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Panasonic TH-50PX77U Reviewed

Panasonic TH-50PX77ULarger sized HDTV plasmas have typically held an advantage over LCD HDTV, mostly due to cost, but also many people believe at larger sizes plasma quality beats LCD. The Panasonic TH-50PX77U does not suffer from the most common complaint in plasmas, the reflective screen, as the TH-50PX77U has a special anti-glare coating on it’s glass screen to remove any annoying room reflections and distractions. The large 50-inch plasma screen has a 1366 x 768 pixel resolution for both 720p and 1080i HD formats at a high 10000:1 contrast ratio and features built in analog and digital tv tuners.

The newly designed Panasonic TH-50PX77U looks great with a classic black gloss finish and discreet side-mounted speakers. There is a SD card memory slot for use with the built in GalleryPlayer image viewing software, EZ Sync HDAVI control which lets you control your other home theater equipment. Inputs include 2x HDMI, 2x component, composite and 2x RCA audio. Cnet reviewed the TH-50PX77U and say, the first thing we noticed was black-level performance, and in this regard the TH-50PX77U beat most other plasmas. From the completely blank screen before the disc’s menu appeared to the letterbox bars above and below the picture, to the dark scenes themselves, the Panasonic’s black level performance was superb.

Detail was excellent on the Panasonic, even compared to that of the Pioneer and Sony displays, both of which have 1080p resolution. Watching either of the two extremely sharp discs, we had a hard time discerning the difference between them from our seating distance of about 7 feet.

Final word, the very impressive black levels of the Panasonic TH-50PX77U and it’s antiglare screen make the 50-inch plasma one of the best choices among plasma HDTVs.