Panasonic Viera TC-P58S1 Plasma Television Review-Not The Best Value

January 24, in Panasonic

With the Super Bowl just two weeks away, I figured it’d be a good time to keep right on going with the televisions. After all, a lot of you are probably going to be looking for a new television to spice up your home theater ahead of the big game, and thus this week is devoted to plasma television. We kick off this week with the Panasonic Viera TC-P58S1, one you may want to pass up.

The Panasonic Viera TC-P58S1 is a fifty eight inch 1080p plasma television that offers the propreitary Neo PDP panel that gives you reduced power consumption and a pretty nice picture, four different picture modes (including a game mode) to adjust settings based on your use at the time, a pixel orbiter to help prevent burn-in on images that would otherwise stick around too long, two ten watt speakers, Viera Link to control all your Panasonic hardware from one remote, an SD card slot for your pictures, three HDMI ports, a digital audio output, two component inputs, a composite output, an S-video port and an RF input.

The picture is pretty solid on this one, and the audio is a bit lower on the spectrum–it is just two ten watt speakers without augmentation, after all. But this will play about as well with older components as it will with new, so that’s certainly a plus.

Considering the folks out at Amazon want $1349 for this, you’ll be shelling out quite a bit, but the return is something of an issue here. Sure, the picture is pretty nice with its 1080p image, but the speakers are a bit on the weak side, and as HDMI becomes more and more standard you’ll find yourself behind the eight ball.

I really can’t recommend the Panasonic Viera TC-P58S1, mostly because of pricing–if you can find this one in, say, the sub $700 range you might do all right, but in its current state, I’d say shop elsewhere.

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