Price too Low to Display
Very nice for the price
Pros: Large, sharp image. Crisp built-in speakersCons: Contrast needs to be set very high for a good pictureI picked this up after our 7-year-old 42″ plasma started having audio/video problems. At about half the price (amazing how technology gets better and cheaper), I consider this a nice upgrade.50″ is a nice, comfortable size for most living rooms. This TV doesn’t offer 3D or network capabilities. That’s fine with me – I’d rather have external devices for media and I’m definitely not sold on 3D in its current state. This panel doesn’t have much in the way of ports. There are no PC connections (no DVI or VGA) and only two HDMI ports. I’m using an automatic HDMI splitter so I can hook up my 4 devices – which works fine and only cost about $40. Assembly of its wide foot was very easy and holds the set nice and level (a problem some thin post sets have, I’m told). I did find it necessary to purchase a digital audio cable (a clear, plastic tube which relays the sound as impulses of red light) so I could connect it to my stereo (which doesn’t have HDMI inputs). Using only HDMI and the digital audio ensures the best possible signal. The set does have your typical array of RCA jacks for input from analog devices but I advise sticking with digital for best results.As for the picture, the first thing my family and I noticed was it wasn’t as bright as our previous set. Here’s what I did to get things looking right (for me, at least):I found the best setting (so far) for mine to be custom:
1> Set all extra video controls to “off”
2> Set contrast to 100 (yeah, all the way up!)
3> Set brightness to 80
4> Set sharpness to 100
5> Set pull-down (advanced video settings) to auto
6> Tint and color settings are at their default settings (zero).
7> HDMI settings are set to normal – no “photo” or other settings enabled.I used a “Monsters Inc” DVD to calibrate it. Not many people know this but any movie with the “THX” logo on the back has a “THX Optimizer” set of test
Wow, this is a big TV!
Pros: Size, picture qualityCons: Some background reflection, remote codes conflict with HD box remote functionsI bought this TV after some research, including viewing at a store and talking with a relative who owns a Panasonic plasma TV. I had purchased a new TV stand to replace an aged entertainment center which would only accomodate a 26″ Panasonic flat screen LCD. So naturally, I had to get a new TV to put on this stand. Seriously, I have less than perfect eyesight, and it had become difficult to read screen graphics, so I needed a larger TV just to enjoy the experience again of watching sports, movies, etc.
The picture on this TV is really awesome. The only change I made to the picture settings so far is from standard to cinema setting, which seems to be a little brighter. I have noticed some background reflections from certain angles, but it’s only really apparent when the scene is a darker lit scene with a lot of shadows and darker colors. I knew this was a downside of plasmas and the glass screens, but I think the trade off for the picture quality and image size are worth it. For many of us that was norm with CRT TV’s until the LCD’s came along. I’ll continue to play around with the settings to find the best fit for me and my viewing habits and conditions.
One odd thing. I have a set-top HD cable box w/remote. When I programmed the remote to control the power and volume on the TV, it somehow disabled 3 functions of the cable box remote. I reset the cable remote to default and the problem was fixed. I tried again and the same thing happened. As I said, odd. I’ll contact my cable supplier next week about it.
A minor complaint. This TV only has 2 HDMI inputs. I don’t use more than 2, but if I had a game console, it would be a drawback. My 3 year old 26″ Panasonic has 3 HDMI’s and a S-Video, which this unit also lacks.