Pros + Black levels are incredible
+ Deep, rich, beautiful colors
+ Fantastic picture quality
+ 3D is exceptional
+ No anoying buzzing
Cons - maybe expensive for someone
Summary I recently experienced a household loss of our family's 50 inch HDTV we have used for the past 5 years. Our LG 50PX4DR-H was struck by lighting and was put to rest. I paid a hefty price for the LG back 5 years ago and wanted the best features and viewing experience I could get for a reasonable price. Before that, we had the Toshiba widescreen TW20F40 which was a great TV for it's time. My latest quest lead me to the Panasonic TC-P65VT25 which had the best viewing performance I could find. I reviewed the latest high-end models with LCD, LED and Plasma technology from Samsung, Sony, Toshiba, LG, Vizo and Hitachi, nothing but the plasmas were able to effectively display high speed motion without blurring. All has the latest features with widgets and some had a better implementation than others. Many had better physical dimensions with thin panels and beautiful frames, but I typically do not view content on TVs from the side or outside of the viewing area. I chose the Panasonic TC-P65VT25 for it's ability to display vibrant images and effective implementation of web-based accessible content... I was not concern with the 3D functionality, since I have a defect in my right eye which limits my site to peripheral vision. I did not expect that I could enjoy the technology since shutter glasses require viewing the content with both eyes where two images are displayed, one for the right and one for the left. As it turns out and to my surprise, I am able to enjoy the 3D content, just not as well as my family....
Well, the whole intent to submit my review is that the Panasonic TC-P65VT25 was priced to be close to $5K, but went to one of the local electronics retailers who worked a deal with I got it for $2.6K which was a good deal. I had to wait a week, since these TVs were selling like crazy. If you want the best viewing experience with quality design, you can not go wrong with the Panasonic. It's a great HDTV and with a viewing area of 65 inches, your engulfed in a viewing experience that is so close to theater viewing as it comes, but from a much improved visual perspective. Check it out for yourself and you'll see....
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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 house 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.
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.
"Beautiful Picture!"on by iconkatz
Pros Picture quality the best I have ever seen (including Pioneer). Black levels are incredible; deep, rich, beautiful colors; picture is completely noise free. 3-D works well, but not much content available.
Cons None ? the TC-PC65VT25 lives up to all the hype!
Summary We?ve had a TC-PC65VT25 for a month. The picture quality is startling! The new "U2 at the Rose Bowl" concert Blu-Ray really shows off the black levels and overall video quality. We use the VT25 as a video monitor; audio is through a separate DTS-HD Master capable surround sound system (Onkyo receiver, bi-amped PSB speaker system). The combined effect of the perfect picture and concert quality sound is amazing. With DirecTV, the HD picture is great ? so much better than the old Panasonic plasma we replaced. We find ourselves watching bad movies just because they look so good!
3-D picture quality is good, but the content is limited, and the 3-D picture doesn?t excite me as much as the 2-D performance. 3-D doesn?t add much to World Cup matches (The commercials are great!) and the other DirecTV 3-D content that started this week isn?t very compelling. I?m sure 3-D content will improve.
"Absolutely Stunning"on by ezavvy
Pros 96hz processing is stunning on 24p content
Everything so far
Cons Does not have built-in wifi
Summary I've had the 65VT25 for 3 days now and I am extremely pleased with the set. No issues so far and the PQ is amazing. This is replacing my old Panasonic 42G10 and there is just no comparison in PQ. The black levels of this TV are stunning and blu-ray movies when viewed using the 96hz processing are just incredible. I though watching Avatar on my G10 was impressive but on this 65incher it's just unreal. The image looks 3d and I have not even had the set calibrated yet so I can't imagine how it will look when I do. The 3d is very impressive as well but not something I would watch all of the time (I am looking forward to the World Cup in 3d though).Had my set professionally calibrated by Lee Gallagher in AZ and loving everything about this TV. Sports, movies, news, and anything in HD is just amazing. The 3D is awesome for gaming and sports, but I have not gotten a chance to watch a 3D movie so no comment there. Overall, an outstanding TV and the best PQ I have ever seen!
Updated on Jun 22, 2010
Pros nice blacks
Cons The stand reduces options of placement forcing it to be recessed in the entertainment cabinet, causing unwanted reflection.
Summary We have the VT25 65". The best way to maximize the picture performance is with a Lumagen Radiance 3D. It does not just pass through, but actually processes 3D. Check out their website for more technical information