Panasonic Smart VIERA TX-P42S30B 42-inch Full HD 1080p 600Hz Internet-Ready Plasma TV with Freeview HD £451.00 @ Amazon
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Panasonic Smart VIERA TX-P42S30B 42-inch Full HD 1080p 600Hz Internet-Ready Plasma TV with Freeview HD £451.00 @ Amazon

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Not a Sony piece of junk so no need to worry about it catching fire ( theinquirer.net/inq…isk ) - plus this was £480+ only last week, so have some heat :-)

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MrCynical

Not a Sony piece of junk so no need to worry about it catching fire ( … Not a Sony piece of junk so no need to worry about it catching fire ( http://www.theinquirer.net/inquirer/news/2116625/sony-recall-million-bravia-tvs-risk ) - plus this was £480+ only last week, so have some heat :-)



Woah thats going to be expensive for sony can't imagine the cost .

@ OP - Possibly.

Voted hot

Wonder if that 20% off code will work, anyone tried it?

MrCynical

Not a Sony piece of junk so no need to worry about it catching fire ( … Not a Sony piece of junk so no need to worry about it catching fire ( http://www.theinquirer.net/inquirer/news/2116625/sony-recall-million-bravia-tvs-risk ) - plus this was £480+ only last week, so have some heat :-)



Pretty much every major manufacturer makes product recalls now and then, Panasonic included.

Brilliant price, if only it had a 5 year guarantee i would of upgraded my S10

pops1975

@ OP - Possibly.Voted hotWonder if that 20% off code will work, anyone … @ OP - Possibly.Voted hotWonder if that 20% off code will work, anyone tried it?




Which code ???

MrCynical

Which code ???



AUTUMN20 - for 20% off, haven't tried it myself, wondered if others had.

SORRY - that code doesn''t work!
Edited by: "pops1975" 15th Oct 2011

Good price

I wonder whether panasonic might drop prices a little more to combat sony's £100 cashback deal.

Definately worth keeping an eye on.
Edited by: "sc52" 15th Oct 2011

Ah, the clothes code. Can confirm it unfortunately doesnt work for electrical goods.

For review click here. Verdict 8/10

This TV is actually made in Japan, which cannot be said of many 'Japanese' TVs sold in the UK.

It's predecessor, the S20 rarely dipped below £500. This deal is Hot.
Edited by: "dooper" 16th Oct 2011

why is the 50 inch so much dearer

MrCynical

Not a Sony piece of junk so no need to worry about it catching fire ( … Not a Sony piece of junk so no need to worry about it catching fire ( http://www.theinquirer.net/inquirer/news/2116625/sony-recall-million-bravia-tvs-risk ) - plus this was £480+ only last week, so have some heat :-)



11 incidents out of 1,600,000 units sold. That's actually pretty spectacular quality control of you follow 6 sigma principles.
Edited by: "Picard123" 16th Oct 2011

Paid £550 for the John Lewis deal recently but If I could choose over Id still take the 5 year warranty buying from JL, wish Amazon would offer an extended warranty. Still a blazing price for this set tho, rated hot.

revzman

Pretty much every major manufacturer makes product recalls now and then, … Pretty much every major manufacturer makes product recalls now and then, Panasonic included.


Not because their product could burn your house down tho - lets be real.

Edited by: "spaceinvader" 16th Oct 2011

I bought the panasonic 46st30 and its a very good tv in a brightly lit room (same filter as s30) the gt30 and vt30 are not as clear to see in a bright room due to a different filter. One annoying thing i've noticed when viewing hd channels is the voice is out of sync and it looks like they are way off when talking anyone else had this problem.

I was looking at tv's in john lewis the other day and two plasma tv's were chucking out some heat from the screens compared to the lcd's is this normal for plasmas?

600 HTZ ?

Panasonic still to me the best manufacturer of electronic goods.
My 7 years old plasma is still on the wall and won't break, all without an extended warranty.
Panasonic has many tv's on the THX list, but Sony don't I believe have one. Go figure!

bloaty

I was looking at tv's in john lewis the other day and two plasma tv's … I was looking at tv's in john lewis the other day and two plasma tv's were chucking out some heat from the screens compared to the lcd's is this normal for plasmas?



This is what put me off plasma. I do think the picture quality is often superior on the higher end Panasonic plasmas (GT30/VT30) but the power consumption often measures 200w-300w (compare that to an energy efficient LED TV which can be between 50w-100w. More wattage means more heat, not such a big problem if you're in a big room, but in a smaller room you will feel it.

Also plasma's have fans and can buzz a little (so if you're sensitive to that kind of thing during quiet scenes in films its worth bearing in mind).

Edge lit LEDs have their weaknesses too of course (clouding, light bleed etc) but they do run very cool. I ended up going for a Panasonic L42E30B which has been very good, although the contrast and black levels can't match plasma, it does run cool as a cucumber and consumes around 40w when running. I still prefer plasma's picture quality and contrast, but for me I couldn't buy one due to the power consumption, heat, fans and possibility of buzzing. But if those things aren't a problem to you (and they aren't a problem to a lot of people) then go for it.

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russ

This is what put me off plasma. I do think the picture quality is often … This is what put me off plasma. I do think the picture quality is often superior on the higher end Panasonic plasmas (GT30/VT30) but the power consumption often measures 200w-300w (compare that to an energy efficient LED TV which can be between 50w-100w. More wattage means more heat, not such a big problem if you're in a big room, but in a smaller room you will feel it.Also plasma's have fans and can buzz a little (so if you're sensitive to that kind of thing during quiet scenes in films its worth bearing in mind).Edge lit LEDs have their weaknesses too of course (clouding, light bleed etc) but they do run very cool. I ended up going for a Panasonic L42E30B which has been very good, although the contrast and black levels can't match plasma, it does run cool as a cucumber and consumes around 40w when running. I still prefer plasma's picture quality and contrast, but for me I couldn't buy one due to the power consumption, heat, fans and possibility of buzzing. But if those things aren't a problem to you (and they aren't a problem to a lot of people) then go for it.

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Average power consumption on this set is actually 121w , also I don't think plasmas have fans anymore but I could be wrong

Russ my Panasonic plasma has no fans, just massive heatsinks

Oh okay - I stand corrected, it was the GT30 and VT30s I was considering which have fans (2 on the 42 inch, 3 on the 46 inch and 4 on the 50 inch). Thanks for the info re this one.

The old plasmas used to be crazy power consumption wise (my friends is around 400w) but it does look like they've improved on that front.

londonguy

why is the 50 inch so much dearer


Because it's a lot bigger - you don't realise until you see it in person, there's a big leap.

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Adamo

Because it's a lot bigger - you don't realise until you see it in person, … Because it's a lot bigger - you don't realise until you see it in person, there's a big leap.



And then you compare a 50 with a 60 inch and the difference is huge !

Great price! I have the TX-P50S30B and we've been very happy with it

Good price for this model, I bought one a couple of months back based on the glowing reviews but afraid to say I wish I hadn't. I have always been a fan of plasma over LCD but after my Pioneer plasma died I had a cheap samsung 32" LCD for a while, when I replaced it with this Panasonic Plasma I was so disappointed. Any light in the room and the picture is awful, has to be put in dynamic mode during the day just to be able to see anything on it, and then back to normal mode in the evening so it doesn't look horrible. This has put me off plasma for good now, if I have to shut the curtains to watch something in the day light I may as well have a projector.

MrCynical

Not a Sony piece of junk so no need to worry about it catching fire ( … Not a Sony piece of junk so no need to worry about it catching fire ( http://www.theinquirer.net/inquirer/news/2116625/sony-recall-million-bravia-tvs-risk ) - plus this was £480+ only last week, so have some heat :-)



the thing that i can't understand is why Sony is so much hated by some people ? you are not a xbox man by any chance are you ? actually Sony products are faaaaar from being junk,one of the best if not the best.
Edited by: "as905" 16th Oct 2011

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Going_Digital

Good price for this model, I bought one a couple of months back based on … Good price for this model, I bought one a couple of months back based on the glowing reviews but afraid to say I wish I hadn't. I have always been a fan of plasma over LCD but after my Pioneer plasma died I had a cheap samsung 32" LCD for a while, when I replaced it with this Panasonic Plasma I was so disappointed. Any light in the room and the picture is awful, has to be put in dynamic mode during the day just to be able to see anything on it, and then back to normal mode in the evening so it doesn't look horrible. This has put me off plasma for good now, if I have to shut the curtains to watch something in the day light I may as well have a projector.



This is a low/mid range plasma, if you wanted Pioneer quality you should have gone for the V range.

Banned

plasmas are fine you dont have it for long nowadays anyway

as905

the thing that i can't understand is why Sony is so much hated by some … the thing that i can't understand is why Sony is so much hated by some people ? you are not a xbox man by any chance are you ? actually Sony products are faaaaar from being junk,one of the best if not the best.


I don't hate Sony but would never buy again. I've had 2 DVD players and an amp (all QS range) break down irrepairably all aged less than 5 years old; and my Sony camcorder has needed repairing twice. I used to think higher range Sony stuff was bullet-proof but that just isn't true any more.

russ

The old plasmas used to be crazy power consumption wise (my friends is … The old plasmas used to be crazy power consumption wise (my friends is around 400w) but it does look like they've improved on that front.

Max power consumption (the value on the sticker) is not the same as average consumption, which on a plasma and LED backlit (not LCD; not LED edgelit) is a function of the average picture brightness.

I don't know about your friends set, who could conceivably be 400W average/800W max if it's very large and old, but naturally modern TVs are more efficient than old sets.

Yes I too have had Sony kit which has failed within 3 years, Panasonic kit just lasts and lasts.
My TV, microwave, DAB radio just keep working. Can't replace my TV until it does fail :-(
Sony are still good, but far from the best.

joylove

Max power consumption (the value on the sticker) is not the same as … Max power consumption (the value on the sticker) is not the same as average consumption, which on a plasma and LED backlit (not LCD; not LED edgelit) is a function of the average picture brightness.



His TV is this one: hdtvtest.co.uk/new…htm

412w when using it in Standard mode, and 301w in calibrated cinema mode. Thing to bear in mind with these older sets is that they're also chucking a lot of heat into the room so should be good for the very cold winter ahead, if not his energy bills. The new ones are better though I must agree.

The 5 year warranty is still the clincher. Wish John Lewis would hurry up and reduce their price ;p It says it comes with a pedestal, does that just mean the tv stand that every tv comes with?

montblanc

The 5 year warranty is still the clincher. Wish John Lewis would hurry up … The 5 year warranty is still the clincher. Wish John Lewis would hurry up and reduce their price ;p It says it comes with a pedestal, does that just mean the tv stand that every tv comes with?



I think you are right...it'l come with a basic plastic stand that will screw into the bottom of the telly.

Many thanks to Thriller for posting this...I have just ordered.

There are 11 reviews of this telly on Amazon and they all rate it 5 star....worth a gamble!

I like the review from the John Lewis partner, where he is very vague and gets the specs wrong. When Zavvi was still alive, we were all forced to write staff reviews of products on the website.

After a new 42" TV and still can't decide between plasma, LCD or LED. Seems to be pros and cons for each. Looking at wall mounting in the future and not sure about a big heavy plasma hanging up on the wall.

How would this fair for gaming?

Optimal viewing distance for a tv this size and a tv 50" viewing 1080p material?
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