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Panasonic Viera TC-P65VT50 3D Smart Plasma HDTV Review$3,699.00
So far this year, we've been repeatedly disappointed by the audio quality of most of the TV's we've reviewed. Granted, none of them have been terrible; the standard speaker set-up for TVs is two 10-watt embedded speakers, and they usually sound okay, but are a far cry from what is possible with a good surround sound system.
We were impressed by the audio quality on the P65VT50. It's got two 8-train speakers along the lower rim of its bezel, and the back panel is equipped with an integrated sub-woofer. Let us be the first to tell you, it's notably good audio. The TV is plenty loud--with crisp trebles and satisfying bass tones--at just a quarter volume, and turning it all the way up would probably be more volume than most people cared for. It's simply got a wider range of sound dynamics than is usually supplied by standard HDTV speakers, and we applaud Panasonic for improving more than just the VT50's color performance.