"The CNET reviewer of this TV could not be more wrong."4.0 starson by aboutus1
Pros: Deep blacks with excellent contrast and very good deep rich colors. The sound is better than average too. And of course, it's a plasma which is richer and more natural than most all LCD and LED televisions.
Cons: Only two HDMI ports, no ethernet port, no Vieracast channels.
Summary: I've owned and sold 32, 42, 50 and 52 inch flat panel TVs over the last four years. Three Samsung's one LG and this Panasonic. Before purchasing this TV I compared this side by side with the competing Samsung 43" plasma. I made adjustments to these TVs for the best picture possible. The TVs had identical program material sent to them. The colors on the Samsung were a bit brighter especially the blue. But, this does not mean better. The colors on the Panasonic were more natural and had better color definition. The most noticeable difference was the image depth. Background images on the Samsung were a little out of focus compared to the Panasonic. The Panasonic with it's sharper more detailed background had a superior depth of field.
I have no hesitation recommending this TV to anyone looking for a reasonably priced 42" TV with a very good picture quality and better than average sound. Considering that this is a plasma be sure that your room is not to bright or that you can control the amount of light entering your room. I really think that CNET should reconsider their rating on this TV.
I've taken time to carefully setup this TV and recommend the following settings for those who purchase this TV and would like to try these settings.
Picture Menu: Cinema, 99, 41, 54, 0, 31, Normal, off, off, off
P.S. I own a Samsung (PN50B650)50" plasma that I'm very pleased with. This Panasonic for it's price is a better value and just as pleasing to watch.