Panasonic TH-42PZ81B TV reviews and prices: 42" Full HD 1080p Plasma screen

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+ This TV scores high on image quality. - It has no outstanding negative points.

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9.2 out of 10 based on 164 reviews.
Panasonic TH-42PZ81B with 42" Full HD 1080p Plasma screen, 3 HDMI ports and FreeSat HD. See full product description

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Angelika, London

Score 10.0/10
Good points:
great screen
Bad points:
we bought the panasonic surround system - improves sound quality
Overall rating 10.0
Image quality 10.0
Sound quality 9.0
Design 10.0
Value for money 9.0
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Confirmed purchase: 27 Jan 2009

Confirmed purchaser Savvy internet buyer

Score 10.0/10
Good points:
Fantastic product in every way!
Bad points:
None
Overall rating 10.0
Image quality 10.0
Sound quality 10.0
Design 10.0
Value for money 10.0
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Confirmed purchase: 23 Jan 2009

Melvyn, Halifax Retired BBC cameraman

Score 10.0/10
Good points:
Superb image quality. HD is breathtaking. Even SD is good when viewed using Freesat. Definately worth getting Plasma - far fewer artifact problems than on LCD. The black level is also far better than on LCD. I have waited until now for the manufacturers as the Panasonic plasma has surpassed my expectations. I also feel that Freesat is the way forwards.
Bad points:
Not many bad points really, except it would be nice if panasonic could supply a couple of freestanding wing speakers to improve the slightly inferior sound quality for people who don't want to invest in a full 5.1 system.
Overall rating 10.0
Image quality 10.0
Sound quality 8.0
Design 9.0
Value for money 9.0
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13 of 13 people found this review helpful

Confirmed purchase: 23 Dec 2008

Confirmed purchaser Multi-purpose viewer

Score 10.0/10
Good points:
Best tv ever owned
Bad points:
none
Overall rating 10.0
Image quality 10.0
Sound quality 10.0
Design 10.0
Value for money 10.0
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Confirmed purchase: 17 Nov 2008

Michael, Sir Ynys Mon An avid online researcher

Score 9.0/10
Good points:
All the technical requirements that you will need for viewing in one package. Additionally by purchasing the same make you can build your complete integrated home media system
Bad points:
You need to purchase too many connection leads that could have been standard with the whole purchase
Overall rating 9.0
Image quality 9.0
Sound quality 8.0
Design 9.0
Value for money 10.0
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8 of 8 people found this review helpful

Confirmed purchase: 13 Dec 2008

Mark, Bath Not a techhead

Score 9.0/10
Good points:
Superb picture with both HD and SD content.
Built-in freesat tuner works well
Bad points:
Well it was pretty expensive
I did not realise how little HD content is on Freesat, but that's not really the fault of the TV is it, and it should increase over time
Overall rating 9.0
Image quality 10.0
Sound quality 8.0
Design 9.0
Value for money 8.0
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Confirmed purchase: 06 Feb 2009

dam, Egham, Surrey

Score 10.0/10
Good points:
Very good all round product highly recomended
Bad points:
for best sound you really need surround sound speakers
Overall rating 10.0
Image quality 10.0
Sound quality 6.0
Design 10.0
Value for money 10.0
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2 of 2 people found this review helpful

Confirmed purchase: 03 Dec 2008

Product Features

Screen size (Inches) 42
Type of screen Plasma
3D No
HD TV Full HD 1080p
Built-in disc player No Disc Player
Freeview or Freesat tuner FreeSat HD
Freeview or Freesat tuner Freeview
Number of HDMI ports 3
Number of scart ports 2
Connections HDMI
Smart TV No
Frequency (Hz) 100
Screen aspect ratio 16:9
Contrast Ratio (X:1) 1000000
Reflection angle 178
Horizontal resolution (Pixels) 192
Vertical resolution (Pixels) 1080
Electronic Program Guide (EPG) Yes
Weight (kg) 34
Release date 2008-01-31

Also known as: Panasonic Viera TH-42PZ81, PANASONIC TH42PZ81B, PANASONIC TH- 42PZ81B, Panasonic TH-42PZ81, PANSONIC TH42PZ81B

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Manufacturer's Description

Full-HD models with freesat built-in, High Moving Picture Resolution and Advanced Networking Capabilities.

“freesat” is a new digital satellite service that offers free HD (High-definition) TV programmes. With PZ81 series with freesat built-in, You can enjoy sharp pictures, vivid colours, multi-channel sound, and various services with the interactive contents.

Intelligent Frame Creation achieves excellent moving picture resolution and flicker-less images. With 50Hz video signal input, the Intelligent Frame Creation achieves high moving picture resolution even in fast-motion scenes. This function makes new frame that was calculated by speed and direction of motion. It allows natural frame-to-frame transitions to occur for smooth motion images with high resolution.

Every image is richly expressive from bright scenes, such as scorching desert landscapes, to dark cave scenes. Contrast is enhanced by the new Real Black Drive system (a pre-discharge control system) and a higher base luminance from improvements made during panel production process. The high contrast creates deep, robust blacks and reproduces scenes with a delicate balance of light and shadow.

5,120 Equivalent Steps of Gradation lends natural expression to images such as sunsets. VIERA’s large colour space covers 110% of the HDTV colour standard. This wide gamut has been achieved by an advanced panel structure and a newly developed filter, which produce richer, more vivid colouring.

VIERA Link lets you operate other connected Panasonic AV components using only the VIERA TV’s remote control unit. You can view a slideshow of your photos on VIERA’s big beautiful screen just by simply remove the SD memory card from your digital still camera, and slip it in to the slot. You can also enjoy full-HD (1920 × 1080) video clips recorded with an HD camcorder will fill the large TV screen.


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