Conclusion: The Panasonic TH-42PX50U is a capable entry-level plasma television that provides impressive imagery when displaying DVD video, but it lacks the resolution required to show the finer details of HDTV.
Pros: Good color quality right out of the box. Appealing style. Well-designed remote control.
Cons: Only one digital video input. Non-removable speaker. Limited image-scaling options. Lacks advanced color controls. No picture-in-picture options.
Excerpt: It’s a somewhat annual ritual at my house: the HDTV Super Bowl party. The first year, 2001, Runco loaned a two-piece 50-inch plasma TV for the event, and it was the first time any of my guests or I had been in a living room with a $25,000 TV. Everyone tiptoed around it to the get to the cooler.
Pros: Competitively priced; HDMI input, Cable Card access; good picture
Cons: No DVI inputs; only one HDMI input; no electronic program guide; no side inputs