The S1 LCD Series is Panasonic's mid-range line of LCD TVs introduced in 2009, offering a 1080p native resolution and a similar IPS panel that's used in the flagship G1 Series. As opposed to other mid-range lines from competing manufacturers, the S1s do not use 120Hz technology which is limited to Panasonic's flagship G1 LCD Series. However, outside of the 120Hz technology, the S1 and G1 lines share much in common including the IPS Alpha panel technology, and the Game Mode picture setting. The step-down from the S1 LCD Series is the X1 Series that sees a move to a lower 720p native resolution.
- 1080p native resolution
- 15,000:1 native contrast ratio
- IPS-Alpha panel
- VIERA Image viewer (through the SD card slot)
- Game mode
- Release date: March, 2009
VIERA Image Viewer - using the TV's built-in SD card slot you can view stored JPEG pictures directly on the TV without any intermediary devices or hardware.
Game Mode - this display setting turns off all of the TVs image processing functions to reduce any lag between controller input and the game's display.
VIERA Link - this is the marketing name given to Panasonic's implementation of the HDMI-CEC standard, which lets you control your other compatible home theater equipment directly from your TV. Each manufacturer has their own branded name for this technology since only home theater devices from the same manufacturers are compatible with one another for direct control.
The naming convention for this line is: Panasonic VIERA TC-LxxS1 where xx is replaced by the TV size.
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