Panasonic Viera TX-P42S10 42in Plasma TV - Panasonic Viera TX-P42S10

John Archer

By John Archer

Reviewed:

Summary

Our Score:

8

Not surprisingly given its Full HD nature, the P42S10 really springs to life with high definition. Colours, curiously, look more authentic and even slightly more vibrant; the effects of the 400Hz system become more pronounced, especially when watching Blu-ray; and you also become more aware generally of how this screen's plasma nature all but does away with the response-time blurring seen with many LCD TVs.

It's also worth stressing that the effectiveness of the screen's black level response becomes even more important when you're dealing with the extreme contrasts found with a typical film as opposed to a 'flatter' TV programme.

Even with HD footage, though, the image didn't seem somehow quite as sharp and detailed as I'd expected. Also, although the 400Hz system on the P42S10 makes motion and horizontal camera pans look smoother - without causing serious processing artefacts - than they do on Panasonic's X10 plasmas and any previous Panasonic plasma screen generations, judder certainly hasn't been completely removed by any means. There certainly seems markedly more of it than you get with the 600Hz G10 range.

The P42S10's sound continues the generally winning formula found on most of Panasonic's recent flat TV output. Volume levels can get strikingly loud without distortion setting in, the mid-range is open enough to ensure that dialogue is still audible during action scenes, and there's much more bass around than you commonly get with a flat TV. The only problems are that this bass can occasionally leave some male voices sounding a bit soupy, and some treble details a little pushed out of the mix.

Verdict

If you're in the market for an affordable 42in Full HD home cinema screen for a dedicated - i.e. very low lit - viewing room, the P42S10 is definitely worth considering. But while it delivers a typical Panasonic black level master class, and certainly has its moments, it's not quite successful enough in all areas of its picture performance to unreservedly recommend as a main living room TV. In short, if you can afford to step up to Panasonic's superior G10 range (a 42in model of which will set you back another £150 or so), I'd recommend that you do so.

Juan Miguel

May 11, 2009, 1:16 pm

Panasonic includes THX certification in the United States for this model and the whole series (P42G10; P46G10; P50G10 and future P54G10),an absolutely necessary feature if you want a professional calibration. The price there is slightly cheaper but including not only THX calibration but Viera Cast for the Internet. Panasonic policy in Europe is discriminatory and charges Europeans more money offering less indispensable features.

Juan Miguel

May 11, 2009, 2:53 pm

My comment (Juan Miguel said on 11th May 2009)is for the Panasonic Viera TX-P46G10 46in Plasma TV Review.

superonslo

May 13, 2009, 12:13 am

I have to say that sometimes you can get lost in the techo you guys speak. I preordered the TX42PG10 in december, it arrived in April and Ive got to say the quality of the set is stunning both picture and asthetics. If you are pondering over this it will not disapoint you, the only thing I dont know how to work yet and if anyone can help please do, it is the Ethernet port, I have it on my home network ok up to IP, But thats it, there is no browser so I dont know what it is for. The Freesat and DVB tuners are incredible quality too, programme content on Fsat is not brilliant but the HD Broadcasts are superb, if your thinking about it my advice is, Get it now !!

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