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Panasonic TH42PX70 Review
- Intro To Panasonic TH42PX70 Plasma (current page)
- Panasonic TH42PX70 Full Specifications
- Setting Up TH42PX70 & Comments On Design
- Panasonic TH42PX70 Operation & Control
- Picture Quality On Panasonic TH42PX70
- Technology Found On Panasonic TH42PX70
- TH42PX70 Onboard Speaker System
- Panasonic TH42PX70: The Final Verdict
First impressions...you decide
Buying a TV today isn't what it used to be. A few years ago, you had to choose between a CRT and... another CRT; there wasn't a lot of choice. Granted there were front projectors and RPTVs (rear-projection) back then but they never caught the public's imagination or enjoyed mainstream success. These days, there's a new wave of slim, sexy, wall mounting panels competing furiously for that space where your CRT once stood, all of them claiming to be your best viewing companion for many years to come. With so many different features and technology on offer, how can you find that perfect partner?
Panasonic announced their 10th generation plasma display at CES earlier this year, promising 1080p processing, better picture quality and up-to-date connectivity. It's clearly targeted at the 'golden market' for affordability and so it would be interesting to see if Panasonic kept up the standards at this lower price point. We got hold of the TH42PX70 as soon as it was unleashed to put it on the rack, just for you...
Update 25 March 2010: The TH42PX70 has long since been discontinued by Panasonic. For a current plasma from Panasonic, please have a look at the TX-P42G20B.
|Carl Hoefer says:||03/23/2007 - 11:58|
I think everyone would like to know what this is about . . .
|Henri says:||03/24/2007 - 05:39|
|Colin Tang says:||03/24/2007 - 07:54|
We didn't see the 100hz drive mode option in our setup menu and looking through the manual briefly, it wasn't there either. I am not sure why there is a difference but I will be checking out their website for some more information.
False contouring is a tricky business as there are a few causes that can produce banding in the final picture. We always look for it, but explaining it may not be that easy.
|woz says:||03/24/2007 - 11:21|
|Vidya Ranjit says:||03/24/2007 - 15:07|
|Silver Serpent says:||03/24/2007 - 18:14|
The Purple Snake problem still exists, but could only be seen from a viewing distance of 2 feet during initial tests.
See First Impressions review here for more information:
If they are only visible from 2 feet, then there will be alot of happy people with this set, as nobody will be watching from that distance.
|neill says:||03/25/2007 - 09:07|
what are your comments on this?
|langbarb says:||03/26/2007 - 03:14|
|Carl Hoefer says:||03/26/2007 - 04:19|
I looked on the German Panasonic site, didn't see anything about 100hz. Info was pretty sketchy, to be honest. Tell us if you find anything yourself.
To see what I'm talking about, look at the 7th picture down on this page:
or go directly to the pic:
|jop welling says:||03/26/2007 - 05:38|
for starters; thank you for putting so much effort in testing this plasma. I've got 2 questions for you; Is this pannel the same as the th42pv70? I live in Holland and the 2007 model is PV70. Is it possible to callibtrate the pannel with a test dvd like Digital Video Essentials? Or does it really need an expert to do that?
|Michael Griffin says:||03/26/2007 - 06:29|
You might say its not noticeable in normal viewing, but I can assure you that as soon as you dim all the lights and watch a movie in a dark room, that can annoy you like crazy - it particularly rears its head when the screen goes from pitch black to have a tiny amount of image on screen, e.g. opening credits. You see the screen go from pitch dark to being a sort of very dark grey, and it is *very* noticeable and *very* annoying! :( Looks like I'll be avoiding Panasonic AGAIN.
|john says:||03/26/2007 - 09:33|
Can you help??I want to purchace a 40-42in lcd/plasma TV,but am really confused by all the different features and technologies.I have been in all the TV outlets looking at the sets for the last six months,sometimes the same ones day after day?My partner thinks i am going round the bend,i sometimes think she has a point.She hasnt yet seen me stood in the newsagents and hours online looking at reviews. But £1000 plus is not easily come by and my purchase is something i will be looking at every day for maybe the next 10years.
My criteria are looks and picture quality.I will be using the TV to watch mainly standard definition thro freeview(i have bt vision) with the odd dvd.I am very much aware about future proofing and do not want to spend the money on something which may be obsolete a few years down the line.
My shortlist of sets(which i like the looks of)are Panasonic TH42PX70 ,Pioneer PDP4270XD,Samsung LE40F71BX and Sony KDL40W2000.I know that you have reviewed all of these,but still find it difficult.I could do with each one in my living room for a few days to decide!!
Which,in your opinion would be the best option of these for my requirements?Im aware that some are 1080p and some 720p,but will this affect me now and say in the next 5 years.Hope you can help,i appreciate how difficult this is.
|scott says:||03/26/2007 - 10:18|
|Gizmo360 says:||03/26/2007 - 11:04|
straight answer please ! TH42PX70 or PDP-427XD !!
|Vincent says:||03/26/2007 - 13:10|
Without knowing what goes behind the scenes, we cannot draw any meaningful conclusions from the pictures on the Polish HDTV forum. When performing side-by-side comparison, you need to make sure that:
1) The same source material is distributed evenly to the competing TVs using the same connection interface (ideally digital e.g. HDMI);
2) Each TV is calibrated to the best of their capabilities according to the standards set by ISF.
Here at HDTVTest we use a Gefen distribution amplifier to feed the TVs without signal degradation, and we spend more than a few days painstakingly calibrating the HDTVs in a typical home environment until we're satisfied that they are displaying the best picture quality possible.
To do anything less would be an injustice: it's like forcing Roger Federer to play using his non-dominant left hand (no doubt he'll still beat me, but will he beat Nadal?). It's like asking you to compare an Aston Martin, a Volkswagen Golf GTI and a Ford Focus – all filled with the same cheap Tesco petrol and only allowed to engage first gear – and choose which is the best. Unfair and utterly pointless.
Which brings me to my next point: when people start making judgments on TVs based on what they see in the stores. I'll tell you why TVs are set the way they are in the stores: because they sell. Research has proven it: consumers like brighter pictures with high colour temperature ("wow! it looks so vibrant!") with some sharpening thrown in for good measure ("wow! the picture looks sharper and more detailed!"). Instinct draws us towards these TV sets, even though the pictures are in no way similar to what the directors' intended you to see (i.e. not accurate).
So the next time someone says "I saw this TV in Currys and it's cack compared to the one next to it 'coz it's got poorer blacks/ looks softer with less detail', ask him:
1) Did he bring along any calibration discs or instruments to calibrate the TV?
2) If so, how did he control the ambient lighting (most stores are brightly-lit, and have lots of competing TVs switched on at the same time) to such an extent that he could set the black level properly to make an informed judgment?
3) How did he know that TV has been given sufficient time to run in? Or that it hasn't been abused with maximum brightness and contrast?
4) What is the sharpness settings on the TV? Has it been (over)applied, so the detail that he thinks he's seeing is in fact artificial sharpening?
I could go on and on and give you 101 reasons why assessing a HDTV in stores is not an accurate representation of what the HDTV can achieve in the comfort of your own home, but I won't. Instead, I'll focus on the key question: is the PX70 an improvement over the PX60?
If you're looking for a new HDTV and are debating between the PX60 and PX70, there's really only 1 choice... the PX60 has been discontinued and stock is scarce, so it would have to be the PX70.
If you're an existing PX60 owner considering an upgrade to the PX70 (have you even owned it for 1 year yet?), the chief improvements the PX70 offers over the PX60 are 1080p signal acceptance (important for PS3), less obvious magenta noise (unless you've done the D-board fix) and gloss-black bezel styling (now whether this can be counted as an improvement remains contentious). Only you yourself can decide if these features are important enough to warrant the upgrade.
|neill says:||03/26/2007 - 15:14|
this confuses me more, it is very ambiguous, almost as if you are saying the px60 is better, but you have no real choice than to go with px70.
This is not the case, there are still a few out there.
Can you simply say Px60 v px70 which edges it on picture quality please...............cheers :)
|Maury says:||03/27/2007 - 06:55|
It is possible PX60 it is more interesting for SD vision that PX70? (sorry for my poor English!)
|David says:||03/27/2007 - 13:05|
First of all, thanks. These reviews have been very enlightening. I'd like to get something straight in my mind. Are you saying that the performance of the PX70 in regard to posterization/magenta discoloration is equal to a PX60/600 that has had a "D board" fix? I think it would be great if you guys could get hold of a 42" 2006 model and directly compare it to the PX70. The 42PX600U can still be had at a very good price here in the U.S., and I'd like to grab one if the performance is not significantly different than that of the PX70. Again, Thanks.
|steigy says:||03/28/2007 - 02:44|
|Richard says:||03/29/2007 - 08:15|
First off - brilliant website - a godsend to mortals trying make an informed choice.
Again - my query is the same as Steigy's & John's & various others.
I have decided to go plasma and have been recommended the PX70; having said that I am now confused as to whether the Pioneer or even the PX60 would be the better choice. The reviews seem to suggest that each has certain advantages over the other; but I can't summarise these in a decision of which one edges it.
For "average" viewing (I know there's no such thing as average, but I am talking about SD programmes a lot of the time, some HD programmes and generally movies & Sky TV; sitting 10 or so feet away and biggest criteria being picture quality / sharpness) - which one would Colin / Vincent personally choose??
|chazzer says:||03/29/2007 - 16:34|
|Colin Tang says:||03/31/2007 - 06:22|
1) We can't do personal recommendations. I don't know you ;)
2) Even at 1000 pounds, you won't get everything you want in a TV. It's a shame, but it's the truth.
3) Everybody wants the best picture quality, but few know what that actually means! If our PQ section means nothing to you, then you need to know a bit more before settling down for a TV.
4) Panasonic has not released any detailed information on the G10 panel with its Vreal 2 processing and driving mode.
I am not even sure if the TH42PX70 uses the VReal 2 or just VReal as the website gives conflicting information.
5) We have limited resources and can't buy and test all the HDTV out there at the moment. But if you know someone willing to let us have a go at their unit and is located somewhere in Manchester, just let us know!
@ jop welling
I am not sure if the PV70 is exactly same. I heard that it doesn't have a digital tuner. You should make sure that it uses the latest G10 panel and Vreal 2 processing. You can calibrate with DVE on brightness, contrast and sharpness. For PX70, use the cinema mode and Warm CT and you're basically there.
@ Michael Griffin
You have a point there, Michael. However, I wouldn't recommend watching the panel in absolute darkness for the following reasons:
1) With a gamma of 2.2, you will get reduced image contrast.
2) Although the PX70 has deep blacks, dark adaptation will allow some black luminance to be seen.
3) You may avoid excessive dynamic dimming.
|Colin Tang says:||03/31/2007 - 07:02|
- Cost 950-1000
- Better blacks
- Better contrast ratio
- Grayscale more accurate at higher percentage stimulus (brightness at about 120 cd/m2)
- Set and forget
- 1080p input at 50 and 60 HZ but not 24Hz
- On our review models, buzzing seems less noticeable than Pioneed PDP4270XD
- Posterization, mild purple banding
- Cost 1200
- Accurate HD709 primary colours
- More picture options
- Much better film and movie mode deinterlacing
- No significant posterization, certainly no purple banding
- 1080p over 24hz only
- May need calibration to get it right...costs time and money
- Limited connectivity
- Dirty screen
|Brian says:||03/31/2007 - 11:45|
|Silver Serpent says:||03/31/2007 - 19:24|
The PV70 and PV71 models definitely have the 100HZ option.
That is the Setup Menu on the PV71, but I'm 100% sure the PV70 has it too, as a member on avforums.com uploaded a pic showing it.
I'm baffled why the PX70 doesn't have it?
|Silver Serpent says:||04/01/2007 - 08:56|
The PX70E model has it, which I believe is sold in Spain and Italy, and ofcourse the PV71 has it, which is sold in Germany.
The models vary throughout Europe.
Why is that so, when you would think all European models would be standard?
|SImon ZZY says:||04/07/2007 - 16:31|
|Pete says:||04/07/2007 - 16:53|
|Colin Tang says:||04/09/2007 - 06:35|
HTPC is getting very tricky for us given the huge range of computer configurations and video cards, so we're not sure if our conclusions can be meaningful. Besides, limited time and resources prevents us from expanding beyond our present capacity, i'm afraid.
|Athar says:||04/10/2007 - 04:03|
I heard Panasonic have a new range comming out in June. Full HD Plasma priced at over 2K
Do we know anymore about this and would it be better to hold off buying till it is out ?
|andrei says:||04/10/2007 - 12:17|
|Bruce says:||04/11/2007 - 01:51|
|David says:||04/11/2007 - 05:11|
I have some problems accomodating the new stand and would like to use another option if possible.
|Gareth Wilson` says:||04/14/2007 - 08:50|
Great site :) Your based in Manchester right? Could you recommend a TV shop in the Manchester / Cheshire area that would have a TH-42PH9 in stock to demo?
Everywhere I've found on the web is down south
|Eidt says:||04/15/2007 - 08:25|
Samsung PS42Q97HDX x Panasonic TH42PX70
|jimmy juice says:||04/15/2007 - 10:55|
Not sure what the upgrade is on these new models, apart from one site says the 700 has 3xHDMI ? Can you shed any light on this?.
Like other posts I've been looking to buy a 42" for six
months and its come to the point,where everybody around me thinks I've lost the plot. But I think I'm nearly there with either of these two!
|HIFI Norway says:||04/16/2007 - 02:56|
1. SRS TruSurround XT
2. SD memory card reader
3. PIP (Picture in Picture)
4. S-video IN
5. Composite video IN
so if you really need/want any of these features, go for the PX700
|HIFI Norway says:||04/16/2007 - 06:53|
|allan says:||04/17/2007 - 04:11|
|allan says:||04/17/2007 - 04:24|