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Panasonic VIERA S1 Series TC-P50S1 50-Inch 1080p Plasma HDTV

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  • 50-inch plasma HDTV with full 1080p HD resolution and three HDMI inputs
  • Neo PDP screen provides brighter panel, Full-Time 1080 TV Lines Moving Picture Resolution
  • VIERA Image Viewer lets you share your digital photos with friends and family directly from SD cards
  • VIERA Link lets you control your compatible Panasonic DVD recorder, Blu-ray Disc player
  • 600Hz Sub-field Drive produces crisp, focused images for sports, dramatic action, and all other fast-moving scenes
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Technical Details
Brand NamePanasonic
Item Weight72.8 pounds
Product Dimensions4.2 x 48 x 30.3 inches
Item model numberTC-P50S1
Output Wattage584 watts
Color Nameblack
Special FeaturesVIERA LinkTM, 100,000 Hour Panel Life, Visible screen size (W × H × Diagonal): 50" class (49.9 inches measured diagonally), Audio Output: 20 W [ 10 W + 10 W ] ( 10 % THD ), Channel Capability (Digital/Analog): VHF/ UHF: 2 - 69, CATV: 1 - 135, HDMI 1-3: TYPE A Connector × 3 (This TV supports "HDAVI Control 4" function.), DIGITAL AUDIO OUT: PCM / Dolby Digital, Fiber Optic, Dimensions ( W × H × D ): Including pedestal: 48.0" × 32.4" × 15.3", Dimensions ( W × H × D ): TV Set Only: 48.0" × 30.3" × 3.8" (4.2"), Weight: Including pedestal: 75.0 lb., TV Set only: 72.8 lb.
Speaker TypeBuilt-in
  
Additional Information
ASINB001U3YJTY
Best Sellers Rank #130,547 in Electronics (See top 100)
Shipping Weight130 pounds
ShippingThis item can only be shipped to the 48 contiguous states. We regret it cannot be shipped to APO/FPO, Hawaii, Alaska, or Puerto Rico.
Date First AvailableApril 18, 2005
  
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  • VIERA LinkTM
  • 100,000 Hour Panel Life
  • Visible screen size (W × H × Diagonal): 50" class (49.9 inches measured diagonally)
  • Audio Output: 20 W [ 10 W + 10 W ] ( 10 % THD )
  • Channel Capability (Digital/Analog): VHF/ UHF: 2 - 69, CATV: 1 - 135
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Product Description

From the Manufacturer

(April 23, 2009)
Panasonic's new VIERA S1 Series Plasma HDTVs are perfect for sports and cinema-quality movies. Neo PDP technology delivers sharp, detailed images, deep blacks and remarkable brightness, and all with lower power consumption. Get the best from your viewing experience with the 50-inch TC-P50S1.

VIERA S1 Series Plasma HDTVs ensure full-time 1080 TV lines of resolution, even during fast moving scenes in sports and movies. Click to enlarge or view inputs.

Full-Time 1080 TV Lines Moving Picture Resolution
Did you know that some HDTVs deliver considerably less than 1080 lines of resolution, when processing fast motion on screen? VIERA S1 Series Plasma HDTVs ensure full-time 1080 TV lines of resolution, even during fast moving scenes in sports and movies. The S1 series features:

  • 1080p Full-HD Resolution
  • Full-Time 1080 TV Lines Moving Picture Resolution
  • Contrast Ratio: 40,000:1 Native; Infinite Black Panel
  • Brighter Panel
  • 600Hz Sub-field Drive
  • VIERA Image Viewer
  • VIERA Link
  • AR (Anti-Reflective) Filter
  • Game Mode
  • 3 HDMI Inputs
  • 100,000 Hour Panel Life

Stunning Picture Quality
Time spent with family and friends can be even more exciting when you gather around the 50-inch TC-P50S1. 1080p Full-HD resolution brings you exceptional clarity and smooth, fluid motion--even during high-speed action. VIERA HDTVs offer incredible black reproduction, with a rated dynamic contrast ratio of up to 2,000,000:1, so you'll get warm, accurate skin tones, gorgeous greens, breathtaking blues and vivid reds. And now, all of your friends and family can get in on the action thanks to an extra-wide viewing angle that provides an excellent view from almost anywhere in the room.

The advanced AR filter keeps images sharp, with minimal glare.

View breathtaking images with rich, vivid colors from anywhere in the room.

600Hz Sub-field Drive gives you even greater clarity with motion images.

With the new VIERA Tools user interface, simply press a button on the remote control and icons such as the photos or movies from the menu screen.

Wide Color Viewing Angle
View breathtaking images with rich, vivid colors from anywhere in the room. Because plasma TVs are self-illuminating, images look beautiful from any angle. Black areas do not fade, and colors look virtually the same no matter where you sit.

600Hz Sub-field Drive
600Hz technology lets you view superb full-HD motion and still images with 1,080 lines of resolution. For even greater clarity with motion images, Panasonic uses its own unique image-analysis technology. This technology converts the motion in each scene into data. And each frame is practically displayed for a shorter length of time than in previous systems, to reduce aftereffects.

Over 2,000,000:1 High Contrast (Native 30,000:1)
New VIERA models incorporate an improved panel production process and the new Real Black Drive system. A pre-discharge control system, the Real Black Drive system achieves next-generation black reproduction. When you're watching movies, VIERA renders images just the way the director intended, even in scenes where it's difficult to achieve a proper balance of light and dark.

AR Filter
This advanced filter keeps images sharp, with minimal glare. While dramatically reducing reflections from external light, it helps to produce clear images. This filter creates pure, crisp images in a wide range of colors.

VIERA Image Viewer
VIERA Image Viewer makes it easy to watch full-HD images by using the SD card slot. It lets you enjoy high-resolution, full-HD photos and videos with superb image quality and vivid colors on VIERA's large screen. Simply insert an SD card into the SD card slot to show your photos and full-HD videos on the large screen!

  • Shoot still and motion images with a digital camera or HD camcorder.
  • Insert the SD card into VIERA's card slot
  • View photos and motion images in full-HD quality on VIERA's large screen.

Network Your AV Devices, Quickly and Easily
With VIERA Link, you can control your compatible Panasonic DVD recorder, Blu-ray Disc player, home theater sound system and HD camcorder, all with a single remote and helpful on-screen menus. VIERA Link is a function that lets you easily operate various AV devices that are interconnected with your VIERA TV, using only the VIERA remote control. You can choose the connection method--either an HDMI cable or a LAN cable--to match your devices and applications. You don't have to keep switching remotes to operate each device, so there's no more hassle and operation is easier than ever. Networking your devices with VIERA Link adds both convenience and fun to AV entertainment.

VIERA Tools
With the new VIERA Tools user interface, simply press a button on the remote control and icons such as the photos or movies from the menu screen. Now you can just select the one you want. This kind of easy operation means you have more fun and less hassle.

The Next Level of Video Gaming
Take your team to the championship and your gaming to the next level. A specialized Game Mode helps ensure fluid and seamless gameplay by minimizing time lag when displaying game images. With Game Mode turned on, you get the motion resolution and enhanced details you need to win. And don't worry about racking up all those long hours playing; anti-image retention technology and a remarkable 100,000 hour panel life ensure that your VIERA HDTV will still run smoothly and beautifully long after you score the game-winning goal.

Mercury and Lead Free Plasma Display Panel
Panasonic products are more friendly to the environment. All VIERA plasma display panels are mercury- and lead-free. This reduces the impact on the environment when recycling or disposing of them in the future.

Standby Power Save
When the VIERA power is turned off, the standby power of connected devices is minimized.

With VIERA Image Viewer, simply insert an SD card into VIERA to display photos and full-HD videos on the large screen.

Auto Power Standby
Power loss is minimised by using VIERA Link control for interconnected devices.

Long Panel Life, Up to 100,000 Hours
These TVs can be used for over 30 years. Using high-quality products longer, and taking care of them, is the first step to environmental conservation. A newly designed phosphor process and rear panel process give the plasma panel a longevity of 100,000 hours. This is more than 30 years of viewing when watched 8 hours a day, before the brightness of the panel decreases to half.

Exceptional Service
With its lead-free construction, TUF DISPLAY screen, and long lifespan, a VIERA HDTV is a safe,durable and lasting investment in high definition entertainment. Of course, should your VIERA TV ever need service of any kind, you are entitled to the VIERA Concierge program--a free service made available to all VIERA owners to bring peace-of-mind to your purchase. Benefits of this extensive service program include: use of an exclusive toll-free expert hot line, live chat with a VIERA HDTV expert, priority service scheduling, and a personalized VIERA Concierge benefits card.

What's in the Box
Panasonic Viera S1 Series TC-P50S1 50-Inch 1080p Plasma HDTV, Remote control, Remote batteries, AC cord, Pedestal with installation hardware, Cleaning cloth, Operating instructions, Quick setup guide

Product Description

50" Plasma, 1080p, NEO PDP Panel which is brighter, Full-time 1080p TV lines of moving picture resolution, 3 HDMI, Native contrast ratio 40,000:1, Dynamic contrast infinite black 2,000,000:1, Game Mode, Anti Reflective Filter, 600 Hz Subfield Drive

Customer Questions & Answers

Customer Reviews

This television is everything I'd hoped for and more. Picture is fantastic and it is not even broken in yet. I did much research before buying and the reviews on any… Read more ›
Over all I'm happy with the tv. The picture quality is amazing with high def stuff compared to my old Samsung tv. Though my Samsung was great, it was starting to go after… Read more ›
I decided to buy this set, and it was no mistake. The picture quality is perfect, I don't have a complaint. The color setting looks a bit warm at the store, but this looks… Read more ›
I was a bit worried when I read the CNET review about the color inaccuracy, but I think mine looks great. The picture is crystal clear and motion is smooth. Blu-Rays on the… Read more ›
I was impressed. The picture quality is amazing. I did a LOT of research before purchasing this set. Read more ›
This set has an utterly fantastic picture. I compared it to many other TVs, including the top of the line Sony LCD, and this TV still came out on top. Read more ›
A year and a half later, and I am still very happy with this TV. The colors are very good, the size is perfect...no complaints. The sound is OK, but as usual a separate… Read more ›
I watched valkyrie, iron man, and dark knight on this one and it blows other TV's away. the black levels are outstanding. there seems to be natural color tone and picture… Read more ›
I am extremely glad that I got a Panasonic Plasma. The blacks are so deep, it almost looks as though the tv is off when the screen is black. The deep blacks make the colors… Read more ›
this television has the best color i have ever seen.very easy to program.the picture is very crisp an clear.as you can see im very pleased Read more ›
I thought Panny's were known for their great picture quality, but not the case here. Specifically, the picture on this TV is GRAINY, FUZZY, DULL, and lacking proper COLOR. Read more ›
I am very happy with this product. The brilliant colors and fine detail blow me away. You really can't compare this picture quality with older TV sets. Read more ›
The first thing you notice is the Anti-glare screen is amazing!Coming from a 1080 projection TV,I am used to closing all of the blinds in the living room during the daytime… Read more ›
This is my 4th Panasonic Plasma. The other three are 42" 720 resolution and are excellent. They all have the low reflection screens and I can sit in a bright room and watch… Read more ›
The screen is so awesome I give it 5 stars even though it has two flaws- Read more ›
I kind of wish I had waited for the G10 seeing as it came in at…I should also note that the anti-glare filter works really well I wouldn't be worried about glare issues. Read more ›
Simply do a google search on panasonic black levels or check Cnet. My S1 is worse then an LCD. Pansonic claims this is a feature but after a coulpe more thosand hours I… Read more ›
I have had this set for about 8 months so…The only complaint I have is alot of green on the screen when you get to the lower resolution signals but that is to be expected. Read more ›
For the price, this is the greatest TV I've ever been close to. The Panasonic TC-P50S1 has a wonderful picture with unbelievable color accuracy and 1080p sharpness. Read more ›
Very nice colors and deep true picture. for the price this is a great television. Read more ›
There are several reasons why I choose this one. The price was a great value for a 1080P Plasma. I paid $[...] shipped. Read more ›
lcds do very bad in this department. 7. Very nice price for a 50inch hdtv that preforms great. 8. Uses less power then previous plasmas, still sucks though. Read more ›
This TV is an unbelievable value in a flat panel TV. We use it in our bedroom and it is wall-mounted about 19 feet from the headboard of our bed. Read more ›
However I have connected it to my Harman Kardon/Infinity Home Theather system and it is truly a…I would recommend this set for it's picture quality and great value. Read more ›
After minor adjustments to picture (easy), its outstanding. Picture is sharp, colors are brite and sound is fantastic. I don't even have a home theater (yet). Read more ›
I used the optimal settings from [...]. The speakers really aren't the best, it sounds better if you put them on the surround sound option. If you crank the volume very… Read more ›
The picture is great in HD or from my DVD. The sound quality is good enough for me. The only features that the manufacture deliberately takes away to separate this from… Read more ›
I would've liked audio out ports - since I have my digital TV signals coming in straight to the TV, I have no…The TV's own speakers are decent, but far from overwhelming. Read more ›
The picture quality is awesome. The sound is okay, there is no volume leveling to tone down commercials which is very annoying, and my Samsung had that. There are only 3… Read more ›
Love this TV, was easy to hook up, wonderful picture and sound. Great price. Read more ›
If you are going to spend the money on a big screen TV it really does…The menu is very easy to navigate and the remote is nice and big which makes it hard to lose/misplace. Read more ›
The remote is pretty awful, so maybe plan on replacing that with a Harmony or something. Read more ›
The high contrast ratio and refresh rate is perfect for movies and sports. The remote is easy to use. Could be better if they had a computer video input. Read more ›
Blacker Blacks, no distortion from any angle, easy remote, no burned in images so far, look foward to problem free viewing. Read more ›
Love Football and Basketball games in HD and loved Starteck movie on the Bluray. Not bad remote, good adjustments, sound ok. A plus to have the SD card reader. Read more ›
Why? Shipping took over 2 months and customer service was very lacking, friendly but absolutely unhelpful--their polices offer very little to mititage their problems. Bascia… Read more ›
So you've got to take the bad with the good in this case. Amazing picture quality, but terrible customer service. Read more ›
They refused to answer me when I asked exactly what the…Absolutely horrible customer service, they wouldn't stray from the script and wouldn't refer me to anyone smarter. Read more ›
At this price range and higher, especially with high LCD prices, there is nothing that compares other than the less reliable Samsung Plasma (buzzing, image retention, bad… Read more ›
If you are going to spend the money on a big screen TV it really does…The menu is very easy to navigate and the remote is nice and big which makes it hard to lose/misplace. Read more ›
The high contrast ratio and refresh rate is perfect for movies and sports. The remote is easy to use. Could be better if they had a computer video input. Read more ›
Use a quality HDMI cable, and give it about 3-4 weeks to break in. These settings really work well after some break in. _____________________________________________________… Read more ›
Great value and very nice TV. This is a wonderful 50" Plasma with top picture quality and much improved over previous model in electricity use. Got it from amazon with free… Read more ›
The greens do look a tad neon in some instances, but who knows if that is really the TVs fault or if it's the issue with the source material because I don't see it on every… Read more ›
Anyway, there is a health bar/semi circle that stays on screen and only goes away if you…Well, after I finished for the night ... I could see that outline on the screen. Read more ›
1. Resolution is fantastic, even with standard definition (SD) DVDs. You would have to peer closer to the TV to check for blurred images. Read more ›
I have added a seperate Sony speaker system which has improved this area. The unit was shipped quickly and was very easy to set up. Overall weight makes it easy to move the… Read more ›

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

72 of 75 people found the following review helpful By Stephen Howland on April 2, 2009
The value you get for the price of this tv is second to none. I just recently put this tv in my house replacing an old rear projection tv and i am amazed at its color accuracy. I did find my self making a few tweeks from the factory settings but once you get it to where you like the picture you'll fall in love. Sports and movies shine on this set. I preferred the plasma over the lcd because the movement on the tv was much more natural than the 120hz lcd displays. I sell T.V.s at sears and after being around both for a while I find the plasma image much easier and natural to look at. I chose Panasonic because they seem to have mastered the plasma technology and even a Samsung rep told me that he preferred Panasonic's plasma to Samsungs plasma. I will admit to liking some of the new Sony's coming out and the new LED tv is really cool but you cant touch those televisions at this price point. I kind of wish I had waited for the G10 seeing as it came in at such a close price difference but I cant complain I love this tv and it is a few hundred dollars cheaper. I should also note that the anti-glare filter works really well I wouldn't be worried about glare issues. If anyone got through this review my advice to you is to buy this or the step up G10.
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45 of 46 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on April 13, 2009
I decided on the P50S1 after about 250 hours of daily HDTV research for the past 3 or 4 months, in which I debated everything from plasma vs. LCD to screen size to features to ease of use to durability.

The 2009 Panasonic plasmas use the new "Neo-PDP" panels, which I can tell you personally having lifted both are much lighter than an equal size 2008 model plasma. The manual prudently warns against a single person lifting the set, but I did so myself with no problem.

This model was initially sold on Amazon at the initial MSRP of $1799, but has now dropped to a street price of under $1400 one month after being released. Placed my order on Wednesday the 8th, scheduled delivery for the following Wednesday the 15th. Was very surprised to get a phone call from Amazon's freight carrier, CEVA, asking if they could deliver the TV on the 11th. Four days early, and on a Saturday no less. The CEVA driver carried the box into my apartment, unpacked it, let me inspect the TV, assembled the stand, put the TV on the stand, and let me hook up the power and HDMI connection to turn the TV on, all before I signed for it.

Picture quality in the Cinema preset is already outstanding to my eyes. However I'm sure color accuracy will improve once I tweak some settings as posted at [..]. The Panasonic 2009 S series, G10 series, and V10 series all use the same physical panels, so the only differences between them are software/firmware, and extras like the VGA input and VieraCast on the other series. If you don't need the extras and are willing to tweak your picture settings, the S series is the best value for money out there.

If I really nitpick, the only negative I can come up with is the glossy black finish shows dust very easily, but that is true of most any HDTV currently sold.
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27 of 28 people found the following review helpful By AJW on April 27, 2009
This tv is great! I have been researching tvs for over a year to find the right one. I read all of the professional reviews (cnet) and this is the tv that I decided on. I was on a budget, I am a college student who does a lot of gaming and blu-ray watching. I am extremely picky about picture quality and this tv delivers an amazing picture! This blows nearly all LCD tv's out of the water. I was not going to get a plasma to begin with because of the supposed "image retention" which I have yet to notice. I am extremely glad that I got a Panasonic Plasma. The blacks are so deep, it almost looks as though the tv is off when the screen is black. The deep blacks make the colors pop! I have watched a number of blu-rays and played a couple of hours of games and I am in love already. I highly recommend this tv to everyone. It is an extremely good deal. Any LCD for this size would be much more expensive and have a much lower picture quality. Also for those of you deciding between the G10 and this tv I would recommend this one. I went to the local Best Buy and compared the two next to each other and I could not notice any difference between the two. Save yourself some money. Good luck deciding on your next tv I hope this review helped.
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Shawn Hedrick on September 15, 2009
My current TV was a Toshiba DLP, which was going through $[...] bulbs once a year ! So i went looking for a new lcd or plasma. First, i don't see how anyone will be very impressed with the standard picture setting ? It's a dingy, dull screen. However on "Cinema" or "Custom" setup, this picture is night and day brighter and more colorful. Maybe too much so. But at these settings, this tv easily rivals anything out there.

Here are CNET's calibrated settings, which i was'nt impressed with at first, but am using now.

On your remote click "menu", then click "picture" to get into these adjustments. Use the "arrow buttons" to navigate and change settings. Click the "return" button to get back out.

Use a quality HDMI cable, and give it about 3-4 weeks to break in. These settings really work well after some break in.
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picture mode: CINEMA
Contrast: +55
Brightness: +63
Color: +32
Tint: 0
Sharpness: 0 ( I am at +50 )
Color temp: Warm
C.A.T.S: Off
Video NR: Off
Zoom adjustments: ( Grayed out )...not adjustable

-Advanced picture submenu...< same menu, but arrow down and you'll see this.>
3D Y/C filter: ( grayed out )...not adjustable
Color Matrix: ( grayed out )...not adjustable
MPEG NR: Off
Black level: Light
HD Size: Size 2.......(mine is now on size 1 now and grayed out,Maybe a Dish network thing ?)
H size:( grayed out )......( mine is now adjustable and i have it on size 1 ) I'm guessing another Dish Network thing.
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I have the TV picture size ( format ) on "Normal".
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