The Panasonic TH-42PZ77U 1080p 42" plasma TV ($1799.95) was announced on September 6th, 2007 along with the 50" version, TH-50PZ77U ($2799.95), expanding their lineup of Full HD plasmas to 8. These models were released relatively soon after the release of their predecessors, the TH-42PZ700U and TH-50PZ700U. The most notable differences are an increase in contrast ratio to 10,000:1 because of an effective anti-glare coating on the screen and a price drop of $200.
- 42" 1080p plasma; 1920 x 1080 resolution
- 10,000:1 contrast ratio (up from 5000:1 in TH-42PZ700U)
- 2 x HDMI, 2 x component, 3 x S-Video (1 on the sie)
- Anti-glare screen for removing glare from in-room light sources
- EZ-Sync HDAVI control of all home theater devices over HDMI interface
- SD memory card slot
- weight: 92.6 lbs
- $1799.95 ($200 cheaper than TH-42PZ700U)
The TH-42PZ77U features what Panasonic calls "EZ-Sync" HDAVI control allowing you to control other home theater components from single remote by leveraging the new HDMI standard with control signals sent over the HDMI cable.
The TH-42PZ77U is now available in stores begining mid-September and retails for $1799.95. There is a cheaper model, the Panasonic TH-42PX77U ($1499.95), that features similar specifications and features except, that although it support 1080p, its native resolution is only 1024 x 768.