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.