Panasonic Viera TX-P42C3B HD Ready Plasma Television Review

Published: 01st June 2011
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The Panasonic TX-P42C3B is an HD ready plasma TV at an entry-level. A 1024 x 768-pixel screen resolution is therefore, supported by the plasma display. The TV set now comes with support for Freeview HD. The UK model of the Panasonic TXP42C3 is represented by suffix B. You would notice that some retailers refer to the TXP42C3B as TXP42C3, while in reality both are same. The digits 42 in the model refer to a 42" version. A buyer has the option to buy a 50" version of the same model, which is also an entry-level model.

Panasonic TXP42C3 boasts a superior quality display and exemplary performance in Game mode. The Panasonic TXP42C3Bs incredible performance in Game mode may make you feel that model is targeted at gaming market. This could primarily due to the fact that the display has a mere 16ms of lag with lower gamma settings.

In comparison with previous years version, the new TX-P42C3 sports new looks by replacing gunmetal grey with contemporary gloss black. Many buyers are likely to be appealed by the simple design with clean lines. With excellent build quality the plasma display from Panasonic sports a solid and well constructed look and feel with 9cm overall depth, 7cm wide bottom, and 5cm wide sides and top.

Without the stand, the model weighs over 24kg, which is something you must know if you intend to mount it on wall. The plasma display is more reflective in comparison with other more expensive plasma TV, because the display does not have infinite black pro filter. The Panasonic TX-P42C3 sports an intuitive, comfortable to handle, and well laid out remote control. Panasonic ships the same remote control with most of its other Panasonic model.

The HDMI2 port in the Panasonic TX-P42C3, which sports two HDMI v1.4 inputs at the rear panel, supports the new Audio Return Channel (ARC). Additionally, the rear panel also hosts a standard RF socket for Freeview HD, an Ethernet port, SCART connecter, a digital optical audio output, a composite RCA input, and a set of RCA input. Both types of RCA inputs share the same RCA stereo audio inputs. The channel buttons, an SD card slot, Common Interface (CI) card slot, volume control, 3.5mm headphone jack, and the main power switch can be found on side panels.

Setting up the Panasonic TX-P42C3B is simple. Tuning in to Freeview takes only minutes after connecting the aerial to the TX-P42C3B. Once aerial is connected a large, colorful, and easy to read EPG (Electronic Programme Guide) is instantly visible. The predefined settings such as speech, music, and user are included in the sound options. You can control options for Treble, Balance, and Bass in addition to default sound settings with an equalizer. Similarly, Dynamic, Cinema, True Cinema, Normal, and Game are some of the available picture modes.

Lastly, the HD ready screen provides de-interlacing and excellent scaling combined with the accurate colour and grayscale settings to deliver pleasing standard definition image on DVDs in particular. At a reasonable distance, viewing even a Blue-ray should not be a problem.


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