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

alaTest has collected and analyzed 240 reviews of Panasonic TH-PZ81 Series Plasma TV (42", 46", 50"). The average rating for this product is 4.6/5, compared to an average rating of 4.3/5 for other TVs for all reviews. Reviewers really like the durability and design. The price and usability are also appreciated. Opinions about the energy efficiency and black level are different, and some have doubts about the remote control.

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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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alaTest has collected and analyzed 42 user reviews of Panasonic TH-PZ81 Series Plasma TV (42", 46", 50") from The average user rating for this product is 4.6/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.3/5 for other TVs on People really like the design and sound. The usability and price also get good feedback.

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93% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Panasonic Th50pz81b Full HD 50 Inch Plasma TvPanasonic TH-42PZ81B 42 -inch LCD 1080 pixels Plasma TVPanasonic TH-46PZ81B Full HD 46" Plasma TV with Freesat Built In

Nov, 2015

Expert review by: Doug Harman (

Panasonic Viera TH-46PZ81B television - Pocket-lint


Panasonic has introduced the World's first flat panel TV with a built-in Freesat tuner and it's a cracker. The 46-inch model we had to test has Full

Easy to use and set-up, fantastic picture quality, good connectivity, good built-in audio, Freesat

Distractingly reflective screen surface, no record to SD card, only HD playback, reds a little flat

Yes, we’re still waiting on Freesat to deliver both the service and range of channels a TV set like this deserves, but as that’s out of Panasonic’s hands, products like this will help build a groundswell for improved HD programming.

Sep, 2008

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Panasonic TH-42PZ81B review


Panasonic has released the first range of TVs with built-in Freesat tuners

Three tuners including HD sat ; Basic multi-sat support ; Easy setup

No motorised dish support ; Freeview EPG looks bland compared with Freesat

A multi-talented and fully-featured TV

Jul, 2008

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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

Jan, 2009


Expert review by: John Archer (

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...

Jun, 2008

Expert review by: Riyad Emeran (

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...

May, 2008

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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...

Sep, 2008

Expert review by: John Archer (

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

Sep, 2008

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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...

Aug, 2008

Expert review by: Martin James (

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...

Jul, 2008

Product Specifications


2D to 3D Conversion: No
Application Store: No
Application Store (IPTV): No
DLNA certified:No / Yes
DVB-S:DVB-S2 (HD) / 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
Processor Cores:Single-Core
USB Recording: No
Video-on-Demand (VoD): No
Web Browser: No
Web Content Access: No


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

Dimensions / Weight

VESA Mount:Unknown


4K Upscaling: No
Frame Refresh Rate in Hz:100
Frequency:100 Hertz
Full HD: Yes
HD ready: Yes
LED Backlight: No
LED Technology: 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 of Monitor:Plasma