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The VIERA X1 Series is part of Panasonic's entry-level line of plasma HDTVs.

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Pros

Good selection of ports, including digital audio out

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Very accurate color reproduction

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Practically non-existence image-retention

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Sleeker design than the PX80s

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Picture quality on standard-definition sources is really good

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Great price/performance ratio, similar to the praised PX80 Series

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Less glare than previous generation models

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Cons

Color accuracy suffers when viewing standard definition content

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No analog audio out

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Lesser picture quality compared to higher end sets

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Stock settings can produce a dim picture

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The VIERA X1 Series is part of Panasonic's entry-level line of plasma HDTVs, and is one of the only Series that offers a 720p native resolution. Compared to the more expensive mid-range and premium lines, the plasma technology used in these displays isn't as good on paper, and produces a lower specified contrast ratio. Outside of the panel Panasonic omits most of the features found on the higher end models retaining only the SD Card slot and Game Mode from the S1 Series. The step-down models below the X1 Series is the X14s which feature a lower contrast ratio, and remove the SD Card slot and Game mode.

Specifications
  • 720p native resolution
  • Panel specs
    • 30,000:1 static contrast ratio
    • 900 lines of motion resolution
    • 600Hz sub drive
  • VIERA Link
  • Game Mode
  • VIERA Image Viewer
  • Inputs
    • 3xHDMI
    • Component
    • VGA
G10, X1 and S1 Features

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.

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. This line however has a specified native contrast ratio of 30,000:1.

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-PxxX1 where xx is replaced by the TV size.

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Dave4
03/07/2009 03:13
I got my TC-P42X1 a week ago and I found it has one very major drawback for antenna users. Each time you scan for channels, it erases what was previously scanned, so if you have peripheral channels in several directions, you either have to rescan each time you rotate your antenna, or just pick the direction your best channels come from and live with it. This is a major disappointment since the Zenith DTT901 DTV converter box easily added channels from all directions. It also had a much better guide setup which showed what show was coming on next, as well as the current show. The Panasonic support line representative told me that this is pretty much true of all Panasonic sets. If it is possible for them to change this behavior with a firmware upgrade, I would love to see that happen.
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