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After recently feeling a touch underwhelmed by Panasonic's new entry level 3D screen, this models we find ourselves on more predictably happy ground today with Panasonic's flagship 42 in 3D TV.
For a start the set actually has a vague stab at being stylish, thanks to its unusual brownish color scheme. Despite this though, the overall look remains almost painfully conservative, in keeping with almost all of Panasonic's current TVs bar, perhaps, the multi-colored D28 range.
It connects are much more cutting edge. For as well as four v1.4 HDMIs, you get jacks for both Free view HD and Free sat HD tunners, as well as plenty of multimedia support, including an Ethernet jack, a pair of USB ports, and an SD card slot.
The Panasonic's recording system only appears to support a single USB storage brand. But at least the system does work well if you happen to have a suitable Buffalo drive lying around, with seemingly loss less quality recordings of HD and standard def sources.
Panasonic has apparently finally realized that the sort of person likely to buy a flagship level of TV might well be interested in endorsements from THX and the Imaging Science Foundation. This model has both, with THX providing a really movie-friendly picture preset, and the ISF providing two professional picture setting slots that one of its engineers could use to calibration the tools the TV carries, you first need to activate an Advanced option in the TV's set up menu. And stylish of the model is good