Panasonic TH-42PX60U 42-inch Plasma HDTV Page 3
The Short Form
|$2,500 ($2,700 list) / 40.2 x 30.3 x 12.8 IN / 70.5 LBS / PANASONIC.COM / 888-843-9788|
|•Solid color performance •Dual HDMI inputs|
|•Poor shadow detail •False contouring •Slightly soft picture|
|•42-in diagonal 1,024 x 768 screen •2 HDMI inputs •Built-in ATSC/NTSC tuner •Rear inputs 2 HDMI, 2 HDTV-compatible component video, 2 composite/S-video, all with stereo audio; 1 RF antenna/cable •Front inputs 1 S-video; 1 composite-video; 1 stereo audio •Rear outputs 1 composite-video; 1 stereo audio; optical digital audio|
|Color temperature had a slightly warm or red cast out of the box with the Warm color temperature preset, but this was corrected with adjustments in the service menu. After calibration, the grayscale tracked within ± 60 K of the standard 6,500 K, except for one + 110 K spike at 30 IRE (the dark end of the scale) - mostly excellent performance. Color decoding was on the mark, showing no red or green error. The TV was unable to fully resolve 720p or 1080i multiburst test patterns. Full Lab Results|
When I switched over to HDTV, I found the color just as pleasing. Viewing a recent episode of Commander in Chief on ABC HD, I found the red, blue, and gold on the American flags lined up behind Mac (Geena Davis) appropriately majestic and eye-catching.
This Panasonic's 1,024 x 768-pixel array isn't quite enough to fully resolve 720p HDTV, and our resolution test patterns confirmed this. Still, both 720p and 1080i sources looked good, if just a little soft. For example, the interior of the White House on Commander in Chief looked great, with details such as wood grain in the furniture easily visible. At the same time, very fine details such as the individual strands of Geena Davis's hair were lost compared with their appearance on sharper sets we've tested.
BOTTOM LINE As 42-inch plasma TVs go, the Panasonic TH-42PX60U is fairly typical. It does some things wrong, such as its sketchy shadow detail, and some things right, like its solid color. But in the end, its overall performance didn't equal its price tag, and that will make it a hard sell among knowledgeable shoppers.