Panasonic TH42PX80B plasma 42" TV @ Dixons- £487.50 (+3% Quidco= £473) + free del. - HotUKDeals
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I don't really understand TVs but a lot of people on here rave about this model.

Before anyone says it, it's NOT full HD but a large proportion of the population don't use HD anyway, and apparently this is one of the better TVs for normal viewing.

Just bought it from Dixons for £499 less 2.5% with code SALE25, less 3% Topcashabck (sorry, not Quidco as previously stated. TCB is the same thing except better!) =£472.88. Don't think it's cheaper anywhere else at the moment - if so please let me know and I'll cancel!

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#1
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Immerse yourself in a world of viewing pleasure with the Panasonic TH42PX80B 42” HD Ready Digital Plasma TV.

Enjoy your favourite shows with 1024 pixels, 15000: 1 contrast and a flat screen to reduce distortion for an altogether amazing picture quality. Boasting 100Hz, the TH42PX80B 42” HD Ready Digital Plasma TV provides even sharper images. The 3x HDMI sockets mean you can attach various external media and still enjoy crystal-clear digital video and audio.

As well as great picture quality, it offers easy operation courtesy of VIERA Link. This lets you operate the TH42PX80B 42” HD Ready Digital Plasma TV together with other connected Panasonic AV components using only the VIERA TV's remote control unit.

By simply removing the SD memory card from your digital still camera and slipping it into the TV's integral card reader, you can also view a slideshow of your photos. As well as giving you a TV experience, the TH42PX80B 42” HD Ready Digital Plasma TV will allow you to share memories with your loved ones!


HD Ready 720p
Built-in digital TV Tuner 1
5,000 : 1 contrast ratio
V-Real II Processor Image Technology
NICAM Stereo sound
3 x HDMI connections
2 x SCART connections
1 x component connection
1 x PC connection
SD Card reader for photos

Full specification

Screen Size (inches) 42 inches Size of the screen measured diagonally across the screen
Picture Quality 1024 pixels The higher the number of pixels the better the picture resolution will be
Flat Screen YES Flat screens reflect less and do not curve at the edges providing you with less distortion
Widescreen Option YES A format also known as 16:9 offering you the advantage of being able to watch movies in their original format
Sound Quality Nicam See our TV Buying Guide for more information
Viewable Screen Size 41.5 inches
Digital Tuner YES This enables you to receive over 25 Freeview channels, subject to coverage, including BBC Three, BBC Four, BBC News 24, Sky News, Sky Sports News, ITV2, CBeebies and digital radio channels
Contrast 15000 The higher the contrast ratio the better the picture quality
Viewing angles 178 degrees This determines the optimum viewing angle
On Screen Display YES For the simple on screen access to menu options
No of Scarts 2 To enable you to connect to other equipment such as a DVD player, video or games console
Line input YES
Stand Included YES
Wall Mountable YES
Parental Lock YES Unauthorised people such as children can be prevented from tampering with the equipment
Auto Install YES Automatically tunes your TV and sets up the channels at the touch of a button
Sleep Timer YES Can be set to turn off automatically
Headphone Socket YES For you to listen with personal headphones
Front AV sockets YES For easy connection of equipment such as camcorders or games consoles
Programme Memory 1000 The maximum number of stations you can store
Colour Black
Fastext YES Allows for faster and easier access to Ceefax and Teletext information services
Remote Control YES Enables you to operate your equipment from a remote handset
Weight 28 kg This is the weight of the appliance in KG
Height (exc Stand) 679 mm
Width (exc stand) 1020 mm
Depth (exc stand) 95 mm
On power consumption 255 KWh/24hr Power usage when up and running
#2
its hot, petty the TH37PX80 is more expensive as i need a 37 in a smallesh room for standard definition
#3
Already posted in a way:

http://www.hotukdeals.com/item/304037/panasonic-th42px80b-42-plasma-tv-46

Although that was using additonal vouchers to knock the price down more.

Still a good price, and cracking TV though.
#4
scorcher
1 Like #5
Great TV and a good deal.

Remember you can get a free 5 year warranty on Panasonics from approved retailers up to Dec 31st.

http://www.replyonline.co.uk/Panasonic/everymomentmatters/microsite.html
#6
Top TV, I have had one for 9 months now and it kicks LCD ass! I though £660 was a bargain (5yr warranty) at the time and would reccommend it to anyone with the room. Only grumble point is that the remote control is a bit poor and only works if you are pointing it directly at the receiver. Kid-preef screen is easy to clean too, much beter than an LCD.

You don't need fullHD on a set this size unless you are sitting less than 7ft away from the screen (and if you are watching BluRay). BBC HD is only 720p anyway on FreeSat etc.
#7
This is a great TV and a great price. But you need to be aware that if you buy it in a participating store before Dec 31 Panasonic will give you a 5 year guarantee. If you can find a store that will come close to the Dixons price then you may prefer that deal.
#8
dashforth
If you can find a store that will come close to the Dixons price then you may prefer that deal.


That's highly unlikely though, isn't it. Most will be charging literally hundreds more for this set.
Fantastic television, and a fantastic price. Shame about the lack of warranty.

Anyone know if John Lewis will pricematch Dixons? (Thereby getting you a five year warranty, of course.)
#9
bought this on xmas day for a net of 436. Was toying with cancelling it if a better deal arrives in the next week or so. The warranty issue is the main killer - panny warranty out of the box (by panasonic) is 5yrs, yet thats voided and deferred to DIXONS for this purchase.

Unless there is a way to enforce it? Im sure the EU laws say a min of 2yrs or something.

Any ideas? pricematch would be better.
#10
1024 pixels is not a great picture quality - for this size screen, it should be way higher.
#11
spurious
1024 pixels is not a great picture quality - for this size screen, it should be way higher.


I think you will find there's far more to picture quality than resolution.
In many articles screen resolution was listed as 5th most important when looking at TV features.

This TV beats many 1080P sets, especially for SD quality and even HD in a lot of cases.
Still not seen a LCD beat a plasma for most natural looking picture either.

Not to say Plasma's are always perfect for every use, but as far as general TV viewing goes, this beats most.
#12
I'd say that the sale of goods act would give you pretty good cover although it would be a bit of hassle to enforce. If the manufacturer is offering a 5yr warranty then they're saying that the product should last for 5 years.

I've had confirmation that it's being delivered on 2nd Jan, but still considering cancelling. Partly because we don't really need a new TV! The old Panny LCD 32 we've had for about 5 yrs still does a pretty good job.
#13
Very good TV, possibly the best 720p TV that is affordable by the great unwashed (i.e. not a Kuro). Not suitable for all applications (PC monitor, maybe media PC) but excels at most, esp SD. Would have this if a) the 1080p PZ was much more and b) it was more suited to a Vista Media Center environment.

Superb price. PX8Bs were £500 2 months ago with these sitting nearer £700 so this is great.
#14
Unbelievable price. If anyone can think of a reason to spend more than this on a tv then I'd like to hear it.

Cue all those people who have no clue about pixel resolution saying that this is only 720p. Put quite simply this blows all LCD pictures out of the water. I've just spent Christmas watching my uncles £1000 Sony bad boy LCD and had to put up with him saying how good the picture was now that he had Sky HD and a HDMI cable. My PX80 with Virgin V-Box via HDMI is far superior.

Unfortunately this will pass most people by due to then not having a clue about tvs. They miss out on a better picture for less money. Unlucky them.
#15
So carleast, you think I should let the order stand? Considering cancelling and buying a load of bedroom furniture instead!

Are these fairly reliable? I'm still slightly concerned about the one year warranty.
#16
Great TV. I have one and even the Panasonic 1080P plasmas at twice the price do not look much better at viewing distance.

Until OLED screens become widely available and cost effective late 2009 to 2010, plasma will still offer the best overall PQ.
#17
Bought one yesterday from comet, so far great tv, looks great on SD tv stations compared to my old LCD. Xbox games look nice a sharp to. Only bad thing i can say is it lacks an optical port that i used previously to connected my surround sound with.
#18
We view ours from about 9ft away, have had it for 4 months, and it is fantastic. What a great set with a natural looking picture which doesn't give any eyestrain.
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This is better IMO than my Sony 1080p V4000 with the Xbox. More vivid colours and closer to that CRT 'warmth'. Sadly plasma is a no go for my setup but would jump at the chance for this otherwise (the Sony is still excellent, one of the best in field. A field I am limited to by what I use it for).

A good analogy is my Samsumg 2mp camera vs higher MP cameraphones. Even up against many new cameraphones of 5mp+ the Samsumg still holds out due to better auto focus, higher quality optics and real flash. Even though the others may capture more pixels, it's more pixels captured badly. Same applies to the TVs - Johnny LG's TV may well have a 1080p LCD with bells and whistles but it still can't compete with the refinement of Bobby Panny's TV with more vivid colours, deeper blacks and an image closer to a very high def CRT. With a bad LCD you're gonna think 'boy, it got loadsa pixels, shame they are kinda grey' whereas with the plasma it's closer to 'boy, this film looks fantastic'. Which is what you should be thinking about when watching the film - the film, not the TV.
#20
Quidco through Dixons?
I've never seen it, only Dixons Entertainment which is just for DVDs and games and stuff
#21
SugarRay
Quidco through Dixons?
I've never seen it, only Dixons Entertainment which is just for DVDs and games and stuff


Yeah, sorry - it's Topcashback, not Quidco. Same thing but better! See:
http://www.topcashback.co.uk/retailerdetailDixons.htm
I'll amend the first post to say that.
#22
gunark

A good analogy is my Samsumg 2mp camera vs higher MP cameraphones. Even up against many new cameraphones of 5mp+ the Samsumg still holds out due to better auto focus, higher quality optics and real flash. Even though the others may capture more pixels, it's more pixels captured badly. Same applies to the TVs - Johnny LG's TV may well have a 1080p LCD with bells and whistles but it still can't compete with the refinement of Bobby Panny's TV with more vivid colours, deeper blacks and an image closer to a very high def CRT. With a bad LCD you're gonna think 'boy, it got loadsa pixels, shame they are kinda grey' whereas with the plasma it's closer to 'boy, this film looks fantastic'. Which is what you should be thinking about when watching the film - the film, not the TV.


A fine analogy, sir. Shame it won't stop the usual wave of comments about "wasting your money not buying full HD" and "this is only 1024 x 768". It's a wave you can't beat, you just have to let it wash over then float back to the top :thumbsup:

Have some rep though, you deserve it for trying.
1 Like #23
Bogroll Warlord
A fine analogy, sir. Shame it won't stop the usual wave of comments about "wasting your money not buying full HD" and "this is only 1024 x 768". It's a wave you can't beat, you just have to let it wash over then float back to the top :thumbsup:

Have some rep though, you deserve it for trying.


Hey man, if it means they all dump plasmas onto ebay for LCD then more chance me getting one cheap one day! Or in other words - their loss.

STEVE HOLT!!
#24
My only worry about Plasmas is the reflection from windows and lights in the glass, an archaic problem, do they still have this with newer models?
#25
Gold Feet
My only worry about Plasmas is the reflection from windows and lights in the glass, an archaic problem, do they still have this with newer models?


We have ours in the corner next to a bay window. Sure, if bright sunlight is comming through straight onto the TV we would close the curtain (not very often mind you), but then again we did the same with the LCD and CRT before it. So I would say it's no more of a problem than any other TV.
#26
Bought this TV yesterday!! I cant recommend it more :thumbsup:
1 Like #27
Gold Feet
My only worry about Plasmas is the reflection from windows and lights in the glass, an archaic problem, do they still have this with newer models?


I was concerned about this when I bought the PX70B. The anti-reflective coating does an amazing job when sunlight pours through the bay window.
#28
crazyhorse
I was concerned about this when I bought the PX70B. The anti-reflective coating does an amazing job when sunlight pours through the bay window.


Thats what I wanted to hear, as our LCD was a vast improvement (non issue in fact) over the CRT and the price is now right to go large :) I'll put up with any small flaws after chosing either LCD or Plasma providing I dont have to draw the curtains like in CRT days.
#29
ScottyW
Only bad thing i can say is it lacks an optical port that i used previously to connected my surround sound with.


Yeah, this would be a perfect tele for me, for the price, if it had a digital out.
#30
I just bought this TV yesterday from Curry's and can say with absolute certainty that it has the best picture I have seen of ANY plasma or LCD (except, of course, for the Pioneer Kuro range). I've spent weeks checking the TV's round all the stores in town and this one is the best in my opinion. The next model up, the PZ, has 1080p resolution but doesn't produce as good an image with an SD source (like DVD or standard def Freeview) and I could not see the difference when looking at a 1080p Blue-Ray (except the panel had a job coping with the faster panning scenes). At 42" 1080p is pointless. Buy this and you won't be dissapointed (unless you're a moaning old b**ger who can't shut up about 1080p).
#31
spurious
1024 pixels is not a great picture quality - for this size screen, it should be way higher.


Have you seen the TV's output? Compared it against sets that should be "way higher"?

It's a bit of a "spurious" statement to make otherwise... :whistling:
#32
Is the stand for £49 worth it? I made the order a couple of days ago, just missed out on the christmas deal unfortunately, with the stand. Thinking I should order just the TV and get a wall mount instead.
#33
I had bought the sony 42'' from john lewis, but having read through this thread and others, ive cancelled it and opted for this panasonic, ill basically be using it for wii and tv through a freeview + box so i hope ive made the right decision.
#34
ultrakev
I just bought this TV yesterday from Curry's and can say with absolute certainty that it has the best picture I have seen of ANY plasma or LCD (except, of course, for the Pioneer Kuro range). I've spent weeks checking the TV's round all the stores in town and this one is the best in my opinion. The next model up, the PZ, has 1080p resolution but doesn't produce as good an image with an SD source (like DVD or standard def Freeview) and I could not see the difference when looking at a 1080p Blue-Ray (except the panel had a job coping with the faster panning scenes). At 42" 1080p is pointless. Buy this and you won't be dissapointed (unless you're a moaning old b**ger who can't shut up about 1080p).


The PZ simply can't stand up to the PX's lower resolution in handling SD material. It's been a year and a half since I bought my 42" PX70B at £799 with 5yr warranty. Sub £500 for a 42" PX80B is money well spent.
#35
Hi Richersounds are doing for £549 with 5 year guarantee
#36
The Which? magizine review is below, 67% overall score and a Which? Best Buy.
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We found the clarity, depth and detail of standard definition pictures impressive. A very slight green tint and minor colour banding failed to impact the overall effect. Freeview pictures boasted rich colour and well-defined, natural detail that’s difficult to top. The slight jittery feel to fine detail failed to overshadow the excellent high-definition picture. We were also impressed by the excellent contrast ratio, which made the blacks rich, deep and detailed.

It’s just such a shame about the sound quality. Our listening panel remarked on the piercing and shouty sound, uncontrolled low frequencies and cabinet resonance that made it quite exhausting to listen to. Fortunately, you can connect it up to a stereo via the phono sockets, but there is no surround-sound output.

It’s very easy to use. Both the on-screen menus and electronic programme guide are intuitive to navigate, and the remote features good tactile feedback and large, clear labelling.

The PX80 supports audio description - an additional narrative found on some Freeview programmes that describes significant visual information to aid visually impaired people. It boasts a full array of versatile Scart and HDMI sockets, plus a slot for plugging in a memory card and viewing digital photos on screen – picture quality here is excellent. A VGA socket for connecting to your PC supports all but the highest of computer resolutions. It can be mounted on a wall, but you’ll need to buy the necessary fittings separately.

Pros: Fantastic picture, easy to use, light sensor makes a decent stab at making an energy efficient plasma TV

Cons: Let-down by dodgy sound quality
#37
The Which? Magazine best brand!
The stunning rosta of Best Buys from both 2007 and 2008 is testament to the quality gap Panasonic has put between itself and the rest of the flat-panel TV market. Whether LCD or plasma TVs they are simply streets ahead of the competition. But there have been some cracks showing – bizarrely enough in their top-of-the-range models.
Panasonic currently offers the best LCD and plasma TVs we have ever tested. Admittedly they tend to be pricier than some of the competition but it’s hard to fault most of the models we've tested. They are easier to use and more energy efficient than most other brands and offer a good level of functionality. However, it's picture quality that usually stands Panasonic out from the crowd – be it standard or high definition.
The Panasonic LCD range seem to have the picture quality edge on the plasma TVs at the moment. Interestingly, we've found high standards across their entire LCD range - with the entry level sets scoring just as highly as the top of the range models. For the sake of a few extra sockets and fancy features you could save yourself hundreds of pounds without skimping on the picture.
However, there is cause for some slight concern. Sound quality is sometimes a let-down on entry level models and it is guilty of over-doing its digital processing software - spoiling what otherwise would be decent picture results with a slightly artificial feel.
We’ve spotted this on more than one occasion in its plasma TVs ranges – the entry level PX models (lower screen resolution, smaller price tag) have performed better in our viewing tests than the PZ ranges (higher spec and higher price).
Given that you’re more likely to pay less for a better picture this isn’t necessarily a bad thing – but the one cause for concern is that, as Panasonic introduces features from higher ranges into entry ranges, it loses its edge in superior picture processing.
Having said that, Panasonic continues to be at the cutting edge of flat panel TV technology. It was the first to market with integrated Freesat plasma and LCD TVs and was among the first to include audio description and power saving light sensors as standard. All its 2008 range – be it entry or top-of-the-range now come with memory card slots.
FOR: Picture quality, ergonomics, versatile features, innovation – you name it, Panasonic leads the field
AGAINST: The high-end plasma PZ ranges do not deliver the high quality standard-definition picture we’ve come to expect from Panasonic.
#38
My only gripe with this TV is when using XBOX 360 playing GTA IV, I get distracting greenish phosphor trails when turning/movement in game. Anyone else had this problem?
1 Like #39
ghost101
Is the stand for £49 worth it? I made the order a couple of days ago, just missed out on the christmas deal unfortunately, with the stand. Thinking I should order just the TV and get a wall mount instead.



Theres a stand included, so you can freestand it on a existing cabinet. The £49 glass stand is a extra if you want to purchase it.
#40
ultrakev
I just bought this TV yesterday from Curry's and can say with absolute certainty that it has the best picture I have seen of ANY plasma or LCD (except, of course, for the Pioneer Kuro range). I've spent weeks checking the TV's round all the stores in town and this one is the best in my opinion. The next model up, the PZ, has 1080p resolution but doesn't produce as good an image with an SD source (like DVD or standard def Freeview) and I could not see the difference when looking at a 1080p Blue-Ray (except the panel had a job coping with the faster panning scenes). At 42" 1080p is pointless. Buy this and you won't be dissapointed (unless you're a moaning old b**ger who can't shut up about 1080p).




Spot on!! Been watching standard def TV up until tonight, stuck a DVD on and WOW!!!! Im very impressed with the picture :thumbsup: The only slight problem with this TV is its mpg!! its nearly 4 times the wattage of my old TV :w00t: but who`s counting :thumbsup:

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