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Great Picture for an Excellent Price

A Review On: Panasonic TC-50PS64 50 Inch Plasma

Panasonic TC-50PS64 50 Inch Plasma

Rated # 6 in Plasma HDTV
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Price paid: $599.99
MrSwa
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Pros: Price, Picture Quality, De-Featured

Cons: Apps are very sluggish, stand doesn't APPEAR to be super robust

I bought the 50PS64 about a week ago and have been extremely pleased. The picture quality is fantastic (especially compared to the outgoing 5yr old Phillips LCD) even out of the box. I will say I do not have the most trained eye, but going from my last set to this one was like making the jump from SD to HD (seriously, even my wife commented on how much better it looks). In the store, as with most plasmas, it looks dark and a little washed out. I believe this is due to the lighting in the store and the fact that it's sitting next to super bright, over exposed LED televisions.

I purchased after quite a bit of research on this site and others. I compared mostly the S series to the ST series as I didn't want to spend the cash required to get into the VT or ZT. The S64 seemed to fit well for me:
- Wanted the ambient light filter of the ST series
- The 'input lag' discussion around the ST did give me a little anxiety as I do game semi-regularly, so the S series seemed more appropriate
- No interest in the 3D ability of the ST given that I don't much care for 3D content
- The price of the S64 was very attractive (cheaper even than the 'lower' S model)

Note: the 'con' listed about the stand is only in appearance. I have the unit hanging on the wall, so I won't speak for the actual robustness of it. It just doesn't appear near as robust as other stands I have seen.

I will attempt to keep updating this as I have more experience with the unit, but at this point I can't find anything to complain about other than the slow 'apps'. I have several devices connected to the TV that can supply this content if needed so it's not a big deal to me.

Edit 1:
See MillerDuck's review for the 65" version. It contains a good idea of the features for these models.

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