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Sony PFM-42B2 42 in. HDTV Plasma Television

alaTest has collected and analyzed 5 reviews of Sony PFM-42B2 42 in. HDTV Plasma Television. The average rating for this product is 3.4/5, compared to an average rating of 4.3/5 for other TVs for all reviews. People really like the design and sound. The usability and image quality are also appreciated, whereas many are critical about the tuner and price.

image quality, usability, sound, design

price, tuner

On average, users rate this product 68/100.

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This is not a TV -- it is a stand for holding your plasma TV



Not as described

Aug, 2004

Consumer review (

Doesn't hold up well over time


It worked, more or less.

Too expensive for mid-range performance. Sony won't stand behind this product.

May, 2005

Consumer review (

Been happy with the PFM-42B2 for 3 years


great HD picture, good with ratio distortions

might need software update, blacks are a little lossy

Aug, 2004

Consumer review (

WOW!! I love this plasma!!


Picture quality, price, great looking silver plasma.

Limited connections, no tv tuner/speakers. Don't buy this plasma if you want a plug-and-watch television.

Dec, 2003

Consumer review (

Sony PFM-42B2 Flat Panel TV: Do Not Think of Purchasing Unless....


Great picture and sound, easy to use, flexible,

Still expensive, will a better technology come along

Nov, 2003

Product Specifications

PFM-42B2 is a 42" PlasmaPro flat-panel plasma monitor with 1024 x 1024-pixel resolution for exacting detail and brilliant color. This stylish monitor is just 3 3/8 inches thick and weighs 62.9 pounds. It features "layout-free" design for horizontal or vertical viewing flexibility. At a depth of just 83mm, you can arrange this monitor in any way you desire - in a stand, on a wall or hung from the ceiling, either horizontally or vertically - for striking visuals with outstanding viewer impact. Achieving excellent brightness and contrast, PFM-42B2's high-resolution flat panel produces sharp, detailed images with rich and natural colors. With the Sony original I/P (Interlace/Progressive) conversion technology you will see precise and smooth images throughout the screen, and the anti-reflection coating on the glass panel reduces light reflection for clear, high-contrast pictures. With input connectors for composite, S-video (Y/C), RGB/component signals, you can display your visuals from a wide variety of signal sources, ranging from standard video to HDTV, DTV and computer signals up to UXGA. A built-in high-performance scan converter ensures optimum image quality with exact pixel sampling from the original input source, providing high-quality pixel-by-pixel image reproduction. Any PC within a network can communicate with the 42-inch display via a web browser. Operating presentations, organizing files and controlling both the display's functions and its setup parameters can all be done with a simple operation.

Audio System

Sound Output Mode:Stereo
Speakers Included:Speakers not included

Dimensions & Weight



Type: None


Product Line:Sony


Color:Charcoal gray/Silver

Service & Support

Type:2 years warranty


Diagonal Size:42in
Diagonal Size (cm):105cm/106cm
Digital Television Certification:HDTV monitor
Display Format:1080i
HDTV Ready: Yes
Image Aspect Ratio:16:9
PC Interface:VGA (HD-15)
Progressive Scan:Progressive scanning (line doubling)
Resolution:1024 x 1024
Technology:Plasma (PDP)
Type:Plasma panel
Video Interface:Composite / S-Video
Viewing Angle:160 degrees

TV Tuner

TV Tuner Presence: No