• Terrific picture
  • First 1080p 42-inch plasma TV


  • Confusing onscreen controls
  • Light on extra features

At A Glance

The first 42-inch plasma 1080p set is great where it counts--in the picture. It earned particularly high marks for HD.

Manufacturer’s Description

The Panasonic TH-42PZ700U is a contender for best 42" plasma picture available. The world's only 42" 1080p plasma panel has over two-and-a-half times the pixel count of conventional 42" plasmas. The screen's ultra-fine pixels show remarkable detail, depth and texture.

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The Specs

Broadcast Format Displayed 1080p
Broadcast Format Supported
  • 1080i
  • 1080p
  • 720p
Display size 42.0 inches
Contrast ratio 5000:1
Viewable size 41.6 inches
Display type Plasma
Aspect ratio 16:9
Pitch 0.48 mm
Resolution 1080p pixels
General Information
UPC Code 037988241620
Ports and Connections
  • S-Video (Input)
  • S-Video (Input) (x3)
Audio Input RCA Audio (Input x3)
  • HDMI (Input x2)
  • HDMI (Input) Input
Audio Digital Optical Digital Optical Audio (Output)
Component Video Component (Input x2)
Audio Output RCA Audio (Output) (x2)