With the rapidly increasing numbers of "true HD" TVs now out there, which one do you choose for your main living room set up? Well, here's a great contender for your money. In either its 42" or 46" iteration the picture quality from this latest "mid range" Panasonic plasma TV is absolutely superb and still maintains a visible lead over the best top end LCD TVs for sheer depth of colour and "realism" - check it out in store with a fast moving Blu-ray movie if you need convincing. And, if you've got a satellite dish, the built in Freesat delivers BBC HD and ITV1 HD in all their stunning glory... even standard definition programmes look better than you've seen them before.
Downsides? None really, although you really do need a full home cinema system and a blu-ray player to go with it and, to make life easier and to avoid multiple hand controllers, you'll need to stick with Panasonic's offerings here - which could be a problem if you already already own other manufacturers' products. Also, to get more HD content than just BBC HD and the, at present, extremely limited broadcasts on ITV1 HD you need a SKY HD box, not just Freesat - but that's a generic problem with HD broadcasting in the UK at present.
However, marry this TV to Panasonic's equally superb SC-BT100 Blu-ray disc Home Cinema system (in its full 5.1, five speaker configuration) and you'll be knocked out by what you get... incredible, cinema quality pictures & sound at a price that, even a year ago, was unthinkably cheap.