Panasonic 42" Plasma - P42C10B - now £549 delivered @ John Lewis *instore* with FREE 5 Year guarantee - HotUKDeals
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This TV is now out of stock online, but as khizer pointed out, John Lewis have quite a few of them instore still - best to phone and check stock availabilty before making a trip.



Fantastic stuff - Argos reduced this to £549 yesterday, and I tried to get JL to price match with no joy. But, lo and behold, they have now matched the Argos price online (in fact beaten in, with the free delivery), and are including their standard 5 year guarantee!

Yes, it is cheaper at Richer Sounds (£529), this does not include a 5 year guarantee - and John Lewis will not match that price, because RS have it marked up as £549 in store.


This is the brand new entry level Plasma from Panasonic (only released this week), using a mixture of PX80 and X10 technology, and looks a blinder for the price.

Sit back and enjoy stunning HD images with this Panasonic Viera TX-P42C10B 42 plasma television.

Its state-of-the-art technology gives amazing picture quality, with the 100Hz Intelligent Double Scan giving fantastic resolution even during fast moving scenes something football fans and film buffs will both appreciate.

The V-Real 4 signal processing perfectly optimises the performance of the screen to render smooth, crystal-clear motion without compromising on delicate colours with their rich graduation.

Sound is enhanced with its in-built V-Real surround sound technology (with bass extension), while the 24p Real Cinema settings offers enhanced judder-free playback, giving a smooth film look. The 2 HDMI sockets allow you to hook-up your Blu-ray player, PVRs and games consoles with ease.

The TX-P42C10B is also capable of playing footage straight from your camcorder in high-definition mode and you can view a slideshow of your photos - just remove the SD memory card from your digital still camera, and slip it in the slot.

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
After much thought, I have taken the plunge and ordered today. Now I just have to hope that a) the missus doesn't kill me, and b) it isn't too heavy for my TV unit! :p
#2
Great deal. Hot!

If I hadn't bought a new telly in the post-Xmas sales I'd buy this.
#3
There is not a lot of info around on this TV, as it is literally released this week, but assuming that it is identical to the US model (P42C1)..............

There are full specs here:

http://www2.panasonic.com/consumer-electronics/shop/Televisions/All-VIERA-Flat-Panel-HDTVs/model.TC-P42C1

There is also one consumer review at Amazon.com (5 stars)

http://www.amazon.com/Panasonic-VIER...1083724&sr=8-1


Dynamic contrast of 2,000,000:1 apparently! (native 15,000:1)
#4
JL Have this priced the same instore also, if you really want to lug a 42" Plasma home in your boot (rather than let a courier do it for free.....)
#5
bargain
#6
Great find! (but its not 1080p)

Nice one!
#7
ifyoudontask?
Great find! (but its not 1080p)

Nice one!


lol! No, it's not a toaster either!

Your SD picture is going to look great on here though ...........

HD might not be so clear, when you have your nose pressed up against against the screen ;-):p
banned#8
dancrawley
lol! No, it's not a toaster either!

Your SD picture is going to look great on here though ...........

HD might not be so clear, when you have your nose pressed up against against the screen ;-):p


It's not such a daft comment, on my PS3 the menu symbols are huge when it's not 1080p, it's much clearer and easier to use when it is 1080p, I would have ordered this if it was....but cos it's not I'll have to keep waiting for decent 1080p plasma, just pointing out it's not just picture quality it effects...
#9
1080p is only really noticable if you have a 50inch plus tv or your sitting 1 foot away from the thing. You will not notice any real change from a 780 to a 1080 at the moment.

I don't have a console so i can't comment on that.
#10
seems like everyone has gone with this price now

available at additions/marrshall ward at the same price

some people will be able to use discount vouchers on this also


richer sounds do NOT HAVE THIS IN STOCK UNTIL 5/5
#11
Zootaga
It's not such a daft comment, on my PS3 the menu symbols are huge when it's not 1080p, it's much clearer and easier to use when it is 1080p, I would have ordered this if it was....but cos it's not I'll have to keep waiting for decent 1080p plasma, just pointing out it's not just picture quality it effects...


Bo11ocks! The PS3 menu icons are the same size whether set at 1080p, 1080i or 720p. They are only 'huge' if set at 576p so I would suggest looking at your display settings.
#12
I've been looking at this telly for a while now. Very Very tempted now.

I have a general question if someone could be so kind. I hear alot of issues about screen burn with plasmas. How much of a problem would this be when playing games? I realise that you have to 'warm up' with 200 hours before playing games on it but when thats done ,how long would be too long to plays games in a continous session?

Thanks all
#13
Ego
I've been looking at this telly for a while now. Very Very tempted now.

I have a general question if someone could be so kind. I hear alot of issues about screen burn with plasmas. How much of a problem would this be when playing games? I realise that you have to 'warm up' with 200 hours before playing games on it but when thats done ,how long would be too long to plays games in a continous session?

Thanks all


Plasma screens vary - some suffer from it some don't. The worst i've seen are Samsung & LG's. Panasonics are usually bomb proof. I've never seen even a hint of it on my PHD8 Panasonic display. It will be fine as long as you take it out of 'Dynamic' mode.
#14
I'm tempted to upgrade my Panasonic 37PX80B but being an entry level plasma i'm not sure if it will be a worthwhile upgrade other than the extra 5 inches.
#15
Ego
I've been looking at this telly for a while now. Very Very tempted now.

I have a general question if someone could be so kind. I hear alot of issues about screen burn with plasmas. How much of a problem would this be when playing games? I realise that you have to 'warm up' with 200 hours before playing games on it but when thats done ,how long would be too long to plays games in a continous session?

Thanks all


I was concerned about the same thing, but having read a bit of background, I think it should be fine.

There is an interesting discussion about Plasma TV and gaming at AV Forums - bear in mind this was from 2007, and lots of gamers were saying it was OK to play. Now the Plasma tech is 2 years further along, I think it is even less of an issue. Panasonic use some special tech to slightly shift the image now and again, which apparently helps too.

There is another article on Plasma TVs and gaming here

As long as you let the set 'bed in' (low brightness/contrast) for the first 100 hours or so, and don't play for 10 hours straight, I don't think it should be an issue (at least I hope not, as I plan to hook my PS3 up this TV!) You might get a bit of 'image retention', but this should go away after watching TV for a bit, or using a screen saver.

Burn In myth busting comment (apparently)..............from Panasonic guy.............

The majority of TV sets in American homes are still direct-view CRT sets, by far the type most susceptible to burn-in. Have you seen one with a burned-in image within the last ten years? Twenty? Ever? Probably not, and if you have, the set was almost certainly "abused" by being focused on a stationary object for days or weeks at a time.
banned#16
I was set on getting a LG376000 LCD for £400 but now I can get this for £466.65! Tough call now.

(that's staff discount price by the way sorry)
#17
jg`;5091597
I was set on getting a LG376000 LCD for £400 but now I can get this for £466.65! Tough call now.


Maybe you would like to share with the rest of the community how you are saving an additional £80+?
#18
Mada06
Maybe you would like to share with the rest of the community how you are saving an additional £80+?


I was just thinking the same thing...........staff discount?
#19
dancrawley
lol! No, it's not a toaster either!

Your SD picture is going to look great on here though ...........

HD might not be so clear, when you have your nose pressed up against against the screen ;-):p


Just making a friendly observation, i have been looking at different plasmas /lcd's for ages and thought it was a relevent observation to make, still agreat find and heat was added. ;-)
#20
Ego;5091480
I've been looking at this telly for a while now. Very Very tempted now.

I have a general question if someone could be so kind. I hear alot of issues about screen burn with plasmas. How much of a problem would this be when playing games? I realise that you have to 'warm up' with 200 hours before playing games on it but when thats done ,how long would be too long to plays games in a continous session?

Thanks all

I've got a Panasonic 42" plasma and although you can see after images when a static image has been on the screen for a while, they don't last and they're only visible when a full black screen is displayed.

The only other comment I'd make about this TV is that the PC resolution is only 1024x768 which is not widescreen - not ideal if you're planning to connect a PC as images will be slightly stretched horizontally.
#21
ifyoudontask?
Just making a friendly observation, i have been looking at different plasmas /lcd's for ages and thought it was a relevent observation to make, still agreat find and heat was added. ;-)


I thought you were messing, sorry - didn't mean to offend - it is just that on every TV thread, one of the first comments is about 1080p

For watching standard TV (freeview), DVDs and even Sky HD, you are not going to be using 1080p. The lower spec Panasonics from last year (the 720p models) were actually reviewed much more favourably than the 1080p models. Personally I think the quality pic you get from a Plasma, in terms of blacks and contrast, more than make up for the lack of pixels. I am going to be viewing from 10 feet away, and 720p/1080i should be more than sufficient (even with Blu-Rays/PS3).

Cheers for the heat anyway fella.:thumbsup:
#22
Ego
I have a general question if someone could be so kind. I hear alot of issues about screen burn with plasmas. How much of a problem would this be when playing games? I realise that you have to 'warm up' with 200 hours before playing games on it but when thats done ,how long would be too long to plays games in a continous session?


Shouldn't have to worry too much about it these days, although it can still happen the technology has moved on - just change the channel every so often & you should be golden.

Mada06
I'm tempted to upgrade my Panasonic 37PX80B but being an entry level plasma i'm not sure if it will be a worthwhile upgrade other than the extra 5 inches.


My Mrs would tell you that extra inches are always welcome...

You're right though, I don't think you'd notice much difference performance-wise - so it's all about the size.
#23
Mada06
I'm tempted to upgrade my Panasonic 37PX80B but being an entry level plasma i'm not sure if it will be a worthwhile upgrade other than the extra 5 inches.


I think this TV has very similar spec to the PX80

They are discussing this TV on AV Forums too.............

one quote:

Well the PX8 uses a mix of 2007 and 2008 technology.
The C10 like the PX8, uses a mix of 2008 tech.
Out of your 3, the X10 (not PX10) is the best.

It is hard as they are quite similar. The C10 is better than the PX8 though, as it has more inputs but it depends what you need.

The C10 uses the same panel as the X10 however the PX8 uses last year's. They should be all good for SD (Freeview ect)


Good to know this is the same panel as the X10 - should hopefully look great! :thumbsup:
#24
casparwhite

available at additions/marrshall ward at the same price


True - but delivery is 4 weeks, and it only comes with a 1 year guarantee - JL all the way for me...........even without vouchers ;-)
#25
fleetingmind
1080p is only really noticable if you have a 50inch plus tv or your sitting 1 foot away from the thing. You will not notice any real change from a 780 to a 1080 at the moment.

I don't have a console so i can't comment on that.


You clearly don't have 1080p either. 50 inches, my ****.

I have a 46" 1080P Panasonic. There's a clear difference when watching 1080p sources material, even at a reasonable distance. I've tested this blind with numerous visitors and they can all pick out which is the 1080p source.

720p is nice, 1080p is nicer.

This obviously only applies on blu-ray and similar sources, nobody broadcast 1080 lines progressively in the UK.
#26
63098792
I've got a Panasonic 42" plasma and although you can see after images when a static image has been on the screen for a while, they don't last and they're only visible when a full black screen is displayed.

The only other comment I'd make about this TV is that the PC resolution is only 1024x768 which is not widescreen - not ideal if you're planning to connect a PC as images will be slightly stretched horizontally.


You would set your pc to display 1280 x 768 or 1366 x 768 so its not a problem. Bluray rips from your PC look superb on these screens.
#27
garciansmith
My Mrs would tell you that extra inches are always welcome...
.


She does!

- Sorry - couldn't resist!
#28
63098792
The only other comment I'd make about this TV is that the PC resolution is only 1024x768 which is not widescreen - not ideal if you're planning to connect a PC as images will be slightly stretched horizontally.


Not true! Yes, the resolution is 1024x768 on the 42in models, but if you connect via VGA for example, you get a perfect widescreen resolution. This has to do with the 42in Plasmas having "rectangular pixels". You shouldn't get any stretching at all. I plug my XBox 360 into my old PX60 plasma by VGA connection, I select 1024x768 as the resolution and there is no stretching at all. the same goes if you connect a PC.

Plenty of info on Google about the rectangular pixels thing, but here's one I plucked out:

http://www.avsforum.com/avs-vb/showthread.php?t=851099
#29
not even Full HD, despicable
#30
dancrawley
True - but delivery is 4 weeks, and it only comes with a 1 year guarantee - JL all the way for me...........even without vouchers ;-)


agreed, but i found it first ....you wouldnt of found it without me....lol:-D


personally id buy some discounted vouchers offa ebay n get it for cheaper, john lewis included
#31
casparwhite
agreed, but i found it first ....you wouldnt of found it without me....lol:-D


personally id buy some discounted vouchers offa ebay n get it for cheaper, john lewis included


Actually I found it first! :-D

http://www.hotukdeals.com/item/390377/7-day-deals-for-may-bank-holiday-ar/showthread.php?t=390377 (post #12)

...so there :p

You've had enough heat and rep off that Morissons DS deal anyway (and the system won't let me give you any more atm)! ;-)
#32
angstmann
Not true! Yes, the resolution is 1024x768 on the 42in models, but if you connect via VGA for example, you get a perfect widescreen resolution. This has to do with the 42in Plasmas having "rectangular pixels". You shouldn't get any stretching at all. I plug my XBox 360 into my old PX60 plasma by VGA connection, I select 1024x768 as the resolution and there is no stretching at all. the same goes if you connect a PC.

Plenty of info on Google about the rectangular pixels thing, but here's one I plucked out:

http://www.avsforum.com/avs-vb/showthread.php?t=851099


I dont think you'll get a "perfect widescreen resolution" as the panels native resolution is 1024x768, 4:3 aspect. The reason the xbox looked fine is because theres a widescreen option you set which alters the output for you (if you left it as standard it would have black bars either side of the image). On a pc you'll need to manually set a widescreen resolution and the tv will then do its best to scale the image, you wont get true 1:1 pixel mapping but it should do a pretty good job. :)
#33
dancrawley
Actually I found it first! :-D

http://www.hotukdeals.com/item/390377/7-day-deals-for-may-bank-holiday-ar/showthread.php?t=390377 (post #12)

...so there :p

You've had enough heat and rep off that Morissons DS deal anyway (and the system won't let me give you any more atm)! ;-)


ok ok i agree the mod found it first:whistling:

i give you rep for your dedication to this tv tho
#34
Seems a great tv for the price and the 5yr guarn is a bonus.
#35
How does this differ from the TX-P42X10B?

http://www.johnlewis.com/230557867/Product.aspx
#36
Scotte
How does this differ from the TX-P42X10B?

http://www.johnlewis.com/230557867/Product.aspx


as above...think the model above replaced the TH42PX80B, must say I am not familiar with the C10, will head on over to AVF:whistling: oh, great price+5yr warranty, just not sure on the product, lol
banned#37
Mada06
Maybe you would like to share with the rest of the community how you are saving an additional £80+?


dancrawley
I was just thinking the same thing...........staff discount?


As I edited sorry, it's staff discount. Who want's one?! :whistling: (joke, I'd get in trouble methinks).
#38
Very tempted with this off. If someone could just put my mind at ease though and confirm which is the better option, either this Panasonic t.v or this Toshiba http://www.hotukdeals.com/item/391850/toshiba-42xv553db-1080p-499-argos-p/showthread.php?t=391850&page=1
#39
Just ordered without seeing this deal.....!
#40
Sorely tempted - this is such a Hot deal..

Only thing that's holding me back is worries about the power consumption. Does anyone know how much power this thing uses?

(Not much of a bargain if it uses a couple of hundred quid a year in electricity)

Do lcd's use less?

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