September 23, 2022

Panasonic stays as dedicated to plasma as ever and continues to create some incredible TVs. The £800 Viera TH-42PX70 makes use of its tenth-generation panel, and it actually appears as if Panasonic is studying with every new iteration.

It is most likely honest to say most individuals do not contemplate know-how to be the head of creative magnificence and fashionable artwork. Whereas the Turner prize is unlikely to be awarded to a TV within the close to future — though we would not rule it out utterly — at the least Panasonic has made an effort to make its TVs aesthetically pleasing.

The TV has a shiny black encompass to the display screen. It is not as reflective as a few of the piano-black bezels we have seen, but it surely appears all the higher for that. Beneath the display screen is a cunningly disguised speaker strip, which is barely noticeable except you go searching for it.

For all of the good-looking styling, the TH-42PX70 is an imposing piece of equipment. The dimensions of it’s each spectacular and, when you’re attempting to raise it up, daunting. The TV itself is not particularly heavy by itself, however when you screw it on to the supporting pedestal it turns into a lot heavier — we’re happy to see there are additionally choices for a cupboard stand and a wall-mount bracket.

On the again, there are the same old inputs: a pair of HDMI sockets to your hi-def gear, a pair of Scart sockets for all of your older gear and element in for consoles. There’s additionally a PC enter, which rounds off an honest choice of connections, though we want to see three HDMI sockets on a high-end TV similar to this.

The Panasonic TH-42PX70 is probably not a 1080p display screen, however it’s able to downscaling 1080p photographs. It has an RGB PC enter, though we would counsel the same old warning when utilizing a static enter on a plasma, as the danger of injury and burnt photographs is fairly excessive — you would not wish to see the Home windows taskbar for evermore. However it is good to see a PC enter right here to be used with media centres and video games consoles such because the Xbox 360.

We won’t assist however suppose that Panasonic has spent a while re-thinking its menu programs lately. The setup of the TH-42PX70 was a dream. Scanning for each analogue and digital channels was fast and easy. We additionally discovered the menus on the TV typically have been less complicated to make use of, needing fewer button presses.

We connected our Toshiba HD-E1 to the TH-42PX70, and the excellent news is that no matter your HD supply, the Panasonic does an superior job of displaying it.

The one actual criticism we now have in regards to the TH-42PX70 is the presence of the normal plasma sparkles. These little demons are current when a darkish picture is being displayed. Throughout regular viewing these aren’t an issue in any respect, however while you have a look at the TV shut up, they’re fairly noticeable. We have been capable of make them out in a completely darkish room when the TV was exhibiting a black picture, however that is unlikely to be an issue in the actual world.

Freeview efficiency was first rate. We normally favor the look of Freeview on plasma over LCD — there’s typically slightly extra sharpness within the picture. This was true of the TH-42PX70, however we did not suppose the Freeview image was as crisp as we have seen on latest plasmas from Samsung and Hitachi. That stated, for a display screen this dimension, digital TV nonetheless appeared fairly first rate.

Sound was fairly good too, particularly for common viewing, though in terms of films we felt that, regardless of the scale of the TV, the low-end sound was quite weak. This implies explosions and motion films lack slightly punch. It is a disgrace that Panasonic did not go for built-in woofers, as on its TH-42PX600.

General, we appreciated the Panasonic and it performs higher total than the Hitachi P42T01. It is honest to say this is not a quantum leap over the earlier vary, but it surely’s nonetheless typically a worthwhile enchancment, particularly when it comes to usability.

In the end, robust HD efficiency and good total color imply this can be a sensible choice if you happen to like films — simply be sure you connect it to an honest sound system.

Edited by Jason Jenkins
Further enhancing by Nick Cover

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