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Panasonic TH-PZ81 Series Plasma TV (42", 46", 50")

Panasonic TH-PZ81 Series Plasma TV (42", 46", 50")
alaScore 87

100 reviews

Apr, 2014

alaTest has collected and analyzed 100 reviews from magazines and websites. Reviewers really like the design and usability. The sound and value for money also get good feedback.

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We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other TVs the Panasonic TH-PZ81 Series Plasma TV (42", 46", 50") is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 87/100 = Very good quality.

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Review analysis

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Stuff magazine

 

Teaming Freesat HD with a big Full HD picture, this top-spec Panasonic is a bargain way to watch hi-def broadcasting

A top-notch TV in its own right, but the Freesat HD tuner seals its appeal. Big, beautiful and pretty good value, too

Editor's Choice!

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Panasonic Viera TH-46PZ81 (freesat) review

 

With most of the hardware support for freesat coming from predominantly budget brands such as Bush, the new digital platform sorely needs some proper heavyweight action. This stunning TV from Panasonic fits the bill perfectly, giving us freesat in its...

Typically outstanding Panasonic plasma picture quality ; Freesat tuner works a treat ; Easy to use ; Decent value

Freesat's limited HD content ; Weaknesses in some freesat broadcasts

Conclusion Coupling yet another fine example of Panasonic plasma TV picture quality with the cutting edge attraction of a built-in HD broadcast tuner has made the 46PZ81 a genuine landmark product. Here's hoping that freesat can ultimately deliver the...

Recommended!

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Panasonic Viera TH-46PZ81 46in Plasma TV

 

From preview to review, the first UK TV with integrated Freesat tuner gets the once over from John.

Although it's a shame for the 46PZ81 that the Freesat service doesn't currently carry a bit more high definition content to make the most of its screen's Full HD resolution, that's hardly the TV's fault. In fact, there's very little that IS the TV's...

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Panasonic Viera TH-46PZ81 Freesat TV Preview

 

With the Freesat launch only a couple of weeks old, Panasonic already has the service integrated into its TVs.

Panasonic's PZ81 Freesat enabled range will launch in 42 and 46in sizes in June, with a 50in model shipping in July - it was the 46in TH-46PZ81 that I got my paws on. First impressions of the set are very good, which is unsurprising considering that...

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Panasonic TH-42PZ81

 

Panasonic's Freesat HD sets still offer a unique proposition, but it ultimately falls short of delivering a complete, quality all-rounder

Freesat HD TV ; HD off-air content looks great ; strong Freeview tuner ; solid sound ; pleasing, natural colour balance

Standard-def Freesat content is a little soft ; video images haven't quite got the all-round sparkle

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Panasonic TH-46PZ81B

 

The Panasonic TH-46PZ81B is a 46-inch full-HD (1920 x 1080) plasma TV. With built-in Freesat, it has a contrast ratio of 30,000:1, the new Real Black Drive system and Intelligent Frame Creation. With three HDMI slots, Composite video input, S-Video...

The rumours of the death of plasma have been greatly exaggerated – this stunning 1080p TV couldn’t be more future-proofed if it ran on biodiesel made from recycled iPods. Panasonic TH-46PZ81B is tagged with Panasonic, plasma, TV and black. Select a tag...

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Panasonic TH-46PZ81B

 

The Panasonic TH-46PZ81B is a 46-inch full-HD (1920 x 1080) plasma TV. With built-in Freesat, it has a contrast ratio of 30,000:1, the new Real Black Drive system and Intelligent Frame Creation. With three HDMI slots, Composite video input, S-Video...

Want HD but don’t fancy a pricey Sky subscription? This gorgeous 46-inch Full HD plasma is the first TV to come with Freesat built in – just hook up a dish and you can snatch 1080 broadcasts from the BBC, ITV and Channel 4 from space, all for nowt!...

Yes, the 46PZ81 costs more than a weekend in a swanky hotel with champagne on tap and a close personal friend, but will that friend give you a 180-degree viewing angle and a choice of top quality input and output ports? Wait a second, that came out wrong

The rumours of the death of plasma have been greatly exaggerated – this stunning 1080p TV couldn’t be more future-proofed if it ran on biodiesel made from recycled iPods.

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Panasonic TH46PZ81

 

Panasonic's latest plasma TV boasts not one, not two, but three TV technology firsts.

Within the Freesat service you can currently find nearly 80 channels, around 50 of which are TV (as opposed to radio) channels. The 46PZ81 can, of course, receive every last one of these channels, including the two HD offerings: BBC HD and ITV HD

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Panasonic TH50PZ81

 

Performs well in all areas for such a large screen, just off the pace of the best ..

Integrated 'Freesat' tuner and fine overall performance create an interesting proposition. With intense competition from Plasma and LCD rivals however we feel that the figures don't quite add up. Those looking for the convenience of an integrated...

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Panasonic TH-46PZ81

 

Freesat HD / Good onscreen interface / Excellent picture performance / Decent audio

Not the cheapest

You might think the Freeview tuner a pretty pointless addition to the Freesat one, but in fact there are currently a number of channels you can get on Freeview that aren’t available on Freesat. So having both tuners is the only way to guarantee you the...

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Product Specifications

Configuration

2D to 3D Conversion: No
Application Store: No
Application Store (IPTV): No
DLNA certified:No / Yes
DVB-C: No
DVB-S:DVB-S2 (HD) / No
DVB-T:DVB-T (MPEG2) / DVB-T (MPEG4) / No
DVB-T2: No
DVD Player / Recorder: No
Electronic Program Guide (EPG):No / Yes
HbbTV: No
HDTV:No / Yes
Loudspeakers: Yes
Media Player: No
PC Streaming: No
Picture and Text (PAT): Yes
USB Recording: No
Web Browser: No
Web Content Access: No

Connectivity

CI Plus: No
DLNA certified:No / Yes
DVI Interface: No
Ethernet: No
Front AV Interface: Yes
HDMI: Yes
HDMI PORT: Yes
Headphone Output: Yes
Memory Stick: No
PC Streaming: No
S-Video: Yes
Secure Digital Card: Yes
USB: No
VGA / D-Sub Interface: Yes
WiFi Connectivity: No
YUV Interface: Yes

Dimensions / Weight

VESA Mount:Unknown

Display

Frame Refresh Rate in Hz:100
Frequency:100 Hertz
Full HD: Yes
HD ready: Yes
LED Backlight: No

Energy Information

Energy Efficiency Class (EU):Unknown
Energy Saving Trust Feature: No

General Features

3D: No
3D Ready: No
3D Technology:Not Applicable
Product Type:Plasma
Screen Format:16:9
Type:Plasma
Type of Monitor:Plasma
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