Pros Great picture, awesome true colors, especially in HD & DVD
Cons RCA hook up needs BNC adapters. You can only adjust the screen aspect ratio when using S-video during HDTV, otherwise it's only normal display with the RCA's
Summary This is my first high performance TV, I did a good amount of research and am very pleased with the results. A very simple design with a powerful picture display, so don't let the low $tag fool. It's better or very comparable to those high $ ones and blows away the all other 42HD's in this $ range. The colors are exactly what you read about true blacks and vibrant colors. There was very little tweaking I needed to do to adjust any colors, if anything I just did it for fun(new toy). It has interchangeable boards that would provide you with different connections, which I will be purchasing. For one thing I like watching HDTV using the s-video because of the aspect ratio and a bit of clarity. Right now I'm just plugging and unplugging the s-video for my DVD or HDTV. Hopefully you'll already have an entertainment system in place or at least an amp w/speakers. If you don't you can't just connect any speaker to it, must be the required ones. It is oustanding with a full system. Finally don't spent more than 3g's many places sell for under.
Pros Great picture, easy set-up,
Cons No stand included
Summary After months of research, I decided on the Panasonic Plasma and so far, I'm very impressed with it's picture quality. I've matched it up with the Pioneer 50" HD plasma my friend has, and the Panasonic wins, even in my friend's opinion. When playing HD cable, the colors are crisp without being unnatural, and as mentioned by others, the black level is very true. I'm by no means an expert in anything electronic, but I was able to hook up the set in no time. If you're interested in a great picture and don't care about the gadgety extras, this is the set to get.
The one drawback in the two weeks I've had the set is that, contrary to what I've read, it does not come with a stand. I didn't realize this until I took the plasma out of the box. Checking Panasonic's web site, they do not list a stand as standard equipment. So, when you're figuring the true cost of the set (and you're not planning on a wall mount), add at least $175 to the true cost. Also, chances are, you won't find the stand in any local store (I searched everywhere in San Diego County to no avail), so plan on ordering it online. Even adding this cost, I still got the plasma I wanted at a very nice price, and am very happy.
Pros Picture quality and the flexibliy to customize the input interfaces. You can mix and match 3 card slots with different interface cards. Considering that in the near future all HD components will have either DVI or HDMI output connectors, you are pre
Cons The DVI input does not allow you to use all of the aspect ratio choices. Seems it must be something to do with the pure digital signal. I use S video for SD to get around this.
Pros Excellent picture...
Cons ...but its not High Def!
Summary The resolution on this TV is NOT fully 720p compliant! Shame on the CNET reviewer for giving Panasonic a pass! Once again, the manufacturer preys on our naivete, aided by those who aim to "educate" us.
This monitor has a max resolution of 1024x768. That is not HD. 720p content is broadcast in 1280x720; 720p comliant TVs have a max resolution of 1366x768.
This TV will only display 75 percent of the horizontal picture that is being broadcast into your TV! THAT IS NOT HD, and CNET's staff members should know the difference.
"Simply the best"on by markfoto
Pros great picture, easy set up, no frills.
Cons panasonic supplies, accessories slow to ship, no frills.
Summary Great montor out of the box, even better after calibration with Digital Video Essentials. Contrary to other reviewers, this montitor does offer aspect change with component inputs, but only on 480i/p input signals. Have it hooked up to Directv HD and using native input. Works great, as promised, the 1080i and 720p is perfect. Beautiful picture on 480p DVD input. Paid $2299. Any price lower than this is probably the ED version. Do your homework on the input cards, and order them promptly. And read the operating instructions fully and follow them. Above 5000 ft in elevation? Get an LCD instead of any plasma. I am at 4000 ft, and if you get right up to the screen, you can see some artifacts on the sides, unnoticeable at 8ft viewing distance. If you don't need a tuner or speakers, this is it!