Manufacturer: Panasonic Part number: TC-P65GT30
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- Excellent all-around picture quality combined with improved features and styling should make the Panasonic TC-PGT30 TV a favorite among bigger-spending plasma seekers.
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CNET editors' review
price range: $3,513.19
- Reviewed by: David Katzmaier
- Reviewed on: 04/19/2011
- Released on: 04/01/2011
The good: The Panasonic TC-PGT30 has excellent overall picture quality, with deep black levels, accurate color, and solid video processing. It can handle 1080p/24 sources and bright rooms well and exhibits the nearly perfect screen uniformity of plasma, as well as very good 3D picture quality. It includes a Wi-Fi dongle, its Internet suite is simple to use yet content-rich, and the styling is handsome with a 1.5-inch-deep panel.
The bad: Picture quality flaws include subtly fluctuating black and gray levels as well as inaccurate gamma that washes out shadows somewhat. The GT30 has fewer picture controls than the competition, doesn't include 3D glasses, and uses significantly more power than LCD TVs.
The bottom line: Excellent all-around picture quality combined with improved features and styling should make the Panasonic TC-PGT30 TV a favorite among bigger-spending plasma seekers.
Impressive TV for $3k or less
by NMesta on March 9, 2012
Pros: Superb picture quality, colors are rich and blacks are impressive too
3D performance is very good
Over-all design and build is solid
Menus are fairly straight-forward and easy to navigate
Cons: There is no internet browser
Skype available but apparently does not work with typical USB Webcams
Summary: I've wanted a dark black that is not grayish looking which was my first priority. After viewing Pioneer KURO 60" TV that cost $7000 when it came out, I ...
Summary: I've wanted a dark black that is not grayish looking which was my first priority. After viewing Pioneer KURO 60" TV that cost $7000 when it came out, I was speechless. Panasonic cannot match that kind of black level but it is significantly better than other LED, LCD, or plasma I've seen so far. The Samsung 8000 series LED with a local dimming is very close but I've noticed that lighting sometimes is not uniform and it cost $2k more which I would not spend. The latest Visio 65" 3D actually had very good picture but I wanted active 3D rather than passive 3D technology so I passed. Somehow I feel cheated by 540+540=1080 theory using a passive glasses theory in spite of cheaper 3D glasses.
After receiving TV, setup which was very easy. Delivery service was superb as well. The box was in perfect shape. The TV comes with Wi-Fi dongle if you don't have Ethernet cable and I tested both connections and Wi-Fi works okay if you have N protocol wireless router. If you are still on G, go with RJ-45 cable or buy N router. I was surprised by Panasonic remote controlling my PS3 unit which was added bonus. DNLA certified (Windows 7 PC or DNLA certified equipment) unit's media was immediately available if you are into streaming your downloaded contents. Other TV bonus such as Netflix, Amazon, Skype, and etc. works as well as other equipments that have similar functions. I use my PS3 so it was lightly tested to verify its functionality. I pulled in local HD broadcastings from built-in TV turner using an antenna, it seems to lock well, and channel change is quick. I've used both HDMI and Component cable for 1080P and 1080i viewing. The latter connection has to go through dongle rather than direct to TV due to lack or spacing.
I left a full screen TV mode with HD broadcasting on for about 8 hours for initial phosphor burn in process which settles the entire TV screen (something I believe and not proven). Afterwards, I tweaked the picture settings with THX mode with some adjustments to suit my viewing preference. I have not done extensive tweaking yet since TV is still too new so after about two months, I will use Spyder TV calibration unit to tweak the color, contrast, brightness, and gamma. For the time being, it is acceptable for initial review. First demo disc was none other than "master and commander" which will show just how well dark scene will be displayed. It was impressive to say the least. I watched Tron 3D which was very impressive but not being used to 3D glasses, I still prefer great 2D picture.
LOTR extended edition arrived and I've watched both DVD and Blu-ray version to see how well non-HD pictures looks and it was decent. I used my older Toshiba HD-DVD player that has better DVD up conversion than my PS3 with 1080i native output and TV's 3:2 pulldown seems to work well to display 1080p. Blu-Ray picture on LOTR was excellent. I did try 24 frame output with LOTR which was good at 60Hz but with only 48 Hz, it was flicking too much. The fact that it can handle 1080P/24 seems a bonus. It was a time to return to Pandora with Jim Cameron. Wow, it was most impressive color display I've seen so far. It looked spectacular and even my spouse gave a thumbs up on this TV. I've watched some streaming DivX and MKV encoded files and it looked acceptable for being a large TV.
There are a few things I did not like on this TV which I can live with but wish Panasonic would consider changing. The TV power on red LED is bothersome to me. I would probably tape it with dark film. Panasonic should replace it with a smaller LED and less bright. If you are not mounting this TV, the TV stand is ugly. Because it is so ugly that I've decided to mount it. It probably is the ugliest stand currently available. I am not even going to review the built in speakers. Get a sound bar or use surround sound system. It is that bad. Not even a single 3D glass was included with the TV. Panasonic has a frequent promotion on two pair of 3D glasses and Avatar 3D so use that promotion if you can wait. The material cost of that 3D glasses are probably less than $30 so not including a single glasses seems cheap tactics by Panasonic.
I have not tried PC output with TV yet. Since I have no plan to have HTPC connected to TV, probably will not check how it looks. My understanding is the resolution is very limited on Panasonic.
Other than that, it is one awesome TV for Blu-Ray fans. I'll keep it for three years and buy 72" when the price drops. I am not concerned with black level changing on Panasonic plasma TV which seems to be a hot debate for many 09-10 year models. For $3k or less, this is one great TV for home theater buffs who can't have a projector. If you like a pretty TV sitting in your living room, buy Samsung, LG, Sony, etc. If you like a great display, Panasonic is highly recommended.
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Hope this review helps.
5 out of 5 users found this user opinion helpful.
The picture is amazing. Life like color and clarity.
by jprotextor on October 10, 2011
Pros: Found all my components and learned the commands for each within the first minutes of use. Best TV I have ever owned. Would buy it again in a heartbeat.
Cons: Have to buy the glasses separately.
2 out of 2 users found this user opinion helpful.
Theater quality image
by bobblewood on July 5, 2011
Pros: Vivid colors, fluid motion, deep blacks and contrast
Cons: Sound needs components and relatively pricey.
Summary: Money aside, it is fabulous! Looked at competition...still prefer it's oicture to any Samsung...in thx mode NO issues with floating blacks and lightness/darkness issues mentioned by ...
Summary: Money aside, it is fabulous! Looked at competition...still prefer it's oicture to any Samsung...in thx mode NO issues with floating blacks and lightness/darkness issues mentioned by negative reviewers...in fact haven't noticed in ANY mode...reflectivity not an issue unless there is direct light on the screen.
2 out of 2 users found this user opinion helpful.
Panasonic and its Smart TV.
by tedmathew90 on March 6, 2012
Pros: I remember when I and my cousin when on shopping for a new brand Smart TV. It didn't take us much time to figure out that LG Smart TV was actually what we really want.
Cons: On like the other Smart TVs that we saw to be some how expensive, LG Smart TV was better off in terms of price. Sony BRAVIA was our second choice from the different brands.
Summary: Many say the LG Smart TV doesn't have Pandora, but I'm telling you this from experience, LG Smart TV has the best internet experience you can ever think ...
Summary: Many say the LG Smart TV doesn't have Pandora, but I'm telling you this from experience, LG Smart TV has the best internet experience you can ever think of.In fact, consumers are rather interested in new and simple TV sets that they can use feel comfortable when manipulating with it.
1 out of 1 users found this user opinion helpful.
Great Picture (5 stars), but not "Smart" TV is 1 star
by whiskeysmart on August 24, 2011
Pros: Picture and functions are first rate. Beat out latest Samsung and Sharp (70") purely on picture quality. Even setup was reasonably easy.
Cons: Don't call this a Smart TV! Panasonic controls access to internet via Viera Connect functions & offers only few pathetic apps of any value (even fewer in Canada). There's no way to connect to NetFlicks Canada or sites that are available on competitors
Summary: Great picture but smart TV and 3D elements of value proposition are fiction. Internet/smart TV functions are a joke when compared to competitors or plug-in solution. 2D-3D conversion is ...
Summary: Great picture but smart TV and 3D elements of value proposition are fiction. Internet/smart TV functions are a joke when compared to competitors or plug-in solution. 2D-3D conversion is useless, and warning...DO NOT invest in expensive ($150+) 3D glasses unless you plan to buy equally expensive special HDMI wires and a new 3D BlueRay player...and also ask yourself how often I'll use it.
1 out of 1 users found this user opinion helpful.
Enjoying this TV. It was easy to set up.
by casemgr on March 1, 2012
Pros: picture is very clear. sound is ok, but plugged into my old sound system easily. our den is all glass on one wall so was worried @ the reflections but so far no problems.
Cons: no glasses & expensive glasses for 3d.
- Manufacturer: Panasonic
- Part number: TC-P65GT30
- Description: Step into the 3D world. The VIERA ST series Full HD 3D Plasma panel creates an advanced viewing experience by putting you inside the action and creating a world of TV viewing realism. Panasonic uses Full HD Frame Sequential technology to create its 3D images. Images recorded for both the right-eye and the left-eye alternately flash on the screen at the ultra-high rate. VIERA plasma TV has 1080 lines of moving-picture resolution. Specially developed phosphors with minimal afterimages and the motion compensating technology have made it possible to render faster-moving images with greater sharpness. By combining the highly light-transmissive IPS Alpha Panel and high-brightness backlight, this TV delivers both high contrast and low power consumption. Also, by detecting the contrasting parts of the scene, the backlight is adjusted to maintain a brightness that is optimal for each area. Deep blacks are reproduced with no fading. The contrast between the brilliance of diamond-like stars and the deep black of the night sky produces a sharp, crisp image. Enhancements to the panel and cells help to reproduce images with smooth, natural gradation and deep, rich blacks even when viewed in bright surroundings. In movies, the true, deep blacks faithfully convey the intent of the filmmakers, adding power and realism to the viewing experience. VIERA incorporates technology that analyzes picture information in both the preceding and succeeding frames, and creates a precise supplementary frame between them. This suppresses the jerky effect seen in movies, so playback is smooth and natural-looking. Now you can enjoy intuitive remote control while relaxing on the living room sofa, with a wide variety of content at your fingertips. Games are much more fun when there's no lag in operation. VIERA automatically chooses settings that provide the optimal image, so you get super-fast response and no delays. Even dark scenes with delicately rendered details are beautiful and easy to see.
- TV type Plasma
- Screen size 65 in
- 3D Yes
- 3D glasses & accessories 3D glasses sold separately
- Internet streaming services Smart TV,
Viera Connect Internet suite
- Skype details Web camera sold separately - Panasonic TY-CC10W
- TV features Audio Return Channel (ARC),
- Technology 3D
- Native resolution 1920 x 1080
- Resolution 1080p
- Refresh rate 600 Hz
- Motion Enhancement Technology 600Hz sub-field driving
- Aspect ratio 16:9
- 24p technology 3D 24p Cinema Smoother
- Progressive Scan Progressive scanning (line doubling)
- Widescreen Widescreen
- Widescreen modes Full,
- HDCP compatible Yes
- Supported DTV resolutions 1080/24p,
- HDTV Tuner Yes
- Digital TV tuner ATSC,
- Analog TV tuner NTSC
- TV tuner reception system NTSC
- Speaker(s) 2 x Main channel speaker - Built-in - 10 Watt
- Analog video input signals NTSC
- Surround mode Yes
- Total output power 20 Watt
- HDMI ports qty 4
- PC interface VGA (HD-15)
- Input/Output connections 4 x HDMI input (19 pin HDMI Type A) - Side,
3 x USB,
1 x Network (RJ-45),
1 x Digital audio output (optical) (TOSLINK)
- Video interface HDMI,
- Closed captioning Yes
- Menu language French,
- Type Standard remote control
- Component type None
Stands & Mounts
- Stand included Included
- Stand design Tabletop
- Flat panel mount interface Yes
- Power device Power supply - Internal
- Power device nominal voltage AC 120 V
Dimensions & Weight
- Dimensions (WxDxH) 60.6 in x 15.7 in x 38.5 in - With stand
- Greenpeace policy rating (Nov 2011) 3.6
- Greenpeace policy rating (Nov 2012) 3.6