PANASONIC VIERA TXP42UT30 42 inch 3D Plasma TV 1080p HD Ready Freeview HD £499.95 or £549.94 with 5 Years Warranty from Richersounds instore or Delivery is £24.99.

PANASONIC VIERA TXP42UT30 42 inch 3D Plasma TV 1080p HD Ready Freeview HD £499.95 or £549.94 with 5 Years Warranty from Richersounds instore or Delivery is £24.99.

Found 18th Aug 2011
The Panasonic TXP42UT30 is Panasonic's best value 42 inch 3D plasma TV to date. Yet, despite the price, quality remains as high as ever.

If you want an image with true depth, then you can't beat a 3D TV. It's not just the projection from the TV but the ability for the TV to give the impression of images behind the TV that really impresses. Thanks to Panasonic's Vreal 3D chipset and the superfast reaction time of Panasonic's G14 Plasma panel, this is one of the most effective 3D TVs in its class. Once you've experienced the involvement of a 3D film, you'll find 2D decidedly, well, two-dimensional! In order for you to get the most out of this Panasonic 3D plasma TV, they've also fitted a 2D - 3D convertor. As you'd expect, the rest of the panel is pretty impressive, too. Panasonic have combined 600Hz Sub-field Drive technology with their own image-analysis technology to create super-smooth images, whatever the resolution. With an excellent contrast ratio of 2,000,000:1, the TXP42UT30 gives deep blacks and a realistic contrast between colours and greys.

As TVs become ever thinner, so the sound quality suffers. With a TV such as this, you really need a separate sound system for an audio performance to match the picture. As standard, this latest Panasonic Viera Neo Plasma comes with the all important digital optical output. Should you use the onboard audio system, V-Audio Surround and 2 x 10 watt speakers are on hand to deliver crisp sound quality. In order to keep up with the latest broadcast standards for audio, there's also Dolby Pulse fitted. This new processor has been designed to offer a more consistent sound quality from ordinary TV and should be with us soon.

Despite its budget price, the TXP42UT30 still comes with Freeview HD and Viera Connect as standard. With a Freeview HD tuner on board, you can make the most of the Panasonic's HD screen. Fast spreading around the country, Freeview HD gives you access to the main TV stations in glorious High Definition. VIERA Connect brings together a host of features that make this much more than 'just' a TV. Use the Application-based browser to view shopping based functions, social media Apps and catch-up TV channels. You can also stream video, photos or music from other DLNA enabled devices such as a PC or laptop. Connect via Ethernet or optional wi-fi (dongle required).The TXP42UT30 also comes with twin USB sockets. These are ideal for connecting a digital media device such as a camera or USB stick and viewing photos and listening to music through the TV. Along with all the usual HDMI and analogue inputs, there's also an SD card slot - perfect for showing your digital photographs straight onto TV. Added together, it makes this Panasonic plasma TV a complete home entertainment hub that's worlds away from TVs of days gone by.

With 3DTV, a quality plasma panel, Freeview HD and Internet TV, you'd be hard pressed to guess the TXP42UT30's status as a budget 3DTV. 3D value doesn't get much better than this!


Picture Features

Screen Size

Measured diagonally in inches


HD Ready

Is it ready to receive High Definition signals?

1080p Full HD Ready

Is it ready to receive 1080p, Full High Definition signals?

Pixel Resolution

Pixel resolution - Horizontal x vertical

1920 x 1080

Contrast Ratio

Contrast ratio - from manufacturers information



Brightness of screen (cd/m squared with Plasma and LCD, ANSI for projectors)


Response Time

Time taken for screen to respond in milliseconds.


100Hz/200Hz Scanning

Does the TV have 200Hz or 100Hz scanning? These reduce flicker and offer a smoother picture. 200Hz is superior to 100Hz

600Hz Sub-field

LED Backlight

Does it have LED backlighting? This technology promotes enhanced contrast ratios and thinner sets.


Does it offer 3D viewing? Remember that glasses are not always included.

2D/3D Conversion

Does it feature 2D to 3D upconversion? This lets you watch 2D material in 3D.

Number of 3D Glasses Included

The number of 3D glasses included with the sale of this unit. The glasses may be in the box, via separate redemption or offered at point of sale.


Analogue Tuner

Does it receive conventional, analogue TV stations?


Does it receive Freeview TV stations?

Freeview HD

Does it receive Freeview HD TV stations?

freesat HD

Does it receive freesat HD TV stations?


Sound Features


Analogue Audio Output

Does it have a dedicated analogue audio output? This lets you connect the TV's sound to a hi-fi system.

Digital Audio Output

Does it have a dedicated digital audio output? This lets you connect the TV's sound to an AV or digital hi-fi system.

Yes - Optical


Are stereo speakers standard?


Connection Features



Number of HDMI sockets.



Number of USB sockets


USB Video Playback

Does it have USB video playback? As standard, USB sockets except photo and music files. Enhanced spec sockets also accept video files.

USB Recording

Does it have USB recording? As standard, USB sockets playback files. Some will also record, for example, TV programs from a TV to hard drive.

Scart Sockets

Number of Scart sockets included



Is a component input fitted? Highest quality analogue input which can facilitate Progressive Scan where fitted.

PC Input

Can a computer be plugged in?


Does it have a DVI input? Digital interface that carries picture only

Headphone Socket

Does it have a headphone socket? This allows you to connect headphones for private listening.


Networking Features

-DLNA Compliant

DLNA stands for Digital Living Network Alliance. It is an alliance of interested bodies that help standardise streaming content. If a product is DLNA complaint you can be assured it will stream music, photos or video from your PC, laptop to TV or other device.

Wireless Connection

Whether a wireless or, Wi-Fi, connection is included as standard or optional (via dongle). This allows for wireless connection to your home network hub.


Web Applications

Access to web applications or apps such as YouTube.

BBC iPlayer

Whether or not the unit has access to one of the most popular web apps - BBC iPlayer.

Full Web Browser

Whether or not the unit gives the option of a full web browser. Note that in some instances not all web content can be shown - such as Flash.

Green Credentials

Eco Friendly Features


Eco Friendly

Does this product conform to energy efficient standards? These standards include the American "Energy Star", the European "Energy Flower" or "EcoLabel" and the UK EST (Energy Saving Trust) certification.

Power Consumption - Standby

This is the power used in watts when the unit is switched off but still powered at the mains and ready to be turned back on.


Power Consumption - Normal Use

This is the power used in watts when the TV is on, using standard picture settings and modest volume levels. Note, different manufacturers use different methods to arrive at this figure. In some cases only the maximum power consumption is quoted.



General Features


Remote Control

Is an Infra-red remote included?


Is a desktop stand standard?

Wall Mount Required

Type of wall mount required. VESA fittings are usually 100 x 100mm, 200 x 100mm or 200 x 200mm. "Plasma type" is common with the larger LCD TV's and require a sliding bar type fitting.

Plasma Type

Dimensions excluding stand

Dimensions of set excluding any stand, bracket or detachable speakers (W x H x D) in mm

1023 x 637 x 93

Dimensions including stand

Dimensions of set including stand (W x H x D) in mm

1023 x 671 x 320


Approx weight without/with stand in KG.

Community Updates


It aint got a "bravia" badge !!

if it dont say "bravia" it aint a "bravia"

No 3d glasses is a deal breaker for me. I'll need at least 3 pairs and the cheapest I've found is 95 quid a pair! Richersounds are selling them 120 a pair! So roughly 300 pounds on top for me personally or 600 pounds with one pair of glasses is pretty poor imo.
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