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Panasonic TH-42PD50U 42-Inch Flat-Panel EDTV Plasma TV

3.7 out of 5 stars 29 customer reviews

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  • 42-inch EDTV plasma TV; measures 42 x 30.1 x 12.7 inches (WxHxD) with included stand
  • 4000:1 contrast ratio, 853 x 480 native resolution, and 160-degree viewing angle
  • Integrated ATSC tuner for receiving over-the-air digital TV programming; 16:9 widescreen aspect ratio
  • Includes 2 composite, 2 S-Video, 2 component, 1 HDMI, and 1 RF inputs
  • Two stereo speakers, 8 watts apiece--16 watts total
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Technical Details

  • Brand Name: Panasonic
  • Model Number: TH-42PD50U
  • Display Technology: Plasma
  • Display Size: 42 inches
  • Image Aspect Ratio: 16:9
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Product Description

Panasonic Plasma TH-42PD50U TV features a high contrast ratio of 4000:1, making for a super bright, razor-sharp picture. With 853 x 480 native resolution, the Panasonic TH42PD50U is an Enhanced Definition Television (EDTV) unit, and includes an integrated ATSC / QAM tuner for receiving off-the-air HDTV broadcasts (requires an optional HDTV antenna for reception). The magnificent TH-42PD50U boasts a 16-watt built-in stereo speaker system, NSTC and ATSC TV tuners and an attractive Panasonic Pedestal stand. For extraordinary performance and exceptional value, choose the Panasonic TH-42PD50U 42-inch EDTV plasma television. EDTV (480p) Display Capability Anti-Reflective Screen Coating Wide Viewing Angle - up to 160 degrees horizontal/vertical ProgressiveScan display capable Up to 1 billion colors can be displayed Remote Control Included 16 Watt (8W x 2) Audio Output through 2 built-in speakers Component Video Inputs, S Video Input, HDMI Digital Input, Optical Digital Audio Output This Panasonic Plasma TV enables you to view high-definition or enhanced-definition TV programming in a 16 - 9 widescreen display that is fully compliant with a 480p ProgressiveScan signal format. A DTV signal must be present in your area and the set-top box must be tuned to the proper channel. An external over-the-air antenna may be required. This TV is not capable of displaying HDTV but is EDTV compatible. Dimensions (WxHxD)42.5 X 27.5 X 3.8 inches / Weight - 72.8 lbs NOTE - Though screen can receive widescreen HDTV broadcasts, it does not provide the resolution to display in HD modes (720p or greater)

Enjoy a true cinema-like experience in your own home with the 42-inch Panasonic TH-42PD50U EDTV plasma television, the update to the well reviewed Panasonic TH-42PD25U/P. It features an integrated ATSC tuner for receiving over-the-air HDTV programming as well as a standard NTSC tuner, 16-watt speaker system, and an included detachable table-top stand. This 4.5-inch thin plasma TV can also be wall-mounting with an optional kit.

Panasonic's Real Black Drive System technology operates on the fly, reducing the number and intensity of light pulses in dark areas of the picture to achieve the highest contrast ratio available on a plasma TV (4000:1). Such a wide range from black to white means great depth and dimensionality with vibrant colorsÑand this plasma can display an incredible 8.58 billion colors for a superior picture. Deep blacks provide excellent shadow detail during dark scenes, while brilliant whites render bright scenes with vivid realism.

The TH-42PD50U features a widescreen picture aspect ratio (16:9; standard TVs have a 4:3 aspect ratio), which is the ideal screen format for viewing widescreen video from DVD players. Designated as an EDTV, the TH-42PD50U displays signals in 480-line progressive (480p) mode, and can also accept 480p signals from video sources such as progressive-scan DVD players. While an EDTV doesn't have enough pixels for a true high-definition resolution, the difference is surprisingly small. Other features include a Progressive Scan Doubler, which upconverts analog signals to 480p, onscreen program guide for digital TV stations, 853 x 480 native resolution, and 160-degree viewing angle.

It has two built-in stereo speakers for 16 watts of total power (8 watts per speaker) that can produce virtual surround sound. It features the following video and audio connections:

  • Composite video/audio In: 2
  • Component video In (Y, Pb, Pr): 2
  • S-Video In: 2
  • HDMI In: 1
  • RF: 1
HDMI (High-Definition Multimedia Interface) is a lossless, uncompressed, all-digital audio/video interface to link any audio/video source (such as a set-top box, DVD player, or AV receiver) with your TV or monitor.

What's in the Box
Panasonic TH-42PD50U, stand, remote control, two batteries, printed operating instructions

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Brand Name Panasonic
Item Weight 86 pounds
Product Dimensions 3.8 x 27.6 x 41.9 inches
Item model number TH-42PD50U
Batteries 2 AA batteries required. (included)
Color Name silver

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3.7 out of 5 stars 29 customer reviews

3.7 out of 5 stars
Best Sellers Rank #696,156 in Home Theater (See top 100)
#379 in Electronics > Televisions & Video > Televisions > Plasma TVs
Shipping Weight 186.8 pounds
Domestic Shipping This item can only be shipped to the 48 contiguous states. We regret it cannot be shipped to APO/FPO, Hawaii, Alaska, or Puerto Rico.
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Date First Available February 28, 2005

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By B. Weber on June 20, 2005
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I have had several TVs in the past 5 years, 2 projection Sonys, a Wega, and I can tell you this is the TV for under 2200 to end them all. I didn't want to spend over 2k on a tv because it just seems like over kill. I wanted to get an HDTV, because I had one before that was a sony projection. That was until I saw this one in the store. I talked to the guy at Bestbuy and he said that they haven't put this one out because they wanted to move some of their older models first. This TV will produce as good of a picture as any at the store. I sat and looked at all of the options, and money aside, not one TV at best buy or circuit city produced as good of a picture as this one. I have brought it home and have been watching it for a week or so. DVDs look great, XBOX with the colorstream cable looks awesome as well. I am still waiting for my HD box to arrive, so that I can hook up the HDMI cable. I couldn't be happier than with this TV. This is the first non Sony TV I have ever bought, and so far I am not disappointed.

Since my first comments have been getting a lot of feedback, I figured it would be a good idea to give a follow up to those still on the fence.

1) I received the HD box, and it looks even better. I connected with an HDMI cable which eliminates component cables and uses just one small connector, which controls all three component inputs as well as the audio to the TV (which most people use their receiver, but this is a nice option to have). Do not buy this cable from BB or CC, they WAY over charge. I bought one for $20 from some website and it works great, they charge well over $100.

2) I wall mounted the TV, directly across from a large window, and there is minimal glare.
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This unit will create a breathtaking display, depending on the source, and I give it 5 stars for that ability. At the moment, I'm using a non-progressive scan DVD player and movies look terrific. They are as good as or better than what I've seen in theaters. Upgrading to an HDMI enabled progressive scan player might improve the picture, but I can't imagine paying hundreds of dollars for that privilege. And I'm not sure it would do the trick anyway, because the TH-42PD50U is configured to take any signal and attempt to scale it to the optimal number of lines. Anyway, I'll wait until the HDMI capable players are at commodity prices. And, you might like to know that depending on the movie, you will not get an edge to edge picture with DVDs. You'll still get the black bands top and bottom in most cases.

That said, TV is another affair... At first I attempted to use an analog cable feed. All I got was a large picture without much clarity. I upgraded to Time Warner HD programming. That gives you maybe 15 HD channels, in my case 2 of which are HBO HD. Figure another 20 bucks a month for the HD box plus HBO. And that's not the end of it. TNT HD and Discover HD have fabulous pictures that take full advantage of the Panny's abilities. HBO HD is very good, and gives you edge to edge picture with most movies and series. Networks are another thing. If you're looking to watch Monday Night Football in HD, you may be disappointed. Maybe not in all markets, but in mine sporting events are hit and miss. Today I was watching the Ohio State game on HD. The foreground was very clear, but when showing the typical field shot, the picture turned kinda fuzzy.
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Don't settle for the cheapest plasma you can get -- what's the point of a big screen full of low resolution and fuzzy picture? I was going to "settle" for a 30 inch LCD and decided to go for more real estate. 40 inch LCDs are way out of my price range, and I realized during comparison shopping at Best Buy and other brick and mortar stores, that I acutally PREFER plasma to LCD pictures. Something about plasma to me seems more alive and real and the colors seemed brighter. Maybe this was just in my head to justify the expense of a 42 inch plasma, but I'm happy with plasma versus LCD. It's a totally subjective preference so I suggest you comparison shop and not listen or read what the 'experts' have to say.

I was going to go for the cheapest plasma with a decent image quality I could find -- but then I started looking for the plasma s in this size range with the best overall ratings. The TH-42PD50U was at the top of the heap as far as meeting qualiy and price. The tie-breaker was that the TH-42PD50U comes with the stand and speakers -- stands and speakers alone will add a hundreds of dollars to your tv price if you have to purchase them separately. Definitely the best package for the quality.

And what quality. I was expecting a so-so picture quality, having been unimpressed with so called "HD tv's" and HD signals in DLP and flat screen CRT screens. The HD channels, using generic component cables, IS AMAZING!!!

AWESOME PICTURE!!!! I'm not easily impressed and I'm very picky, but the picture quality was sharp as cut glass, the black were black, the colors were deep and real -- truly a TV that I can be satisifed staying home and watching movies in comfort as opposed to dropping $10 for a noisy cineplex. I'm already saving money that way.
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