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Panasonic Viera TC-P50XT50 Smart 3D Plasma HDTV Review

50 in.

We highly recommend the XT50 as a strong core performer with a touch of high-end frills.

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Introduction

Panasonic's XT50 series is unique within its 2012 line-up. We say that because of a few features it has, and one that it doesn't. Unlike almost every other TV on the market right now, the XT50's maximum resolution displays at 720p. That's still a high-def resolution, but we're in a world where 1080p has become the "gold standard."

Most of the big-name manufacturers have a series like this in their catalogue: 720p, one screen size, and considerably cheaper than the rest of the line-up. Panasonic's happens to also be 3D and smart, which we weren't expecting. A 50-inch, smart, 3D HDTV at an MSRP of $799 sure seems like a good deal on paper.

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Sections

  1. Introduction
  2. Design
  3. Tour & Design
  4. Connectivity
  5. Performance
  6. Picture Quality
  7. Screen Performance
  8. Audio
  9. Power Consumption
  10. Calibration
  11. 3D
  12. 3D Effect
  13. Software & Internet
  14. Apps & Internet Features
  15. Software & Interface
  16. Conclusion
  17. Photo Gallery
  18. Ratings & Specs
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