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PANASO NIC                                            Th e Buying Guide m atch e s
                                                             ate
                                                       th e l st Panasonic V ra
                                                          asm
                                                                                 ie
                                                        pl a against th e be st of
VIERA                                                    Fujitsu, Pione e r and NEC


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TH - 42PV A
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                                                   TH - 42PV A Spe cification
                                                   Scre e n Size                   ,
                                                                              42" 10 5. 7cm D iagonal
                                                   Aspe ct Ratio              16:9
                                                   Re sol ution               1,0 24 x 768
                                                   Brigh tne ss               ? /m 2
                                                                               cm
                                                   Contrast Ratio             30 0 0 :1
                                                   D im e nsions (W xH xD )   1140 x757x139 m m
                                                   Pow e r consum ption       39 8W
                                                   W e igh t                  42k g

                                                   Conne ctions
                                                   A/V1, Re ar                                 ide
                                                                              Com posite , S- V o
                                                   A/V2, Re ar                Com posite ,
                                                   A/V3, Front                Com pone nt
                                                   A/V4, Re ar                                 ide
                                                                              Com posite , S- V o
                                                   PC                         Com posite ,
                       ie   asm
Figure R34. Panasonic V ra Pl a                                               Com pone nt
Th e buying guide re v w s, th e Panasonic
                      ie                                                      RGBH V
         30    ie
TH - 42PV A V ra in de tail  .
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                                                   Tabl R6. Panasonic Th - 42PV A Spe cifications
W H AT YO U GET
                             30   ie
Th e Panasonic TH - 42PV A V ra pl a   asm
                                     asm
pack age com e s in 2 boxe s, th e pl a and
                   e             asm
stand (optional xtra). Th e pl a box
                            ,
contains a use r m anual1 pow e r cabl,  e
fe rrite core s, 1 re m ote and 2 AA batte rie s
for th e re m ote .

                O
TH E TECH NO L GY
Supe r Re al Gam m a Syste m offe rs 10 24
sh ade s of gre y incre asing th e totalnum be r
of col                           aye
       ours th at m ay be displ d. Th e
                    ue
h um an e ye is infl nce d by th e col ours of
                  e
surrounding obj cts. Th e M ACH Enh ance r
               e
e nh ance s obj ct contours for th e e ys
                                  ots l
pe rce ption. SD and PC card sl al for  ow
pl                    ph
  ayback of digital otos. Th e Panasonic
                                                                           ie
                                                    Figure R35. Panasonic V ra Boxing

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h as 4 16m m w ide buil in t
                         e
spe ak e rs arrange d v rtically
on e ith e r side of th e
scre e n, m ak ing an
            e
im pre ssiv de sign th at al so
pe rform s w e l .
                 l

ASSEM BL     ING
                        e
Th e Panasonic is v ry e asy                                ie
                                     Figure R36. Panasonic V ra Pe de stalstand TYST42PX20
               e ik
to asse m bl. L e th e
Fuj itsu and m ost oth e r                   asm
                                     Th e pl a
            asm
brand pl a stands, onl          y    dissipate s 39 8W of
         e
tw o v rtical    bars w h ich        pow e r. Th e
    d
h ol th e Panasonic pl a    asm      Panasonic ce rtainl    y
uprigh t ne e d to be                did a good j of ob
faste ne d. Th e Panasonic           w arm ing up th e
stand doe s not al for  ow
                        l            Buying Guide l    abs.
  e        til
v rtial t or side to side            Th e Panasonic can
sw iv lL e th e NEC,
      e . ik                         doubl as your
                                            e                                               ie
                                                              Figure R37. Panasonic V ra e xtras,
Pionne r and Fuj    itsu,            h om e h e ate r! Th e   incl uding a re m ote , fe rite core s,
unpack ing th e Panasonic            Panasonic is not                       e
                                                              pow e r cabl and instruction m anual
out of th e box is as sim pl     e                l
                                     th in. W alm ounting
             ing
as re m ov 2 cl from  ips                      d
                                     is w oul be
th e side of th e box and            appe al if th e Panasonic tune r. In contrast to th e
                                              ing
lifting th e box aw ay from          w as sl l . Th e Panasonic Pione e r, th e Panasonic
                                              im ine
its base . W ith th e                is be st pl d on th e tabl re m ote is not l
                                                  ace              e                      arge and w ill
Panasonic, th e re is no                          ass
                                     top or gl stand.                           y
                                                                       ce rtainl fit com fortabl iny
re q uire m e nt to attach                                                           e
                                                                       m ost pe opls h and. Th e
e xte rnal ak e rs. Inde e d,
             spe                     TH E REM O TE AND GENERAL         Panasonic re m ote h as a
th e spe ak e rs are buil  tin.      O PERATIO N                       num be r buttons on it,
Th e Panasonic doe s h av     e      Th e Panasonic re m ote           incl             D
                                                                           uding a D V ope ration
h andls to al for e asy
        e        l
                 ow                  contains num be re d (0 - 9 )     se ction, so it m ay re q uire a
      e
m ov m e nt, h ow e v r at
                        e            buttons use d to sw itch                      e
                                                                       sh ort w h il to m aste r its al l
42Kg, tw o pe opl are e                         s
                                     ch anne l using th e anal  og                      ik
                                                                       its fe ature s. L e m ost
re q uire d to transport it.

FIRST IM PRESSIO NS
Th e Panasonic is a l  arge
           y asm
and h e av pl a, not
                  d
w h at you w oul e xpe ct
from a m ode rn day pl a asm
      ay.
displ Th e re are w h opping
4 fans to k e e p it cool!
               y,
Unfortunate l th e
Panasonic doe s not h av   e
           ow
th e air fl and h e at sink
          ogy ik
te ch nol l e th e Pione e r
or Fuj            oid
       itsu to av th e use
         ing
of cool fans. Th e fans
are h ow e v r not noticabl.
             e               e                              ie                               !
                                     Figure R38. Panasonic V ra h as 4 fans to k e e p it cool


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   asm        s
pl a TV on th e m ark e t,
th e Panasonic h as a row of
buttons w h ich al    ow
                      l
sw itch ing be tw e e n v oide
                  e
inputs, h ow e v r th e
Panasonic som e tim e s
re q uire s tw o button
pre sse s to sw itch be tw e e n
  ide
v o inputs. Th e Fuj      itsu,
Pione e r, and NEC pl asasm
    y
onl re q uire one button
pre ss. Th e Panasonic h as an
            e
attractiv graph ical e num
                   ar
inte rface , sim il to th e                                    ie
                                       Figure R39 . Panasonic V ra re ar inputs
Pione e r. Nav  igation is al  so
       e ik
sim pl. L e th e Pione e r,                            ass    f
                                      Panasonic w ith gl sh e l
                         ow
th e re m ote h as a gl in                       e       look
                                      (optional xtra) w ill
th e dark fe ature w h ich            gre at in m ost
    ps
h e l in dim l   it                   e nvironm e nts.
e nv ironm e nts.
                                             ITY
                                      QUAL O F SKIN TO NES
PANASO NIC TH - 42PV A    30          In th is cate gory, th e Buying
ANAL   YSIS                                    ook
                                      Guide l s for natural
Th e Buying guide te sts th e          ook
                                      l ing sk in col      ours and
                       30
Panasonic TH - 42PV A in              sm ooth sk in col    our
th e cate gorie s of Styl, e          gradie nts. Figure R41
      ity
q ual of sk in tone s,                sh ow s th e Panasonic
               ity
picture q ual in dark                 displ aying a sk in tone . Th e
                        ity
sce ne s, picture q ual in            panasonic se e m s to sh ow
 igh                ity
l t sce ne s, q ual of                       e y
                                      an ov rl re d orange sk in
     our
col w ith atte ntion to               tone as com pare d to th e
          e e s.
gre e n lv l Gre e n lv le e s        NEC, Pione e r and Fuj    itsu.
                       ie
are im portant for v w ing                           our
                                      Th e sk in col is probabl       y
grass sports.                         m ost sim il to th e Fuj
                                                   ar              itsu.    Figure R40 . Panasonic re m ote
                                      Th e Panasonic col     our
STYL  E                                                 ays
                                      gradie nt displ col       our                          ITY
                                                                           PICTURE QUAL IN D ARK
Th e Panasonic, al ough
                     th               banding sim il y to th e
                                                      arl                  SCENES
som e w h at l arge and h e av   y,   Pione e r (but sl tligh y                                 ook
                                                                           In th is te st, w e l e d at
h as a uniq ue de sign.               sm ooth e r). Th e NEC or                    asm         ity
                                                                           th e pl as abil to sh ow
Panasonic is push ing th e            Fuj itsu h as sm ooth e r                    in
                                                                           de tail dark sce ne s. Th e
curv y l (se e bottom of
     e ook                            gradie nts.                          te st picture s w e re
pl a, Figure R34). Styl
   asm                         e      To ach ie v sk in col
                                                  e           ours,             l
                                                                           ch al nging be cause e ach
                                                                                 e
is one of Panasonic's se l    ling    m anufacture rs te nd to             picture h ad se ctions of
points, and Panasonic                                        e e of
                                      incre ase th e re d lv l             brigh t and dark de tailA  .
m ark e ts th e V ra pl a
                 ie      asm          th e pl a TV as se e n in
                                              asm        ,                           asm
                                                                           good pl a displ fine   ays
h e av y on its styl. Th e
      il              e               th e Panasonic. Th is                        in
                                                                           de tail both brigh t and
V ra h as tw o th in 16m m
  ie                                  som e tim e s cause s th e sk in     dark se ctions. Th e re sh ould
v rtical its for its buil
  e       sl                 tin      col to l an unatural
                                          our       ook                    be no bias tow ard
side spe ak e rs. Th is de sign is    re d.                                                      in
                                                                           incre asing de tail onl one y
uniq ue to to Panasonic. Th e                                              of th e se ctions at th e


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com prom ise of th e oth e r.
Th e source signal as a  w
    D aye
D V pl r fe e ding a PAL
    D
D V 576p signal e r a   ov
com pone nt conne ction
(using pre m ium cabl       ing).
Th e Panasonic sh ow e d
                 in
good de tail th e dark
se ctions. Th e Panasonic
h as 30 0 0 :1 contrast,
                e
w h ich is ov r doubl th e e
spe cification of th e NEC,
Pione e r or Fuj    itsu!
          e
H ow e v r th e Buying Guide
notice d th at th e re w as no
            e
noticabl de tail
          e
im prov m e nt as com pare d
to th e NEC, Pione e r or
Fuj                     y
    itsu. It ce rtainl w as
                          e
not tw ice as de taild. Th is
furth e r e m ph asise s th e
point th at contrast ratio                                          30
                                     Figure R41. Panasonic TH - 42PV A sk in tone
        d
sh oul be conside re d
              l
              y
pote ntial as a sals      e
pitch . It is be st to
                asm
com pare pl as side by
                     w
side w ith re al orl te std
picture s for a true
com parison. L ing  ook
  ose y
cl l at th e m ountain
range s in figure R42,
                     l
th e re is a sm al2- 3 pixe l
              ine
th ick outl surrounding
th e m ountain range s. Th is
      ine
outl se e m s to be th e
Panasonic's M ACH
Enh ance r at w ork . To th e
e ye , it se e m s th e outl   ine
cre ate s th e e ffe ct of a
sh arpe r im age , e xactl as y
                              Figure R42. Panasonic TH - 42PV A displ30         aying a dark
inte nde d by th e M ACH                                               v e
                              sce ne . Note : Th e re is m ore de tail isibl in th e dark
te ch nol  ogy.                                                                         in
                              se ction th an th is ph oto sh ow s. Th e e xtra de tail th e
                                                        isibl                    im
                              dark se ction is not v e be cause of th e l itations of
                  ITY
PICTURE QUAL IN BRIGH T th e ph oto cam e ra.
SCENES
In th is te st, w e l e d at
                     ook     th an th e Pionne r but            h ad a sh arp picture , but
th e pl a's abil to sh ow dark e r th an th e NEC and
        asm          ity                                           e l        d
                                                                ov ralw oul rate it be h ind
de tail sce ne s typical
        in                of Fuj itsu. Th e picture w as        th e NEC and j   ust be h ind
e v ry day v w ing. Th e
   e          ie             sh arp and did not l ov r th e Fuj
                                                     ook     e          itsu (if you dont
Panasonic h ad a l te r h ue sm ooth e d. Th e Panasonic
                      igh                                                   igh
                                                                m ind th e l e r h ue of th e
                                                                Fuj itsu) but be tte r th an th e

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Pione e r.

      O
CO L UR QUAL       ITY
Th e Panasonic sh ow e d
             our
gre at col de pth ,
         e
h ow e v r th e col  ours w e re
                    l
not as naturalook ing as
som e of th e oth e r pl a asm
                         e
scre e ns. For e xam pl, th e
         t      e e is igh y
de faul re d lv l sl tl
h igh e r th an th e Pione e r
and NEC, casing a re dish
orange sk in col    our. Th e
gre e ns w e re dark e r and
                    as
not as natural th e NEC Figure R43. Panasonic TH - 42PV A displ
                                                       30             igh
                                                              aying a l te r sce ne
and Fuj   itsu. Panasonic
col ours w e re ge ne ral  ly
dark e r th an th e NEC and
Fuj                e        ar
    itsu, h ow e v r sim il to
th e Pionne r.

PANASO NIC W ARRANTY AND
CUSTO M ER SERV    ICE
Panasonic custom e r con be
contacte d on 13260 0 . Th e
Buying Guide found th e
                ice
custom e r se rv to be
          e
re sponsiv .

Panasonic offe r a 1 ye ar
standard w arranty on th e ir                                  30     aying a
                                Figure R44. Panasonic TH - 42PV A displ
  asm          ays
pl a displ w h ich is           col      sce
                                   ourful ne .
               l
               y
autom atical activ d  ate
upon purch ase of th e
  asm          ay
pl a displ pane lTh e   .
re ce ipt from date of
                l
purch ase w ilbe re q uire d
w h e n m ak ing a w arranty
  aim
cl .

PRO S
                     ity
* Card re ade r facil to
 ie        y
v w fam il ph otos
                  m
* Nice graph ical e nu
syste m
* Nice de sign
* w ide array of options for Figure R45. Panasonic TH - 42PV A displ
                                                            30     aying gre e ns.
aspe ct control
* Re m ote h as D VD
                            e
ope ration buttons, h ow e v r
som e m ay conside r th is as

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  utte
cl r.                           of th e panasonic w arranty.
* No re q uire m e nt to                                    ik
                                O th e r m anufacture rs, l e
purch ase spe ak e rs                        so
                                H itach i, al offe r 1 ye ar
se parate ly.                   w arranty. Th e w arranty
                                 e
                                lngth doe s not ge ne ral      y
                                                               l
CO NS                                   ate
                                corre l to buil q uald     ity.
* H as 4 inte rnal  fans        Th e Panasonic sh ow s good
        y
* H e av and typical   y
                       l                        ity,
                                picture q ual but
consum e s m ore pow e r th an som e w h at raw in q ual atity
              asm                                  ing
th e oth e r pl as. M ay be tim e s. Th e styl is gre at,
        e            l
a problm to w alm ount.            th
                                al ough if th e Panasonic
* No H D M I input option                im ine
                                w as sl l and l te r itigh
          I
* No D V input option                  d
                                w oul incre ase its appe al      .
                                                        im
* D oe s not acce pt a 720 p Input options are l ite d as
signal                                                  H
                                th e re is no digital D M I or
                                    I
                                D V option, a situation th at
CO NCL  USIO N                         d
                                sh oul be re ctifie d in th e
Th e Panasonic is a w e l l     ne xt ge ne ration. Furth e r,
    t         iabl     sm     .
buil and re l e pal a TV Panasonic sh oul            d
                 s
Th e Guide fe e l th at th e    cone ntrate on re ducing
                   d
consum e r sh oul not be        pow e r consum ption and
w orrie d by th e sh ortne ss   h e at.




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