The look and energy consumption of the sets are improved, and they boast a 5,000,000:1 native contrast ratio.
Panasonic announced two new lines of plasma televisions this weekend for a February release in Japan. The S2 series, which Panasonic bills as the basic model, will be available in 42” and 46” models. It features lower power consumption, 18-bit image processing and a 2,000,000:1 native contrast ratio.
The G2, the higher end of the line runs in 42”, 46” and 50” sizes. Like the S2, it offers lower power consumption than previous models. It’s around thirty percent more efficient than the G1, according to Panasonic. The G2 runs a bit more than the S2 line – around a $350 difference when comparing the same screen sizes – but offers a 5,000,000:1 contrast ratio.
Both sets have the Ekonabi feature ready to be activated. By turning the energy saving feature on, the new sets will adjust their brightness levels based on the light in the room. Panasonic says that this can add up to a ten percent reduction in energy use.
Ekonabi also takes care of televisions that sit dormant. If your set’s been on for more than ten minutes without a video or audio signal, it will automatically shut off.
The new sets release in Japan in February with prices starting the equivalent of $2,000 and ranging up to $3,500.