We preview Panasonic's TH-42PD60U, the only EDTV in the company's 2006 line of plasma TVs.
Quick take: The Panasonic TH-42PD60U is the only EDTV of the company's 2006 plasma line. The EDTV designation, which stands for enhanced definition, refers to the fact that its 852x480 native resolution isn't quite up to HDTV standards, although it should be able to display all the detail of DVDs. While the TH-42PD60U can display HD content by scaling it to fit the available pixels, we recommend looking at higher-resolution plasmas if you plan on watching a lot of HD programming. Panasonic has a full line of HD plasmas, and we've reviewed the TH-42PX60U. However, if you're just looking for a flat TV to watch DVDs and standard-def programming, the Panasonic TH-42PD60U can save you some money. In terms of features, it has a built-in HDTV tuner, so you won't need an external set top box to receive over-the-air HDTV. Its connectivity is highlighted by an HDMI input, two component-video inputs, and two A/V inputs with S-Video. The Panasonic TH-42PD60U is currently available with a list price of $1,700.