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42" Panasonic TX-42A400B Viera Full HD TV with Freeview HD £295.00 at Amazon

£295.00 @ Amazon
Looked like a great price for this superbly reviewed 42" Full HD TV with Freeview HD tuner, 2 HDMI slots and a USB port.
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Looked like a great price for this superbly reviewed 42" Full HD TV with Freeview HD tuner, 2 HDMI slots and a USB port.
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paulj48
Only 2 HDMI slots, must be an old or budget model.

Of course, it must be - you really need at least 10 HDMI slots these days!

It's only £295 for a cracking telly with fantastic reviews - you want blood??

DOH!!!

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1 Like #1
Only 2 HDMI slots, must be an old or budget model.
7 Likes #2
paulj48
Only 2 HDMI slots, must be an old or budget model.

Of course, it must be - you really need at least 10 HDMI slots these days!

It's only £295 for a cracking telly with fantastic reviews - you want blood??

DOH!!!
4 Likes #3
£5 for a 3-1 HDMI switch and Robert's your fathers brother! Great telly which receives heat from me!
1 Like #4
for an extra £50 we bought this version, fully smart and has all catch up tv services built in.

link
1 Like #5
checkley73
for an extra £50 we bought this version, fully smart and has all catch up tv services built in.link

I got the TX-42AS600B for £349. It's the same price from Panasonic's eBay store.
#6
cracking deal....These sets still beat the urbbish being churned out by most of the other "big" names in terms of picture and sound quality. I have a 4 yr old viera and wouldnt swap it for most sets costing £400+ NOW
#7
johnhumphreys
checkley73
for an extra £50 we bought this version, fully smart and has all catch up tv services built in.link

I got the TX-42AS600B for £349. It's the same price from Panasonic's eBay store.

they are refurbs though, not new
#8
what is it like for gaming
#9
Question for other Panny owners; do you have problems playing movies from USB? Mine doesn't really like anything you give it, the picture goes all blocky, like when you get inteference on sky tv. I put the same Usb drive in my Sony upstairs and it plays anything you throw at it. I bought the Panasonic new from John Lewis and it's done that from day 1.

Edited By: austinc on Jan 06, 2015 01:40
1 Like #10
austinc
Question for other Panny owners; do you have problems playing movies from USB? Mine doesn't really like anything you give it, the picture goes all blocky, like when you get inteference on sky tv. I put the same Usb drive in my Sony upstairs and it plays anything you throw at it. I bought the Panasonic new from John Lewis and it's done that from day 1.

I don't own a Panny but if it does that to any type of file then sounds like it could be a problem with the TV. Do a search of the model on Google to see if other people have had the same problem. Is it still in warranty? Have you tired a different USB drive? You could try and email Panasonic help desk (if they have one) with the problem to see what they say.
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austinc
Question for other Panny owners; do you have problems playing movies from USB? Mine doesn't really like anything you give it, the picture goes all blocky, like when you get inteference on sky tv. I put the same Usb drive in my Sony upstairs and it plays anything you throw at it. I bought the Panasonic new from John Lewis and it's done that from day 1.


That is very strange as Sony are the ones that have most restrictions. I have the complete opposite problem to yours. It was so bad with my 50w829 I sold it for £400 on gumtree, luckily I work in retail so I get major discounts but that was my first and last Sony tv (great picture & gaming performance though)
1 Like #12
austinc
Question for other Panny owners; do you have problems playing movies from USB? Mine doesn't really like anything you give it, the picture goes all blocky, like when you get inteference on sky tv. I put the same Usb drive in my Sony upstairs and it plays anything you throw at it. I bought the Panasonic new from John Lewis and it's done that from day 1.

I just bought the a400 50" model and was shocked at what they USB media played, tried .flac, HD .mkv's, flv, etc played them all and no blockness of any kind.
1 Like #13
austinc
Question for other Panny owners; do you have problems playing movies from USB? Mine doesn't really like anything you give it, the picture goes all blocky, like when you get inteference on sky tv. I put the same Usb drive in my Sony upstairs and it plays anything you throw at it. I bought the Panasonic new from John Lewis and it's done that from day 1.
I got this tv and when you use usb playback there is no problem with the picture at all.
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se23
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austinc
Question for other Panny owners; do you have problems playing movies from USB? Mine doesn't really like anything you give it, the picture goes all blocky, like when you get inteference on sky tv. I put the same Usb drive in my Sony upstairs and it plays anything you throw at it. I bought the Panasonic new from John Lewis and it's done that from day 1.


That is very strange as Sony are the ones that have most restrictions. I have the complete opposite problem to yours. It was so bad with my 50w829 I sold it for £400 on gumtree, luckily I work in retail so I get major discounts but that was my first and last Sony tv (great picture & gaming performance though)
i own a Sony 50w829 and to date hasn't had a problem playing any file that Iv plugged in or streamed to it. (Touch wood). As a previous post suggests you may have had a faulty tv there. Possibly should have returned it rather than selling it.
#15
It's been this price for weeks. And has already been posted. I used flubit and got it for £280
#16
Does anyone here have any experience of these compared to a Panny HD plasma ?
3 Likes #17
Chris Type R
Does anyone here have any experience of these compared to a Panny HD plasma ?

I've experience of a high end plasma (TX-P50GT50B) vs a pretty much top of the range 4k Panasonic LED 58AX802B... in that case the Plasma had the better quality display on both SD & HD content. The newer 4k set has better smart TV functions and so on, but if your into home cinema then a good quality high end Plasma still beats a brand new high end LED in PQ terms. My findings were also mirrored by HDTV test when they did a shootout between LED, Plasma & OLED TVs, the high end plasma was voted as the best overall, followed by one of the OLED sets and then the 58AX802B which was voted as the best LED 4K TV.

If you have a good high end plasma don't be in any rush to 'upgrade' would be my advice, because LED still hasn't caught up yet. OLED is probably the technology you want to replace a Plasma, but until the price drops and the technology matures a little it's hard to warrant doing so. Buying for 1080i/p image quality is wiser than buying for 4K, because there are many hurdles to get over with 4k, notably - lots of folks don't have internet connections fast enough to stream it, don't expect 4k blurays until this time next year and native broadcasters like BBC, Sky etc have challenges to overcome to send this content over current in-house tech and no one has a 4k set top box yet.
#18
mightyjimpo
£5 for a 3-1 HDMI switch and Robert's your fathers brother! Great telly which receives heat from me!
They don't work very well in my experience. Yes this is a good TV for the price but if you need more than 2 HDMI inputs don't buy this.
1 Like #19
Scorpion
Chris Type R
Does anyone here have any experience of these compared to a Panny HD plasma ?

I've experience of a high end plasma (TX-P50GT50B) vs a pretty much top of the range 4k Panasonic LED 58AX802B... in that case the Plasma had the better quality display on both SD & HD content. The newer 4k set has better smart TV functions and so on, but if your into home cinema then a good quality high end Plasma still beats a brand new high end LED in PQ terms. My findings were also mirrored by HDTV test when they did a shootout between LED, Plasma & OLED TVs, the high end plasma was voted as the best overall, followed by one of the OLED sets and then the 58AX802B which was voted as the best LED 4K TV.

If you have a good high end plasma don't be in any rush to 'upgrade' would be my advice, because LED still hasn't caught up yet. OLED is probably the technology you want to replace a Plasma, but until the price drops and the technology matures a little it's hard to warrant doing so. Buying for 1080i/p image quality is wiser than buying for 4K, because there are many hurdles to get over with 4k, notably - lots of folks don't have internet connections fast enough to stream it, don't expect 4k blurays until this time next year and native broadcasters like BBC, Sky etc have challenges to overcome to send this content over current in-house tech and no one has a 4k set top box yet.

Thanks for the very comprehensive reply.
#20
NYLONZ
paulj48
Only 2 HDMI slots, must be an old or budget model.
Of course, it must be - you really need at least 10 HDMI slots these days!It's only £295 for a cracking telly with fantastic reviews - you want blood??DOH!!!

Think you're missing my point, newer models or those not built to a tight budget and therfore not skimping on features will have 3 or 4 HDMI ports, and to the person who said buy a cheap £5 splitter, all well and good but most of the cheap ones are not HDCP compliant so will have problems with certain devices

Edited By: paulj48 on Jan 06, 2015 09:35
1 Like #21
austinc
Question for other Panny owners; do you have problems playing movies from USB? Mine doesn't really like anything you give it, the picture goes all blocky, like when you get inteference on sky tv. I put the same Usb drive in my Sony upstairs and it plays anything you throw at it. I bought the Panasonic new from John Lewis and it's done that from day 1.


I bought 5 of these for Exhibition use and they get used primarily with USB sticks with no issue at all.
#22
Chris Type R
Does anyone here have any experience of these compared to a Panny HD plasma ?
Yes. I have the 600B model (which is the Smart version of the TV here). Previously I had a 42" 720P Panasonic Plasma which I sold to fund the 600B. IMHO, the Plasma has the better picture and knowing what I know now, I'm not certain I would have made the switch.

Edited By: The Lone Ranger on Jan 06, 2015 10:57
#23
The Lone Ranger
Chris Type R
Does anyone here have any experience of these compared to a Panny HD plasma ?
Yes. I have the 600B model (which is the Smart version of the TV here). Previously I had a 42" 720P Panasonic Plasma which I sold to fund the 600B. IMHO, the Plasma has the better picture and knowing what I know now, I'm not certain I would have made the switch.

Your trying to compare two different technologies, a plasma is allways going to have a better picture than a cheap LCD but then factors such as the type of content you watch, do you primarily watch in a dark or light room and depending on the number of hours the TV is on if you pay the electric bill or not all need to be taken into account.
#24
I just got this with with Tescos with the 5 year warranty. It's a very good TV.
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#27
paulj48
Only 2 HDMI slots, must be an old or budget model.

Let me guess one of the hdmi slots will be ARC compatible, now that this is 2015 and most users will have a AV reciever makes it 1 hdmi slot and the ability to connect multiple source to one HDMI/ARC.
#28
garybb
now that this is 2015 and most users will have a AV reciever makes it 1 hdmi slot and the ability to connect multiple source to one HDMI/ARC.

Depends on your setup, I certainly would'nt say most users have an AV receiver, I'd actually guess (the same as you have) that most users DO NOT have an AV receiver.
#29
paulj48

Depends on your setup, I certainly would'nt say most users have an AV receiver, I'd actually guess (the same as you have) that most users DO NOT have an AV receiver.

Then i would advise you to go buy one :)
#30
Brought this tele from very for £299 a month ago , fantastic quality , excellent for gaming and movies ....and hd TV , this will do me for a couple of year before I go into the 4k market
#31
garybb
paulj48

Depends on your setup, I certainly would'nt say most users have an AV receiver, I'd actually guess (the same as you have) that most users DO NOT have an AV receiver.
Then i would advise you to go buy one :)

Pointless as I've got young children, night time viewing for me is quiet TV or headphones connected into my PS4 controller for gaming. A subwoofer rumbling around the house would be no good
1 Like #32
austinc
Question for other Panny owners; do you have problems playing movies from USB? Mine doesn't really like anything you give it, the picture goes all blocky, like when you get inteference on sky tv. I put the same Usb drive in my Sony upstairs and it plays anything you throw at it. I bought the Panasonic new from John Lewis and it's done that from day 1.
Yes, very limited player compared to LG or Samsung.
Panasonic usually uses LG panels anyway.
No reason to go for Panasonic really, compared to other big brands.
They live of their name these days. They also stopped producing plasmas, maybe they will start innovating a bit on the LED department.

Just my two cents, don't get offended if you feel Panasonic is vastly superior to samsung/lg mentioned above.
#33
supermarlon
Brought this tele from very for £299 a month ago , fantastic quality , excellent for gaming and movies ....and hd TV , this will do me for a couple of year before I go into the 4k market

where did you bring it from?
#34
checkley73
supermarlon
Brought this tele from very for £299 a month ago , fantastic quality , excellent for gaming and movies ....and hd TV , this will do me for a couple of year before I go into the 4k market
where did you bring it from?

The shop maybe?
#35
paulj48
checkley73
supermarlon
Brought this tele from very for £299 a month ago , fantastic quality , excellent for gaming and movies ....and hd TV , this will do me for a couple of year before I go into the 4k market
where did you bring it from?

The shop maybe?

a 'Very' shop ???
#36
Very , the catalogue , had the option of interest free for 12 months but at that price brought it outright
#37
I don't think this price is particularly amazing as its available for less on eBay. I've ordered one as it seems like a nice set anyway. Wanted something with a decent brand around this size and not fussed on the smart features. Should go nicely with my new Xbox One 8)
#38
paulj48
The Lone Ranger
Chris Type R
Does anyone here have any experience of these compared to a Panny HD plasma ?
Yes. I have the 600B model (which is the Smart version of the TV here). Previously I had a 42" 720P Panasonic Plasma which I sold to fund the 600B. IMHO, the Plasma has the better picture and knowing what I know now, I'm not certain I would have made the switch.

Your trying to compare two different technologies, a plasma is allways going to have a better picture than a cheap LCD but then factors such as the type of content you watch, do you primarily watch in a dark or light room and depending on the number of hours the TV is on if you pay the electric bill or not all need to be taken into account.

Well, someone asked if anyone had experience of both so I'm answering! I watch mainly normal TV and Netflix, both are fine in 720p. The room I watch in is quite dark and this benefited the Plasma, by comparison I find the LCD too bright and have had to really reduce the brightness setting. I do pay the electricity bill, but I'm not in such dire straights that I have to worry about a few pounds of savings over a year, I only use the TV for an average of 2-3 hours per day. The LCD is probably slightly better for gaming, given that it has a 1080p display, but I don't find it a significant improvement TBH.
#39
To the user with USB problems.

From pc experience I've had this issue only due to 2 reasons.

1) A codec clash problem. So either try updating your tv software, or try different file formats.

2) defragment the USB stick. A fragmented video file will show up blocky, if the hardware can't keep up.

see if these two things help.
#40
ADVICE PLEASE? We are looking for a new TV, we use ours mainly for just watching TV through Sky, and my other half for his PS3 games - is this a good one to go for? Im unsure of the benefits of plasma vs led?

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