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Panasonic Viera 50" 720p TH-50PE8U

akasixcon
11-17-2008, 12:08 PM
I have seen this tv in an AD from Bestbuy but when I searched it in google, it returned 0 results.

I looked into the Panasonic's Website and couldn't find this exact model either (TH-50PE8U). I was wondering if anybody is owning this TV or is it simply a misprint on the ad.

The closest thing I could find in the panasonic website was this:
http://panasonic.com/consumer-electronics/shop/Televisions/VIERA-Plasma-HDTVs/model.TH-50PX80U_11002_7000000000000005702



50PX80U is ALOT different than 50PE8U but it does looks similar at a glance. What are your thoughts?

PFC5
11-17-2008, 03:34 PM
That model is a special model for the discount warehouse stores. It will likely only be at Costco, Sams Club, BJ's Wholesale Club, etc.

It is likely the equivalent to the 50px80u that the major chains carry, but check the specs/features for both as they usually have different feature sets also. Be sure to check the number of HDMI inputs etc.

Codes20
11-17-2008, 05:18 PM
PFC5, actually it's one of our "holday skus" meaning it's a temporary production run made specifically for the holiday sales (ie, Black Friday).

Joe_news
11-17-2008, 05:20 PM
Yep, expect a few less inputs, but the basics are the same.

akasixcon
11-17-2008, 05:25 PM
Is there by any chance that they "strip" down these type of tv because its in discount warehouse store?

akasixcon
11-18-2008, 12:18 AM
Yep, expect a few less inputs, but the basics are the same.
what inputs are these?

the original model has 1 hdmi input, is there by any chance they would remove that?

jigensucf
11-19-2008, 08:11 AM
I was going to Best Buy because they had a 50in 720p Insignia plasma on sale for like $800. The guy working there told me he had a new panasonic in the back that wasn't even released to the public yet. It is a great tv and the picture quality is better than almost every tv they had there even the 1080p

RandyWalters
11-20-2008, 07:42 PM
I was going to Best Buy because they had a 50in 720p Insignia plasma on sale for like $800. The guy working there told me he had a new panasonic in the back that wasn't even released to the public yet. It is a great tv and the picture quality is better than almost every tv they had there even the 1080pThe PE8U model will be a discount version of the entry-level PX80U series. It will only look better than the 1080p models to a small percentage of people but i bet most people who know what they're looking at will be able to tell that the various 1080p Pannys look better.

A few years ago they came out with a PE6U which was the discount Black Friday version of the PX60U and it was nothing special.

rattaytl
11-28-2008, 09:29 AM
Panasonic's telephone Tech Support could not provide any information on this model.

In addition to only having 2 HDMI inputs, the Native Contrast Resolution is 10,000 : 1 compared with 15,000 : 1 on the TH-50PX80U. I question if this model has any other specification differences.

jimmyjames1700
11-28-2008, 11:42 AM
Panasonic's telephone Tech Support could not provide any information on this model.

In addition to only having 2 HDMI inputs, the Native Contrast Resolution is 10,000 : 1 compared with 15,000 : 1 on the TH-50PX80U. I question if this model has any other specification differences.

I think its a 75px in a 80px bezel. The 75 also had 10k : 1 CR and 2 hdmi inputs like the black friday special at BB. If that is the case, its not a bad deal, $900 for a TH-50PX75U.

Codes20
11-28-2008, 03:03 PM
There's confusion on a misprint in the BB.com website.

This panel is 1366x768...NOT 1024x768 that it says online.

rrdgz
11-28-2008, 06:29 PM
Panasonic's telephone Tech Support could not provide any information on this model.

In addition to only having 2 HDMI inputs, the Native Contrast Resolution is 10,000 : 1 compared with 15,000 : 1 on the TH-50PX80U. I question if this model has any other specification differences.

So do you think the average person can see any difference between the contrast resolution 10,000:1 compared to the 15,000:1 models? 10,000:1 is already quite high, isn't it?

NJNC
12-01-2008, 08:12 AM
Just got one at BB on 11/30/08 in NC for $899.00. Two of my friends also got one. I will post a review after I get it installed and see how it looks.

I bought the set with out even looking at it. I needed to replace a 6 year old rear projection HD Hitachi (CLU-4321UG). We are moving into a new home soon and this set will then be placed on a bedroom wall. The $899 price is what sold me and yes I see 2 HDMI.

JohnsonNavinR
12-01-2008, 10:27 AM
I snatched up the TH-50PE8U on Black Friday and felt pretty lucky...it was 1 of 20 available at the local BB. And, to be perfectly honest, I didn't research carefully enough, and thought I was buying the TH-50PX80U. :o

Now, I see that that the TH-50PE8U is available online at Best Buy for the same price...shipped to my door, no less. (Not feeling so lucky anymore.) And of course, I'm now discovering that it's not the set I thought I was getting...2 HDMI inputs instead of 3, lower contrast, etc. And, I'm seeing that the TH-50PX80U is available at places like newegg for roughly the same $960 (after tax) I paid at the local BB for the stripped down version.

I haven't even picked it up from BB yet. So the choices are to:

1) Keep the Black Friday set

2) Return the Black Friday set and snatch up the TH-50PX80U online for the same price

3) Return the Black Friday set and hang out until prices drop again after Christmas/Super Bowl. I'm really in no rush.

4) Or? Suggestions?

Thanks in advance for your thoughts!

Loves2Watch
12-01-2008, 12:44 PM
I snatched up the TH-50PE8U on Black Friday and felt pretty lucky...it was 1 of 20 available at the local BB. And, to be perfectly honest, I didn't research carefully enough, and thought I was buying the TH-50PX80U. :o

Now, I see that that the TH-50PE8U is available online at Best Buy for the same price...shipped to my door, no less. (Not feeling so lucky anymore.) And of course, I'm now discovering that it's not the set I thought I was getting...2 HDMI inputs instead of 3, lower contrast, etc. And, I'm seeing that the TH-50PX80U is available at places like newegg for roughly the same $960 (after tax) I paid at the local BB for the stripped down version.

I haven't even picked it up from BB yet. So the choices are to:

1) Keep the Black Friday set

2) Return the Black Friday set and snatch up the TH-50PX80U online for the same price

3) Return the Black Friday set and hang out until prices drop again after Christmas/Super Bowl. I'm really in no rush.

4) Or? Suggestions?

Thanks in advance for your thoughts!

I would go with option #2

JohnsonNavinR
12-01-2008, 12:47 PM
I would go with option #2

I take it this is your suggestion because I'd be getting a few more options -- and therefore, a slightly better set -- for the same amount of $$$?

Loves2Watch
12-01-2008, 12:49 PM
I take it this is your suggestion because I'd be getting a few more options -- and therefore, a slightly better set -- for the same amount of $$$?

Correct...

bank5
12-01-2008, 02:11 PM
I snatched up the TH-50PE8U on Black Friday and felt pretty lucky...it was 1 of 20 available at the local BB. And, to be perfectly honest, I didn't research carefully enough, and thought I was buying the TH-50PX80U. :o

Now, I see that that the TH-50PE8U is available online at Best Buy for the same price...shipped to my door, no less. (Not feeling so lucky anymore.) And of course, I'm now discovering that it's not the set I thought I was getting...2 HDMI inputs instead of 3, lower contrast, etc. And, I'm seeing that the TH-50PX80U is available at places like newegg for roughly the same $960 (after tax) I paid at the local BB for the stripped down version.

I haven't even picked it up from BB yet. So the choices are to:

1) Keep the Black Friday set

2) Return the Black Friday set and snatch up the TH-50PX80U online for the same price

3) Return the Black Friday set and hang out until prices drop again after Christmas/Super Bowl. I'm really in no rush.

4) Or? Suggestions?

Thanks in advance for your thoughts!

I was in the same situation and went with option #2. I bought the Samsung 50A400 on BestBuy.com for $800 but then realized the tv was a BF special. I canceled the order and just ordered the PX80U. I paid $950 for it on 6ave -- could have got it for $900 with a 5% off coupon code that just expired this morning but oh well.

The price has actually gone up in the last couple of days. It was selling for $936 on Oct 16 so I don't think it's going to drop much in the near future. I didn't get a killer deal that I was hoping for, but the tv has received a lot of rave reviews so I'm happy I chose it.

JohnsonNavinR
12-01-2008, 10:12 PM
I was in the same situation and went with option #2. I bought the Samsung 50A400 on BestBuy for $800 but then realized the tv was a BF special. I canceled the order and just ordered the PX80U. I paid $950 for it on 6ave -- could have got it for $900 with a 5% off coupon code that just expired this morning but oh well.

The price has actually gone up in the last couple of days. It was selling for $936 on Oct 16 so I don't think it's going to drop much in the near future. I didn't get a killer deal that I was hoping for, but the tv has received a lot of rave reviews so I'm happy I chose it.

I followed Loves2Watch's advice and your lead, bank5. I returned the BF set to BB, and snatched up the $950 TH-50PX80U on 6th Ave. 6th Ave's return policy -- or lack thereof -- makes me nervous, because there's no changing my mind now. But this is the set I've been reading about for months, and it was time to pull the trigger.

I'm even at peace with the fact that the price will probably go even lower tomorrow or the next day now that I've bought mine. :p