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VIERA TXP42X60B

PANASONICVIERA TXP42X60B 42 inch Plasma TV HD Ready Freeview HD

  • Enjoy subscription-free High Definition broadcasts with Freeview HD and make the most of the quality your television can offer.
  • The higher the refresh rate, measured in Hertz, the smoother and clearer on-screen action will be. Great for fans of sports, high-speed movies and games.
  • USB sockets allow you to do all sorts of things. Most commonly you can play media stored on a flash drive, but some units can record to one too or connect accessories like video-calling cameras.
Enjoy subscription-free High Definition broadcasts with Freeview HD and make the most of the quality your television can offer.
The higher the refresh rate, measured in Hertz, the smoother and clearer on-screen action will be. Great for fans of sports, high-speed movies and games.
USB sockets allow you to do all sorts of things. Most commonly you can play media stored on a flash drive, but some units can record to one too or connect accessories like video-calling cameras.

(For more features refer to the specification table below.)

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Stripped of frills, the Panasonic TXP42X60B is a quality TV; pure and simple.

HIGH QUALITY PLASMA PANEL WITH 600HZ SUB-FIELD PROCESSING


Panasonic have long been renowned for the quality of their plasma TV sets and, with the TXP42X60B it's not hard to see why. The latest plasma panel gives an exceptionally natural picture quality. With a very high contrast ratio, this TV gives true, deep blacks and a sense of realism that's missing from many similarly priced rivals. With its 600Hz Sub-field Drive technology, the TXP42X60B also creates super-smooth images, whatever the resolution. Always popular with gamers for their fast response times, the TXP42X60B builds on its plasma strength by offering a Game Mode setting for even faster response.

CRISP, CLEAN SOUND

As TVs become ever thinner, so the sound quality suffers. As ever, we'd recommend a soundbar or home cinema system, connected by the standard digital output. Should you use the onboard audio system, V-Audio Surround and 2 x 10 watt speakers are on hand to deliver crisp sound quality. There's also a handy headphone socket for private listening.

FREEVIEW HD, USB AND MORE

When it comes to connecting up, the TXP42X60 has all the basics you need for digital TV. As well as the standard Freeview tuner, there's a Freeview HD tuner built-in, making it ideal for getting the best possible pictures from HDTV. There's also a wide range of connections. Twin HDMI sockets let you connect a Blu-ray player and games console. With a video enabled USB port, you can hook up your media player. Working in combination with this is Panasonic's Media Player. Use a USB device to playback your stored photos, music or video, via an easy to use onscreen interface. It works especially well with Panasonic Lumix cameras. SCART and component inputs are provided for older sources such as DVD.

For a large screen TV that puts quality before gimmicks, the Panasonic TXP42X60 makes a discerning choice.

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Picture
Picture Features
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Screen Size
Measured diagonally in inches
42
Is it ready to receive High Definition signals?
Yes
Is it ready to receive 1080p, Full High Definition signals?
No
Pixel Resolution
Pixel resolution - Horizontal x vertical
1024 x 768
Contrast Ratio
Contrast ratio - from manufacturers information
NA
Brightness
Brightness of screen (cd/m squared with Plasma and LCD, ANSI for projectors)
NA
Response Time
Time taken for screen to respond in milliseconds.
NA
Motion Processing
Manufacturers now use their own measurements so can not necessarily be compared between brands. Examples include LG - Motion Clarity Index (MCI), Samsung - Clear Motion rate (CMR), Philips - Perfect Motion Rate (PMR), Sony - Motionflow XR and Panasonic - BLS (Back Light Scanning). All these figures are twice or more than the traditional 100Hz/200Hz refresh rate figures. No abbreviation indicates traditional measurement. Plasmas generally use a 600Hz sub-field refresh rate.
600Hz Sub-field
LED Backlight
Does it have LED backlighting? This technology promotes enhanced contrast ratios and thinner sets.
No
3D TV
Does it offer 3D viewing? Remember that glasses are not always included.
No
2D/3D Conversion
Does it feature 2D to 3D upconversion? This lets you watch 2D material in 3D.
No
Number of 3D Glasses Included
The number of 3D glasses included with the sale of this unit. The glasses may be in the box, via separate redemption or offered at point of sale.
NA
Analogue Tuner
Does it receive conventional, analogue TV stations?
Yes
Freeview
Does it receive Freeview TV stations?
Yes
Freeview HD
Does it receive Freeview HD TV stations?
Yes
freesat HD
Does it receive freesat HD TV stations?
No
Active/Passive Glasses 3DTV
Does the 3D TV use active or passive technology glasses? Active provides a superior resolution but passive glasses are cheaper and lighter.
NA
Local Dimming
Local Dimming is available on higher spec LED screens and improves contrast by being able to dim sections or 'zones' of the screen, individually. Also known as Micro Dimming.
No
4K Ultra HD
4K, also known as Ultra HD, is currently the highest resolution available from a TV sold in the UK and gives stunning realism.
No
Twin Tuners
Does the TV come with twin tuners? Twin tuners allows you to record one channel whilst watching another.
No
Sound
Sound Features
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Analogue Audio Output
Does it have a dedicated analogue audio output? This lets you connect the TV's sound to a hi-fi system.
No
Digital Audio Output
Does it have a dedicated digital audio output? This lets you connect the TV's sound to an AV or digital hi-fi system.
Yes - Optical
Speakers
Are stereo speakers standard?
Yes
Connections
Connection Features
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HDMI
Number of HDMI sockets.
2
USB
Number of USB sockets
1
USB Video Playback
Does it have USB video playback? As standard, USB sockets accept photo and music files. Enhanced spec sockets also accept video files.
Yes
USB Recording
Does it have USB recording? As standard, USB sockets playback files. Some will also record, for example, TV programs from a TV to hard drive.
No
Scart Sockets
Number of Scart sockets included
1
Component
Is a component input fitted? Highest quality analogue input which can facilitate Progressive Scan where fitted. Input can be by 3 x RCA, PC-input or special adaptor.
Yes
PC Input
Can a computer be plugged in via a D-SUB VGA socket?
No
DVI
Does it have a DVI input? Digital interface that carries picture only
No
Headphone Socket
Does it have a headphone socket? This allows you to connect headphones for private listening.
Yes
ARC - Audio Return Channel
Audio return channel feeds the sound back from a TV to an AV receiver, allowing the use of a single HDMI cable to connect TV and receiver/amp.
Yes
HDMI 2.0
HDMI 2.0 is an enhanced version of HDMI using the same connections but offering many technical advantages. These include the ability to handle 50/60 frames per second from 4K signals, 18-bit colour, 32 channel surround sound, full 21:9 aspect support plus much more.
No
Networking
Networking Features
+
DLNA Compliant
DLNA stands for Digital Living Network Alliance. It is an alliance of interested bodies that help standardise streaming content. If a product is DLNA complaint you can be assured it will stream music, photos or video from your PC, laptop to TV or other device.
No
Wireless Connection
Whether a wireless or, Wi-Fi, connection is included as standard or optional (via dongle). This allows for wireless connection to your home network hub.
No
Web Applications
Access to web applications/apps?
No
BBC iPlayer
Whether or not the unit has access to one of the most popular web apps - BBC iPlayer.
No
Full Web Browser
Whether or not the unit gives the option of a full web browser. Note that in some instances not all web content can be shown - such as Flash.
No
Dual Core Processor
Just as with a PC, Dual Core processing speeds up multimedia, control response and Smart TV services.
No
Quad Core Processor
Just as with a PC, Quad Core processing speeds up multimedia, control response and Smart TV services.
No
Skype
Is Skype communication available? This might be provided as standard if the TV comes with a built-in camera or optional when used with a separately available camera.
No
Green Credentials
Eco Friendly Features
+
Does this product conform to energy efficient standards? These standards include the American "Energy Star", the European "Energy Flower" or "EcoLabel" and the UK EST (Energy Saving Trust) certification.
No
Power Consumption - Standby
This is the power used in watts when the unit is switched off but still powered at the mains and ready to be turned back on.
0.3/0.4
Power Consumption - Normal Use
This is the power used in watts when the TV is on, using standard picture settings and modest volume levels. Note, different manufacturers use different methods to arrive at this figure. In some cases only the maximum power consumption is quoted.
95
Energy Efficiency Rating
This EU Energy Label lets you compare energy efficiency between products. A+ the best, most efficient rating with G being the most power hungry and least efficient
B
General
General Features
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Remote Control
Is an Infra-red remote included?
Yes
Stand
Is a desktop stand standard?
Y
Wall Mount Required
Type of wall bracket required (if compatible). VESA fittings are the industry standard and measured in mm. Typically, fittings range from 75 x 75 to 600 x 400.
VESA - 400 x 300
Dimensions excluding stand
Dimensions of set excluding any stand, bracket or detachable speakers (W x H x D) in mm
1007 x 615 x 81
Dimensions including stand
Dimensions of set including stand (W x H x D) in mm
1007 x 657 x 231
Weight
Approx weight without/with stand in KG.
15.5/16.5
Integrated DVD Player
Does this TV have an integrated DVD Player?
No
Touch Screen
Does the TV feature a touch screen for stylus or finger tip?
No
Voice Activated TV
Can the TV be activated by voice?
No
Model Number of 3D glasses supplied/required
The model number(s) of either the supplied glasses and/or suitable optional glasses.
NA
Camera
Does the TV feature an onboard or optional camera? This is mounted at the front of the TV, usually at the top, and is ideal for Skype calls on the big screen. Can also be used in conjunction with gesture control.
No
Gesture Control
Can the TV be activated by gestures? This requires a special remote or camera.
No
Smart Phone Remote
Can you use a Smart Phone (iPhone or Android) to control the unit?
No
Outer Box Dimensions
Size of the TV's box. Height x Width x Depth in mm
730 x 1160 x 250
Rated 4.8 out of 5áby 17 reviewers.
Rated 5 out of 5áby Outstanding value and picture quality. Had to return a Samsung LED 40" Smart TV due to poor definition on SD and lack of apparent depth even on HD (also too bright). Oh what a difference the Plasma screen made, blacks were much deeper and peoples faces had solidity and character again - very plastic faces in SD on the Samsung LED. Frankly, it's not just a Samsung problem, the punchy looking displays on LED's in the showroom mask the very two dimensional presentation you get when viewed critically at home. Get a TXP42X60B (albeit with only 720p HD) before they're all gone, I'm sure the reason Plasma is being dropped and LED screens are being promoted is to meet new EU power consumption limits! 18 April 2014
Rated 4 out of 5áby For the price its excellent. SD to HD quality is not that noticeable but I couldn't care less about that, and SD is good enough anyway. Great telly for the price I paid and its 20 quid cheaper now so even better value. I wished i'd gone for the 50in now. I don't use the tvs tuner as I have a freeview recorder so can't comment much on the EPG. The media player is pretty good too. 20 January 2014
Rated 5 out of 5áby At this price, a solid choice. Performance over frills. I considered LED/LCD options and found re-occurring issues with the picture, throughout brands. Whilst the Panasonic is 720, not 1080, the smooth, natural picture more than makes up for this. And frankly, at about 7/8ft from the screen, I can't tell the difference; images are vivid, detailed and seemingly natural. The colour has plenty of warmth and once I got it set-up, showed real depth. Motion is the trump card here though. No fuzziness, edge blurs, ghosting; nothing! I've tested it with everything going in HD, from sport to animated films, all of which are handled without issue, maintaining a very 'true' image. SD source also looks good, with nothing dodgy to note. Minor criticisms to make: Smooth areas of graduated colour (a sunset or a glow from a fire) don't blend seamlessly, with some minor 'stepping' in colour. 'Noise' or 'grain' can be seen on older films. Both v minor and might be a setup issue. At this price, I can't complain. 02 January 2014
Rated 4 out of 5 Excellent quality & value, limited input options. I picked this up a couple of months ago after seeing the reviews. Great service as usual from the shop who put one on backorder for me, rang when it arrived, and helped load it into the car. The 5 year warranty is a nice bonus. The screen colors come life once you change the picture settings from the default to cinema mode. The USB input is handy to use as a video juke-box, all memory sticks are recognised but some external hard drives do not load. The only remaining problem is that there is no VGA input so it won't connect to older pc/Apple/Laptops. My fault for not checking the specs but I thought most tvs/plasmas came with VGA input. Overall it's very good but with limited connection options.. 01 December 2013
Rated 5 out of 5áby Outstanding picture for the price. Looking at this TV in stores it was hard to equate the seemingly subdued picture quality with the excellent reviews the set was getting. LCD TVs looked so punchy next to it. Took the risk though and I'm glad I did. Once settled in at home I am delighted with the Panasonic. The picture is great. Very natural colours, smooth motion and good contrast. It's a lovely TV to watch and a real bargain. The bezel and stand look cheap but if you value picture quality over cosmetics you'll love this TV. Makes you kinda sad they're stopping making Plasma TVs. 29 November 2013
Rated 5 out of 5áby Nothing better around this price I looked at loads of TV sets around ú300 and this is not just the best I found, it is FAR better than any other at this price. Go out and buy one you won't be disappointed. 22 November 2013
Rated 5 out of 5áby Plasma bargain If you want a no frills simple to use tv with excellent picture this is for you. Ok it's only hd ready but even with blueray it's great. We have a sony 55 w9 which cost ú2000 picture quality between them is pretty close which say a lot about the panasonic 06 November 2013
Rated 5 out of 5áby bargain city this tv and table combo are the bargain of the century every body knows that for picture quality you cant beat a plasma and this is a good one had trouble getting started bad signal in my area but once up and running its brilliant go out and get one now highly recommended if all you want is a basic good tv this is it 12 October 2013
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