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Panasonic TC-P65V10 65-Inch 1080p Plasma HDTV Review

10 September 2010 View Comments Rating: 4.5/5.0

The Panasonic TC-P65V10 Plasma TV is one of the best Plasma TVs in the market.  This TV features a full High Definition (HD) display, excellent contrast performance and superb color reproduction system that will provide crisp and life-like images in its massive 65-inch screen – one of the largest in the market.  Panasonic’s VIERA features, like the VIERA Link, Cast and Image Viewer, are just some of the features that set this TV apart from the competition.

A Plasma PDP screen powers this TV’s display.  The screen has a native 1080p display format and a 16:9 image aspect ratio.  The 1080p display format provides full HD display ideal for Blu-ray movies or playing gaming consoles.  Widescreen modes include Full, Just, Zoom, Normal and Conventional 4:3 modes.

Image contrast for this TV rates at 40000:1 and its Dynamic Contrast ratio at 2000000:1.  Actual contrast performance for this TV is at 4500:1 with its deep black at 0.04 cd/m2 and peak brightness level at 470 cd/m2.  Its excellent contrast performance provides clear details in all shadow or highlight of any scene.  Its superior contrast performance and deep black level are two of the TV’s top attributes.

Color accuracy is outstanding for this Panasonic TV.  No oversaturation or errors are noticeable in any of the major colors.  Color transition along the edges of any image remains smooth and uniform.  There is also even display, and color reproduction across the screen is uniform and consistent.  The screen’s 2073600 pixels provide for crisp and life-like images in any video application.  The TV’s VIERA wide color gamut covers about 120% of the HDTV color standard giving this TV a color performance level that is almost equal to cinema standards.  Its THX certification guarantees displays that are vivid and rich in color – exactly how the movie creators want them to be.

Motion performance for this TV is excellent with its 600 Hz subfield drive.  This fast refresh rate is excellent for fast action clips.  It effectively eliminates motion blurriness and judders and shows sharp displays even in fast scene transitions.

Viewing angle performance for this TV is excellent – just as expected from a Plasma TV.  Its viewing angle rates at 88 degrees with an actual performance of about 72 degrees.  Its wide viewing angle ensures consistent image quality and color accuracy in a wide angle in front of the TV screen – perfect for its huge display.

The Panasonic TC-P65V10 TV features a built-in Digital (QAM, ATSC) and Analog (NTSC) TV tuner.  This HDTV-ready television also has a Parental Channel Lock and Closed Caption capabilities.  It also has HDMI, Component, S-Video and Composite video interfaces and it supports 480p, 720p and 1080i video formats aside from its native 1080p display format.

Audio output is in Stereo mode, thru the built-in speakers mounted at the left and right side of the panel.  Each speaker rates at 10 Watts for a total audio output power of 20 Watts.  There are basic controls available for Bass, Balance and Treble in the TV’s Audio menu.  Audio quality is excellent with the TV’s BBE ViVA HD3D sound effect that delivers high quality audio with surround sound effect.  The TV’s audio power output could use enhancement from an external entertainment system to provide an extra power boost.  The TV’s 20-Watt audio power output may not deliver maximum satisfaction while watching HD movies on its massive 65-inch screen.

This TV has a decent amount of connectivity options.  The ports sit at the side and rear of the panel.  At the side, there is 1 HDMI (19-pin HDMI Type A), 1 Composite video input (RCA phono), 1 Audio line-in (RCA phono x 2) and 1 VGA input (15-pin HD D-Sub, HD-15) port.  At the rear of the panel, there are 3 HDMI (19-pin HDMI Type A), Audio line-in (RCA phono x 2), 1 Composite video input (RCA phono), 1 S-Video input (4-pin mini-DIN), 2 Component video input (RCA phono x 3), 1 Digital audio output (optical – TOSLINK), 1 Network (RJ-45), 1 Audio line-out (RCA phono x 2) and 1 Serial ports.  This TV doesn’t have a USB port like most TVs from competing brands.  Instead, it features an SD/SDHC memory card slot that accommodates SD cards and allows playback of digital videos (AVCHD and MPEG-2) and photos (JPEG).  This TV also has a VIERA Image Viewer feature that provides an intuitive interface to play photos stored in SD cards.

Additional features include VIERA Cast that provides a growing number of online content that you can enjoy right on your TV screen.  Stream videos, view photos, listen to online music or get the latest news and updates from popular internet sites like YouTube, Picasa, Bloomberg, Amazon Video and more.  This TV also has Panasonic’s VIERA Link feature that will allow users to control compatible AV devices connected to the TV’s HDMI ports.  Access the menu and control the functions of compatible Blu-ray devices, digicams, camcorders, home entertainment systems and more using the TV’s VIERA remote control – convenience at your fingertips.

The TV’s dimensions are 61.8 x 3.9 x 38 inches (W x D x H), and it weighs approximately 148 lbs with its stand attached – the package comes with a swivel stand.  This huge TV has an amazingly slim 3-inch thick panel that will look elegant in any room application.  This TV is also ENERGY STAR qualified, giving it power efficiency in both operational and standby modes.  Power consumption in operational mode is about 365 Watts, which is an average performance considering the TV’s massive screen, and it consumes less than 0.2 Watts in standby mode.

One of its main competitors it its category is the Samsung PN58B850 Plasma TV.  This Plasma TV from Samsung also features a 1080p native display format but has a smaller 58-inch screen display.  The Samsung TV also features an excellent color reproduction system and superb contrast ratio performance.  Both TVs have an identical online content selection and effective viewing angle performance.  Connectivity options are slightly different for the two Plasma TVs.  The Samsung TV offers two USB ports (with no SD/SDHC card slot) for media playback while the Panasonic TV only has an SD/SDHC memory card slot.  The rest of the port options are almost identical.  The Samsung TV costs about $500 less than the Panasonic TV.

Experience a completely different viewing sensation with the Panasonic TC-P56V10 Plasma TV.  Wide viewing angle, superior color accuracy and great features all packaged in a sleek and elegant TV design.  Its large collection of online features and connectivity options makes this TV a perfect centerpiece for your entertainment system.  This all-in-one TV caters to all your entertainment needs.

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Technical Specifications

Model Type Plasma
Screen Size 65″ Class (64.7″ diagonal)
Contrast Ratio Dynamic: Infinite Black
Native: 40,000:1
Aspect Ratio 16:9
Native Resolution (Number of Pixels) 2,073,600 (1,920 x 1,080)
Pixel Pitch (H x V) 0.747 x 0.747 mm
Moving Picture Resolution 1080 lines
Shades of Gradation 6,144 equivalent
HDTV Display Capability (1080p, 1080i, 720p) Yes
EDTV Display Capability (480p) Yes
Aspect Control Normal, Zoom, Full, Just, H-fill for TV/AV modes
4:3, Full for PC mode
Panel G12 Progressive 1080p HD NeoPDP (Plasma Display Panel)
Screen Coating (Filter) New AR (Anti-Reflective) Filter
Progressive Scan Yes
24p Cinematic Playback Yes
24p Playback(2:3) Yes
Digital Cinema Color Yes
Deep Color Yes
x.v.Color Yes
Studio Ref Mode Yes
Pro Setting Yes
THX Mode Yes
Motion Adaptive 3D Y/C Digital Comb Filter Yes
3D Color Management Yes
Sub Pixel Control Yes
Motion Pattern Noise Reduction Yes
600 Hz Sub-field Drive Yes
Speakers Full-range x 2 (L, R)
Number of Speakers 2
Audio Output 20 W ( 10% THD )
(6 ohms, 170 Hz – 16 kHz)
BBE® VIVA HD3D Sound Yes
Surround Sound Yes
Integrated ATSC Tuner Yes
VIERA Image Viewer™ Y (AVCHD/MPEG2/JPEG Playback)
HDMI Input 4 (1 side)
Analog Audio Input (for HDMI) Yes
Composite Video Input 2 (1 side)
S-Video Input 1
Audio Input (for Video) 2 (1 side)
PC Input Mini D-sub 15-pin x 1 (side)
Component Video Inputs (Y, PB, PR) 2
Audio Input (for Component Video) 2
RS232C 1
Analog Audio Output 1
Digital Audio Output 1
LAN Port 1
VIERA Link Y (with Network Camera)
VIERA Cast™ (IPTV) Yes
VIERA® Tools Yes
Game Mode Yes
Pixel Orbiter (Anti-Image Retention) Yes
Menu Languages English/Spanish/French
V-Chip Program Lockout Yes
Built-In Closed Caption Decoder Yes
Timers Yes
Video Input Label Yes
Video Picture Memory Yes
Remote Control IR
Power Supply AC 120 V, 60Hz
Rated Power Consumption 729 W
Standby Power Consumption 0.2 W
On Mode Average Power Consumption 365 W
Energy Star Yes
Receiving System ATSC/QAM/NTSC
Operating Temperature 32°F – 104°F (0°C – 40°C)
Safety Standard UL6500/C-UL
Optional Wall-mounting Bracket TY-WK6P1RW
Dimensions (H x W x D) with Stand 40.0″ × 61.9″ × 16.4″
Dimensions (H x W x D) without Stand 38.0″ × 61.9″ × 3.9″ (2.7″: exclusive of protruding portion)
Weight (lbs.) w/Stand 147.8 lbs.
Weight (lbs.) without Stand 134.5 lbs.
Carton Dimensions 47.5″ x 68.3″ x 16.0″
Gross Weight [lbs (kg)] 176.4 lbs.
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  • Anonymous

     This TV will definitely fit my needs perfectly. I’ve been looking to upgrade some of my TV’s with HD sets when I get my new Hopper satellite receiver from DISH installed this weekend. After I get my new Hopper, I’ll be happy because of a very cool feature called Primetime Anytime. With Primetime Anytime, I can record all my primetime networks (ABC, CBS, NBC, FOX etc.) in HD and keep them stored on the hard drive for eight days at a time. I’m glad a co-worker of mine at DISH recommended this TV to me, and after seeing the specs for this TV here online, I think I made up my mind to get a couple of them.

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