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As title and you get the John Lewis 5 year warranty included in the price. Not the cheapest i have seen it but for an extra £40 I think it is worth the peace of mind!


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The awesome Panasonic TH42PX80B features Vieras V-Real technology for outstanding picture quality. The Advanced 3D colour management system ensures that colour, brightness and luminosity are independently detected to produce the optimal quality in each, resulting in a picture that is bright and beautiful.
Thanks to 100Hz Double Speed motion technology images are smooth and flicker free. Youll also enjoy atmospheric sound from the integral V-Audio sound system and a wide selection of channels thanks to its integrated digital tuner. Finally, an SD memory card slot lets you run a photo slideshow for family and friends on the big screen.

This television is high definition ready which means it has the ability to display high definition signals with the addition of a separate HD receiver. HD broadcasts are at a much higher resolution than regular analogue or digital broadcasts and have greatly enhanced picture quality. The level of detail is astonishing with clearer, sharper and more vibrant images.
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#1
This is definitely the cheapest with a 5 year warrenty. This is the tv I am buying next and have been constantly checking prices, so this is a fantastic deal. You can get the tv from elsewhere for about £610 but with the standard 1 year warrenty so as OP states for the extra £40 well worth it
#2
Keysersoze;2480173
This is definitely the cheapest with a 5 year warrenty.


This isn't really the case as John Lewis will price match various retailers.

At the mo. the price at Sound & Vision is £20 cheaper and JL will prciematch them.

May well be cheaper elsewhere too.
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neilc
This isn't really the case as John Lewis will price match various retailers.

At the mo. the price at Sound & Vision is £20 cheaper and JL will prciematch them.

May well be cheaper elsewhere too.


They will pricematch but a lot of people would rather just buy the TV straight off. I have been following this TV closely on AVForums and I know that S&V recently removed it from display making it harder to get JL to PM.

Don't forget that you can still get a PM up to 28 days after you purchase so as soon as S&V get it back up you can just get the difference refunded to your bank account if you buy now! :thumbsup:
#4
I didn't realise you could still get a pricematch up to 28 days after, wish I'd known.

I got mine pricematched at £650 from JL a month or so back so it's a good deal with the warranty. Shame they no longer do quidco.
#5
Obviously if you stay in Scotland you won't have much chance of price matching any cheaper than this so don't even try!! The pricematch is different up here as the store has to be within 8 miles radius of the JL you match with.
So basically if you live in Scotland are after a great performing TV then this is the best deal ... HOT.:thumbsup:
#6
It is a good T.V. and a good price so definately hot, but it is still worth noting that it doesn't do 1080p (it's 1024 x 768) and it cannot handle the 3:2 2:2 stepdown on 24fps tru-cinema blu-ray.

but again for this price, with a 5 year warranty it's a great deal.
#7
Excellent price as far as I am concerned -> N.Ireland resident. I got other non-technology stuff delivered from John Lewis the other day, so am hoping they will deliver this baby :)
#8
keeyop
It is a good T.V. and a good price so definately hot, but it is still worth noting that it doesn't do 1080p (it's 1024 x 768) and it cannot handle the 3:2 2:2 stepdown on 24fps tru-cinema blu-ray.

but again for this price, with a 5 year warranty it's a great deal.



Hi what does this mean , can i connect ps3 and xbox to this and will it be any good watching blueray films
#9
keeyop
It is a good T.V. and a good price so definately hot, but it is still worth noting that it doesn't do 1080p (it's 1024 x 768) and it cannot handle the 3:2 2:2 stepdown on 24fps tru-cinema blu-ray.

but again for this price, with a 5 year warranty it's a great deal.


I know it isn't 1080p, but i can deffo hand the 24 smoothly, have you any evidence to suggest otherwise?
#10
Voted HOT by the way!
#11
carlos924
Hi what does this mean , can i connect ps3 and xbox to this and will it be any good watching blueray films


yep you can connect them and they will look good but not as good as on 1080p set, if it was a 32" set it wouldnt really make a difference, but anything over 37" 1080p makes a lot of a difference (imo)
#12
JL stores in Scotland won't price match those English stores with the great prices. I had to pay £800 for this set to get the 5-year warranty when people far south could have it for £150 less at the time.

£649 is an amazing price. This screen is fantastic for £800, never mind £649.
#13
Chris777uk
yep you can connect them and they will look good but not as good as on 1080p set, if it was a 32" set it wouldnt really make a difference, but anything over 37" 1080p makes a lot of a difference (imo)


You can't generalise like that. 1080p doesn't make a TV great just like that, 100 factors come into account when determining a good TV. Resolution is just one of them.

I've seen 1080P TVs that can't compete with this, no matter the source (whether HD or SD). It's also worth noting that this screen will look better with SD content than most 1080P screens.
#14
well that told me then...... :P
#15
I have had this TV for two months and it is an absolute steal at this price.
Video review here http://reviews.cnet.co.uk/televisions/0,39030220,49296403-1,00.htm
#16
Thanks guys you made a silver surfer happy so i cant go wrong with this tv then
#17
Good tele. Although i'm still holding on for the PX85 1080p version to come down in price (probably be waiting forever :D) or the sony v4000.
#18
I'm torn between this excellent priced TV and the Toshiba 42XV505DB which i would get John Lewis to price match with Laskys or Dixons.
#19
keeyop
It is a good T.V. and a good price so definately hot, but it is still worth noting that it doesn't do 1080p (it's 1024 x 768) and it cannot handle the 3:2 2:2 stepdown on 24fps tru-cinema blu-ray.

but again for this price, with a 5 year warranty it's a great deal.


Technical spec does not always equate to superior picture quality. Lots of 1080p T.V.s I have seen lately are very poor on standard digital.
#20
lance w
I'm torn between this excellent priced TV and the Toshiba 42XV505DB which i would get John Lewis to price match with Laskys or Dixons.



Ask JL to put these two TV's side by side. You won't need more than 2 seconds to decide on the Panasonic,
#21
maxtweenie
Ask JL to put these two TV's side by side. You won't need more than 2 seconds to decide on the Panasonic,


Fully agree
#22
maxtweenie
Ask JL to put these two TV's side by side. You won't need more than 2 seconds to decide on the Panasonic,


Yeah i'll do that and see which is best for me. :thumbsup:

I've seen the Panasonic in action at Richer Sounds London Bridge store up against some 1080p LCD's and the Panasonic excelled everything there apart from a Sharp TV whch was on par.
#24
lance w

I've seen the Panasonic in action at Richer Sounds London Bridge store up against some 1080p LCD's and the Panasonic excelled everything there apart from a Sharp TV whch was on par.


Was this on a HD signal or SD?

Also, I was under the impression that these TVs could handle 24fps, with no skipping. Could someone clarify this?
#25
After a quick google:

http://www.hdtvtest.co.uk/Panasonic-TH42PX80/Conclusion/

Armed with native 24fps playback and marginally better blacks, the Panasonic TH42PX80 represents an evolutionary rather than revolutionary improvement over its predecessor the PX70 series.

Displays 1080p/24 video signal without telecine judder



So, looks like 24fps is good on this set and keeyopwas wrong.
#26
sunama
Was this on a HD signal or SD?

Also, I was under the impression that these TVs could handle 24fps, with no skipping. Could someone clarify this?


This was I Robot blu ray source on all the TV's.
#27
Have been waiting and watching for deals on this TV for ages ... I have in my possesion a price match letter stating that they'll price match sound and visions price of £629.
I've seen the TV along side 1080p's in HD and there's really not much difference. I know I know ... some of you will say I blind - but really there's not much difference ... besides not getting SKY HD till they do a lot to get the price down (the money grabbing so and so's) As well as that, by the time you get it home - you've nothing to compare it to - so it's gonna look good being the only tele in the room - surely ?
This is a really really good tele ... I've been reading all about it everywhere.
#28
essexlad;2491677
Good tele. Although i'm still holding on for the PX85 1080p version to come down in price (probably be waiting forever :D) or the sony v4000.


I was thinking the same thing but went for the 37" version of this simply because the vast majority of my viewing is still standard definition which the PX80 series excels in. In 5 years time when there will be more HD material about, so I can start worrying about buying a TV with 1080p resolution then.
#29
lance w
This was I Robot blu ray source on all the TV's.


One thing Ive noticed is that most TVs display Bluray quite nicely. Their achilles heel is their SD performance. I'm pretty sure that the Sharp LCD TV you saw would fall over once you feed it some SD images. The Panasonic would handle the SD images well.

I havent yet seen, read or heard of an LCD TV that handles SD images as well as a plasma.
#30
merlie

I've seen the TV along side 1080p's in HD and there's really not much difference.


That doesnt surprise me at all.

What size was the screen that you were comparing 1080p with 720p?

To my eyes, at a normal viewing distance, 1080p only begins to show its image superiority at around 50"-55". Anything smaller and 720p is more than adequate.

I have a 81" screen (projector) and I find 720p on it perfectly acceptable. Of course, 1080p would look better, but we are talking about 81" here.
#31
i was looking at this along with friend during the day lol.. then someone adds it here.. good work.. may be struggle to get one in stock now lol.

anyone know if comet would be able to give the panasonic 5 year warranty.. as the sites down.. i'm sure somebody said they did last time round???
#32
rajaster
i was looking at this along with friend during the day lol.. then someone adds it here.. good work.. may be struggle to get one in stock now lol.

anyone know if comet would be able to give the panasonic 5 year warranty.. as the sutes down.. i'm sure somebody said they did last time roung???




im pretty certain the offer is avaliable till the 31st of July 08

panasonics site is down at the moment though
#33
yeh i been trying it for last 2 days.. not good :(.. i need this tv in my room before mum stops talking to me !!
#34
everyones talking about the piccy, can someone let me know of the sound?

as i have just bought a samsung 40 inch and well dissapointed with the sound, so i am sticking that in my lads room (attic) and thinking about (up till now) getting the sony bravia, as the true surround thing is supposed to be the best? can anyone let me know in their opinions, which make tc dominates the sound? as although pic is important, i myself like to have a surround sound but without speakers behind, as i cant afford a bose :whistling:


oops also i notice its a plasma?? aint lcds better piccys?
#35
sound is pretty good tbh, not amazing but pretty decent, deffo better than the sammy 32 i had and the hitachi 42 i had
#36
rail massive
everyones talking about the piccy, can someone let me know of the sound?

as i have just bought a samsung 40 inch and well dissapointed with the sound, so i am sticking that in my lads room (attic) and thinking about (up till now) getting the sony bravia, as the true surround thing is supposed to be the best? can anyone let me know in their opinions, which make tc dominates the sound? as although pic is important, i myself like to have a surround sound but without speakers behind, as i cant afford a bose :whistling:


oops also i notice its a plasma?? aint lcds better piccys?


The sound is ok for TV, but you really need an external av receiver as is the case with all flat panels. This set doesn't include surround and there's a post floating around for a Yamaha 5.1 deal that's better than the, no offence intended, **** from from argos.

Let me know if you want a link.
#37
Plasmas (well, the good ones like this Panasonic!) tend to have deeper blacks, better motion handling and better viewing angles but tend to use more power. These aren't strict rules, you get bad plasmas and good LCDs and vice-versa. Judge TVs on their picture merits alone and forget about specs and technologies etc for a second.

Sound on most plasmas and LCDs are pretty poor because they don't have the cabinet depth that old CRTs did to fit decent speakers in. Panasonic's PZ models, I believe, feature better speakers.

There are virtual surround-sound solutions in the form of 2.1 systems and "sound bars" (see Yamaha for the latter), which are much better than any TV's built-in speakers.
#38
I have the 37" version of this televison and can hand on heart say its blown me away.

Im lucky enough to own a ps3,xbox360 and wii and can tell anyone who is wondering the picture quality of hd source material is stunning. I only have sky+ and this totally destroys my lcd samgsung set (26") for quality.....even my mate who spent a fortune on his Sony 40" W3000 tele had to admit he cant tell the difference between GT5 at 1080P and 720P on mine at all.

but this tele (at least the 37" version) totally walks all over his sony when it comes to SD transmissions, which lets face it most of us stil watch primarily...and remember even sky HD is only 720P, and very few xbox 360 games and ps3 games are native 1080P (upscaled by console I believe).

Cannot comment on the sound as I use a 5.1 dts system, but I would bet its no worse than the samgsungs or toshibas anyway.

Best purchase I have made in a very very long time.
#39
chelmsfordman

...even my mate who spent a fortune on his Sony 40" W3000 tele had to admit he cant tell the difference between GT5 at 1080P and 720P on mine at all.


Well that doesnt surprise me, given that we are dealing with medium sized screens here. 1080p needs a larger screen size to show its high resolution. 55" and above should do it.

chelmsfordman

but this tele (at least the 37" version) totally walks all over his sony when it comes to SD transmissions,


Again, no surprise at all. Your friend shouldve done some research. If he did, he would've found that at most price points, plasma wins. There are very few applications where LCD will beat plasma - SD is definitely not one of them.

I honestly dont understand the people who buy LCD TVs - unless they are getting a very small screen which is unavailable in plasma or getting a stonking deal, LCD is not the right way to go right now. In time this will change as plasma will be phased out in favour of LCD (Pioneer have already stopped making their own panels).

chelmsfordman

Cannot comment on the sound as I use a 5.1 dts system, but I would bet its no worse than the samgsungs or toshibas anyway.


With regards to sound, it would be better for you to buy a basic stereo amplifier and 2 hifi speakers from Richer Sounds, than count on the flat panel TVs delivering good sound. If you can afford it, then get a 5.1 setup. The TV makers are thinking that if people can afford a £700 TV then they can also afford a £100 5.1 system, at the very least.

This is actually a very good deal for a 42" telly.
#40
Can anyone tell me what the picture will be like if i plug my pc into it to browse the internet with etc?!

I'm sure i've read that LCDs are good for PC pictures but Plasma's don't do so well???

Thanks

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