal via the HDMI and component video jacks. Both 24 and 30 frames/second rates are supported.

Picture-In-Picture (PIP): The PIP feature will display a second source two ways; with a smaller picture inset over the main picture, or with two pictures side by side (with adjustable size). One of the sources must be the internal tuner, the second must be an external source (HDMI, Video 1, etc).

Favorite Channels: You can program your favorite channels from the cable input to be easily recalled using the Favorite button.

Picture Size: When viewing a source with an aspect ratio other than 16:9 you can choose how it's displayed:

  • 4:3 Original
    • Display the image in its original format with bars on the sides
    • Stretch the image horizontally to fill the screen
  • 2.35:1 Original (Wider than 16:9)
    • Display the image in its original format with bars on the top and bottom
    • Enlarge the picture to fill the screen, trims both sides

Picture Modes: You can select one of the following picture modes:

  • Normal: Most programs in average light
  • Movie: For a darkened room
  • Vivid: For TV and bright light
  • Studio: Professional studios and calibration labs

Volume Leveling: Continually adjusts the the volume to maintain an even level and avoid large changes.

Source Label: You can assign a recognizable name to each input.

SRS TruSurround XT: TruSurround simulates the rich surround sound experience with just stereo speakers.

Subwoofer: The md6580n has a built-in subwoofer.

Quiet Mode: In quiet mode the internal subwoofer is turned off and just the stereo speakers are active.

Sleep Timer: The sleep timer switches the television off after a specified amount of time.

Visual Select: You can simultaneously display a small thumbnail image from each input, then select the input you want by highlighting the image.

Brightness Boost: You can generate a brighter picture using the brightness boost.

Remote Control

Multi-brand Remote: The supplied remote is pre-programmed to operate this unit and a number of functions on other brand components, including VCRs, Digital Video Recorders, cable boxes, satellite receivers, DVD players, receivers and Home Theater systems, and HP Digital Entertainment Centers.

Input and Output Notes

HDMI Inputs (1&2): In addition to the HDMI jack, the HDMI 2 input has stereo RCA audio inputs. The HDMI jacks can accommodate copy-protected digital connections (HDCP) to other devices (such as digital set-top boxes) that have compatible interfaces. If you want to connect a DVI-compatible device, you will need an HDMI-to-DVI adapter cable. The HDMI jacks will accept 1080p, 1080i, 720p, 480p, and 480i signals.

Component Video Inputs: The two component video inputs will accept 1080p, 1080i, 720p, 480p, and 480i signals.

Video: The three video inputs have stereo RCA, composite video, and S-video jacks.

Computer: A D-Sub 15 VGA input along with a stereo mini-plug for audio allows you to use the md6580n as a computer monitor.

Audio Output: The md6580n has analog stereo RCA and coaxial digital outputs. The digital output can be set to PCM or Automatic, which passes a Dolby Digital bitstream when available.

RF Inputs: There are two coax inputs, one for an over the air antenna, the other for cable input.


In-Home: The one year warranty covers in-home repair.

Bulb: The lamp module carries a separate 90 day warranty.

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