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Panasonics CES Plasma Announcements Got Me Spinning

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Ok, I just got done pouring through the Panasonic CES announcements for 2009 Plasmas and I am super confused.

Does anyone actually understand what the differences are between the various lines now?

I understand that the Z1 is supposed to be the "flagship" line but as far as I can tell it has the same picture specs as the other lines! And it only comes in one size 54". Don't ask me why.

Nor can I tell the difference between the G, V, and S series. Both the V and S series have 65" models that apparently are indentical in specs...except maybe the V has the Digital Cinema Color, while the S does not? Is that it??? Why even have different lines?

Maybe there was another press release somewhere that compared the various lines? Anyone figured this out yet?

Here is the summary of their press release:

PANASONIC VIERA Plasma HDTV
Z1 Series
The flagship VIERA plasma in 2009 is the Z1 series, with a revolutionary one inch thin panel design and Wireless HD connectivity to deliver the ultimate sleek, uncluttered HDTV viewing experience. Also included on the VIERA Z1 is VIERA CAST web menu with the new streaming HD movie rental capability via Amazon Video-on-Demand. The Neo PDP design of the VIERA Z1 produces a brighter picture, deeper blacks, improved native contrast ratio (40,000:1) and Full-Time 1080 TV lines of motion resolution. Other Z1 model features include;1080p resolution, a THX Certified Display; an Infinite Black panel; 600Hz Sub-field Drive; and VIERA Linkä, and VIERA Image Viewer for playing back digital still images and AVCHD videos recorded on SD Memory Cards. The Z1 series will be available in the summer of 2009 in the new TC-54Z1, 54-inch class screen size (54 measured diagonally).

V10 Series
The VIERA V10 series are slim, 2-inch thin plasma HDTVs with built-in tuners. The V10 series offer such cutting edge innovations as Digital Cinema Color which helps to deliver all movie-essential colors, full THX Display certification, and the VIERA CAST web menu with Amazon Video on Demand services. The Neo PDP design of the V10 series features 1080p resolution; deeper blacks, improved native contrast ratio of 40,000:1; Full-Time 1080 TV lines of motion resolution; an Infinite Black panel; 600Hz Sub-field Drive; VIERA Link, and VIERA Image Viewer for playing back digital still images and AVCHD videos recorded on SD Memory Cards. The V10 series is available in a 65-inch class (64.8 measured diagonally), 58-inch class (58 measured diagonally), 54-inch class (54 measured diagonally), and a 50-inch class (49.9 measured diagonally) screen size. The 50-inch model with one-sheet-of-glass design will be available in May 2009 and the remaining models will be available in the summer of 2009.

G10 Series
The VIERA G10 Plasma series include features like the VIERA CAST web menu, a THX certified Display, and VIERA Image Viewer for playing back digital still images and AVCHD videos recorded on SD Memory Cards. The NEO PDP design of the G10 series also offers 1080p resolution, deeper blacks, improved native contrast ratio of 40,000:1, Full-Time 1080 TV lines of motion resolution, an Infinite Black panel, 600Hz Sub-field Drive, as well as Game Mode and VIERA Link. The G10 series will be available in a 54-inch class (54 measured diagonally), 50-inch class (49.9 measured diagonally), 46-inch class (46 measured diagonally), and 42-inch class (41.6 measured diagonally) screen size. The 42-inch, 46-inch and 50-inch HDTVs will be available in March 2009, while the 54-inch model will be available in May 2009.

S1 Series
The VIERA S1 Plasma series offers a broad range of HDTVs which also represent the first VIERA plasma series to feature the new NEO PDP designs. Key features of the S1 series include Full-Time 1080 TV lines of motion resolution, which eliminate traditional HDTV motion blur. The S1 series also feature THX certified displays together with VIERA Image Viewer. Other features include 1080p resolution; a native contrast ratio of 40,000:1; an Infinite Black panel; 600Hz Sub-field Drive; and a Game Mode. The S1 series will compliment the V10 65 screen size with its own 65-inch class (64.7 measured diagonally) product. Other S1 sizes include a 58-inch class (58 measured diagonally), a 54-inch class (54 measured diagonally), a 50-inch class (49.9 measured diagonally), a 46-inch class (46 measured diagonally), and a 42-inch class (41.6 measured diagonally). The 42-inch, 46-inch and 50-inch HDTVs will be available in March 2009 while the 54-inch will be available in the summer of 2009.
post #2 of 4
There is already some discussion in the thread started by VFR that will answer some of your questions.

http://www.avsforum.com/avs-vb/showthread.php?t=1105773

See post #51 by Bill1313 for a feature comparison.
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Originally Posted by mkoesel View Post

There is already some discussion in the thread started by VFR that will answer some of your questions.

http://www.avsforum.com/avs-vb/showthread.php?t=1105773

See post #51 by Bill1313 for a feature comparison.

Thanks. I am digging my way through that thread. So far it still seems really really confusing. I think Panasonic could save a lot of money and customer confusion by eliminating two of the four series.
post #4 of 4
Once we see pics and more info it will become easier to understand. Panasonic likes to confuse their consumers with too many model numbers.

Chris
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