Panasonic TC-P60UT50

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Panasonic’s TC-P60UT50 offers up a 60-inch screen that is capable of a 1920 by 1080 pixel resolution for full HD TV viewing.  It comes with a 16:9 aspect ratio and a 24p cinematic playback of 48 Hz. Many of Panasonic’s TVs that are being released in 2012 are 3D capable and the UT50 line is no different. The series comes with active 3D and 2D-3D conversion. Sound is provided by two 10-watt speakers on the bottom of the television. Connectivity comes from the 2 HDMI ports and 2 USB 2.0 ports there are also several RCA in/out jacks. A SD card slot is also available on the set. While the set doesn’t offer web browsing it does feature VIERA Link which has apps for things like Skype, Netflix and Flickr. There is an ethernet port but the set is Wi-Fi ready.

Features List:

– 60-inch screen

– 1080p HD

– 16:9 aspect ratio

– 48 Hz cinematic playback

– 3D capable

– 2 HDMI, 2 USB, SD card slot

– VIERA Link

– Wi-Fi ready, ethernet port

Digital Trends’ Television Buying Tips:

LCD or Plasma?

Debating between LCD or plasma can almost get as subjective as debating between chocolate and vanilla. But unlike the never-ending ice cream debate, there actually is a superior TV choice, depending on how you plan to use it.

Check out some of our previous guides on the subject to get a better look, but in short, plasmas use more electricity, come in bigger sizes, have deeper blacks, don’t suffer from motion blur, and offer an unlimited viewing angle that’s best for off-axis viewing. LCDs are more energy-efficient, have fewer problems with glare due to their matte screens, can hold an image for hours or days without suffering “burn-in,” and generally look brighter.

After deciding which format to go with, our LCD and Plasma HDTV buying guides can help you with more questions specific to your type of TV.

Which other panel specs should I pay attention to?

In short: brightness, contrast, and refresh time.

Brightness is measured in Candelas per square meter, or cd/m2. A typical figure, for instance, might be 500 cd/m2. More is always better, especially if you plan to plant your TV in a bright room where the screen will have to overcome other light sources.

Contrast is measured as a ratio of the brightest white a TV can produce, over the darkest dark. For instance, Insignia’s NS-L42X-10A offers a 4,000:1 contrast ratio. More is also better, but beware of “dynamic contrast ratios,” which use unrealistic measurement conditions (the brightest white is measured with the backlight set to full, and the darkest dark with the backlight to minimum, even though those levels could never occur side by side on the same screen) to inflate the number to levels like 2,000,000:1.

Refresh time is measured in milliseconds, such as 5ms. Lower is always better, and will prevent the “ghosting” that can sometimes be seen in fast-motion video.

Do I need an ATSC tuner?

If you plan on watching, free, over-the-air programming, then yes. As of 2009, all over-the-air broadcasts use the ATSC standard. Pretty much all HDTVs manufactured over the past few years will include this feature.

What are widgets?

Many of the top television manufacturers – including Sony, Sharp, Panasonic and Samsung – include Ethernet jacks on the back of their premium televisions for high-speed Internet connectivity (or in some cases, have integrated Wi-Fi for wireless connections). TV viewers will then use the remote to select “widgets,” graphicalicons on the screen that plays relevant (and customized) content ranging from YouTube videos and Flickr photo galleries to local weather, news, sports updates and stock quotes, usually delivered by Really Simple Syndication (RSS). Even more exciting is the partnership between Netflix and various TV companies, such as LG and Sony, allowingtelevision viewers to access tens of thousands of movies on-demand, many of which are in high-definition.

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