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Panasonic Viera TH-42PZ70 42in plasma TV - Panasonic TH-42PZ70
Connectivity, meanwhile, is pretty strong, with the two aforementioned HDMIs being joined by component video and D-Sub PC options among a healthy dollop of other useful things like a digital tuner jack and Top Up TV card slot.
And so to the moment of truth: does the 42PZ70 really match its costlier brother's full HD picture performance? Not arf!
This means you can immediately revel in the extra clarity over HD Ready screens that the full HD pixel count makes possible while viewing 1080p sources. This is thanks, of course, to the reduction in scaling processing made possible by carrying the same number of pixels in the screen as there are in an HD source. The only caution we'd raise here is that in order to obtain the very best, most pristine results you must ensure that you select the 42PZ70's no overscanning, ‘pixel for pixel' aspect ratio setting. Annoyingly, the TV does not automatically default to this setting when it detects a full HD input.
The 42PZ70's full HD resolution also helps it deliver every last pixel of fine detail information from an HD source, giving such images an extra level of clarity and intensity. Take for instance the HD DVD of Mission: Impossible III. If you watch the opening scene on a standard HD Ready plasma TV, you seldom if ever really get a sense of tiny facial details like pores and stubble. But with the 42PZ70, for better or for worse, every tiny element of Tom Cruise's sweat-streaked face is perfectly rendered. The only annoying thing about this is that even with the screen's resolution leaving any complexion problems with nowhere to hide, we still couldn't find a blemish anywhere on the Cruisester's mug. Git.
Another less immediate but certainly no less significant benefit of the 42PZ70's full HD pixel count is its extra colour finesse. In other words, the extra pixel density made possible by the 1,920 x 1,080 resolution means that colour blends can look that little bit more subtle and natural, making pictures look more realistic and three-dimensional.