HDTV

Panasonic 65PY700 65" 1080p Plasma HDTV

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The Performance

Things get even better with an external processor. I used two for this test: the VP50Pro and the Lumagen Radiance, both of which improve the picture quality even further, particularly for SDTV content.

Calibration features are only accessible through a service menu, but the main question is whether they are even necessary. Primaries are not too far from where they should be (blues are a bit off), and whites measured at an average of 6100 Kelvin (6.2% short of ideal). As stated, without the service menus (accessible only to service engineers) there’s no real way to improve this, short of using a processor that can adjust for this deficiency.

Contrast ratio measured at roughly 6000:1, somewhat short of the 10,000:1 that Panasonic reports, but still quite respectable for this size. Gamma was short of ideal at 1.97.

The lack of 24FPS support is an annoying oversight on part of Panasonic, but even without it, judder is the one major issue with this display. LCD HDTVs have added 120Hz support across the board, which really does a great job at reducing judder (albeit at the expense of an overly realistic image). This technique, of introducing intermediate frames, is something that would really benefit plasmas of this size, particularly on scenes with horizontal camera pans.

De-interlacing tended to unlock too quickly over to video mode and lock too slowly to film mode. It appears that Panasonic worries too much about combing at the expense of less detail on mixed mode content.

Blu-ray content worked magic with this HDTV, as did regular HDTV satellite and cable content. Watching titles like Pursuit of Happyness really shows you how well the display works with a proper Blu-ray title.

The dragon flight scene in Eragon was amazing, every scale was visible. But the best part is the Phoenix killing Professor X. Her face in this scene just breaks the 2D barrier, every blood vessel on her face is as clear as if you are actually there.

The climax is the remastered The Fifth Element Blu-ray release. The Lilu escape scene was heavily detailed in both dark (tunnel chase scene) and the outside scene where Lilu is exposed to the modern city.

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Aspect ratio control is quite simple with very little complication. The options include 16:9, Just (Non Linear Stretch), 4:3, 4:3 Full, and three more zoom options. These are great, but I would have liked to see some additional options.

Image viewing from the SD camera was nice, but I would have liked a USB input.

Here is the color temperature graph.

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RGB Levels

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Gamma

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CIE Chart

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Spectral Scan

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Whereas older Panasonic models had ill fitting remotes, the 65PY700 finally comes with a worthwhile unit. The remote itself looks good, feels solid, and the bottom pulls out for quick access to player functionalities (provided you have a Panny Blu-ray player, that is). Lack of discrete buttons like access to HDMI inputs and discrete on/off buttons are its main flaws.