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Panasonic VIERA TX-P42S30B 42-inch Full HD 1080p 600Hz Plasma TV with Freeview HD (discontinued by manufacturer)

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  • Widescreen Plasma TV with Freeview HD
  • 600Hz Sub-field Drive Intelligent Frame Creation Pro
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Important Information

Energy efficiency class

On-mode power consumption
121 Watts

Energy consumption
177 Kilowatt Hours per year, based on the power consumption of the television operating 4 hours per day for 365 days. The actual energy consumption will depend on how the television is used.

Visible screen diagonal
42" / 107 cm

Product details

  • Product Dimensions: 102.3 x 9.3 x 63.7 cm ; 20 Kg
  • Boxed-product Weight: 28 Kg
  • Item model number: TX-P42S30B
  • Date first available at 18 April 2011
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (88 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 30,493 in Electronics (See Top 100 in Electronics)

Product Description

Product Description

Energy efficiency class:


On-mode power consumption:

121 Watts

Energy consumption:

177 kWh per year, based on the power consumption of the television operating 4 hours per day for 365 days. The actual energy consumption will depend on how the television is used.

Visible screen diagonal:

42 " / 106.68 cm

Manufacturer's Description

The 600Hz Sub-field Drive* in VIERA plasma TVs teams up with Intelligent Frame Creation Pro technology to deliver smooth, fluid, on-screen motion. By using an intelligent algorithm within the picture processing based on motion detection, the best combination of frames is created to deliver ultra crisp sports, film and game action. *When using Cinema mode

VIERA incorporates an improved panel production process and the new Real Black Drive system. A pre-discharge control system, the Real Black Drive system achieves next-generation black reproduction. When you're watching movies, VIERA renders images just the way the director intended, even in scenes where it's difficult to achieve a proper balance of light and dark.

VIERA incorporates technology that analyzes picture information and creates precise supplementary frames. This suppresses the jerky effect seen in movies, so playback is smooth and natural-looking. The distinctive tonal qualities and atmosphere of the movie are preserved.

VIERA Connect allows users to enjoy video and music, sports, games, and a variety of other content in addition to the standard movies and TV programmes on a high-quality large-screen TV through the simple operation of a remote control. The cloud-based Internet service also supports interactive services using applicable equipment as well as an Internet-based shopping function that allows such equipment to be purchased straight from the TV.

It's easy to view full-HD images with the SD card slot. Watch and show your photos and motion images right after you take them. Simply insert an SD Memory Card into VIERA to display photos and full-HD videos on the large screen. You can also enjoy special background music, slideshow frames and transition effects.

The VIERA S30 Plasma TV series includes a DVB-T2 tuner for Freeview HD providing you with a convenient, subscription free way of watching HD contents like sport, as well as your favourite soaps, dramas and documentaries in full HD glory wherever you are in the UK (Please ensure that Freeview HD coverage is available in your local area before using this TV).

Thanks to the Tough Panel on many VIERA Plasma TVs, you do not need to worry about serious screen damage. That is because the front sheet of glass on the TV is resistant to impacts of up to four joules, which is particularly reassuring for families with small children and gamers who use motion controllers.

A VIERA TV uses up to 55% less power* in darkly lit conditions. This is thanks to the Eco Mode, which is standard on most models. It uses a photo sensor to measure the ambient light in the room, then adjusts the panel’s brightness accordingly. * According to the VDE measurement 2008. Based on the 42-inch VIERA Plasma TV TH-42PZ80.

VIERA Plasma TVs are designed to provide a panel life of up to 100,000 hours, giving you up to 35 years of great entertainment. A panel life time of up to 60,000 hours can be achieved by Panasonic VIERA LCD TVs.

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134 of 138 people found the following review helpful By Nick on 30 Jan 2012
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The review below is based on our own opinions.

Wife adores sport, especially football, athletics and skiing.

Been using our well-made Sharp 26" CRT TV for a good number of years (and still going great) but too small now for our poorer eyesight vision.

A new technology TV that HAD to provide crystal clear fast moving scenes without blurring or ghosting (for sport)

And one that was of a decent size for an affordable budget buying price.

In effect, a no frills, basic budget TV that meets our requirements.

Done the obligatory research, like we all do, about the pros and cons of each technology, screen size, typical manufacturer selling prices, and actual retail prices both on the high street and on the web, into: Plasma, LCD and LED TVs.

Our choice of technology, after researching many hours, was a foregone conclusion at this point in time: it had to be Plasma Technology.

Some had said: "Oh no, not Plasma. It's not very good. They're not very bright and they don't last long and you get screen burn and image retention." Reading up all about it we'd have agreed more readily with the comments some 5-10 years ago, but not now. Plasma technology has advanced greatly over the years. Granted, treat a Plasma with neglect and you could invite some of those so-called problems into your lounge.

Plasma TVs ally themselves more closely to CRT TVs than LCD/LED TVs. Both Plasmas and CRTs use phosphor technology emitting light to form a TV image and so produce good images. Screen image burn-ins can occur on both CRT TVs and Plasma panels.
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59 of 61 people found the following review helpful By Datrigga3 on 19 Aug 2011
I recently bought this item to replace my 6yr old 32" Panasonic LCD telly.

I did alot of research before buying this TV and was a bit sceptical about how dark a plasma screen was. When the TV arrived setting up was easy for the two of us and the on screen settings are a breeze to go through.

The clarity of the pictures is fantastic on HD, SD wasn't too bad either, had a small problem with the sound but found it was hell better on the music setting with a little tweeking. I found a review that stated you can use the NETGEAR RangeMax Dual Band Wireless-N USB Adapter WNDA3100v2 - Network adapter - Hi-Speed USB - 802.11b, 802.11a, 802.11g, 802.11n to connect to the internet and use the Viera Connect feature.

Viera Connect isn't that bad, it is a little slow to move about between the icons plus the forward and back screens. The clarity of some of the videos from Youtube and the BBC iPlayer is brilliant. I am really please with this telly and the service from Amazon as I used the super saver delivery and got it in two days.
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47 of 49 people found the following review helpful By Mr. R. D. Turner TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 2 Sep 2011
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This TV replaced my 32" Sony Trinitron CRT screen - an awesome TV with a great picture. When I went shopping for a new TV I went into the local specialist AV shop and they guys were brutally honest. For non HDTV programs NOTHING will be as good as the Trinitron. The single biggest reason to upgrade to a flatscreen is to play Blu Ray HDTV content or watch downloaded HDTV or broadcast HDTV. Furthermore if I wanted accurate colours and fluid movement similar to my Trinitron then Plasma is the way to go. LCD Tv's look great when they are switched off but at this price point they cannot compete with the picture quality of plasma.

So once I decided to buy a plasma I researched the brands. Check on the web, everyone says the same thing - go buy a Panasonic plasma - they are the best for the money. So I bought this one. I considered the Panasonic TX-P42U30B 42-inch Widescreen Full HD 1080p 600Hz Plasma TV with Freeview HD at £50 less but I considered this one to be a better buy because it has

a) A non reflective screen - very important with plasma apparently as the screen is glass
b) Ability to play DIVX and other downloaded tv content from SD card/USB

Setting it up was a doddle. 4 screws for the sturdy metal base and plug in and go. It has 2 HDMI sockets, a scart socket and lots of USB and an SD card port. Plenty of connections for my Cable box, blu ray player and media drive. The manual is large and easy to read and the remote control also large and tactile - a quality item.

Picture quality on normal TV is excellent and from Blu Ray nothing less than stunning.
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70 of 74 people found the following review helpful By Miss Mullovely on 25 Aug 2011
OK, so it must be said that i am not a tech head but i susepct that will become obvious. I spent AGES looking at different tvs and trying to remember all the new technical features that would give me the TV of my dreams. To be honest at that stage it was quite a nightmare but I managed to whittle it down to this model and a Samsung 32 inch LED. It may seem like a disparate choice but with good reason. They both managed to tick all of my requirements but I was I was undecided about plasma vs LED and whether to go for a 32 or 42 inch screen. As I am a big movie lover and have a reasonable sized living room I plumped for this plasma (even though I was getting more recommendations for the Samsung LED).

Anyway, it arrived very quickly (next day only cost about £8 and I live way out in the sticks) and was easy to put together and very easy to set up. I only did a couple of steps before it took over and finished off the majority of the job but I've yet to sort the Viera feature as i need a longer internet cable (my oversight). Then, settled back to watch Blade Runner and spoilt the whole film by providing a running commentary on the quality of the on screen picture. I mean, it is mind blowingly good. As a quick test i jumped to a football match (groan) and there was none of that pixellating nonsense. Normal TV looked great as well though it was disturbing to see Kerry Katona's head that big in my living space (I don't want to seem rude, but I quickly moved on).

In short, this is a fantastic TV and an incredible price. I wouldn't hesitate to recommend to anyone and am hoping for a very rainy bank holiday weekend to really get stuck into some great films. Even the size is not as over powering as i thought it might be (and my 12 year old nephew will be delighted that I went with his biggest is best recommendation).
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