Summary: first 1080p tv. bought from bestbuy so as expected we paid about $80 more from what is the listed price here on amazon. out of the box, tv looks ok. i've seen lots of tv's with prettier bezel than this from other brands. but not really a big deal. looking at it from the sides, its obvious that it is abit thicker (maybe 3in) than those upscale lcds or led-lcd's(note an LED tv is just a LCD tv but with a different back lighting).
Summary: I got this to replace a similiar hitachi that I had for just a few days. The hitachi had backlighting issues where the top corners had the flashlight effect and it was very annoying during dark scenes. The hitachi did have a beautiful picture other than this one issue. This Panny does not suffer from such problems. It has a great picture, same features and very nice sound for built in speakers. The remote is very solid (compared to the Hitachi's that felt very cheap).
Summary: We think that this tv is a great deal. The hd picture is great and the standard picture is better than expected. There was no trouble with the color as other stated in their reviews. Simply put I think that you could do a lot worse than buy one of these. Oh,one other thing, there are not many 42in. lcd's out there. Ours sits in a nook above the fireplace and there was concern about the heat that a plasma would give off, so we were happy to find this one.
Summary: This tv is a good bargain for the money. The hd reception is solid and the speakers are decent. If you are going from a larger tv to a smaller one, you may have some dissatisfaction but, it's not the fault of Panasonic.
Summary: I replaced a 34 inch CRT TV with the 42 inch Panasonic model. Interestingly enough, because of the variety in programming format, I often end up watching a raster that is smaller and sometimes much smaller than that. Now-a-days, it's buy big, get the same. Fortunately, the format control is a dedicated button on the remote as I have ended up using it frequently.
Summary: I like to state in my reviews that I am no expert. I am not a so called expert when it comes to AV equipment. However, I am well versed in technology and try to keep up with tech aspects. As such, I think my review would be suited for regular folks trying to get the best bang for their buck. Lets be honest. The biggest issue that people need to be concerned about when making TV purchases needs to the the picture quality.
Summary: Value is great on this one. Got the "Gold Box" deal and this set fit perfectly for the need. Have it in a secondary room to be used for gaming, watching Blu rays and sporting events. User interface is great. Easy set up, however it does take a bit of tweaking and work to get the color settings right. Love how you can change the settings for each input. The ability to adjust the "Motion Pro 4" feature/processor is great and fairly easy.
Good TV - Good Quality - but be aware of "soap opera effect" on LCD TVs
20 January 2011
Summary: I have only had the TV for a day, but so far I have been happy with it. This is my first purchase of a larger LCD TV - my prior purchase was a 1080P 50" Plasma, also from Panasonic which I have been extremely pleased with. The picture quality on this TV is pretty good. Although - it is noticeably darker than my Plasma, but that was to be expected. I have tweaked some of the picture settings, and this seems to have improved it from the default settings in standard mode.