46" VIERA® 1080p plasma HDTV
Item #: 13346PZ850
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Original Price: $1,499.99
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Item #: 13346PZ850
This item is no longer available.
Original Price: $1,499.99
The "PZ850" series sits at the top of Panasonic's impressive plasma HDTV line. The 46-inch TH-46PZ850U is one of the most advanced flat-panel TVs in its size range, offering ultra-precise performance and picture adjustments that will please the most demanding videophiles.
Picture controls to suit both novice and expert
HDTV picture quality keeps improving, yet few models display their full potential without a professional calibration. The TH-46PZ850U delivers a gorgeously clean, natural-looking picture without requiring you to make a lot of adjustments. Simply choose the "Studio Reference" picture mode to see colors the way the director originally intended the way they look on reference monitors in editing rooms. A separate "Pro" setting lets you further fine-tune picture controls like brightness, contrast, and tint.
Panasonic's most advanced plasma screen design
The TH-46PZ850U uses Panasonic's most advanced 1080p plasma panel technology. It can reproduce 5,120 shades of gray 25% more than last year's models for naturally seamless colors. Picture contrast is outstanding too, with notably deep black levels. This TV's 24p Cinematic Playback mode optimizes 1080p video from a Blu-ray player it doubles the original playback frame rate to 48 frames per second, just like most theater projectors do. You'll feel even more like you're sitting in a theater.
Have more fun with videos and photos without touching your PC
Panasonic also included direct Internet access, so you can connect the TH-46PZ850U to your broadband Internet connection and use Panasonic's easy VIERA CAST interface to view videos at YouTube and photos at Google's Picasa Web Albums.
And "850-series" plasmas include advanced memory card playback. You can view high-res AVCHD video recorded with one of Panasonic's high-definition SD card camcorders, or display digital photos you save to SD with a digital camera. Simply insert the card into the TV's front-panel slot and sit back while the whole family enjoys beautifully lifelike home movies or the latest vacation pics in the comfort of your living room.
This is the first HD TV I purchased (after 15 years of having the same tube TV) and I was a little disappointed.
I had read all the reviews and everyone raved about it, so I had to get the best plasma for the money, but. I'm sorry, I don't see the hype. It may be a great game TV, I don't know since I'm not a gamer. I really thought this was great until I purchased the Toshiba LCD (which I'm so much happier with). The THX mode is the best picture of all of the choices; however I can't seem to adjust the brightness to be comparable to the Toshiba. The higher the brightness, the more muted the colors look. Warning... the speakers are on the bottom, which I didn't know prior to purchasing it, and I have this TV in a solid cherry armoire, so the
sound rebounds and gets a little muffled. The remote is not so convenient. The most used functions buttons (such as the favorite) are nowhere near the up/down/enter buttons, so I sometimes change the channel down (since it is right above the favorite button) instead of scrolling down to select a favorite channel. Don't get me wrong, it's still a decent TV, but for the price and functionality of a movier (not a gamer), not thrilled with it. Hope this helps.
Right out of the box, this is a beautiful set. The new design looks awesome on a stand or on a wall. Black levels are deep and the color is spectacular. On HDTV and Blu Ray, I am seeing colors in movies I swear weren't there before. I am a big fan of fiddling with the settings, so this set doesn't leave me hanging when I want to meddle in how the picture looks.
Downsides only come up on non HD material and some smaller segments of HD material. Non HD looks a little soft, but that's to be expected. Even still, it's better than most HDTVs. On HD content over blu ray, when you set output to 24 frames per second, there is some flicker in brighter scenes. I knew this from the get-go, but if you set it to 60hz it resolves the problem just with a slightly less smooth picture than you get at 48hz.
All in all, this is an awesome TV. I like the THX PZ800U but this affords you the chance to adjust picture well beyond the scope of the THX TV. Some may not care, but I do. The internet features of this TV don't make a difference to me, but they might to you. I would completely recommend this TV.
|Screen Resolution (pixels)||1920 x 1080|
|Screen Refresh Rate||N/A|
|Instant Internet Movie Streaming||---|
|Picture In Picture||No|
|Parts Warranty||1 Year|
|Labor Warranty||1 Year|
|Type of Warranty Service||In-home|
|Total Video Inputs||8|
|Component Video Inputs||2|
|Composite Video Inputs||1|
|Optical Digital Audio Output||
|Coaxial Digital Audio Output||None|
|Analog Audio Output||
|Estimated Yearly Electricity Use (EnergyGuide)||Not Given|
|Estimated Yearly Energy Cost (EnergyGuide)||Not Given|
|Dimensions & Mounting Information|
|Height with Stand (inches)||31-5/8|
|Height without Stand (inches)||29-1/2|
|Depth with Stand (inches)||15-1/4|
|Depth without Stand (inches)||4-1/8|
|Stand Width (inches)||18|
|Weight with Stand||92.6 lbs|
|Weight without Stand||Not available|
|Wall Bracket Included||No|
|Pedestal Stand||Assembly required|
Built-in Tuners: The TV has both analog (NTSC) and digital (ATSC) tuners, as well as a QAM tuner for unencrypted cable signals. With these built-in tuners, you don't have to purchase a separate digital set-top box to receive and decode HDTV/SDTV signals.
Native Resolution: The TH-46PZ850U has a display resolution of 1920 x 1080. All incoming signals are converted to this native resolution. The HDMI digital and component video inputs will accept 1080i, 720p, 480p, and 480i, and will display them as 1920 x 1080. The HDMI inputs will also accept a 1080p signal.
24p Playback: This TV is capable of displaying film-based video at the frame rate of 24 fps via HDMI. Some Blu-ray and high definition discs offer special 24p frame rate video for most accurate display of film-based material.
Deep Color/x.v.Color Compatible: This unit is compatible with the Deep Color and x.v.Color technology that corresponds with the HDMI Version 1.3 specification. This technology supports higher bit rates and more color possibilities than previous HDTV signals.
Increased Contrast Ratio: The Panasonic TH-46PZ850U Widescreen VIERA plasma 1080p HDTV has an increased native contrast ratio of 30,000:1 and dynamic contrast ratio of 1,000,000:1.
Anti-Reflective Filter: The TV's flat panel features a new AR (anti-reflective) screen coating that acts as a filter to reduce annoying reflections and improve picture quality.
68.7 Billion Colors: From deep blacks providing excellent shadow detail to vibrant colors rendering brilliantly bright scenes, the TH-46PZ850U displays an incredible 68.7 billion colors.
5,120 Shades of Gradation: Plasma displays can suffer from an artifact called false contouring, where transitions between different shades of the same color are too sharp. These transitions can appear as distinct lines between the different shades of color. Having 5,120 shades of gradation helps minimize the false contouring artifact so color transitions take on a smooth, natural appearance.
Aspect Modes: Depending on the input signal, you can choose one of the following aspect modes:
Picture Menu: The Menu list allows you to make the following adjustments in picture quality:
Anti-Image Retention Features: The TV's Pixel Orbiter feature helps to prevent image retention (burn-in) by shifting the display image. You can set the feature to automatic or force, and designate the time interval for the "Force" setting as 1, 2, 3, or 4. You can also change the brightness of the side bars that appear in 4:3 mode, or start a scrolling white vertical bar across the screen to prevent burn-in.
VIERA Link: VIERA Link HDAVI Control lets you operate all of your Panasonic "HDAVI Control" compatible home theater components connected by HDMI by pressing a single button on your TV's remote control. Panasonic equipment with the "HDAVI Control" function enables the following operations: Automatic input switching, Power on link, Power off link, Speaker control, and One-touch theater playback. Equipment with HDAVI Control 2 (or more) function enables the following operations: Providing the setting information, Automatic lip-sync function, and Direct TV recording. Note: VIERA Link is the new name for "EZ Sync."
VIERA Cast: Using the television's rear-panel RJ-45 Ethernet port you can access select internet services (TV content) from the television via the Internet. VIERA Cast is a web menu that's built into the television, letting you enjoy great online entertainment like YouTube videos and your digital photos on Picasa Web Albums. You can also get instant weather updates as well as the latest financial information from Bloomberg Television. In addition, the VIERA Cast menu will self-update as soon as new online content becomes available.
Note: VIERA Cast requires a Broadband high-speed Internet service no less than 1.5 Mbps.
SD Card Slot: The SD card slot on the front-panel of the TH-46PZ850U allows you to view JPEG photos from an SD, SDHC or miniSD card. An adapter is required to use a miniSD card. The maximum capacity for each type of media are: SDHC (16GB), SD Card (2GB), miniSD card (1GB). You can view images as thumbnails (up to 12 images), view them individually allowing you to rotate the image 90-degrees clockwise or counter-clockwise or view them as a slide show, with adjustable picture duration. You can adjust the time duration for the slide show between 1-10 seconds, 15, 20, 30, 45, 60, or 120 seconds. You can also adjust the TV's picture settings for your still photos.
Audio Menu: In addition to bass, treble, and balance, the TV's audio menu includes the following advanced features:
Closed Caption: The television includes a built-in decoder that is capable of providing a text display of the audio. The program being viewed must be transmitting Closed Caption (CC) information. The TV features analog and digital close captions:
Input Labels: Each input can be labeled to reflect the source connected. The label options are Skip, VCR, DVD, Cable, DBS, PVR, Game, Aux, and (blank). If "Skip" is selected, the TV/Video button will skip the input.
Station Caption: You change a channel's station name to a custom seven character name.
Favorite Channels: Channel numbers can be registered as Favorites and displayed in the TV's Favorite Tune menu for easier access.
Sleep Timer: This television features a built-in sleep timer, set by remote control, that turns the TV off automatically after 30, 60, or 90 minutes.
Programmable On/Off Timers: The programmable timers allow you to program the TV set to turn itself on and off at designated times, on designated days, tuned to designated channels. Up to 5 events can be programmed using the timers. An event can have multiple episodes (Daily, Mon-Fri, Every Wed, etc).
Lock: The Lock function has four settings to block viewing of particular channels or inputs. You create a 4-digit password that's required to bypass the lock. The available settings are:
Automatic Shut-Off Function: The television is equipped with the following automatic shut-off functions to conserve energy.
Multibrand Remote: The supplied remote is pre-programmed to operate this unit and a number of functions on other brands of components; including VCRs, DVD players, DVD recorders, personal video recorders (PVR), cable boxes, combination cable box/PVRs, DBS receivers, and combination DBS receiver/PVRs. The OK button and directional keys allow you to move the on-screen selector, making menu navigation simple and efficient. The remote control will also operate certain functions of Panasonic equipment with "HDAVI Control" connected by HDMI automatically through the TV's VIERA Link feature.
HDMI Inputs: The TH-46PZ850U has 3 rear-panel HDMI inputs and 1 front-panel HDMI input. All of the HDMI terminals can accommodate copy-protected digital signals (HDCP) from other devices (such as digital set-top boxes) that have compatible interfaces. All of the HDMI inputs can be used with an HDMI-to-DVI adapter and the left and right RCA audio jacks or 3.5mm stereo jack (for the audio portion of the signal) from the Component 1, Component 2, Video 1, Video 2 or PC input of the TV if necessary. The front-panel HDMI input does not support HDMI-to-DVI conversion. The HDMI inputs will accept 1080p, 1080i, 720p, 480p, and 480i inputs.
Component Video Inputs: The two component video inputs will accept 1080i, 720p, 480p, and 480i inputs.
Digital Audio Out: The rear-panel optical digital output allows you to send a Dolby Digital bit stream to a Dolby Digital receiver or decoder. If the program doesn't include a Dolby Digital soundtrack, a 2-channel PCM bit stream is output.
PC Input: The TV is equipped with an RGB (15-pin D-Sub) input for connecting your PC. A 3.5mm mini-jack is provided for PC audio.
LAN Port: RJ-45 (10BASE-T/100BASE-TX) Ethernet port for connecting your home network to the television.
RS232C Port: D-sub 9-pin port for external control of the television by a PC. Your connected computer will require software which allows ending and receiving of control data through its Serial port. You computer will need to meet the following parameters.
Front Panel Input: The TV's front-panel input includes an HDMI input, left and right RCA audio connections, RCA composite video, and S-video connections.
SD Card Slot: The television features a front panel SD-card slot for viewing JPEG images stored on an optional SD-card (sold separately). The SD-card slot is compatible with SDHC cards up to 16GB, SD cards up to 2GB, and miniSD cards up to 1GB (miniSD cards require a miniSD card adapter).
Pedestal Base: The TH-46PZ850U includes a pedestal base for cabinet-top mounting. The base comes unassembled, and unattached to the TV, so assembly is required. With the pedestal base the TV weighs 92.6 pounds.
Wall Mounting: On the back of the TV are four threaded inserts to attach an optional wall mount bracket. The inserts require M8 (8mm) machine screws, the horizontal hole spacing is 26" and a vertical hole spacing of 12-5/8". Without the pedestal base attached, the TV weighs 83.8 pounds.
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