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NEC PlasmaSync VM5 Series TV (42", 84")

alaTest has collected and analyzed 12 reviews of NEC PlasmaSync VM5 Series TV (42", 84"). The average rating for this product is 3.8/5, compared to an average rating of 4.2/5 for other TVs for all reviews. Comments about the connectivity and durability are generally positive. The design and image quality also get good feedback, whereas some have doubts about the tuner and usability.

image quality, design, durability, connectivity

price, remote control, usability, tuner

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other TVs the NEC PlasmaSync VM5 Series TV (42", 84") is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 84/100 = Very good quality.

Review analysis

(Based on 12 reviews)

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Editor's Choice!

Expert review by: Robert Heron (



Screen Size (Diagonal): 42 inches, Supported EDTV and HDTV Resolutions: 480i, Supported EDTV and HDTV Resolutions: ...

Exceptional image quality. Comprehensive display control options.

Remote lacks backlight. No extras bundled in. Pricey.

The NEC 42XR4 offers the best picture quality of any 42-inch plasma TV we have seen to date. But its premium price doesn't include many extras, the remote is near-useless in the dark, and to get the most out of it you'll need to have it professionally cal

Mar, 2006

Expert review by: (

NEC PlasmaSync 42XR4 HD-Ready Plasma TV


This 42-inch plasma screen doesn't get off to a flying start: a scan of the 42X4R's specifications reveals the lack of a built-in tuner. So we're dealing with a screen here, not a TV. This is a disadvantage that's expanded upon with the revelation that...

Good picture, Future-proof

No Scarts, Expensive optional extras

The low price for this screen (£1,800) is offset by the additional cost of a tuner, stand and speakers. But if you have your own cinema system and Sky HD, it's a very appealing proposition. Shame about the lack of Scarts though..

Nov, 2006

Expert review by: staff (

NEC PX-42XR4W review


Is a low price tag enough?

p>Good picture Future-proof</p

p>No Scarts Expensive optional extras</p

Nov, 2006

Expert review by: Chris Pickering (

NEC 42XR4 Silver Plasma review


Considering my spare time is frequently filled to the very brim with the latest gaming titles, you can safely say that high definition is right at the very forefront of my imagination. With the Xbox360 and PS3 intent on utilising the latest...

HD Ready, plenty of connections

Refresh rate couldn't cope with all games, gets very hot

Maybe I’ve become a little spoilt when it comes to HD televisual opportunities, but the 42XR4 certainly doesn't weigh in with the goods

Sep, 2006

Expert review by: Dave Jansen (



The 42 inch NEC PX-42XR4W is a feature-packed plasma television with excellent customisation controls let down by mediocre image quality. In both stan...

Attractive design, Excellent calibration options

Image noise and pixel fluctuations across all modes, Mediocre interpolation performance

The 42 inch NEC PX-42XR4W is a feature-packed plasma television with excellent customisation controls let down by mediocre image quality.

Aug, 2006


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Humax YouView DTR-T1000 review


While the Humax YouView DTR-T1000 may look like any other hard disk PVR, inside it's something a bit special, as this is the first model to use the YouView platform. What this means, is that as well as being able to view and record Freeview HD...

Simply the best EPG of any Freeview HD PVR, a responsive box and neatly integrated on-demand TV

Jul, 2012

Expert review by: Andrew Williams (

Humax YouView DTR-T1000


Preview: The world's first YouView box is also a great Freeview PVR.

The Humax YouView will be available at the end of July, for £299.99.

Jul, 2012

Expert review by: Riyad Emeran (

NEC PlasmSync 42XR4 42in Plasma Screen


When is an HD TV not an HD TV? When it has everything except a TV tuner inside it.

We’ll come back to that later, but for now let’s go back to basics with how this NEC screen looks. And actually, it looks reassuringly glamorous in its sturdy dark fascia and metallic trim. Perhaps the 42XR4 does have one eye on the home user after all.

Feb, 2011

Expert review by: Daniel Braithwaite (

NEC PlasmaSync 42XR4 review


This is easily NEC's best plasma screen to date, improving on picture quality in all departments over its predecessors. Its lack of domesticity on the connection front and the high standards of some of its competition both count against it, however

Digital connectivity ; Sharpness and flexibility of picture with standard and high definition

Black levels aren't the best ; Colours a touch muted ; No tuner or Scarts built in

The cost of the 42XR4 is an important factor in our tests. While as a sub-£2k screen it might have tickled our fancy, at £2,450 minimum it struggles to be truly competitive in today's cut-throat marketplace

Apr, 2006

Product Specifications

The countdown to the next era of multimedia presentations is now over. Introducing the PlasmaSync 42VP4A. Lighter, quieter, sharper, brighter, more vivid, with advances that expand compatibility and connectivity. High-quality image reproduction. From forward-thinking boardrooms to broadcast studios where cinema-quality motion picture is essential, the PlasmaSync 42VP4A sets a new benchmark for impressive presentations and video display with all new AccuDevice digital technology. Quiet operation and a lightweight design keep the focus on the presentation. The PlasmaSync 42VP4A is the quietest screen available as it uses no cooling fans. It delivers the quite ambiance required for presentations where every word must be heard. Several design breakthroughs - and optional speakers make the 42VP4A the first choice in professional business to home cinema viewing. The 42VP4A features an anti-reflective filter for controlled lighting situations thus providing a sharp and crisp image.

Audio System

Sound Output Mode:Stereo

Dimensions & Weight



Type: None


Product Line:NEC PlasmaSync


Color:Gray anthracite

Service & Support

Type:1 year warranty


Diagonal Size:42in/84in
Diagonal Size (cm):105.5cm/105.7cm/213cm
Digital Television Certification:EDTV monitor/HDTV monitor
Display Format:480p
HDTV Ready: Yes
Image Aspect Ratio:16:9
PC Interface:DVI / VGA (HD-15)
Progressive Scan:Progressive scanning (line doubling)
Resolution:1706 x 960/853 x 480
Technology:Plasma (PDP)
Type:Plasma panel
Video Interface:Component / Composite / S-Video
Viewing Angle:160 degrees

TV Tuner

TV Tuner Presence: No