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Panasonic TC-P55ST50

Panasonic TC-P55ST50
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Samsung PN60E8000

Samsung PN60E8000
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Sharp Elite PRO-60X5FD

Sharp Elite PRO-60X5FD
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Price $24 at 1 store
CNET editors' rating
Editors' choice 4.5 stars Spectacular
    Overall score: 9.2 (4.5 stars)
3.5 stars Very good
    Overall score: 7.9 (3.5 stars)
4.0 stars Excellent
    Overall score: 8.0 (4.0 stars)
Average user rating 3.5 stars out of 14 reviews 2.5 stars out of 9 reviews 4.5 stars out of 12 reviews
Release date January 10, 2012 March 01, 2012 October 01, 2011
The Bottom Line With flagship-level picture quality for a midlevel price, the Panasonic ST50 series sets the value standard among videophile-grade TVs. The expensive Samsung PNE8000 series comes through with stellar picture quality, but its main appeal is to people who crave the latest gadgetry in their plasma TV. The overpriced Sharp Elite LED-based LCD produces the second-best overall picture quality of any TV we've reviewed since 2008.

Basic specs

Features See What's the Same or What's different
Plasma panel technology Panasonic 15th Generation Plasma Panel
Info unavailable Info unavailable
PC interface Info unavailable Info unavailable VGA (HD-15)
Widescreen modes Full
Conventional 4:3
Just
Zoom
Info unavailable Normal
Stretch
Dot by Dot
Zoom
Internet streaming services Skype
FOX sports
SHOUTcast
AccuWeather
VIERA Connect
Hulu Plus
MLB.tv
Pandora
YouTube
Smart Hub
CinemaNow
Netflix
Blockbuster
Pandora
Napster
Facebook
Twitter
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
Down Firing + Full Range speaker
Eco Sensor
Anynet Plus
Cinema Smooth
Real Black Pro Panel
Wide Color Enhancer Plus
ConnectShare Movie
Precision Color Plus technology
UV2A technology
RGB+Y technology
Built-in digital tuner
Resolution 1920 x 1080
1920 x 1080
1920 x 1080
LED backlight type Info unavailable Info unavailable Full-array with local dimming
Total output power 18 Watt
20 Watt
45 Watt
Display format 1080p
1080p
1080p
Image aspect ratio 16:9
Info unavailable Info unavailable
Refresh rate 600 Hz
Info unavailable 240 Hz
HDMI ports qty 3
3
5
Diagonal size 55 in
59 in
60 in
LCD backlight technology Info unavailable Info unavailable LED Backlight technology
Technology 3D
3D
3D
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 - 15 Watt
1 x Subwoofer - Built-in - 15 Watt
Supported DTV resolutions 720p
1080p
1080i
Info unavailable 720p
480p
1080p
1080i
TV tuner presence Yes
Yes
Yes
Video interface HDMI
Component
Composite
HDMI
Component
Composite
HDMI
Component
Composite
Dimensions (WxDxH) 51.2 in x 14.1 in x 32.4 in - With stand
54.7 in x 13.8 in x 36.3 in - With stand
55.1 in x 13.1 in x 34.8 in - With stand
Connectivity protocols Built-in Wi-Fi
Bluetooth
Built-in Wi-Fi
Bluetooth
Built-in Wi-Fi
Widescreen Widescreen
Widescreen
Widescreen
Weight 71.6 lbs
68.8 lbs
71.6 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)
3 x USB (4 pin USB Type A)
1 x Composite video / component video input (RCA phono x 3)
1 x Audio input (Mini-phone stereo 3.5 mm)
1 x Digital audio output (optical) (TOSLINK)
1 x Network (RJ-45)
1 x Audio input (RCA phono x 2)
5 x HDMI input (19 pin HDMI Type A) - Rear
3 x Audio line-in (Mini-phone stereo 3.5 mm) - Rear
1 x Audio line-out (Mini-phone stereo 3.5 mm) - Rear
2 x USB (4 pin USB Type A) - Rear
1 x Component video input (RCA phono x 3) - Rear
2 x Composite video/audio input (RCA phono x 3) - Rear
1 x VGA input (15 pin HD D-Sub (HD-15)) - Rear
1 x Serial (9 pin D-Sub) - Rear
1 x Digital audio output (optical) (TOSLINK) - Rear
1 x Network (RJ-45) - Rear
Manufacturer warranty Info unavailable 1 year warranty
2 years warranty
HDCP compatible Yes
Yes
Yes
Digital TV tuner ATSC
QAM
Info unavailable ATSC
QAM
8-VSB
Supported computer resolutions Info unavailable Info unavailable 1024 x 768 (XGA)
640 x 480 (VGA)
800 x 600 (SVGA)
1280 x 1024 (SXGA)
1600 x 1200 (UXGA)
1400 x 1050
1360 x 768
Sound output mode Stereo
Stereo
Stereo
Surround mode Yes
Info unavailable Yes
Sound effects 3D Sound
Info unavailable 3D Surround
3D technology Yes
Active 3D
Yes
Product type Plasma
Plasma
LED-LCD
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