Panasonic VIERA TX-L42U5B 42" Full HD 1080p LCD TV - £349.99 Instore at Sainsburys
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Panasonic VIERA TX-L42U5B 42" Full HD 1080p LCD TV - £349.99 Instore at Sainsburys

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Found 12th Aug 2012
Saw this instore today and the website has the same price but out of stock online..

Really tempted to buy but just cant afford it at the moment!

Product overview
Upgrade your entertainment, with the Panasonic VIERA TX-L42U5B It features a 176 degree viewing angle, so you'll see clear, vibrant high definition images from any seat in the room. This model has a built-in Freeview HD tuner, so hooked up to an external aerial you'll get HD viewing straight out of the box. The screen's backlight features a wide transmission aperture that enhances contrast between light and dark and improves response to provide smoother motion images.
VIERA Connect lets you enjoy video and music, sports, games and other content in addition to movies and TV programmes. It's also easy to share, by linking equipment over a home network and letting you expand the number of connectable devices and playback formats. Various types of contents, such as recorded TV programmes, photos, motion images and music can be enjoyed in different rooms or on your smartphone.
Plenty of traditional connections are supported too - three HDMI sockets make it simple for this set to become the centre of a multi media hub, for viewing HD content from a games console or Blu-ray player.
If you like keeping in touch, you can Display Twitter or the Facebook timeline on the side of the screen while you watch a TV programme.
Green credentials are good too. Screen brightness is automatically adjusted to match ambient light in the room.



Screen resolution 1920x1080
Screen size 37 - 43"
1080p
Yes
Viewing angle 176º
Picture frequency 50Hz
Aspect ratio 16:9
Contrast ratio High Contrast
Audio quality Dolby Digital
Speaker output 2x8W
Number of HDMI inputs 3
SCART sockets 1
USB port
Yes
Link to PC
Yes
Optical output
Yes
SD card slot Front
Component input
Yes
Headphone socket
Yes
Electronic programme guide
Yes
Parental lock
Yes
On screen menus
Yes
Digital noise reduction
Yes
Sleep timer
Yes
Auto set up
Yes
Fast text
Yes
Brand Panasonic
Product number TX-L42U5B
Remote control
Yes
Stand included
Yes
Manufacturer's guarantee 1 year
Country of origin Czech
Annual power consumption 181kWh per annum
Built-in Freeview HD
Yes
Colour and finish Black
Energy class C
On' mode power consumption 124Watts
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nice find
Great price for the TV
OPs URL now showing as "Out of stock".
does this have wi-fi?
Ashburnham1

OPs URL now showing as "Out of stock".



Saw this instore today and the website has the same price but out of … Saw this instore today and the website has the same price but out of stock online..

Is this an old model?

Doesn't appear in Panasonic's on line current model range
Good deal
Still regret not getting the Toshiba 40' 3D LED Smart TV for £390.

Voted hot
176º viewing angles sounds bad, 178º should be the norm.
176º is advertised on TN monitors, while IPS is the 178º one.

Right now I would buy a Direct Led TV (Lg).
Is 50Hz picture frequency good?
jk80

Is 50Hz picture frequency good?



It is the U.K PAL standard Hz rate. Anything above (ie) 100Hz & 200Hz on a UK tv broadcast is just the T.V tampering with the original 50Hz. It will look fine.
It is probably fitted with a MVA panel, I think supplied by CMO. The viewing angle will not be as good as an IPS panel if that is important.

Link to Panasonic 2012 U5 LCD TV specs










Edited by: "bill888" 13th Aug 2012
MaximusRo

176º viewing angles sounds bad, 178º should be the norm.176º is ad … 176º viewing angles sounds bad, 178º should be the norm.176º is advertised on TN monitors, while IPS is the 178º one.



Shame, I was planning on watching a 42" tv 3 degrees away from the wall
Freeview HD - Excellent

£350 - Amazing Price

It's HOT, HOT, HOT from me ..... it simply beggars belief that someone is complaining about a 176 degree viewing angle - bearing in mind that 180 degrees would be viewing it from the side!!! Someone in need of help I think!! :-)
So wish I actually needed one of these, but my Sony 40" TV is still going strong after 4 years. Shouldn't moan really, lol.
peterwizz

Shame, I was planning on watching a 42" tv 3 degrees away from the wall


You are missing the point, that is the sign of an inferior panel. The differences between a IPS (178º) and a TN (176º) are huge, the image quality cannot be compared. It is not about the 2 degrees.
Most TV's are viewed within 45 degrees I would hazard a guess ........ IPS or TN or 176 or 178 is pointless drivel IMO ...... bargain!!
Which store was this in? Anyone else seen any other stores with this in stock?
MrRee

Most TV's are viewed within 45 degrees I would hazard a guess ........ … Most TV's are viewed within 45 degrees I would hazard a guess ........ IPS or TN or 176 or 178 is pointless drivel IMO ...... bargain!!



LOL

Planet good time treating you well? The viewing angle is irrelevant, but it being an IPS or TN panel is a MAJOR decider on picture quality.
MaximusRo

You are missing the point, that is the sign of an inferior panel. The … You are missing the point, that is the sign of an inferior panel. The differences between a IPS (178º) and a TN (176º) are huge, the image quality cannot be compared. It is not about the 2 degrees.



You are completely clueless, IPS panels barely exist in the TV market at present. Without stating useless drivel I could tell you immediately this is not an IPS panel. Firstly, it's 42", secondly it's 1080p, and thirdly it's £350.
macleodmac

You are completely clueless, IPS panels barely exist in the TV market at … You are completely clueless, IPS panels barely exist in the TV market at present. Without stating useless drivel I could tell you immediately this is not an IPS panel. Firstly, it's 42", secondly it's 1080p, and thirdly it's £350.



Most Panasonic and LG TV's use IPS panels. This is a cheapo Panasonic which the Pansonic website confirms has a VA panel- cold
As I stated, they barely exist, they are just starting to be introduced. VA panels are still decent, I think you're expecting way too much at this price point.
macleodmac

As I stated, they barely exist, they are just starting to be introduced. … As I stated, they barely exist, they are just starting to be introduced. VA panels are still decent, I think you're expecting way too much at this price point.



You are mistaken IPS panels have been in Large LCD's for years. Many manufacturers used them as well as Panasonic and LG the likes of Philips and Toshiba used mainly LG manufactured S-IPS panels. Panasonic mainly use their in house IPS-Alpha and IPS-Pro panels. My 4.5 year old Panasonic has a 1980x1080 IPS- Alpha panel
Picked the last one up from Swansea Store this morning.

Is now sitting proudly on our office wall & for £350 it's a cracking deal - lovely picture in both HD & SD.

Yes there are more expensive TV's out there with better panels etc but for this price you'd be an oaf to not think this is a great bargain!
Decent price, and Panasonic make cracking TVs.

Heat added.
macleodmac

You are completely clueless, IPS panels barely exist in the TV market at … You are completely clueless, IPS panels barely exist in the TV market at present. Without stating useless drivel I could tell you immediately this is not an IPS panel. Firstly, it's 42", secondly it's 1080p, and thirdly it's £350.



I would say you are the clueless one. IPS is present in a lot of TV's, and even the lower range LG's are usually IPS.
It is best to keep the comments on the technology and not about the poster... in the future try avoiding making others clueless and failing miserably.
united4eva

Which store was this in? Anyone else seen any other stores with this in … Which store was this in? Anyone else seen any other stores with this in stock?



I got one in matlock. there was one on display and they brought my boxed one from the stores. I didnt ask how many they had left.
NYLONZ

Picked the last one up from Swansea Store this morning.Is now sitting … Picked the last one up from Swansea Store this morning.Is now sitting proudly on our office wall & for £350 it's a cracking deal - lovely picture in both HD & SD.Yes there are more expensive TV's out there with better panels etc but for this price you'd be an oaf to not think this is a great bargain!



Please examine box and TV for where its made. If its made outside the EU it has to state "Made in ?" somewhere on the box or TV. I suspect this is not a "real" Panasonic as the cheaper Sonys and Toshibas etc are these days not "real" but made by third party.

Real Panasonics are cracking TV's agreed but they have IPS-Alpha/IPS-Pro panels
Personally i think all this re-badging we read about on here is bo***cks spoken by people who feel the need to be superior to others.

Anyway for those who want to have shiner toys than their neighbours then this is a pic of the side of the box.

http://i49.tinypic.com/2uqnqdk.jpg

As for what I think, well its a television and it shows coronation street in a similar fashion to the one it replaced.
Thanks for this - been to my local Sainsburys and picked one up. Just what I needed and delighted with the price

Please examine box and TV for where its made. If its made outside the EU … Please examine box and TV for where its made. If its made outside the EU it has to state "Made in ?" somewhere on the box or TV. I suspect this is not a "real" Panasonic as the cheaper Sonys and Toshibas etc are these days not "real" but made by third party.Real Panasonics are cracking TV's agreed but they have IPS-Alpha/IPS-Pro panels



What? Are you for real??

A TV Badged 'Panasonic' , 'Sony' etc. is hardly not going to be 'real' now is it! No matter where it's manufactured?

BMW have 3 manufacturing plants in China - are the BMW's built there not 'real'???

Wake up & smell the coffee, a full hd 42" LCD TV with FreeviewHD & from a major manufacturer for £350....... some people!!!
NYLONZ

What? Are you for real??A TV Badged 'Panasonic' , 'Sony' etc. is hardly … What? Are you for real??A TV Badged 'Panasonic' , 'Sony' etc. is hardly not going to be 'real' now is it! No matter where it's manufactured? BMW have 3 manufacturing plants in China - are the BMW's built there not 'real'???Wake up & smell the coffee, a full hd 42" LCD TV with FreeviewHD & from a major manufacturer for £350....... some people!!!



He is for real and he has a point. These are budget models but if you're happy with the TV then fine but I would be wary in thinking it's a bargain 'for a Panasonic' as it may not be on par with the TV's that Panasonic have built their rep on. They've had this TV in my local Sainsburys for £399 for some weeks now and have always had a few boxes out on display so I never got the feeling they were flying off the shelves at that price so I'm not sure that an extra £50 off makes it a mega bargain. I did nearly buy one myself when I first spotted it at £399 but came home and did some research and found info backing the idea that they are made FOR Panasonic as opposed to BY Panasonic. If I can find any links I will post again tomorrow if anyone is interested but I remember it took a fair bit of digging to find anything on this model at all. I think full spec is on Panasonics Czech site which appears to be down right now unfortunately.

...oh and while a lot of Panny TV's do have IPS panels, this one does not. I do remember that from the spec on the site.
TimmyUK

He is for real and he has a point. These are budget models but if you're … He is for real and he has a point. These are budget models but if you're happy with the TV then fine but I would be wary in thinking it's a bargain 'for a Panasonic' as it may not be on par with the TV's that Panasonic have built their rep on. They've had this TV in my local Sainsburys for £399 for some weeks now and have always had a few boxes out on display so I never got the feeling they were flying off the shelves at that price so I'm not sure that an extra £50 off makes it a mega bargain. I did nearly buy one myself when I first spotted it at £399 but came home and did some research and found info backing the idea that they are made FOR Panasonic as opposed to BY Panasonic. If I can find any links I will post again tomorrow if anyone is interested but I remember it took a fair bit of digging to find anything on this model at all. I think full spec is on Panasonics Czech site which appears to be down right now unfortunately.



Yes thanks thats my point! "Made in Poland" implies it is made either by Funai or Beko for Panasonic as are the Sony BX range. Indeed the "made for Sony" goes a long way up their range as they do not own any of the factories that make TV's for them in Europe. Panasonic do make TV's and IPS panels in Europe but only in the Czech Republic.

BMW do at least own and run their car plants in China!


[quote NYLONZ]a full hd 42" LCD TV with FreeviewHD & from a major manufacturer for £350....... some people!!![/quote]

NOT made by a major manufacturer - made by some other outfit for Panasonic! Like Sony BX,CX,EX etc Toshiba BV etc - not made by Sony or Toshiba!


Edited by: "Leadbeter" 14th Aug 2012
Hi all, well my TV is up and running and i'm really disappointed... the picture is very grainy, even the HD channels are grainy! My dad has a 42" Panasonic and he couldnt believe the difference in picture and overall quality - even the remote control is tacky-looking. I suppose that's what you get for paying £350... not so much a bargain as I originally thought!
Try connecting an Aerial ...... !!
m1ch79

Hi all, well my TV is up and running and i'm really disappointed... the … Hi all, well my TV is up and running and i'm really disappointed... the picture is very grainy, even the HD channels are grainy! My dad has a 42" Panasonic and he couldnt believe the difference in picture and overall quality - even the remote control is tacky-looking. I suppose that's what you get for paying £350... not so much a bargain as I originally thought!



Had the same issues, so returned it.
Hmmmmmm, I find it hard to believe that Panasonic would let crap TV's flood the UK market ...... a fine reputation for quality TV's is quickly lost.
MrRee

Hmmmmmm, I find it hard to believe that Panasonic would let crap TV's … Hmmmmmm, I find it hard to believe that Panasonic would let crap TV's flood the UK market ...... a fine reputation for quality TV's is quickly lost.



Well the two posts above suggests it does happen!
I'm sure you know that you cannot, and should not, believe everything you read on the Internet ...... Panasonic has built up a formidable reputation for quality in the area of Consumer Electronics - would it risk all that on some cheap TV's?

I think not .... wouldn't you agree?
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