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Great Value but Leaves me Wanting More
from Springville, UT, USA
Comments about Panasonic 42" VIERA S1 Series Black Plasma Flat Panel HDTV:
This TV was a great price when I bought it 4 years ago and it really seems to have held its value. My biggest problem is the same thing another reviewer noted. Whether CATS is on or off, sometimes dark areas of the picture will suddenly lighten and then it will go back to dark. It does this quite often and it's very annoying as it takes you out of the movie experience. It is a nice size and easy to use but I wish it was a bit more clear. I've tweaked tons of settings but I'm never quite happy with the picture. It's good but I wish it was great.
Bottom Line No, I would not recommend this to a friend
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from Clearwater, Fl
This TV has great picture quality and I love that it has 3 HDMI outputs. The one thing that I hate about this TV is the sound quality. It sucks bad.. You will need to connect external speakers to get a decent sound from this TV. Other than that it's a good buy.
Bottom Line Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
This TV is a great package for the price. However, this TV is made for dark light rooms because it is highly reflective. The room I have it in now does get a bit of sunlight that is slightly noticeable and can get annoying. If the TV isnt customly formated for picture when watching Cable it may be blury so make sure to format properly. Also I would advise that you should get a seperate speaker system because the built in sound is not the best quality. Finally there are only 3 HDMI, 2 HD Component cables and one AV cable input so there is a lack of inputs. Despite these drawbacks the TV has a great size, picture quality (made for gaming and Blu-Ray), very easy to set up and adjust settings, and is a must buy for the price.
from Auburn, CA
I dont know if I am the only one but i need to look at other plasma TVs BUT I am experiencing what looks like a flicker in the contrast while viewing any kind of media. You can see the screen lighten then darken, my CATS is currently shut off and its doing it in every mode. Bang for the buck is great but I feel this should be looked into.
(5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)
Great deal. only problem is it does not have a anti-glare finish on the screen so in my sunny room it reflects images. Get the TC-P50S2 if you are concerned about glare. Little fuzzy when you are with in 2-4 ft of the screen
(9 of 9 customers found this review helpful)
POOR SPEAKER POSITION
SPEAKERS FACE THE REAR THEREFORE MAKES IT HARD TO HEAR WHEN IN A ENTERTAINMENT CENTER. YOU WILL HAVE TO HAVE HOOK IT TO A HOME THEATRE
PROS: Everything you in a HDTV Amazing Prices Cons: Shipping takes 2-3 weeks
This tv is amazing in blue ray movies and video games, being 600htz 1080P. James Cameron teamed up with Panasonic to make the first 3d camera for the movie Avatar.
(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)
What a deal!!
from Knoxville, TN
I researched for over 6 months in anticipation of buying an hdtv. I was sold on the panasonic plasma because of the depth and sophistication of color as well as it runs on 600Hz as opposed to 120-240Hz of the lcd and led. Though the lcd's and led's tend to be brighter (if brightness is what you're after, just adjust the brightness in the picture menu), their color quality and picture progression cannot compare to the plasma. Panasonic is the king of plasmas and with the Viera Link feature, using other Panasonic home theater components in conjunction with the TC-P42S1 is a breeze. Best purchase I've ever made.
By very happy
from Granite City, IL
I recently bought this TV and was worned about the glare of a plasma. I have a large bay window in my living room and got a bad glare on my old CRT, but with the AR on this model i can have the curtain pulled and my front door open and still nothing! The picture quality is unreal. Both my brothers have LCD and they don't come close to having the rich colors and deep blacks of my plasma. With the S2 coming out you can pick this TV up for next to nothing, and it well worth it!
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