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Panasonic TC-P46C2 46-Inch 720p Plasma HDTV

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  • 46-inch Plasma HDTV with 720p HD resolution; 720 lines of moving picture resolution
  • 600Hz Sub-field Drive technology for superb full-HD motion; 2,000,000:1 dynamic contrast ratio
  • VIERA Image Viewer for JPEG image slideshows directly from an SD memory card
  • Inputs: 2 HDMI, 2 component, 2 composite, 1 digital audio output
  • Includes removable stand; measures 44.6 x 30.4 x 14.1 inches with stand

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  • Built-in Subwoofer

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Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 44.6 x 14.1 x 30.4 inches ; 67.3 pounds
  • Shipping Weight: 80 pounds
  • Shipping: This item can only be shipped to the 48 contiguous states. We regret it cannot be shipped to APO/FPO, Hawaii, Alaska, or Puerto Rico.
  • ASIN: B0036VNQ0Q
  • Item model number: TC-P46C2
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #75,920 in Electronics (See Top 100 in Electronics)
  • Date first available at March 1, 2010

Product Description

Offering excellent picture performance, Panasonic's 46-inch VIERA TC-P46C2 Plasma HDTV features a 720p high-definition resolution and 600Hz Sub-field Drive for superb motion clarity. This and other models in the C2 line offer Panasonic's VIERA Image Viewer feature, which enables you to play slideshows of JPEG images stored on SD memory cards, as well as the VIERA Link feature for controlling a variety of compatible components--from Blu-ray Disc players to digital cameras--through a single remote.

Adhering to Panasonic's commitment to the environment, this VIERA model--as well as all 2010 models--features improved power consumption and meets the new, more stringent Energy Star 4.0 requirements. And you'll get a long Plasma panel life of up to 100,000 hours--more than 30 years of viewing when watched 8 hours a day--before the brightness of the panel decreases to half.

Key Features

600Hz Sub-field Drive: 600Hz technology lets you view superb full-HD motion and still images with 1080 lines of resolution. For even greater clarity with motion images, Panasonic uses its own unique image-analysis technology, which 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 (see an illustration of 600Hz technology).


VIERA Image Viewer: View full-HD images with the integrated SD card slot, enabling you to view JPEG photos captured from your digital camera or camcorder on the big screen. Navigate your images via an easy-to-use thumbnail display.


VIERA Link: Allows the interlinked operation of various AV devices--from DVD and Blu-ray Disc players to home theater sound systems to digital cameras and camcorders--using only the VIERA remote control by simply connecting the devices to each other by an HDMI cable (see pop-up illustration).


Panasonic's VIERA C2 series Plasma HDTV.

Key Specifications

  • Series: C2
  • Screen type: Plasma
  • Screen size: 46 inches
  • Native resolution: 1024 x 768 pixels
  • Contrast ratio: Native: 2,000,000:1
  • Shades of gradation: 6,144 equivalent
  • Receiving system: ATSC/QAM/NTSC
  • HDTV display capability: 720p
  • EDTV display capability: 480p
  • Speakers: 2 full range, 20W total power; surround sound capabilities
  • Image viewer: JPEG compatibility
  • Aspect control: Normal, Just, Zoom, Full, H-fill
  • Optional wall-mounting bracket: TY-WK4P1RW
  • Multi-lingual menu: English/Spanish/French
  • Energy Star qualified: Yes


  • HDMI: 2
  • Component (Y, PB, PR): 2; each with audio input
  • Composite A/V: 2 (1 side); each with audio input
  • Digital audio output: 1


  • TV with stand: 44.6 x 30.4 x 14.1 inches (WxHxD); 67.3 pounds
  • TV without stand: 44.6 x 28.5 x 3.7 inches (WxHxD); 62.9 pounds
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What's in the Box

Panasonic C2 series Plasma HDTV, removable stand, remote control (with batteries), operating instructions

Series: VT25 Plasma GT25 Plasma G25 Plasma S2 Plasma U2 Plasma C2 Plasma U22 LCD X2 LCD C22 LCD
Models: TC-P54VT25 54"
TC-P50VT25 50"
TC-P50GT25 50"
TC-P42GT25 42"
TC-P54G25 54"
TC-P50G25 50"
TC-P46G25 46"
TC-P42G25 42"
TC-P65S2 65"
TC-P58S2 58"
TC-P54S2 54"
TC-P50S2 50"
TC-P46S2 46"
TC-P42S2 42"
TC-P50U2 50"
TC-P42U2 42"
TC-P50C2 50"
TC-P46C2 46"
TC-P42C2 42"
TC-L42U22 42"
TC-L37U22 37"
TC-L32U22 32"
TC-L37X2 37"
TC-L32X2 32"
TC-L22X2 22"
TC-L37C22 37"
TC-L32C22 32"

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VIERA Image Viewer
(AVCHD/MPEG2/JPEG/MP3 playback)

(AVCHD/MPEG2/JPEG/MP3 playback)







webcam capable

webcam capable

webcam capable
NeoPDP Panel -- -- -- -- -- -- --
THX Display -- -- -- -- -- --
Contrast Ratio Infinite Black Pro / 5,000,000:1 Native Infinite Black / 5,000,000:1 Native Infinite Black / 5,000,000:1 Native Dynamic: 2,000,000:1 Dynamic: 2,000,000:1 Dynamic: 2,000,000:1 Dynamic: 20,000:1 Dynamic: 20,000:1
22": 15,000:1
Dynamic: 18,000:1
Moving Picture Resolution 1080 lines 1080 lines 1080 lines 1080 lines 900 lines 720 lines -- -- --
Anti-Reflective Filter -- -- -- -- --
Display Capabilities 1080p, 1080i,
720p, 480p
1080p, 1080i,
720p, 480p
1080p, 1080i,
720p, 480p
1080p, 1080i,
720p, 480p
1080p, 1080i,
720p, 480p
720p, 480p 1080p, 1080i,
720p, 480p
720p, 480p 720p, 480p
600Hz Sub-field Drive -- -- --
Game Mode -- -- --
Speakers 3; 30W total 2; 20W total 2; 20W total 2; 20W total 2; 20W total 2; 20W total 2; 20W total 2; 20W total
22": 6W
2; 20W total
Surround Sound
HDMI input 4 (1 side) 3 (1 side) 3 (1 side) 3 (1 side) 3 (1 side) 2 3 (1 side) 3 (1 side)
22": 1
Component input (Y, PB, PR) 2 2 2 2 2 2 1 1 1
Composite input 2 (1 side) 2 (1 side) 2 (1 side) 2 (1 side) 2 (1 side) 2 (1 side) 2 (1 side) 2 (1 side)
22": 1
PC input 1 (side) 1 (side) 1 (side) -- -- -- 1 1 1
USB 2 2 2 -- -- -- -- -- --
Ethernet LAN input 1 1 1 -- -- -- -- -- --
Digital Audio output 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1
iPod Universal Dock -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --
Energy Star
Series: VT25 Plasma GT25 Plasma G25 Plasma S2 Plasma U2 Plasma C2 Plasma U22 LCD X2 LCD C22 LCD

Which Size HDTV is Right for My Room?

HDTV Size chart
With standard-definition TVs, the rule used to be that viewers would feel comfortable watching a set from a distance of 3 to 6 times the screen size in inches. With HDTV, the resolution is so much better that you can sit closer to a larger TV without noticing the pixels. So with HDTVs, the rule tends to be you can sit anywhere from 1.5 to 3 times the screen size (in inches) for the best experience.

If you know the size of the room you have already, where you want to sit, and where your new HDTV should go once you get it, you can figure out the size HDTV you should get.

  • Minimum size = Viewing distance/3
  • Maximum size=Viewing distance/1.5

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100 of 100 people found the following review helpful By nagappa on September 22, 2010
My wife and I were really planning on buying a 42" 1080p Samsung "LED TV" (i.e., an LED backlit LCD TV) when we came across this TV on sale for roughly 60% the price of the Samsung 42" LED TV. So I spent the best part of an evening researching LED versus Plasma, 1080p versus 720p and also the Samsung brand versus Panasonic. Details of my findings are in the Appendix at the bottom of this review.

With the required research behind me, we concluded that we couldn't go wrong with either choice. The Panasonic won because not only would it would save us a bundle, but we would also get a 46" TV instead of a 42", which would be perfect for our living room HD cable setup. We decided, therefore, to postpone our purchase of a 42" 1080p LED TV for our bedroom to the near future when the prices for LED TVs would drop even further.

Although the C2 series is the most basic of Panasonic's 720P Plasma lineup, the build quality is very nice and refined. It took less than 30 minutes to set up the TV and connect it to our HD cable box and digital receiver.

The only initial calibration we made was to set the picture mode to "Cinema". Quite honestly, we were stunned at the quality picture when we first tuned to a HD channel - which was an English detective drama on PBS. The color reproduction, clarity, and fine details were way above our expectations, easily on par with the best LED TVs we saw in the showroom . With its 2,000,000:1 dynamic contrast ratio, this TV is able to produce an awesome level of gradual black levels, with no dithering artifacts to speak of.

This TV has a moving picture resolution of 720p. We watched the Hawaii Five-O remake premiere with disbelief.
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34 of 35 people found the following review helpful By Cass G on May 5, 2010
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I'm not an expert, but I am an enthusiast, who loves watching tv and movies, and I continue to be blown away by Panasonic, this is my 3rd Panasonic hd set and I love it, for the price points of Panasonic plasmas, versus the competition, there is just no contest. I can see a lot of improvements on this set compared to my 5 year old 37inch plasma, the blacks are extremely dark and colors true and bright, and color adjusting is more sensitive, the set is very intuitive to its source and self adjusts format for each channel, 3:2 pull down adjusts to 24fps sources, pixel orbiter to prevent image retention, the just setting is improved for a more true less stretched picture, picture is very smooth and fluid,no dead pixels, no ghosting,fast action is great with the 600hz refresh rate, the tuner is improved for more free hd channels, the sound also improved with 2 10 watt speakers. I do have some nit picks though, the surface of the screen being large picks up alot of reflection from any light source and it is difficult to watch with out the windows covered and lights off, the remote is not universal, and I'm not a great fan of vera link because all of my components are not Panasonic, this set also has a CATS feature that adjusts the set to the lighting conditions of the room, while I appreciate the thought, this feature hinders viewing and you will want to set it to off on all your picture modes for optimal viewing, no vga, only 2 hdmi ports, speakers, although sound is good, are on the bottom of the set facing down in to the table. I can live with all of this though, it's a high quality BIG plasma set with an outstanding picture I will enjoy for years to come that I got for an incredibly low price.
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By D. Pearl on September 14, 2010
First off, don't get sucked into the difference between 1080P and 720P. The difference is so negligible, you have to be right next to the set to be able to see it. Even then, most cable boxes don't even broadcast at 1080P anyway so you only get 720P on most 1080P sets.

I was in the market for a plasma over LCD for a couple big reasons: First, the price is better. Second, the picture quality on a plasma is significantly better, especially when viewing from an angle. Plus, it's less strain on the eyes. You have deeper blacks, crisper images, better sound quality (in general with plasmas compared to LCD's). Now on to this particular set. I've had it for about a month, and after a few minor adjustments, I honestly think this TV is better quality than my sister's Samsung LCD 1080P TV. Be sure to turn the CATS feature off (in the default mode it's on). This is a feature that adjusts the screen to the ambient light in the room. While it sounds good, the screen is simply too dim with CATS on. 2nd, the contrast looks best at 58 (over the default mode of 50).

The sound is good also after a few minor tweaks. Over all, for $499, there is no better deal for a plasma TV in the market. Plus, it's a Panasonic, the leader in plasma TV's, and probably among the best brand TV's in general over the past twenty years. If you are looking to spend around $500, I'd strongly recommend the Panasonic TC-P46C2!
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By John D. West on August 19, 2010
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I am not what you would call an early adopter of new technology, I wait for the market to settle down and for the bugs to be worked out of the products. So this is my first big TV and I love it. No more squinting across the room trying to make out what the DVD menu says and the quality even from a DVD player is so much better than what I've had before. I can't wait to get it set up for Blu-Ray, guess I'd better get the old wallet out again.

I was sceptical about buying a 720p rather than a 1080p resolution TV, but after reading some reviews and comments on the two technologies, I went into a couple of stores and found unless my nose was nearly on the glass, I couldn't tell the difference.

Only downside is that the price of this TV has come down slightly from what I paid a couple of weeks ago! If, like me, you've held off buying a big TV - wait no longer.
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