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Panasonic TC-P65GT50

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Panasonic’s VT50 line of TVs is the company’s top-of-the line series. The GT50s are nearly identical to the VT50s save for a a couple of features. First, the TC-P65GT50 comes with a 65-inch screen and displays up to full HD 1080p resolution. An aspect ratio of 16:9 is available plus a blacks filter through Panasonic’s Infinite Black Pro – VT50s runs the Infinite Black Ultra. The set is capable of displaying in 2D or 3D and is THX certified with 2D-3D conversion. The TV features a 4 HDMI ports and 3 USB 2.0 ports for connectivity. A SD card slot is available for photo, home videos and music on the set. Wi-Fi connectivity is available or through the ethernet. Panasonic’s VIERA Link is available which adds Web browsing, Skype and apps like Netflix. Some of the difference include that the GT50 won’t come with the Viera touchpad remote or the One Glass design. Instead, it has a normal remote and Panasonic’s metal frame. Also, the cinematic playback comes in with a 48 Hz cinematic playback over the 96 Hz.

Features List:

- 65-inch screen

- 16:9 aspect ratio

- 1080p resolution

- 2D and 3D capable

- 2D/3D THX certified

- 2 x 4 watt speakers, 10 watt woofer

- 4 HDMI ports, 3 USB 2.0 ports

- SD card slot

- Internet capable

Digital Trends’ Television Buying Tips:

Do I need an ATSC tuner?

If you plan on watching, free, over-the-air programming, then yes. As of 2009, all over-the-air broadcasts use the ATSC standard. Pretty much all HDTVs manufactured over the past few years will include this feature.

What inputs should I look for?

A final consideration when buying a new HDTV is what you can connect to it. Make sure there are ample HDMI (High-Definition Multimedia Interface) ports to connect multiple components, such as a cable/satellite receiver, video game consoles, DVD/Blu-ray player, camcorder, and so on. At least three or four such ports is a must. A convenient bonus is when the TV also offers a USB port to connect a Flash thumb-drive or external hard drive full of music, photos and videos, or a SD or Memory Stick card slot that lets you insert a compatible card that contains photos and videos. If you think you’d like to connect your computer to the television for big-screen web surfing, look for one with PC connectivity. Many TVs today offer these additional features.

What resolution do I need?

All consumer HDTVs break down into either 720p or 1080p resolution, which represents the number of horizontal lines in the display. More is obviously better here, but at small screen sizes – like 32 inches – many people find it hard to distinguish the benefit of 1080p resolution. As our guide to screen size points out, viewing distance can also play a factor: The closer you sit, the more you’ll appreciate higher resolution. In general, many people start to see an obvious difference between 1080p and 720p as screens sized 40 inches and up.

Also take into account that much of the content available today doesn’t take advantage of full 1080p resolution. Many shows still broadcast in 720p or 1080i. Technically only Blu-ray discs and digital, non-video sources (like a PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, or PC hooked up to the TV), really offer true 1080p content. This makes 1080p a no-brainer if you want to play Mass Effect 2 with the most detail and watch Star Trek on Blu-ray, but less essential if you just play to watch standard over-the-air broadcast material.

LCD or Plasma?

Debating between LCD or plasma can almost get as subjective as debating between chocolate and vanilla. But unlike the never-ending ice cream debate, there actually is a superior TV choice, depending on how you plan to use it.

Check out some of our previous guides on the subject to get a better look, but in short, plasmas use more electricity, come in bigger sizes, have deeper blacks, don’t suffer from motion blur, and offer an unlimited viewing angle that’s best for off-axis viewing. LCDs are more energy-efficient, have fewer problems with glare due to their matte screens, can hold an image for hours or days without suffering “burn-in,” and generally look brighter.

After deciding which format to go with, our LCD and Plasma HDTV buying guides can help you with more questions specific to your type of TV.