Get ready for TV as you've never seen it before! While many widescreen TV models may claim to be HDTV capable, this Panasonic is among the few that actually has an ATSC tuner that can receive those signals (an optional HDTV antenna is required). It also has a CableCard slot for adding new digital card available from most Cable-TV carriers. The CableCard replaces the bulky cable converter box (please contact your cable company to find out if they offer this service in your area). It also has a SecureDigital SD memory slot to present pictures and movies stored from a digital-camera or camcorder. With 3,000:1 contrast-ratio, you'll enjoy an outstanding picture with resolutions up to 1024x768 and over 8 billion colors. It can also be used as a PC monitor. This 50" widescreen offers 8th generation plasma technology for extended reliability and viewing pleasure. Integrate this TV into home-theater by adding a Panasonic (or other brand) home-theater sound system to enjoy encompassing surround sound. Director Lighted Disc Home Theater Remote Up to 1366 x 768 pixel display for WXGA and High-Definition image resolution Up to 3000 - 1 Contrast Ratio 3D Color Management - Displays up to 8.5 billion colors and up to 2048 gradations Progressive Cinema Scan (3/2 Pulldown) Real Black Drive System with deep black filter for excellent clarity and brightness Sub-Pixel Control for higher detail Motion Pattern Noise Reduction Photo Viewer SD / PC Card Slots Up to 1080i / 720p Compatible Integrated TV Guide ATSC / CableCARD Tuner Multi Window PIP viewing Aspect Adjustments (Normal, Just, Zoom and Full) 60,000 Hour Lifetime Unit Dimensions - 52.24 W x 33.19 H x 5.43 D / Weight - 114.6 lbs. Includes table stand Optional wall stand available - complies with VESA standards Panasonic 1-Year Limited Warranty
Panasonic's 50-inch TH-50PX500U gas-plasma TV offers a 16:9 widescreen dimension to match the aspect ratio of your favorite feature films and an HDMI input for direct-digital connection with high-definition sources. Not that you necessarily need them--the 1366 x 768-pixel set's built-in ATSC (DTV) tuner pulls HD signals (480p/720p/1080i) right from the airwaves, and its QAM tuner is fully compatible with unscrambled HDTV cable reception. A standard analog NTSC tuner receives standard-definition (SD) programming.
The set's authorized CableCARD port means the set will also receive digital cable television systems services directly from a compatible cable operator without requiring a bulky, external cable box. You'll enjoy plug-and-play convenience wherever you are.
A plasma screen renders vivid colors like you've never seen before (as in, up to 8.85 billion in this case), extremely wide viewing angles (wider, even, than those of most LCD screens), and easy placement due to a plasma monitor's slim profile--just 5.4 inches--perfect for desk or wall mounting. Brightness tends to be extremely uniform across plasma screens, which are also impervious to the picture distortion and negative color balances that afflict CRT monitors when placed near lighting or sound systems.
The TH-50PX500U's contrast ratio is rated at an extraordinarily lifelike 3000:1, and its fine, 0.80 x 0.64 mm dot pitch means exceptionally smooth detail. With the 3D Y/C Filter you get minimized noise and cross color in your picture, providing you with a top quality picture, and the all-important quality you require from a large screen television set.
The High-Definition Multimedia Interface (HDMI) offers uncompressed digital data transmission between compatible devices, as between the TH-50PX500U and a DTV satellite receiver. JPEG images taken with a digital camera that stores images to a Secure Digital card can be viewed directly on the Panasonic with the built-in SD card slot. It also offers the following connection options:
- Composite AV In/Out: 3 in (1 front)/1 out
- S-Video In/Out: 3 in/0 out
- Component video (YPbPr) In/Out: 2 in/0 out
- HDMI In/Out: 1 in/0 out
- RF In/Out: 1 in/0 out
- Analog audio In/Out: 3 in (1 front)/2 out
- Digital optical audio In/Out: 0 in/1 out
- Headphones: xx
The TV's internal stereo speakers are powered by 13 watts per channel (26 watts total). Special surround processing creates spacious 3D effects from stereo speakers and a selectable audio leveler automatically adjusts the volume level on your TV to prevent wide variations in sound between different TV stations and types of programming. You'll also be able to enjoy 5.1-channel Dolby Digital surround sound via the digital optical audio connection, which you can hook up to a compatible home theater receiver.
Other features include split screen picture-in-picture (PIP), TV Guide On Screen 8-day program guide, V-Chip parental controls, on/off sleep timers, an illuminated remote control, and closed-caption decoding.
What's in the Box
Plasma TV, detachable tilt/swivel stand, remote control (with batteries), AC cord, two cable clampers, IR blaster, printed operating instructions