Panasonic has given me more than their share of interesting televisions to look at, but sometimes it’s the longevity of a model that becomes an issue. The Panasonic TC-P54S2 is a system that looks pretty good initially, but has some troubling issues to surmount.
The Panasonic TC-P54S2 is a fifty four inch 1080p plasma television with both Deep Color and x.v.Color technologies, two ten watt speakers with simulated surround sound, three HDMI inputs, two composite video inputs, two component video inputs, one digital audio output, a Secure Digital card slot, Viera specific tools like Viera Image Viewer, Viera Link and Viera Tools, and a game mode to reduce blurring with high speed images.
Now, when I saw this, what I saw of it definitely caught my attention. It’s a big display with great resolution and a pretty nice sound system, if not necessarily the best. It’s got plenty of slots for both old and new equipment, and the price wasn’t even too bad at sixteen hundred bucks at Best Buy.
But when I went for a picture of this one, I caught a customer’s review that caught my eye. Apparently, he was complaining about “floating black” levels in this one after a while of use. Of course, I don’t get a couple months of continuous use out of any sample product I get to review, so I can’t attest as to the long term quality of any product. It’s something to bear in mind, however, but I don’t see too much problem in this one myself. On the surface, the Panasonic TC-P54S2 looks and sounds like a solid plasma television at a pretty good price.