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Panasonic TH-42PZ700 Reviewed

Panasonic TH-42PZ700UThe Panasonic TH-42PZ700U is one of the best performing flat panel HDTV of it’s size, but it’s also one of the most expensive. At 42-inches the TH-42PZ700U offers 1080p making it the first plasma in this size, and also accounting for it’s hefty price tag. The 1920×1080 pixel resolution offers amazing picture quality with deep black levels and a very clean image.
The 42-inch screen is surrounded by a slightly thick black gloss frame with hides away two inch wide speakers blending into the sets frame. Cnet have checked out the TH-42PZ700U and say, the connectivity suite includes not three HDMI inputs–as found on many high-end HDTVs this year–but just two. There’s also a VGA-style PC input (1280×1024 maximum resolution), a pair of component-video inputs, two AV inputs with composite- and S-video, an RF-style antenna input, and an optical digital output for the ATSC tuner.

The Panasonic TH-42PZ700 produced the best picture of any 42-inch flat-panel display, plasma or LCD, that we’ve reviewed so far. The credit doesn’t necessarily go to the set’s high resolution–in fact, depending on how close you like to sit, those extra pixels don’t matter at all–but rather to its deep blacks, excellent shadow detail, and clean image.

The Panasonic TH-42PZ700 is avaliable as the TH-42PZ70U, TH-42PZ700B, or the TH-42PZ700CAB with a cabinet, TH-42PZ700PED with a stand, or the TH-42PZ700WAL for a wall mounted version.