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Panasonic TC-P50U1 Plasma HDTV Review

50 in.

Fancy (and frequently pointless) special processing features aside, acceptable performance for a decent price.

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Vs Samsung PN50B430

Samsung PN50B430 Summary
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Value Comparison Summary


The Samsung PN50B430, despite its size, is only a 720p display, while the Panasonic TC-P50U1 is full 1080p. Of course, you get a lot of screen size for a relatively low price, which is sure to entice the buyers. It's not an amazing performer, but it gets the job done. 

  Comparison Specifications
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  Panasonic TC-P50U1 Samsung PN50B430
Size 50 inches 50 inches
Price $1299 (MSRP) $899.99
Type Plasma Plasma
Format 1080P 720p

Blacks & Whites


The Samsung PN50B430 failed to impress us with its mediocre black levels, despite being a plasma TV. However, the peak brights were much better than the Panasonic, which made for a better contrast ratio.

Blacks & Whites Comparison Chart
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Panasonic TC-P50U1 Score: Black Level: 9.99 Peak Brightness: 0.95 Contrast: 5.86 Samsung PN50B430 Score: Black Level: 6.72 Peak Brightness: 7.21 Contrast: 6.34

 

Color Accuracy


There was little difference between the Samsung and the Panasonic in terms of color performance. Both were good.

Color Temperature Comparison
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Panasonic TC-P50U1 Score: 9.34
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Samsung PN50B430 Score: 9.82

 

RGB Comparison

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Panasonic TC-P50U1 Score: 7.48

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Samsung PN50B430 Score: 6.81

 

Color Gamut Comparison
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Panasonic TC-P50U1 Score: 4.27
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Samsung PN50B430 Score: 4.2

 

Motion


The motion on the Samsung PN50B430 looked a little smoother, but produced a lot of artifacting. The Panasonic was not without artifacting itself.

  Motion Scores
  Panasonic TC-P50U1 Samsung PN50B430
Motion Smoothness 6.5 7.5
Motion Artifacting 6.25 4.75

 

Viewing Effects


The viewing angles on most plasma TVs are good, so the difference between the Panasonic and the Samsung doesn't make much difference. They were both great.

Viewing Angle Comparison
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Panasonic TC-P50U1 Score: 10.21 Samsung PN50B430 Score: 9.37

 

Connectivity


The Samsung PN50B430 is a little short on ports, with only 2 HDMI and only 1 composite AV. There's also no way to view photos, while the Panasonic TC-P50U1 has an SD/SDHC card slot. 

  Connectivity Comparison
  Panasonic TC-P50U1 Samsung PN50B430
HDMI 3 2
Component 2 2
Composite 2 1
S-Video 1 0
VGA 0 0
Analog Audio In 4 3
Digital Audio Out 1 1
Analog Audio Out 0 1
LAN 0 0
USB 0 0
Memory Card 1 (SD/SDHC) 0
Other None EX-LINK
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Sections

  1. Introduction
  2. Tour & Design
  3. Blacks & Whites
  4. Color Accuracy
  5. Motion
  6. Viewing Effects
  7. Calibration
  8. Remote Control
  9. Connectivity
  10. Audio & Menus
  11. Formats & Media
  12. Power Consumption
  13. Vs Samsung PN50B430
  14. Vs Vizio SV471XVT
  15. Vs Sony KDL-52XBR9
  16. Conclusion
  17. Series Comparison
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