The design of the Panasonic TC-P54Z1 is outstanding and eye-catching, particularly because of its super-thin profile. Measuring only one inch thick, it is the thinnest plasma television you can find. Staying even more dramatic, Panasonic opted for a silver metal finish to the TC-P54Z1 instead of the overused glossy black found on most new televisions. The speakers are actually built into the side panels, which can be removed if needed.
Needless to say, this is one television that will elevate the look of any room it is placed into, and you will be the envy of your visitors. Luckily, the TC-P54Z1's expensive price tag is matched by its aesthetics. Supporting the 54-inch display is a sturdy circular stand with a matching silver finish. The stand can be removed for mounting.
To enable the TC-P54Z1's thin profile, Panasonic elected to place all of the connectivity options within a separate external tuner box that comes with the setup. The tuner box is similar to a small DVD player or a cable box and uses WirelessHD technology to enable you to use it from across the room without the need for any wires. Thus, you can place all of your devices on a stand in one part of the room with the television mounted on an opposite wall without any trouble.
A small wireless receiver attaches to the back of the television to receive signals from the wireless transmitter that connects to the tuner box. The setup is obstacle resistant, so if someone enters the room or there is furniture in the way, signals will still go through. The well-built remote control that comes with the TC-P54Z1 does not require you to aim it at the television, as it uses radio frequencies and can be pointed at any direction in the room and still work.
The connectivity options located on the tuner box give you all the standard necessities and more. A covered panel on the front of the box houses a HDMI port, a VGA port for PC connection, an AV input with composite and S-video, and a SD card slot. The back panel houses three more HDMI ports, a RF input, a second AV input with composite and S-video, two component-video inputs, a digital audio output, a RS-232 port, and an Ethernet port for the interactive features.
Overall, the Panasonic Viera TC-P54Z1 is hard to beat, as long as you don't take its price into consideration. If you have the means to buy it, then go do so, as its design alone is a sight to behold. Add in excellent performance, interactive features, and great connectivity, and you have one of the best plasma televisions money can buy.
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