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Panasonic TH-50PZ77U

50" 1080p plasma HDTV

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Item # 13350PZ77

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Our take on the Panasonic TH-50PZ77U

This 50" plasma produces a smooth, vibrant picture with lifelike detail and depth. The Panasonic TH-50PZ77U features a gorgeous 1080p panel that makes the most of today's best high-def sources. And it can display more than 68 billion colors in total, with over 4,000 shades of gradation. Images look seamlessly filmlike, with beautifully natural skin tones. Plus, a special anti-glare filter reduces distracting reflections from room lights.

This 50" plasma produces a smooth, vibrant picture with lifelike detail and depth. The Panasonic TH-50PZ77U features a gorgeous 1080p panel that makes the most of today's best high-def sources. And it can display more than 68 billion colors in total, with over 4,000 shades of gradation. Images look seamlessly filmlike, with beautifully natural skin tones. Plus, a special anti-glare filter reduces distracting reflections from room lights.

Why 1080p matters
If you look at all of the high-definition programs available from broadcast, cable, and satellite TV sources, you'll find that most of them use 1080i format — 1920 x 1080 pixels. The TH-50PZ77U's screen is a pixel-perfect match so you won't miss any details. By comparison, "720p" plasmas must downconvert 1080i signals, throwing away a significant amount of picture information. The downconverted image still looks crisp and clear, but there's definitely less fine detail.

Built-in HD tuners
The TH-50PZ77U's built-in analog/digital tuner can pull in every type of over-the-air TV broadcast, including gorgeous, free HDTV (antenna required). In addition, the set's "QAM" cable tuner conveniently allows cable TV subscribers to watch most unscrambled channels without the need for a set-top box — including HD channels in many areas.

Clever connections that do more
The generous array of back-panel connections includes two HDMI digital inputs for hooking up the latest high-def components. If you're using other recent Panasonic HDMI-equipped components, the EZ Sync™ control system enables you to operate compatible models — like one of Panasonic's Blu-ray Disc™ players — using only the TV's remote.

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FREE "white glove" in-home delivery: This item will be delivered and placed in any accessible room in your home. Some flat-panel TVs include a pedestal stand that requires assembly by the customer — the delivery crew is not responsible for assembly. White glove service is available to physical addresses in the United States only. Limited delivery to Alaska and Hawaii is available for $99 per item. Sorry, we can't ship to freight forwarders. Delivery takes 5-7 business days once your order has been processed. Please allow extra time to remote addresses. Free return shipping not available with this model. For more details, call 1-888-955-6000.

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)
  • 1920 x 1080 pixels
  • 5000:1 contrast ratio
  • 160°(H) x 160°(V) viewing angle
  • Sub Pixel Controller video processing
  • anti-glare filter reduces reflections
  • built-in side-mounted stereo speakers (10 watts x 2)
  • multibrand remote control
  • EZ-Sync remote control networking system (HDMI-CEC)
  • picture settings memory for each video input
  • 7 A/V inputs, including:
    • 3 composite video (2 rear, 1 side)
    • 3 S-video (2 rear, 1 side)
    • 2 component video (accepts signals up to 1080i)
    • 2 HDMI v1.3 (accepts signals up to 1080p)
  • RF input for antenna/cable signals
  • optical digital audio output for Dolby® Digital
  • side SD™ memory card slot for digital photo playback
  • Energy Star® compliant
  • detachable stand (stand "footprint" is 28-3/4"W x 14-5/8"D)
  • wall-mountable (bracket not included)
  • 52-1/8"W x 29-3/4"H x 4-1/2"D (31-5/8"H x 14-5/8"D on stand)
  • weight: 111.3 lbs. with stand; 94.8 lbs. without stand
  • extra-long-life panel (100,000 hours)
  • warranty: 1 year parts & labor — in-home service or pick-up for service
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee

What's in the Box:

  • 50" Widescreen Plasma TV
  • Wireless remote control (N2QAYB000100)
  • 2 "AA" batteries
  • 6.5' AC power cord
  • F type antenna adapter for 5C-2V
  • Pedestal base
  • 2 Pedestal poles
  • 4 Machine screws (M5 x 16mm)
  • 4 Machine screws (M5 x 30mm)
  • Two 1/2" bolts
  • 2 Wood screws
  • 4 Cable ties
  • 2 Cable clamps
  • 2 Safety straps
  • Operating Instructions (English/Spanish/French)
  • HD setup guide (English/Spanish/French)
  • Plasma Concierge brochure
  • Product Registration card
  • Panasonic Customer Care Plan card (extended service plan)

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Panasonic TH-50PZ77U Reviews

Average Customer Review(s):

(7 Reviews)

Panasonic Plasma 77U

Rob from New Paltz, NY on 4/27/2008

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This TV is awesome. Anti glare works good. Picture is amazing. There is one dead pixel on mine (out of 2 million) and I thought of returning it, but you can't see it unless you are closer than 2 feet away. And I sit about 15 feet away. Other than that, this TV rocks. Panasonic Plasmas are so much better than LCD's. I have a Samsung LCD downstaris and it has a good picture, but nothing like the plasma. Hook this TV up to a Blu ray player and you will never want to leave your living room.



Great Buy!

Sean from Reno, NV on 3/27/2008

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Got this delivered and set it up easily. Currently have this hooked up to good old rabbit ears and I'm able to get local digital channels crystal clear. Also have it hooked up to DirecTV, but not HDTV signal. This is coming after a move in June. The only drawback is that I haven't figured out how to keep the aspect the same after I turn the TV off. So, each time I must set teh aspect for my enjoyment.




Coyote60 from Elko, Nevada on 2/24/2008

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I am impressed with the quality, picture and sound of the set. But more than that I am TOTALY impressed with the way Crutchfield took care of me. The local shipping company has a hard time keeping help, so delivery was less than satisfactory. Crutchfield went the extra mile to replace the set and insure it's operation after the first set was damaged. Thank You Crutchfield



Best pasma deal I've found

Ryan from Los Angeles, CA on 2/14/2008

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Had this Panasonic TH-50PZ77U for two weeks now, and I can say I'm absolutely satisfied. When watching Dish HD at 1080i, there is some slight uneveness with background gradations...but i think that's more an issue with the Dish signal. When watching Blu-Ray discs, the picture is truly stunning. Out of the box, the Toshiba is set to "Vivid" which is way too high in brightness and contrast. But the preset "Standard" setting is perfect for daytime TV viewing. The screen coating also does a respectable job at reducing glare...not as well as an LCD screen, but bettert than any other plasma I cross-shopped. All-in-all, it was a good purchase.



Get Set, Anti-Glare works well

Christopher from Aurora, IL on 2/12/2008

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After looking at the specs of almost every 1080p plasma, I ended up settling on this one after my wife pointed out the anti-glare compared to the normal plasma screens. Though this set is mounted in a basement, there is still enough glare from rear can lights that would have been an issues with the mirror like finish of most sets, but this set mutes the glare enough you never even notice. Some say this cause some loss of brightness, but to me the picture looks great. Blu-rays are incredible, and even SD pictures come in pretty clear. The aspect ratio you can select work great for those programs broadcast in lower resolutions. Most annoying this is the clock and calender are reset if power is interrupted. Almost would like to have it on a UPS for the 1-3 second brown outs. Anyway, great setfor a great price.



Stop Shopping

Bill from New York, NY on 2/11/2008

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Don't waste your time looking further. This set is the best bang for the buck, you can't do better. You may be able to spend more money, that's easy, but whatever you may be spending your money on, you will not be able to see or hear. You might be able to feel: 3 HDMI's instead of 2, but that's it. Unless you're a techie geek and have lots of test equipment so as to distinguish a few minor things about this set that might make some minor feature of another set 'better', you can't! The picture is superb - out of the box, and if you take a minute to change the factory setting to a less bright/contrasty picture, you'll be sharing your dinner with the people on the screen as they will seem to be right with you in your room. Don't let the fact that Crutchfield may be just slightly more expensive, if at all, than any other place - though it's probably less expensive than most. Their delivery, follow through and tech support are incomparable. You will need some tech support, and they walk you through whatever you need. Don't delay, get it today!



Panasonic TH-50PZ77U

Marty from Connecticut on 1/16/2008

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

This was my first purchase from Crutchfield, and I couldn't be more pleased. The product is terrific, and the advice and customer service was outstanding. The TV was easy to install on the wall, and the picture quality is the best I have ever seen. Crutchfield must be the LL Bean of the electronics world in terms of insuring customer satisfaction, and after visiting the big box store in my area, I am glad I ordered from them. No one tried to sell me something I didn't need, the price was better, and I didn't have to horse around with the TV at a store or worry about damaging the set (it is fairly heavy), because it was delivered right to the room where I was installing it at no additional charge. Thanks.




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Plasma Panel: The TH-50PZ77U has a contrast ratio up to 5000:1 and an anti-glare filter.

High Definition Tuner: With built-in HDTV tuners for over-the-air (ATSC) and unencrypted cable signals (QAM), you don't have to purchase a separate digital set-top box to receive and decode HDTV/SDTV signals.

68.7 Billion Colors: From deep blacks providing excellent shadow detail to vibrant colors rendering brilliantly bright scenes, the TH-50PZ77U displays an incredible 68.7 billion colors.

4,096 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 4,096 shades of gradation helps minimize the false contouring artifact so color transitions take on a smooth, natural appearance.

Native Resolution: The TH-50PZ77U 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.

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 bars along the sides
  • Zoom: magnifies the picture uniformly (vertically and horizontally) to fill the screen, 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 when using the zoom mode.

Picture Modes: 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 darkened room, provides a soft, film-like picture
  • Custom (Photo): adjust picture, brightness, color, tint, and sharpness

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

Color Temperature: This feature selects the level of warm colors (red) and cool colors (blue). You can choose from a Cool, Normal, or Warm setting.

Color Management: When turned on, color management enhances green and blue color reproduction. This is especially useful for outdoor scenes.

Black Level: You can adjust the TV's black level to Dark or Light.

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

Block NR:Reduces the block noise specific to digital signals.

Mosquito: Reduces HDTV flicker noise in the contoured sections of an image.

Digital Comb Filter: The motion adaptive 3D-YC comb 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 definition TV
  • HD: high definition TV
  • 480p: only 480 line progressive signal accepted

HD Size: This mode selects between 95% or 100% for the scanning area of the HDTV. This allows you to move any edge noise out of the viewable area.

EZ Sync:EZ Sync 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.

SD Card Slot: The SD card slot on the side-panel of the TH-50PZ77U allows you to view JPEG photos from an SD, SDHC or miniSD card. An adapter is required to use a miniSD card. 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.

GalleryPlayer:GalleryPlayer allows you to view high-definition art and photography purchased on or downloaded to an SD card. GalleryPlayer provides pre-loaded SD cards with copy-protected imagery and images for download to your computer that can be saved on an SD card for display on your television.

AI Sound: This audio feature equalizes the overall volume levels across all the channels and external inputs.

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. This function is active only for the TV's built-in speakers.

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.

  • Analog:
    • CC1-4: displays information related to pictures (appears at bottom of screen)
    • T1-4: displays textual information (appears over entire screen)
  • Digital: The digital Closed Caption menu lets you configure the way you choose to view the digital captions when viewing a digital station with (CC). You can adjust size, font, style, foreground, opacity, background and outline settings.

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).

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.

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:

  • Off: nothing is locked
  • All: all channels and external inputs are locked
  • Game: channels 3 and 4 and the video inputs are locked
  • Channel: locks up to seven specific channels
  • Program: block programs based on their TV or movie rating

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 (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 EZ Sync feature.

Input And Output 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 copy-protected digital signals (HDCP) from 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. 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.

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

SD Card Slot: The television features a side 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 4GB, SD cards up to 2GB, and miniSD cards up to 1GB (miniSD cards require a miniSD card adapter).


Pedestal Base: The TH-50PZ77U includes a pedestal base for cabinet-top mounting. With the pedestal base the TV weighs 111.3 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 and vertical hole spacing is 25-7/8" and 12-1/2" respectively. Without the pedestal base attached the TV weighs 94.8 pounds.

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