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Panasonic TX-P65VT50B review

Say hello to 65 inches of home cinema heaven

Our Verdict

For

  • Awesome 2D picture
  • Brilliant 3D quality
  • Multimedia multitasking
  • Solid online platform

Against

  • Pictures not the brightest
  • Not cheap
  • Poor touchpad remote
  • Dynamic mode flickers

While the Panasonic P65VT50 has stood imposingly on our test benches, it's affectionately become known as the beast. Why? Because it's arguably the most uncompromising TV ever.

For starters there's its size. At 65 inches, its screen is the joint biggest in Panasonic's 2012 television range. In fact, it would be the biggest TV (as opposed to professional monitor) around from anyone had Sharp not recently launched 70-inch and 80-inch LCD TVs.

Since it uses plasma rather than LCD screen technology, the Panasonic Viera TX-P65VT50's chassis is much meatier than that of most modern TVs, too, thanks to a pretty chunky expanse of bezel by today's standards, as well as a degree of back-mauling heft that hasn't been experienced since the beefy days of the CRT. Certainly if you want to hang the Panasonic TX-P65VT50 up, you'll need a very sturdy wall.

Panasonic TX P65VT50 review

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Next up there's the Panasonic TX-P65VT50's feature count, which is really pretty huge. Multimedia playback is expansive, courtesy of USB, SD card and DLNA playback support, plus the set provides a portal - via built-in Wi-Fi - to Panasonic's Viera Connect online service. You even get a touchpad remote control intended to make internet surfing easier.

Also notable are its twin Freesat and Freeview HD tuners, and its huge raft of picture calibration aids, including colour management and gamma controls. It's not surprising, then, that the TV is endorsed by both the Imaging Science Foundation (ISF) and the THX quality assurance group.

The Panasonic TX-P65VT50 also benefits from Panasonic's premium plasma panel design, complete with a new filter introduced to deliver the richest black levels yet seen from a Panasonic plasma TV.

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Other stand-outs on the 65-inch television's spec sheet are its use of dual-core processing for enhanced picture quality and multimedia features, and a 2500Hz sub-field drive system that makes the 600Hz claimed by rival brands look positively puny.

The Panasonic TX-P65VT50 sits above smaller brothers the 55-inch Panasonic TX-P55VT50 and 50-inch Panasonic TX-P50VT50.

In terms of rivals, one step down from the VT50 range you get to the Panasonic GT50 TVs, which use a less advanced filter to deliver a marginally reduced contrast ratio, and don't ship with either the touchpad remote or any 3D glasses included in the price.

The most affordable way to get your hands on Panasonic's latest plasma panel design is the ST50 series, which lack the fancy filters of the higher models, and don't use dual-core processing.

Pther rivals to the Panasonic VT50 series are Samsung's ES8000 series, LG's 55LM660T and Sony's 55HX853. We'll discuss these in more detail on the Verdict page.

Tech Specs

Product TypePlasma TV
Scan Format1080p
Digital TunerDVB-T (MPEG4), DVB-S2
Analog TunerPAL
Video Signal StandardHDTV 1080p
Number of HDMI Ports4
Product FamilyViera
3D Type3D
EU Energy LabelC
Brand NamePanasonic
Screen Size165.1 cm (65")
Aspect Ratio16:9
Memory Card ReaderYes
BluetoothYes
EthernetYes
Wireless LANYes
Ethernet TechnologyEthernet
USBYes
HDMIYes
Weight with Stand (Approximate)48 kg
Operating Power Consumption520 W
Standby Power Consumption300 mW
Electronic Program GuideYes
DLNA CertifiedYes
HeadphoneYes
Digital Audio OutputYes
Height with Stand939 mm
Width with Stand1499 mm
Depth with Stand400 mm
CI+Yes
Composite VideoYes
Component VideoYes
Teletext Memory1500
Network (RJ-45)Yes
Number of USB Ports3
3D TechnologyShutter
3D ConversionYes
Energy Consumption per Year445 kWh
3D Glasses RequiredYes
Memory Card SupportedSecure Digital (SD), Secure Digital Extended Capacity (SDXC)
Height891 mm
Width1499 mm
Depth50.5 mm
Sound SystemVirtual Surround Sound, Dolby Digital Plus, Dolby Pulse, DTS
Maximum Resolution1920 x 1080
FeaturesTeletext, Web Browser, Media Player, Picture and Picture (PAP), Picture and Text (PAT), Picture in Picture
ManufacturerPanasonic
Product ModelTX-P65VT50
Product NameTXP65VT50 65" 3D Full HD Plasma Television
Product LineViera
Manufacturer Part NumberTXP65VT50
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.panasonic.co.uk
Marketing Information

The display alternately shows images for the left and right eyes. The left and right lenses of the eyewear open and close in sync with this display timing to show separate images to the left and right eyes. By repeating this action at high speed, the brain perceives 3D images. And because this method displays FULL HD 3D images just as they are, both eyes receive 3D images in high, full-HD quality.

This original Panasonic technology detects image movements like the human eye, and optimises the drive accordingly. By achieving instantaneously powerful light emission rather than finely divided emission, it reduces the afterimages that cause blurring. As a result, fast movement is reproduced with excellent clarity.

Package Contents
  • TXP65VT50 65" 3D Full HD Plasma Television
  • Remote Control
  • 2 x 3D Glasses
SpeakersYes
Limited Warranty5 Year
Weight (Approximate)42.50 kg