Panasonic has introduced the TXP42V20B as their latest model of quality plasma displays. Right out of the box, the Panasonic TXP42V20B is visually striking. In contrast to many other plasma televisions that have black or bronze cases, the TXP-42V20 features a grey edge that looks like brushed metal with its high gloss polish. Although it lacks the style and beauty of some of its competitors, this TV is functional and utilitarian.
The TX-P42V20 has been loaded with different A/V inputs and outputs that would be expected on a TV of its caliber. Included are four HDMI slots, two USB connections, an Ethernet port, D-sub PC port, and an SD slot. One feature that the USB ports support is the ability to view movies and pictures and play music files from an USB hard drive. In addition to multimedia playback, the TX-P42V20B can record Freesat and Freeview HD programs if connected to a USB hard drive. This feature is quite convenient, although being able to watch the recorded programs only on the TXP42V20 is slightly annoying. To be able to have access to streaming media, software upgrades, and online content from Freesat and Freeview, the Ethernet port serves as an access to the internet.
By connecting to the internet, the Panasonic TXP42V20B can access Viera Cast, an online service provided by Panasonic. This feature allows owners of the television to stream movies and programming and to access Skype from the service for a monthly fee.
The picture quality is very good on the Panasonic TXP-42V20B. Featuring a contrast ratio of 5,000,000:1, the television displays black levels better than most televisions on the market. Ghosting is not apparent since the television features a 600 Hz response time. By including its Intelligent Frame Creation Smooth Film processing, Panasonic has been able to obtain the fast response times. Panasonic has equipped the television with its proprietary NeoPDP technology. NeoPDP technology is change in the design of the screen itself, which allows the display to render clear, bright colours in high fidelity. Out of the box, the display options for the video quality were exceptional, needed few adjustments to create a nice picture.
Perhaps the one negative aspect about owning a TXP42V20 is the quality of the sound. At high volumes when playing music alone, the bass can sound muddy and overpowering, while the treble levels can sound glassy and harsh. This small problem can be remedied by attaching the television to additional speakers or equipping it with a surround sound system.
For people that do not want to invest in a 3D capable television, the Panasonic TXP42V20B is an excellent choice.. Overall, the television exudes quality. The TXP42V20Bs most notable qualities are its contrast ratio, near perfect default video settings, Ethernet port, lack of ghosting, and built in HD tuners. Even though the built in speakers are slightly underpowered and can produce muddy sounds, the Panasonic TXP42V02B is well worth purchasing if shopping for a 42 inch plasma display.