Panasonic TC-P65S2

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Panasonic’s VIERA S2 line brings 65 inches of Full HDTV and 1080p resolution to the living room. The Panasonic TC-P65S2 features a native 2,000,000:1 dynamic contrast ratio with 600Hz Sub-field motion drive for motion clarity, standard in most HDTVs. This 65″ TV is also 3D ready with optional 3D glasses. Panasonic’s redesigned panel cell structure and NeoPDP filter provides clear, bright images while also reducing power consumption. It also meets the Energy Star 4.0 requirements and should last up to 30 years without losing brightness. The S2 Lines comes with an SD card reader that allows users to view slideshows of JPEG images on their TVs with the VIERA Image Viewer. Two built in 20 watt (10 watts more than most HDTVs) are built in to the bottom of the TV along with 3 HDMI ports.

Features List:

– 65 Inch Plasma Screen

– 3D TV Ready

– 1080p resolution

– 2,000,000:1 Contrast Ratio

– 600Hz Sub-field motion drive

– SD Card Reader

– 3 HDMI ports

– Two 20 watt speakers built-in

– Meets Energy Star requirements

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.

How large of a screen do I really need?

“Bigger is better” doesn’t make any more sense when choosing an HDTV for your living room than when choosing a couch for your living room. A lot of factors come into play. As a general rule, consider a TV 1.5 to 3.0 times the screen size. For instance, a 32-inch television might make sense for viewing distances as close as four feet away, and as far as eight feet away. Check out our guide to choosing the right size HDTV for more details, including a helpful chart.

What is a LED backlighting?

Traditionally, LCD TVs have used compact fluorescent (CFL) tubes placed behind an LCD panel to provide the backlighting that literally lights up the screen. More modern LED TVs replace these tubes with clusters of light emitting diodes – LEDs.

When LEDs are placed at the edges of the screen, as CFL tubes traditionally were, TVs can be made significantly thinner, and LEDs use less power than fluorescents. The most inexpensive LED-lit HDTVs take this approach.

However, the biggest advantage to using LEDs is realized when they light the screen in a grid from behind. Sophisticated electronics vary the intensity of every LED in accordance with action on the screen, making dark areas of the image darker, and bright areas brighter. This effectively increases the contrast ratio compared to uniform lighting. Although it also increases costs, many people believe this type of LCD is the first to truly rival plasma on black levels.

Read more about LED backlighting and the differences between both techniques in our guide to understanding LED backlighting.

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.

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