Panasonic Viera TH-46PZ81 46in Plasma TV - Feature Table

John Archer

By John Archer



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Panasonic Viera TH-46PZ81 46in Plasma TV


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  • Value 10
  • Image Quality 9
  • Sound Quality 8
  • Features 10
  • Design 8


June 21, 2008, 11:25 pm

Alas great news for those like myself who want to get the best out of their high-definition set-ups yet without wishing to pay a penny to the Dirty Digger for his Sky service

Mark Booth

June 23, 2008, 2:45 am

Great to see an HDTV actually coming with HD viewing built in at last. Now just add twin tuners and a hard disk recorder ala Sky+ and I'm sold! Fed up paying Sky so much for so little.

On a slightly different note, when will you start including power figures in your TV reviews? I quite fancy a 46 inch plasma but not if it's going to use more power than an iron. I know plasmas are heavier on power than LCDs but any idea how much? Standby power figures would be useful too.

Great review btw!

Hans Gruber

June 23, 2008, 11:38 am

Couldn't find details for the 46" version but Panasonic do have power consumption figures for the 42" model. Power consumption figures of 324W (actual use) doesn't look too good really (assuming it's same model line then powering a larger screen will eat up even more energy). Standby use figure is 0.4W "without DVB Tuner Lock On" (presumably without EPG updating itself overnight).

Links to Panasonic's model specification for 46" (TH-46PZ81B) and 42" (TH-42PZ85B) models:

The dynamically adjusting backlight 'eco' mode might help save on the 'leccy' bill though. Essentially turning down the brightness and especially contrast levels should help shave off a few watts as well as prolonging the panel's life. Daytime usage with strong ambient daylight would use more power than watching the screen at night/in dark surroundings.

Matthew Bunton

July 5, 2008, 10:22 pm

Power consumption figures?

If you worry about that then perhaps it would be best looking at smaller screens, or an old CRT.

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