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Panasonic TC-PS1 SeriesWith deep black levels and generally excellent picture quality, the more eco-friendly Panasonic TC-PS1 series of plasma TVs strikes an appealing price/performance balance.
[ Music ] ^M00:00:02 >> Hi! I'm David Katzmaier, Senior Editor with CNET.com and this is the Panasonic TC-PS1 Series of plasma TVs. I'm with the 42-inch model here, but the review is also can apply equally to the 46 and 50-inch models. I don't expect the picture quality to be any different between those three screen sizes. The series new for 2009 incorporates a Neo PDP panel, which actually uses less power than a previous 1080p panel that Panasonic put out which is a pretty good thing because plasma has always use a lot more electricity than LCD, so this one is a little bit more efficient. The design of this TV is pretty much all glossy black, pretty straightforward. There is no obvious speakers here. They are actually hidden underneath the bottom of the frame here. The bottom of the frame also has this kind of curve. The stand itself does not incorporate any swivel, but it does match the rest of the TV with its glossy black. This is kind of their entry level 1080p line. There are a couple of picture adjustments. You can go ahead and play with the color temperature presets. You can also adjust the picture settings as much as you want the picture preset modes, but you won't get any advanced settings like the color temperature control or gamma or anything like that available on a lot of other TVs, so that's kind of a knock against this set. Around back you'll find two HDMI inputs, two component video inputs, but no PC input. There's also a third HDMI input on the side along with an SD card slot for displaying digital photos. The overall picture quality on this TV is very good. We really appreciated its deep black levels of the set. Again there's a lot of Panasonic plasmas have in the past produces a really nice deep shade of black and also improves the color reproduction on this TV. On a flip side the color isn't as accurate as we'd like to see. The greens especially a little too neon-like and the green color temperature lends a little bit of that pale greenish cast to some skin tones, but overall it doesn't detract too much from the quality of picture, but we do wish it was a little bit better. This TV also has a 600Hz sub-field drive, which allows it to have a little better motion resolution than we've seen on any TV in the past. Of course we got to really squint to notice the difference at least we did. The motion resolution is not all that evident in program material, but it is another score in this TV's favor. That's a Quick Look at the Panasonic TC-PS1 Series and I'm David Katzmaier. ^M00:02:11 [ Music ]