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Panasonic VIERA TC-P65VT30 65-inch 3D Plasma HDTV

100% Positive Reviews
Rated #5 in Plasma HDTV


Pros: Wonderful overall picture quality, black levels and great 3D performance.

Cons: Color could be improved, 96 hz function tends to create distracting rainbows and included Wi-fi dongle has trouble keeping up.

I've owned several types of HDTV's over the years: rear projection, rear projection DLP, LCD and LED/LCD. For years I pined over the wonderful picture the LED/LCD's displayed in store and finally I purchased a 3D LED/LCD set in 2011. I set it up same day and was ready to watch all my favorite movies again on my new reference set, only to be severely disappointed with the pictures quality. A year later, I had enough of the set and began the search for the TV of my dreams and that's how I found the VT30.

I had always been anti-plasma - yes, I fell for all the negative and mostly false reports out there - but of all people, it was an employee of Best Buy that convinced me that the VT30 was what I needed. With free delivery and a 30 day return period, why not at least try it? Once the TV arrived and was installed, I hesitantly hit the power button - after all, could Plasma be that great - and waited seconds for it to startup. My initial impression was mixed - colors were full and had depth, but boy was the picture dim. Then, I flipped from the Standard settings to Custom and with a few tweaks to contrast and the AGC; I was blown away by the picture.

Design - This set looks great - it has the one sheet of glass design that makes it look very sleek whether it is on or off. It matches my other electronics well and while the set is large, it doesn't look clunky.

Features - This one has everything I need - multiple viewing modes, Wi-Fi (with the included dongle), FullHD 3D and everything else that makes this a high end Plasma set.

Performance - Overall 2D picture quality is amazing. There is a true depth and realism to the picture that I had not seen on my previous sets. The image is truly lifelike and gives the effect of looking through a window pane. 3D performance was also top notch. It did require me to tweak the settings quite a bit to get it to my liking, but once there, it beat out my other 3D set hands down.

Color Accuracy - This is a sticky category for this set; on one hand, colors can be dialed-in to great accuracy, but on the other hand, at this price-point, it should be accurate without question.

Black Levels - At the time of purchase, barring the Sharp Elite, this set had the best measure black levels of the year. At times the black bars melt into bezel, giving the viewer the effect that they are not there at all. I've thrown everything I have at it and every time, I'm amazed at the depth of the blacks. Are there sets that have deeper blacks? Yes. Will you be disappointed with the VT30's blacks? No!

Value - At $2,799 and 65"s, the overall of this set was a huge deciding factor in my purchase.

My overall satisfaction with the VT30 seems to grow the more I watch it. No matter the material you throw at it, movies, sports, regular TV, it handles it with precision and grace. I love my Plasma set and plan to keep it until either a UHD Plasma or OLED is released.


Pros: picture quality, audio quality, and feature rich.

Cons: Wi-Fi dongle drops signal often (but could be due to other factors such as interference in my room)

I Had a 70 inch Mitsubishi DLP but was not happy with the quality of the picture. When I bought that TV I did not know much about the different kinds of sets to choose from.
My thought process had pretty much been centered around getting a large TV to just enjoy movies on a big screen. That ended up being a $2000 plus mistake. After seeing
others with incredible pictures I of course wanted to have the same. I sold my DLP (at a considerable loss of course) and set out on researching the LCD's and LED's because
I incorrectly believed the myth that plasma's are not a wise choice.
As to not make another financial mistake I decided it was due diligence to at least look into the plasma's as well. I quickly discovered the Viera line of TV's at sites such as Amazon.
Since I make only around $9.00/hr and have poor credit due to a major heart attack and subsequent open heart surgery without medical insurance, it needless to say was not easy
to afford and save for this, but I did it. The reward for giving up the size difference and the financial implications was more than worth it. This TV is absolutely gorgeous, from the
entire physical presence of it, to the incredible life like picture quality. I have read other newer thin TV reviews and quite commonly hear about dissatisfaction with the audio quality.
It makes sense that thinner sets would have to employ thinner speakers, subsequently provided less than adequate audio performance. I do not know how, but Panasonic has
found a way around that problem, at least with this set. I am more than happy with the audio that this TV provides. It does have a setting to go to surround sound like feature, but
even on normal it is very nice.
Another feature is one can choose to open up the 3D settings and convert 2D into 3D, however this feature is not important to me, as watching in 3d actually gives me a headache.
mentioned in the cons aspect, I have experienced a hiccup with the Wi-Fi dongle losing the signal, and have to reset the passcode and everything when trying to access Netflix or
youtube videos with the TV. But I think it is due to severe interference problems within the structure and foundation of my room, and not the set. the only other feature I am having
a little trouble with, is someone told me I could turn off the ARC feature in the settings and have an easier time in trying to get audio signal from the TV to play audio thru my
surround sound? but do to user error and lack of knowledge on my part (definitely not Panasonic's fault) I have yet to figure that part out yet.
Overall I very happy I went thru the expense and loss of 5" in going from my DLP to this Plasma set, was very worth it. Hopefully I can save somebody else that experience. Right
now it's just words on a screen, but I can assure anybody out there. Please buy this TV if your on the fence, you will not be disappointed!
Panasonic VIERA TC-P65VT30 65-inch 3D Plasma HDTV

Panasonic VIERA TC-P65VT30 55-Inch 1080p 3D Plasma HDTV

FeatureFull HD 3D (1 Pair of Glasses Included) One Sheet of Glass Design Infinite Black Pro 2 Panel VIERA Connect WiFi Ready THX 3D Certified Display
Item Height14.9 inches
Item Length67.7 inches
Item Width46.9 inches
Package Height14.9 inches
Package Length67.5 inches
Package Weight170 pounds
Package Width46.5 inches
ProductGroupHome Theater
TitlePanasonic VIERA TC-P65VT30 65-inch 1080p 3D Plasma HDTV, Black
UPCList - UPCListElement885170043428
Item Weight138.91 pounds
CatalogNumberList - CatalogNumberListElementTC-P65VT30
Model Name/TypeMPNEAN/UPC
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