Panasonic TH-42PX25 Plasma HDTV At A Glance & Ratings

At A Glance: Panasonic TH-42PX25 Plasma HDTV

Features
Type: Plasma
Screen Size (diagonal) 42 inches
Native Resolution / Aspect Ratio: 1,024 by 768 / 16:9
Half Life: 60,000 hours
Wall Mount or Stand Included?: Stand
Dimensions (H x W x D, inches): 29.8 x 44.9 x 5.5
Weight (pounds): 92.6
Price: $6,000

Connections
Inputs:
Video: HDMI (1), VGA 15-pin (1),
component (2), S-video (3), composite (4)
Audio: stereo analog (7)
Outputs:
Video: none
Audio: optical digital (1)
Additional:
CableCARD slot (1), RF connections (2)
Fig.5: Total Harmonic Distortion vs. Frequency & Level

Ratings

Panasonic TH-42PX25 Plasma HDTV

Build Quality: 88
The plastic cabinetry is put together well but feels cheap
Panasonic gets an extra point for including built-in carrying handles

Value: 94
We've seen more-expensive plasmas that perform far worse
The built-in HDTV tuner and CableCARD up the value factor

Features: 92
An HDMI input
Again, the HDTV tuner and CableCARD slot are great additions

Performance: 94
Black level, black level, black level
No trace of burn-in
The image was just a tad soft

Ergonomics: 91
The onscreen menus are easy to use
No direct input access on the remote

Overall Rating: 93
Yes, $6,000 isn't exactly cheap; but, when you compare the TH-42PX25 to plasmas above and below this price point, its value is apparent. When you compare its performance, it's even less of a contest.

General Information
TH-42PX25 Plasma HDTV, $6,000
Panasonic
(800) 211-PANA
www.panasonic.com
Dealer Locator Code PAN

COMPANY INFO
Panasonic
(800) 211-PANA
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