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Sony FWD-42PV1

alaTest has collected and analyzed 18 reviews of Sony FWD-42PV1. The average rating for this product is 4.3/5, compared to an average rating of 4.3/5 for other TVs for all reviews. People really like the sound and durability. The design and image quality are also mentioned favorably. There are some mixed comments about the tuner. Some have doubts about the usability.

price, image quality, design, durability, sound


We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other TVs the Sony FWD-42PV1 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 82/100 = Very good quality.

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alaTest has collected and analyzed 2 user reviews of Sony FWD-42PV1 from The average user rating for this product is 5.0/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.1/5 for other TVs on

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This summary is based on the products: Sony 42-Inch FWD42PV1S Flat Panel Plasma EDTV SilverSony 42-Inch FWD42PV1S Flat Panel Plasma EDTV Silver

Jun, 2018

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Sony = good

EDTV = bad ; If you plan to just use it for ; basic cable and DVD when the 720x480 pixel will be good enough

Nov, 2006

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try to return and order other one


me and my wife and two of my children were dreaming to have a "plasma tv" for long time. finally we order this item a month ago. when i received merchandise, i realized this was not a regular tv. this is a monitor for computer. i need a tv for my...

May, 2008

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Excellent Display at Great Value


Great value for a 42" Plasma Wide-screen. It can use a nice base which costs about $150.00 or a wall mount that should be installed by a professional. Still an exceptional value for an excellent home entertainment display. With a cable receiver,a tv...

Apr, 2008

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A Disappointment's web page doesn't make it clear that this isn't a plasma TV, but a display. Hooking up to regular cable TV is a hassle and there's NO tv stand included--this item is designed with the idea that you're going to wall-mount it. You can buy the...

Apr, 2008

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Pro's: Very nice monitor indeed. Great picture, bright.Con: No mount included (for the price though who cares).

Apr, 2008

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DISPLAY monitor...


First, lets make one point clear. This is a Display monitor and not a TV. It does not have a tuner, nor does it come with built in speakers. In order to use it as a TV output, you will need a cable box, or any other signal source. It is also important...

Apr, 2008

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Good one for the price


All,There are not as many reviews for this model. So thought of sharing my experience on this recently purchased item. This is NOT A TV, however can be used to watch TV with external tv tuner. This is a plasma display (like a computer monitor)with few...

Mar, 2008

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Professional connections


Video sync was off and caused me some problems, once that was taken care of the unit performed great.

Very bright Well made

limited inputs no tuner (has optional card)

Oct, 2006

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color depth and definition exceptional for edtv ghosting is minimal at 7ft plus Sony quality is a notch above for the price plasma "picture frame " appearance

ed gives less definition up close (under 7 feet )

Oct, 2006

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Picture Frame


It's great looking piece.

It's a great and look like picture frame. It has HDMI,DVI,Component connections.16:9 aspect and great look.

no stand,speaker and RF cable connection.

Oct, 2005

Product Specifications

The FWD42PV1 Series Flat Panel Plasma Display sports a smart new aesthetic design. This model incorporates Sony Original Motion Picture Engine Processing with a resolution of 852x480 and High Definition signal acceptance, together with a variety of inputs and RS232 control for complete system control integration.


Audio system:Surround (Off / Hall / Simulated)

Audio System

Sound Output Mode:Stereo
Speakers Included:Speakers not included

Dimensions & Weight



Aspect Ratio:16:9
Display brightness:50
Display Diagonal:42
Display number of colors:1.073 billion colours
Display Resolution:852 x 480
HD type:Not supported
Noise reduction: Yes
Pixel Pitch:0.0425 x 0.0425


Type: None

Energy Management

Power consumption (typical):260


Product Line:Sony


Color:Frosty silver/Matte black/Silver

Operational Conditions

Operating relative humidity (H-H):20 - 90
Operating relative humidity range:20 - 90
Operating temperature (T-T):0 - 35
Operating temperature range (T-T):0 - 35
Storage temperature (T-T):-10 - 40
Storage temperature range (T-T):-10 - 40

Ports & interfaces

Audio (L,R) in:1
Composite video in:1
Composite video out:1
DVI port: Yes
I/O ports:-DVI-HDCP; Audio In\n-D-sub 15-pin (RGB / YUV), DIV; Audio In \nRemote (RS-232C) D-sub 9-pin, Audio Out, \nControl S In/Out;\n-S-Video In / Out; Audio In, Composite In Yes, Composite Out
PC in (D-Sub): Yes
RS-232 port:1
RS-232 ports:1
S-Video in:1
S-Video inputs quantity:1


Power consumption (typical):260

Technical Details

Audio Output:1
Color of product:Black / Silver
Power Requirements:100 - 240V, 50/60Hz (3.5A max)


Diagonal Size:42in
Diagonal Size (cm):106.7cm/106cm
Digital Television Certification:EDTV monitor/Not certified
Display Format:480p
HDCP Compatible: Yes
Image Aspect Ratio:16:9
Image Contrast Ratio:10000:1
PC Interface:DVI / VGA (HD-15)
Resolution:852 x 480
Technology:Plasma (PDP)
Type:Plasma panel
Video Interface:Component / Composite / S-Video/Composite / S-Video
Viewing Angle:160 degrees/170 degrees

TV Tuner

Analog signal format system:NTSC, PAL, SECAM
Multi-channel Preview:Picture-and-picture (PAP) / Picture-in-picture (PIP)
TV Tuner Presence: No

Weight & Dimensions