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5.0 out of 5 stars Panasonic TX-P42X50B. Excellent, 10 Jun. 2012
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Firstly, reviews are very subjective and one man's medicine can be another man's poison. I've read poor reviews of products I have thought to be good and vice-versa. Anyway, I work in broadcast TV (HD) so have some idea of what I'm looking at and purchased this TV after many months of comparrisons, reading reviews, going to shops and looking for myself. I was all set to buy a 1080p TV, but then when I considered what the TV would be used for, decided on a 720p unit. The freeview HD picture is great as expected, but I was concerened about the SD picture quality as I mainly watch freeview which, as we all know, is mainly SD. I was not let down! Whatever Panasonic do to process the SD pictures is very good - some channels look better than others. As most broadcast HD TV goes out at 720p, I reckoned I was going to gain little by having a 1080p screen. The acid test of course was to hook up the TV to a full HD source (blue ray player in my case) The pictures were great, but only slightly better than my DVD player which upscales. Now if all you intend to do with this TV is watch blue ray at a range of 6 feet and you have good eyesight, then a 1080p is probably better suited to you, but for general high quality family use, this is a steal at £349. Viewing angles are not an issue and motion blur is not evident at all in any material I have watched - fast film action and football for example.
Picture quality is very good, build is excellent. Many reviewers mark down TFT TVs for poor and tinny sound - not a bit of that here although I do prefer a brighter sound, some may say that this is "tinny", but that's a matter of taste and you can always pipe the sound out to external audio if you need more bassy sounds and width. With only 2 HDMI ports, connectivity is limited, but for a few quid on ebay you can buy HDMI switched splitters that allow many more HDMI connections. I was hoping for a VGA out port to stream video from my laptop, but this is not offered although £30.00 can buy you a VGA to HDMI convertor / upscaler if your laptop has no HDMI out. This is not a smart TV although it does allow you to play media via USB sticks and SD cards. I tried this on a few sample files and found that only MP3s played at the first time of asking - MP4s, MOVs and AVIs did not play although supported according to the TV's spec. I have not investigated this in detail yet so couldn't say it's a fault or a gripe. All in all I'm very pleased only after a couple of days with the TV. It does all the basics very well and after all, it is only an entry level offering. The first one delivered had a cracked screen, but Amazon moved very quickly and had a replacement with me in no time - top marks Amazon as usual.
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Initial post: 22 Sep 2012, 19:45:59 BST
K. Page says:
Thanks for the review. Can you tell us if you have got the USB input
to work with the file formats that it should support other than Mp3
as I am after a TV with this feature.

In reply to an earlier post on 22 Sep 2012, 22:17:37 BST
D. D. SMAIL says:
In a word, no. I haven't expolred this further. Having lived with the TV for a few months now, I can only endorse what I wrote. It is excellent although the price may have increased by now.

In reply to an earlier post on 2 Oct 2012, 20:06:40 BST
D. D. SMAIL says:
Update. I have had success in playing following file types with good results.
MP3
JPG
MOV
M4A
I would also add that not ALL the files I loaded on to a USB stick would play or be recognised on the TV. The manual does mention this can happen.
I don't know what the exact criteria / specification is for files to play.
I hope this helps in your buying decision.

Posted on 23 Oct 2012, 17:16:31 BST
K. Page says:
After further looking around I have now purchased one of these TVs and am very happy with it.

I won't bother posting my own review as it would more or less echo the above, however regarding
the built-in Media Player I have found it a pleasure to use and plays downloaded MKV, WMV and MP4
video files very well, although it seems to be fussy about JPEG photo files.

Two last points - The sound is obviously not Hi-fi but is fine for general use and lastly as an
"Old Codger" who can remember when many people rented Tvs because they could not afford to buy
them a machine like this for an average weekly wage is just astonishing.

In reply to an earlier post on 23 Oct 2012, 17:44:04 BST
D. D. SMAIL says:
I'm glad somebody else shares my views. It's all very subjective this review business, but for me, this unit was a no-brainer at £349 when I bought it a few months ago. Even now, I don't take it for granted.

Posted on 18 Nov 2012, 20:04:47 GMT
A. Bayley says:
Good review but just a quick correction, HD TV in the UK is transmitted in 1080i not 720p.

In reply to an earlier post on 19 Nov 2012, 11:27:05 GMT
D. D. SMAIL says:
Fair enough. Apologies to all who I potentially misinformed.

Posted on 6 Jan 2013, 20:35:07 GMT
@iGlinavos says:
Bought one of these 26.12.12 for £289 from amazon. It arrived broken. I am still waiting for a refund!

In reply to an earlier post on 6 Jan 2013, 20:46:23 GMT
D. D. SMAIL says:
The same happened to me. The screen was badly broken on arrival. Amazon were great and replaced very quickly and I'm glad I stuck with this TV as I still appreciate it every time I watch it.

In reply to an earlier post on 18 Jan 2013, 13:42:53 GMT
mosher says:
This Tv is available from Argos at 289.00 and Im thinking of buying it. I have sky hd package at home is the 720 or 1080 thing likely to affect the picture quality for HD?
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