Pros The picture is excellent. Set up is a breeze.
Cons No Cons-My only minor gripe is the BNC connectors instead of RCA. But, this is easily fixed by buying the $15 adapter at Radio Shack. (Note- Best Buy and Circuit City don't carry the adapters)
Summary I researched buying my first Plasma TV for over a year. My old TV was a Sony XBR CRT with full HD resolution. The Sony has an excellent picture but I wanted something to hang on the wall. This TV looks better in my opinion than the SONY because the colors are better. I know some will disagree, but resolution is not the key to HD, color is the key. This EDTV picture is every bit as good as any full HD picture that I have seen. Save yourself the extra 2K and put it into your sound system.
It's true that this TV does not have all of the features of other Plasmas, but you're not paying for those features either. I have noticed that other reviewers are penalizing this TV for a lack of features and I think that is wrong. Don't penalize a product for not doing something that it was never intended or designed to do.
I bought this TV sight unseen based on CNET and other research and I couldn't be happier. There are not many consumer products on the market that I would give a 10 rating to, but this is definitely one of them. In my opinion this is a perfect Plasma.
Side note- A buddy of mine has the 50 inch industrial version of the Panasonic. If you have the extra money and space this is also a very good TV. Though I would not say the picture is any better.Updated
I've owned this Plasma for three months now and I still think it's perfect. I'm thinking about buying another one for the bedroom.
Pros Sharp, precise picture; excellent contrast and colour; sleek, no-frills look
Cons ED only; burn-in concerns
Summary I've been researching HD-compatible TVs for more than six months now - plasma, LCD, DLP, LCD projection, LCoS, and of course CRT. This TV came out the clear winner for several reasons:
1. Contrast: there's nothing that I hate more than greyish blacks in dark scenes. This TV is a superstar when it comes to black level performance. You get CRT-deep blacks with this TV.
2. Resolution: ironically, the fact that this is an EDTV (vs. HDTV) makes DVDs look *a lot better*. There's no video rescaling done on the images coming from the DVD, so what you get is a pristine picture. With an HDTV, the image has to get scaled up to HDTV resolutions (or even non-16:9 resolutions like 1024x678 with rectangular pixels), and so image quality is lost. With this Panasonic baby, however, there's none of that.
3. None of the stuff I don't need: the lack of tuners and inputs isn't a bad thing...you can completely customize the TV with the set of inputs that you need based on the video sources that you have. Need HDMI? OK. DVI with HDCP instead? No problem! Complete input flexibility!
Of course, nothing is perfect. Here are the issues that I see with this TV:
1. Burn-in concerns: This is a not a problem that is specific to this TV, but rather to plasma TVs in general. I'm worried about burn-in due to "Anamorphic Widescreen" DVDs. Most widescreen movies are not 16:9, but rather 2.xx:1 (I can't remember the exact ratio). This means that even with a 16:9 TV like this, you'll see black bars at the top and the bottom of the image. There's nothing you can do to get around that, because these black bars are embedded in the 16:9 video that DVD players output. So if you want to avoid burn-in, you'll have to zoom in the image from your DVD player (image gets stretched and cropped, so it becomes less sharp), or one of the TV zooming functions (aspect ratio goes out of whack, such that people's faces become thinner). Again, this is not a problem with this particular TV only, but with all plasmas.
2. EDTV: I'm still kinda bummed out that I can't see the finest of fine details in HD broadcasts (though the image still looks absolutely spectacular). Honestly, this one isn't that big of a concern. Most people can't tell anyway.
In short: go buy this thing now!! If you're looking for a plasma TV, stop researching...this is it!
Pros excellent picture, brightness, contrast, & color
Cons few inputs standard, only 1 component video, cost extra to add inputs
Summary I did a lot of research on plasma displays before buying this one. I was a little nervous buying such a pricey item thru the internet without actually seeing one, however, this one is everything that I hoped it would be. Only EDTV resolution but excellent picture, brightness, contrast, color, and VALUE for the money. DVD's look spectacular. The "JUST" viewing mode makes standard 4-3 tv signals look wide screen without producing squashed head syndrome. It stretches the edges leaving the middle aspect ratio intact, --this really works well. My plan was to run all video signals thru my A/V receiver and have a single component video signal from the receiver to the plasma. The problem is that each video source requires different settings for picture, brightness, etc. and the panel remembers the settings by the interface so if you use only one interface (component for example) you have to tweak several settings to get the best picture for a particular source (DVD, cable, etc.). There are no custom memory settings that you can define. Fortunately, my DVD player has a full suite of outputs,including VGA, and so I attached my DVD to the VGA input, my cable box to the component inputs (using a cable that has RCA connectors on one end and the needed BNC on the other). You could, of course, buy and install more inputs, if you want to shell out a little more cash. BTW, don't let anyone tell you that you have to buy an interface card to use this panel. One company not only tried to sell me the usual array of accessories and extended warranty, but insisted that the panel only had a PC VGA interface standard and that I needed to pay another $150 for a card to connect my cable box. This is just plain wrong. I cancelled that order on the spot. Do the research and know the product that you are buying or you can get ripped off. No stand or wall mount is included as standard. I went with the tiltable wall mount which I purchased from Tiger Direct for $99. Others wanted up to $600 for a wall mount kit. It's just a simple metal bracket so don't pay that much!
Bottom line GREAT PLASMA, GREAT PICTURE, GREAT VALUE. I love it.
Pros Fantastic picture, Cheap (almost half price of HD), Attractive design
Cons No speakers, Limited inputs
Summary After seeing my friend's Pioneer EDTV, I had to buy an EDTV of my own so after conducting a lot of research, I decided on the Panasonic 42PWD7UY.
Total came out to $1712, which includes delivery. I received the TV exactly 6 business days after my order.
I mounted it on my wall using the Sanus Systems VMPL50B Universal Flat Panel Mount with Tilt (Sanus Systems VMPL50B). It does not tilt sideways, only up and down. I've seen other mounts for $300+ but this one cost me $99 and it comes with industrial strength screws. After I put it up on my wall, I felt like I could do pullups on it.
This is probably the only negative I care about. When I first got it, I tried connecting to my HD cable box using the component cable (red,green,blue) but the TV has BNC connections in the back. So, you have to get the BNC to Component adapters. Like one of the previous reviewers suggested, I went to Radio Shack and got 3 gold plated BNC to Phono adapters, total $15. The BNC side slides into the tv and locks into place and the component cable goes into the Phono side.
Panasonic's line is widely considered one of the best, if not THE best in plasma picture quality and I was not disappointed. Watched the NYY/TB game and the picture blew me away. Crisp, clear, vivid colors. This was the moment I realized why I shelled out the moolah for a TV.
I ordered the TY-42TM6D (DVI board) so that I can use the component input for my DVD player and connect the DVI to the HDMI connection in the back of my HD box. The lack of speakers should be a non-issue. I mean, who's spending a couple grand on their tv and then settling for the tv speakers??? Much like when I first got broadband, I will never go back
Pros Great bargain, Terrific performance, Simplistic design
Cons Very few input ports, very cheap looking remote
Summary It is almost 2 weeks since I have had this TV & I love it every bit.
As claimed by the manufacturer, this TV truly brings to life, all imaginable colors. Many times, I just want to freeze the frame to enjoy the picture postcard like scenes.
This unit is exceptionally quiet. Contrast is awesome & so is the brightness. It is more than you need. In fact, I had to reduce the brightness to below default value. While watching Wide Screen DVDs, it is guaranteed to give you a Cinema like experience.
Watching conventional channels (analog & digital), this TV offers the best value for your money. While I do not subscribe to HDTV programming, I have watched HDTV on a similar Panasonic EDTV TV at a friend’s place & I may I add – the clarity was breath taking. Features such as “Side bar Adjust” allow you to watch non-wide screen programs in “Normal” view without worrying about the over-sensitized “burn-in” issue by constantly refreshing the side bands.
Bottom-line – Is it worth paying an extra $1000 for a HDTV unit when this EDTV can come so close. Answer – Not unless you want to throw your $$$ away.
Simple & sleek is how many of my envious pals described this TV. I spent an extra $600 to buy an Italian design Bello PVS-4260 stand which matches perfectly with this design. Hence, I did not have to deal with cumbersome wall mounts or other ugly TV stands that take away appeal of the Plasma.
I have an Onkyo home theatre receiver, a DVD player, Replay TV, Analog cable, Satellite Dish receiver & an Xbox. I feed my analog cable & satellite to my Replay TV. The combined output from Replay TV is fed as one of the component video (RYB) inputs to Onkyo. I connect my DVD player to Onkyo through the other component video input. Now, the component output from Onkyo is fed to the Plasma display’s Video 1. I had to buy 3 BNC connectors & as many component video cables from RadioShack to make this connection. Finally, my Xbox uses S-Video of Video 2 of the Plasma. Across the board, for audio, I used Red-White cables from my audio sources to Onkyo.
Finally, since this model lacks a built-in TV tuner, I was wondering about how to hook up my analog cable (over the wall). I even contemplated buying an external TV tuner. Luckily, I did not have to do that as realized that my Replay TV was capable of tuning analog channels.