Panasonic TH42PZ85 TV reviews and prices: 42" Full HD 1080p Plasma screen

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This TV is a good all rounder.

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8.9 out of 10 based on 115 reviews.
Panasonic TH42PZ85 with 42" Full HD 1080p Plasma screen, 3 HDMI ports and Freeview. See full product description

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Confirmed purchaser

Score 10.0/10
Good points:
very easy to set up
Bad points:
glare off of the gloss finish around screen
Overall rating 10.0
Image quality 10.0
Sound quality 10.0
Design 9.0
Value for money 7.0
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Confirmed purchase: 30 Oct 2008

Confirmed purchaser

Score 9.0/10
Good points:
Great picture - ease of use.
Easy set up.
Bad points:
Reviewer left no comment
Overall rating 9.0
Image quality 10.0
Sound quality 9.0
Design 9.0
Value for money 9.0
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1 of 1 people found this review helpful

Confirmed purchase: 30 Nov 2008

Krzysztof , Watford First time plasma user

Score 9.0/10
Good points:
Lots of connectivity options, great size, quick start-time and quick channel switching, good tuner (including FreeView). Amazing image quality when used with HD content. When connected to the computer the experience is simply great... 42 inch desktop with vibrant colours and no flicker makes perfect sense for anyone who values the size!
Bad points:
1. Built in SD card reader is a nice feature but I would rather have general USB instead - I think other Panasonic model has got that feature - but I am not really bothered by that.
2. Another bad point is the phosphor blur that is pretty much visible on anything that moves fast but that is pretty much normal for most of the plasmas from what I have read online (haven't tested myself though). Also for this model the blur is supposed to be quite minimum so I imagine it is much worse on other (older) models.
3. As for any HDTV of that size - think twice before you buy it - When you blow up the normal SD signal across 42 inches it is univetable that the image will be horribly blurred. If you plan on watching a lot of non-HD content - consider smaller TV or switching to HD if possible. For some channels, even the advanced electronics of this TV cannot make up for limited quality of signal - so you might end up wathing TV that will be horribly blurred. Then again when you watch HD content - the quality is simply jaw-dropping.
Overall rating 9.0
Image quality 8.0
Sound quality 8.0
Design 9.0
Value for money 10.0
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Confirmed purchase: 28 Oct 2008

Alan, Rochester, kent

Score 10.0/10
Good points:
Easy Assembly, even easier set up (all automatic) fantastic picture and sound.

Special note :- Even Wife very pleased with it (a first)
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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1 of 1 people found this review helpful

Confirmed purchase: 28 Nov 2008

Mike, Derby Male 51 Years Old

Score 9.0/10
Good points:
Very easy to set up
Bad points:
Nothing
Overall rating 9.0
Image quality 9.0
Sound quality 8.0
Design 8.0
Value for money 10.0
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1 of 1 people found this review helpful

Confirmed purchase: 27 Dec 2008

Tim, London

Score 9.0/10
Good points:
Side mounted HDMI socket means it's easy to have flat to the wall
The mains inlet points down not back, which again means it's easier to mount flush to the wall
Amazing deep blacks
Great for fast moving movie scenes
1080i performance is great
1080P stuff looks amazing if you turn off overscanning
Bad points:
First unit we received had a faulty clicking fan; the replacement is perfect
The 100Hz frame interpolation makes everything look a bit artificial and has horrible artefacts for sports so better turned off
Upscaling and deinterlacing of SD material within the TV not as good as my Onkyo TR606 amplifier, but since I use that all the time, the picture is fantastic as it upscales to 1080i in the amp
Overall rating 9.0
Image quality 10.0
Sound quality 7.0
Design 8.0
Value for money 9.0
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Confirmed purchase: 06 Oct 2008

Andy, Thatcham

Score 10.0/10
Good points:
Excellent picture quality with both SD and HD video signals. Very easy to setup. No problems with wall mounting as it is surprisingly light, and easy to connect. Looking forward to a long and reliable life span.
Bad points:
None that I have found so far.
Overall rating 10.0
Image quality 10.0
Sound quality 9.0
Design 9.0
Value for money 10.0
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2 of 2 people found this review helpful

Confirmed purchase: 04 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 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) 30000
Reflection angle 178
Horizontal resolution (Pixels) 192
Vertical resolution (Pixels) 1080
Electronic Program Guide (EPG) No
Headphone Socket Yes
Weight (kg) 35
Release date 2008-03-06

Also known as: Panasonic TH42PZ85B, PANASONIC TH-42PZ85B, Panasonic TH 42PZ85B, Panasonic Viera TH-42PZ85, Panasonic TH-42PZ85

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Manufacturer's Description

Premium Full-HD Models with Superb Motion Image Quality and Advanced Networking Capabilities (HDMIx3, SD card slot)

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.

In addition to brilliant picture quality, VIERA models offer the easy operation made possible by VIERA Link and the SD card slot. VIERA Link lets you operate other connected Panasonic AV components using only the VIERA TV’s remote control unit. The majority of the VIERA line-up is equipped with a slot for large-capacity SDHC cards. 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.


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