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Rich color reproduction

The Deep black reproduction of  High-Definition Plasma or LCD TV results in impressive contrast and beautiful, natural colors. So you'll get warm, accurate skin tones, gorgeous greens, breathtaking blues and vivid reds. For color that's as rich and bold as life itself, look to  Plasma or LCD TV.

Consistent brightness from any angle

A  Plasma combines anti-glare and anti-reflection technology with the natural light-emitting properties of plasma, to give you a super-wide viewing range with a crisp, beautiful image from almost any angle.

Smooth, graceful motion

When you're watching sports or movies with fast-motion graphics, you want a TV that can keep up with the action. With over 5900 lines of moving picture, self-illuminating plasma displays eliminate afterimages in fast-action scenes. So whether you're watching a sporting event or an action-packed movie, you'll always get the most impressive viewing experience possible.

1,000,000:1 Contrast

The Real Black system (a pre-discharge suppression system) and improved panel production processes combine to reproduce outstanding blacks with superb contrast. Each image is richly expressive, from bright scense, like scorching desert landscapes, to dark cave scenes. Compare the image produced by conventional HDTV on the left to the Real Black image produced on the right


More Colors

HDTVs support the xvYCC color profile (Extended YCC Colorimetry for Video Applications), or "x.v. color" for short. Standard RGB color space allows the display of a portion of the colors that are viewable to the human eye. The next generation "xvYCC" color space actually offers  an available range of colors that exceeds what human eyes can recognize.
  • Next-generation "xvYCC" color space supports 1.8 times as many colors as existing HDTV signals
  • Lets HDTVs display colors more accurately
  • Enables displays with more natural and vivid colors

deep color eliminates visible color banding

Deep Color

Where x.v. color expands the available range of colors your HDTV can display, Deep Color increases the number of colors your HDTV can display within that range, for smoother transitions from color to color.
  • Lets HDTVs and other displays go from millions of colors to billions of colors
  • Eliminates on-screen color banding, for smooth tonal transitions and subtle gradations between colors
  • Enables increased contrast ratio
  • Can represent many times more shades of gray between black and white.


SD Cards Videos and stills recorded on SD cards can easily be viewed via the SD slots on Blu-Ray Disc players and HDTVs.
Viera Link Link means easy connectivity via HDMI cables. Finally, consumers can easily operate their Blu-Ray Disc players, DVD recorders and home theater systems with a single remote control device.

long life

Long Life

Plasma panels are rated to last 100,000 hours, which is about 30 years of regular or 11 years of non-stop usage before the brightness of the display is halved.LCD screens up to 300,000 hours

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Looking to buy a new flat-screen set; HD camcorder, high-def DVD player, HD DVR, HDMI cables or something else?
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Panasonic's 50-inch 1080p TH50PZ750U


High Marks for Panasonic 1080p 50-Inch Plasma
Consumer Reports
calls it one of the "first reasonably priced" 1080p sets.
By Phillip Swann
New York City  (July 9, 2007) -- Many new Plasma 1080p High-Definition TVs cost nearly twice the amount of a comparably-sized 720p set.
However, Consumer Reports says the new Panasonic 50-inch Plasma set (model
: TH-50PZ700U) is "among the first reasonably priced 1080p plasma TVs."
Additionally, the publication says the set, which retails for $3,500 (cheaper online), could "among the finest Plasma TVs we've ever tested."
Panasonic also makes a 42-inch 1080p Plasma set, but Consumer Reports says the 50-inch model "makes the finer picture detail more evident, making it easier to justify the cost."
The magazine says the set delivers outstanding HD picture quality "with razor-sharp picture detail, great black levels and accurate colors."
The set also comes with two HDMI 1.3 inputs and two component video inputs.
On the down side, Consumer Reports says the set's glass screen is "quite reflective, despite an anti-glare coating. It can be distracting when you're watching TV in a brightly lighted room."

CR also said the Panasonic 50-inch set delivers "optimum picture quality" only when the brightness and contrast settings are set to their maximum limit.

But the publication says that although it costs roughly $1,200 more than a 720p 50-inch Plasma from Panasonic, "it should be on your short list if you
re looking for a top-notch set and are willing to pay for performance."


Panasonic's 42-inch 1080p TH-42PZ700U

HDTV Product Review
CNET: High Marks to Panasonic 42-
Inch 1080p Plasma
The web site gives the set a score of 8 out of a possible 10.
By Phillip Swann
 
Washington, D.C. (June 17, 2007)
-- CNET says Panasonic's new 42-inch 1080p Plasma HDTV is the "best-performing flat panel of its size we've ever tested."

The flat-panel set, which retails for roughly $2,500, comes from Panasonic's new line of 1080p Plasma sets.

CNET says the
Panasonic TH-42PZ700U delivers a "deep share of black with excellent shadow detail; a clean image with little noise (and a) solid, standard-def picture quality."

On the negative side, the web site notes that 42-inch set is a bit expensive at $2,500; offers a "slightly inaccurate" color temperature and its primary color of green is "skewed toward yellow."

However, overall, CNET gives the set a score of 8 out of a possible 10.

"The bottom line: For those who can spare no expense, the Panasonic TH-42PZ700U plasma offers the best picture quality in its size class," the site writes.

To test the set's HD picture, CNET played a Blu-ray disc of Ghost Rider with Nicolas Cage as Blaze.

"
Details in shadows was excellent as well; we could make out the folds in the suit and the depths in Blaze's black hair, and the rise from black up to shadow seemed quite natural," CNET stated.


Samsung 42-Inch HP-S4253


HDTV Review: Samsung's 42-inch Plasma
PC World magazine gives the flat-panel set a score of 77 out of a possible 100.
By Phillip Swann
  Washington, D.C. (February 19, 2007) -- PC World Magazine says Samsung's 42-inch Plasma HP-S4253 offers a "reasonably strong image quality and great surround sound."

The publication gives the flat-panel set, which is available online for around $1,400, a score of 77 out of a possible 100.

In review tests, PC World says the set scored high when playing a standard DVD.

"The HP-S4253 performed fairly well in our tests, with jurors awarding it particularly high scores on our DVD test," the magazine's review stated. "Colors and skin tones in scenes from our test movies, Seabiscuit and The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King looked bright and accurate."


Pioneer's 50-Inch PRO-FHD1

HDTV Review: Pioneer's 50-Inch Plasma Offers 'Best Picture'?
CNET gives the flat-panel set a rare score of 8.7 out of a possible 10.
By Phillip Swann
  Washington, D.C. (February 18, 2007) -- CNET says Pioneer's PRO-FHD1 50-inch Plasma HDTV has the best picture it's tested this year.

The web site says the flat-panel set, which retails for around $5,000, delivers "accurate colors; excellent detail with 1080 resolution material (and) can reproduce deep blacks."

On the negative side, CNET notes the Pioneer Plasma is expensive and doesn't have speakers, a high-def tuner or a stand.

But the site says the HDTV "delivers the best picture quality we've tested this year." CNET gives the set a score of 8.7 out of a possible 10, which places it in the "excellent" category.


Panasonic's 58-Inch TH-58PX600U

HDTV Review: Panasonic's 58-Inch Plasma
CNET gives the flat-panel set a score of 8 out of a possible 10.
By Phillip Swann
 
Washington, D.C. (February 17, 2007) -- Panasonic's 58-inch TH-58PX600U Plasma HDTV offers a superb high-def and standard definition picture.

That's according to a new review by CNET.

The technology web site says the flat-panel set, which can be found online for $3,500, delivers an "excellent black-level performance; accurate color decoding (and) laudable standard definition picture quality."

CNET also notes the set comes with two HDMI inputs; a CableCard slot and a TV Guide electronic programming guide.

On the negative side, the site says, Panasonic's 58-inch
TH-58PX600U Plasma suffers from an inaccurate primary color of green and the black level "fluctuates with very dark material."

But overall, CNET gives the set a score of 8 out of a possible 10.

"
The superb picture quality of the 58-inch Panasonic TH-58PX600U makes it worth the price to huge-screen shoppers who want to go flat," says CNET.

Philips' 42-Inch 42PF9631D


Washington, D.C. (February 17, 2007) -- Philips' 42-inch 42PF9631D Plasma HDTV offers a solid picture and a stylish addition to your living room.

That's the conclusion of a review by PC World magazine.

The publication says "with its wide
black bezel, silvery speakers, and semitransparent stand, the Philips 42PF9631D 42-inch plasma HDTV is a graceful and imposing presence."

However, PC World likes what's on the screen as well:

"The most important part of any television, though, is the picture it presents on its screen, and the 42PF9631D more than holds its own on that score," PC World says.

 


Vizio's 50-Inch P50HDM

Looking for a moderately priced 50-inch Plasma HDTV? The Vizio P50HDM, which can be purchased online for as little as $1,399, might be your answer.

That's according to a review at CNET.com.

The technology web site gave the flat-panel display a score of 7 out of a possible 10 in a recent review. The Vizio 50-inch Plasma delivers an "impressive black-level performance (and) accurate color decoding," CNET's reviewer wrote.

On the down side, CNET says the set displays "false-contouring artifacts," particularly in dark scenes; lacks an HDTV tuner and a CableCard. (Note: "Contouring artifacts" tend to squeeze detail from certain colors.)

However, it does have two HDMI inputs and its price is particularly appealing to shoppers on a budget.

"With commendable image quality and plenty of connections, the relatively inexpensive Vizio P50HDM 50-inch plasma is the best value in its class," CNET says.

The web site notes that many consumers are unaware of Vizio, the U.S.-based maker of lower cost flat-panel sets. However, it says that shoppers shouldn't be wary just because of the low price.

"Having never heard of Vizio or its parent brand V, Incorporated, you may rightly be wondering whether that price is too good to be true. In short, it is

 




Panasonic's 50-Inch 50PX600U

HDTV Review: Panasonic's Top-Rated 50-Inch Plasma
Consumer Reports calls it the best big-screen Plasma set on the market.
By Phillip Swann


The Panasonic
50-inch TH-50PX600U is the top Plasma set in the 50-inch and larger category, according to Consumer Reports.

The publication says the set delivers a "very good" HD picture and the sound quality was one of the best in the category.

"
HD images were very good overall with only some of the colors being off and a slight overall reddish tint. Scenes such as a sunset showed mostly a smooth shading with just some unnatural contours," Consumer Reports stated.

The flat-screen TV, which is available online for as little as $2,500, can display a 1080p signal from a Blu-ray HDTV player via a HDMI input. But Consumer Reports says the 1080p image was scaled to fit the TV's lower native resolution.

 

 


Samsung's 50-Inch HP-S5053

Panasonic's 42-Inch
TH-42PX60U

Pioneer's 50-Inch P5070HD


HP's 50-Inch PL5060N

Vizio's 42-Inch P42HDTV

LCD (Liquid Crystal Display):
4 Stars For Samsung 32-Inch LCD HDTV

Sharp's 52-Inch 1080p LC 52D92U

Olevia's 37-Inch 537H

Sharp's 37-Inch LC-37D40U

Samsung 46-Inch 1080p LN-S4696D

Vizio's 32-Inch VX32L

Vizio's 47-Inch GV47LF 1080p

Westinghouse's 32-inch 32w3

Toshiba's 37-Inch 37LX96

Sony's 46-Inch 1080p KDL-46XBR2

Syntax Olevia 32-Inch LT32HV

Sony's KDL-40XBR2

Sharp's 32-Inch LC-32D40U

JVC's 40-Inch LT-40FN97

LG's 32-Inch 32LX1D

Philips 42-Inch 'Ambilight' 42PF9831D/37

Westinghouse W4207

LG's LCD 42LB1DRA With Built-In DVR

Consumer Reports: Flat Is Phat Rear-Projection TVs
DLP (Digital Light Processing)
Mitsubishi's 65-Inch 1080p WD-65831

Panasonic's 61-Inch 1080p PT-61DLX76

Toshiba's 62-Inch 62HM196

Sharp's 56-Inch 56DR650

HP's 65-Inch MD6580n

Mitsubishi's 62-Inch 62628 DLP

Samsung 56-Inch HL-S5687W

SXRD:
Sony's 60-Inch KDS-R60XBR2

Front Projectors
Sony's 1080p VPL-VW100

Optoma's $1,000 HD70

HDTV DVD Players
HD-DVD
Toshiba HD-A2

The XBox 360 HD-DVD Player

Toshiba's HD-A1

Toshiba's HD-XA2

Blu-ray
Sony BDP-S300 Blu-ray Player

Philips' BDP9000

Panasonic's DMP-BD10

HDTV DVD Dual Format Players
LG's BH100

HDTV DVD Upconverters
Oppo's 1080i DV-970HD

Oppo DV--981HD 1080p Upconverter

HD DVRs
TiVo's Series3 HD DVR

HDTV Camcorders
Canon's HV10 HD Camcorder

Consumer Reports Disses HDTV Camcorders

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