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Panasonic Viera TH-42PX80U 42-Inch 720p Plasma HDTV (2008 Model)

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  • 1024 x 768 Resolution
  • 1000000:1 Dynamic Contrast Ratio for the Brightest whites and darkest blacks
  • 4096 Shades of Gradation for spectacular Color Reproduction
  • Viera LinK™ HDAVI Control lets you operate all of your home theater components by pressing a single button on your TV's remote control
  • GalleryPlayer® allows you to enjoy the world's finest high definition art and photography on your Panasonic HD plasma TV
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Technical Details
Brand NamePanasonic
Item Weight61.8 pounds
Product Dimensions15.2 x 40.2 x 28.6 inches
Item model numberTH-42PX80U
Batteries:2 AAA batteries required. (included)
Color NameBlack
Special FeaturesNoise Reducing, Sleep Timer
Additional Information
Best Sellers Rank #90,843 in Electronics (See top 100)
Shipping Weight99.4 pounds
ShippingThis item can only be shipped to the 48 contiguous states. We regret it cannot be shipped to APO/FPO, Hawaii, Alaska, or Puerto Rico.
Date First AvailableJuly 16, 2004
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Technical Details

  • Noise Reducing
  • Sleep Timer

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Product Description

Amazon.com Product Description--March 10, 2008

Amazon.com Product Description--March 10, 2008 Panasonic's 720p plasma sets offer incredible value in an HDTV with theunbeatable contrast ratios and fluid motion of plasma technology.  Advanced pixel resolution and image-processing technology with the plasma TV's natural ability to beautifully reproduce fast moving images, so every detail is rendered with amazing clarity, and all the action is delivered with a high degree of fluidity.

What's New This Year?

  • Dynamic contrast ratios are up to 1,000,000:1
  • new anti-reflective filter; lead-free "Tough Under Force" panel is resistant to impacts and scratches
  • Built-in SD card slot with Photo Viewer/Gallery Player software
  • x.v. Color and Deep Color (HDMI 1.3 features)
  • 24p native reproduction
  • Game Mode auto-adjusts image quality suitable to games and includes anti-image retention
  • Viera Link is now compatible with Onkyo and Yamaha home theater systems
  • At least 3 HDMI inputs on all models (4 on PZ800 and PZ850 series)
  • THX Certification on PZ800 and PZ850 series

Which Viera is Right For You?

Click here to see a comparison of step up features on each Viera series.

Amazing color reproduction

The incredible black reproduction of a Panasonic High-Definition Plasma TV results in impressive contrast and beautiful, natural colors. So you'll get warm, accurate skin tones, gorgeous greens, breathtaking blues and vivid reds. For color that's as rich and bold as life itself, look to a Panasonic Plasma TV.

Consistent brightness from any angle

A Panasonic Plasma combines anti-glare and anti-reflection technology with the natural light-emitting properties of plasma, to give you a super-wide viewing range with a crisp, beautiful image from almost any angle.

Smooth, graceful motion

When you're watching sports or movies with fast-motion graphics, you want a TV that can keep up with the action. With over 900 lines of moving picture, self-illuminating plasma displays eliminate afterimages in fast-action scenes. So whether you're watching a sporting event or an action-packed movie, you'll always get the most impressive viewing experience possible.

1,000,000:1 Contrast

The Panasonic's Real Black system (a pre-discharge suppression system) and improved panel production processes combine to reproduce outstanding blacks with superb contrast. Each image is richly expressive, from bright scense, like scorching desert landscapes, to dark cave scenes. Compare the image produced by conventional HDTV on the left to the Real Black image produced on the right

More Colors

Viera HDTVs support the xvYCC color profile (Extended YCC Colorimetry for Video Applications), or "x.v. color" for short. Standard RGB color space allows the display of a portion of the colors that are viewable to the human eye. The next generation "xvYCC" color space actually offers  an available range of colors that exceeds what human eyes can recognize.
  • Next-generation "xvYCC" color space supports 1.8 times as many colors as existing HDTV signals
  • Lets HDTVs display colors more accurately
  • Enables displays with more natural and vivid colors

deep color eliminates visible color banding

Deep Color

Where x.v. color expands the available range of colors your HDTV can display, Deep Color increases the number of colors your HDTV can display within that range, for smoother transitions from color to color.
  • Lets HDTVs and other displays go from millions of colors to billions of colors
  • Eliminates on-screen color banding, for smooth tonal transitions and subtle gradations between colors
  • Enables increased contrast ratio
  • Can represent many times more shades of gray between black and white.


Viera flat panel HDTVs interact with an array of high-definition devices and services, making it easy for consumers to access and enjoy content as never before. As of 2008, Viera Link is compatible with Onkyo and Yamaha home theater systems.
SD Cards Videos and stills recorded on SD cards can easily be viewed via the SD slots on Panasonic Blu-Ray Disc players and Viera HDTVs.
Viera Link Viera Link means easy connectivity via HDMI cables. Finally, consumers can easily operate their Blu-Ray Disc players, DVD recorders and home theater systems with a single remote control device.

long life

Long Life

Panasonic plasma panels are rated to last 100,000 hours, which is about 30 years of regular or 11 years of non-stop usage before the brightness of the display is halved.

Blu-Ray disc player

Get Full HD with Blu-Ray Disc Players

A Panasonic 1080p plasma television is able to render 1920x1080 pixels, but standard DVDs have a resolution of just 720x480. Blu-ray discs output true 1080p High-Definition resolution and have a storage capacity ten times greater than standard DVDs, so no pixel gos to waste.


Which is the Right Viera for You?

Screen Size
Full HD
1920 x 1080 pixels
PC Input
One Sheet
of Glass
Cinema Color
Standard Features
42 inches




  • 480 Hz Sub-field Drive Technology
  • Anti-Reflective Filter
  • Viera Link HDAVI Control
  • Built-in SD Card Slot w/Photo Viewer and Gallery Player
  • Deep Color Technology
  • x.v. Color
  • 3D Color Mangement
  • Sub-Pixel Controller
  • Motion Pattern Noise Reduction
  • Anti-Image Retention Mode
  • Game Mode
  • Scratch and Impact Rsistant Panel
  • 100,000 Hours to Panel Half-Brightness (>30 years @ 8 hours/day)
  • Lead-free Panel
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Product Description

Panasonic VIERA TH42PX80U 42" 720p Plasma HDTV

Customer Questions & Answers

Customer Reviews

I bought the Panasonic TH-42PX80U in October 2008. The picture was great and I loved it. Nineteen months later, the set died. Read more ›
TV was packaged in a very good box. Picture with HDTV is great. I haven't watched regular TV since. Read more ›
There is visible pixelation and grain (from about 8ft). The picture is not bright enough and has no "pop". I have played with all the settings, even the CNET recommended… Read more ›
I also own a Samsung pn42a450 & thought that one was great well this one is alot better picture has…Even on Cinama video mode the picture looks great for out of box preset! Read more ›
He replaced 2 circuit boards and now it's working. The picture quality is good, but not as impressive as the Samsung DLP tv I also have. I bought both from Amazon. Read more ›
The picture quality is excellent(best in the house now out of 3 HDTVs) and as many have said before please do not worry about not having a 1080p at this size and if at a… Read more ›
It is living up to the hype. Color is great, sound is solid, easy setup. I have a 5 week delay to get hooked up to HD, but in the meantime the picture is still fine. Read more ›
I've watched a fair amount of NASCAR, hockey and football on this television and the ability to follow the action, especially a black puck moving quickly across white ice,… Read more ›
You cannot, I repeat CANNOT go wrong with a plasma tv, they are better than any LCD I have seen thus far hands down. The blacks are amazing! Read more ›
On the occasions that I do set it to Game/Vivid mode, the HD movies pop out so much that I'm afraid they'll break my new TV. Black levels are amazing. Black is black. Read more ›
I haven't regretted the purchase for 1 moment. The black levels are deep, the colors are vibrant, and there are no false contours that I have been able to perceive. All… Read more ›
I…As far as the TV goes the black levels are incredible as well as color and there is a discernable difference in the brightness level from past Panasonic plasma models. Read more ›
This is the best TV I have ever purchased. The built in speakers are perfectly fine rather than spend a ton of money on a sound system. Even today it is still highly rated… Read more ›
Absolutely. Sound is great, no dead pixels, and in my opinion there were plentiful HDMI ports to support all the other newer gadgets I got for it. I'm not in the market for… Read more ›
The TV itself is also…I agree with the rest of the 5 star ratings for it here, the picture and sound are great and I have no reservations at all about the purchase. You… Read more ›
The built-in speakers have been good for just watching TV and I have not had any issues with them in that capacity. For DVDs and sporting events, I tend to pump the sound… Read more ›
The set has a well thought out remote controller. The sound quality is good from the 2 channel output. Read more ›
why did we have to research…sound is great, and i havent hooked this up to my surround system yet..love the hdmi, one cable hook up to cable and my upscaling dvd player. Read more ›
When shopping for a TV after the holidays I wanted something that was very budget friendly and was very worried about buying something this big online but wanted to save on… Read more ›
The picture is bright and clear and HD channels are superb. For the price, this is a awesome deal. Read more ›
I ordered my TV on a Sunday and it was delivered…The price was the lowest I have seen and combine this with free shipping made for the best deal that I could ever hope for. Read more ›
I spent around $8 on the cable as my research indicated that there is no extra value in buying an expensice HDMI cable - just get the least expensive one that is truly HDMI… Read more ›
Not always the first one to jump…This is, of course, until Amazon and other retailers had this baby available earlier this year at a fantastic...unbeatable, really, price. Read more ›
Actually, the picture is better than most of the plasma's I have seen for 720p, and I viewed almost…All in all, does exactly what I had expected for a good price. Read more ›
The quick installation guide misled us into thinking the attachment was external, but the user's manual cleared up the confusion. Channel setup was easy but not perfect. The… Read more ›
If you are interested in an economical HD setup, this is really the way to go. We don't rent a lot of movies, let alone Blu-ray movies, so this setup is perfect for us. Coun… Read more ›
I purchased this product about a year ago. It was easy to set up (the most difficult part was attaching the base to the TV). Read more ›
Bought this TV in December 2008 and I LOVE IT. Excellent picture, sound and very easy to set up. This was my first foray into the HDTV world and I have to admit that I like… Read more ›
Anyway we love the tv. Right out of the box the picture quality was perfect and very easy to assemble. Our issue is the sound. Read more ›
This set was very easy to set up. I haven't upgraded my source material yet, but even with standard cable broadcast or dvd source, the picture is fantastic. Read more ›
I liked the darker blacks, and plasma handles sports better than HDTVs at the same price level. The 720p resolution was great from more than 10 feet, so the price was right. I… Read more ›
The HD picture on this display is amazing, wish I could say the same about SD channels, they show up average. The other thing that sold me was the sound, amazing! Read more ›
Not really. I was playing the Killzone 2 demo [downloaded from the UK Playstation store] and it looked fantastic at either resolution at either TV. Read more ›
Yes 720p is noticeably different than a 1020p but at 42" and At 690$ for a very good rated flat screen plasma I won't complain. I got it off Read more ›
Being a plasma also makes the difference. They are much more vivid then an lcd and sure the cost a little more but it is really worth the money. People always talk about… Read more ›
Then I went to another store which had an amazing display comparing sets with a 60hz refresh rate and a 120hz refresh rate. The sets were arranged vertically and displayed… Read more ›
It was snap to set up and about 1/2 hour after it was out of the box I was lit up. The picture is amazing, the remote is simple and on screen set up was a breeze. The cable… Read more ›
Assembled in Mexico, rather than China. Remote control is very well balanced. Buttons "fall right to hand," but are not designed for fat fingers. Read more ›
This is our first plasma TV and I was…Incredible colors, crisp picture, beautiful HD, easy user interface, plenty of available manufacturer support.....blah...blah....blah. Read more ›
Amazing Picture quality, easy to mount, nice looking and easy use of controls! Worth every penny!! Read more ›
The positive reviews this set has received are well deserved. Set up is easy with a well done menu system. It comes out of the box looking great, the only change I made was… Read more ›
What a nice picture both in hi-def and standard def . Set up was fairly easy and the remote is not loaded down with a whole lot of buttons . The Panasonic was bought mainly… Read more ›
I do not have a…I had no problems setting up the remote with my Comcast cable box although I cannot figure out how to change the aspect ratio using my Comcast remote. Read more ›
And if you're concerned about plasma…I did lots of research before this purchase and the consensus is that burn-in is NOT an issue with modern plasmas such as this one. I… Read more ›
The brighness level can be bit low in very well-lit rooms like ours, but the "Vivid" setting takes care of this nicely. Read more ›
Power consumption-wise, the peak power usage is above 300 watts, but that's only if you're running at full brightness, in vivid mode, with a white screen flashing all day. W… Read more ›
This TV provides a great value…I bought it on amazon for 700, and not only was it the cheapest option I could find, it has plenty of pros that put it over almost every TV. Read more ›
Ok, so after a bit longer with this puppy as the centerpiece of my man-cave, I've found the best settings for Xbox/DVD/any HD Source: Read more ›
We get a lot of compliments about what a great picture it has. Very sharp and clear and easy to operate. Read more ›
The tv has a great hd picture, good sound, and is easy to use. Only disappointment is the sd picture. Read more ›
There is no glare and the image is clear and displays action on the screen clearly. The remote control and settings menu are easy to use. The external measurements allowed… Read more ›
Adjust your color controls for your room and you will find the right setting. The remote is simple to use and inputs are easy to plug in. This TV doesn't have the same… Read more ›
(for those who still own a VCR) 10. The remote control is very simple, easy to use, and the buttons are large and clearly labeled. 11. Panasonic's In-Home Concierge Program. Read more ›
I love the remote control! It's not big and gawky like many remotes and has easy to use buttons. I just wish it had a backlight button to light up the remote. Read more ›
The tv is beautiful and has great resolution. The customer service is outstanding. I was a bit challenged hooking up older models of DVD player and VCR and the customer… Read more ›
I had the chance to see there was…The delivery men assured me that Amazon customer service was excellent but fortunately I have not had to use it in the first month of use. Read more ›
Amazon…I can vouch personally for their excellent Customer Service (FWIW, Consumer Report's annual survey responders also named Amazon as tops for Customer Service as well). Read more ›
This TV is worth so much more than $649 you will not be disappointed…Amazon has the best customer service I've ever experienced..they made this big purchase so much easier! Read more ›
Out of over 3000+ posts I only saw maybe…(All of which were promptly replaced/repaired) Panasonic also has a really cool warranty service called "Panasonic Concierge". Y… Read more ›
(I love a deep bass) 8. Standard definition looks great via the Direct receiver. 9. (3) HDMI ports, (3) component out, (1) optical, an SD slot, and (2) svideo. Read more ›
Has to be a first!)and 15,000:1 native contrast, which is a technical way of saying this tv is…and still looks really good in standard definition(much better than lcd). V… Read more ›
We already have a 26 inch Panasonic LCD tv in our upstairs office and have been…We have the 42 inch hooked up to regular satellite and the reception is crisp and clear. W… Read more ›
Remote control is good and easy, my 70's…It get's surprisingly great reception of free broadcast HD Television signal from an antenna, DVD's and Blu-rays look great also. Read more ›

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

68 of 68 people found the following review helpful By S. Dator on May 20, 2008
Price was a significant contributor to my decision to buy this TV. Conversations with tv-guys made me think that I needed to pony up for a 1080, but I just could not justify the premium over the 720p. Now that I have it, I am glad I saved my money. The picture quality is great, both in high def and for normal (low def?) viewing. Whenever I have guests and the TV is on, they are blown away by the quality and ask my questions about it.

I also like the anti-glare screen. At first I was a little concerned that the anti-glare picture would look "dull" compared to your average plasma, but that is no longer a concern - it looks great.

Another big plus for me was the appearance of the TV. Like other Panasonic models, this TV is sleek. Vizio and other manufacturers seem to incorporate larger speakers that look clunky in comparison. The size of the tv relative to the picture size is great - looks nice on the wall, and doesn't take up any more room than it needs to.

In fact, the reason why I am writing this review is because I am going to buy another one for a different room in the house. Panasonic has definitely won my repeat business with this one - I think that says it all.
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41 of 41 people found the following review helpful By Steve R on June 21, 2008
You really can't go wrong purchasing this TV. Don't base your decision directly on the Cnet review and instead head over to AVSForum. You'll find a 80+ page thread with numerous reviews done by experts in the field. All of which are very positive and explain why CNet's review isn't too reliable.

Unlike Panasonic's earlier model, the 77U, this TV has an excellent picture right out of the box. There's no need for an expensive calibration or messing with service menu's. I've found my favorite settings, thanks to someone on AVSForum, is:

Picture Mode: Cinema
Picture: 84
Brightness: 40
Tint: -2
Sharpness: 50
Color Temp: Warm
Color mgmt: off
x.v.Color: off
Video NR: off
MPEG NR: off
Black Level: light

You'll find a ton of other settings there too so just do a google search.

This TV also seems very reliable. Out of over 3000+ posts I only saw maybe three that were returned due to a serious failure. (All of which were promptly replaced/repaired) Panasonic also has a really cool warranty service called "Panasonic Concierge". You can schedule service calls online and you'll be contacted within 24 hours. You can also call or chat online with a rep if you've got any questions. Another great thing about them is that if your TV fails and they have to take it away for repair they give you a loaner TV! I sure wish I had that option with my old Philips.

I was first considering purchasing a Samsung LCD but decided to see both first hand in the store. After adjusting the settings on both TV's the Samsung had a very unnatural and bright image while the Panasonic looked as if you were looking out the window.
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38 of 38 people found the following review helpful By M. Cobb on April 15, 2008
I spent a few months reviewing plasmas and lcd's both in the big box stores and online. I watch a lot of sports, and the lcd's still have the motion blurring problem (except the expensive new ones). For me, that narrowed it down to the plasmas. Like others have said, the Panasonic's stood out from the rest of the plasma's (except for Pioneers, but they are almost double the cost). In terms of 1080 and 720 plasmas, I could not tell a difference between the two in 42". Maybe a little in the larger sets, but not in this size. Not worth the extra cost IMHO. So, I finally took the plunge on Panasonic's 720 42" when the price dropped below $1000, no tax, free shipping. A great deal for a TV that has been on the market for less than 2 months.

Delivery on the TV was fast (about 5 days early). They called a day ahead and delivered it within 1/2 hour of their estimated arrival. They made sure that the TV worked, and offered to take away all the packaging material. A+.

The TV was a snap to set up--10 minutes. The first thing that I noticed was that the color contrast is excellent, even on SD- much better then our 6-year-old Toshiba 27" tube TV. The clarity varies by station- a function of the channels, not the TV. SD = A-

The picture quality really excels while playing DVDs through component video. Deep rich blacks, vivid colors. The "Planet Earth" series looks incredible. We have not hooked it up to HD yet, but I'm sure it will be even better. A+.

A nice feature is that the TV remembers your settings for each video input. I.e.--we programmed a different color contrast for broadcast TV and DVDs and it stores each separately. There are more than enough ways to adjust picture quality to really fine tune it.
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64 of 70 people found the following review helpful By DLH on September 28, 2008
I bought the prior year's model, delivered in December of 2007. The picture is now flickering and going completely black for about half the time. I'm in contact with Panasonic to have this resolved, under the one-year warranty, and I will follow with an update on how well this goes.

Regardless, it is annoying to have what otherwise is a splendid product apparently needing replacement in less than a year.

I promised a follow-up. Panasonic was *very* responsive. I filed a request for service at their online site. Within 24 hours, they contacted me to arrange a service appointment. The service person arrived when arranged, replaced one of the video boards quickly and without charge. It is possible that the problem was not with the board at all, but simply a cable connector that had not been seated properly at the factory. So, in all, a very good experience with Panasonic -- prompt response, no hassles or arguments for this repair service under the one-year warranty.
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