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Panasonic TH-50PF9UK 50" 1080p Plasma Display Review

by February 07, 2007
Panasonic TH-50PF9UK

Panasonic TH-50PF9UK

  • Product Name: TH-50PF9UK
  • Manufacturer: Panasonic
  • Performance Rating: StarStarStarStar
  • Value Rating: StarStarStarStarhalf-star
  • Review Date: February 07, 2007 10:31
  • MSRP: $ 5995
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Screen Size (inches): 50

Aspect Ratio: 16:9

Native Resolution: 1920 x 1080

Contrast Ratio: Up to 5000:1

Supported Video Formats: 480i, 480p, 576i, 576p, 720p, 1080i, 1080p

Supported PC Formats: VGA, SVGA, XGA, SXGA, UXGA (compressed)

Serial: RS232C-compatible

Inputs: DVI-D (1), component/RGB (BNC), VGA (HD15), (optional SLOT 1 for HDMI blade card)

Vertical Scanning Freq: 15-110kHz

Horizontal Scanning Frq: 48-120Hz

Audio Outputs: 8W + 8W built-in amplifiers (6-ohm rated)

Viewing Angle (degrees): More than 160

New Real Black Creation: Yes

Dimensions (H x W x D): 28.5'' x 47.6'' x 3.7''

Weight: 93 lbs

Pros

  • 3 HD Inputs
  • Pristine picture
  • Number/type of inputs can be tailored to your needs
  • Lots of calibration options
  • 1:1 Pixel mapping ability

Cons

  • No internal tuner
  • Extremely limited number of inputs
  • Additional inputs cost extra

Introduction

I’ve had a chance to review a number of 720p displays in recent months. They have, for the most part, all been very good. But there has always been this itch… the 1080 itch I call it. Will it look that much better? Will it be that much better? With a 50” screen, I’ve often heard people say that you can’t tell the difference. Maybe that’s true, but personally, I want to see for myself.
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