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Panasonic Viera 50" Class U50 Series Full HD Plasma HDTV

B&H # PATCP50U50 Mfr # TC-P50U50
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Product Highlights
  • G15 Progressive Full-HD NeoPlasma Panel
  • 1920 x 1080
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9
  • 600 Hz Sub-Field Drive
  • 24p Cinematic Playback
  • Surround Sound
  • Viera Link
  • Game Mode
  • Trilingual Menu
  • SD Card and USB Support

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PanasonicViera 50" Class U50 Series Full HD Plasma HDTV
 
4.7

(based on 19 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (14)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (5)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 2 Stars

     

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100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Great picture quality (17)
  • Easy to setup (16)
  • Good resolution (14)
  • Attractive (11)
  • Good remote control (7)

Cons

  • Glare (4)
  • Poor sound quality (3)

Best Uses

  • Home theater (11)
  • Home (9)
  • Movies (9)
  • Wall mounting (6)
  • Gaming (5)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Casual user (10), Enthusiast (6)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (17)

Reviewed by 19 customers

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5.0

Great Picture, Great Price

By Aaron B

from Klamath Falls, OR

About Me Enthusiast

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Fast Setup
  • Good Resolution
  • Great Picture Quality

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Home Theater

    Comments about Panasonic Viera 50" Class U50 Series Full HD Plasma HDTV:

    For the price, you cannot beat the picture! This is a no-frills basic TV that does one thing...Deliver a beautiful picture! The colors out of the box are not the best, but you can tweak them to your liking. I do wish it had more than two HDMI inputs, but that is the only complaint.

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    4.0

    Great product at an even better price!

    By Rick

    from Attleborough, Ma.

    About Me Casual User

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Fast Setup
    • Good Resolution
    • Great Picture Quality
    • Surprisinly Good Sound

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Home
      • Wall Mounting

      Comments about Panasonic Viera 50" Class U50 Series Full HD Plasma HDTV:

      Received the HDTV and very pleased with the product. Picture quality is excellent and the sound is surprisingly good.

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      • No

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      5.0

      better than most led tvs

      By lucidreamer

      from NYC

      About Me Enthusiast

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Attractive Design
      • Fast Setup
      • Good Remote Control
      • Good Resolution
      • Great Picture Quality

      Cons

      • Poor Sound Quality

      Best Uses

      • Home
      • Movies

      Comments about Panasonic Viera 50" Class U50 Series Full HD Plasma HDTV:

      image has great tonality, skin tones and deep blacks. And very sharp

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      • No

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      5.0

      Video Montior rivaling CRT

      By Rick F.

      from Palm Bay, Florida

      About Me Enthusiast

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Attractive Design
      • Energy Efficient
      • Fast Setup
      • Good Remote Control
      • Good Resolution
      • Great Picture Quality

      Cons

      • Poor Connection Options
      • Poor Sound Quality

      Best Uses

      • Home
      • Home Theater
      • Use As A Video Monitor

      Comments about Panasonic Viera 50" Class U50 Series Full HD Plasma HDTV:

      I use this plasma TV exclusively as a video monitor. Other reviewers have mentioned that the audio supplied with the unit is quite limited in quality. I don't use the TV tuner section at all, but content is solely satellite receiver and Blu-Ray player. I don't use it as a media player. My peripheral components are connected through a video/audio switching home theater system. This works very well, except that I needed to disable the Viera-Link features and the Eco features. The auto switching capability just did not work for me. The picture is truly awesome, and to my senses, rivals my old Sony CRT monitor. Black/white levels are very impressive. Use the "Custom" setting in the picture menu.
      It arrived in good condition and within the time-frame advertised (approximately 7 business days).

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      • No

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      5.0

      Great deal for the money

      By Gennaro

      from San Diego, Ca.

      About Me Casual User

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Attractive Design
      • Fast Setup
      • Good Remote Control
      • Good Resolution
      • Great Picture Quality
      • Reduced Glare

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Bedroom
        • Home
        • Wall Mounting

        Comments about Panasonic Viera 50" Class U50 Series Full HD Plasma HDTV:

        For the application I purchased this for it works perfect, it is in my bedroom. Great Picture, colors are fantastic, screen is bigger than light. It wouldn't be my choice for my home theater system, no internet access - no bells and whistles. For the bedroom it's perfect.

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        5.0

        fantastic machine

        By chris

        from newark nj

        About Me Power User

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Attached to Computer
            • Bedroom
            • Business
            • Home
            • Home Theater
            • Movies
            • Video Games
            • Wall Mounting

            Comments about Panasonic Viera 50" Class U50 Series Full HD Plasma HDTV:

            great value, great product. Not as bright as a led/lcd, but plasma has the best color rendering period!

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            • No

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            5.0

            Great solid TV

            By Fatcat

            from NJ

            About Me Power User

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Fast Setup
            • Good Resolution
            • Great Picture Quality
            • Great Sound Quality

            Cons

            • Lack Of Hdmi Inputs

            Best Uses

            • Attached to Computer
            • Home
            • Home Theater
            • Movies
            • Video Games
            • Wall Mounting

            Comments about Panasonic Viera 50" Class U50 Series Full HD Plasma HDTV:

            I first purchased a Panasonic VIERA TC-L47E50 becuase it was cheaper that this unit, plus it was smart TV enable with more HDMI ports. But as the reviews on CNET stated the picture was awful. Where as the reviews on CNET of this U50 stated that the picture was excellent especially for the price point. And that it was a great bare bones TV.CNET was 100% correct, the picture is amazing. As for the lack of HDMI port (only 2), and SMART TV. Well a HDMI splitter cost me few dollars, and every Blue ray/DVD player none to man comes with internet and is SMART enabled. The icing on the cake is that the price for a 3" bigger TV from B&H was few hundred buck cheaper than anywhere else, and match the price of the VIERA TC-L47E50 I orignally purchased from that other online seller. Add to that, it was shipped out state with free shipping. Win, Win, Win, Win.

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            5.0

            Love it!

            By Lovin Bluray

            from New York, NY

            About Me Enthusiast

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Fast Setup
            • Good Resolution
            • Great Picture Quality
            • Great Sound Quality

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Home Theater
              • Movies

              Comments about Panasonic Viera 50" Class U50 Series Full HD Plasma HDTV:

              Great picture, fantastic contrast range, perfect for people that arn't thirlled by 3-D and already own a Blu-Ray player or streeming device. Pick this TV up while it's still around!

              Only word of warning; Plasmas aren't the best for rooms with a lot of bright sunlight.

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              4.0

              A good TV for the money

              By Fast Eddie

              from Arkansas

              About Me Casual User

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Attractive Design
              • Energy Efficient
              • Fast Setup
              • Good Remote Control
              • Good Resolution
              • Great Picture Quality

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Home
                • Home Theater
                • Video Games

                Comments about Panasonic Viera 50" Class U50 Series Full HD Plasma HDTV:

                Not their top of the line, but an excellent value. Nice picture for the money. Installed in the kids' rec room with surround sound.

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                5.0

                Excellent Value

                By Mikey

                from Everett, WA

                About Me Casual User

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Attractive Design
                • Fast Setup
                • Good Resolution
                • Great Picture Quality

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Home Theater
                  • Movies
                  • Video Games
                  • Wall Mounting

                  Comments about Panasonic Viera 50" Class U50 Series Full HD Plasma HDTV:

                  Excellent picture quality.

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                  • No

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                  5.0

                  Great product for the price

                  By Alex

                  from Oklahoma City, OK

                  About Me Casual User

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Fast Setup
                  • Great Picture Quality
                  • Great Sound Quality

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                      Comments about Panasonic Viera 50" Class U50 Series Full HD Plasma HDTV:

                      I have it setup in my bedroom next to a window. Plenty of brightness to be easily seen at all times of day. Excellent quality for the price. Look no further for a 'basic' plasma with excellent picture (no fancy 'smart' stuff with this one....which is exactly what I wanted). Remote is a bit basic and elementary, but who cares?

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                      • No

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                      4.0

                      So Glad I Finally Got an HDTV

                      By Avid NFL Viewer

                      from San Francisco, CA

                      About Me Casual User

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Attractive Design
                      • Energy Efficient
                      • Fast Setup
                      • Good Resolution
                      • Great Picture Quality
                      • Reduced Glare

                      Cons

                      • Poor Connection Options
                      • Poor Sound Quality

                      Best Uses

                      • Home Theater

                      Comments about Panasonic Viera 50" Class U50 Series Full HD Plasma HDTV:

                      I had the same high-end (at the time) 26" (square) Magnavox TV for over 23 years. It worked great and had a quality picture that met my needs. I never considered replacing it until I noticed my favorite programs and sports events were not always viewable on the square screen.

                      When I decided it was time to buy a new TV, I did a lot of research. Not the bleeding edge technology kind of person, and not wanting to spend too much on a TV, I wanted something that would last and meet my needs today and for years to come. I settled on this Panasonic and have enjoyed the better picture and larger screen since I received it.

                      My only reason not giving this 5 stars is the sound. I read quite a few reviews that mention it and it's true - the sound on this TV is low. It needs to be plugged into a stereo receiver to achieve decent quality but there are few options for audio outputs, so I have to buy either a new stereo system or a sound bar. Panasonic has systems designed specifically to fit the TV and there are many sound bar options out there, but none of them interest me and my purchase of the TV should not force me into now buying a new stereo.

                      Overall between my HD TiVo, HD cable -- both of which I had before the TV but didn't really use -- and this new TV, I am very happy with my purchase.

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                      • Yes

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                      4.0

                      Great value for a 50 in. Plasma

                      By DHsia

                      from Irvine, CA

                      About Me Casual User

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Attractive Design
                      • Fast Setup
                      • Good Remote Control
                      • Good Resolution
                      • Great Picture Quality
                      • Great Sound Quality
                      • Light weight

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Bedroom

                        Comments about Panasonic Viera 50" Class U50 Series Full HD Plasma HDTV:

                        Granted I've only had the TV set for a couple of weeks, the set is working very well. It has a bright, clear picture with simple setup. Delivery from B&H was on time and very quick. I received my order right before Christmas as promised by the website. I decided on this set because it was rated highly by CNET and offers great value.

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                        5.0

                        Excellent TV

                        By Man Mountain Mike

                        from Cincinnati, OH

                        About Me Casual User

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Easy to Use
                        • Great Picture Quality

                        Cons

                        • Glare
                        • Souund Quality Just Ok

                        Best Uses

                        • Movies

                        Comments about Panasonic Viera 50" Class U50 Series Full HD Plasma HDTV:

                        Use mostly for movie and sports viewing. Am very impressed by the colors and the depth of blacks. Very easy to use. Have not yet found anything to fault it except that because it's a plasma, the screen is very reflective. It's all about tradeoffs....

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                        4.0

                        Great Value

                        By B&H1

                        from Baton Rouge, LA

                        Verified Buyer

                        Comments about Panasonic Viera 50" Class U50 Series Full HD Plasma HDTV:

                        It's exactly what I was looking for. Plasma TVs provide the most bang for your buck, and this was an excellent purchase.

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                        5.0

                        True blacks with excellent shadow detail

                        By DCritty

                        from Central New Jersey

                        About Me Enthusiast

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Attractive Design
                        • Fast Setup
                        • Good Remote Control
                        • Good Resolution
                        • Great Picture Quality

                        Cons

                        • Glare

                        Best Uses

                        • Home Theater
                        • Movies
                        • Video Games

                        Comments about Panasonic Viera 50" Class U50 Series Full HD Plasma HDTV:

                        Color accuracy was nearly spot-on out of the box, with only minor tweaking needed for a near-perfect picture. Blacks are (not surprisingly for a Panasonic plasma) remarkably deep, with essentially no detail lost in dark areas/shadows. Build quality is also impressive, especially for the price. For the overall quality of this set, one could easily envision it costing twice what it does. I am very impressed with this plasma!

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                        5.0

                        Amazing Picture

                        By Tech-Turtle

                        from Los Angeles

                        About Me Casual User

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Attractive Design
                        • Energy Efficient
                        • Fast Setup
                        • Good Remote Control
                        • Good Resolution
                        • Great Picture Quality

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Attached to Computer
                          • Home
                          • Home Theater
                          • Movies

                          Comments about Panasonic Viera 50" Class U50 Series Full HD Plasma HDTV:

                          Arrived quickly, packaged very well. Super easy set-up. The picture was a bit dark on the factory setting, however, the adjustments are very easy. I put on Cinema mode and the picture is simply amazing. This is the first TV I have ever purchased in my life - I went against a lot of advice to get an LCD. My research indicated fr my viewing, Movies & TV, a Plasma would be best. Wow! Even the LCD advocates who paid much more for their TV's are impressed with the picture of this Panasonic U50. I am very pleased.

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                          5.0

                          Great Plasma

                          By rcm1201

                          from New Orleans, LA

                          About Me Casual User

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Attractive Design
                          • Energy Efficient
                          • Fast Setup
                          • Great Picture Quality

                          Cons

                          • Glare

                          Best Uses

                          • Home

                          Comments about Panasonic Viera 50" Class U50 Series Full HD Plasma HDTV:

                          I bought this TV for my new house in which I mainly watch sports. The picture quality is tremendous! I like it better than my Dad's 47" LG 1080P 120hz. For the price, you can't do much better. I would definitely recommend this TV for someone who is trying to keep it under $1,000. Glare is the only negative, but that is expected with Plasmas. After I closed my blinds, it was fine.

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                          5.0

                          A Superior Plasma

                          By Katronix

                          from Rochester, MN

                          About Me Enthusiast

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Attractive Design
                          • Energy Efficient
                          • Fast Setup
                          • Good Resolution
                          • Great Picture Quality

                          Cons

                          • Glare

                          Best Uses

                          • Business
                          • Home Theater
                          • Movies
                          • Wall Mounting

                          Comments about Panasonic Viera 50" Class U50 Series Full HD Plasma HDTV:

                          Compared to all plasma's made before, this one has superior blacks and devestatingly accurate color reproduction out of the box -- very little tweaking needed. This model looks just as good if not better then the top of the line models of last year for thousands less. The only criticism is that the front of the panel is very reflective; however, it is a moot point since when powered up the screen is so bright it overpowers any reflections in the daytime. B&H let me have this excellent piece with free in home deliverly and tax free -- you are going to be hard pressed to find a better deal anywhere else.

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