Panasonic TC-PS1

The Good Reproduces deep black levels and excellent shadow detail; solid color saturation; adequate connectivity with three HDMI and two component-video inputs; relatively efficient for a big-screen plasma.

The Bad Less-accurate primary colors and color temperature; skimpy picture controls; uses more power than comparable LCDs

The Bottom Line Excellent picture quality for the money makes the Panasonic TC-PS1 plasma the best value among large-screen flat panels.

Editors' Rating
  • Design 7.0
  • Features 6.0
  • Performance 7.0
6.7 Overall

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Review

Panasonic TC-PS1

Editors' note, March 3, 2010: Testing conducted on 2009 Panasonic plasma TVs, similar to this one, has revealed that black-level performance has become noticeably less impressive within what is typically the first year of ownership. As a result, we don't feel confident that the initial picture quality of this TV, as described in the review below, can be maintained over the course of its lifetime, and therefore find it difficult to recommend. Its Performance score has been accordingly reduced by one point to better indicate comparative picture quality after 1,500 hours of use. Click here for more information.

Separately, the Features rating has been lowered to account for changes in the competitive marketplace, including the release of new 2010 TVs. Aside from these changes to ratings, the review has not otherwise been modified.

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Specs / Prices

  • MSRP $2,300
  • Brand Panasonic
  • Type plasma TV
  • Diagonal Class 58 in
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model Panasonic Viera TC-P58S1

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