Panasonic PT-50LC14 50″ Widescreen HD-Ready Television

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Product DescriptionSharp continues its LCD leadership with the 57-inch LC-57D90U. With a 16: 9 aspect ratio unbeatable resolution of 1920 x 1080 and unrivaled vivid color purity it is a next-generation TV to carry you into the high-definition future.The LC-57D90U utilizes Sharps proprietary Advanced Super View/Black TFT Panel which provides high brightness (450 cd/m2) exceptional 1500: 1 Contrast Ratio and wide viewing angles. With a fully integrated HDTV tuner and CableCARD compatibility the LC-57D90U is a complete state-of-the-art Digital Cable Ready HDTV. This means you can “plug and play” with a CableCARD from your HDTV-capable Cable-TV system provider without requiring a separate cable set-top box.The LC-57D90U features a Five-Wavelength Backlight System to make colors exceptionally vibrant and provide deeper more vivid reds and greens. And new Multi-Pixel Technology allows you to enjoy a clear TV picture in vivid color from anywhere in the room with 176-degree x 176-degree viewing angles.The LC-57D90U features an elegant titanium design with detachable speakers to ensure the sound is as outstanding as the picture. In addition the included table stand easily removes for wall mounting applications. Panasonic’s PT-50LC14 practically writes the book on home-theater excitement. This high-definition liquid-crystal projection TV offers a perfectly flat, 50-inch display in a widescreen (16:9) dimension that’s perfect for viewing DVDs and DTV movies in their native aspect ratios. The set is equipped with a total of 13 separate inputs, including 4 component-video inputs, a HDMI digital video input for a direct-digital connection with a DTV set-top box, and 2 PC inputs capable of VGA, SVGA, or compressed XGA resolution (1 rear, 1 front). A handy PCMCIA/SD Memory Card slot lets you hook up your computer for viewing a digital photo slide show.

The set offers a native resolution of 1,280 x 720 alongside high, 400 cd/m2 brightness ensures vivid, exacting images from DVD players and other devices. What’s more, Panasonic’s Progressive Scan Doubler will upconvert standard interlaced (non-progressive) broadcast and auxiliary signals to flicker-free, 480p resolution.

The PT-50LC14 is considerably less bulky than most rear-projection televisions and consumes less energy. Further, LCD displays don’t suffer from misconvergence or flicker, like their CRT counterparts. The Panasonic multimedia display incorporates thin-film transistor (TFT) technology, also known as active matrix, to improve color reproduction, eliminate ghosting, and boost response speed.

Two-tuner picture-in-picture with split-screen display lets you view 2 programs at once by dividing the screen in half down the middle. Each program is shown at full height, with one program on the left side and the other on the right.

Movie sources get their due with Panasonic’s 3:2 pulldown reversal feature, Progressive Cinema Scan. This enhancement compensates for motion artifacts that sometimes result from the telecine process that’s used to convert film’s 24-frames-per-second to an NTSC-friendly 60 frames per second. Other picture-enhancing features include horizontal and vertical edge correction and a motion-adaptive 3D Y/C digital comb filter, which eliminates “hanging dots” and color rainbow effects in closely spaced patterns.

The set’s 2-way stereo speakers are powered by 15 watts per channel, and BBE ViVA HD3D Sound makes sure every program sounds its fullest and liveliest.

HDMI (High-Definition Multimedia Interface) is a lossless, uncompressed, all-digital audio/video interface to link the set with any audio/video source (such as a set-top box, DVD player, or AV receiver). HDMI supports standard-definition (SD), enhanced definition (ED), or high-definition (HD) video, plus multi-channel digital audio–all using a single cable. It transmits all ATSC HDTV standards and supports up to 8-channel digital audio, with bandwidth to spare to accommodate future enhancements and requirements.

What’s in the Box
TV, remote control, remote batteries, and a user’s manual.

Panasonic PT-50LC14 50

Features Panasonic PT-50LC14 50″ Widescreen HD-Ready Television

  • 50-inch, slim-body LCD projection TV with widescreen 16:9 aspect ratio; 55.7 x 35.3 x 15.3 inches (W x H x D)
  • 1,280 x 720 native resolution; HD-ready with support for 480i, 480p, 720p, and full 1080i resolution
  • Progressive Scan Doubling enhances standard interlaced signals and renders them in seamless, flicker-free 480p
  • PCMCIA/SD Memory Card lets you view digital photo slideshows right on your big-screen TV
  • 2-tuner picture-in-picture, 13 video inputs, including 1 HDMI digital-video input and 4 component-video inputs
Overall Rating: Rating=4.5
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  1. Christopher Angeles says:
    41 of 47 people found the following review helpful
    1.0 out of 5 stars
    Avoid at all cost, December 1, 2004

    This review is from: Panasonic PT-50LC14 50″ Widescreen HD-Ready Television (Electronics)

    TV went out after six mos. Needed new lamp and ballast. Both parts are backordered and i’ve been out of TV for 2mos now. Not very happy…i’ve invested over 3,000 bucks for this and would expect it to last longer than six mos.On top of that i have to wait over two mos to get it repaired.

    Bought from Best Buys and not very happy w/ cust service. They are making me wait 45 days before sending a replacement and wont even give me a loner. They suckered me into buying the extended warranty and for what!!

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  2. 18 of 19 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    PT-50LC13 50 – Prior Model – My Bulb Life – 2 years 8 months – Not 5 years — Optical Engine < 4 years, May 3, 2005
    j. (Upstate NY) –

    This review is from: Panasonic PT-50LC14 50″ Widescreen HD-Ready Television (Electronics)

    Update 01/02/12: Over the last five years, I have decreased my usage on this TV – It is not watched daily as in the past. The good news is I have had no major problems with the bulb replaced in 2006 (except it is starting to dim – must be the age factor) nor the optical engine replaced in 2007. This TV will be ten years old in December, 2013.

    Update 11/19/07 – Good thing I purchased the 5 year extended warranty. I just had the optical engine replaced. Several weeks ago I noticed a red dot on the screen, which could have caused a red tint on the total screen picture if not replaced.

    It took the warranty company over 2 weeks to approve the replacement part. Apparently the part is costly, and a decision had to be made between part replacement and a new TV – YIKES.

    So far so good. The part resolved the red dot problem…., but my rating is now a 3-.

    Update 8/19/06 -Please see my review of 12/21/03 for the PT-50LC13. I gave the prior model rave reviews and noted some set up tips. Unfortunately, the Amazon system will not provide a means to change the stars. I would now rate as a 3 plus, not five stars. I have had this TV since 12/12/03 and on 8/13/06 had the bulb blow. The good news is that Panasonic has extended the bulb warranty until 5/31/07. I was told by Panasonic I was one of the lucky ones, to have my bulb last Two years and Eight months – about 50% of its advertised life. Note – Once the new bulb is replaced, there is a step needed to reset the bulb life timer. Funny thing is that I was told there is no way to view the actual elapsed time. Apparently, the timer purpose is only to display a message when the bulb is near its expected 10,000 hour life usage. I never received such a message – I only heard the bulb pop.

    Panasonic Service – 1 888 843-9788. My peak hold time was ten minutes.

    I was provided a case number and was told to fax a copy of my paid receipt to Panasonic – My bulb was delivered on August 17, 2006 – I can not complain about two day delivery. I was fortunate to have talked to someone that knew what they were doing and made the process painless. Note- I did call back to discuss a few other issues and the representative was less than helpful – You win some; you lose some.

    For people that have already had problems, the warranty is extended to 11/30/07. I expect this is because of the class action law suit for the 2003 and 2004 models. In fact, Panasonic had already sent me (many months ago) paperwork regarding the class action suit and noted that if I had three bulbs blow, I was entitled to a different technology TV or a monetary certificate towards a different Panasonic TV.

    Also, in the past, I did replace both cooling fans under warranty because I thought they were getting loud. Overall, I am very pleased with this set except for the bulb and estimate only 4000 +/- hours on this TV.

    NOTE: People please make sure you allow the cooling process to complete when shutting off the TV> Do not plug the TV into a cable TV box outlet that will shut down the power, eliminating the cooling process. Also, make sure the TV is plugged into a good surge protector for protection. Lastly, the TV should be in a cool area, not next to a heat source. __ Panasonic does ask if you have a surge protector..

    NOTE: I talked to a service technician and he told me not to keep the TV Picture setting on Dynamic (the brightest setting), and I may get a longer bulb life. He suggested Normal, but I prefer Cinema.

    Hope this helps. j.

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