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Panasonic TC-P65S2 Review 65-Inch 1080p Plasma HDTV

December 28th, 2010 Leave a comment Go to comments

Panasonic TC-P65S2 65-Inch 1080p Plasma HD television is the latest plasma high definition television in the market which has a screen size of 65 and is available for a price of $2600 (at the time of writing, and should be going down in future).

A note on the size of TV and viewing distance

The 65 inch diagonal size translate to 56.6 inch width at an aspect ratio of 16:9. We recommend that you sit at a distance at least twice the width of the TV, which in this case translate to 113.2 inches or roughly 9 and a half feets. For a more comfortable and less eye straining we recommend a distance thrice the width or about 14 feet. Note between 9 and a half feet to 14 feet you will find a ball park number which will find a pleasing viewing distance. If your space does not allow get a smaller TV. If you have already purchased the TV make sure that you position it such that there is a distance of at least nine and a half feet between the TV and the viewer.

Bigger TVs are generally Plasma TVs, however, in recent times LCD based TVs are catching up fast in bigger sizes. The plasma TVs provide some inherent advantage over the LCD based HDTV, including higher contrast ratio, better refresh rate.

Panasonic TC-P65S2

Panasonic TC-P65S2 has stunning black level giving good contrast. Great for watching sports. It however has mediocre plastic finish. Picture courtsey Panasonic.

The Panasonic TC-P65S2 from the plasma line of Japanese manufacturer has been rated highly by consumers as well as connoisseurs. This television has a mind blowing refreshing rate of 600 hertz, this is provided by Sub field drive technology which provides smooth full High definition motion videos. This television has full high definition capabilities so displaying 1080 pixels video is not a big thing for this television, the maximum video resolution that is supported by this television is 1920 X 1080 pixels. This television also has the viera Image viewer using which the user can browse through JPEG images which are present in the USB drive or the digital camera connected to the television via the USB cable. There are three HDMI cable input ports, 2 composite video input ports, 2 component video input ports and 1 digital audio output port. This television has inbuilt digital and analog tuners which can receive QAM or ATSC modulated digital signals on the television or NTSC analog modulated signals on the television without the help of a settop box. There are two integrated speakers in this television which can deliver an audio output power of 20 watts totally. This television also has surround audio delivering capabilities.

Panasonic TC-P65S2 65-Inch 1080p Plasma HD television has different aspect control modes such as normal, Zoom, full, Just and H fill. The maximum video resolution that can be offered via this television is 1920 X 1080 pixels. There are multiple menu languages that are supported by this television, the user can select one of the available menu languages as their preferred menu language. The available menu languages are English / Spanish / French. This television is energy star certified so there is no pollution or global warming worries that is introduced by this television. The screen type of this television is built using the plasma television display technology.

The contrast ratio of this television maximum dynamic contrast ratio of 2, 000, 000 : 1. The high contrast ratio translates into a good and detailed black level. The black is actually black and unlike a grey looking black is some other TVs, especially the LCD based TVs.

This television lacks wireless connectivity features and also this television does not have any DLNA compliance. Thus this can never be made a part of a small wireless network which the user can possibly set up in their home. But the displaying capabilities and audio delivering capabilities of this television remains unmatched. The screen size which is 65 inches provides the theater experience to the user and thus this makes a perfect television to be placed in anyone’s living room.

Panasonic TC-P65S2 Pros
– Big size, great for theater quality viewing experience
– 600 Hz refresh rate, great if you wish to view fast moving games or racing
– Incredibly great black level, good contrast ratio.

Panasonic TC-P65S2 Cons

– Slightly expensive ( at least at the time of writing)
– Heavy at 103 lb ( Though not necessarily a cons) – you need more hands to install it.
– Sound quality not at its best, invest in Home theater and/or sound bars.

Panasonic TC-P65S2 Ratings

As part of the review, we bring out how this TV has been rated by other reviewers and users. We collect a lot of data, combine it and give out to you the combined rating.

Amazon has a 21 5-star, 1 3-star, 1 2-star and 2 1-star ratings giving it an average of 4.48 out of 5 or 8.96 out of 10 rating

Test Freaks gives it 9.2 out of 10 rating

At Cnet we have only one rating for this product 4 star rating or 9.2 out of 10 rating.

Table : Panasonic TC-P65S2

Place Rating
cnet 8.00
Amazon 8.96
Test Freaks 9.2
Average Score 8.72

Customers have a moderate level of faith in  Panasonic TC-P65S2. However, we recommend that you research other plasma TVs as well for cost advantage or wait for the price of  Panasonic TC-P65S2 to drop.

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