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46 inch plasma TVs are very popular. Many products are clustered around this size. While some are available in 42” sizes, 46” and 50” diagonal screen sizes are the points which are crowded with products. The models described here are featured in product reviews with regularity. Each occupy a high enough place that any more scrutiny to decide if one is better than another by a point in 100 is redundant. This is the territory where what you like subjectively is what matters, backed by the fact that each of these are very good products.The 46” category is almost exclusively populated by Panasonic units. Following are some details of three products from Panasonic. Product categories in the 42”, 50” or 60” display sizes have several manufacturers in each product category.
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This is a true HDTV model, 1080p resolution and 16:9 aspect ratio in PDP or plasma display panel technology. It has an ATSC tuner built in. Which means it’ll receive terrestrial TV signals if they are available in your neighborhood, without needing a converter box. It packs a 20w sound system. It has a game mode and a LAN port. The game mode facilitates game playing. The LAN port makes it easy to connect to the Internet and view Internet video such as streamed video from YouTube and other sources. It has a contrast ratio of 40,000:1 for sharp pictures and the colors are excellent. Table stand or optional wall mount hardware is available. Prices range from $1150 to $1600. Checkout Amazon.
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Panasonic TH-46PZ85U is also a true HD model at 1929 x 1080 resolution with a 16:9 aspect ratio. Other aspect ratios are also supported. Deep black levels and high contrast coupled with bright and rich colors are provided by the set. The sound system features 10w built in speakers, HDMI input ports help play the highest quality video from video players. Virtual surround sound is good on the set. It has an Ethernet port and is Internet ready. You can view Internet videos such as YouTube content amongst others. Game mode and aspect ratio controls are available like the other sets. HDMI and VGA inputs are also available. Prices range from $800 to $1800. Checkout Amazon
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Panasonic VIERA TC-P46S1
Panasonic VIERA TC-P46S1 too is a full HDTV unit with a 1920 x 1080 resolution (1080p). It features a 16:9 aspect ratio and a 40,000:1 contrast ratio with much higher dynamic contrast. This TV also has ATSC digital as well as an analog tuner, HDMI and component video with a 20w sound system, and SD memory card support. This product also draws less power that the comparable ones. So if you are energy conscious this is probably the choice for you in this category. It also has a QAM tuner that would be able to tune in to cable channels. The sound system audio response is limited to 16 KHz. Do not expect to get full quality audio output from this set. Prices range from $990 to $1299. Checkout Amazon