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Panasonic TC-P55ST50

Panasonic TC-P55ST50
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Samsung UN55ES8000

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CNET editors' rating
Editors' choice 4.5 stars Spectacular
    Overall score: 9.2 (4.5 stars)
3.0 stars Good
    Overall score: 6.6 (3.0 stars)
3.0 stars Good
    Overall score: 6.5 (3.0 stars)
Average user rating 3.5 stars out of 14 reviews 4.5 stars out of 3 reviews 3.5 stars out of 2 reviews
Release date January 10, 2012 March 15, 2012 January 10, 2012
The Bottom Line With flagship-level picture quality for a midlevel price, the Panasonic ST50 series sets the value standard among videophile-grade TVs. Although it hits plenty of high points, the Samsung UNES8000 LED TV cannot ultimately justify its high price. The Samsung UNES6500 is a well-featured midrange television with good color but otherwise ho-hum picture quality and value.

Basic specs

Features See What's the Same or What's different
Plasma panel technology Panasonic 15th Generation Plasma Panel
Info unavailable Info unavailable
Widescreen modes Full
Conventional 4:3
Just
Zoom
Info unavailable Info unavailable
Internet streaming services Skype
FOX sports
SHOUTcast
AccuWeather
VIERA Connect
Hulu Plus
MLB.tv
Pandora
YouTube
Skype
Smart Hub
Addtional features 2D to 3D conversion
Infinite Black Pro Panel
Faster-switching phosphor panel
Web browser
Samsung Smart Content and Signature service
Samsung Smart Hub
Smart Evolution
Full Web Browser w/ Dual Core Processing
Ultra clear panel
Eco Sensor
Game mode
BD Wise
Anynet Plus
AllShare Play
0.2-inch thin bezel
2D to 3D conversion
ConnectShare Movie
Wide Color Enhancer Plus
Down Firing + Full Range speaker
Samsung Smart Content and Signature service
Samsung Smart Hub
Integrated web browser
SRS TheaterSound HD
Down Firing + Full Range speaker
AllShare Play
Wide Color Enhancer Plus
ConnectShare Movie
Eco Sensor
BD Wise
Game mode
Anynet Plus
Auto channel search
Auto volume leveler
2D to 3D conversion
Resolution 1920 x 1080
1920 x 1080
1920 x 1080
LED backlight type Info unavailable Edge-lit with local dimming
Edge-lit
Total output power 18 Watt
20 Watt
20 Watt
Display format 1080p
1080p
1080p
Image aspect ratio 16:9
Info unavailable Info unavailable
Refresh rate 600 Hz
240 Hz
120 Hz
HDMI ports qty 3
3
3
Diagonal size 55 in
55 in
55 in
LCD backlight technology Info unavailable LED Backlight technology
LED Backlight technology
Technology 3D
3D
LED-LCD
LED-LCD
Speaker(s) 2 x Main channel speaker - Built-in - 4 Watt
1 x Subwoofer - Built-in - 10 Watt
2 x Main channel speaker - Built-in - 10 Watt
2 x Main channel speaker - Built-in - 10 Watt
Supported DTV resolutions 720p
1080p
1080i
Info unavailable Info unavailable
Dynamic contrast ratio Info unavailable 30000000:1
7000000:1
TV tuner presence Yes
Yes
Yes
Video interface HDMI
Component
Composite
HDMI
Component
Composite
HDMI
Component
Composite
ENERGY STAR version Info unavailable 5.3
Info unavailable
Dimensions (WxDxH) 51.2 in x 14.1 in x 32.4 in - With stand
48.4 in x 1.2 in x 28.4 in - Without stand
49.6 in x 10.9 in x 31.7 in - With stand
Connectivity protocols Built-in Wi-Fi
Bluetooth
Built-in Wi-Fi
Bluetooth
Built-in Wi-Fi
Bluetooth
Widescreen Widescreen
Widescreen
Widescreen
Weight 71.6 lbs
36.6 lbs
39.5 lbs
Input/Output connections 3 x HDMI input (19 pin HDMI Type A) - Side
2 x USB 2.0 (4 pin USB Type A)
1 x Composite video / component video input (RCA phono x 3) - On supplied adapter
1 x Audio line-in (RCA phono x 2) - On supplied adapter
1 x Audio line-in (Mini-phone stereo 3.5 mm)
1 x Network (RJ-45)
1 x Digital audio output (optical) (TOSLINK)
3 x HDMI (19 pin HDMI Type A)
1 x Component video input (RCA phono x 3)
1 x Digital audio output (optical) (TOSLINK)
3 x USB 2.0 (4 pin USB Type A)
1 x Audio line-out (Mini-phone stereo 3.5 mm)
1 x Ethernet (RJ-45)
1 x Audio line-in (Mini-phone stereo 3.5 mm)
1 x Audio input
1 x Composite video input (RCA phono x 2)
3 x HDMI (19 pin HDMI Type A)
1 x Component video input (RCA phono x 3)
1 x Digital audio output (optical) (TOSLINK)
3 x USB 2.0 (4 pin USB Type A)
1 x Ethernet (RJ-45)
1 x Composite video input (RCA phono x 2)
2 x Audio input (Mini-phone stereo 3.5 mm)
Manufacturer warranty Info unavailable 1 year warranty
1 year warranty
HDCP compatible Yes
Info unavailable Yes
Digital TV tuner ATSC
QAM
ATSC
QAM
ATSC
QAM
Sound output mode Stereo
Stereo
Stereo
Surround mode Yes
Yes
Info unavailable
Sound effects 3D Sound
SRS TruSurround XT
SRS TheaterSound HD
3D technology Yes
Active 3D
Active 3D
Product type Plasma
LED-LCD
LED-LCD
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