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Panasonic TH-42PZ800E

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      26.03.2010 16:45
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      I want this tv!

      After watching this television many times at my friend's house I am more than a little envious. This was one one of the top of the range plasma televisions offered by Panasonic and it definitely fits the billing.

      This television displays full HD which basically means it does not have to upscale to 1080p which in theory will make for a sharper picture. In addition it is 100 hz which is meant to provide a smoother picture. At this screen size it is imposing but by the same token, flaws in the picture will be more noticable and therefore it's imperative the picture is spot on.

      The first source we tested this with was SD, this provided a very colourful and sharp picture. Although if I am honest it wasn't a great deal better than my much cheaper panasonic. However you don't need to fear about this, the problem is not with the television, it is with the broadcaster, since they are not feeding a high definition signal to the television.

      However this perception alters dramatically when the blu ray player is used to display Pirates Of The Caribbean, then the reactions change to words like stunning, fantastic, remarkable. The contrast of the colours is so seamless providing a superb depth to the colours, with a picture so vivid it's almost like you could reach out and touch it. The black levels are unrivaled and although the debate may rage on with plasma and lcd I have yet to see an lcd which shines quite this much.

      When the source is changed to dvd, likewise the picture quality is excellent, again tremendously sharp, crisp colours albeit the picture is noticably flatter when compared to blu ray.

      Next is the sound, which is also excellent, it goes quite loud without introducing distortion, is clear and has a good depth to it. Admittedly it is not going to reach the heights of an external speaker pair but if you don't have that option, I can certainly say you can get along very well without it.

      So are there any drawbacks? well the price of this television when purchased was 1200.00 and as the prices here indicate, that price has now tumbled. The picture quality is absolutely top notch and so is the sound. There might be some people who perhaps hanker for more setting options but I would argue that they have provided a minimalist approach because the television doesn't need constantly adjusting

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