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Panasonic VIERA TC-P50ST50 Plasma TV

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Pros: Picture Quality, Black Levels, Motion Handling, Colors, Swivel stand.

Cons: The acrylic edge of the bezel, Smart features are a bit lagy, no 3D glasses included.

I searched long and hard for the perfect TV this year when it was time to upgrade. My budget started a bit south of what I spent, but as I looked at TVs in my price range I realized I needed to be at the $1k mark if I was going to find anything I would be happy with. Then it was "do I buy LED or Plasma?", it took about 20 minutes of searching and I knew needed to check out Plasma. It was CNET that got me interested in the ST50, and after seeing it at BB I purchased it online.

Picture
The TV produces a natural rich picture without being overly sharp. Oz Looked fantastic, the colors were breathtaking. I am using a slight variation of the CNET settings at this time and find the colors to be pretty dang close to perfect. I would like to have it calibrated professionally, however money is an object. My wife was very skeptical about me buying a Plasma, but she put that behind her after we watched a couple blu rays. She now doesn't like to watch movies at our friends houses, something about their LED TVs looking unpleasant. The Black Levels are pretty dang good, they look a bit dull with the lights up but as soon as I dim them or draw the curtain its inky black and beautiful. Pandorum and Sherlock Holms both gave it a good work out and showed how inky the blacks can be and the last of the Harry Potter movies was a real treat.

Features
The smart apps aren't much to mention, they are pretty clunky and the HUB isn't as smooth as it could be. I like the layout more than that of my Sony Blu ray player but I rarely use it. I did notice the app selection was pretty good, even a couple you might not want the wife to know about. The 3D is a lot of fun, I haven't watched a whole movie with it yet since I only bought one pair of glasses, but games are a lot of fun in 3D. Halo Anniversary and Gears of War 3 were like new again. The options for set up are very good, more than adequate for the price tag. I found the cable set up to be pretty smooth, I guess its not on some TVs... The speakers on the TV are very good for a flat panel. I used them for a couple months before I picked up a surround set up. The TV speakers actually sound crisper and clearer than the surround speakers I have, but with them being placed in the back of the TV they don't work well for sitting 8 feet away from the front of the TV.

Summary
I am in love with this TV, I would recommend it to any one who would listen. There are a few things that could be better, but in respect to value this TV does a lot more than I would expect from a TV in this price range. I look forward to using this TV for a long time to come, I am sure I will want to go larger before too long but rest assured this set will be hard at work in the bedroom or office when that day comes.
Panasonic VIERA TC-P50ST50 Plasma TV
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The ST50 series features 1080p Full HD resolution, an Infinite Black Pro Panel, and VIERA Connect with web browser and built-in Wi-Fi. Other unique features include 2D to 3D conversion and 2500 focused field drive. VIERA Connect IPTV - More Fun Comes Via a Cloud Service VIERA Connect is a cloud service that provides access to apps in categories like video and music, social networking, games, news and lifestyle, sports, health and fitness. Learn more about the world of Smart VIERA and VIERA Connect here. Enhance your TV Experience with Popular AppsPopular apps on VIERA Connect include Netflix, Amazon Instant Video, Facebook, Twitter, Wall Street Journal, and huluplus, all optimized for the best possible user experience. In the 2012 TVs, you can have an unlimited number of apps installed because those apps are stored in the cloud, rather than in the TV memory itself.Clicker - Video on Demand Cross SearchingFind your favorite movies and video content easily with one-step searching, which allows you to cross search from multiple VOD services. For ease-of-use, use the quick keyword input on VIERA Connect to help retrieve your desired content faster and easier. Customize your screen by grouping commonly used apps and displaying them on the screen for easier use.VIERA Remote App Support The VIERA remote app lets you use a smartphone or tablet device as a remote control. Tap and flick-based commands are intuitive. Use your smartphone as a gamepad for VIERA Connect game applications or your tablet as a touch pad to control what you do on the TV screen. Display the same web pages on both your VIERA screen and your smartphone with a simple flick. Simply "swipe" and share your favorite photos, music, and movies from your smartphone to your VIERA TV anytime.               Communicate with Family and FriendsThe social networking TV app allows you to access social network sites and communicate with your loved ones while simultaneously watching TV. Watch live sports games while upping the excitement by chatting with your friends as the game unfolds. You can also record an original message and set it as your answering voice message. Callers can record messages onto an SD Memory Card (min. 512MB required), while you are away. *Skype camera not included with TV purchase Share Content on the Large Screen with 2D-3D Conversion Unique Panasonic technology converts 2D images into high-quality 3D images. The technology generates a detailed depth effect for each type of image so the 3D effect is natural and realistic. Enjoy Blu-ray movies, DVDs and TV broadcasts in 3D. The Super Resolution function allows images that were converted to be displayed in sharp, clear 3D images. Learn more about Panasonic's true-to-life Full HD 3D technology here. The Perfect Smart TV Experience: A Suite of Technologies Fast-Switching Phosphor The use of fast switching phosphors has significantly reduced afterglow duration and reproduced clear 3D and 2D images. Fast switching phosphors are used in all full HD models. 3D 24p Cinema Smoother VIERA gives you naturally flowing 24p images with the look and tonal characteristics of film, and familiar TV-like quality. Panasonic's advanced source analysis and frame generation deliver smooth, natural, and lifelike images.DLNA/Built-in Wi-FiConnect this DLNA-compatible VIERA HDTV and DLNA-compatible AV equipment to your home network, and you can watch movies, listen to music, and view photos from any room in the house. VIERA HDTV's Wi-Fi capability gives you even more layout flexibility. The ST50 series has built-in Wi-Fi so a wireless LAN adaptor is not required. 600 Hz Sub-field Drive and 2500 Focused Field Drive The ST50 features 600Hz technology which allows for superb full-HD motion and still images. Panasonic uses its own unique image-analysis technology which allows for greater clarity with motion images. Each frame is displayed for a shorter length of time to reduce aftereffects. The ST50 also employs Neo Plasma Black 2500 FDD (Focused Field Drive) to provide a crisp image even when the content shows very fast motion. Operate Multiple Systems with Just One Remote Control through VIERA Link VIERA Link The ST50 features VIERA Link, a technology that allows a consumer to operate all VIERA Link compatible AV components using only the TV’S remote control. Just point the VIERA remote at your TV, and the signal will travel over the HDMI wires to the right piece of equipment, whether it be your Panasonic Blu-ray or DVD player or Panasonic Home Cinema Surround System. Deep, Rich Blacks with the Infinite Black Pro Panel The ST50 series feature self-illuminating panels with ultimate black levels. Enhancements to the panel and cells help reproduce images with smooth, natural gradation and deep, rich blacks - even when viewed in bright surroundings. In movies, the true, deep blacks faithfully convey the intent of the filmmakers, adding power and realism to the viewing experience. Environmentally Friendly Panasonic’s commitment to sustainability and producing products that are ecologically sound is evidenced in the 100,000 hour life span of the Plasma Display panel and the lack of lead or mercury in the panels. Thanks to a newly designed phosphor process and rear panel process, Panasonic's plasma panels last for up to 100,000 hours before the brightness decreases by half. That's more than 30 years of viewing 8 hours a day. Plus with Eco Mode, Panasonic TV's turn off and adjust brightness depending on the VIERA's operating status. Settings can be configured by selecting Eco mode from VIERA Tools. The Power Save setting also adjusts screen brightness to reduce power consumption. 2012 Panasonic VIERA Plasma HDTV Comparison Chart Series VT50 GT50 ST50 UT50 XT50 U50 Models: 55", 65" 50", 55", 60", 65" 50", 55", 60", 65" 42", 50", 55", 60" 50" 50" High Definition Resolution 1080p Full HD 3D 1080p Full HD 3D 1080p Full HD 3D 1080p Full HD 3D 720p HD 3D 1080p Full HD Mercury and Lead Free Panel Long Panel Life VIERA Link Game Mode Media Player (SD, USB, DLAN via LAN) SD Card Slot HDMI/USB Port 4/3 4/3 3/2 2/2 2/2 2/1 2D-3D Conversion w/Face Detection w/ Face Detection Wi-Fi Capability Built-in Wi-Fi Built-in Wi-Fi Built-in Wi-Fi Wi-Fi Ready Wi-Fi Ready DLNA (via LAN) Smartphone Remote Function* Fast Switching Phosphors VIERA Connect 2500 Focused Field Drive Skype Communication Social Networking TV E-Help Infinite Black Panel w/ Louver Filter Ultra Pro Pro Pro Settings 3D Real Sound 24, 576 Shades of Gradation THX3D Certified VIERA Touch Pad Controller 96Hz Playback of 24p ISFccc Online Movies

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Item Width1.8 inches
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