Summary: I bought this way before the HDTV market started to get good, so needless to say, it wasn't a good buy. The picture quality is fine, but it's a stripped down model with few connectivity options. I have to order custom cables to make most of our components compatible, and it's not TRUE High Def...but overall, it's been a fine television. I'd go with a bigger, cheaper LCD at this point if I was going to replace it, but live and learn.
Summary: I've been pretty happy with the performance of the TH-42PWD8UK. I've had it for over a year now. Picture quality from DVD using component cable is very good, and has been what I am using it mostly for. I never feel the need for HD. DVDs looks awesome, as this unit is the native resolution of DVDs. I won't be far off to say that none of the HD sets in the store looks better than this one.
Summary: This is an excellent plasma TV. I have it for little more than 6 months and I am happy that I bought this baby! I did research for about 8 months before I bought Panasonic TH-42PWD8UK. First thing, look @ at consumer reports or any website for reviews on Plasmas - on top 10 list more than 50% will be from Panasonic. This company knows how to dig plasmas. Second part is you need to decide about your needs - what exactly you are looking for.
Summary: This is a beautiful TV. I've had it for 6 months and I am very happy with it. For one, the minimalism of it. I just wanted a monitor. I didn't need a tuner since I have a HD cable box and I didn't need speakers since I have a great surround sound system. Also, I find it distracting that consumer versions of flat screens have all that stuff attached, as one reason people like flat screens are the aesthetics.
Summary: Great TV. Much more affordable that HDTV and it looks pretty much the same. So much so, I bought this TV twice and may buy two more. Make sure you decide if you're going to mount it on the wall or put it on a stand and buy these accessories at the same time that you are buying this tv. You may also need some adapters BNC to RCA etc. All in All...I great buy.
Summary: I bought the TH-42PWD8UK after exhaustive research and dozens of showroom screenings. To be blunt, these Panasonics have (both the HDs and EDs), by far, the best picture you can have in your home and I'm delirously happy with it. There are a bunch of caveats and issues, though. The flat screen TV decision cuts across a mess of issues: 1) Plasma versus LCD.
Summary: This is an excellent plasma TV. However, as others indicated it doesnt come with an HDMI outlet although it can be purchased for extra, about 150 dollars. Also it doesnt include speakers, so expect to pay an extra 500 for a decent sorround sound system, it also doesnt include a stand, so expect to pay another 200 for a stand although whats the point of purchasing a plasma if your not going to mount it? It defeats the purpose!
Summary: The price of this tv is 500-800 dollars less than the nearest true HD 42" plasma tv. The picture is awesome in progressive DVD. Sattelite tv is good to very good. If you watch DVD movies often, you will love this tv. The only bad thing I can say about this tv is that it should come with a HDMI connection, but for 130-150 dollars you can install one in the empty input. I am glad Panasonic builds a great EDTV for those of us who can't afford a HDTV.
Summary: After you replaced the first one because of breakage, I found the replacement to be wonderful. I hooked it up and found the plasma display to be all that you claimed. HD resolution is perfectly fine on this EDTV as long as you watch it from at least 8 feet away from the screen. The multiple connections make it easy for a person to hook up all the peripherals.
Recommended for those sticking with standard-def TV.
10 January 2006
Summary: If you subscribe to Consumer Reports--as I do (5 year subscription)--see my review on this magazine--note that the Panasonic plasmas are rated not just a little, but much higher than any other brand name within the comparable price range. Panasonic has plasma down. You must pay thousands more to get a better picture. This is the bottom line at this time. Perhaps things may change in time, but not quite yet.