To consolidate the info we have so far...
LAS VEGAS, NV (January 5, 2005) - Panasonic, the leader in high definition and plasma TV, once again demonstrates its commitment to exceed expectations with its new line of plasma displays. The company is introducing six digital models for 2005, all with integrated ATSC1/NTSC/QAM tuners and all featuring the latest plasma panel technology for unsurpassed performance.
"Panasonic is escalating plasma panel development to meet the remarkable growth the market is experiencing," said Andrew Nelkin, Vice President, Panasonic Display Group. "We are committed to continually providing the very best for our consumers, in technology, performance and value. All of our plasma displays are produced solely by Panasonic. From R & D to the manufacturing of panels and electronics to control of the production process, Panasonic is setting the benchmark from start to finish."
The new line builds upon the superior quality and reputation Panasonic has established in the flat-panel display arena with technologies such as sub-pixel control, which individually addresses the red, green and blue charges within one pixel, resulting in a 30% increase in horizontal resolution over previous models. The new panels are capable of reproducing a maximum of 8.6 billion colors, with thousands of gradations within the red, green and blue spectra, and the highest contrast ratio in the industry, to render an incredibly vivid picture with enhanced detail in dark scenes. Further advancements have been made in optimizing color purity with 3D color processing, and in ensuring outstanding picture quality in a wide range of ambient lighting conditions.
"More and more high-definition programming is becoming available over the air, on cable, and via satellite," said Nelkin. "This year's plasma sets employ the best new technologies to enhance picture quality beyond conventional standards, to realize the true HD dream."
Confirmed! The new plasmas are 8th generation panels.
TH-50PX500U HDTV 720p
50" diagonal - MSRP - $5999
TH-42PX500U HDTV 720p
42" diagonal - MSRP - $4499
TH-50PX50U HDTV 720p
50" diagonal - MSRP - $5499
TH-42PX50U HDTV 720p
42" diagonal - MSRP - $3499
TH-42PD50U EDTV 480p - -NO CABLECARD and NO PIP.
42" diagonal - MSRP - $2499
TH-37PX50U HDTV 720p
37" diagonal - MSRP - $3???Manual for the 42PD50U is available at http://service.us.panasonic.com/operman/ (maybe other manuals are coming soon?)