Panasonic Viera TC-P50S30 Plasma HDTV Specs

Specs
Type: plasma
Screen Size (diagonal, inches): 50
Native Resolution: 1920x1080
3D: No
HDTV Tuner: ATSC, QAM Cable (in the clear)
Wall Mount or Stand Included?: Stand
Dimensions (W x H x D, inches): 47.5 x 29.3 x 2.8 (without stand); 47.5 x 30.7 x 12.8 (with stand)
Weight (pounds): 54.1 (without stand); 62.9 (with stand)
Price: $1000

Connections
Inputs: Video: HDMI 1.4 (3), component (1), composite (1), antenna/cable (1)
Audio: L/R stereo (2)
Outputs: Audio: Toslink optical digital
Additional: Ethernet (1), USB (2), SD Card slot (1)

Manufacturer Info
Panasonic
www.panasonic.com

COMPANY INFO
Panasonic
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COMMENTS
DSharkey's picture

I bought this TV about two weeks ago and absolutely love it. The picture quality is superb and the color differentiation is outstanding. I've watched a blu-ray disc and hooked up my PS3 and have been very happy. Also, I've been blown away at how crisp and detailed the images are when I watch sports. Using an HDMI is mandatory to take advantage of this TV's graphics.

I have one criticism. The sound quality is not that great. I don't think it's terrible by any means, but more just adequate. I hook up most of my sound to go through my surround sound, but when the TV sound stands on its own, it is ok but I was hoping for more. I'd encourage you to look into getting decent surround sound. If you're going to invest in this TV, might as well have some decent sound to match the awesome graphics.

Two details: First, like most plasmas, it is HEAVY and weighs a lot. Make sure you have a proper TV stand that can handle its weight (I bought a new TV stand with the TV). It comes with a docking stand that is easy to assemble and keeps it secure and in place. However, you will need two people to lift it into the stand. Second, like most plasmas, it uses a lot of power. If you're worried about energy consumption, this probably is not the TV for you.

I did a lot of research prior to getting this tv. First, Panasonic makes awesome plasma TV's which get great reviews. Second, I know that LED tv's are really popular these days, but from what I've read the color and picture quality as well as the motion on plasmas are much better. Third, all the horror stories about "burn-in" are probably more relevant to older plasma tv models and seems to be exaggerated. If you take proper care of your tv (don't leave it frozen on the same image for 8 straight hours), I think you'll be fine. If you don't know what is the proper care of a plasma, do some research beforehand. Also, as mentioned in another review, it has a screensaver that kicks in if it stationary for too long to prevent burn-in. Another reviewer suggested playing around with the contrast and brightness which I agree with. You want to tweak it for optimal settings (I have my TV in a darker place with less light so I don't need to boost it up).

All in all, this is a really great TV for a good price. I have been very happy and have no regrets.

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Thank for reading!

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