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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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Calibration

Calibration Summary
Editorial Note: This is a review of the Panasonic TC-P50U1. Test results are for this model, but should indicate the general performance of other sizes in the TC-PxxU1 series. The TC-PxxU1 series includes the following models: TC-P42U1, TC-P46U1, and TC-P50U1.  Read here for more details on series differences.
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Calibration


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Once we put the Panasonic TC-P50U1 into Cinema mode, we had to make only very small changes in order to calibrate it for peak performance. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Setting Default Calibrated
Picture Mode Cinema
Contrast 100 29
Brightness 58 57
Color 41 41
Tint 0 0
Sharpness 50 50
Color Temperature Warm Warm
HD Size Size 1 Size 2

 

Video Modes


The various modes are described below. This is pretty much what every TV offers.

Mode What it Does
Vivid High contrast and sharpness.
Standard Recommended for normal viewing under subdued lighting.
Cinema For watching movies in a darkened room. It provides a soft, film-like picture.
 Custom For photo viewing only, it allows you to customize the look.

 

All Models in the TC-PxxU1 Series
This is a review of the Panasonic TC-P50U1. The other sizes of HDTVs in this series should be similar in terms of performance and usability. For details about any differences, click on the image to jump to the Series Comparison page.
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Panasonic TC-P42U1 42 inches Panasonic TC-P46U1 46 inches Panasonic TC-P50U1 50 inches
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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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