First Post for me but the cheapest I've seen.
Warranty available for £59.99 for 5 years. (money back offer if not used)
Not to be confused with the inferior, matt finished, PX8 model.
The King is dead. Long live the King! The Panasonic TH42PX70 was widely regarded as the finest 42" plasma TV in its class. Now this model is no more but the good news is that it's been replaced by the improved TH42PX80. It's hard to believe that the TH42PX70 could be improved upon, but that's exactly what this latest Panasonic plasma TV has done.
Featuring a brand new plasma panel, the TH42PX80 offers a stunning contrast ratio of 15, 000:1 - that's an amazing 50% improvement on the previous model. Furthermore, the TH42PX80B is now a 100Hz plasma TV. 100Hz technology leads to a more stable picture with less flicker and reduced motion blur. Finally, Panasonic have also upgraded the processor. The new V-real II processor offers even greater picture enhancement. The results? Well, it's fair to say that never before has a plasma TV of this price ever offered such realism and such a captivating picture.
It's not just the picture that Panasonic have been busy improving. The connectivity has seen an upgrade, too. In this age of HD, it's good to see that the latest Panasonic plasma TV now has 3 HDMI sockets - ideal for an HD TV receiver, Blu-ray player and upscaling DVD. In addition to this, twin SCART sockets, VGA (for a PC) and component inputs are on hand for analogue sources. A slightly more unusual fitment, but still welcome nonetheless is a SD card reader. This easily accessible slot is perfect for showing pictures taken on your digital camera.
As you'd expect from the latest generation plasma TV, the Panasonic TH42PX80B is a Freeview equipped plasma, meaning that you can watch all the additional channels at no extra charge. If you want to take digital TV a stage further, then a CI slot lets you use pay-TV cards such as Setanta.
With its class-leading picture quality, superb range of sockets and subtle good looks, the TH42PX80 looks set to uphold the honour of its illustrious forbearers with ease.
To get the best from your plasma, we strongly suggest you professionally install your new purchase. All stores can recommend a local installer who should be able to help. Apart from the fact that our margins are minuscule, and we therefore can't afford to offer an at home service, sales assistants are neither trained, qualified nor insured to do installations. Having said that, we are happy to give advice in-store or over the phone where possible. For more info please contact your local store.
Screen Size Measured diagonally in inches 42"
Hd Ready Is it ready to receive High Definition signals? Yes
1080p Full Hd Ready Is it ready to receive 1080p, Full High Definition signals? No
Analogue Tuner Does it receive conventional, analogue TV stations? Yes
Digital Tuner Does it receive Freeview, freesat or freesat HD TV stations? Freeview
Remote Control Is an Infra-red remote control included? Yes
Speakers Are stereo speakers standard? Yes
Stand Are desktop stand or feet included? Yes
Pc Input Can a computer can be plugged in? Yes
Scart Sockets Number of Scart sockets included 2
Component Is it fitted with a component input? Analogue input which facilitates Progressive Scan Yes
S-Video Is a S-video socket included? Video only signal Yes
Hdmi Is it fitted with an HDMI input? Digital interface that carries both sound and picture 3
Dvi Is it fitted with a DVI input? Digital interface that carries picture only No
Pixel Resolution Pixel resolution - Horizontal x vertical 1024 x 768
Dimensions Set dimensions excluding any stand, bracket or detachable speakers (W x H x D) in mm 1020 x 679 x 95
Contrast Ratio Contrast ratio - from manufacturers information 15,000:1
Brightness Screen brightness, measured in cd/m squared for plasma and ANSI for projectors. NA
Response Time Time taken for screen to respond, in millseconds NA
100hz Scanning Does the TV have 100Hz scanning? 100Hz reduces flicker and offers a smoother picture. 100Hz