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Panasonic TH42PX70B 42" Plasma £629.99 Empire Direct

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42", 106cm Visible Screen
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1024x720 Pixelresolution
V-real Technology For Ultimate High Picture Quality
1080p Digital Processing Chip-Set
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#1
+2% quidco :)
#2
resolution too low
#3
poopscoop
resolution too low



For what :thinking:
#4
#5
poopscoop
resolution too low


NO it's not. This TV won the best low-cost, 40"-42" TV award from What HiFi in 2007:

PANASONIC TH-42PX70 5/5 £1200 Awards 2007
If you can stretch your budget by just £100, the 2007 Best Budget (sic) 40-42in Television could be yours. Again, it’s not Full HD, but it has that lovely Panasonic plasma picture and is 5in bigger!

Just because it isn't 1080P doesn't mean it's no good. BTW the screen resolution is 1024 x 768.
#6
Cracking telly. Cracking price.

:pirate: CJ :pirate:

PS £30 Delivery
#7
deanos
For what :thinking:


Blu-ray?
#8
Just for theose that dont know this is for the screen only,however it is still a great price and a very very good tv.You can mount it on a universal stand with plasma bracket.
It can handle 1080p by the way,but doesnt display it fully,not too sure why or what it does with 1080p exactly.
#9
Urgh the resolution slaters step in again :roll:

Resolution and specs do not make a TV. This TV has won numerous awards and group tests, by people who actually know what makes a good TV, when pitched against full HD (1080P) sets in spite of the fact this Pana only displays 720p.

If you care about great looking images and great value get this. If you're too fixated on specs to see this then look elsewhere :thumbsup:

I think another deal had the PED (inc pedestal) version for £700 but if you already have or plan on getting a cantilever style stand or plan on wall mounting this then it's a good way to save a few £.
#10
you could also see if john lewis will do a price match as they are giving a five year warranty with this tv

also major feedback/reviews from http://www.avforums.com/forums/search.php just search under th42px70
#11
Res is not low the price is :w00t:

Fine if you want full 1080p res you choose another set and pay more, but at this price I am sure some people will not care.
#12
poopscoop
resolution too low


Ridiculous comment! I take it you mean that it's not 1080p capable? The important thing being that with 42" screens at normal viewing distances you can't tell the difference between 720p and 1080p. And that's according to the experts reviewing these tvs in the magazines. The Panasonic TH42PX70 has had better reviews than any other tv in 2007 and for good reason. It's awesome for the price. Plasma still has better pictures than LCD by far. My uncle just bought a Sony LCD for £300 more and it doesn't have as good a picture as this one. My other friend bought a 32" Sony LCD and sent it back and replaced it with the TH32PX70 because it's got a better picture.

Don't take my word for it go to the Home Cinema Choice website and find the 3 reviews on it by different magazines.
#13
I actually bought this tv last week from John Lewis for £650 (clearance deal).

I can tell you that analogue tv looks pretty **** (but that is the case for ALL plasma's and LCD's), Freeview is sweet as a nut.

I plugged in my standard philips DVD player via scart, played empire strikes back, and I can tell you, the picture quality is stunning. I then ran a HDMI cable from the same DVD player, and again, simply stunning, really nice deep blacks with a real dramatic feel. I put in Monsters Inc to see how a pure digital feed would work, and it was nice clean and crisp, vibrant colours too.
If you see this TV in a showroom next to other full hd tvs, running hdmi cables, you must have hawk eyes to see the difference.

I would say that you need to sit at least 2-3 metres away from the screen to really take it in, this is the optimum distance for a TV this large.

In regards to 1080p, that is what full BluRay and HD DVD use, and we're at least 2-3 years off seeing thousands of movies in those formats. HD TV (SKY HD, BBC HD, C4HD etc) broadcast at 720p anyway, so you're not losing out at all there at all.

This screen is 1080i and will process 1080p images, then rescale down for the plasma using the viera engines (thats the big deal about panasonics, the viera engine delivers amazing pictures), so in essence, you're only losing a minor detail, that you wont really see.

My advice would be, get one for this price if you can, and if you have the room space, theres nothing stopping you sitting closer and if you are I would just get a smaller screen.
#14
anybody recommend a good home cinema kit to accompany this tv please
#15


Only by a fiver, and if you then look at delivery (a whopping 70quid with digital direct) - then its not as great, but you do still get the stand.
#16
demwunz

In regards to 1080p, that is what full BluRay and HD DVD use, and we're at least 2-3 years off seeing thousands of movies in those formats. HD TV (SKY HD, BBC HD, C4HD etc) broadcast at 720p anyway, so you're not losing out at all there at all.


Sky HD broadcasts upto 1080i
#17
the 2% voucher doesn't work anymore as i tried using it to purchase a tv yesterday. ohh and topcashback offer 4% for empire direct :)
#18
I have this tv and it is really good, BUT if I was buying now I would want 1080P resolution. Blu-ray looks good on this, but it would look better at full HD.

Good deal (almost half what I paid for min 9 months ago).

edit: The quality of Sky HD is far inferior to Blu-ray. Even at 1024x720 you can really notice the much lower bitrates Sky use. A good Blu-ray (or HD-DVD) disk really shows Sky up for what it is.
#19
The resolution is certainly not too low for blu-ray, it will simply take 720p, and as previously pointed out, there's hardly a noticable difference for TV's this size. However as a gadget enthusiast, if I was buying now I'll go for a 1080p panel, but this is still a fantastic TV at a fantastic price.

Rizza
#20
"1024x720" isn't 720p, it should be 1280x720
Either it's labeled wrong, or it's a weird screen.
#21
Just what I was thinking, if that's the true resolution it's not even widescreen and won't display it properly.
#22
I have 2 panasonic plasmas, one 720p(PX60) and one 1080p(PZ70). Both are 42" and I sit around 7-8 feet away which is about right for viewing HD on a 42".

Due to Panasonic plasmas being amongst the best TV's around (especially at the price) HD material inc Blu Ray, HD DVD and current gen consoles (360&PS3) all look stunning on both my TV's. Heres the bottom line 1080P does make a difference when viewing HD material on a 42" especially if your sitting close. I would say if you sitting over 10feet away then the difference would be less noticeable but of course at that distance+ you should really be looking at 50". To be fair there is not much difference with PS3 and 360 at 720p but with blu ray and HD DVD you can really see the extra 'bang' on 1080p.

A lot of this is down to value I guess, if you want the best picture then grab a 1080p set like my pz70 (around £900 with ped) before I got this I was perfectly happy with my 720p but whenever HD films are being shown I don't need to tell you which TV is switched on. So is an extra £200 worth it? To my eye it is, but I am sure plenty will be happy with the PX70 as its a great TV that will outshine all the rubbish samsung/lg/tosh LCD's 1080p or otherwise.
#23
HenvY
Just what I was thinking, if that's the true resolution it's not even widescreen and won't display it properly.


Plasma pixels are not sqaure they are oblong, hence 16:9 being accurate. This TV is 1024 x 768 pixels I think
#24
PLEASE someone help!! Dont really know anything about these things! lcd vs plasma, looking for a 40-42" got sky, not hd, watch dvd's, havn't got a xbox or ps3. So reading a few of your comments on lcd vs plasma am i right in thinking the pic is a lot better on plasma for what i want??????????? Been reading reviews on here and other sites about this tv for hours now and sounds good, was trying to get the sony 40" lcd from tescos because i thought that was a good buy but everywhere sold out, what should i go for? My brain has had enough now so i thought i would ask the experts!! :-D
Also if i get it where is best, dont know anything about empire direct, need a stand and decent guarantee really, was thinking maybe trying for john lewis price match or am i being naive! Thanks!
#25
Its a great set without a doubt, and I'd go for it at this price unless most of your viewing is likely to be full HD in which case the PZ70 may be a better option.

One of the strengths of this set is that it does a great job with SD material compared to a lot of full HD LCD sets, so for those who are watching a mix of HD and SD its a great set for the money.
#26
sillymilly
PLEASE someone help!! Dont really know anything about these things! lcd vs plasma, looking for a 40-42" got sky, not hd, watch dvd's, havn't got a xbox or ps3. So reading a few of your comments on lcd vs plasma am i right in thinking the pic is a lot better on plasma for what i want??????????? Been reading reviews on here and other sites about this tv for hours now and sounds good, was trying to get the sony 40" lcd from tescos because i thought that was a good buy but everywhere sold out, what should i go for? My brain has had enough now so i thought i would ask the experts!! :-D


Not an expert but plasma is much better than LCD on the whole, it can handle blacks and fast movement, something that LCD is still struggling with (with the exception of some higher end expensive models). This TV would be perfect for your requirements :thumbsup:
#27
sillymilly
PLEASE someone help!! Dont really know anything about these things! lcd vs plasma, looking for a 40-42" got sky, not hd, watch dvd's, havn't got a xbox or ps3. So reading a few of your comments on lcd vs plasma am i right in thinking the pic is a lot better on plasma for what i want??????????? Been reading reviews on here and other sites about this tv for hours now and sounds good, was trying to get the sony 40" lcd from tescos because i thought that was a good buy but everywhere sold out, what should i go for? My brain has had enough now so i thought i would ask the experts!! :-D
Also if i get it where is best, dont know anything about empire direct, need a stand and decent guarantee really, was thinking maybe trying for john lewis price match or am i being naive! Thanks!


This set will beat any LCD I've seen when it comes to image quality with SD material from DVDs or regular Sky,

Just make sure you go on somewhere like avforums and get the recommended picture settings to get the best out of the set, the settings out of the box will generally make it look a bit rough ;-)
banned#28
ahhhh need quick help asap!!!

ive just ordered this tv.......... http://www.dixons.co.uk/martprd/store/dix_page.jsp?BV_SessionID=@@@@0976394274.1199323462@@@@&BV_EngineID=ccdcaddmmdkddelcflgceggdhhmdfnn.0&category_oid=-28723&sku=739574&page=Product&fm=null&sm=null&tm=null#productInformationSection

thats the SAMSUNG LE40N87BD Exclusive 40" HD Ready 1080p digital LCD TV

BUT now i have seen this tv, im so confused and dont know what to get, the plasma here offers better pic quality??? but isnt 1080p. There both the same price, im gonna be using it for mainly watching the tv dvd's and playing ps3/wii.

Can someone tell me what the best buy is, is there much between them?? should i cancel my order?? is the one ive ordered decent???

Thanks in advance !!!
#29
I bought this telly on the 31st of December from John Lewis with the ped for £699. I got them to price match Currys... they already knew of the deal and were happy to match, and better still, 5 year guarantee and free delivery! My only problem is the 2 week wait for the ped stand to be delivered :( I think I can wait tho, and at the price you can't go wrong.
#30
Thanks for your opinions, they are really helpfull. What about when everything goes HD, will this still be ok- not bothered about the highest spec and all that, just want a good picture for general use-and a good price of course. Sorry for being a half wit!! :oops:
And where should i buy from? is empire ok or should i go for more well known? x
#31
sillymilly
Thanks for your opinions, they are really helpfull. What about when everything goes HD, will this still be ok- not bothered about the highest spec and all that, just want a good picture for general use-and a good price of course. Sorry for being a half wit!! :oops:
And where should i buy from? is empire ok or should i go for more well known? x


Seriously this TV will be great for all your needs, take the plunge, you know ya wanna :thumbsup:
#32
stupot42
I bought this telly on the 31st of December from John Lewis with the ped for £699. I got them to price match Currys... they already knew of the deal and were happy to match, and better still, 5 year guarantee and free delivery! My only problem is the 2 week wait for the ped stand to be delivered :( I think I can wait tho, and at the price you can't go wrong.


Thats worth knowing, thankyou. I was thinking of trying them to price match as its such a good guarantee :thumbsup:
#33
Filo25
Its a great set without a doubt, and I'd go for it at this price unless most of your viewing is likely to be full HD in which case the PZ70 may be a better option.

One of the strengths of this set is that it does a great job with SD material compared to a lot of full HD LCD sets, so for those who are watching a mix of HD and SD its a great set for the money.


I'd agree with that - if you're going to be watching lots of SD content at the moment ( come on there's not a lot of HD content around and it's pretty expensive) then this screen is the dogs b*******. I've had the PX60 which is basically the same since Christmas 2006 and would thouroughly reccomend this set.

Oh and my 360 looks great on it too - if you use the VGA cable you can set it to output at 1024 x 768 in widescreen and you get the natve resolution match which comes out super crisp.
#34
I also have this TV (got it in November for £750 with pedestal plus the 5 year panasonic warranty). It is an excellent television, I would really recommend when its connected via HDMI to my PS3 and I am playing DVD;s and Blu-Ray you can really see the difference in quality!

Seriously, you aren't missing anything when watching High Def on this TV, especially as it is 42". Any bigger and you would start to think about 1080p, but at this size this is fine. It also copes really well with all the standar definition TV as well (something all the 1080p TV usually struggle with).

And to help with your decision, please also note that what is said to be the BEST quality picture in a TV is the KURO range of TV's, and theyre also NOT 1080p. However they are over £1500 so this is the next best thing! :-D
#35
The problem with the 1080p plasmas is power...450W for the PZ70. Mind you, I guess you can make a saving on your central heating bills... ;-)

I bought the PX70, and it's wonderful. It's fine on SD, and way better than any LCD picture I've seen, even 'full HD' 1080p panels.

My opinion is that the majority of what I'll be watching over the next few years will still be SD, so this TV is perfect for that while still giving me an excellent HD picture. In 4-5 years time, when, when 1080p is likely to available on broadcast, then LCD technology may have advanced enough that a 1080p LCD may compete well enough against plasmas.

Other factors to consider - depth of blacks, natural colours, viewing angles, power consumption, motion blur, risk of screen burn...

For now, plasma wins, in my opinion.
#36
TheMegaMan
The problem with the 1080p plasmas is power...450W for the PZ70. Mind you, I guess you can make a saving on your central heating bills... ;-)

I bought the PX70, and it's wonderful. It's fine on SD, and way better than any LCD picture I've seen, even 'full HD' 1080p panels.

My opinion is that the majority of what I'll be watching over the next few years will still be SD, so this TV is perfect for that while still giving me an excellent HD picture. In 4-5 years time, when, when 1080p is likely to available on broadcast, then LCD technology may have advanced enough that a 1080p LCD may compete well enough against plasmas.

Other factors to consider - depth of blacks, natural colours, viewing angles, power consumption, motion blur, risk of screen burn...

For now, plasma wins, in my opinion.


Yeah, but this set is only 270W - pretty close to LCDs of the same size.
#37
i dont understand why this thread is being ovverun with 1080p dreamers. This set is superb value for £629 whatever right now. 1080p is more money and not always neccesary for everyone - either through need or budget!

There is always a better screen but more money - when do you stop?

I paid £2.5k for a 42pv500 with cabinet a few years ago and i am delighted with it, even today on sky hd. I dont have blu-ray or anything like that so it doesnt bother me. I would even still consider buying a 50px70 from Amazon for £1k rather than 50% more for a 1080p equivalent from somewhere with "decent" customer service.....

The thread is about this SET at THIS price, not anything else

:w00t:
#38
I had been tracking this tv for a while and actually ordered it from Dixons (when my post code eventually showed stock) with all the discounts in - only for them to cancel the order a week later.
This works out cheaper, but just ordered the Toshibi model from the boxing day deal on here.
If i hadn't i would of gone for this..
#39
Filo25
Its a great set without a doubt, and I'd go for it at this price unless most of your viewing is likely to be full HD in which case the PZ70 may be a better option.

One of the strengths of this set is that it does a great job with SD material compared to a lot of full HD LCD sets, so for those who are watching a mix of HD and SD its a great set for the money.


Could not agree more , I bought this set after getting bogged down with all the technical reviews , so looked in What hi- fi,s best of 2007 review, which concluded that people were getting to caught up in the 1080i 1080p debate , instead of just looking at the picture quality and they said this was the best picture for the money in 2007 , and in my opinion it is, sky HD is cracking, Normal DVD thru component inputs is fantastic, and sky SD is pretty damn good, the only time its less than perfect (but still pretty good I think) is with the poorer sky channels, uktv gold etc. but that would be the case with all plasma/LCDs, its even pretty good with Freeview.

Got pedestal stand on amazon for £90.
#40
wayne42
I had been tracking this tv for a while and actually ordered it from Dixons (when my post code eventually showed stock) with all the discounts in - only for them to cancel the order a week later.
This works out cheaper, but just ordered the Toshibi model from the boxing day deal on here.
If i hadn't i would of gone for this..


I was in the same boat, was definitely gonna buy the 42px70 in the sales until the tosh came up for £499 Xmas day. I'm still waiting for delivery confirmation of the tosh and I'm in 2 minds whether to cancel the order and go for the panny plasma instead. :thinking:

Can anyone help? Is the 42px70 worth the extra £200+? I will mainly be watching sd sky and playing on a 360/ps3. The main reason for buying the Toshiba was obviously the price, but the worry of screen burn etc on the plasma put me off the px70. Any advice would be appreciated!! :thumbsup:

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