Panasonic TX-P42ST60B review
|Review: May 2013|
In a nutshell: Panasonic's Viera TX-P42ST60B delivers the best picture quality you can buy for £900. It also includes excellent Smart TV and audio quality.
This is the 42 inch version of the Panasonic TX-P50ST60B that we reviewed previously, so read our review of that for all the details. In summary, this is perhaps the best picture quality you will get from any TV for £900. Need we say more? OK, then - it's the ideal TV for everything from standard definition content to Blu-Ray and also includes excellent Smart TV functionality including YouTube and the BBC iPlayer. Connectivity is excellent, with built-in Wi-Fi and Freeview HD included. Even audio quality is above average. Highly recommended!
Panasonic TX-P42ST60B features include:
- 42 inch plasma screen
- 1920 x 1080 resolution
- Infinite Black Pro
- High Contrast Filter
- 2500Hz Focused Field Drive
- 3D Ready (Active Shutter Progressive 3D - 1 pair of glasses included)
- Game Mode
- Freeview HD
- my Home Screen, voice guidance, touch pen
- Audio: VR-Audio Pro Stage 2.1, front speakers (Side SPK) x 2, woofer (75 mm) x 1 with total power of 20 W (5 + 5 + 10)
- Connectivity: Wi-Fi, Ethernet (LAN) x 1, HDMI x 3, USB x 3, SCART, SD card, headphone x 1, component in (Y/Pb/Pr) / composite in (AV) x 1, digital audio out (optical) x 1, CI, DLNA 1.5
- Energy efficiency class: C
- Typical power consumption: 133W
- Size without stand (WxHxD): 994 x 596 x 49 mm
- Size with stand (WxHxD): 994 x 650 x 256 mm
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Average rating from 1 review:
Reviewed by Malcolm
on 28th Sep 2013
Just bought this. Very pleased. Had an old Panasonic CRT that was starting to look embarrassing. Looked at cheaper sets in superstores. Was not impressed with any LCD screen. Went into Panasonic shop who accepted that they just don't cut it, but added that plasma also suffer with any signal less than 10/10. However, plasma don't pixelate with fast movement. LCD do. I paid 800 with a free cable so not bad from a franchise shop. Glad I went for plasma and glad I forked out for this as the colours are gorgeous without being painful at the lighter end. No pixelating. However some Haziness on non hd channels given 8/10 signal strength that I achieve. Can't wait to try blue ray and...match of the day tonight! May fork out for freesat to try and get the most out of it.
Summary, very pleased but some fuzziness on some channels due to less than perfect freeview reception. But that's not the tv,s fault. Just a warning that an expensive tv doesn't mean amazing pictures on freeview.
Reply by Joseph
on 6th Oct 2013
Hi Malcolm, Thanks for your review, I'm looking to upgrade from a Panasonic CRT too and I'm looking at the same Plasma model, can I ask where did you buy it from please? Thanks
Reply by James
on 18th Jan 2014
You can now buy it from Richer Sounds for £600.
Reply by Richard
on 13th Jul 2014
Bought one from a Panasonic shop for £699, which they reduced from £849.
It replaced a Sony 30" CRT (which I gave to charity as it worked well).
I only use the Pana on HD as SD is rubbish on bigger screens where my house is.
Only thing I don't like is that the picture goes very dark when I stand next to it looking down, which CRTs & older plasmas don't seem to do.
Maybe I'll buy back the Sony...the Pana also has no SCART ports!!!!!!!