Panasonic Viera TC-P65VT50 65" Full 3D 1080p HD Plasma Internet TV - $2,900 (Westchester)

condition: like new
make / manufacturer: Pansonic
model name / number: TC-65VT50
size / dimensions: 65 inch
Panasonic Viera TC-P65VT50 65" Full 3D 1080p HD Plasma Internet TV



Orginal Owner: Purchased New
Excellent Condition Brand New Condition
Has Less then 60 Hrs On Tv
Tv Has Wall Mount Bracket and will Provide also with Original Stand
Tv Has Two 3D Glasses
Tv has two Remote Controls that Came With Tv
THX Certified Sound System

Price29500.00 Cash Only
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Panasonic's best plasma for 2012 gets a few extra features over the less-expensive GT50 series. There's an Infinite Black Ultra Panel with a new predischarge spark intended to help achieve even deeper black levels, and an improved louvre filter for keeping black areas of the picture darker under bright overhead lighting. Panasonic also reserves its 96Hz refresh rate, designed to better handle 1080p/24 sources, for the VT50 alone.

Both the VT50 and the GT50 offer THX certification, which the step-down ST50 series doesn't. Both also get a couple of more esoteric picture-quality-related extras, namely double the "shades of gradation," a 24p smooth mode (not to be confused with a higher refresh rate), "facial retouch," and "pure image creation."

Smart TV:
Last year I ranked Panasonic's Smart TV interface, called Viera Cast, highest for its simple layout and ease of use. The company didn't change much about Viera Cast for 2012. I like that you can easily shuffle the services you want most, like Netflix, into prominent positions, and navigation was faster than on the ST50 -- likely thanks to the dual-core processor. The VT50 also gets multitasking; when I hit the tools key a virtual page flips up to reveal the most recently used apps, providing quick access.

Panasonic's content selection is top-notch since it added Vudu, although I'd like to see a dedicated 3D app like the ones LG and Samsung offer. There's a new-ish Social Networking app that can combine live TV, Twitter, and Facebook on the same page. Audio gets relatively short shrift, with just Pandora, Shoutcast, and a karaoke app as of press time.

The Viera Market has a solid selection of apps, although I didn't appreciate having to sign in to an account to download even the free ones. There's also a real shopping section with overpriced Panasonic gear and other sundry hardware like keyboards (which help if you're the one guy who really enjoys tweeting on your TV).

The company says it will add new apps soon, including a partnership with MySpace touted at CES and an exclusive with Disney digital books. It also offers a remote-control app for iOS, Android, and BlackBerry.

The Web browser is almost as good as the ones on Samsung and LG TVs as long as you use the touch-pad remote, but that's not saying much since no TV browser can hold a candle to any phone, tablet, or laptop browser. Clicking over to CNET.com, I found I couldn't navigate down the page until it finished loading, which took forever (about a minute). I tried to scroll down by moving the cursor to the bottom of the page but it wouldn't respond. Instead I had to use the scroll bar on the far right.

Entering text via the onscreen keyboard, a painful necessity, was actually much easier via the standard remote since the touch clicker has a tendency to overshoot, and the lack of autofill is incredibly annoying. Load times were hit or miss, and while I actually did get a video at comedycentral.com to load eventually (after an even longer forever), about a minute in the audio dropped out and then the video quickly followed. At Hulu.com an ad loaded after about 20 seconds but my clip didn't arrive at all.

Finally it's worth noting that, like many TV makers, Panasonic now reserves a spot on smart TV home page for an ad (currently Shutterfly on my VT50 sample). For the first time I've seen, however, the TV also shows you a banner ad when you first power up. It popped up and lasted about 3 seconds, but it was still annoying. I was happy to see I could disable it (here's how), but the banner is turned on by default.

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