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Besides 3D and smart apps, is there a picture benefit to going to UT50 from the U50. i.e. is the 2500 Focused Field Drive make a noticible difference. Just bought the UT50 and U50 friend says why waste money on 3D and apps. Thoughts?
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A 3D-capable Panasonic has a better panel than the non-3D models do, and the better panel performs better for regular non-3D content. The vast majority of people buying 3D-capable TVs have zero interest in 3D and simply ignore this feature.

http://www.avsforum.com/t/1440992/p50ut50-vs-p50u50

http://www.avsforum.com/t/1432228/u50-same-exact-image-quality-as-ut50-but-without-3d

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The real difference between these two sets is the panel brightness. Not a major issue if you have controlled lighting, but may be problematic even more so with the U50 if you are watching in a bright room. Also, see these CNet reviews.

http://reviews.cnet.com/flat-panel-tvs/panasonic-tc-p50u50/4505-6482_7-35149658.html


http://reviews.cnet.com/flat-panel-tvs/panasonic-tc-p50ut50/4505-6482_7-35153392.html


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Randy is absolutely correct, the added calibration settings found on the UT50 and the G15 panel make the jump very sensible, i had the opportunity to pickup a P60U50 for about $800 and my other choice was a P55UT50 but it was 5" smaller, at first it seemed crazy to pay $100 more for 5" less screen but it is only 5" and in the grand scheme of things makes is of little consequence, the added features are truly worth $100 more and 5" less screen size, if you placed a 55" next to a 60" the difference is hardly noticeable..
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Randy is absolutely correct, the added calibration settings found on the UT50 and the G15 panel make the jump very sensible, i had the opportunity to pickup a P60U50 for about $800 and my other choice was a P55UT50 but it was 5" smaller, at first it seemed crazy to pay $100 more for 5" less screen but it is only 5" and in the grand scheme of things makes is of little consequence, the added features are truly worth $100 more and 5" less screen size, if you placed a 55" next to a 60" the difference is hardly noticeable..

Not sure what you mean by added calibration settings, but neither of these sets have the advanced set up controls of the higher end panels as mentioned in the CNET review. As far as the processor is concerned, I believe the Panasonic 3D sets now offer a new and improved subfield drive with a faster response time, but the difference is nominal, especially in terms of 2D content. Plasma's have a standard refresh rate of 60hz. 3D PDP's will refresh 3D at 120. (1080/60 X 2, one for each eye) Specifically speaking, for each frame displayed on the TV, a 600 subfield drive flashes the pixels at least 10 times per second. 10X60 = 600. The faster the flashes, the smoother the motion. However, most 2D plasmas today, including ones with the current 600Hz subfield drive, reproduce much of the available resolution, even with fast motion.



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