Panasonic TH-50PZ77U 50″ 1080p Plasma HDTV

I got a new TV. I originally ordered it from Fry’s on March 7th 2008 (read more about that one in another post). This post will concentrate on pictures and what I like/hate about the PZ77 series.

Panasonic PZ77

My beautiful new 50” 1080p Plasma

Pros:
  • Aspect mode with no overscan - very useful for displaying my Macbook Pro with a DVI-HDMI cable
  • Amazing black levels. When the lights are off I can barely tell the difference between when it is on and off if the TV is displaying a black screen (like when I turn the cable box off before I turn the TV off)
  • Ability to switch aspect ratios to stretch 4:3 to widescreen, squeeze widescreen to 4:3, and zoom letterbox content over component or HDMI.
  • Access to the service menu
Cons:
  • Being paranoid about burn-in and image retention in the first 100 hours of use.
  • No 1080p over component, only over HDMI (sucks for people with older xbox 360, like me)
Panasonic PZ77U Tweaks Thread on avsforum.com
Another thread about the PZ77 that is less technical

How to Access the Service Menu:

  1. Hold down the [VOL -] button ON THE PLASMA.
  2. Press the [RECALL] button on the remote control 3 times.
  3. The Service Menu will be displayed.