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The VIERA S14 Series is part of Panasonic's mid-range line of plasma HDTVs and incorporates their 2009 NeoPDP technology.

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1080p, 600Hz

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improved contrast, black levels over previous generation offering

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Cons

not actually full 1080p, 900 lines of accurate resolution

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missing the S1's Game Mode and integrated SD card slot

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The VIERA S14 Series is part of Panasonic's mid-range line of plasma HDTVs and incorporates their 2009 NeoPDP technology though removes some of the extraneous features found in the high-end series. As a slight step-down from the S1 Series, the major features missing in the S14s is the S1's Game Mode, and the integrated SD card slot for viewing images. Furthermore, the display itself could be slightly worse, however as of January 20th, 2009 the information on the S14 series is still sparse. Below the S Series line of VIERAs is the entry-level X Series which reduces the native resolution to 720p and features a lower contrast ratio.

Specifications
  • 1080p native resolution
  • NeoPDP technology
    • 40,000:1 static contrast ratio
    • 2,000,000:1 dynamic contrast ratio
    • 900 lines of motion resolution
    • 600Hz sub drive
  • VIERA Link
  • Inputs
    • 3xHDMI
    • Component
    • VGA
S1, S14, and X1 Series Features

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.

NeoPDP - this is Panasonic's marketing name for their new plasma technology introduced in 2009. Specifically, Panasonic claims that they focused on improving black levels, contrast ratio, and motion resolution.

Black levels are notoriously important to videophiles and are something that plasmas do better with compared to LCDs. With the NeoPDP tech, Panasonic is looking to take Pioneer's claim of blackest black. Alongside the darker blacks is the higher contrast ratio with the native contrast ratio of 40,000:1 being one of the best that Panasonic has claimed.

The "over 900 lines of motion resolution" means that when there is action going on in the video, the TV is able to display most of the content accurately. This is a subtle point, because most people think 1080p means 1080 lines of resolution; however, most TVs released before 2009 while claiming 1080p resolution didn't actually display all 1080 lines of resolution when there was activity on the screen.  The higher end Panasonic plasmas display all 1080 lines of motion resolution, while this series and the lower end models display "over 900 lines".

Features found on all 2009 Panasonic VIERAs

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.

Models

The naming convention for this line is: Panasonic VIERA TC-PxxS14 where xx is replaced by the TV size.

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Walter4
01/22/2010 02:16

Review posts CON "missing the S1's Game Mode and integrated SD card slot" BUT my TC-P50S14 has a SD slot and it has simple slide show to view my photos (no videos).

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