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Panasonic TH-50PX60U

50" high-definition plasma TV

18 Reviews

Item # 13350PX60U

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To enjoy cinematic scale and impact in a home theater, the 50" screen size is becoming the "sweet spot." And top-performing plasma TVs like Panasonic's TH-50PX60U deliver clear, vivid pictures that can entertain a roomful of movie buffs. DVDs look simply spectacular on this set.

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To enjoy cinematic scale and impact in a home theater, the 50" screen size is becoming the "sweet spot." And top-performing plasma TVs like Panasonic's TH-50PX60U deliver clear, vivid pictures that can entertain a roomful of movie buffs. DVDs look simply spectacular on this set.

If you're tired of just hearing about how great HDTV is, the TH-50PX60U can receive digital high-definition signals via over-the-air broadcasts — virtually every U.S. household is within range of at least one local digital signal. If you subscribe to cable or satellite TV service, be sure to request an HD-capable set-top receiver from your service provider. Then, simply connect the receiver to the TH-50PX60U using either the component video or HDMI inputs and enjoy the clarity, detail, and vivid colors of HDTV.

Panasonic's latest plasma panel technology raises the all-important contrast ratio to a remarkable 10,000:1. That means you'll see deeper blacks and more realistic shadow detail. Panasonic also found a way to eliminate "false contouring" — a form of picture distortion that makes the transitions between different shades of the same color appear too sharp and abrupt, giving scenes an artificially layered look. The TH-50PX60U can reproduce up to 29 billion colors in total, with over 3,000 shades of gradation. Images look seamlessly smooth and filmlike, with beautifully natural skin tones and that elusive looking-through-a-window sense of three-dimensionality.

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Large Item Special Shipping: This item will be delivered and placed in any accessible room in your home. Available to physical addresses in 50 United States only. Limited delivery available to Alaska and Hawaii for $99 per item — call 1-888-955-6000 for more details. Sorry, we can't ship to P.O. Boxes or freight forwarders. Delivery takes 5-7 business days once your order has been processed. Extra charges may apply to items that must be carried up more than 5 flights of stairs. Allow extra time for delivery to remote addresses. Free return shipping not available with this model.

Product Highlights:

  • 50" widescreen HDTV (16:9 aspect ratio)
  • built-in digital (ATSC) and analog (NTSC) tuners for over-the-air TV broadcasts (antenna required)
  • built-in QAM cable TV tuner receives unscrambled programs without a set-top box (cable service required)
  • 1366 x 768 pixels
  • 10,000:1 contrast ratio
  • 160°(H) x 160°(V) viewing angle
  • Sub Pixel Controller video processing
  • built-in stereo speakers (10 watts x 2)
  • multibrand remote control
  • 7 A/V inputs, including:
    • 3 composite video (2 rear, 1 front)
    • 3 S-video (2 rear, 1 front)
    • 2 component video (accepts 1080i/720p/480p/480i signals)
    • 2 HDMI digital audio/video inputs
  • RF input for antenna/cable signals
  • optical digital audio output for Dolby® Digital
  • SD™ memory card slot for viewing digital photos
  • Energy Star® compliant
  • detachable stand (stand "footprint" is 32-1/8"W x 14-1/2"D)
  • wall-mountable (bracket not included)
  • 47-5/8"W x 32-1/8"H x 3-3/4"D (34-5/8"H x 14-1/2"D on stand)
  • weight: 88.2 lbs. (without stand)
  • long-life panel (60,000 hours)
  • warranty: 1 year parts & labor — in-home service
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee

What's in the Box:

  • 50" Widescreen Plasma TV
  • EUR7737Z20 Wireless remote control
  • 2 "AA" batteries
  • 6.5' AC power cord
  • Pedestal base
  • 2 Pedestal poles
  • 4 Black M5 x 30mm Machine screws (with flat washers and lock washers attached)
  • 4 Silver M5 x 20mm Machine screws (with flat washers and lock washers attached)
  • 2 Safety bands
  • 2 Safety clamps
  • Two M4 x 12mm Safety band screws
  • Two 7/8" Wood screws
  • 2 Plastic cable clamps
  • F type antenna adapter for 5C-2V
  • Operating Instructions (English/Spanish/French)
  • Product Registration card
  • Panasonic Customer Care Plan card (extended service plan)
  • Club Panasonic information card
  • Notice about Downloadable US Region Rating System

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Panasonic TH-50PX60U Reviews

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(18 Reviews)

Excellent price but firmware has issues

Jason from Jacksonville, FL on 4/29/2008

We purchased the TH-50PX60U last year, it was very reasonably priced. The picture quality was excellent. This unit does use more electricity than comparable models. Their is a second HDMI input but it doesn't pass Audio. After 12 months the TH-50PX60U became unresponsive. The only button that works is the power button. You can't change channels/volume or inputs. It seems Panasonic has firmware issues with the EEPROM requiring expensive repairs. A call to Panasonic support was not helpful, they recommended a repair facility more than 50 miles away.



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Robert from Helena Montana on 2/19/2007

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In general the TV is fine. Picture quality is good, but it's no Sony. It looks very good compared to the 56" rear projection I replaced.<BR><BR>4 things I don't like. The remote is a pain to operate, the sound quality of the speakers is terrible, the picture aspect defaults everytime you turn it off and it gets way HOT. <BR><BR>The customer service at Crutchfield is, as always, a 5.



Glad I got this one...

Chuck from Gerrardstown, WV on 2/6/2007

This is a great Plasma TV period!! I did a lot of shopping around for the best in quality, price, and performance. Crutchfield and Panasonic delivered on all counts. IMHO you can't go wrong with this set, it looks good and sounds good right out of the box. Cable and speaker upgrades are on the way, and I can hardly wait.<BR>



Absolutely Fantastic

Robert from Denver, CO on 1/26/2007

This Plasma is amazing. The color, detail, depth, all of it is fantastic after changing to the calibrated settings. I recommend this TV to anyone who wants to get the most from their HD and SD experience. HD material (Comcast and HDDVD) was stunning. DVD's looked really good. And SD looked respectable enough to watch. <BR><BR>I orignially purchased a samsung 5086w and was not happy with the contrast or the textured screen. Also, I happened to see the color separation, or rainbows. I exchanged the TV for the Plasma and I had a smile from ear to ear for hours while watching it.<BR><BR>I definitely recommend purchasing this Panasonic Plasma.



Your search is over.

Roger from Overland Park, Kansas on 1/23/2007

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I did several hours of due diligence on plasma VS LCD and then on the different plasma manufacturers. I decided on plasma because of the truer colors and deeper blacks and because this technology is further along than LCD. This tv is Panasonic's ninth generation panel. I also could not find any review of this model where the owner was not satisfied.<BR><BR>Once you have your tv hooked up (HDMI preferably) then make the following adjustments and the picture will be the best you can get. Set the picture mode to standard, picture to +22, brightness to +8, color to <BR>-1, tint to -4, sharpness to -14, color temperature to warm and enhanced black level to off. That's it. You now have the calibrated settings for the best picture. You may want to tweak for you own personal use but these settings have proven optimal. Enjoy your tv and know you got a great deal and product from Crutchfield.



Great Picture

Gabriel from Austin, TX on 1/14/2007

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Like most buyers, I spent the time comparing units and reading reviews before deciding on this plasma. This unit is absolutely stunning when viewing with an off air antenna HD channel. DVDs also look great when displayed in 480p (I'm running it through component video). The picture out of the box needs some tweaking though as it is set to Vivid to stand out on the showroom floor. These are the optimal settings I found (Picture mode - Standard, Picture +22, Brightness +8, Color -1, Tint -4, Sharpness -14, Color Temp Warm). I've heard issues with fan noise on some of the cheaper plasmas, but that is not a problem on this unit. Very happy and no buyer remorse here. Thanks to Crutchfield for excellent service!



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Maranos from Rockland, NY on 10/13/2006

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Just received last week and still in break-in period so final adjustments haven't been made. Having said that, hi-def TV and upconverted DVDs look incredible! SD leaves a bit to be desired though. VERY happy I opted for this set rather than keep waiting for Westinghouse LCD. Will definetly shop again.



Great TV

Belter from Los Angeles on 9/26/2006

I must have researched Plasmas for over a year, and am glad I settled on this one. You cannot beat the value on this TV. It sits in a brightly lit room, and performs perfectly. The first unit shipped to me I did not open up until the installer arrived, and found the screen had cracks. Not a problem. Crutchfield, shipped a new TV, and had the bad one picked up with no questions asked. Great customer service that I doubt I would have received if I bought locally.



Talk about More bang for your buck, this is it. Outstanding

Tracy from Long Beach, Ca on 7/30/2006

Wow, after looking and researching (and yes reading opions like this) I gathered my info and went to see for my self, and this Plasma definetly stood out. A lot of bang for the buck as well. I stood and compared it to other tvs and The picture was crystal clear could see no pixalation at all, while I could in the others. Great picture for both HD and Standard definition. I had the sales man put diferent sources into the tv to watch different things and this TV clearly stood out. I am very Happy with mine. When you compare even look at other types, This one overall was just not matched.



Even my wife loves it...

Robert from Dublin, OH on 7/21/2006

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When my wife commented on how fantastic this TV is, I knew I'd made the right decision (she never notices/cares about these things). If you can spring for the 50" screen, DO IT! In a room where I sit 15-20 feet from the TV, I can't imagine anything smaller than what I now have. The picture is adequate with regular broadcasts, but you don't spend $3000 on a HD plasma and not get HD. Broadcasts in HD BLOW YOU AWAY. Discover Channel HD has a program, Dinosaur Planet that makes you feel like you are walking the earth millions of years ago. I can't help from commenting on it every time my 5 year old son watches it. I still giggle like a child when I watch Game of the Week replays on the NFL Channel (I can't wait for football season!). I thought the sound was great prior to hooking up my home theatre system. In surround sound mode, I actually felt like there were rear speakers hooked up. Not sure if the layout of our family room had anything to do with that or not. Once I hooked up my receiver (Pioneer)and speakers(Polk Audio RM6900), I thought I had died and gone to heaven. Regular DVD's are excellent (Incredibles is awesome) even without upconversion. The only complaint I have is that the local freight company who delivered the tv sent only 1 guy, who didn't know how to set it up. Good thing I was there, as I ended up doing all the work while the nice gentleman stood by and watched. I must admit that I was too excited to have finally received it than to worry about it. It has been 3 months since purchasing this and I have never had a moment of buyer's remorse. Unfortunately, I gained 20 lbs from watching so much tv that I'm now on the South Beach Diet.



Very nice Sharp Picture

Bill from Danville CA on 5/31/2006

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I waited a long time to buy a 50in Plasma. I looked at just about every Plasma around. I was in a sports bar and they had a 50in Samsung next to 50in Panasonic.<BR>The Panasonic blew it out of the water. I purched the 50in Plasma Panasonic. The picture is great even with some glair from my glass window. I also saved about $400 because I purchased it online from Crutchfields. Delivery was very good they called me with a 1 hour window so I did not have to take a day off work. Some deliveries have a 4 hour window. I am very happy with my purchase.<BR><BR>Good Luck to you.<BR><BR>




Keat from Danville, CA on 5/23/2006

I received my 50PX60U plasma TV in mid-April. Three days ago, I noticed that approx. a 5 inches length of the top right corner of the screen does not display an image (it is black with a blue tint along the edge).<BR><BR>The rest of the display is beautiful. I am disappointed with the quality. Waiting for the Panasonic Tech Support to take a look at it.



Awesome HD Picture

Ed A from Long Island, NY on 4/27/2006

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I have to give this TV five stars because the picture is absolutely incredible when watching a true HD broacast... BUT I have to say that I am not nealy as impressed with the picture when playing a DVD and Im quite dissapointed in the standard TV picture. But I guess I cant blame these things on the Panasonic. Because it is so incredibly sharp and vibrant with HD I would have to say that the poor standard TV picture is due to a few factors. One, the screen is 50" so any picture that is less than perfect has to look sharper on the 32" Sony I had before this. Plus I assume that with the plasma's high resolution and detail, poorer quality pictures will show their imperfections more... I guess... By the way, when shopping for plasmas I almost decided not to buy the Panasonic because although the ones set up in the stores were certainly bright and vibrant compared to other brands, I noticed that the Panasonics had this strange painted look to the picture when you got up close. An almost cartoonish posterized quality which I found to be a huge turnoff. Well fortunately there was a remote handy and I found that the Panasonics default to a 'vivid' setting. I cant understand why anyone would want it on that setting. As soon as I changed it to 'standard' mode, the strange posterized effect went away and the picture looked great, clearly outperforming the other brands...<BR><BR>One problem I am having though, on some broadcasts I can see horizontal white lines flashing at the very top of the screen. I was told by a friend that its the closed caption coding but that it should be hidden from view. Is anyone else having this problem?



Strongly concur with all the other reviewers

Dave from Northern Virginia on 4/26/2006

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Superb product that will quickly convince the HD skeptics. I decided on plasma given the relative brightness of the room I wanted it in. It was up and running in minutes after the shippers unpacked it. I connected my cable (via the provider-supplied HD cable control box) and followed the intuitive set up menu. No problems. DVDs and high end X-Box games (like Halo 2) really stand out. Even the darkest scenes are alive with details heretofore unnoticed when we viewed it on our previous HD-ready TV. <BR><BR>No buyer's remorse here!




David from Buffalo, NY on 4/18/2006

I have done a lot of homework on Plasma's and LCD's. I just didn't think the LCD's produce blacks very well and at this point 50" plasma is cheaper than the 46" that are available now. <BR><BR>I haven't come across a negative review on Panasonic yet, other than "I wish I went with the larger screen". I was going with the 42" and I'm so glad I didn't. If you can swing for the 50" go for it!! You will be glad you did.<BR><BR>I use cable tv and the HD content is just amazing!!! The only complaint I wish there were more HD content available, NOW. :)<BR><BR>This display produce great blacks! One of the things I was amazed about was the sound quality. I was buying this strictly for picture quality. If you don't have a sound system don't fret the sound on this unit is GREAT!<BR><BR><BR>Having the 2 HDMI's are great to have too. The remote is layed out very well and big buttons, easy to read/see. The menu is very simply to navigate through. <BR><BR>No complaints VERY happy with this make/model plasma. :)




Dave from New York on 4/17/2006

After seeing this TV at a friends house, it floored me to the point that as soon as I got home I placed an order. The realism in the picture quality and the clarity of the image will leave you in awe. The 10,000:1 contrast ratio pulls the image right off the screen and into your lap. We watched The Incredibles DVD on it, and seeing is believing. This Pannasonic has changed the way I feel about television and how I feel about Plasma TV. My cable box passes HD signals so I don't care about the cable card slot not being there. I ordered the 50 inch, my friend had the 42 inch and that blew me away, having the 50 inch will just make me smile that much more.




toniehunter from CALIFORNIA on 3/27/2006

The picture of this TV is crystal clear and stunning, and I haven't had HDTV yet! The default setting is good enough and I've not changed anything yet. It has 2 HDMI inputs, but not PC input. You can get a HDMI switch box if you want to connect a PC to this TV. It has no cable card slot but who cares. I don't use Cable TV anyway.<BR><BR>The sound is awsome! It lound even when the volumn is at about 25% of max. It has surround sound.<BR><BR>The memory reader is quite slow. I don't use it very often anyway.



Awesome TV Picture and Sound!!!

Richie from Charlotte, NC on 3/27/2006

First thing - The Hi-Def on this Baby looks like you're really there. I found that there was absolutely no need to change any of the settings on this TV. As a 9th Generation Plasma Panel the only difference between this TV and the "TH-50PX50U" is that it offers Contrast of 10,000:1 instead of 3,000:1 and this one is supposedly an "Energy Saver". Which is strange because when you compare the two the wattage on the TH-50PX50U is 525 watts and this one is only 515 watts. A difference of only 10 watts! Anyway what was really nice was that it's almost 15 pounds lighter than it's predecessor. Which helped installation on a credenza's flat panel a Breeze! <BR><BR>The Screen images and sound on this "New Toy" is just incredible! Even though I'm using a Home Theatre System (Onkyo Receiver with Definitive Speakers) when watching movies, the Speakers on this thing at 20 watts x2 had pretty decent sound when watching regular TV. <BR><BR>So if you're in the Market for a Superb Flat Panel Hi-Def TV, then check it out for image/price comparisons. You won't regret it!!!




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29 Billion Colors: From deep blacks providing excellent shadow detail to vibrant colors rendering brilliantly bright scenes, the TH-50PX60U displays an incredible 29 billion colors.

3072 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 3072 shades of gradation helps minimize the false contouring artifact so color transitions take on a smooth, natural appearance.

HDTV Tuner: The TV has built-in ATSC and QAM HDTV tuners, so you don't have to purchase a separate digital set-top box to receive and decode over-the-air HDTV/SDTV or non-encrypted high definition cable signals.

Native Resolution: The TH-50PX60U has a display resolution of 1366 x 768. All incoming signals are converted to this native resolution. The Digital input and component video inputs will accept 1080i, 720p, 480p, and 480i, and will display them as 1366 x 768.

Progressive Scan Doubler: The progressive scan doubler displays a full frame of video in 1/60th of a second by de-interlacing the incoming video signal and progressively scanning the image. This scan doubler also provides even more image enhancement by improving the quality of diagonal lines in a moving picture.

Aspect Modes: Depending on the input signal, you can choose one of the following aspect modes:

  • 4:3: displays a 4:3 picture at its standard size with gray bars along the sides
  • Zoom: magnifies the picture uniformly (vertically and horizontally), so the top and bottom are cut off (recommended for letter box sources)
  • Full: stretches the picture horizontally to fill the screen (recommended for anamorphic sources)
  • Just: stretches a 4:3 picture to fill the screen but with aspect correction applied to the sides of the screen so that elongation is only apparent at the left and right edges of the screen (recommended for normal TV broadcasts)
  • H-Fill: enlarges the 4:3 picture horizontally to fill the screen, the side edges are cut off

Zoom Adjust: You can adjust vertical size and image position using the zoom adjust feature.

Picture Mode: You can choose one of the following picture modes:

  • Vivid: provides enhanced contrast and sharpness when viewing in a well lit room
  • Standard: recommended for normal viewing conditions with subdued room lighting
  • Cinema: for watching movies in a dark room, provides a soft, film-like picture

Picture Adjustment: Several picture settings can be individually adjusted, including Picture (white areas), Brightness (dark areas), Color, Tint, Sharpness, and Color Temperature.

Video NR: Video Noise Reduction removes snow from a weaker analog TV signal.

MPEG NR: MPEG Noise Reduction reduces noise specific to digital signals.

3D-Y/C Digital Comb Filter: This filter minimizes noise and cross-color in the picture when the composite video input is used.

Color Matrix: When viewing a signal input through the component video inputs, this TV will automatically optimize the color parameters based on the color matrix setting:

  • SD: standard analog TV
  • HD: high definition TV
  • 480p: only 480 line progressive signal accepted, no SDTV

Surround Function: The surround function enhances audio response when listening to stereo programming. This function is active only for the TV's built-in speakers.

Audio Leveler: The Audio Leveler monitors the difference in audio levels between inputs and minimizes the change in volume when you change inputs.

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 Timer: 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).

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).

Channel Label: Each programmed channel can be labeled. The name can be up to seven characters.

Input Skip: If an input's label is set to skip, that input isn't selected when toggling through inputs with the TV/Video button.

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:

  • Off: nothing is locked
  • All: all channels are locked
  • Game: channels 3 and 4 and the video inputs are locked
  • CH: locks specific channels

SD Card Slot: The SD card slot on the front of the TH-50PX60U allows you to view JPEG photos on an SD or miniSD card. An adapter is required to use a miniSD card. You can rotate images and show them individually or as a slide show, with adjustable picture duration.

Parental Control: This TV incorporates V-Chip technology, allowing you to set a viewing limitation based on the TV and movie ratings. The limitation is customized to specific industry ratings. The control is accessed and protected by the 4-digit password.

HDAVI Control: Some new Panasonic source units which have an HDMI output also have the HDAVI Control feature. This further integrates and simplifies the system control using the TV's remote.

Remote Control

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, cable boxes, and DBS receivers. The OK button and directional keys allow you to move the on-screen selector, making menu navigation simple and efficient.

Inputs and Outputs Notes

HDMI Inputs: The HDMI 1 input has a dedicated RCA audio input, HDMI 2 uses the RCA audio input of A/V input 2 if needed. The HDMI terminals can accommodate a copy-protected digital connection (HDCP) to other devices (such as digital set-top boxes) that have compatible interfaces. When using an adapter to connect a component with a DVI output, the RCA jacks are used to carry the audio signal.

Component Video Inputs: The two component video inputs will accept 1080i, 720p, 480p and 480i input.

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 PCM bit stream is output.

Front Panel Input: A/V input 3 on the front panel includes left and right RCA audio, RCA composite video, and S-video connections.

Wall Mounting

Wall Mounting: On the back of the TV there are four threaded inserts to attach a wall mount bracket. The inserts require M8 bolts and the spacing is 25.875" wide x 12.5" tall.

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