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Panasonic TH42PWD8

alaTest has collected and analyzed 104 reviews of Panasonic TH42PWD8. The average rating for this product is 4.5/5, compared to an average rating of 4.2/5 for other TVs for all reviews. Reviewers are impressed by the size and usability. The design and price also get good feedback, whereas there are some mixed reviews about the durability. There are some negative reviews about the energy efficiency.

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We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other TVs the Panasonic TH42PWD8 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 79/100 = Good quality.

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(Based on 104 reviews)

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alaTest has collected and analyzed 63 user reviews of Panasonic TH42PWD8 from The average user rating for this product is 4.6/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.1/5 for other TVs on Opinions about the color and size are generally positive. The usability and price are also mentioned favorably. Some have doubts about the durability.

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94% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Panasonic TH-42PX500U 42" Flat Panel HD-Ready Plasma TVPanasonic TH-50PX500U 50-Inch Flat Panel HD-Ready Plasma TVPanasonic TH-42PX500U 42-Inch Flat Panel HD-Ready Plasma TV

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Panasonic TH-42PX500U Plasma HDTV


I must admit, I was a bit skeptical. Or perhaps wary is a better description. Thirteen months ago, in these very pages, I reviewed a stellar Panasonic plasma, the TH-42PX25. It had the best black level and contrast ratio to date for a plasma. We even...

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Panasonic TH-42PX500U Plasma HDTV


I must admit, I was a bit skeptical. Or perhaps wary is a better description. Thirteen months ago, in these very pages, I reviewed a stellar Panasonic plasma, the TH-42PX25. It had the best black level and contrast ratio to date for a plasma. We even...

Thus, the performance has stayed roughly the same, and, in some cases, has improved. So, how did Panasonic achiece the price drop? Well, not by any obvious means that you'd be able to see. Most likely, it was a combination of volume and market...


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Panasonic Onyx TH42PX500U 42 in Flat Screen Plasma TV


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Panasonic TH-50PX500U


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Great for a year, but...


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Professional Display Unit


Good quality, good customer service, worth it.

Without TV tuner

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Best in Class


Great Picture, Options, Style.. Good Overall Value versus $$

Not Consumer Connection Friendly, But it is the Prof. model

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Panasonic TH42PWD6UY plasma MONITOR


Excellent picture quality. Great for pc's and dvds

No NTSC tuner. Awkward connections

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Panasonic TH-42PWD6UY 42


Excellent picture, high contrast, vivid colors

Faulty power supply

Consumer review by:

Nice TV - Died after 1.5 years


Beautiful image quality.

Died just after warranty ended.

Product Specifications

The realism of a TV's image is strongly linked to its contrast ratio, and this plasma features a high contrast ratio of up to 3000:12. Such a wide range from black to white means great depth and dimensionality with vibrant colors - and this plasma can display an incredible 8.58 billion colors for a superior picture. Deep blacks provide excellent shadow detail during dark scenes, while brilliant whites allow Panasonic plasmas to render bright scenes with vivid realism. Panasonic plasma HDTVs with CableCARD slots can accept a small card that allows you to receive standard definition and high definition digital broadcasts. No bulky set-top cable box - perfect for a wall-mounted plasma TV. Sports, movies, and original network programming are all available in high definition from many local broadcasters. Receive and view local over-the-air broadcasts on this plasma in stunning HDTV clarity using the built-in HDTV tuner. If your cable company passes through HDTV broadcasts from local broadcasters, you can decode and tune those as well. The best images you can ever view on a Panasonic plasma don't have anything to do with HDTV. Share your JPEG photos taken with a Lumix digital camera on a Panasonic plasma using the built-in SD card slot. Simply insert the SD card, which is about the size of a postage stamp, into the SD slot on the TV and enjoy a photo slideshow. If you have even a moderately complicated home theater setup, you probably have a pile of tangled cables on the floor behind it. Imagine replacing all those cables with a single cable that carries both digital video and audio at the same time. With the new HDMI standard, that's exactly what you get. The HDMI connector on this TV accepts high-quality digital video and audio via the same thin cable, allowing you to run one cable from the source to the TV. This widescreen TV features a width-to-height ratio similar to movie theater screens, providing a theater-like experience at home. View HDTV broadcasts and widescreen DVDs the way they were meant to be seen. HDTV broadcasts and DVDs offer more detail and better color than analog broadcasts, and it takes a high-resolution display to deliver all that picture information. The high pixel count of this plasma display provides fine detail for outstanding HDTV reproduction. More pixels also translate into less stair-stepping artifacts; curved and diagonal edges look smooth and natural.


2D to 3D Conversion: No
Adjustable Display: No
Application Store: No
Application Store (IPTV): No
DLNA certified: No
DVB-T2: No
DVD Player / Recorder: No
Electronic Program Guide (EPG): No
HbbTV: No
Integrated Camera: No
Integrated Microphone: No
Loudspeakers:No / Unknown / Yes
Media Player: No
PC Streaming: No
Type of MPR Radiation:No / Unknown
Type of TCO Radiation:No / Unknown
USB Recording: No
Video-on-Demand (VoD): No
Web Browser: No
Web Content Access: No


CI Plus: No
DLNA certified: No
DVI Interface: No
Memory Stick: No
PC Streaming: No
Secure Digital Card: No
VGA: Yes
VGA / D-Sub Interface: Yes
WiFi Connectivity: No


Frequency:50 Hertz
Full HD: No
HD ready: No
LED Backlight:No / Not Applicable
LED Technology:Not Applicable
Screen Format:16:9
Touchscreen: No

Energy Information

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