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For Panasonic Viera technology that impresses, take a look at the Panasonic TXP42x10. "Great picture performance at the price" What Hi-Fi Sound & Vision magazine

What Hi-Fi Sound & Vision magazine don't dole out their 5-star awards lightly, so to win one a product has to be pretty special: and that's exactly what the new Panasonic TX-P42x10 is.

Featuring a brand new, G12 plasma panel, the TX-P42X10 offers a stunning contrast ratio of 2,000,000:1 - that's an impressive 33% improvement on the previous model. Improvements in panel performance have come about from improved production process incorporating the new Real Black Drive system (a pre-discharge system) and raising the base illumination. All signals also benefit from 100Hz technology. 100Hz technology gives a more stable picture with less flicker and reduced motion blur.

As ever, we'd always recommend a separate home cinema system for the best sound quality, although the built-in system offers enhancements over previous models. V-Audio Surround gives a spacious sound based on actual room measurement from the onboard digital signal processor. Combined with the invisible speakers, it gives a crisp, well-detailed sound quality.

In this age of HD, it's good to see that the latest Panasonic plasma TV has 3 HDMI sockets - ideal for an HD TV receiver, Blu-ray player and upscaling DVD. One of these is side mounted making it ideal for an occasionally connected device such as a games console. 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. The HDMI VIERA link has been upgraded to allow the connection of Panasonic LUMIX digital cameras. Once connected you can use the TV's remote control to playback stored images on the camera.

With a softly contoured stand and sleek new finish, the TX-P42x10 looks smarter than its predecessors. Always a class favourite, the new Panasonic TX-P42x10 is now better than ever.
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#1
Superb television, haven’t regretting buying it once.
#2
Excellent TV
#3
Great TVs.

Fact of the day: The human eye only has a dynamic contrast ratio of 1million to 1 - so how do you see 2mil to 1?
#4
are lcd tvs better than plasma or vice versa? i know led are the best.... but unsure what would be better out of lcd and plasma...?

In the past people said plasmas werent as good, has the technology changed?
#5
This is a great tv, just got one and no complaints from me. I was lucky enought to get one with a 250gb PS3 and the 4 games/play tv package for less than this, but still a good price :)
#6
DTR
This is a great tv, just got one and no complaints from me. I was lucky enought to get one with a 250gb PS3 and the 4 games/play tv package for less than this, but still a good price :)


Really...where?
1 Like #7
Bounce
are lcd tvs better than plasma or vice versa? i know led are the best.... but unsure what would be better out of lcd and plasma...?

In the past people said plasmas werent as good, has the technology changed?


There isn't a simple answer to that, as both have pros and cons. Best thing is to google lcd vs plasma and read what the differences are.

I'm a plasma fan, for tv viewing find it a much better picture than LCD, BUT if was goung to use a pc on the TV I would certainly consider LCD. Console gaming seems fine on the plasma so not an issue.

Like I say, both have advantages, depends on your use amongst other aspects.

And I certainly don't regret buying a Panasonic plasma.
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Bounce
are lcd tvs better than plasma or vice versa? i know led are the best.... but unsure what would be better out of lcd and plasma...?

In the past people said plasmas werent as good, has the technology changed?

This keeps propping up again and again. There is NO SUCH THING AS AN LED TV. There are LCD TV's that have LED backlighting, that is not quite the same thing. LED TVs may surface when the OLED screen technology for larger screens are perfected.

For movies or sports Plasma holds the upper hand. For Animation and PC use LCD/LED are marginally better. However, LCD/LED screens can be real pain to watch Movies, it creates a cardboard effect; I know I have a Samsung UE46B8000 LED/LCD TV, I am returning this for a Panasonic TX-P50V10, which is superior in almost every department, except the washed out brightness department.

See the following threads for discussions on the pros and cons of plasma v LCD v LCD/LED

http://www.hotukdeals.com/item/449113/panasonic-tx-p50g10b-plasma-full-hd?p=5865558#post5865558

http://www.hotukdeals.com/item/569290/panasonic-viera-50-1080p-plasma-tv-?
1 Like #9
tpol
This keeps propping up again and again. There is NO SUCH THING AS AN LED TV. There are LCD TV's that have LED backlighting, that is not quite the same thing. LED TVs may surface when the OLED screen technology for larger screens are perfected.

For movies or sports Plasma holds the upper hand. For Animation and PC use LCD/LED are marginally better. However, LCD/LED screens can be real pain to watch Movies, it creates a cardboard effect; I know I have a Samsung UE46B8000 LED/LCD TV, I am returning this for a Panasonic TX-P50V10, which is superior in almost every department, except the washed out brightness department.

See the following threads for discussions on the pros and cons of plasma v LCD v LCD/LED

http://www.hotukdeals.com/item/449113/panasonic-tx-p50g10b-plasma-full-hd?p=5865558#post5865558

http://www.hotukdeals.com/item/569290/panasonic-viera-50-1080p-plasma-tv-?

Have some rep there mate, nice to see somebody on here who knows what theyre talking about and knows that plasmas make good sets. A majority of people think the oposite

As for the deal its a fantastic offer, this set is cracking. the black levels are close to the pioneer kuros
#10
Richierea
There isn't a simple answer to that, as both have pros and cons. Best thing is to google lcd vs plasma and read what the differences are.

I'm a plasma fan, for tv viewing find it a much better picture than LCD, BUT if was goung to use a pc on the TV I would certainly consider LCD. Console gaming seems fine on the plasma so not an issue.

Like I say, both have advantages, depends on your use amongst other aspects.

And I certainly don't regret buying a Panasonic plasma.


+1
#11
A good buy.... indeed, and richer sounds offer a fantastic service. I nearly bought one of these but opted for the LG 42LF7700 from richer sounds as it has the freesat hd receiver built in for pracitcally the same price only £549.... you decide!

Also don't forget the 5 year extended warranty for only £50 premium.
#12
Both have their own strengths. I opted for an LCD on the undestanding that LCDs last longer. Do plasmas still suffer from image burn?
#13
Flombard
Both have their own strengths. I opted for an LCD on the undestanding that LCDs last longer. Do plasmas still suffer from image burn?


Image burn is not much of an issue now, my TV is on Cbeebies, etc for hours and no image retention (might be different if I paused an image for 48hours - but who would do that??). Also panel life is like for like.
#14
A great deal BUT even cheaper on their web site £479.99. It goes on to say only available in-store but mention that you 'saw it on their web site' for above price. £47.99 for the 5 year warrenty.
#15
dmw371
A good buy.... indeed, and richer sounds offer a fantastic service. I nearly bought one of these but opted for the LG 42LF7700 from richer sounds as it has the freesat hd receiver built in for pracitcally the same price only £549.... you decide!

Also don't forget the 5 year extended warranty for only £50 premium.


Or just go to John Lewis and get them to price match along with a FREE five year warranty.
#16
Why are people voting this cold? interested for reasons. Why do people vote cold and not post the reason if it has not been mentioned - morons?
#17
one clear advantage of led uses half the power of plasma
#18
solid tv for the price but im afraid without 1080p res i cant invest so for that IM OUT.......
#19
wewontgetfooleda
solid tv for the price but im afraid without 1080p res i cant invest so for that IM OUT.......


that isnt a valid reason. Cause u just notice the number isnt bigger and assume its not as good as the bigger numbered ones...
#20
Flombard
Both have their own strengths. I opted for an LCD on the undestanding that LCDs last longer. Do plasmas still suffer from image burn?


Please not again, I have been hearing the same thing since a student, back when I got my first job in sales. It's difficult to get screen burn on a Plasma set outside the first few hours of use, even then I would be surprised if you did. Plasmas last for god knows how long, I am outdated with the specs of new sets but I would imagine more than long enough.

You do know LCD's use the same lighting technology (CCFL) as those energy saving bulbs right? ever had one fail.
#21
bargainhunter666
Or just go to John Lewis and get them to price match along with a FREE five year warranty.


not available on their site anymore unless someone can post direct link
#22
harny
not available on their site anymore unless someone can post direct link


It is but for price match you would go instore and get your 5yr warranty free.
#23
So many TV deals on here. Pretty soon we'll have a website for the hottest deals of the hottest deals posted on hotukdeals.
#24
bargainhunter666
It is but for price match you would go instore and get your 5yr warranty free.

I know John Lewis offer free delivery from their stores, but would they also price match when buying over the phone?
#25
RISC
You do know LCD's use the same lighting technology (CCFL) as those energy saving bulbs right? ever had one fail.


I've had two of those bulbs go in my house in the last month.
#26
bargainhunter666
It is but for price match you would go instore and get your 5yr warranty free.


thanks...so should i ring up before making a trip? i have a Richer Sounds local but no John Lewis
#27
RISC
Please not again, I have been hearing the same thing since a student, back when I got my first job in sales. It's difficult to get screen burn on a Plasma set outside the first few hours of use, even then I would be surprised if you did. Plasmas last for god knows how long, I am outdated with the specs of new sets but I would imagine more than long enough.

You do know LCD's use the same lighting technology (CCFL) as those energy saving bulbs right? ever had one fail.


My Panel (PX80) suffers from image retention, ie Sky sports news, Sky news, blu ray movies with the fully aspect ratio, but disappears after a few minutes once I switch over, but its never suffered from screen burn

Heat added
#28
the 1080p brigade havent hijacked this deal, pheew what a relief:whistling:.
I posted a deal for a 50" sammy plasma post xmas, ruddy 1080p nerds hijacked the post,
#29
ro53ben
Fact of the day: The human eye only has a dynamic contrast ratio of 1million to 1 - so how do you see 2mil to 1?


The human eye has a dynamic contrast?

Everybody's eyes are different btw.
#30
harny
thanks...so should i ring up before making a trip? i have a Richer Sounds local but no John Lewis


I would certainly ring up, my store have been useless at the weekend for price matching but during the week they are excellant. Get the agreed sale price and name of staff and head in for deal. Not sure if they price match over phone to despatch.
#31
Where the hell did you get This TV, PS3 + 4 Games and Play TV for less than £499???!!!!!!
#32
Bounce
are lcd tvs better than plasma or vice versa? i know led are the best.... but unsure what would be better out of lcd and plasma...?

In the past people said plasmas werent as good, has the technology changed?


LCD all the way in my opinion having owned both. Agree it is all a matter of opinion, this link might be handy http://www.which.co.uk/advice/lcd-vs-plasma-tvs/index.jsp
#33
Amazing tv for an amazing price. Buy it!
#34
I got this TV on price match from John Lewis Leicester. Took them a day or so to match it, but they did it.

The TV is utterly brilliant. I play wii through it (using RGB component cables) and have an HD media player too. I would challenge ANYONE to watch a bluray rip through that TV and then tell me it was inferior to a 1080p LCD screen. Seriously, on a 42" tv it is not possible beyond about 12 inches to see any difference whatsoever.

Plasma tvs have come a long way in the last few years. Richer blacks, better playback... FAR better playback of standard def (which, lets face it, is mostly what people will watch on these for years to come) than almost all comparable LCDs. Stop snobbing about 1080p, it's utterly pointless at this size. Go up to bigger screen sizes and it's noticeable, below this and you cannot tell.
#35
Great for watching TV on I imagine, but what resolution would this display with a PC? I use my TV for casual browsing as well as watching a lot of content, and I suspect at this size, anything less than 1080p is going to be quite limited for text, am I right?
#36
haslitt
Great for watching TV on I imagine, but what resolution would this display with a PC? I use my TV for casual browsing as well as watching a lot of content, and I suspect at this size, anything less than 1080p is going to be quite limited for text, am I right?


This is 1024*768, which is why I mentioned I wouldn't go for this if using with a PC. I had my pc running on similar model, and the text just wasn't sharp enough. Tried HDMI, DVI and VGA connections, and surprisingly VGA gave the best result but still not perfect. Running media centre was fine though.

Wasn't too bothered as I don't really want a PC on the TV, and it does give a great TV picture, very natural looking and no backlight issues!
The picture quality in HD streaming from the Xbox 360 can look amazing.

Great TV for SD/HD and console gaming, just not great with a pc.....
#37
"What Hi-Fi Sound & Vision magazine don't dole out their 5-star awards lightly"


Sure they do. Just pay for enough advertising.
#38
Plasma is the way. Had a 42 lcd but replaced it with a 42 samsung plasma - standard def video looks good unlike standard def rips of dvds on an lcd, ps3 looks good, blacks look black! 720p Plasma is better than 1080p lcd in my eyes.

Bargain!
#39
Morphosis
Really...where?


Andyrolfe666
Where the hell did you get This TV, PS3 + 4 Games and Play TV for less than £499???!!!!!!


Actually I've looked and mine is a completely different TV (d'oh!), mine is the Panasonic-TX-L42S10B which has 1080p.

It was at comet, I got the £285 PS3 offer (4 games and Play TV, although I was sent Uncharted 2, instead of 1), the above tv and had a 30% off code (from the time they were giving codes away). I also got more money knocked off, because they messed me around.

In the end it was about £500 (a little under I think). Obviously that's not a deal I can post on here, I was just lucky.
#40
RISC
Please not again, I have been hearing the same thing since a student, back when I got my first job in sales. It's difficult to get screen burn on a Plasma set outside the first few hours of use, even then I would be surprised if you did. Plasmas last for god knows how long, I am outdated with the specs of new sets but I would imagine more than long enough.

You do know LCD's use the same lighting technology (CCFL) as those energy saving bulbs right? ever had one fail.


So you are in agreement that image burn is possible on a plasma, thought so. safer getting an LCD then

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