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Panasonic TH42PWD8

alaTest has collected and analyzed 96 reviews of Panasonic TH42PWD8. The average rating for this product is 4.5/5, compared to an average rating of 4.3/5 for other TVs for all reviews. People are impressed by the durability and design. The usability and price also get good feedback, whereas some have doubts about the glare and energy efficiency. Reviews are divided on the reliability.

image quality, price, usability, design, durability

tuner, energy, glare

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other TVs the Panasonic TH42PWD8 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 82/100 = Very good quality.

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alaTest has collected and analyzed 54 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 Reviews about the size and design are generally positive. The usability and price are also appreciated. Many are negative about the tuner, and there are some mixed reviews about the durability.

image quality, price, usability, design, size


93% 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-42PX500U 42" Flat Panel HD-Ready Plasma TV

Jun, 2018

Expert review by : Geoffrey Morrison (

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...

Dec, 2005

Expert review by : Geoffrey Morrison (

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...

Dec, 2005

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Panasonic Onyx TH42PX500U 42 in Flat Screen Plasma TV

Nov, 2005

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Panasonic TH-50PX500U

Aug, 2005

Consumer review (

Great for a year, but...

Dec, 2004

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Professional Display Unit


Good quality, good customer service, worth it.

Without TV tuner

Sep, 2004

Consumer review (

Best in Class


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

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

Sep, 2004

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Panasonic TH42PWD6UY plasma MONITOR


Excellent picture quality. Great for pc's and dvds

No NTSC tuner. Awkward connections

May, 2004

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Panasonic TH-42PWD6UY 42


Excellent picture, high contrast, vivid colors

Faulty power supply

May, 2004

Consumer review (

Nice TV - Died after 1.5 years


Beautiful image quality.

Died just after warranty ended.

Apr, 2007

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.

Audio System

Sound Output Mode:Stereo
Speakers Included:Speakers not included
Surround Mode: Yes

Dimensions & Weight



Type: None


Product Line:Panasonic TH


Color:Charcoal gray

Service & Support

Type:1 year warranty


Diagonal Size:42in
Diagonal Size (cm):107cm
Digital Television Certification:EDTV monitor/HDTV
Display Format:480p/720p
HDMI Ports Qty:1
HDTV Ready: Yes
Image Aspect Ratio:16:9
Image Contrast Ratio:3000:1/4000:1
Parental Channel Lock: Yes
PC Interface:VGA (HD-15)
Progressive Scan:Progressive scanning (line doubling)
Resolution:1024 x 768/852 x 480
Technology:Plasma (PDP)
Type:Plasma panel/Plasma TV
Video Interface:Component / Composite / HDMI / S-Video
Viewing Angle:160 degrees

TV Tuner

Digital TV Tuner:ATSC / QAM
Multi-channel Preview:Picture-in-picture (PIP) / Split screen
Secondary Audio Program (SAP): Yes
TV Tuner Presence:No/Yes