This is our first foray into true hd tv and after much internet searching of reviews and visits to the local eletrical superstores we settled on the panasonic tx-p42v10b. What a superb piece of equipment this television is. The picture quality is absolutely first class and connected to some logitech speakers gives a full cinema experience. It is relatively straightforward to set up, in fact it does the vast majority of its own setting up, you just have to work out where to plug in the necessary cables be they hdmi, aerial, optical or scart. Once set up it is a joy to use. The remote is easy enough and controls the video/bluray as well (provided it is panasonic too). Downside: well thus far nothing has come to light, sound and picture quality and ease of use are all excellent. We are very pleased with our purchase and would have no hesitation in recommending same to anyone.
I have always been a fan of panasonic screens even though sometimes other attributes are not quite so good. For me, the overiding factor is the quality of the image reproduction. I have freesat connected and the image on all stations is the best i have seen anywhere. I spent ages looking at reviews on the net, visiting shops before settling on a 42′ v10. The one piece of glass makes it look good even when it is switched off. The viera cast is, i think, a bit of a waste of effort at the moment as most folk will connect a pc to browse the internet. If there is a lan port, then i wish they would just include a browser like firefox with the tv. Plug in a remote keyboard+mouse via usb, and job would be donemy only moan so far is the lack of a usb port, but i’d forgive anything for that fantastic picture.
Top picture for hd / sd / and upscaled content. I have bt vision piped through at 1080i upscaling and i can’t fault the picture. I actually bought the item from an official panasonic dealer at a premium price but got a bd60 blu ray thrown in plus a 5 year warranty and interest free for 12 months. The blacks are deep as you’d expect on a plasma panel and the motion handling on match of the day is first class. I have yet to hook up a satellite dish but plan to do so. The colours after 6 hours are just natural . Any doubts you have over buying this set, set to one and side and splash the cash. You will not regret it this is a 5 star set. I almost purchased the sony z5500 which is a fantastic looking set but the colours are just not a natural.
Key specs for Panasonic TX-P42V10B 42-inch Widescreen Full HD 1080p Plasma TV with Freesat HD & Viera Cast (Installation Recommended):
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- 600Hz sub-field drive intelligent frame creation pro
- Digital cinema colour & THX® certified display
- VIERA CAST doe easy networking between multiple VIERA sets in one house
- DLNA picture slideshow (DviX/JPEG/MPEG2 formats)
- Smart networking with VIERA link and VIERA image viewer (AVCHD/DviX/JPEG)
Comments from buyers
“Top Picture for HD / SD / and upscaled content, Quality at a price, Pana 42V10 plasma, UK Gets Second Best, Excellent picture quality, Great Display – extra features need more development”
Up there with the legendary kuro. This plasma is simply stunning. The professional reviews have been extremely good, including winning the eisa best plasma award for 2009. The set comes with a thx viewing mode, which gives out-of-the-box extremely accurate picture settings that normally require professional calibration. Blacks are typically superb for a panasonic plasma. Motion is handled excellently via the superb 600hz neopdp panel. Colours are rich and vibrant. I used to an lcd fanatic, but was swayed over to the world of plasma and haven’t regretted it. I have sky hd, freesat hd, blu ray and hd dvd connected. Sd is obviously not quite as good, but is handled very competently nonetheless. My advice when buying this set is to get some hd material in as it is with hd that this set really shines. To sum up: this is undoubtedly one of the best plasma tvs that money can buy. It can share the podium with the kuro (although the kuro still wins the blacks contest).
After reading reviews of tvs for months i narrowed down my choice – actually for the panasonic g15, but when i found this for not much more money at amazon, i decided to finally get on with it and buy the v10. The v10 just looked a whole lot better than the next models down, with the glass screen going right to the edge, rather than the large plasticky edges that are on a lot of screens. My brother-in-law had bought a panasonic plasma last year, and despite mainly looking at lcds at the time, was so impressed i looked harder at plasmas too. Having bought a panasonic hard disk/dvd recorder earlier in the year panasonic was high on the list of course. Our first flatscreen tv, full hd etc. Easy to set up, tune in etc. Freeview was up and running in no time. The picture was great and the sound is fine too.
Having owned 3 lcd tv’s i decided to take the plunge with a plasma. I am not in the least bit disappointed. When you view it in a store it won’t have the ‘pop’ of an lcd screen, but the image is so much better and more natural for home use. I was initially concerned about image retention and screen burn, but having used my ps3 and xbox for many hours it seems like this is a thing of the past. I also heard about the fans in the back of the set, but you cannot hear them at all. My v+ box is much louder than the tvthe image reproduction on this screen is first class once you turn off the gimicky motion plus. For the first week or so there was a slight flicker on the screen while the phosphors settled down, but this soon went. The longer i’ve had this tv the better the picture has got. Colours are superbly reproduced in thx mode, which automatically turns off overscan, so you get 1:1 pixel mapping, and motion is handled as well as on any tv i’ve seen.