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Panasonic Viera TH-PZ85 Series Plasma TV (42", 46", 50")

Panasonic Viera TH-PZ85 Series Plasma TV (42", 46", 50")
alaScore 88

1549 reviews

Sep, 2014

alaTest has collected and analyzed 1549 reviews from magazines and websites. Reviewers are impressed by the color and usability. The sound and value for money also get good feedback. Reviews about the reliability and energy efficiency are mixed.

image quality, value for money, sound, usability, color

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other TVs the Panasonic Viera TH-PZ85 Series Plasma TV (42", 46", 50") is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 88/100 = Very good quality.

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Amazon.co.uk review summary for Panasonic Viera TH-PZ85 Series Plasma TV (42", 46", 50")

 

alaTest has collected and analysed 61 user reviews of Panasonic Viera TH-PZ85 Series Plasma TV (42", 46", 50") from Amazon.co.uk. 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 Amazon.co.uk.

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95% of the reviews on Amazon.co.uk give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Panasonic TH-42PZ85B - 42" Widescreen 1080p Full HD Plasma TV - With Freeview, Viera Link & SD Card slotPanasonic TH-42PZ85B - 42" Widescreen 1080p Full HD Plasma TV - With Freeview, Viera Link & SD Card slotPanasonic TH-46PZ85B - 46" Widescreen Viera 1080P Full HD Plasma TV - With Freeview

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Amazon.com review summary for Panasonic Viera TH-PZ85 Series Plasma TV (42", 46", 50")

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 848 user reviews of Panasonic Viera TH-PZ85 Series Plasma TV (42", 46", 50") from Amazon.com. The average user rating for this product is 4.4/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.1/5 for other TVs on Amazon.com.

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89% of the reviews on Amazon.com give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Panasonic Viera TH-50PZ85U 50" 1080p Plasma HDTVPanasonic Viera TH-42PZ85U 42-Inch 1080p Plasma HDTV (2008 Model)Panasonic Viera TH-46PZ85U 46-Inch 1080p Plasma HDTV

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Panasonic TH-46PZ85U

 

Panasonic was the first HDTV manufacturer to offer a 1080p 42-inch plasma television (the TH-42PZ700U). The company's 46-inch 1080p TH-46PZ85U Viera ($1,199.95 direct) not only provides more than 22 percent more screen real estate than its smaller...

Impressive contrast ratio. Excellent SD video processing.

Slightly oversaturated colors. Overscan with 720p video sources. No 1080p input with VGA or component video ports.

This latest-generation plasma TV offers upgraded video processing and significantly improved picture contrast over previous 1080p Panasonic plasmas.

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Panasonic Viera TH-46PZ85U

 

Editors' note: The rating on this review has been lowered because of changes in the competitive marketplace.

The Panasonic TH-46PZ85U can produce one of the deepest shades of black we've ever tested; it has punchy color; a relatively effective antireflective screen; and sleek styling.

Poor noise reduction; less-accurate primary colors; fewer picture controls than many HDTVs.

A couple of issues keep its picture out of the top tier, but excellent black-level performance still makes the Panasonic TH-46PZ85U plasma TV stand out from the pack.

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Panasonic TH-42PZ85U

 

The Panasonic TH-46PZ85U will provide you with an above average picture and sound. The plasma provides a sharp-looking design with a classy finish. It performs well and offers quality and a solid reputation of a manufacturer that has made some of the...

Increased native contrast ratio1080p resolutionG11 Progressive 1080p HD Plasma Display PanelBuilt-In SD card slot3 HDMI Inputs

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Panasonic TH-50PZ85U

 

The Panasonic TH-50PZ85U Viera High Definition plasma television is one of the newest plasmas for 2008. It can display up to 1080p resolution.

G11 Progressive 1080p HD Plasma Display PanelMotion Adaptive 3D-Y/C digital comb filter3 (1 side) HDMI input jacksPhoto viewer and card slotincludes pedestal stand

The Panasonic TH-50PZ85U Viera High Definition plasma television is...

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Panasonic Viera TH-50PZ85U Plasma HDTV

 

While LCD displays may dominate that video wall at your local Best Circuit Shack these days, don't dismiss the benefits of plasmas. No company has put more R&D into plasma development than Panasonic, and it's paid off. People may disagree about who...

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Panasonic Viera TH-50PZ85U Plasma HDTV

 

While LCD displays may dominate that video wall at your local Best Circuit Shack these days, don't dismiss the benefits of plasmas. No company has put more R&D into plasma development than Panasonic, and it's paid off. People may disagree about who...

The Panasonic's onscreen menus have the usual standard video controls, along with manufacturer-specific adjustments. There are five preset picture modes: Vivid, Standard, Cinema, Game, and Custom. Users can adjust all of these modes. You can also set...

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Panasonic TH-42 PZ 85 E

 

The Panasonic gives sharp images at full HD resolution; Deep black and neutral colors make for a great picture; Even 24p format is beautifully presented

Standard PAL (576i) via HDMI is blurry and flickers a little; Fine details are missing from TV pictures; The sound is a bit feeble - Panasonic can do better

You also get more contrast for your money - in this aspect, this plasma absolutely wipes the floor with its liquid crystal competitors. The Televisions.com test will show whether it can also beat its nearest rivals.

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Panasonic Viera TH-42PZ85U

 

The 85 series is at the mid range of Panasonic's consumer plasmas for 2008, which is their 11th generation of plasma offerings. For more information refer to the full Viera 85 Series report. Specs 1080p native resolution 30,000:1 contrast ratio Game...

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Panasonic TH-50PZ85U vs. Samsung PN50A650 Plasma TV Review

 

Panasonic and Samsung have a strong battle going for the top spot in 1st Tier plasma sales and both have alluring new products arriving summer of 2008. The Samsung plasma model tested represents the companies 2nd tier plasma product, while the...

Both of these plasma TVs are high quality products. For Panasonic it’s two steps down from the top of the lineup while for Samsung, it’s only one. The Samsung PN50A650 ($2300) is typically around $100 to $200 more than the Panasonic TH-50PZ85 ($2100)....

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Panasonic Viera TH-42PZ85 42in Plasma TV

 

Panasonic strikes again with another great 42in plasma TV.

The 42PZ85 is yet another hugely accomplished Full HD 42in plasma TV from Panasonic. And as such it's another potentially lucrative string to Panasonic's bow, given that no other manufacturer has managed to squeeze 1,920 x 1,080 pixels into a 42in...

Product Specifications

VIDEO: . Screen Size 50" Class (49.9" diagonal) Display Resolution 1080p Contrast Ratio Native: 30,000:1Dynamic: 1,000,000:1 Compatible Signal Formats 1080p/1080i/720p/480p Aspect Ratio 16:9 (Widescreen) Shades of Gradation 4,096 Pixel Pitch (H x V) 0.576 x 0.576 mm Panel Type G11 Progressive 1080p HD Plasma Display Panel Aspect Control for TV/AV Modes 4:3, Zoom, Full, Just, H-fill for TV/AV modes Native Resolution (Number of Pixels) 1920 x 1080 Moving Picture Resolution 900 lines or more Progressive Scan Yes Video Noise Reduction Yes Digital Comb Filter Motion Adaptive 3D-Y/C Color Purity Optimizer (3D Color Management) Yes Sub-Pixel Controller Yes Motion Pattern Noise Reduction Yes Studio Ref. Mode No Pro Setting No Digital Cinema Reality Yes 480 Hz Sub-field Drive Yes 24p Playback(2:3) Yes Deep Color Yes x.v.Color Yes AUDIO: . Speakers Full-range x 2(L,R) Number of Speakers 2 Audio Ouput 20W (10% THD) (6 ohms, 70 Hz - 17 kHz) Surround Sound Yes BBE? ViVA HD3D Sound No INPUT/OUTPUT: . Tuners Integrated ATSC Photo Viewer Yes SD Card Slot Yes HDMI Input 3 (1 side) Analog Audio Input (for HDMI) 2 Composite Video Input 2 (1 side) S-Video Input 2 (1 side) Audio Input (for Video) 2 (1 side) PC Input (RGB-VGA) Mini D-sub 15-pin (rear) Audio Input (for PC) 1 (M3 Stereo Plug) Component Video Input [Y, PB(CB), PR(CR)] 2 Audio Input (for Component Video) 2 Composite Video Output 1 Audio Output 1 Digital Audio Out 1 CONVENIENCE: . VIERA Link Yes Game Mode Yes Pixel Shifter (Anti-Image Retention) Yes Video Picture Memory Yes On-Screen Display Languages English/Spanish/French V-Chip Program Lockout Yes Built-In Closed Caption Decoder Yes Timers - Sleep/On/Off Sleep (Off only) Video Input Labeling Yes GENERAL: . Power Supply AC 120 V, 60 Hz Power Consumption 690 W Safety Standard UL6500/C-UL Rece

Audio System

Sound Output Mode:Stereo
Speakers Included:2 speakers
Surround Mode: Yes

Dimensions & Weight

Depth:12.9in
Height:28.3in
Weight:70.5lbs
Width:41.7in

Header

Manufacturer:Panasonic
Model:42PZ85U
Product Line:Panasonic TH

Television

Diagonal Size:42in
Diagonal Size (cm):107cm
Digital Television Certification:HDTV
Display Format:1080p (FullHD)
Dynamic Contrast Ratio:1000000:1
HDMI Ports Qty:3
HDTV Ready: Yes
Image Aspect Ratio:16:9
Image Contrast Ratio:30000:1
Progressive Scan:Progressive scanning (line doubling)
Resolution:1920 x 1080
Series:VIERA
Technology:Plasma (PDP)
Type:Plasma TV
Video Interface:Component / Composite / HDMI / S-Video
Widescreen:Widescreen

TV Tuner

Digital TV Tuner:ATSC / QAM
HDTV Tuner: Yes
TV Tuner Presence: Yes
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