Panasonic VIERA TX-P42S30B 42-inch Full HD 1080p 600Hz Plasma TV with Freeview HD £399.99 delivered@Amazon
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Panasonic VIERA TX-P42S30B 42-inch Full HD 1080p 600Hz Plasma TV with Freeview HD £399.99 delivered@Amazon

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Found 25th Dec 2011
Full-HD Plasma SmartTV with Superb Picture Quality and Advanced Networking Capabilities. The 600Hz Sub-field Drive* in VIERA plasma TVs teams up with Intelligent Frame Creation Pro technology to deliver smooth, fluid, on-screen motion. By using an intelligent algorithm within the picture processing based on motion detection, the best combination of frames is created to deliver ultra crisp sports, film and game action. *When using Cinema mode. VIERA incorporates an improved panel production process and the new Real Black Drive system. A pre-discharge control system, the Real Black Drive system achieves next-generation black reproduction. When you're watching movies, VIERA renders images just the way the director intended, even in scenes where it's difficult to achieve a proper balance of light and dark.

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Very tempting especially based on the reviews. What's gaming like on this?

good find, heat

Looks good!

alexanderhunn

Very tempting especially based on the reviews. What's gaming like on this?



It'll be great. There'll be a bit of image retention from time to time but it's nothing to worry about.

a bit on the screen burn from amazon review

What they don't tell you much about, is that you must break the TV in first. The idea being - make sure that you have the contrast setting below 50% and watch media that's constantly moving - i.e., don't play a game or watch a channel where there's going to be an icon/picture (especially if it's white) for 'a long time'.

Trouble is, this 'long time' is said to be anywhere from 100 to 792 hours. (I have no idea where 792 came from, but it was on a break-your-tv-in-site somewhere!) The manual says 100.

So I put the TV in game mode after having it broken in for 1 month. That's about 5 hours usage each day for 30 days on average, including weekends. So that's 150 hours - all at a low contrast setting.

Then I put the TV in game mode, and started playing a game (dark souls, pretty much consistently, for 80 hours over 2-3 weeks).

And there's some "persistant image retention" where the HUD displays your equipment. Apparently, it's not full Burn In, as that apparently shows you the actual colours of what's burnt in. But instead it's a persistant image retention that looks like there's a ghostly outline where the HUD was.

So I've ran the normal DVD "cleaner" disks and used the inbuilt white-wash (and also double checked that the pixel orbiter was on - it was, and has been since day 1).

My wife reckons it's fading, and I hope it is - in which case, I'll come back and re-review this and give it 5 stars.

I keep looking at plasma as from what I've seen they do in general tend to have a better picture quality with no motion blur, but I'm always put off by the "screen burn" issue. Could anyone with new plasmas tell me if this is still a problem, or was it just on the earlier sets and has been eliminated now? Also, a few sites that I've read recommend a "running in" period during which to avoid certain things - is this still the case with the newer ones?

Any "real world" advice gratefully received

Ah - kaiser051 seems to have got in before my question. Thanks - sounds like even the newer plasmas still have their problems


Edited by: "madasahatter" 25th Dec 2011

kaiser051

a bit on the screen burn from amazon reviewWhat they don't tell you much … a bit on the screen burn from amazon reviewWhat they don't tell you much about, is that you must break the TV in first. The idea being - make sure that you have the contrast setting below 50% and watch media that's constantly moving - i.e., don't play a game or watch a channel where there's going to be an icon/picture (especially if it's white) for 'a long time'.Trouble is, this 'long time' is said to be anywhere from 100 to 792 hours. (I have no idea where 792 came from, but it was on a break-your-tv-in-site somewhere!) The manual says 100.So I put the TV in game mode after having it broken in for 1 month. That's about 5 hours usage each day for 30 days on average, including weekends. So that's 150 hours - all at a low contrast setting.Then I put the TV in game mode, and started playing a game (dark souls, pretty much consistently, for 80 hours over 2-3 weeks). And there's some "persistant image retention" where the HUD displays your equipment. Apparently, it's not full Burn In, as that apparently shows you the actual colours of what's burnt in. But instead it's a persistant image retention that looks like there's a ghostly outline where the HUD was.So I've ran the normal DVD "cleaner" disks and used the inbuilt white-wash (and also double checked that the pixel orbiter was on - it was, and has been since day 1). My wife reckons it's fading, and I hope it is - in which case, I'll come back and re-review this and give it 5 stars.



Modern plasmas don't need a break-in period, and he had no need to use Game Mode whoever that was, as on Panasonic plasmas that ramps up the brightness and contrast to silly levels so no wonder he got bad retention.

madasahatter

I keep looking at plasma as from what I've seen they do in general tend … I keep looking at plasma as from what I've seen they do in general tend to have a better picture quality with no motion blur, but I'm always put off by the "screen burn" issue. Could anyone with new plasmas tell me if this is still a problem, or was it just on the earlier sets and has been eliminated now? Also, a few sites that I've read recommend a "running in" period during which to avoid certain things - is this still the case with the newer ones?Any "real world" advice gratefully received



I've two plasmas at home, one I ran in and one I didn't, never saw a blind bit of difference.

As for retention, it does happen and will happen at some point, especially if you do prolonged periods of gaming like I tend to do with a static image on screen all the time. However, it's always faded away for me in no time at all. Worst I saw was an EA logo that took a few days, and you could only see it if you were on an AV channel with no input (ie nothing on the screen) you could make it out if you were looking for it.
Edited by: "kharma45" 25th Dec 2011

This is hot

Thanks kharma45

I keep looking at plasma as from what I've seen they do in general tend … I keep looking at plasma as from what I've seen they do in general tend to have a better picture quality with no motion blur, but I'm always put off by the "screen burn" issue. Could anyone with new plasmas tell me if this is still a problem, or was it just on the earlier sets and has been eliminated now? Also, a few sites that I've read recommend a "running in" period during which to avoid certain things - is this still the case with the newer ones?



I have a 42 inch Panasonic (last year's version of this model) and, aside from 1 instance of image burn after initial purchase, its been fine!

Check out the following: youtube.com/wat…lX4

Secret is, you have to 'break in' plasmas for the first 200 hours of its life - avoid widescreen movies if possible for this 1st 200 hours - I didn't know this, and hence some retention of the black bars from my blu ray copy of '3:10 to Yuma' were evident. Like I say, since then, perfect!
Edited by: "drgigglesuk" 25th Dec 2011

Having bought a few Panasonic plasmas for myself and family over the last couple of years, I can assure you that the need for "running in" one of these plasmas is negligible and obviously you apply a bit of common sense if you see any Image Retention in the first month or so.

Of course you may get the odd "rogue panel" that is susceptible to it but I would guess that most people would never encounter it and that particular reviewer added this in the comments:

"Hi,

It has taken a little while (2-3 weeks) and the persistent image has gone. Admittedly, while it took a little while to go, looking back, I did have it on full contrast with a constant image all the time, whilst the set was new. So for it to get rid of it, I'm really impressed.

I'm going to change my review to 5 stars, because this set is stunning."

thanks drgiggles and crofter

Brilliant tv. Value makes it a definite buy.

Nice deal, but just got a new LED panasonic, had a sony plasma and wont go back to plasma now. Seem to be able to set LED just how you want them.

I bought this television about 3 months ago for slightly more money than this. I was very unsure whether to buy it at the time as i understood there was a battle between Plasma, LCD and LED. Anyways this tv has to be one of the best products I have ever bought, I regularly use it for gaming on my PS3 and it's nothing less than state of the art! And as for Blu-rays it's absolutely top quality! Also for watching high definition tv channels - I don't think you can realy find any better without paying a huge amount of money.

Overall an all-round top quality tv and I would recommend to anyone providing you have the budget!

So very tempted.Think i'll hang on for a bit longer and see what the after Christmas sales may bring!

I'd say this is warm...

I know very little about tv's but wouldn't this be just as good for £50 more with 3D or is it completly different?

amazon.co.uk/Pan…8-3

Plasma.... I'll give that a miss.

Is this TV a Smart TV or not?

DJBucko2009

Plasma.... I'll give that a miss.



Ignorance.... is bliss

What typical power consumption can one expect of this, when it’s not in “darkly lit conditions”?

'Regular' sets like this are going to get cheaper and cheaper now - Plasma / LED and LCD...Glasses-Free 3D sets ( with all the 'Smart' shenanigans etc ) are coming in 2012...and this time next year they'll be sub £500 too...so unless desperate...best to wait methinks

I'm not a huge fan of 3d anyway, my room isn't really big enough to experience it properly so just full HD is good for me. I've been waiting for about 4 months to buy a tv, can't wait much longer

Dixons are also doing this deal at the moment on a Panasonic 42" LCD with Full HD and Freeview HD, for just £365:

hotukdeals.com/dea…951

nice price pity it lacks usb recording

Robeh

I know very little about tv's but wouldn't this be just as good for £50 … I know very little about tv's but wouldn't this be just as good for £50 more with 3D or is it completly different?[url=http%253A%252F%252Fwww.amazon.co.uk%252FPanasonic-TX-P42ST30B-42-inch-Internet-Ready-Freeview%252Fdp%252FB004TFDTMS%252Fref%253Dsr_1_3%253Fie%253DUTF8%2526qid%253D1324815053%2526sr%253D8-3]http://www.amazon.co.uk/Panasonic-TX-P42ST30B-42-inch-Internet-Ready-Freeview/dp/B004TFDTMS/ref=sr_1_3?ie=UTF8&qid=1324815053&sr=8-3[/url]



It's a better TV and if you can afford the £50 I'd go for it because of the Infinite Black Pro filter.

Any deal's for 50 ins please prefer Panasonic
Never been happy with my Samsung, awful sound quality!!

hello55060

Ignorance.... is bliss



Well judging by comments regarding plasmas, 100-200hr 'break in' periods & screen retention/burn, I'd say that's a fair comment.
Plasma may have superior picture quality, but the negatives outweigh the positives imho.

Supposedly modern plasmas you don't need the burn in - but which models that applies to is anyones guess...

450 now..

still 399.99

winchman

450 now..


lynn44

Any deal's for 50 ins please prefer PanasonicNever been happy with my … Any deal's for 50 ins please prefer PanasonicNever been happy with my Samsung, awful sound quality!!



amazon.co.uk/Pan…8-1

lynn44

Any deal's for 50 ins please prefer PanasonicNever been happy with my … Any deal's for 50 ins please prefer PanasonicNever been happy with my Samsung, awful sound quality!!



amazon.co.uk/Pan…8-1

lynn44

Any deal's for 50 ins please prefer PanasonicNever been happy with my … Any deal's for 50 ins please prefer PanasonicNever been happy with my Samsung, awful sound quality!!



Yes, the TX-P50GT30 is £999 here: amazon.co.uk/Pan…8-1

Was £1099.99 the other week when I got one :-(

I have 32 inch sony lcd which is decent,and was thinking about getting this,but reading reviews this set seems to lack brightness and vibrancy,which is a big let down for me as a gamer/movie watcher.
its a good price but I think lack of vibrancy and dull dark picture even compared to average lcds is a serious issue.
it seems that the G30 model which is £100 extra is a much better plasma tv with neoplasma panel instead of this models old panel.
Edited by: "Tequila" 25th Dec 2011

dga

You're kinda missing the point a bit, think cinema, accurate colour … You're kinda missing the point a bit, think cinema, accurate colour reproduction and balance.Best to go to a good independent AV retailer and get a demo for yourself, try to leave your wallet at home first!



my next tv will be a panasonic plasma for sure,I'm just not too sure about this one.I'm too concerned about reviewers mentioning poor brightness is day time..
what do you think about G30 vs this? is neoplasma panel worth the extra £100?
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