"The best picture quality I've ever seen"5.0 starson by joelhulen
Pros: Clarity, color, black levels, smooth picture (esp. during fast-moving scenes), 3D quality, plasma vs. LCD/LED benefits, & did I mention black levels?
Cons: Finding an Entertainment Center that can fit the size of this 65" beast!
Summary: I've always been somewhat of an early adopter. I was the first kid on my block to purchase an HDTV (57" Toshiba CRT rear projection unit). I bought the Xbox & Xbox 360 on launch date. I purchased an HD-DVD player as a gamble during the Blu-ray/HD-DVD format wars... etc. etc. 3 years ago, I purchased a Mitsubishi Diamond series DLP which was the best quality TV I could find at the time. I've since had blooming issues (white over black has a halo affect as if the screen has a filmy substance on the surface) with that set to the point where I decided to upgrade once again.Whoops! I meant to post this to the TC-P65VT25 product review! Administrators, please remove this post. I've already reposted it to the TC-P65VT25 product review area.
After quite a bit of research, I decided to buy the Panasonic TC-P65VT25. I did not care about 3D at first, since the content really isn't widely available. Once my wife and kids saw the 3D on that set in action, that's the one they pushed me toward. My consideration for the VT25 vs VT20 line came down to VT25's improved black levels. Other considerations for this set came down to my primary usage: gaming and movies. Plasma televisions outclass LCDs in performance, able to redraw all 1080 vertical lines per frame, providing much smoother motion. Also, the black levels of plasmas cannot be beat, providing a picture with more depth and detail, particularly in dark scenes. As far as 3D performance goes (which originally was not a factor), when I watched a movie like Monsters vs Aliens in 3D on an LCD, I noticed more jittering and aliasing of the objects on the scene when there was a lot of motion, particularly as the "camera" quickly panned during an action sequence. I compared the same movie to a plasma set and did not have the same performance issues. The same scenes were very smooth and appeared to remain at a higher resolution.
Since I did not have a Blu-ray player, and right now, 3D-capable Blu-ray units average around $400, I purchased a PS3, which is due to receive a firmware update within the next month or so in order to support full Blu-ray 3D movie support. It made sense to purchase a PS3 for $299 that is easily upgradeable to better future-proof my "investment". In order to test out the TV's 3D support, I downloaded Wipeout HD, which is a futuristic racing game that has been upgraded to provide full 3D support. I must admit, playing the game in 3D absolutely blew me away! The quality, brightness, and clarity of the 3D images in comparison to what we see in movie theaters were vastly superior. The depth and immersion provided by the illusion was unlike anything I've ever experienced in gaming. Everything seemed so real.
Finally, regarding 2D picture quality, no other television set that I've seen compares. I am completely happy with my purchase, and am excited to see what the future brings as both 2D and 3D technology progress.
Updated on Sep 8, 2010