HDTV

Panasonic 65PY700 65" 1080p Plasma HDTV

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Introduction

So, the local importer dispatched four people to do the installation to ensure that there would be no problems with this Panasonic 65PY700 65" 1080p Plasma HDTV. It was tight and this display is quite heavy (about 220 pounds) and the combination of a tight space and a heavy display makes for quite a workout.

You don’t quite realize how large this display is until you actually install it. I’ve tested quite a few HDTVs in my day, but I was just amazed at how big this one really is.

Putting the unit on a TV stand is impossible, given that my ceiling is too short to accommodate a display of this size. So, all my testing had to be done with the unit sitting on the floor.

Specifications

  • Design: Full HD Plasma Flat Screen Display, 65" Diagonal
  • Inputs:  3 HDMI, 2 Component, 2 S-Video, 1 Composite, 1 SD, 1 PC
  • Remote:  VieraLink Single Remote
  • Dimensions:  55" H x 64" W x 5.6" D
  • Weight: 220 Pounds
  • MSRP: $6995.95 USA
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The Design

The first thing I noticed was how simple the display settings are. On the minus side, the menu is too simple for my taste, and all the calibration features are missing.

The screen itself is covered in an extra layer of non-reflective glass. While not as light absorbing as the Pioneer KURO, it does a fair job in high ambient light conditions.

The screen itself needs 770W of power, most of which turns into heat. This is roughly twice the power consumption of a typical 50” plasma HDTV. This plasma is full HD (1080p) and introduces an Overscan control which lets you achieve Native Rate at both 50 HZ and 60 HZ. Unfortunately, 24FPS is not yet supported (this is one of the capabilities of the new 850 series displays).

The unit has every imaginable kind of input, two sets of S-Video (one in back and one in front), two sets of component video as well as composite input (back and front), a VGA input, three HDMI inputs (two in back, one in front) as well as analog and digital audio inputs. An RF input would not prove too helpful with such a big unit.

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The 65PY700 is shiny and black, and it hides two speakers which are surprising in both sound quality and volume, particularly in the bass department. The front panel conceals the control buttons and front inputs (usually for HD and SD cameras).  Unless you know what you’re looking for, you might very well miss that panel. To the right, the unit also has an SD input, with  a blue light on it, which lets you view images and movies.  If you have an AVCHD camera with an SD memory card, you can plug it right in and watch your footage directly.

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A display of this size would typically need 15 feet of distance between itself and the viewer. However, this particular display does such a good job I did not experience any viewing problems at even half or a third of that viewing distance. The problem with closer distances is usually the fill ratio, blinking/dithering plasma pixels, artifacts, and scaling. None of these are really an issue here. Such artifacts on plasmas, particularly with SDTV sources are not even close to what one would experience on an LCD HDTV. Given proper calibration and using the MPEG NR, artifact removal on this HDTV improves this dramatically.