Bought this baby after my 10 year old 26" Sony broke and frankly its amazing. Since I hadn't bought a new TV in a long time I did quite a lot of research into what TV would give me most bang for my buck. All I knew was that it had to be big and be able to produce a great image. My first port of call was to decide whether it should be a LCD or Plasma TV. There seems to be a huge debate over which is better and from my research and experience the plasma seems to come out on top. There seems to be less motion blur when it comes to fast moving objects and dark colours seem to be more accurate and produce a 'true-black' colour. The LCD pictures seemed to be lighter and brighter colours were produced more vibrantly.
When I visited the Panasonic shop the man basically said that if you're getting a 42inch+ size TV plasma was the way forward as the LCD quality goes down hill from that size where as at 39" LCD seemed to have the upper hand when it came to picture quality. LCD's also use up less power and a plasma TV can sometimes have image scarring where if you leave a static image displaying on the TV it can scar into the background of TV when watching but to do this you would have to leave a static image on for 12 hours or more (who does that?)
My brother seemed adamant that the 39" LCD was better but I believed the 42" plasma had the edge. Needless to say he bought the LCD and I the plasma. I know I got the better deal. The picture quality is awesome, no motion blur what so ever, colours are represented accurately and dark colours and shade remain dark. It is a Full HD 1080p TV which is really only beneficial if you watch a lot of HD TV channels, own a games console or watch blu ray's, some say that more and more HD channels will be emerging and a 1080p Full HD picture does produce the best picture possible but you won't be missing out if you decide to save yourself some cash and not go Full HD. 3 HDMI ports for great connectivity and you can connect your camera or laptop to the TV as well. I was worried about the size of the TV and that it might be too big. But it fits very nicely in my 8m x 4m room and makes the room look like a modern 21st century living room. Big is certainly better.
Since 1972 Panasonic have grown as a well established company in the UK. The Panasonic TH-42PZ700 is an awesome piece of kit. This in layman's terms is a 42" Plasma screen HD Ready television with Free View built in, which will connect to every accessory you want it to.
The build quality looks tough and durable though in my opinion any TV this price needs to be looked after properly.
The clarity and picture definition is unbelievable especially if you are using the High Definition feature.
Let me explain a little about High Definition TV this is a digital signal that is now being transmitted which allows your TV to display a picture with a higher screen resolution and a clearer more vivid picture. A lot of TV's are now being built with this feature as standard as TV stations are now transmitting some channels with HD signals but slowly this new technology will be phased in.
The screen size is 42" which translates to 1920X1080 pixels with a staggering 68.7 Billion colours
The sound for this TV is the Smart Sound Speaker System with the Panasonic is well known for the ambience speaker system which does sound good for a stand alone TV.
TV Features. (I've told you about the 3 quality area's that you visually see and hear but to appreciate this TV further you have to realise this TV connects to so much other appliances and so many other great features)
VIERA- analyzes each scene and adjusts the picture accordingly to assure optimum brightness.
HD Ready Technology as explained above.
Digital Optical Output.
3 x HDMI Input.
SDHC Card Networkability (H.264 / MPEG2 / HD-JPEG)
Built in Free View.
I have connected to the TV via the HDMI connections are my Technics Home Entertainment System, Tape Player connected through Cable set top box, and Play Station 3. Also connected through the Mini D Sub connection for PC Input is my home PC giving me a 42" computer screen, cool!
The remote control although looks complicated is simple once you get use to it with the great explanation from the instruction book.
When ordering the TV there are three letters that normally follow the model number being:
CAB: For the cabinet to come with the TV.
PED: For a pedestal to come with the TV to be on a stand.
WALL: For a wall mount bracket to come with the TV.
The built in Free View allows you to watch channels that are extra to the normal terrestrial signal these extra channels are BBC One, BBC Two, BBC Three, BBC Four, ITV 1, ITV 2, ITV 3, ITV 4, ITV Play, 4, E4, E4 +1, More 4, Five, Five US, Five Life, Sky Three, Sky News, BBC News 24, BBC Parliament, Sky Sports News, Film 4, UKTV History, UKTV Bright Ideas, FTN, ABC 1, Quiz Call, S4C, S4C-2, The Hits, TMF, CBeebies, CBBC, CITV, Community Channel, Teachers TV, Ideal World, QVC Price Drop TV, Bid TV, Teletext, Plus radio stations. (There is probably more I just can't think of anymore)
Panasonic TH-42PZ700 Specifications
DVB Digital Tuner
Tuning System: PLL synthesizer 100-position auto-search tuner
Broadcast Stereo Reception: NICAM (FM)
Fastext: 2000P Level 2.5, FASTEXT/LIST/TOP
Receiving System: PAL -I, DVB; AV-NTSC: PAL-525/60, NTSC, And M-NTSC
Screen Size / Screen Aspect: 42 inches (106 cm) diagonal / 16: 9 Wide
Panel: G10 Progressive Full-HD Plasma Display Panel
Number of Pixels: 2,073,600 (1,920 x 1,080) pixels
Applicable PC Signals: SXGA
Displayable Colours: Max. 68.7 billion equivalent colours for darker part
Contrast Ratio: Max. 5,000:1
Speaker System: Smart Sound Speaker System
Audio Output: 31 W (13W + 2.5 W) x 2, 10 percent THD
SD Memory Card Slot: Yes (H.264/MPEG2 playback)
PCMCIA Card Slot
Composite Video Input: AV4: RCA phono type x 1 (front)
Audio Input (for Video): AV4: RCA phono type connectors (L, R) (1 set, front)
PC Input: Mini D-sub 15-pin x 1 (rear)
Audio Input (for PC): RCA phono type connectors (L, R) (1 set, rear)
Component Video Input: RCA phono type x 3 [Y, PB, PR] (rear)
Audio Input (for Component Video): RCA phono type connectors (L, R) (1 set, rear)
21-pin Input/Output: AV1: AV In, TV out, RGB In (rear), AV2: AV In/Out, S-Video In, Q-Link (rear), AV3: AV In/Out, S-Video/RGB In, Q-Link (rear)
Audio output: RCA phono type connectors (L, R) (1 set rear), Headphone jack (1 front: with Audio Description)
Screen Saver: Wobbling
Multi Window: PIP/PAP/PAT
Aspect Controls: Panasonic Auto/16:9/14:9/4:3/Zoom1/Zoom2/Zoom3
Power Supply: AC 220 - 240 V, 50/60Hz
The price does vary from different companies but I have found a place online including delivery for the TV on its own is £1999.95 or with the Cabinet, Pedestal and Wall Bracket the cost would be £2049.95 (Though I do not know whether installation is included with this price). I have seen it as expensive as £2600.00 online and in shops.
Overall this is an excellent piece of equipment that I'm sure anyone would love to have in there home, I love it I wish that I could have a bigger sized room to fit in its big brother the 50" Panasonic TH-50PZ700.
Thanks for reading.