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Panasonic TC-P50S2 50-Inch 1080p Plasma HDTV (2010 Model)


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  • 50-inch Plasma HDTV with full 1080p HD resolution; 1080 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: 3 HDMI, 2 component, 2 composite, 1 digital audio output
  • Includes removable stand; measures 48 x 32.2 x 14.1 inches with stand
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Technical Details

  • Brand Name: Panasonic
  • Model: TC-P50S2
  • Display Technology: Plasma
  • Display Size: 50 inches
  • Image Aspect Ratio: 16:9
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Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 48 x 14.1 x 32.2 inches ; 70.6 pounds
  • Shipping Weight: 151 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: B0036VO7WM
  • Item model number: TC-P50S2
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (53 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #79,724 in Electronics (See Top 100 in Electronics)
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: February 2, 2010
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Product Description

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Building on its award-winning 2009 Plasma line, Panasonic's 50-inch VIERA TC-P50S2 Plasma HDTV features a new panel with NeoPDP technologies that provide the best balance of black and white under brighter environments while also offering higher energy efficiency. The new NeoPDP Plasma panel also further reduces reflections and creates sharper pictures with higher contrast in brighter environments. This S2 series model provides 1080p resolution, full-time 1080 TV lines of moving picture resolution, and 600Hz Sub-field Drive for superb motion clarity.

This and other models in the S2 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. This model also includes Panasonic's Clean Touch Bezel, which resists fingerprints to help keep the surface clean.

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.



Panasonic's VIERA S2 series Plasma HDTV.

Key Features

NeoPDP: By redesigning the Plasma panel's cell structure and developing an innovative new filter, Panasonic has tripled the luminous efficiency (compared to 2007 models) of its VIERA Plasma HDTVS--resulting in stunningly beautiful images while also reducing power consumption.

 

1080 Moving Picture Resolution: With 1080 lines of moving picture resolution and integrated NeoPDP technology's high-speed drive performance, the display time for each image frame is shortened to minimize afterimages, making decisive calls in football matches and delicate motions in figure skating performances appear crystal clear.

 

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).

 

Game Mode: With Game Mode, quicker image response increases the enjoyment of video games when a game console is connected to the TV. What's more, VIERA produces the dark images in video games more clearly. This mode works with the anti-image retention (wobbling) function, too.

Key Specifications

  • Series: S2
  • Screen type: Plasma
  • Screen size: 50 inches
  • Native resolution: 1920 x 1080 pixels
  • Contrast ratio: Native: 2,000,000:1
  • Shades of gradation: 6,144 equivalent
  • Receiving system: ATSC/QAM/NTSC
  • HDTV display capability: 1080p, 1080i, 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

Connections

  • HDMI: 3 (1 side)
  • Component (Y, PB, PR): 2; each with audio input
  • Composite A/V: 2 (1 side); each with audio input
  • Digital audio output: 1

Dimensions

  • TV with stand: 48 x 32.2 x 14.1 inches (WxHxD); 70.5 pounds
  • TV without stand: 48 x 30.3 x 3.7 inches (WxHxD); 66.1 pounds
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What's in the Box

Panasonic S2 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"
VIERA Cast

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

(AVCHD/MPEG2/JPEG/MP3 playback)

(JPEG)

(JPEG)

(JPEG)

(JPEG)

(JPEG)

(JPEG)

(JPEG)
VIERA Link
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
2
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
2
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

Product Description

For the love of the game. VIERA S2 Series Plasma HDTVs are great for sports and cinema-quality movies. Our Neo PDP technology delivers sharp, detailed image and remarkable brightness - all with lower power consumption.

1080 TV Lines Moving Picture Resolution - Clear Images in Every Scene
VIERA® S2 Series Plasma HDTVs feature 1080 lines of moving picture resolution. You enjoy clear, detailed images even in fast-moving scenes, with no blurring or afterimages. The NeoPDP technology's high-speed drive performance instantly generates a large electrical discharge and shortens the display time for each image frame to minimize afterimages.

600Hz Sub-field Drive* - Crisp, clear moving pictures
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 dots. And each frame is practically displayed for a shorter length of time than in previous systems, to reduce aftereffects.

*When using cinema mode.

VIERA Image Viewer - Easy viewing of full-HD photos
It's easy to view full-HD images with the SD card slot. Watch and show your photos right after you take them. Simply insert an SD Memory Card into your VIERA HDTV to display photos a on the large screen. It's much more fun when you can view them on a large screen HDTV with family and friends in 1920x1080-pixel high definition and a wide 16:9 aspect ratio.

    1. Shoot - Shoot photos
    2. Insert - Insert the SD Memory Card
    3. View - Enjoy seeing your full-HD photos on the big screen.

VIERA Link - Operation with a single remote
VIERA Link allows interconnected operation of various AV devices using only the VIERA remote control, by simply connecting compatible devices to each other by an HDMI cable.

*VIERA Link is a new name for EZ Sync. Not all VIERA Link features are


Customer Questions & Answers

Customer Reviews

Installed in mid 2011, picture was very good. However, PDP just cracked from the inside a few weeks ago. Read more ›
This is not a $2000 TV so don't expect it to act like one. Aside from that the quality is excellent. I suspect most people with image or color problems have not properly… Read more ›
This TV has a really nice picture. However after the first 7 months the left part of the screen went out. Read more ›
I paid $850 for my plasma and its picture is better or just as good as HDTVs that cost 3x the price. Read more ›
Other reviewers have given technical reviews so I'll skip that. The image quality is excellent, the picture is gorgeous and the quality is solid. However there are lots of… Read more ›
To sum it up, the Panasonic puts out a really good picture but the Sammy is absolutely mind blowing. For a 50" under 1000.00, I'm happy! Read more ›
Response time is awesome. Colors are vivid. The anti-glare is an important feature as I have a lot of natural light in the room. Read more ›
1080p HD Picture Quality: The picture presentation of the from the 50S2 is still very bright and with the improved black levels much improved. Black levels are deep and… Read more ›
They got it with this…These are not going to be the best black levels we see this year and we dont anticipate them coming close to some of the Samsung plasma black levels. Read more ›
Power consumption for the S2 has been reduced from the S1. This is one of the main feature differences aside from improved black levels. Panasonic started improving… Read more ›
Great picture and awesome black levels. One issue that I found with my set, is that the standard picture setting seems somewhat noisy / grainy. Read more ›
I did a…Amazing picture, great black levels, and finally an option for HD picture that allowed my mac mini to be connected without overscan, the picture ratio is prefect. Read more ›
I will definitely buy more Panasonic products. Also got it for a great price. The next one I get will be the 3D plasma.... next year , when there is more programing and… Read more ›
Anti-glare coating. Good price. Con: annoying green cast very prominent on blu-ray play back. Read more ›
Amazing picture, great black levels, and finally an option for HD picture that allowed my mac mini to be connected…Amazing tv, looks great, great price and a great picture. Read more ›
I,ve never had any blur or bad picture. This TV is a fantastic buy at a fantastic price. Read more ›
I did a lot of online research and spent a lot of time at…Great features, great picture, great price, and Panasonic is the best brand name in plasmas in my oppinion. I'… Read more ›
This is my first plasma TV, and it is all I had expected from a plasma TV, all I can say for now is that it is wonderful, I'm hopeing it will last for a while, it's a 50''… Read more ›
I must say plasma is the best for picture quality. The screen is excellent,colorful and bright compared to LCD. I am not watching blueray movies on this tv yet. Read more ›
Dark Shadow Detail: Partly due to the high brightness of this plasma dark shadow detail is excellent. Panasonic plasma TVs have long been a favorite of ours in this… Read more ›
What I like: Great Detail Great colors Read more ›
I've had this for over a week now and I still stop and stare at how great the picture looks. The new Star Trek film was reproduced beautifully on the screen. No blurring,… Read more ›
This is a nice flat screen but we had problems not only with the HDMI ports but also the cables we purchased. We did order better quality cables but still have issues with… Read more ›
Bright Room Performance:…The glossy screen of the Sharp was very, very reflective and seriously detracted from the viewing experience, despite it's very powerful backlight. Read more ›
The other complaint is no Pc input which I already knew this tv did not have from other…I set the tv up by myself lifting it out the box with no problems setting up. Th… Read more ›
That may have been a…Between all the cable box menus, and all the TV menus, it was very difficult to find the ideal settings, but once I did, the picture was terrific. I… Read more ›
If you go to the store, make them show you the tv in different settings -- some will put it on the brightest setting which is not where most people will watch regular tv… Read more ›
Anyhow i'll definitely update this review once i finish the burn in…A cool feature i've been using on a daily basis is the image retention option in the menu settings. I… Read more ›
Oh yeah you should check all inputs to see if they are working, i started doing that last night but fell asleep. The Image viewer from the SD card is a nice feature. But it… Read more ›
I thought plasmas were really hailed for their picture clarity/quality and are supposed…I am very disappointed about this model, as I thought I'd get great picture quality. Read more ›
Done. -Sound is great. Please note that I am not a sound expert nor do I have surround sound so what comes out is good from my point of view. Read more ›
The difference in picture quality if you use a BluRay player is amazing! The sound is mediocre but I use a surround sound system anyway. Read more ›
I do not have surround sound, but the TV speakers work very well. Would definitely recommend Panasonic Plasma HDTV's Read more ›
Sound: Surprisingly, the Sharp delivers great sound (for a flat panel) despite it's thin design. The Sharp pumped out more volume at 25% than the S2 did at 50%. Read more ›
The Sharp pumped out more volume at 25% than the S2 did at 50%. The Panasonic has weak sound for large rooms. I'd recommend using a HTIB or Receiver/Speakers with the Panny. Read more ›
That may have been a…Between all the cable box menus, and all the TV menus, it was very difficult to find the ideal settings, but once I did, the picture was terrific. I… Read more ›
If one is using a screen this size, I would expect that it is going to be used in a home theater setup. Controls are easy to use. Setup and calibration went well. Read more ›
PROS: Color, Sharpness, Richness, Adjustability, Remote Read more ›
We are really satisfied with the picture quality. I like the remote Control and it was very easy to connect with the Digital HD cable receiver. One thing I noticed is that… Read more ›
Good picture. Easy to setup. I was not impressed with the delivery process -- because the delivery company customer service was below average. Read more ›
Picture quality is inferior to higher-end, more expensive models, but we got the 50" for the kid's playroom,…Amazon's delivery worked great, and the TV was easy to set up. Read more ›
It just makes programs look cheap to me. -Was easy to set up. Unbox, attach to stand, plug in cable box, plug in wall. Read more ›
We are really satisfied with the picture quality. I like the remote Control and it was very easy to connect with the Digital HD cable receiver. One thing I noticed is that… Read more ›
Aside from the GREAT picture quality that the other reviewers have attested too, the tv has a sleek look. That is, the tv has a nice black finish surrounding the screen. Als… Read more ›
That is, the tv has a nice black finish…Also, this tv doesn't have a glossy finish on the panel(personal preference, I don't like the glossy finish on the screen). Unfo… Read more ›
I asked her if its a good TV for gaming, I'm using 360 and soon my PS3 for Blurays; her answer was that plasmas aren't good for gaming because static images, like health… Read more ›
So its a personal…This set is superb for gamers but i only game a little, and not enough to spend over 1000 dollars on, sorry but i gotta get back to what i like.:d Read more ›
The blacks and overall color is great. The viewing angle is great with no loss of clarity when sitting off-center. The sound is a bit weak but I have it hooked up to a home… Read more ›
You can sit at any angle to this TV and still…While the Sharp LED had good viewing angles, it can't keep up with the Plasma and began to get washed out at about 70 degrees. Read more ›
If one is using a screen this size, I would expect that it is going to be used in a home theater setup. Controls are easy to use. Setup and calibration went well. Read more ›

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

123 of 130 people found the following review helpful By LCDTVBuyingGuide on May 17, 2010
1080p HD Picture Quality: The picture presentation of the from the 50S2 is still very bright and with the improved black levels much improved. Black levels are deep and strong with an HD signal input through HDMI. While not the best we've seen lately, they lose the dark gray haziness that the S2 can display with a 480i signal. Color is plenty saturated and dark shadow detail remains excellent.

Picture Presentation from 480i signals: We always test every TV with a 480i resolution. It is a great test of a TVs upconversion and processing chip sets. The signal may be likened to what you would see with your normal digital cable or satellite signal.The TC-P50S2 series plasma contains the new an updated version of the NEO PDP (i.e. plasma screen) from Panasonic. This is the same screen used in some of the higher end Panasonic series which should make this model a good value if picture quality is your primary objective. We find the picture quality overall improved from the prior S1 series. The drives do a little better job of eliminating motion artifacts than the S1 series did. Color rendition is still with black levels being the primary progress area of the S2 series delivering more depth and solidity. As was the case on the S1 series, brightness is a strength of the these newer Panasonic plasma models.

Calibration Notes: Overall, calibration to D6500K was very easy with this TV. Though there are no white balance adjustments available on the menu without entering the service menu, the 50S2 calibrated so close to D65 from the start that it would have improved the TV inappreciably. We started our calibration from the custom setting in the Warm 2 color temperature position. The S2 series TV does not contain the THX picture setting option.
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35 of 38 people found the following review helpful By Joseph A. Barrow on September 8, 2010
I bought and evaluated this TV for about two weeks before taking it back and purchasing the new Sharp 52LE810UN edge-lit LED. I have since taken back the Sharp and will be picking up the TC-P58S2 tomorrow. Here are my thoughts:

Overall Picture Quality: Overall the S2 has superior picture quality to the Sharp Edge Lit. The LED's only advantage is the Film Mode/Motion Flow, which gives the picture a very smooth video like appearance. Some people don't like this as it doesn't represent the film in the manner the Director originally intended.

Black Levels: The S2 has great inky blacks. These black levels hold whether in a completely dark or brightly lit room. The LED edge-lit black levels were no where near as good. In a dark room the Sharp's screen looked white/cloudy, even with the backlight turned all the way down. A full LED set with local dimming would likely fair more favorably against the S2.

Constrast: The S2's contrast was far better than the Edge Lit LED. Again, in this area Plasmas still dominate.

Bright Room Performance: The S2's matte screen did an excellent job of handling bright rooms and it's backlight was plenty strong to handle even direct sunlight. The glossy screen of the Sharp was very, very reflective and seriously detracted from the viewing experience, despite it's very powerful backlight.

Viewing Angle: The S2's viewing angle is phenomenal. You can sit at any angle to this TV and still have a bright and vibrant picture. While the Sharp LED had good viewing angles, it can't keep up with the Plasma and began to get washed out at about 70 degrees.

Network Connectivity: The S2 does not have internet connectivity like the LE810. The LE810 has a host of internet widgets and features.
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23 of 25 people found the following review helpful By C. Freeman on May 7, 2010
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I've been in the market for a new TV for a long while now, but finally my old 42" bit the dust and it was time for an upgrade. I did a fair amount of research in regards to both quality and price and this tv was hands down untouchable. Amazing picture, great black levels, and finally an option for HD picture that allowed my mac mini to be connected without overscan, the picture ratio is prefect. Amazing tv, looks great, great price and a great picture. I'm very satisfied so far. Speakers leave something to be desired, but with a TV this big you're going to want to hook up a 5.1 or 7.1 anyway.
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23 of 26 people found the following review helpful By Brian on April 21, 2010
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I did a lot of online research and spent a lot of time at electronic stores before I finally decided on this TV. Great features, great picture, great price, and Panasonic is the best brand name in plasmas in my oppinion. I've had this for almost 3 months now, and cant think of one thing I could complain about. I wish there was a PC hookup, but I knew that this model did not have one before I purchased, so I cant really complain there. I would make this purchase again if I had to do it all over again. I would strongly recommend this TV.
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16 of 19 people found the following review helpful By F. Magnus on May 3, 2010
I bought this TV about 6 months ago. The refresh rate on this TV is excellent. The colors are unbelievable, especially with Blu Ray. Auto Racing is the true test though. I,ve never had any blur or bad picture. This TV is a fantastic buy at a fantastic price.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By A. Channaveer on June 4, 2010
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We got our S2 almost 3 weeks back. They delivered it on time. We are really satisfied with the picture quality. I like the remote Control and it was very easy to connect with the Digital HD cable receiver. One thing I noticed is that when we switch off the lights in the room the picture changes its brightness... i dont know if there is some kind of sensor that changes the brightness depending on room light. You get used to it after some time.

TC-P50S2 is a 1080p TV. But I heard that almost all cable providers only transmit in 1080i. So even though we bought better technology we are not able to take full advantage of it since the relay is only 1080i. I talked to the cable operator and he said they are more concentrating on 3d and may not change to 1080p transimssion any time soon. So that is a shame. If you have blu-ray disk player you can still enjoy 1080p.

Untill now we love this TV and I would recommend anybody to buy this on Amazon as they were the lowest price when I bought it.
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